A year ago today I started a business. On my own. I still don’t know what it is or what it’s going to become. But I like it. And I hope for many more years to come.
I started a side project with my friend David a couple months ago. It’s called Death to the Stock Photo. I mentioned it in a previous post but thought I’d share some more info! You can sign up here and once a month you’ll receive 10 free high-res photos that fit within a certain theme. This month’s (the email went out yesterday) theme was centered around the coffeeshop. July’s theme was “Brick and Mortar.”
We’re excited about it because the community around this movement is growing and we’ve had GREAT feedback so far. All email subscribers who receive the monthly pack are free to do whatever they want with the photos. David and I shoot each photo pack strategically for things like blog posts, text overlay and mockups.
And just because you missed August’s pack doesn’t mean you shouldn’t sign up NOW. Pssttt: we’re going to be emailing out a bonus pack each month on a random day so GO SIGN UP NOW and share with your friends.
I’m totally pooped. I photographed at a shoot for The Blowout Bar for 10 hours yesterday. 12 models. Hair, makeup and wardrobe.
My 85mm/1.2 is heavy and I’m kind of embarrassed that I’m sore from holding it all day.
Okay, well I suppose we can’t really get coffee. Most of you live too far away from Columbus, Ohio. So how about a virtual coffee date? Just like last week – I want to hear from YOU. But let’s keep it light and fun. Answer any (or all) of the following questions in the comment section!
- Have you read any good books lately? Do share!
- How often do you see your family?
- What movie could you watch over and over?
- What website sucks you in?
I’m currently reading The Shining Girls (as I mentioned before) and it’s very different. Before that, I read Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn within 48 hours.
I see my (intermediate) family about 4-6 times a year. They live in Illinois and it’s about a 6 hour drive. Between vacations, trips there, them visiting and other family events – it works!
I could watch Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Despicable Me every day.
Honestly? Wikipedia. Sounds dorky but I end up looking up casts of tv shows and ultimately reading about how many marriages some random actor has had…
Looking forward to hearing from YOU!
I’m a very nostalgic person. I grow attached to things because of experiences. Never objects, really (besides books + music). When I say things, I usually mean physical locations. I get very sentimental and emotional when I’m at a place that holds great memories in my past. While I didn’t really enjoy college (the academic part), I will still get a happy feeling in my stomach when I step back onto campus. I feel a sense of contentment when I drive past the house I lived in until my siblings were born. I even smile when I pass the exit that leads to the first (crappy) apartment Adam and I ever lived in as a married couple.
The funny thing about it all is that I have a horrible, horrible memory. If it wasn’t captured on camera or video then I most likely don’t remember it. It’s quite odd. So while I have these warm and fuzzy feelings tied to books, music and places…I never really know what I’m remembering. Am I remembering all the fun times tied directly to photos that I’ve seen? Am I forgetting all of the worst?
So last weekend, I found myself in an emotional place. We spent a longer weekend at my family’s lakehouse in Michigan. My grandparents have owned it since I was born and I’ve spent time there at least once a year for 26 years. As my grandparents have gotten older, they decided this year to put the house on the market. I spent most of last weekend trying to reflect, conjure memories and taking pictures (in fear that I’ll forget).
I’m sure it sounds much more dramatic that it really is. But to me, it feels dramatic.
I remember looking up at the sky and thinking about how there will be so many more cherished places in my life. Someday Adam and I will buy a home. We’ll vacation at our favorite places. We’ll remember the houses we grew up in fondly. It’s okay to feel sad but it’s more exciting that I get to live my life surrounded by really amazing people. They are the reason these places are cherished.
We’re headed to our family lakehouse today and I’m pretty stoked. A weekend with my best friends (and no dog…he’s staying home with my brother) is heaven. The weather looks lovely. It’s supposed to be cold enough at nights to roast marshmallows! Hurray!
Here are a few of the things that I’ll be packing:
- Bathing suit. I love vacations because I put on my swimsuit as soon as I wake up. Even if I don’t go outside until hours later.
- My Canon 6D. When you live near a city, there’s something exciting about shooting photos in nature.
- Lush’s dry shampoo. Round brushes, straighteners + hair dryers are too much of a hassle.
- Flavored sparkling water. I’m hooked and I’ve been trying every brand and flavor.
- I bought The Sandlot and She’s The Man on DVD. Totally watching both.
- My Nisolo sandals. Basically the only shoes I’ll wear all summer.
- I’m currently reading (and will finish) The Shining Girls. It’s creepy but I like creepy.
- Glasses, obviously. Total relaxation (for me) requires no contacts.
What do you like bringing on vacation? Do you overpack or underpack?
Lately I’ve felt so incredibly connected. At all times. To everything. My twitter feed has felt especially negative recently and I’m tired of sitting with groups of people while we all zone out and stare at our iPhones. I’ve found that in order to be MORE present, I have to limit HOW I’m present.
