Ah, San Francisco… they say it’s what on the inside that counts… not so sure that would be the case for you. I was drop kicked into country girl mode by aggressive drivers & angry beggars but your outer beauty… yes, you won me over. SF’s architecture & bridges & diversity & coolness… I was SO lucky to have friends that gave me personal tours of the city. I am officially in love with Haight St… the diversity of having a cloudy wake-up in downtown SF to a sunny drive thru Oakland to a foggy breakfast in Sausalito to a rainy walk thru Muir Woods (all within a 2 hour time frame)… jaw-dropping bridges… an inspiring day of photography in Napa. Yep, it is a city that keeps you on your toes :)
I took a quick trip down last weekend to hang out with Sarah & Rachel for the day. Amazing artists that made me feel like I was being reunited with old friends. Not sure how (but I’m gonna keep taking it!) but I get so lucky with all these amazing people that come into my life. We chatted… had one of the best cheese sandwiches ever… and got to go play with three perfect little models at the cutest little train station against a vineyard (yeah.. wish I coulda taken that home in my back pocket!). Pretty good for a day’s work…
san francisco | CA
On our little WA/OR/NV/CA road trip we made a short stop in Ranco Cucamonga, CA for some fuel & Pinkberry (mmmm….) as we were walking back to the car a store caught my eye… I’ve fine-tuned my spidey- senses to pick up on random things I’ve never seen before (ie: stuff that could be used in a shoot). What I had found though was WeAreProud Clothing Co. First off- nicest staff EVER (and I think he even said he wasn’t being paid to be there, just watching the store cause he believed in the cause. Amen). Second- amazing shirts, tees & sweatshirts at every turn. Third- each item you buy gives back. The shirt I bought supports the Waterproof Blanket Project…
The WeAreProud Waterproof Blanket Project is an in house charity created in early 2008. Through the process of direct donation, every WAP product that supports this cause pays for a fifth of the manufacturing cost to produce one blanket. These blankets are then given to individuals without shelter. Each waterproof blanket is made of a highly durable 100% fully waterproof nylon barrier that can act as an umbrella during harsh weather conditions while the flip side is made of a comfortable 100% polyester fleece. Another unique feature is the zipper opening on the side that allows for the blanket to be insulated for further protection against the elements. The intention behind donating such an expensive yet purposeful item is to help those without shelter with something tremendously useful, a high quality survival tool.
Not too shabby, eh?
And their mission statement…
WeAreProud® is a small company with big plans.
Our goal is simple: to change the way other companies do business by leading through example.
At its heart,WeAreProud® is a movement.
Unlike other businesses that focus only on a profit margin, WeAreProud® builds everything on the ideology of giving back to the world we live in.
This is accomplished through a term we like to call “direct donation” which means, that instead of giving a percentage to charity, your donation pays for an actual “whole” product that is then given to someone who’s in need of your support.
We take this a step further by making it our trademark that every product we sell donates directly and you the customer pay for only the product being donated and we take care of the rest.
But perhaps the most exciting aspect of WeAreProud® is the idea that as it grows, so does its influence, which is the proof that there is a company, that’s business, is to make the world a better place.
By making charity a statement, we are all capable of sending the message to others that there is a population that’s conscientious and coming together to make a change.
Long story short… I was so impressed with what this company is doing & the route they are taking that I just wanted to share/spread the word/ask you to jump on the bandwagon (you won’t hear that out of my mouth too often so go for it!!!).
I’m not really sure what is going on over here… seems my head is spinning 100mph 24/7. The old ‘too many ideas, not enough time’ has hit me full force. And I don’t like it… when inspiration strikes, I want to do it right then & there. Get it ALL done but… alas, it isn’t happening. Last week was spent stringing 167 (but who’s counting?) origami cranes and painting sticks on my patio by porch light. This week is workworking & sewing. Yep- I am a party animal. It’s all worth it in the end though… love how it turned out and I think I’ve found my newest muse. This little girl kills me with cuteness…
K- more crafting to do… ;)
The last 8 days have been a blur… 7 shoots. Normally I would be beside myself (I am a one – two a week kinda girl) but it has been fantastic!! I have worked with the MOST amazing people. Done some suuuuuper fun shoots. And, somehow.. someway, totally kept on top of my workload and am sitting here with only one more session to edit (got so much done some people might call me a productive member of society). Last week I got to hang out with Paula and Sherry for not just one, but two days. This is the second mentoring session I have done this way and I think it is perfect. We get to do the normal routine the first day and then the second day is for anything we forgot and a photo shoot of the photographer (nothing like being on the other side of the camera to get a handle on how the client really feels- haha).
First, I want to introduce these wonderful ladies/photographers/friends…
And, OF COURSE, we had a fun little shoot on Day One. My friend/fellow photographer, Lindsay, was so awesome and loaned us her sweet model of a little girl…
And yes- she was that cute, giggly, and completely cooperative the whole time. LOVE her. And the two dark haired models? They were equally as amazing & sooo adorable (check out their mom’s cause here).
Sometimes I wonder how I get so lucky… then I quiet those thoughts, grab the opportunity and run with it ;) Thank you guys!!
I think it was the early 80′s when I first heard Madonna. I saw her mixed-dance-attire-sudo-street clothes, black rubber bracelets, rags tying her hair back… it was the Borderline video… and I was hooked. Apparently, as a little girl, I thought that dancing down the street looking like you just rolled out of bed was the thing to attain to. I proceeded to memorize and copy every single dance move & lyric I could behind the security of my closed bedroom door. And I’m pretty sure I was really good. No really. I mean, I still have some of them memorized (not that I would still do it to know of course) ;) For some reason (the painfully shy part of me most likely) I never actually asked to go to a dance class or entered a dance studio more than once in my childhood. Yep, it was kept for me alone (& my poor little sister that I made join in when back-up dancers were necessary). As I grew older I kept my love for dance. Read books & drooled over pictures of Martha Graham, Twyla Tharp, Alvin Ailey… so, of course, when I had my own little girl I assumed (k- kinda hoped & prayed) that she would love dance like I did. As soon as she hit the magic age of 3 we signed up for ballet. All I can say is that seeing that little 3 year old cutie with her buns, leotard & leg warmers was all I ever needed and I was good then & there. And, lucky us, she had the most fabulous teacher- Ms. Candace. So, you can’t imagine how excited I was when Ms. Candace emailed telling me her daughter needed Senior pictures aaaand… yes- she is a dancer. And yes.. she arrived with leg warmers & a tutu in hand. Me? oh-so-happy (mighta done a little dance even) ;)