On Instagram collaborations and an expanding portfolio

Okay, so I admit that I had to find this blog under the huge pile of dust that had collected on it over the past four months. It's not that I don't have a long list of planned posts, but my motivation has just not been there.  I have been missing a creative spark - something that I could get excited about, something that would motivate me to sit down and write and share with you.

And it's not that I haven't been shooting, but much of it has been the SAME.  I have content fatigue from my own content. So when the lovely Conni from @artinthefind reached out to me on Instagram, I realized it was the creative lifeline that I needed. Conni is a fellow San Diegan who runs a successful fashion styling business, and she suggested that we meet and collaborate. Since one of my goals this year is to grow the lifestyle and editorial side of my portfolio, it seemed like the perfect match.

All the drama of the algorithm aside, I love the Instagram community. I love that you can find fellow creatives, admire their work, and potentially meet IRL and work together. Or at the very least have brunch together. And if collaborating means that I can also support a fellow female small business owner, that's even more exciting for me.

Kudos to Conni for trusting me with her lifestyle images, as my Instagram profile does not feature any portrait work. But I love shooting portraits, particularly when the model is as natural as Conni is and the venue is a cool as Kindred is.

So please consider this the launch of my lifestyle and editorial portfolio. I will be sharing more portraits here on the blog in the coming weeks - and Conni and I plan to work together more often, so expect to see her face again soon.

If anyone in the San Diego area is interested in working together on lifestyle and editorial shoots, please contact me!

Beyond Travel Photography

I am obsessed with lifestyle photography lately. I could scroll through portrait, street, and editorial photographers' feeds all day long. The composition, the lighting, the editing style .... there's so much thought and creativity that goes into it. I find it all incredibly inspiring.  And as much as I love travel photography - it will always be my go-to photographic style - I think the next challenge for me is to master my editorial style. All this to say that, occasionally, you may see a little bit more of this kind of thing on the blog and in my Instagram feed:

My daughter and I had the chance to visit an honest-to-goodness pumpkin patch at a local Pick Your Own farm this past week, and it was a great opportunity to test out my lifestyle lens. My favorite part, of course, was chasing after this little pumpkin (and trying to get her to look at the camera).

We passed by rows of fruit and vegetables, many lying dormant, waiting for their season to come again, but a few ripe stragglers remained.

The pumpkin patch was at the far end of the fields, and it was wonderfully wild and unkempt.

We set to work, both of us looking for "the one" (plus one for Daddy, of course).

What a fantastic place this was.  There weren't perfect rows of perfectly scrubbed pumpkins in the perfect shade of orange to select and take home, but rather pumpkins of all shapes and colors and varieties, still clinging to their vines, waiting for someone to get their fingernails dirty in the quest for the right one.  So get dirty we did.  And that beautiful bright orange one?  That one was all mine.

So am I ready to push my limits when it comes to my style? Yes. Do I have a lot to learn? More than I can even wrap my head around. But I'm always game for a good challenge. Let's do this.