Jade and I pride ourselves on being down ass girls. Pardon my slang, but what I’m saying is that we’re adventurous, adaptable, and pretty much down for anything thrown our way. When we ran into Thea of Humble Flower Co at a Pepper concert in Jacksonville, OR, she suggested we come shoot with her while we were in Humboldt the next day visiting the Grow Sisters. Thea lives in Humboldt too, so it was the perfect time for us to collaborate and help promote her line. She promised us some Nor Cal babes and a fern-filled canyon straight out of a trippy fairytale, so we obviously couldn’t resist.
Thea herself was a bad ass babe. She was quiet, but in a way that makes you want to listen. You could tell she really knew her shit as she talked about her company and the struggles that come along with being an entrepreneur. We liked her vibe a lot and knew right away she was one of us. Our mutual friend McKyla Crowder was with her and we begged her to come down with Thea and shoot. Mckyla had been working in the weed industry in Humboldt for years and is also a fantastic model. She happens to be a down ass girl too and was the perfect chick to add to the mix. We said our goodbyes at the show that night, looking forward to the weekend we were all about to share.
The Grow Sisters party was a total success and we met so many inspiring, brilliant women. We regrouped with Thea and McKyla there, and she suggested a beautiful place to do a photo shoot called Fern Canyon. We may have had a little too much fun that night, staying up till the wee hours with all our new friends, when we had to be up and shooting at 9AM. But as usual, Jade and I pulled it together in the messiest of ways (think clothes scattered all over the car amongst sequined stockings and glitter sunglasses) and hit the road.
When we arrived to Fern Canyon, we started putting together looks in the parking lot, piecing together outfits and changing in the car. Once we were set, we loaded everything into all the bags we had because Thea had informed us we were hiking into the canyon and needed to be able to carry everything with us. So there we were, on the hiking path amongst families of Patagonia-clad tourists, wearing cheetah jackets, fishnets, cowgirl hats, and of course, carrying our disco ball. We stood out, to say the least.
Fifteen minutes later we were in the thick of it. Fern Canyon was stunning! Thea was right. It had exceeded our expectations visually, but this particular location was very difficult to shoot in. There was a stream running through the canyon with people walking everywhere, and the lighting was very tricky. We found a huge fallen tree lodged over the stream and it provided the perfect spot for our first look. Despite our feeling out of place, I can’t tell you how many people stopped and asked to take a picture of Therese in her bunny ears, smoking a joint, perched up at the end of the log.
As we were shooting Therese, Thea dressed up McKyla and Cheyenne in her Humble Flower Co. apparel and we all got busy taking photos and pretending we were fairies in a magical dreamland. We had so much fun sneaking drags of joints in between crowds of tourists and changing clothes behind big plants and kimono jackets. Every time we changed locations we had to put everything back into bags, lace up our hiking boots and accept the judging eyes of passing hikers. When we were done exploring the ins and outs of the canyon, we headed back toward the car and picked a secret spot in the woods to shoot some final product images off Thea’s line.
If you haven’t checked out Humble Flower Co., allow me to introduce you. Her packaging is so simple and contemporary, and Thea told us she spent countless hours researching apothecary lines and noting what she liked and didn’t like about each aesthetic. Of Thea’s line, Im really obsessed with the ‘Medical Cannabis Soothing Lotion‘. It has all the healing properties of a CBD lotion with basically no cannabis scent. On top of the products being amazing, Thea prides herself on using all-natural and ethically sourced ingredients, and recyclable packaging. Check out www.humbleflowerco.com and help support another bad babe on her grind.
Author/Photographer – Harlee Case