I’ve been letting my phone die (intentionally) towards the end of the night. I took my Twitter application off my computer. Yesterday I took a nap for the first time in awhile. I’m scheduling more lunch and coffee dates with no other reason but to catch up. But then I’ll be intentional about when I work and aim at times of the day where I’m really inspired (hint hint: it’s always late…when emails stop coming in constantly).
I just found this quote by author Joan Didion and had to share.
“Do not whine…do not complain. Work harder. Spend more time alone.”
This is my new motto.
For those that don’t know (or maybe you’ve recently started stopping by this space), Adam and I own our own business together. We’re partners in every sense of the word and I love it. Those that work in marketing/design can often talk about it vaguely. It’s hard for people to even know what they really do all day. I thought I’d share a little bit about what we’ve been doing and the people we are currently working with. Perhaps we can find a way to collaborate in the near future. I know how creative and inspiring you all are.
- CLIENT #1- The Blowout Bar. We have been working with the owners (who are also sisters) of the The Blowout Bar for almost a year now! They are a rare breed of client because they knew exactly what they wanted and that they should invest in things like their brand, website and photography. I’ve been able to design their logo, launch their website, plan photoshoots + help with marketing efforts surrounding their launch. We feel like partners.
- CLIENT #2- Hither and Thither. We recently began to work with Ashley on some behind-the-scenes tweaking. Behind a successful blog there are statistics, monetization and optimization. We help with organic search, increasing page views, improving your social media presence + creating a unified visual guideline for reoccurring or series posts.
- CLIENT #3- Kris Gilbertson. When it comes to podcasting, she’s the queen. We’re designing and building her a completely new site that is unique and powerful. It’s a site unlike anything we’ve ever launched and we’re excited to share SOON.
- CLIENT #4- Massage Blocks. Tom has worked hard to create a product that can help someone exactly like…me. I suffer from so much tension and these blocks that they produce are an effective way to reduce that tension at home. We work with Tom to update his packaging and create a campaign that will allow him to reach out to companies and bloggers. If I’ve learned anything as a blogger, it’s that there is an art to authentically approaching one.
Those are just four of the many amazing clients that we get to work with on a daily basis. We recently brought on a few more that focus on wellness + health and we can’t wait to share.
So there’s a short rundown of what Adam and I do day-to-day. If you think you’d like to work with us, feel free to get in touch. We’re also always looking for freelance developers so let us know if that’s you!
Happy Friday, all! I thought I’d start the day off with a really cute picture of my dog, Desh. Isn’t he adorable? He’s 4 years old and bred from two cockapoos. He’s pretty human-like. He uses the sidewalks when at all possible, uses pillows and arm rests on chairs and mimics me in the morning when I yawn. I couldn’t imagine life without the fur ball!
Anyways, onto YOU. Last August I wrote a post titled, Let’s Talk About You, and it was a way for me to get to know my readers. I thought I would do it again (and more often) since that’s mostly why I blog: to meet new people.
So in the comment section, feel free to answer the following questions (And try to leave out links within the comment – it shoots it to comment moderation or spam! Your name will link to your site when filling out the comment form!)
- Are you a dog or cat person?
- Did you or are you taking a vacation this summer? If so, where?
- What is one thing you splurge on? (perhaps it’s: the perfect office chair? brand name Oreos? silk sheets?)
- Do you believe in soul mates?
- The year is more than half over. What’s one goal you have for the rest of 2013?
Like every other post here, I do my best to respond to every single comment so we’ll chat soon!
*My answers: dog person, we went to Brooklyn in June, gel manis every two weeks, nope, get back on track with our financial goals
I don’t think, in the history of my blog, that I’ve ever posted a style/what I wore blog post. To be honest, I keep things pretty casual around here now that I’m self-employed. I’m usually in yoga pants and a tee but when I do get ready – I keep it basic. When Henry and Belle contacted me about featuring some of their products, I was so excited. They specialize in women’s jeans and with every sale, a portion is set aside for charitable causes. The program is called The Right Amount of Give. The purchase code on each tag gives you a voice in where they give. Just get on the website and fill out that information with your pick after you receive their products!
Above I’m wearing a pair of their Super Skinny Ankles in Poppy. I paired it with a white tank (a gift), nude heels (Franco Sarto) and a gold belt (Macy’s). I’m really short (5 feet to be exact) and so I cuffed these. Someday I’ll find an amazing tailor and invest in getting pants hemmed. Maybe when I’m 30.
My next pick was a pair of their Ideal Ankle Skinnies in the navy Ikat print. Their Ideal Ankle Skinnies aren’t as tight as the Super Skinny Ankles but still have a lot of give. I chose a grey tank (F21) and some strappy sandals (Target) with this print.
My last pick was a pair of their Ideal Shorts in Fulton. THESE ARE MY JAM! The perfect fit, length and wash. Paired with a green tank and my favorite sunglasses – it felt like summer. Or maybe it was the 90+ degree weather.
If you’re looking to invest in a quality pair of jeans – I would highly recommend Henry and Belle. Let me know if you do and how you like them!
*Henry and Belle provided these jeans for free in exchange for an honest review. All of my opinions are my own.