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All About Light: Week 17

All About Light is a weekly photography project by two friends who met virtually while working on their respective Project 365s in 2013-2014. We quickly realized that we enjoyed each other’s photos and always looked forward to seeing what the other one shared. Since we both have a love for the genre of street photography, we found ourselves capturing intriguing signage in unexpected places and laughed about who might get the next best shot of a crazy sign. After finishing our Project 365, we decided to take on a weekly project to study the use of light and learn about ways to improve our photography by focusing on different light sources. Each month we will focus on a different source of light in our photos. We hope you enjoy what we capture as we learn all about light.

February flew by! It’s the last week, which means we get to share a favorite shot of the month with you. The purple tone of these tulips is so rich (they almost look pink) and I love how they show up against the white marble. Of course, you know I had to have my coffee while I was setting up this shot. Hope these flowers brighten your week!

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{tulips}

Beth of Beth Moses Photography and I became friends in 2013, while sharing our photos in a large group of Project 365ers online. As the year went on, we realized how much we had in common and even had a friendly competition of shooting odd signage and tagging the other one with “Your turn!”. Besides our shared interest in photographing everyday moments, we also share a passion for coffee and the south. I’m so glad I get to continue to share my thoughts on photography with Beth, and now, this project, too. Now, go check out Beth’s photo this week!: Pocket Puppy

 

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Perfect Timing: Week 17

Perfect Timing is a weekly photography project by two friends who met in college, became roommates and have been close ever since. We share a love for languages and travel, and although we’re from the same southern state, we now live on different continents, balancing a demanding work life with a private life. We both agree that everything happens for a reason, whether we see these moments as positive or negative at the time, propelling us ahead or slowing us down. We hope you will join us each week, as we share little moments of Perfect Timing with you.

This past weekend I got to spend some time in a couple of of my favorite parts of L.A. with a friend. Venice Beach and Santa Monica give me a feeling of having hit the reset button every. single. time. There’s something so laid back and enjoyable about hitting the streets in these areas and exploring everything on foot. My friend Jessica was in town from Wisconsin and it was our first time to meet in person after a couple of years of virtual friendship (we “met” through her Etsy shop). She’s even more awesome than I thought she’d be and is so genuine. It was a fantastic day, just hanging out and exploring these beach towns while shopping, drinking fabulous coffee and talking about our businesses. I definitely felt like I’d hit the reset button by the time Monday rolled back around, which I’ve come to learn is so important.

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{venice}

Mary of Moe-Digger Photography and I became friends in college after we realized how much we had in common. We each grew up with three brothers, played sports and studied history, languages and cultures. I still remember our SLR cameras and our love for shooting with film. We have shared many wonderful experiences together over the years and have supported each other through some of the most significant moments in our adult lives. I am excited to take on this project with her. Check out Mary’s Perfect Timing photo for this week, too: Fresh Flowers.

 

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Perfect Timing: Week 16

Perfect Timing is a weekly photography project by two friends who met in college, became roommates and have been close ever since. We share a love for languages and travel, and although we’re from the same southern state, we now live on different continents, balancing a demanding work life with a private life. We both agree that everything happens for a reason, whether we see these moments as positive or negative at the time, propelling us ahead or slowing us down. We hope you will join us each week, as we share little moments of Perfect Timing with you.

The basilica in downtown Phoenix is small, but boy does it have character. The Spanish tile roof and and creamy stone walls make it stand out among the other buildings downtown. I was lucky enough to capture several shots from different angles just before sunset. This photo is of the main stairwell (well, one small part of it) that leads up the main doors. I wish I had been able to go inside!

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{spiritual steps}

Mary of Moe-Digger Photography and I became friends in college after we realized how much we had in common. We each grew up with three brothers, played sports and studied history, languages and cultures. I still remember our SLR cameras and our love for shooting with film. We have shared many wonderful experiences together over the years and have supported each other through some of the most significant moments in our adult lives. I am excited to take on this project with her. Check out Mary’s Perfect Timing photo for this week, too. It’s stunning!: Snowy Shadows.

