At Home // Brooklyn

Continuing my At Home series by following some of the originals to their new homes in Brooklyn, NY. Read more about their stories below. xx

From Ash: 

What makes your space feel like home? 

I went from living by myself in Seattle, a city that I had lived in for eight years and was very comfortable in, to packing everything up and heading across the country to live in a totally new city. I was a little nervous about moving in with so many roommates, all of whom were strangers, but I can’t imagine feeling more at home anywhere else in this city. My roommates are the coolest collection of smart, creative, caring individuals, and our home is a constant source of encouragement and joy because of the people who occupy each of the rooms.  It’s easy to get lost in such a big, fast city, and having this place— a place where I feel known and supported— gives me the energy to keep up with the rest of life.

What's been challenging about making this space a home?

I wouldn’t go so far as to say its been a challenge, but living harmoniously with five other people in one space requires a certain level of consideration and communication.  Everyone cares about this space and each other, so it ends up all working pretty smoothly. It just takes a bit more intention and awareness.

Is there anything that stays the same regardless of where you move?

PLANTS. When I first came to look at this apartment, I was SO excited at the amount of greenery they had throughout the space. Since moving in I’ve slowly added more and more plants to our collection. I moved to New York with three suitcases and my bike… so I don’t have any of my furniture or some of the things that I feel were important to my space in the past. But everywhere I live, I have a solid collection of plants, books on display and polaroid pictures on my wall. 

From Bethany:

What makes Brooklyn feel like home? 

Brooklyn is home because of the people and places outside of my space. Don't get me wrong — I love my roommates, my tetris-tiny room, and my weird beat-up building tucked under the BQE. But Brooklyn is "home" because of the people that fill my days and the parks, rooftops, and coffee shops that dot my map. Before I moved to New York, I didn't really understand why people in books and movies had so much ownership over NYC — a place that 8 million other people also call "theirs." But after so many amazing friendships found, new experiences had, and habits formed, I've found that I too have that ownership over this city. And it is truly mine because I'm always in it — seeing, experiencing, and discovering it.

Is there something sacred about your space? 

Light. My first apartment in Brooklyn was in a basement that I lovingly referred to as the "root haus." I had two tiny windows but for the most part my room was tucked underground with roots and foundation; lit by soft edison bulbs and candles. This space has two beautiful windows that wake up with sun and linger with the moonlight. Even on chilly days, I open the windows wide to let in fresh air and watch the sun move across my bed

Is there anything that you carry with you everywhere you move? 

Little model airplane, Canon F-1 (& a pack of film), and T.S. Elliot's, The Waste Land.

 

Thanks Ash & Bethany!
xx

Madi

I don't get to photograph seniors often, but when I do it is the BEST. Meet Madi, the babeliest of all seniors. (Who, by the way, made that flower crown from scratch.) Madi is just the sweetest soul and I'm so glad we got to spend the evening running through flower fields together. A few of my favorite frames. xo

 

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2013: A very good year

I've had an incredible season- one that surprised me, challenged me, and encouraged me to keep pushing and growing. I shot some of my favorite weddings, engagements, and personal work this year, and I'm so grateful for those clients who trusted me and became friends. I don't know if there's anything better than that.

Throughout the year I've been keeping a little post-it note of things I've learned- some photography related, some life-related. Thought I might share a few with you:

Vanity Fair is the perfect in-flight magazine. If you put off your dentist appointments for two years, your inevitable reunion will be unpleasant. Everyone you meet knows something you don't- find out what it is and learn from them. Read books you don't agree with, and surround yourself with people who think differently than you. Do your research before you shoot. Take time to plan. Do work that excites you, that isn't commissioned, and is entirely for yourself. Don't throw a lobster dinner party if you're allergic to shellfish. Seek out constructive criticism- don't be afraid of it. Find a good hairdresser, therapist, and dry cleaner- these things are all necessary in your 20's. Keep an "Idea Dump" book and take time to revisit your thoughts- don't let your ideas go to waste. Use your social media platform- whatever size it may be- to share your voice and speak about what's important to you. Taco Bell is no longer a good option. Don't overwater plants. Give freely. Ask why. Call home.

Thank you to all my wonderful couples and clients, and to my faithful blog readers who encourage me and follow along on my journey. Cheers to you. xo

 

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Brooke // At Home

Brooke Baker is an amazing designer + art director (who also happens to have one of my very favorite Instagram feeds) and just recently moved to Seattle. Brooke and her adorable pup Crosby let me peek into all their favorite corners for my At Home series, and I asked her to share some thoughts about decorating her space and what home means to her:

"To me, home is a special place -- a place for rest, a place of creativity, a place for friends. After traveling around for work for 6 months in San Francisco, Austin, and New York, I’ve finally been able to make myself a new home in Seattle.

I saw my new place as a blank canvas and with that, I chose to create as many custom pieces as possible. I decided to use copper and raw wood as my main materials and used them when I could. I also wanted to surround myself with plant life. Having plants around you makes you happy and I swear by it. Stock up Seattle, winter is coming.

My decorative style is inspired from many things, but mostly people and experiences. When I look around my apartment I’m constantly reminded of places I’ve been and the people I love. At the end of the day I find myself happy with my new home and proud of the things I was able to create."

Our shoot was also featured on Need Supply- head over there for some more interior goodness!
Thanks for sharing your space, Brooke. xo

 

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At Home // Part One

This is part one of what's meant to be an ongoing series: photographing people I love in the spaces they create for themselves. To me home is such a Petri dish for all that is real and quirky and authentic, which is why I get so excited when couples want me to photograph their engagement sessions (or even weddings!) at home. I want to continue to celebrate the safety and beauty that's found in these spaces, and I'm so grateful my job allows that. So hooray for lifetime projects, for exploring more of what you love, and for all the nooks and crannies in which we feel most like ourselves.
 

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