A Shrinking Violet {Fine Art Photography, Effingham, IL}

  I've been itching to get my hands dirty lately.  Not sure you all know this, but I in fact, did not go to school to pursue photography.  Photography happened as a happy accident while I was pursuing another love of mine, my love of plants, the natural world, and our place among nature.  I have a degree in Horticulture from SIU-Carbondale and another degree in Landscape Architecture from U of I.  I grew up on a farm surrounded by the growing of things; crops, vegetable gardens and my moms beautiful flower gardens.  I most recently worked as the Nursery Manager at the Queen Elizabeth Botanic Park in the Cayman Islands before moving back home to Illinois to be close to family. Cactus and succulents made up a large portion of the plants I took care of in the nursery.

So what am I trying to get at here, in a very round about way?  I'm starting a new business!!!  It's called A Shrinking Violet and I'll be selling beautiful succulent arrangements.  I love to reuse and recycle, so most of my arrangements will be in vintage pots and containers.  I'm partnering with my good friend Joanna from The Odd Bin and we're going to do a giveaway together to get the word out about A Shrinking Violet.  Joanna has boatloads, bucket-loads, basement-loads and barn-loads of beautiful vintage goods.  We'll be offering succulent arrangements for weddings and events as well.  You'll be able to purchase or rent them. Just contact us for more information.

What can you win?  This beautiful arrangement!  It's a $39 value and I'll deliver it straight to your door.  One thing though, you must live in the Effingham area to win.  You may also enter if you work in Effingham and I can deliver it to you within Effingham.   Just enter below and good luck!!! Please let your friends know too!  This contest will conclude on Wednesday, February 5.  It would be a perfect early Valentine present for yourself or a loved one.


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Tytia Habing

I am a self taught, natural light photographer, with sixteen years of shooting experience under my belt. Back in the day, I learned to shoot with film, developed it and printed my own photos in my darkroom. I've since moved to digital, but film holds a very dear spot in my heart that I just can't seem to shake. I was supposed to be a horticulturalist and landscape architect...at least that's what my degree's tell me. I followed that path for some time, along with a few other paths, but photography won my heart. Plants and beautiful mother nature is, and will always be, a great inspiration to me. If at all possible, I prefer to shoot outdoors and somehow incorporate nature into the scene. I'm originally from the Watson, Illinois area, but the majority of my adult life I spent living in the Cayman Islands and only moved home to Illinois with my husband and son a few short years ago. I grew up on a small working farm, with acres and acres of natural areas at my disposal. It gave me a great appreciation for the world around me. I roamed wherever I pleased, built forts in the woods, picked wildflowers in the pasture and caught craw-daddies in the crick. My son is taking over the jobs of fort building and craw-daddy hunting, but I'll never give up the picking of wildflowers.