 

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Baum-kuchen: A Quick studio visit

I had been wanting to visit the Baum-kuchen studio since I heard about the shop from my friend Mary. She told me all about the Traveler’s Notebook, which she has in black. I really liked the concept of the TN and decided I needed a dark brown one. It arrived very quickly, and it was so nicely wrapped. I started following Wakako’s updates from Baum-kuchen and really enjoyed seeing how she and others use their Traveler’s Notebooks in their daily lives. In fact, after reading several posts (and after talking to Wakako… more on that in a moment!), I understood that the Traveler’s Notebook is one of the main reasons Wakako wanted to open Baum-kuchen. I love that she wanted to share this notebook, which has so many possibilities, with others.

As it turns out, after I heard about the TN and Baum-kuchen, we learned we were moving to Southern California. I had been in touch with Wakako and told her that I really wanted to come visit her studio soon. Well, six months later, I went (last weekend)! It was so nice to finally meet her and to visit the studio I’d read so much about already.

IMG_3288When I arrived at the studio, I introduced myself to Wakako, who immediately started showing me around. She asked to see my Traveler’s Notebook, so I pulled it out and showed her how I had it set up and how I typically use it. I also explained that I would like to use it more than I do and that I just wasn’t sure I had it set up in a way that was working for me. She asked me a few questions and told me about some of the new items in the shop.

After looking around for a while, I decided to add a few things to my TN and remove a couple of items as well. I think I finally have it set up in a way that will work for me on a daily basis. I have been using it daily ever since!

I already had the 014 Kraft Note and the 003 Blank Notebook, but I knew I wanted a third notebook, preferably with lines. Wakako showed me the 002 Grid Notebook and the 001 Line. I really liked that the 001 Line has college rule lines, instead of wide rule, so I went with that.

DSC_5583As you can see, the notebooks are not very thick, so it allows you to put several together in the same Traveler’s Notebook.

DSC_5568I also really liked the idea of having a leather insert inside my TN, since I knew I’d be more inclined to carry it if I could throw in some of my credit cards, cash and ID as well. So, I picked up the [Essential] Leather Zipper Case/Card Holder, designed and made by 1.61 Soft Goods in collaboration with Baum-kuchen. The card slots hold up to 4 cards (maybe you could put 5, but I haven’t tried) each. I use the zipper side for change and any loose objects or extra cards I don’t want to lose.

DSC_5575It’s perfect to grab my TN and my keys if I just need to run some errands and want to have all of my most necessary items with me, without having to carry a bag. I like the soft leather, and of course, the smell of great leather is amazing.

I also splurged and picked up a beautiful Dimension Leather Pouch / TN size in dark brown. It was also made by 1.61 Soft Goods in downtown L.A. and made to fit the Traveler’s Notebook. There is a Traveler’s Passport size, too, in case you prefer the smaller notebooks.

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DSC_5564I was so excited when Wakako pulled out the other Dimension Leather Pouches so that I could see the character and look of the leather of each one. She’s right. They each have a bit of a different look. I love that about handmade goods–no two are the same! I can’t wait to see the look of the leather as it wears over the years. That’s the beauty of items like these. They change with you and become more beautiful over time with wear.

It was so nice of Wakako to take the time to show me the studio and to help me set up my Traveler’s Notebook in a way that works for me. I could really feel her pride in her studio and business. It is such a special thing for me to meet and talk to other small business owners. I think it’s because I have my own business and I know the time and sweat that it takes to run it. I could feel Wakako’s passion for her studio and the beautiful items she carries that are cherished by her customers for years. I’m already looking forward to my next visit. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a lovely phrase that Wakako and her family share and that really resonates with me: “The journey is the destination.”

 

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Songbird Coffee & Tea House

I was in Phoenix this month for meetings and arrived the afternoon before my meetings started. After a quick lunch, I headed to a local coffee shop a few blocks from my hotel. Songbird Coffee & Tea House is located on Roosevelt Street (or Roosevelt Row) in downtown Phoenix. This is a very walkable part of Phoenix where creatives come together to hang out and display their work in the local galleries and boutiques.

