Reflections and Resolutions

Friday, January 2, 2015 0 0


I am a person who is constantly making lists and goals so I don’t think New Year’s is the only time to make resolutions but it’s definitely a good time to reflect back and evaluate your future dreams and goals. I found my resolutions from last year and it’s funny because a lot of my goals this year are exactly the same. This either means I did not succeed last year or it is a goal that is constantly going to need attention and growth. Some of my specific creative and professional goals I did really great on. I separated my photography brand from my vintage brand and also launched a new portfolio site and blog. I did a lot less work for free and also worked on a lot of really exciting projects I couldn’t even have dreamed I would be working on. I got contracted to do photography for a book put out by a major publisher! I started taking on weddings which was something I had been totally intimidated by for a long time. I got published by a major wedding blog! I met and got to collaborate with so many amazing professionals. In my day job I’ve been able to take on more creative editorial projects which I love. I feel like I’ve really grown as a designer and have a lot of work that I’m excited to share.

As for last year’s personal goals I wasn’t quite as successful ha. First let’s talk about a couple things I did well at. I no longer have a Starbucks addiction and my bank account is thanking me for it! I successfully finished furnishing and decorating my apartment and it has really become my favorite place to be. A big 2014 goal of mine that I didn’t do so well on was to really be intentional about my relationships and to make more time to be with friends. I tend to fill my time with projects and have very little energy left at the end of the day to do social things. I really felt the weight of this over the past year. I went through some really really hard things and felt pretty isolated. To make it worse I didn’t really have much of support system to help me through it. All that to say making relationships and community a priority is going to be HUGE for me this year. I’m still figuring out what that is going to look like but at this point I know that it’s something I need badly and I also know that I have great things to offer other people. I just started reading Make it Happen by Lara Casey and it’s really been helping me to sort through what is important. I’m absolutely thrilled for the new year and a fresh start. Let’s do this 2015!


Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 25, 2014 0 0


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!


Inspiration for your earbuds: My favorite Podcasts, Audio books and Videos for Creative People

Monday, December 22, 2014 0 0


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 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.

3. Smart Creative Women – Love these interviews with just as the name suggests smart creative women ha! A few recent favs include graphic designer Molly Jacques and illustrator Holly Nichols.

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!

Exciting Book Project with Confessions of a HairStylist

Friday, December 19, 2014 0 0

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!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 27, 2014 0 0


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.

Fall Favorites: Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 0 0

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.

Syrup Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon canned pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4  teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

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.

TBT Ghost Bride (35 mm film)

Thursday, August 14, 2014 0 0
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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!