It is an absolute pleasure to introduce you to Molly Lo, who has been with Marchioness from the beginning, capturing all of the brand’s imagery and continues to delight me with her magic behind the lens. Molly is one of those dynamic women you become instantly enchanted with. She is a wife, mother, photographer and a beautiful soul. Upon my initial outreach to Molly a few years prior, I was especially taken with the imagery of her family’s property, Moonstone Beach Farm in Rhode Island. She has documented their life as stewards of this bucolic landscape throughout the evolving New England seasons where early morning surf sessions unfold down the road, fresh eggs are harvested from their chickens for breakfast and ducks waddle from one grassy pasture to the next. A quick visual study will reveal a beautiful and bewitching lifestyle — and how lucky her three precious girls are to experience this pure life.
Enjoy some snippets of her life on this special property, along with a Q&A below:
Q: How did you land in the space of photography?
I started with my Father’s film Pentax in High School. I shot in all black and white and found the dark room itself such an incredible escape, a space to uncover and discover a platform I had never experienced before when it came to art. It was a short-lived hobby at the time, and soon got lost in the shuffle with my focus on my “future career” being at the forefront. At the time it never dawned on me that an art form like photography could become my career. I wasn’t until after the birth of my third daughter I found an innate urge to dive back into my creative side and do something for myself. Soon after I began taking photography courses at RISD and the rest is history.
Q: What subject matter do you prefer to work with when you’re behind the lens?
This is a simple and complex answer: Light. No matter what the physical subject matter is, light is always the main driver of my shoots.
I will also add there is something incredibly intimate and special about Mothers and their children, so if I had to pick a physical subject I would spend all the time I could capturing those relationships.
Q: Tell us a little bit about how photography plays a role in your family life.
There are cameras laying out around our house every minute of the day. My husband is also a photographer, so between the two of us someone is always taking a photo. My girls know how to work a camera, but I think one of the most incredible things is how they’ve picked up on how to view light. They see it and notice its subtle changes, and get incredibly excited (just like I do) when there is a particularly good sunrise or sunset.
Q: How would you describe your photography style? What are the magic ingredients you try to seek?
Fluid. No matter what I shoot my goal is always to try and incorporate the fluidity of light and motion. I also would describe my work as emotional. I want people to feel something when they see my photos, this is especially true when I am shooting families.
Q: You really do it all as a Mother of three lovely girls. How do you approach that work/life balance we all try so hard to achieve?
Ha! I certainly feel like I am far from ideally balanced when it comes to work and life but I have learned quite a few things over the years. I have a hugely supportive husband first of all. I also have the advantage from owning my own business of being able to say no when it truly doesn’t work for my family life. I do have to make a lot of sacrifices of family time during my high season (Summer and Fall), but also know I can focus 90 percent of my time on my family during the Winter and Spring Months. If I remind myself of these “seasons” it makes the really busy time a little easier to get through.
I think one of my favorite things someone ever said to me when it comes to being a busy struggling Mom was “Your children will not die if you feed them Cheerios for dinner.” That line both made me laugh, and truly broke down my drive to do everything perfectly. It made me assess what is actually important when it comes to raising my girls. Although there have been occasional cereal for dinner nights over the years, I am really proud of the business I have built. I did it for myself and for my girls. My hope is that one day they see that, and more importantly know they can do anything they want if they put their hearts and time into it.
Q: What is Moonstone Farm? What makes it so special?
Moonstone Beach Farm is a magical piece of land my Husband and I were lucky enough to get the opportunity to purchase in 2018. It is 6 acres of historical farm land in South Kingstown RI 1.5 miles from the ocean. The minute we stepped onto the property we knew it is where we wanted to raise our girls. Since moving in in May of 2018 we have built extensive gardens, adopted two ducks, and currently raise around 60 chickens. We also have two English Black Labs, one spoiled orange barn cat and our newest addition: a little girl Maine Coon kitten.
Our home is our escape and safe haven, and where we watch the deer wander in the surrounding fields daily. Its where and hop on our bikes at a moments notice to catch the last rays of the sunset on Moonstone Beach. It is where we come together.
Q: Plans for the remaining winter season?
Finishing my website! It has been on the back burner since COVID hit last Spring. My attention turned towards my girls and my clients, and I had to put some of my big business project on hold. I am really looking forward to having the time to finish it up.
I also plan to continue to perfect my sourdough bread baking.
Q: Do you have a favorite Marchioness shoot to-date?
My favorite shoot to date may have been the most recent one where we got you behind the lens in your fabulous outfits! I am always amazed at what you have hiding in your wardrobe.
Q: If you could take home anything from the Marchioness Aubusson Collection, which product would it be?
Oh my goodness this is hard. I am so in love with all of your amazing prints. The eggs and the giant botanical prints are probably my very favorite.
Thank you, Molly for sharing your world with us. We are so grateful for your role with Marchioness.