Wednesday Wrap-Up Vol. 4

Happy Wednesday again! It's fun that the week is almost over again thanks to a lazy Monday. Even more exciting, I just booked my trip to Brazil! I'll be gone from the 22nd to the 6th, and I can't waaaiiittt. It'll be my first real international trip, my first time flying alone, all kinds of big things. I have about 3 weeks to pick up some Portuguese!

Besides the trip, I've had a few other fun things on my radar. First up we've got 40 Days of Dating, a project by designers Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman. Two close friends agree to date each other for 40 days to figure out their various love problems, and they write about their frustrating, adorable, confusing, romantic daily experiences. Today is day 38 of the posts, so you're just in time for the finale.

Oh, and here's my new favorite joke: It's hard to explain puns to kleptomaniacs because they take things literally. Ha. Haha.

In other, less cheesy news, today is my first day as an intern at Fay Gold Gallery in west midtown. Fay is seriously amazing: her original gallery (from 1980-2009) put Atlanta on the art world map. Now in her 80s, she's back with a more maverick approach and I'm so excited to be a part of her new adventures!

After meeting with Fay and her team on Friday, I stopped by Big Studio to visit everyone there. I had the pleasure of having lunch with Marcie, who is one of the sweetest women I know, and checking out our new neighbor. Stationside opened a couple of months ago as an extension of Terminal West at King Plow, a much needed food spot in the midst of all the other businesses in the center. Their menu has a mouth-watering selection of mostly local, house-made goodies, ranging from tempura avocado to pb&j french toast. I sampled the adobo tots and the smoked tofu BLT, which was deliciously messy. Seriously, the fact that my white dress survived that lunch is nothing short of a miracle, but I'd gladly wear an apron next time so I can enjoy the sandwich without worry. If "tofu bacon" is too scary for you, I also heard rave reviews about their ham and cheese sandwich. 

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I'd like to add a Braves win to my list of favorite things this week, but they happened to lose miserably on Sunday. But I did get to tailgate in a lightning storm with Neil and my family before the game, and I got this sweet free hat. Be sure to come back next week for new photos from a project I'm starting, and y'all have a great weekend! 

Wednesday Wrap-Up: Vol. 3

This week's wrap up is a little more photographer-oriented, but don't run away just yet because I snuck in some food as well (is anyone really surprised?). 

You can also do bicep curls with this thing. It's massive.

You can also do bicep curls with this thing. It's massive.

I'm starting a new portrait project, building a structure of my own now that I'm outside the deadlines and pressure of school. If you happen to know of productive, creative people under 30 here in Atlanta, please send them my way! I'll be documenting them through the month of September and beyond. I'm always on the lookout for inspiration, and one of my favorite places is Vanity Fair: The Portraits.  It was the first real photo book I bought for myself, and I highly recommend it to other photographers who are starting to build their own libraries. As a huge Annie fan, I also suggest her book At Work. 

One of my favorite shots in the book, Nicole Kidman by Annie Leibovitz

One of my favorite shots in the book, Nicole Kidman by Annie Leibovitz

If you're like me, and looking to get out on your own as a professional photographer, then you should know about Photoshelter. Their webinars are great to listen to while retouching, and their pdf guides cover sooo much information. I try to read at least one of them each week and work on the various business and marketing suggestions. Find them here.  

Even if you're not a photographer, you can enjoy the photo love here in the ATL. You may have seen photos with #weloveatl or even made it out to the gallery show a while back. Now there's a truck! With a recently funded Kickstarter and an early debut at Living Walls, the truck will be roaming around the city (especially during Atlanta Celebrates Photography) sharing pop-up shows, projections, and prints. Check out their page here, and contribute your own moments by using the hashtag!

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I did promise food, so here we go. Maybe one day I'll share a healthy recipe, but this isn't it. My mom found a recipe for "Chubby" Chicken and Cream Cheese Taquitos, and yes, the name is accurate so I don't recommend eating this too often. As a vegetarian, I sub in Morningstar Farms chik'n strips, but what really makes this so good is the combination of crunchy tortillas and melted-together cream cheese and salsa. I also add in extra baby spinach to make myself feel better. This time around, I had more filling than tortillas, and had the idea to use it as an omelet filling. Only my love of combining cream cheese with eggs could motivate me to try again to make an omelet: I've never before made one that didn't fall apart and become ugly scrambled eggs. Turns out I wasn't putting in enough oil to keep the eggs from sticking (I'm notoriously stingy with butter). For me, that meant putting a bit more butter than what I was already uncomfortable with, and then not fussing with the omelet. Just trust it, it will do its thing, all you need to do is add in melty cheesy tangy goodness. Life lessons over breakfast.

