The Golden Hour

Whether it's a few days, an afternoon or even just an hour or two, sometimes a girl just needs to get out and explore. For some folks, the need is more apparent than in others. I just happen to be one of those people who demands that sense of freedom more than most, a lot more, actually. No matter how short lived the expedition, I come back feeling rejuvenated, spirits lifted and ready to get back to work.

Last week, I took an afternoon off and met up with my friend Nicole Mlakar for some driving and location scouting. Nicole just so happens to be an amazing photographer so as a rule of thumb we travel with cameras, scrims and plenty of vintage dresses in hand. If you've been keeping up with Dalena Vintage for awhile, you've probably seen her work before. We collaborated earlier this year on In the Afternoon Light and Marisol de San Jose, the later of which was recently published by London-based magazine, Magpie Darling!

Our driving led us just outside of Austin where there are fields a plenty, perfect for watching sunsets. This late in the summer, most of the crops have dried and all of the wheat fields have been cut but the drive is gorgeous nonetheless. After indulging in some soul food and iced tea, we headed back out into the Texas heat looking for the perfect spot. Found! I changed into one of the Depression Era dresses my mom had given me the day before and into the field we went, climbed some hay bales, snapped a few photos and watched the sunset.

Golden hour in Texas with Dalena VIntage. Photo by Nicole Mlakar.
The last rays of August with Dalena VIntage. Photo by Nicole Mlakar.
Golden hour in Texas with Dalena VIntage, bales of hay and a Depression Era dress. Photo by Nicole Mlakar.
Golden hour in Texas with Dalena VIntage, bales of hay and a Depression Era dress. Photo by Nicole Mlakar.
Golden hour in Texas with Dalena VIntage, bales of hay and a Depression Era dress. Photo by Nicole Mlakar.
Unknowingly channeling The Tree of Life. Photo by Nicole Mlakar.
Golden hour in Texas with Dalena VIntage, bales of hay and a vintage Depression Era dress. Photo by Nicole Mlakar.
Lost in golden hour daydreams with Dalena VIntage, bales of hay and a Depression Era dress. Photo by Nicole Mlakar.
Golden hour in Texas with Dalena VIntage, bales of hay and a vintage 1930s dress. Photo by Nicole Mlakar.

I had actually brought a few 1930s dresses along so come back tomorrow for the second set of photos!

Photos by Nicole Mlakar.