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

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!