Merry Christmas from me and my babe! Major thanks to my bro Steve for taking this photo of us. Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday filled with lots of hot chocolate and cuddles!
Something that has been super inspiring to me this past year is listening to podcasts, audio books and videos while I work instead of just music. Below is a list of a few of my favorite talks and books by some really talented creatives. Enjoy!
1. The Lively Show – This is my all time favorite podcast. Essentially she interviews a lot of creative and entrepreneurial people while encouraging and teaching people to experience joy and really live intentionally. So good. A few of my fav guests include Kelly Lilien of Mrs Lilien, Lara Casey of Southern Weddings, and Jen Gotch of Ban.do but seriously every single episode is pure inspirational gold.
2. Creative Morning Talks – Although I never have time to actually go to Creative Mornings in Phoenix, all of the talks from around the US and world are recorded so you can listen in at home! A few of my fav speakers include designer and stylist Ruthie Lindsey, Bri Emery of DesignLoveFest, and artist Cynthia Morris.
4. Audio books- It’s really hard for me to find/make time to read books but this year I tried audible for the first time and it rocked my world. A few favs so far Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, Tina Fey’s Bossypants, and Ashley Mears’ Pricing Beauty The Making of a Fashion Model (kind of specific to people interested or involved in the fashion industry).
5. Skillshare – These are sometimes hard to just listen to in the background and require a bit more focus and doing actually projects but so many great videos from so many creative professionals and experts. I personally enjoyed Leela Cyd’s series on Food Photography and Katie Rodgers of Paper Fashion’s Basic Watercolors classes.
On a side note, I recently got back into Twitter and like to post links of the things that are inspiring me throughout the week as well as the design and photography projects I’m working on so find me there if you want more inspiration!
I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here yet but over the last couple of months I’ve been working on a really cool project with Jenny Strebe of Confessions of a Hairstylist on a book that she is publishing. It’s been such a great experience I am so excited to be a part of it! The book is going to be put out by a pretty major publisher and it’s going to be super cute. Lots of DIYs on updos and fun braids with illustrations for people to try at home. This modern beehive is just one of 100 hairstyles from the book. Beautiful model is Claire of Beauty and A Bargain, makeup by Stephanie Neiheisel, gorgeous gold hair piece by Jenn at Mignonne Handmade shot at Tremaine Ranch in Chandler. Keep your eyes open for more photos from this project!
Today I made my first ever Thanksgiving pie. Second time I’d made pumpkin pie, first time I’d ever contributed anything homemade for Thanksgiving ha. I’m really excited to take a few days off hang out with family and friends, and eat. This year has definitely been a crazy rollercoaster but I am so grateful for all of the amazing people in my life and all of the memories and beautiful things we’ve made together. Happy Thanksgiving friends! You’re the best.
I get really excited as fall approaches because it means the long hot desert summer is almost over. After about 6 months of 90-120 degree weather things will finally be chilling out. I also love the fall because all of the weird vintage is out at my favorite thrift stores for halloween and of course, the pumpkin flavored everything!! I’ve been trying to cut back on my Starbucks intake lately and started experimenting with making my own PSLs. I borrowed this recipe from Sheknows and altered it a bit after a few taste tests.
1. Heat water in small sauce pan on high until it reaches a boil
2. Reduce heat and add brown sugar stirring until it dissolves
3. Add in remainder of ingredients and stir as they dissolve
4. Add to your favorite coffee along with milk for the perfect PSL! I love mine with soy milk made in my Mr Coffee Latte Maker.
A little throw back thursday with some of my older work shot in I believe Fall 2009 with one of my all time favorite muses Mrs Jessica Watson. At this time and for a long time after this I shot exclusively film on my 1970s Pentax K1000. I bought my first DSLR in 2010 but really wasn’t crazy about it and continued to shoot only film until about a year ago when I met and fell in love with my Canon Mark II. I really love shooting with my DSLR but there are some things that you just can’t replicate with digital like the accidental double exposure on the first image and the way light leaks look on film. Soooo dreamy!
Welcome to my new blog! For the last several years I’ve been blogging over here but as time has passed I’ve shifted my focus a bit and I thought it would be good to start fresh in a new space to share my photography work as well as all of the fun behind the scenes things, daily inspirations and one thing I’m really excited about – the people and stories behind the images. Over the past year I’ve gotten to work with so many incredible professionals including models, hair stylists, makeup artists, and incredible clothing designers and boutique owners. In this blog I’m hoping to share not only my story but theirs as well. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and check out the new blog and please don’t be shy! Feel free to say hello and weigh in when something peaks your interest!