I recently got the opportunity to do a shoot for Dilecta Wines, a deliciously spectacular business run by winemaker Orion Stang who pours his wines at the Paso Underground. You can count on seeing more of my images on their Instagram in the coming months. Meanwhile, get your butts into the Underground and enjoy a glass of heaven.
Ever since I was a child, I've had a strange fascination with containers. I had a collection of tins and boxes of all shapes and sizes. I loved the concept of hiding away memories and items tied to those memories, each in their own special place.
When it comes to delivering the memories of someone's life - be it wedding memories, family memories, or just memories with the love of your life - I want every aspect of it to be beautiful. In a digital age, we are faced with the quandary of making digital files tangible in some way. I can't just send a digital link to download your digital files from a digital space you can't even see, can't even touch. I want to give you something that you can hold in your hands, perhaps display in your home; so that whenever you see it or touch it, you are instantly transported back to those happy moments.
All that being said, how beautiful are these goodies!?!
How can your heart not feel instantly warmed by the craftsmanship of the wood and the earthiness of it's grain?
I'm currently obsessing over my new flash drives from USB Memory Direct. I've seen quite a few flash drives in my 7 years in this industry, and I am blown away by the quality, weight, and value of this pretty little thing.
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
Meet my friend Mary. She is one of my all time favorite dreamers.
Something about time spent with Mary gives my heart wings and makes my imagination feel all warm and fuzzy. Book one of her upcoming trilogy hits shelves in August. I'll be first in line to get my hands on a signed copy.
When/why did you first start writing? "Six years ago I went through this season of pausing. Like, I sort of just internally sat down and stared out the window for a few months... at the autumn leaves, at the sky, at the roads leading home, at my kids. There was this feeling of being lost that I couldn’t appease. I remember telling my husband, “I know who I am as a mom, a wife, worker, friend . . . but I can’t seem to find me anymore. The girl in my soul.” During that time I began to write as a way to find her and to explore her view of life and enjoy the beauty she sees in the souls of others. And then, I just never stopped."
What inspires you? "People. Especially the teens I work with. Life. It’s heartbursts and heartbreaks. Books. Beautiful prose. Nature. Being home in the country quiet or sharing an evening with friends. My children’s belly laughter. My husband’s goodness. Injustice. Jesus. So much music. Oh . . . and Pinterest."
What do you love most about your art form? "Oh man, I think I’m just completely in love with Story. I believe we’re created for adventure, that our lives are an adventure, whether we spend them in one town or travelling the world. There’s so incredibly much to who we are and who we can impact in our collection of moments. I see books, especially fiction, as one way to share in the adventure together, to exhilarate, to ache, to know that despite the different locations or cultural settings or character quirks, the underlying fears and grief and hopes are similar. We’re on this journey together."
How does writing affect your day to day life? "*laughs* Aside from the early morning puffy eyes? It keeps me sane. But also, it makes me a little insane. I’m (embarrassingly) probably the slowest writer I know and between working another job and having a family, it can be hard. We keep our schedules simple and try to stay focused on living life’s story more than writing about it. My husband and kids are especially good at that."
Meet Amanda & Sabrina.
They are the brains and hearts behind an up and coming art and fashion blog called "Blood Sweat Tears."
I had the joyful honor of going on a photo adventure around See Canyon Fruit Ranch with these two lovely ladies to capture some ghostly, ethereal, and soulful promo shots. I do believe we were successful.
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(and definitely don't miss the Sarah Kathleen featurein January!!!!!!!!!!)