We were in Los Angeles (technically posted up in Venice) for six days. Here’s a list of everything we did. Because who wants to read paragraphs about someone’s trip?
- Spent a few days between Abbot Kinney in Venice and Santa Monica
- A night out in West Hollywood with my best bae Evan
- Hosted an amazing pop-up gallery for our Death to Stock trip
- Hung out with Marissa of Bourbon and Goose and Jennifer of Toast Meets Jam instead of just chatting on the internets
- Drank with Matt Kimberley
- Drove around Malibu because #omghouses
- Photoshoot on the beach for a client
Then we flew back preparing to work like a crazy person due to taking a month off :)
Between our trip to San Diego and Los Angeles, we drove through the mountains and visited one of our clients! Bethany started Primally Pure right on their farm and sells deodorant, lotions, outdoor lotion and lip balm made from REAL ingredients. Their farm, Primal Pastures, is beautiful. We ate fruit off the trees, shot some photos and fell in love with the product we’ll be re-branding.
Plus…PUPPIES AND PIGS!
After New Orleans, we hopped on a plane and flew to San Diego! Adam and I had about three days to ourselves in between Death to Stock stops which would explain the lack of photos. I had been shooting so much prior that I mostly left my camera at our hotel.
We could definitely see ourselves moving to San Diego someday.
A couple months ago, I shared about our new couch from Interior Define. We got two other small couches that I hope to share later this year. We have one in our actual working office (enclosed) and one we plan to use in the warehouse.
We finally worked on the last few details in the main area of our studio once we were done traveling but after we conquered our own sinus infections. We set a budget of $300 to get the rest of the outstanding items finished before we stopped to save for the big ticket items for our warehouse.
Here’s what we got from Home Goods and Lowes:
- A lamp
- Standing plant hanger
- A LOT of succulents, hanging plants (this really adds up)
- Soil, a few planters + pots, and a watering can
- Glass containers for coffee and snacks
- A few wire baskets for miscellaneous stuff
- A paper towel holder and a bronze soap dispenser
- Two huge mirrors (framed in bronze) for above the double sink in our bathroom
My favorite new additions are the plants. Those two plant boxes will soon hang over the edge and we’ll slowly keep adding some to make a “plant wall” just like this. Someday I want to create one like this, but we’ll probably order a bulk amount of succulents on Etsy vs buying them at a store nearby.
Besides our seating (couches and chairs), everything has been handmade by those we love. Our tables and shelves are all made with random pieces of wood we’ve had or have been given. We wanted to continue with that theme and made our coffee bar shelf with a pallet. It’s not perfect. It’s not exactly level. But we love it.
Our next challenge is just getting our warehouse to where it can be used by our project manager and intern(s). We have a lot of space but it’s not designed in a way that lets us spread out and have our own workspaces. Technically we do…but it feels like a dungeon back there. We hope to get the warehouse painted completely white (walls, ceiling, and floors) with some frosted garage doors. Perhaps next year.
If you haven’t, I hope you can visit someday!
I was shooting non-stop last month for our Death to Stock trip. I got tired of lugging my DSLR around and haven’t really touched it in a few weeks besides full day client shoots. It makes me sad and am thinking about buying a smaller camera for everyday life with friends, family and at our studio. Something like this or this. Snapchat has made me realize I miss those “home videos” as documentation. PS my username is pallieaa (like paella but not).
Here’s a random assortment of shoots from the last month or so. Shoots for Allium, Earnest Home Co., The Cleaver Group, Core Ohio, Edna Valley and an impromptu morning shoot in San Diego with Vanessa!
New Orleans was the second stop on our Death to Stock road trip. We arrived last Tuesday after a time with family over Memorial Day weekend and headed straight to Satsuma for some healthy food. I had been awake since 5am and when I feel grimy, I want eggs and juice!
We spent the rest of the day catching up emails and then somehow got hungry again. We snagged burgers (it seems to be a tradition when we all travel together) and then finally slept.
I had really subtle allergies as a kid and into college. Nothing debilitating. But then I moved to Ohio. I don’t know if my body changed or if I’m allergic to every tree/plant in the midwest, but it’s been crazy. For the first few years here, I just didn’t have the money to invest into addressing my allergies so I never got tested or received shots.
As I got older, I didn’t want shots so I started to seek out alternate forms of treatment. Sure, you can avoid going outside, you can wear a face mask, keep the A/C running, eat local honey and take Zyrtec but it wasn’t working for me.
We spent last week in Minneapolis/St. Paul (mostly Minneapolis) and really crushed hard on the Twin Cities (capitalized?). We stayed downtown with our awesome friend Grant, but the awesome weather didn’t really show up until the last afternoon.
In between trips, we finally got our main couch delivered! When we first were planning to add a sitting area, we figured it’d be a regular couch against a different wall. When we saw this couch from Interior Define, we knew we had to have it. We just weren’t sure where. Our studio is sort of this weird “L” shape and we’re still working on updates to the warehouse so that it can be a space to work and create with natural light. After moving some stuff around, we realized we really loved it against this wall with the window.
This summer I will have lived in Columbus, Ohio for SIX years. The last few years have flown by and the more we travel, the more I appreciate this fine city. We started off in the suburbs (blech), lived close to campus (oye) but finally settled in the Grandview area almost four years ago. We’ve experienced blizzards, negative temps, crazy OSU fans and the Doo Dah Parade. We’ve considered moving somewhere warmer (or with fewer allergens) a million times. And yet here we are. It’s home.