It was only a matter of time before I included myself in this narrative.
This time we're talkin' about my main amiga, Edie Sedgwick!
November is her birth month (I don't actually know her birthday), so it's only appropriate to celebrate.
Edie's name used to be Spider Monkey, named by the librarian who worked at The Fashion School back in college.
Apparently she was a psycho and crazy. Aren't I so lucky to have her?
Ironically enough ended up getting named after the librarian who found her. Little Edith.
Found hiding underneath parked cars in Cleveland Heights, she currently spends her days... hiding under actually everything and anything in her apartment. Even after four years together she runs away from me 9 out of 10 times.
Edie's hobbies include:
1) Sleeping where I can't find her
2) Sleeping on the couch
3) Playing with her feather toys
4) Judging everything about you
5) Eating too fast
6) Running errands around the apartment
7) Meowing for absolutely no reason at all
8) Head bunting
9) Head bunting
At any rate. She's my skittish little tiny baby cat who I'm pretty sure decided she didn't want to be a full-sized animal and I love her despite the fact that she's terrible at listening. She's just really really good at head-bunting my forehead.
Big thanks to our best cat dad ever, Woody, for being quick enough to snap our little bonding moment.
aaaaand we're back!
Emilia, Emmy for short, comes to us from the tropical purr-adise of Florida.
Her mommy is Laura.
Laura is my friend and she was kind enough to date my friend Chad so we could become the bestest cat lady friends.
But back to Emmy. She's a beautiful black fuzzy fuzz with eyeballs who is kinda hard to photograph.
Have you ever tried taking a photo of a black cat? It looks mostly like this: O.O
I know you just wanna get straight to the cute cat pictures, but HOLD UP buddy.
A few fun facts about Emilia!
1. Her namesake is based on Emilia Clarke, who plays Danaerys (yas kween) on "Game of Thrones"
1a. I still haven't seen "Game of Thrones" - yea yeah yeahh
2. Her hobbies include: rolling around in sunny spots, stalking squirrels in the backyard, and enjoying long tummy rubs.
3. If cats had jobs, she would work in Quality Control for Fancy Feast cat food, but would be written up for sampling.
4. Her other nicknames include: Millie, Sweet Angel Cat, + Fuzz
5. Her mom found out that black cats are the highest risk in shelters, because people are superstitious dummies and so she wanted to save the kitties. Sounds like it was the opposite of bad luck for this duo (dad jokes).
Okay, okay. Let's get to the cute stuff. I present Miss Emilia Hagon!
Here's the thing: if you're a in a creative field the world is your oyster in regard to the work you could possibly produce. But if you're trying to be everything to everyone, you'll drive yourself crazy.
It's perfectly fine to be a Jack or Jill-of-few trades.
My background is in product development. It was my job to make all the details matter. I would stare at something within 12 inches of my face for 8 hours a day for close to three years. So it's no surprise that my photography specializes in portrait and product. I like working within tight confines.
It's good to do things that also scratch a personal itch.
And right now, that itch is a new project called:
Cats of Denver
Without further adieu, meet...
Kelsey + Butters!
Kelsey and I actually used to play softball back in the day, and she's peppered my life with adventures ever since.
Butters is a professional soccer player. Besides his incredibly good looks (you can't deny the handsomeness), he's very flexible, hard working, athletic, and loves to kick and flip his favorite toys. He's also quite the momma's boy, and makes sure his social calendar is full between naps, exercise, laying in the bath tub, and catching up on his TV shows.
In the book "Outliers", author Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes roughly ten thousand hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field.
I love photography. Sometimes I want nothing more than to take a long weekend away from the camera.
But, more often than not I will always take my camera with me.
It's good to shoot the unknown, Whether it be people or places.
Unless it's client headshots, I'm usually taking photos of myself or Wood, both of which I'm very familiar.
But it's really fun to work with that new-new.
So, meet Ashley!
Ashley is a student and owner of The Kim Review, a blog dedicated to beauty and fashion. Girl can werk an eyebrow!
If I had my way, I'd showcase all my Denver boss babes. So... if you're looking for a new profile pic, let's chat.
Click "read more" for some more Ashley love.
(P.S. thanks for modeling, girlfrand!)
I think New Orleans is starting to become a new tradition in my life. You might remember I went last January for my birthday. Woody rented a camera for me to shoot with, and it changed my life. Everything is so colorful, moody, and vibrant. If Nola doesn't make you feel something... then I'm not I feeling you...
I've got a bit of a dual-serving post here. I actually went back to New Orleans for a bachelorette party (yay Amanda Steinmetz!) in February to celebrate with me and thirteen other ladies! (Yeah, we run deep)
This was my first bachelorette party, so I was so excited for the celebrations but also thrilled to return back to The Big Easy. Between these trips a LOT has happened:
Got fired from my job
Bought my camera
Spent a week in Mexico
Backpacked for a month in Europe
Secured my first clients
Road trip'd alone to Las Vegas and Joshua Tree
Traveled to Austin
Shot a wedding & two engagements
Enjoyed a second year around the sun with Wood
Flew to San Diego + visited Tijuana
A little over a year ago I was working in product development and designing children's clothes and accessories. Today, I'm a photographer focused on product and portrait. I've spent the better half of 2016 trying to figure out what I wanted. I thought I wanted to be a social media manager. So I began managing @WestElmDenver and went full-steam ahead killing it and garnering my own clients. I felt great! I felt happy. But, then I wasn't.
Turns out, deep down that wasn't at all what I wanted to do.
I was doing good work. But, I wasn't doing great work that I was excited about.
So after some time, I slowly left it all. With a brand new year (new year, new me heyyy!) I really thought out what I actually enjoyed about the work I had done over the last few years.
I realized I was happiest when I was using my camera.
But I definitely don't have it all figured out. Nobody does.
You just gotta do good shit, and put it into the world, and work hard, and be nice.
Taking a cue from Woody, I've started working on side-projects and passion projects too.
That being said, my skills have gotten SO much better.
That 10,000 hours thing is true.
If you're interested, you can see my humble beginnings here
Otherwise, please enjoy my last visit.