DSC_5469Songbird has a very relaxed feel, from Scrabble-type lettering on the menu to comfy couches and long tables for patrons to work or meet over a cup of coffee. The wood tones and pendant lighting throughout the café give it an industrial feel. The birdcages displayed in the shop are a nice detail. Their roaster is Cortez Coffee Company of Tempe, Arizona.

DSC_5488I opted for a pour over after reading that Songbird has the best pour overs in Phoenix. I chose the Colombian, a heavy bodied blend with bright acidity. I thought the metal piping as a stand for the pour over was a nice touch.

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DSC_5474The barista was extremely friendly and gave me a guide for Roosevelt Row. She marked some other cool spots in the area and told me about First Fridays A.R.T.S. Market.

DSC_5483I took a seat on one of the stools near the counter by the window and spent an hour reading and catching up with friends on social media, while I enjoyed my pour over. If you’re ever in the Phoenix area and want a bold cup of coffee, be sure to check out Songbird and the Roosevelt Row.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2015 in Coffee, Photography, Travel

 

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All About Light: Week 16

All About Light is a weekly photography project by two friends who met virtually while working on their respective Project 365s in 2013-2014. We quickly realized that we enjoyed each other’s photos and always looked forward to seeing what the other one shared. Since we both have a love for the genre of street photography, we found ourselves capturing intriguing signage in unexpected places and laughed about who might get the next best shot of a crazy sign. After finishing our Project 365, we decided to take on a weekly project to study the use of light and learn about ways to improve our photography by focusing on different light sources. Each month we will focus on a different source of light in our photos. We hope you enjoy what we capture as we learn all about light.

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, and several holidays ago, we stopped giving big gifts and started planning experiences to enjoy together instead. We spent the entire day together, hanging out and checking out new places. We finished it off with a movie that my husband had been wanting to see for a while. When we left, there was a light and water show going on in the fountain outside the cinema. I knew this had to be my neon light shot for this week. I love how they timed the water to shoot into the air in rhythm with the music, and the added red lights made it that much more fun to watch. Hope your Valentine’s Day was enjoyable, too!

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{Light show}

Beth of Beth Moses Photography and I became friends in 2013, while sharing our photos in a large group of Project 365ers online. As the year went on, we realized how much we had in common and even had a friendly competition of shooting odd signage and tagging the other one with “Your turn!”. Besides our shared interest in photographing everyday moments, we also share a passion for coffee and the south. I’m so glad I get to continue to share my thoughts on photography with Beth, and now, this project, too. Now, go check out Beth’s photo this week! She captured a great street shot in one of my favorite cities: NYPD.

 

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Perfect Timing: Week 15

Perfect Timing is a weekly photography project by two friends who met in college, became roommates and have been close ever since. We share a love for languages and travel, and although we’re from the same southern state, we now live on different continents, balancing a demanding work life with a private life. We both agree that everything happens for a reason, whether we see these moments as positive or negative at the time, propelling us ahead or slowing us down. We hope you will join us each week, as we share little moments of Perfect Timing with you.

I hit the streets last week when I was in Phoenix on business. I only had the afternoon that I arrived to get out with my camera. So, I grabbed some lunch, scoped out a fun coffee shop and enjoyed some time walking around downtown. As I was crossing an alley, I happened to look up and saw this mural on the side of a building. Downtown Phoenix has lots of colorful, hand-painted murals. It was fun to see so many different ones and I am sure there are even more. This one seemed beautiful to me, amid all the brick and grime of the alley. Hope you enjoy!

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{alley art}

Mary of Moe-Digger Photography and I became friends in college after we realized how much we had in common. We each grew up with three brothers, played sports and studied history, languages and cultures. I still remember our SLR cameras and our love for shooting with film. We have shared many wonderful experiences together over the years and have supported each other through some of the most significant moments in our adult lives. I am excited to take on this project with her. Check out Mary’s Perfect Timing photo for this week, too: Sign of Life.

 

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