Jen and John were married in an apple orchard in northern california on a saturday in late august. The day was overcast and cool, making the orchard and surrounding farm a perfect cocoon. Friends and family gathered on this intimate homestead complete with a barn, secret garden, flower beds and a pasture of cows, to celebrate the love of a beautiful couple. Although Jen and I had never met before the wedding day, I felt an instant connection and the feeling that we had been longtime friends. I suppose that is what happens when shared aesthetics collide and excitement for one another’s art is pure. I have never attended or photographed a wedding that was filled with so much love and peace. This wedding was a true collaboration between Jen and John, with months of hard work spent to handmake tables, cutting boards, salt+pepper holders and curate a beautiful masterpiece of intimate vignettes. The overarching presence the entire day was one of selfless love for the other. As toasts were made to commemorate the occasion, sweaters were put on while we danced and talked and sipped wine in the grass by candlelight.
When I think of Jill, I am immediately happy. She has always made me laugh, ever since we were children. Always doing impersonations that would leave me crying and always asking for more. Jill is the funniest person I know and I tell everyone this. Jill is the most faithful of friends. As you can see from her wedding party, her friends are lifelong friends. This is a rare thing to find and I am so lucky to have her friendship. She has been with me through the darkest of moments and the most joyful and exciting of times. Jill is the perfect balance of realist and dreamer. She keeps me grounded, while also allowing and encouraging me to dream and create. We have shared a similar struggle in career choices, deciding between money or passion. We have a shared love of art, music, food and aesthetics. These are the things that have bonded us together through many moves, jobs, people, and places. It was through these shared passions that Drew came into the picture. It was a time in our lives when we were all wanting to grow artistically but feeling stuck in our current careers. The perfect trio began to form between the sisters d’art and Abelle. I can recall countless stories from this time which included our newly forming Nashville family as well. So many of the people here today are from those few years when we all wanted so desperately to create. Trent Dabbs and Matthew Perryman Jones were a huge inspiration during this time and continue to be. It is exciting to see their role in our lives from distant inspirations to dear friends. Drew, I could go on for hours with the stories of our times together. From our first photoshoot in the alley, countless drives between Nashville and Chicago, travelng together with the TOT gange, sharing new music, laughing about the adventures of Abelle and Ello. We have a unique bond as brother and sister in law that I cherish. I love you and am so happy that you are my brother. It is so amazing to have a sister and brother in law that appreciate and share similar passions. It makes the journey that much more sweet. Music is the connecting factor between us all. There is an excitement to be a part of the music community and create together. Cheers to a beautiful couple and a shared life of creating together! -Maid of Honor Speech
Two of the kindest souls I have met, Maya and Dino are the owners of a small boutique here in Portland called Lowell. From the first time I stepped in the door, I was enchanted and knew this was someplace special. Since then, I have celebrated my birthday in this space and made countless trips to peruse it’s wares. My small apartment is furnished with textiles and pieces from Lowell, as well as my daily wardrobe. I have an affinity for objects with stories and an affection for people who care enough to preserve those moments. Below are some photographs I made of Lowell along with an interview about it’s orgin. Enjoy!
A few weeks ago, some talented friends of mine opened a shop. This is no ordinary shop, but a collaborative woodworking, upholstering, soap making, leather tooling, magical workshop filled with the most amazing people and pieces. I met the owners, Robert and Jocelyn Rahm, several months ago when they were in the process of outfitting their warehouse to include both studios and a storefront. It was exciting to see the space take shape to their incredible vision. These two artists are among the most inspirational people I have yet to meet and I am lucky to have been a part of their story.
Sometimes, a few hours at the ocean with friends is all you need to restore tired spirits. This afternoon was one of those moments in time, when the world felt right. Laughter and leisure with the best of company, the light faded softly and we left California with full hearts.
Over the past few weeks, I had the opportunity to meet up with some of my dear friends on the road. Greylag was out on a six week tour with Augustana across the US. From Boulder to Salt Lake City to Los Angeles, the shows were all incredible! It was exciting to see several shows in a row, as each one took on their own identity and memories. This band is very special to me and I am looking forward to following their journey this year!
San Francisco in the spring is the place to be, and this past weekend it could not have been more delightful! I was traveling with my good friends Nathan Williams and Julie Pointer to help with the Kinfolk Brunch, the fourth in a series of twelve dinners across the country in 2012. The theme for this one was a spring farmers market in which local vendors contributed their wares as gifts for the guests. These items included flowers, soaps, homemade jam, walnuts, cheeses and wooden spoons. The brunch was a gathering of talent: Kinfolk contributors, writers, photographers, florists, and chefs. It was exciting to all be in the same place physically for a few hours, to share a meal and conversation. The highlight of the day for me was meeting one of my biggest inspirations, Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks. Her work has been the cornerstone from which I have grown artistically and continue to create the way I do.
Kinfolk Vol.3 was released in late March and is the second issue I had the privilege of contributing to. My favorite moment was when I received the magazine in the mail and saw one of my all time favorite photographs spreading two pages. I have been going through a difficult time of loss in my life, and it was a needed reminder of the love that I have given and shared. This photograph of a Paris apartment building was taken with my best friend at my side. I cherish this memory and moment. The photographs following are of my dear friend, Julie Pointer in her Portland apartment. While we have only known each other less than a year, her importance in my life is irreplaceable. Julie is a beautiful and inspiring soul that embodies the meaning of true friendship.
A roadtrip of 4,500 miles from Portland, OR to Austin, TX and back, brought meaning to March. The days were filled with music, laughter, and friendship. It was good to get away from the dreary gray and have the sun shower us. Greylag will be back on the road in April, this time in support of Augustana. Listen to their music HERE and look for them in your city soon!