I’ve always loved writing and I like to think I’ve excelled in this realm. Although, it is a solitary trade and at times I find myself spending too much time in front of my computer screen instead of in front of the faces of other like-minded creatives – creatives that could make great friends!
While writing is my craft I have to acknowledge that there are so many other art forms in the universe which I have not developed a skill for. Perhaps one of the most important of these is the ability to capture real live moments and trap them forever, frozen in time. Yes, I’m talking about photography. Sure, I can take a mean iPhone snapshot of my morning donut, but true photography is not my strong suit.
I think about my blog and all the ways professional photos have enhanced it. Without them, it’s almost as if my blog is standing on one foot – slightly off-balance and not completely whole. I have one individual in particular to thank in this post – the first photographer I partnered with. Or, as I like to call her, my serendipity photographer and first uplifting girl tribe member, Danielle.
is, it’s basically whimsical home goods and clothing on crack. They are the same company that owns Free People and Urban Outfitters. This company is pretty much winning at life.
We met at EscoGelato one rainy evening to hash out the details of our mega shoot. This meant hauling all manner of garments to Danielle’s for a day long photo shoot. I was stoked and seriously nervous.
During our first meetup, Danielle let me in on her creative career goals and I was immediately moved. Staring at the sparkly green-eyed beauty before me, I absorbed her future dreams as a photographer and really grew to know her passion for the craft.
“What I love about photography is capturing emotion in time. I love that I can show people how I see and create beautiful things,” Danielle has since shared with me.
“It’s hard to really explain it, but I just feel like it’s always been a part of who I am.”
When it comes to creative collaboration and girl tribe magic, Danielle supports the concept that two heads are better than one. I couldn’t agree more.
“I love working with people who have similar visions to me. Then we can create INCREDIBLE things! It’s just like brainstorming in the workplace, more minds mean more creative ideas and I love that,” says Danielle.
Her words are juicy girl tribe collaboration inspiration for me. What’s the fun in hoarding genius creativity when it can be brought to life and enhanced with the help of others?
The day of the shoot encompassed taking a long, windy drive through gorgeous hill county. I was immediately greeted by Danielle’s two silvery standard poodles, Sophie and Stella, upon arrival. Then came her cats Oliver (he has freckles on his lips and likes to wander out of the house when the door is left open) and Cooper, a lovable tuxedo patterned cat. It immediately felt like a warm environment.
– the adorable and gifted florist we partnered with for the day – delicious scrambled eggs with cheese sprinkled in. They were THE BEST eggs I’ve ever had and their crispy perfection will haunt me forever.
What came out of the initial awkwardness of working with my first photographer was a new friendship. It was seriously the neatest thing. Scale some hills in platform heels or endure a winding hour-long car ride with someone and trust me, there is bonding to be had.
Danielle and I have collaborated on two photo shoots thus far. In the span of those hours we’ve seen a glorious mountaintop sunset, avoided weird downtown Escondido youths, enjoyed Kettle Coffee & Tea treats, wandered down unexplored trails, grabbed hands for leaping and climbing over all sorts of terrain to get the perfect shot, searched for an escaped house cat, arranged a dozen coffee mugs on a hand-painted cabinet, and shared genuine conversations about faith and life.
Do you have an uplifting girl tribe? How did you form your group? I’d love to hear how you continually inspire others with like-minded goals.
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