The Bloom Collective | Texture I

Textures can be confounding. The best textures can be perceived as unattractive and the prettiest textures can leave us feeling raw— a squishy belly, so comforting to a child or adored by a lover can be cause for self-hatred. A bath full of voluptuous inviting bubbles can leave the skin red and dry. The wondrous visual texture of flames, so fascinating to watch, but painful to the touch. A sweater so warm and beautifully knit, yet so itchy.
And then there are textures that are simply wonderful in all aspects. A crunchy apple with a sweet flavor. The safest coziest blanket, so welcoming and warm, laundered and fresh. The round rosy cheeks of a baby, inviting kisses and deep inhalations. The tickle of uncut grass beckoning little bare feet…

-Melissa Summers

Melissa Summers | Nikon D750, Sigma ART 35mm 1.4, 1/500, f1.6, ISO 400

Laurie Schultz Photography | Canon 6D, 50mm 1.4, 1/400, freelensed, ISO 100

Kristina Gorokhova | Canon 6D, 24-70mm, 1/60, f3.2, ISO 1600

Heather Eijzenga of Little Bird Photography | Canon 5D Mark III, 45mm Tilt-Shift, 1/4000, f2.8, ISO 200

Carey Pace | Nikon D800, Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 @200mm, 1/320, f2.8, ISO 400

Leigha Graf Photography | Canon Mark IV, 24mm, 1/8000, f2.8, ISO 640

Kim McKinney | Canon 5D Mark III, 50mm 1.8, 1/320, f2.5, ISO 200

Naomi Britton | Canon 50D, Canon EF 35mm 1.4L, 1/640, f2.0, ISO 125

Heather Svien of Ruby Hue Photography | Nikon D700, 24-70mm 2.8, 1/500, f2.8, ISO 400

Evelyne Lourenco | Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 24mm 1.4, 1/1000, f2.0, ISO 160

Jennifer Frarck Photography | Nikon F100, Agfa Vista 400

Lisa Howeler | Nikon D750, 50mm 1.4, 1/400, f4.0, ISO 400

Karen Vlasak Photography | Canon 5D Mark III, Sigma 35mm, 1/250, f1.4, ISO 200

Tricia Bovey | Canon 5D Mark III, 100mm 2.8L, 1/100, f13, ISO 3200

Megan Hooks Photography | Canon 5D Mark III, Sigma ART 35mm 1.4, 1/250, f5.6

Robin Ward | Nikon D750, 35mm, 1/400, f2.8, ISO 125