Category archives: Art Direction

Road Trip Honeymoon
with Erich McVeyFlutter Mag Issue 6 Cover Shoot | photo: erich mcvey | flutter mag cover | honeymoon roadtrip

I love styling lifestyle editorials and this one was especially fun special since it was for a featured cover story for Flutter Magazine issue six. We photographed this shoot on location by Erich McVey in Portland and at the breathtaking, Columbia River Gorge. We started at Salt & Straw where our honeymooners enjoyed a sweet treat. Then we moved across the street to Barista, where our couple planned their route over espresso. From there, we drove out to the gorge in an immaculate, vintage, ’55 corvette.

Pre-production on this shoot was challenging. The day before, our shoot location changed based on the location of the vintage car (which we confirmed two days before the shoot day and was extremely difficult to find). I spent 4 hours the day before the shoot driving up and down the gorge looking for the perfect vista location and I found it right before sunset. Then, on shoot day, our female model changed two hours before call time. But as I always say, the more issues during pre-production, the smoother shoot day will be, and that was definitely true this time. Our model couple ended up liking each other (wink, wink) and it shows in the photos. Special thanks to Erich & Amy McVey for photographing such a fun shoot, Beth Level for hair and makeup, Toms for providing shoes & sunglasses, Tracy from Classic Vintage Rentals for props and finding the perfect vintage car, and Sophia Kaman for jewelry. | photo: erich mcvey | flutter mag cover | honeymoon roadtrip
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Dinner in the Apple Orchard

Remember when I was scouting for the location for this shoot? You can check out the full entertaining story online at Flutter Magazine right here, or you can pick up a copy at these stockists or you can buy a print copy of magazine online right here. This was the kind of shoot where everything fell together perfectly in ways that couldn’t have been planned.  A big thank you to the amazing Nancy Neil for the insane photos and the to die for food by Paper Palate.

The signature apple drink  by Paper Palate was a serious hit.

The Menu:

Garden Carrots, Green Olives and Radishes with Bagna Cauda

Roasted Late Summer Tomato Soup with Herb Pesto Oil

Roasted Two Day Salted Whole Local Chicken

Pumpkin Tacos

Okra & Tomato Salad

Stuffed Baked Apple with Melted Cheddar Cheese

The table itself had a beautiful galvanized finish and is available for rent from Vintage Vignettes. Each place setting consisted of  gorgeous plates from Anthropologie, a hand painted menu by Rebekah Miles, glassware from Upstairs at Pierre Lafond, vintage flatware, and napkins by Rachel Craven.

I used pre-made loose weave ribbon around candles and tucked in millet, wheat, scabiosa, and astrania instead of doing a traditional flower arrangement. Flowers can be purchased at Fabulous Florals.

Pumpkin tacos, check out the recipe here.

Local Cambria Estate Wines paired perfectly with the menu.

I found these short tumblers from Upstairs at Pierre Lafond and I knew they’d be perfect for our baked apple dessert.

Dig in! Thank you to all the contributors and Flutter Magazine! I’ll be posting some behind the scenes action on Wednesday.


Photography: Nancy Neil // Styling + Production: Kelly Oshiro // Food: Paper Palate // Location: Private Ranch // Serving platters, glassware, lanterns: Upstairs at Pierre Lafond // Tables: Vintage Vignettes // Menus: Rebekah Miles // Napkins: Rachel Craven // Wine: Cambria // Purchase Flowers: Fabulous Florals


Large Scale Floral Arrangements
with Sarah WinwardPhotos by Braedon Flynn | photo: braedon flynn | floral: sarah winward

It was such an honor to collaborate with the amazing Sarah Winward for her maker editorial for Flutter Mag and Florabundance Design Days. It’s always my favorite to capture an artist at work, and Sarah is certainly that! The amazing garden of Lotusland served as our backdrop and also, as an impromptu source for floral supplies. Sarah snagged an oversized branch from the gardeners the morning of her shoot to use in her arrangement.

I pulled large urns from Elan Events Rentals and a simple round table from The Tent Merchant. Tricia Saroya lent me some of her collection of galvanized containers to hold the floral ingredients for Sarah’s arrangement. Photographer, Braedon Flynn, picked the spot, a stunning backlit location with giant Agaves on the lawn of Lotusland and it’s actually the very same spot Martha shot a cover for Living a few years ago.

From Sarah:

“I am inspired by the outdoors. I love all of the different regional flowers and foliage, and love watching them change with the season. It is the textures and color combinations that are constantly changing in nature that really ignite the passion for flowers in me.

I love that nature is wild, and unapologetic. I try to show a bit of that in my work. I like lots of different varieties in an arrangement, and I like them to have a fairly loose shape so that they look like they are still close to the garden that they came from.”

Photos: Braedon Flynn for Flutter Mag | Floral Design: Sarah Winward | Prop Styling & Editorial Production: Kelly Oshiro | Location: Lotusland | Table: The Tent Merchant | Arrangement Container: Elan Event Rentals | Galvanized Containers: Tricia Saroya

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Editorial: A Game of Cards at El Capitan CanyonPhotos by Jose Villa for Flutter Mag

Happy 2015 everyone! I thought I’d start the year off with one scene from an editorial I shot with Jose Villa for at Flutter Mag. As part of our Glamping story, published in the spring issue, I art directed this fun scene of the models playing a game of cards. We picked a spot just across from the cabins at El Capitan Canyon and I styled the scene with a cute deck of cards and a carafe of Foley rose wine with strawberries and raspberries for color. I pulled wardrobe from Bonita and Dressed/Ready and was going for a casual, elegant camping vibe. There’s tons more pretty from this shoot so stay tuned!

Photography: Jose Villa

Styling: Kelly Oshiro for Flutter Mag

Clothes: Bonita & Dressed/Ready

Location: El Capitan Canyon

Hair & Makeup: Chateau Belle Beauty

Wine: Foley

Carafe & Glasses: A + R Store


DIY: Confetti Flower Petals

As a child my grandmother taught me how to dry flowers and I had forgotten about it until Kim, the editor of Flutter Magazine, asked me if I wanted to style a DIY involving dried flower petals. Three days later, we shot this pretty little DIY with the sweet Arna Bee. I picked up wildflower blooms at Santa Barbara’s Farmers Market for $5. You can check out the full story and directions right here in Flutter (and a classic behind the scenes shot is here on my Instagram).

Photography: Arna Bee

Prop Styling: Kelly Oshiro

Concept: Kim Wiseley for Flutter Magazine

Location: Dos Pueblos Ranch

Press: Flutter Magazine

I’m super excited to announce the latest Flutter Magazine is out online here and in PRINT out today (I will be getting my hands on a copy within the hour, check me on Instagram @kellyoshiro if you want a peek). I have two things in the magazine, a farm to table dinner shot in apple orchard (remember this backstage post?) which you can check out HERE. Shot by Nancy Neil with food by the Paper Palate (um, pumpkin tacos anyone?). Cambria Wine generously provided libations.

My second story was a cute little DIY for making dried confetti flower petals shot by Arna Bee. Kim the editor of Flutter, Joy of Joy de Vivre and I had fun playing confetti tossers… check it, HERE. I’ll be posting the full scope soon and THANK YOU to everyone who contributed.

Cover photo: Michael Costa