August 19, 2012

How Killian Mansfield's Dying Dream Turned into the Making of a Miraculous Album - NY Magazine
A beautiful article, reminding us that life is fragile, but also that if you're going to do something - do it well. Do the work, and do it out of love.

If the work is born from deep inside you, it's going to wail on it's way out.

May 25, 2012

CoLab, part one

Back in Los Angeles after two incredible weeks away.

I'll start from the end of the trip and work my way backwards from there.

Sunol, California. CoLab 2012. Maddie (Hart & Sol West), Emily (Emily Takes Photos) and Jonas Seaman (like a sailor) hosted a handful of photographers at various stages in our careers at Maddie's real, live pony farm. (Ok, it's not hers per say, but she lives on it, and it's bananas).

I flew from New York to LA on Sunday, hopped in my car at 5pm and spent the next seven hours driving up to Fremont.

We spent the first day talking about building a photography business, about art and resistance, about discovering and cultivating the soul of a creative small business. We also photographed an adorable couple whose love for each other had its own presence - cast a warm, safe shadow around them as they experienced the absurdity that is posing for 10 photographers. While three of them are trying to teach the others tips & tricks. On a pony farm.

May 01, 2012

One of my dearest friends is getting married in 11 days (Holy F!). We've been friends for almost four years now - we worked side by side for two of those years, and have since made time for Friday dinners, fancy breakfasts, morning hikes, and one ill-fated landscaping attempt. One of my favorite memories from our friendship so far comes from one of the most traumatic nights of my romantic life. She picked me up and drove me to the top of Los Angeles, where we looked down on the lights of the city, knowing I would be more at peace if we had a view. She let me cry, she let me make large, sweeping proclamations that I would soon after contradict. She made me laugh. And when I had enough of the crying and enough of the view, she took me for frozen yogurt. A Perfect Friend.

Next week, I'll fly to New York and drive to Boston to watch her get hitched to the man of her dreams. I can't wait.

April 30, 2012


So I did it. I ditched my blackberry. It changed my life. Not only am I loving Siri (as a former assistant I so appreciate her hard work, and try to be very patient even when we have a hard time communicating), but it allows me to flex my creative muscles so much more often than I have been lately.

March 16, 2012

the weekend (feb 26 & 27), f. Parallel Print Shop

in june, my friends Karintha & Double are getting married on a beautiful ranch in annapolis, california - i'll be doing the day-of coordination. i flew up to marin county at the end of februray to plan, brainstorm and visit the ranch with them. the sick logistics lover in me had a blast pinpointing exactly what details need to be fretted over now (and which should be fretted over later), and that sick logistics lover in me is actually looking forward to doing all the fretting on KT & Double's behalf. 

the highlight of the weekend for me (as paper/design nerd and someone who admires artists who create a business around their passions) was meeting Monika & Nate and visiting their letterpress studio. this husband-wife team is hilarious, talented and generous - a one-two-three punch that moves them pretty quickly up the list of People I Dig. i dig them, deeply. 

Parallel Print Shop is committed to using the most earth-friendly materials and practices in their studio. i loved learning about their rescued inks - every single canister on this shelf was rescued from a closed studio that was planning to throw them away.

Nate demonstrated how both of their printing presses work - watching him man the Heidelberg felt like traveling through time.

Parallel Print Shop is planning to team up with Nicely Noted - a subscription service that Monika's college friend dreamed up. it's brilliant - subscribe to Nicely Noted and you'll receive three gorgeous, handmade cards each month, carefully curated by Austin-based Perry Nelson. i got my first three cards last week. so thrilled to see what's next! (if you want to subscribe, use invitation code PARALLEL).

March 05, 2012

the moments

i'm in school right now for photography. my goal is to be shooting weddings by june 2013. there are a lot of reasons why i'm drawn to photography, and to weddings, to photo-journalism. for me, it's about my love for story-telling, for true love (romantic & familial), for beauty and for pain, and ultimately, my love for honesty and reality.

i just stumbled across moment junkie, a blog dedicated to the little Life moments in between the big Wedding moments. this is why.

March 01, 2012

painfully adorable

had an epic girls night last night, starring tasty veg lasagna, magnolia bakery's banana pudding, and woolbuddies. they slay me. 

 l-r: baaron, smelli, smirky & happy. not pictured: madge, the hottest geriatric crocodile in town.

 wendy wins! first to finish.