Last week I got together with two of my good friends + talented creatives, Travis Hallmark and Chee Sim for a fun styled shoot. We each wanted to spend some time creating just for fun. It's so easy to get caught up in the pressures of doing photography for a living and what a client wants that we tend to forget why we, as creatives, love doing it to begin with. The three of us were excited to pool our ideas together to create something with some beautiful pieces from Kettle + Brine, a wonderfully curated kitchenware store here in Austin. I am always so thankful for the friends I have who inspire me and challenge me in my craft.
Loved getting to photograph this beautifully simple top from Two Fold Clothing with my girl, Ashley Jo Green. Today is Two Fold Clothing's official launch of their first collection and I am so excited to share about them. Morgan, the designer, is such a lovely soul and super talented. Her aesthetic is simple, clean and beautiful. Head on over to her kickstarter to check out an informational video on the new collection and to check out all of the pieces!
Loved getting to spend some time with one of my oldest and dearest friends over the holiday break. Shelby Bower and I have been friends since we were two, which means we have experienced a lot to learning, growing, and life together. I am so happy that I got to photograph her newest business endeavor - Shelby's Cookie Art. She is one of the most talented people I know, so I am so excited to see her doing something she loves. It has been really fun started our own businesses and getting to encourage/ support each other on another life adventure.
If you have any birthday, holiday parties, themed events, or conferences coming up, you should DEFINITELY check out Shelby's cookies as part of your set up. She can create basically any design you want and it will be done perfectly. Check out a few photos from her holiday cookie collection!
Sometimes, as a creative, I get in a rut. I succumb to feelings of not being creative enough or 'good' enough. Recently, a friend asked me what my biggest struggle was as a creative and I responded with comparison and self worth. It is so easy to get sucked into admiring people's people so much that you think yours is not good enough. To help deal with these feelings, there are two things I try to remind myself of as often as I can 1.) my worth does not come from what I am creating but who I was created by and 2.) other people's success is not my failure. These things allow me to take some pressure off of myself as a self employed freelancer and allows me to be inspired by others and thankful for their gifts.
I am surrounded by a wonderful creative community here in Austin - surrounded by creatives who challenge me and push me to want to be better at my craft. One lady in particular, Ashleigh Amoroso, inspired this shoot - she is a talented food photographer and I am always in awe of her work. She makes me want to try something new and I love getting to witness her success as not only a fellow photographer, but also, as a good friend.
So, all of this to say, I encourage you to surround yourself with people who both challenge and inspire you. Who cause you to want to try new things both in your craft and in life. Today's post is a result of encouraging words and getting outside of my comfort zone. I found a delicious recipe on Pinterest, put on The Office re-runs and started baking. *See recipe below from Two Sisters Crafting.
Pumpkin Cookie Ingredients:
- 1/2 Cup Butter (Sweet Cream Salted)
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Cup Canned Pumpkin
- 2 Cups Flour
- 4 tsp. Baking Powder
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 2 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. Ginger
- 1 Cup Chopped Pecans (to top cookies)
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:
- 1/2 Cup Butter (Sweet Cream Salted)
- 8 oz. block of Cream Cheese
- 3 tsp. Vanilla
- 4 cups Powdered Sugar
- 1 tsp. Cinnamon
Cookies: In a mixer cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and pumpkin and mix well. Sift flour, baking powder, salt and spices together and fold into cookie batter. Mix until well blended.
Drop a spoonful of the cookie batter onto a cookie sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 15 minutes. Allow cookies to cool. This recipe made 3 dozen cookies.
Frosting: Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a mixer until blended. Add powered sugar a cup at a time and continue to mix until sugar is incorporated. Finally, add cinnamon. Spread on with knife after cookies have cooled.
My boyfriend and I just got back from a whirlwind trip to San Francisco - we ate a lot, walked a lot + and saw A LOT. When I 'vacation', I tend to do a lot of planning and want to do everything while I'm there. Some people may want to relax on vacation, not this girl. Don't get me wrong, I love lounging as much as the next person, but exploring new cities is one of my favorite things to do. I love creating daily iteneraries and seeking out the lovely coffee shops, delicious dinner places, and prettiest scenery. My boyfriend is so sweet and pretty much lets me take the reigns on the planning end of things. We saw some of the most beautiful, breathtaking views on this trip and were completely overwhelmed. From Mount Tamalpais, to Muir Woods, to Big Sur - manmade things just do not even compare to what nature has to offer (although, the Golden Gate Bridge is pretty impressive). These pictures barely do any justice to these beautiful places, but I gave it a try anyways! Check out a few of our pit stops from the trip!
*Check out the bottom of the post for a list of restaurants, places, and parks that we visited // links provided.
G O L D E N G A T E B R I D G E
P A I N T E D L A D I E S
M U I R W O O D S
M O U N T T A M A L P A I S
B I X B Y C R E E K B R I D G E
M C W A Y F A L L S // JULIA PFEIFFER STATE PARK
S A N F R A N C I S C O + A L C A T R A Z I S L A N D
Coffee/ Tea Shops:
Clothes + Gift Shops:
Battery Spencer (Golden Gate Lookout), Muir Woods + Muir Beach, Mount Tamalpais, Big Sur // Bixby Creek Bridge + Mcway Falls at Julia Pfeiffer State Park //, Sutro Baths + Lands End