Does It Get Any Chicer Than Claiborne Swanson Frank's New Flower Portraits?

by Christie Grimm · May 14, 2021

    A famed portrait photographer whose subjects tend towards the fashionable and feminine - with books that have celebrated high society's most sophisticated mothers and daughters, young Hollywood starlets, and the wonderfully diverse world of American beauty - Claiborne Swanson Frank was left short of models this past year.

    Cozied up at home with her family in Greenwich, Connecticut with no promise of photoshoots on the near horizon, she looked to nature for a spark of inspiration.

    "I began photographing flowers in the late afternoon light on my dining room floor after homeschooling my kids. As there were no people—my usual subjects—these flowers became my people. They were my light in a dark and uncertain time, my escape from reality and my creative outlet. I collaborated with my young son Hunter whose hands are seen in many photos. At 6 years old, he was my assistant, my master flower handler and my hand muse."

    There's something so realistically magical about Frank's photographs. Everything in them somehow looks totally familiar, just a careful touch lighter and warmer and softer so that you can't help but want to crawl into them. Certainly, her new fine art series Flowers is no exception. 

    Poppies, peonies, sweet peas and more! This marks the first time that her work has been made available as prints. And trust us, the signed, numbered editions of her botanical collection are sure to become framed staples of every well appointed society home. 

    I mean, does it get any more divine than these daffodils?

    Freshen up your home with one of these perpetual blooms before the stems inevitably sell out!

    [Photos via @claiborneswansonfrank]