Sneak Preview - Iceland

I've been hiding out at home the last few days trying to edit through some images from my big trip last month. I'm working on something special that I am excited to share with you very soon, but in the meantime I wanted to share a little preview from Iceland. I worked with CampEasy while on the Iceland leg of my trip and was able to drive around the entire island thanks to this little camper. It was a champ. 

Summer afternoons in the studio.

 

Ive been on the road for the last few months and, as much as I love exploring and seeing new places, Ive been a little sad that I havent had a single moment to get into the studio. Theres something really special about a place that's meant to be a home for creativity. Even if Ive had the worst week ever, walking through those doors makes my heart skip. The studio feels like a blank canvas... there’s just so much potential.

After settling in back home and shaking off some of my jet lag (one cup of coffee at a time), my friend Kara and I recently snagged some flowers from Sarah Jane Camancho, owner of Thatch Floral in Seattle, and dragged them up to the studio so we could play. Often, I go into photo shoots on a mission, with shots in mind, but Ive learned that its also important to schedule time in my life to just create while in the moment.

For this session, I made sure to grab my new HP Spectre before heading out the door and I’m glad I did. Being able to see my photos on that crystal clear HD screen helped me visualize the finished product and allowed me to show Kara the images in real time as I directed her between shots. Thanks to the Spectre’s battery design, I was even able to stay unplugged for the entire shoot. When I’m in the right place with the right people – and I remember to bring all the tools I need – good things happen. This little impromptu creative session was no exception. Can't wait to share more from this day with you!

For this session, I made sure to grab my new HP Spectre before heading out the door and Im glad I did. Being able to see my photos on that crystal clear HD screen helped me visualize the finished product and allowed me to show Kara the images in real time as I directed her between shots. Thanks to the Spectres battery design, I was even able to stay unplugged for the entire shoot. When Im in the right place with the right people  and I remember to bring all the tools I need  good things happen. This little impromptu creative session was no exception.

Can't wait to share more from this day with you!

In collaboration with HP.

My office is my little sanctuary. I do a lot of work from home while huddled behind a computer screen so having a space free of clutter is crucial. I am always looking for ways to improve it, aiming to make it a more inspiring place.

This month, I had the opportunity to introduce the HP Spectre laptop to my workspace. What first caught my attention with the PC was the minimal, sleek design. Its really thin. In fact, at 10.4mm, its the thinnest laptop in the world. But the Spectre is more than just beautiful design. It has a gorgeous HD display thats perfect for my photo editing (and catching up on Netflix), and its also extremely lightweight. Weighing only 2.45 lbs, the Spectre is the perfect travel companion on my days away from home.

 

Reinvent Obession with HP

Then theres the sophisticated color palette. Lately, Ive been a sucker for all things with copper, so its no surprise that I was immediately drawn to the Spectre. The ash-colored matte aluminum is complemented perfectly with the glossy copper trim and it felt right at home on my desk.

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Best of all, the beautiful, architecturally inspired details of the Spectre inspired me to freshen up my workspace. Now I just need to make another cup of coffee and get back to work! :)

 

In the market for an impressive, lightweight laptop? The HP Spectre is available here.

 

In collaboration with HP.

Alaska. June 2016. 

After a few magical days in the San Juan Islands, Natalie, Laura and I continued our trip up to Alaska and it was nothing short of incredible. I am working on a little project with one of my favorite companies to share my experience and can't wait to tell you about it soon. Here's a little preview for now! <3 

In Search of Orcas

 

A few months ago, two dear friends of mine, Laura and Natalie, started planning a weeklong trip to kayak in search of whales while also hiking and camping along the way. When they invited me to come along, I couldn't say, "no." After weeks of texting, FaceTime, and countless emails, we decided to start our trip on the San Juan Islands before heading north to the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska.

Part 1: San Juan Island

 

We headed out to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island (SJI) with hopes of kayaking alongside orcas. We connected with the wonderful folks at San Juan Outfitters, hopped into kayaks, and took off on our search. We paddled our way along the west side of SJI and Henry Island, catching glimpses of wildlife and parts of the Canadian coastline along the way, but sadly we didnt see any whales. However, during our trip on the San Juan Clipper, we finally spotted some orcas! The boat slowed down and we coasted alongside them as they swam side by side. They were part of the L pod and had an orca calf in tow. This was the first time they had been spotted since before winter and it was a huge relief to the Clipper staff that the baby had survived the harsh, cold months (which isnt always the case).

