September 24th, 2012
Happy Monday! Today is the day I’m sharing photos of a recent collaboration with Abbey Moore Photography! I’m so excited to share these with you and I’ve got a few butterflies in my stomach because they are more serious and personal than anything I’ve done before. We were inspired by raw and moody black and white portraiture. So often the focus around the blogosphere is on fashion and what we’re wearing but I wanted to do something completely different, something that’s a little vulnerable and focuses less on the clothing and more the subject and emotion. I hope you enjoy these and I’d love to hear what you think! A huge thanks to Abbey Moore for taking these photos! If it isn’t already clear, she’s insanely talented. She has such an infectious personality that is so fun to be around. Abbey is based out of Michigan and primarily shoots weddings. Be sure to check out her website and blog as well as follow her on Twitter and Facebook. Well, here goes…!
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September 13th, 2012
The Internet is a pretty great place, but nothing beats stepping outside and get inspired by nature. I have a serious weakness for succulents and I’m just endlessly fascinated by them. We recently went to the Milwaukee Conservatory and I had fun taking photos. I think it would be so cool to live in a place where these grow naturally year-round!
What do I love most about succulents? Probably their unique textures and shapes.
Where do you look for inspiration in nature?
P.S. I don’t know why all the text on my blog is italicized, so please pardon the change. I think it’s just another sign that it’s time for my new site!
August 10th, 2012
Happy weekend! Whew, what a week it has been! I’m not going to lie, there were some serious low points this week. Sometimes the creative journey feels like such a roller coaster. With the signup for Alt Summit that opened on Tuesday, I had to face facts and accept that I’m not going to be able to go this year. I’m really bummed about it because after last year, I thought for sure I’d be back. But sometimes accomplishing your goals is about what you’re willing to give up in order to get there. While I’m not going to be able to spend time with all of the amazing people at the conference, that doesn’t mean I don’t have big plans for moving forward. This really just serves as added motivation for me to keep on, keepin’ on! (Look out goals, I’m comin’ for ya!)
I’ve made significant progress on my redesign this week and I could not be more excited! I know I’ve been talking about it for forever but I’ve finally landed on a vision and I am running with it at a rapid pace! I think it really represents me well and I am seriously motivated to get it DONE! It’s coming together and I think it’s a step in the right direction for my brand! I’m also falling more and more in love with the web design process and could not be more thrilled. I’ve been working day and night and haven’t wanted to stop! What a new, amazing feeling! You’ve all been so encouraging throughout the process and I couldn’t be more grateful.
I hope you have a lovely weekend. It’s my Grandpa’s birthday so I’ll be taking a break and enjoying time with family. Be sure to come back on Monday because I’ll be sharing mood board inspiration for my redesign to give you a sneak peek!
(photo by Sarah Patzak found here)
August 10th, 2012
I’m completely mesmerized by Trever Hoehne‘s project, the Lomo Garden. I couldn’t choose which photos to share! The layers and colors are amazing, aren’t they?
Once I’m done with my redesign, I want to try some new creative outlets. I’ve been wanting to try lomography for forever and I finally got a diana camera from uncommongoods. I’m so excited to get started!
Happy Friday! :)
(Photographs by Trever Hoehne)
August 7th, 2012
As I’m working on my rebranding, I’ve been studying typography like crazy. While I’ve been looking at a lot of typefaces and branding, I always love looking to the past for inspiration. Old signage is great inspiration for type, color, and design. Most of these vintage signs were probably created before graphic design became such a big industry and I just love the simplicity. These photographs by Martin Garfinkel capture some great vintage signs around the U.S.
I’m also super excited for a book and documentary coming out called Sign Painters, created by Milwaukee-based artist Faythe Levine and Chicago director Sam Macon. The book comes out in October and the documentary will follow in 2013.
I’ll be sharing more about my rebranding soon to give you a sneak peek!
(photos by Martin Garfinkel)
July 25th, 2012
I’m normally all about color, but these black and white lifestyle photos by Jakob Nylund made me stop and stare. I just love the high contrast and use of light. Aren’t they stunning?
Do you tend more towards color or black and white when taking photographs?
(images: Jakob Nylund)