Wednesday Wrap-Up Vol. 2

It's Wednesday again! This past weekend was packed full of camera-carrying fun: shooting a swanky event for UrbanDaddy, artsy parties for the Living Walls Conference, a going away party for a lovely client and friend, testing with Livi of CW Model Management and IMG, and assisting on a look book shoot for Laurel Newport with Stephen Archer. 

Accidental matching seems to be a recurring thing for me.

Accidental matching seems to be a recurring thing for me.

Killer Mike performing at The Goat Farm for LW13

Killer Mike performing at The Goat Farm for LW13

Since I shot several events, my favorite thing this week is my new DIY Flash Diffuser. I was looking into the overpriced tupperware made by Gary Fong and loved by event photographers everywhere, but then I found this. It's actually made from a shelf liner found at Ikea for $4. It works like a charm, looks no more ridiculous than the real thing, and rolls up neatly to fit into my camera bag. I tested it out at the UrbanDaddy event at Briza where guests received a card that they swiped against a tablet held by my assistant to immediately download their photos. Woooo technology!

Super professional-looking photo of the set up

Super professional-looking photo of the set up

The adorable guys from Kick the Robot

The adorable guys from Kick the Robot

The traditional Italian method of drinking limoncello. 

The traditional Italian method of drinking limoncello. 

My second favorite thing this week is technically something I found a few weeks ago, but I've been thinking on it lately. Writer George Saunders delivered this speech to the class of 2013 at Syracuse University. He talks about all the forces preventing us from acting in kindness and why you should overcome them.

So here’s something I know to be true, although it’s a little corny, and I don’t quite know what to do with it:

What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness.

Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded…sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly.
— George Saunders

On a less serious note, does anyone else love TV commercial music as much as I do? I first heard "Problem" by Natalia Kills on one of those shoe website ads, and now it plays on repeat when I'm working out. Obvious runner up for favorite song of the week is Gaga's new single, Applause. (Explicit version of the song posted here, so you might want to put in headphones before rocking out at work)

Finally, one of my favorite people and clients: Kathleen, Yelp Atlanta's now-former Community Manager. She's introduced me to so many fabulous people and some great cocktails, and makes me wish I was a redhead. If you see her around the city, you can follow her trail of sequins to see the best restaurants, events, and bars that Atlanta has to offer. 

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Wednesday Wrap-Up

Whoops, I've been away from blogging for a bit (hopefully no one's noticed how much I struggle with keeping up). While I get some other projects ready to show you, I thought I'd try something new that I've been considering for a while. See, I spend A LOT of time reading things. As a kid I devoured books (fiction and nonfiction) from the library. Weirdly enough, I even loved reading and writing essays in school as I got older. Now, I'm obsessed with consuming information via the internet, which has become excessive at times, so if anyone has good tips on unplugging, please send them my way!

But perhaps as a way to DO something with the digital material I've been collecting, I'm going to start sharing some of my favorite finds on here. Like Pinterest, but without the endless scroll and resulting time warp. So here we go! 

 

If you've heard your friends raving about Orange is the New Black, trust them. I finished the whole first series in a little more than one weekend. Hilarious, sad, and thought-provoking with a cast that I'm already missing. Put on some sweatpants and grab a friend's Netflix login, you're in for a long night. 

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  photo from Mystic Mamma via Leah Tioxon

 photo from Mystic Mamma via Leah Tioxon

Does anyone else have a mental list of amazing people that they'd really like to get to know better? Leah Tioxon  is near the top of that list for me. My first photography internship was with her and her husband, LeahandMark.com, and she's been a force of light in my life ever since (even just from her blogs and FB posts). She's even in my first photo book! She just launched her own Holistic Energy Healing and Reiki practice so now everyone can have access to her awesomeness. 

photo courtesy of Food Network

photo courtesy of Food Network

If I had known how delicious my lunch was going to be, I would have taken a photo of it myself. I love watching Food Network, especially Ina Garten, so today I threw together her stupidly easy recipe for Spaghetti Aglio E Olio. I'll probably be making it tomorrow too.  

Unintentional matching. We both refused to change shirts.

Unintentional matching. We both refused to change shirts.

Some of my FB friends have been passing around a post by Mark Manson, an author and former dating coach, called 6 Toxic Relationship Habits Most People Think Are Normal. Not in a relationship? Bookmark it for later. Dude really hit the nail on the head here, and even if you feel happy in your relationship, it's good to stay mindful of these potential issues. Heck, apply them to any kind of relationship you've got – you probably shouldn't be blaming a coworker for your emotions either. 

So there you have it, the first Wednesday Wrap-Up. Let me know in the comments if I should keep this up, what you think about these links, or if there's different category you'd like to see. And keep spreading lovely things online, I'm soaking them all up!