 Laura took some notes about these majestic creatures while aboard the clipper:

 

The three pods of orcas that live in the area (known as the "Southern Residents") are tracked, numbered, named and can be easily recognized by those who know what to look for. According to Justine Buckmaster, a naturalist who has been guiding tours for six years and has always loved whales, each whale is recognizable by a unique dorsal fin and saddle patch, like a fingerprint. Justine also explained that each pod is named, each whale within the pod is named, and each whale is photographed yearly by the Center for Whale Research.

 

Justine was an amazing tour guide and all three of us learned a lot. One thing we all particularly loved to hear was that orca pods are led by females. The matriarch of the Southern Residents is a 100 year old orca known affectionately as Granny. Most orcas in the world only live to be about 50 or 60, so Granny is a total rockstar. Justine also told us that orcas depend on a sense of community and social acceptance. Thanks to lots of work and research from organizations like the Center for Whale Research, public opinion about orcas is changing and its now widely accepted that they should not be kept in captivity because of their social nature.

To say the least, the trip was off to an incredible start. We explored Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor - two cozy little communities on SJI - road cruiser bikes on the pier, and ate more sugar than I have in the past decade. 

A special thank you to Clipper Vacations for putting together an incredible itinerary for us, setting us up at the lovely Earthbox and connecting us with SJ Outfitters. Clipper has always been one of my favorite local companies and I'm so excited to announce that we are giving away a whale-watching experience for you and a friend -- details here

It was a trip we wont soon forget, and I know you will love it too. We can't wait to go back!

Oregon road trip with Andrea 

 

My friend Andrea and I set out for a road trip at the beginning of the May to see all that we could within a week in Oregon. Our first stops: Smith Rock State Park and Painted Hills.

It rained for hours each day as we drove to our spots, but somehow every time we reached our destination, the rain stopped. I have spent countless days on the Oregon Coast, but this part of the state left me speechless.

Modern Trail

Recently, I had the opportunity to work on a fun collaboration between Zappos and Timberland. I ordered a pair of Timberland's Beckwith Lace Chukka boots through Zappos last Friday and they were already at my doorstep by Monday. On Tuesday, my friend Natalie and I took a little drive out to one of my favorite areas in Washington state for a little fresh air. The chukkas were so comfortable, it didn't even feel like I was wearing new boots during our outing.

Natalie-- I had so much fun exploring and catching up with you. Thanks for your help with these! xo

Zappos has a great selection of Timberland shoes, you can check them out here. If you are looking for something a little lighter for the summer, the Caswell Closed Back Sandal is another great choice. 

Yay Spring!!

a visit from daniel

My little (tall) brother took a break from his travels to come to visit us in April. He's been all over the country, modeling and traveling with his band so it was a treat having him come stay for a bit. We've spent a lot of our time doing high intensity workouts, but have successfully balanced them out with pizza, wine and frequent visits to the local bakery for piroshkis.  Last week we went out for an afternoon to do a mini shoot with one of my favorite local companies. Christina Hicks from Baby & Company worked with us to put together some fun pieces. Their store and clothing selection is absolutely scrumptious, I highly recommend checking them out!

My little (tall) brother took a break from his travels to come to visit us in April. He's been all over the country, modeling and traveling with his band so it was a treat having him come stay for a bit. We've spent a lot of our time doing high intensity workouts, but have successfully balanced them out with pizza, wine and frequent visits to the local bakery for piroshkis. 

Last week we went out for an afternoon to do a mini shoot with one of my favorite local companies. Christina Hicks from Baby & Company worked with us to put together some fun pieces. Their store and clothing selection is absolutely scrumptious, I highly recommend checking them out!

let's back up a little

I've had the opportunity to travel some incredible places this year. In February I visited my friend Andrea, along with some other wonderful folks in Montana. I got to experience Glacier National Park for the first time... and let me tell you - it was nothing short of breathtaking. 

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