When I went home for Thanksgiving, the weather was so perfect and I spent a lot of time outside. Living in the city makes you appreciate the outdoors even more - I realized that I'd started to forget how wonderful it feels to just exist in nature. You start to forget about all the stars and sunsets and quietness and freshness. It felt like I had new eyes almost. I took a lot of time to reflect while walking around Walden Pond, enjoyed good conversations with my parents, caught up with old friends, and breathed. Deeply.
I'm really excited to introduce this new column to the blog. The idea came to me unexpectedly while I was reading about a Danish photographer, Ditte Isager. Of course the majority of the article is about her work, but she also briefly talks about Danish culture.
It never really occurred to me that there really is a tendency to meet friends somewhere other than the home, especially living in the city. Of course when you live in a place that boasts delicious food on nearly every corner, it seems the obvious choice over inviting some friends over to try my homemade pizza. But then again, there are so many benefits to bringing friends home with you: not worrying about how to split the bill (it's comical how long it takes my friends and I to figure this out), it's cheaper, and best of all it's more relaxing. Looking back, some of my best memories with friends are when we prepare breakfast burritos together, or when I have friends over for dinner and drinks. It just feels cozier and more intimate, inviting others into your home. Plus, there's the added benefit of having to keep your home presentable! As I come into my mid-twenties (eek!) I've been thinking a lot more about how I want my home to feel, and it always comes back to a focus on entertaining guests (and making the transition into "grown up" furniture, ha!) It's something I want to embrace more in life.
How awesome is this home?! I love all the colors of Isabelle Tuchband's house and studio. Wouldn't you love to put on some great music and paint all day inside all those windows and bright light? I love all the colors she uses to tie her home together, it's so inviting and enticing.
A few weeks ago I traveled home to Boston after almost a year of being away. It was my Mom's birthday and my father and I planned a last minute surprise for her, which we totally pulled off! It was really great to be home and just relax. We enjoyed some time on the ocean for brunch, which is one of my favorite places in the whole wide world.
I love the simplicity of the idea behind Instagram - connecting photography to social media in a simple format. It's great to see people from all around the world sharing little tidbits of their lives, or even seeing companies incorporating it into their marketing structure. Isn't it fascinating how many different ways we can use the same social media platform for different purposes?
Since I'm constantly searching for ways to market my freelance business in fun and unique ways, I did a little research and discovered this awesome, crowd sourced music video that The Vaccines created using Instagram photos from their fans. What a great way for fans to feel connected to an artist they admire, to actually be included in one of their music videos. It's really refreshing to see examples of social media being used in a meaningful way - it has certainly evolved from reading about what everyone had for lunch. While I think social media can be a slippery slope, there are so many wonderful ways to learn about the world because of it.
This is the start of a weekly series featuring highlights from my own instagram feed, my own little tidbits. Enjoy!