It’s always a pleasure working with Leonie from Maple and Oak Designs. For her latest shoot, we had the incredible opportunity to work with Golden Acre Home and Garden. It’s always hard in Canada to find ways to do Spring & Summer lookbooks on a budget. It never fails that it’s the middle of winter when you need to have a fun and warm vibe.
The tropical department at Golden Acre is the perfect solution. Lush plants and deep greens make the perfect backdrop for a photoshoot like this one. We cannot thank Golden Acre enough for letting us use their space!
And I might have picked up a plant or two on the way out!
Check out the highlight from our shoot below!
Hands up if you have warm, happy feelings associated with yarn! There’s just something about that squishy fibre that’s so easy to love. It keeps us warm, comes in gorgeous colours, and can be expertly crafted into functional yet beautiful patterns to enjoy.
This is the world Chantal of Knitatude lives in. In her bright apartment, there’s a shrine-like quality to her studio. Nested in a large papasan chair, her hands move quickly to crank out beanies, scarves, and even purses in beautiful, brightly coloured yarn. Continue reading Makers in the Raw: Knitatude
It is 100% no secret that I love the products Leonie comes up with for her Maple and Oak Designs line of fashion accessories. There is literally something for everyone, which makes shooting a lookbook dynamic and fun!
After hunting around for a great location, we started the day off in Inglewood after discovering a great deep turquoise wall. The stunning deep colour was the perfect backdrop to give great contrast to all the Spring looks, like bright pastels and beautiful florals. Continue reading Maple and Oak Designs Lookbook 2016
With a motto like “nature simplified,” it’s easy to see how Kourtney Branagan’s Agnes in August line of modern string art pieces draw the essence of the Albertan wild indoors. The soft wood grains of the boards, lovingly sanded and finished, are contrasted with the perfect angles of stringed peaks, making artworks that are wonderful additions to the walls of every outdoor enthusiast’s home.
Born in Red Deer, but living in Calgary since she was four, Kourtney has always enjoyed everything the outdoors had to offer. Adventures with her mom took her and her brother snowshoeing through the snowy wilderness in winter and camping throughout her summers. Continue reading Makers in the Raw: Agnes in August
A few weeks ago, my mother and I were chatting about how hard my father has worked and how he’s never really known anything other than that. As he heads into retirement in the next year, it’s going to be a considerable adjustment for him. A large part of his identity comes from being a working man, and this could be a very tough change.
As we chatted, I realized I have never known anything but work, either. The more I thought about it, any downtime hobby I’ve ever tried to establish ended up turning into another source of income. What does that say about me? Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Continue reading Hobbies as Income
It started when I began organizing local handmade markets. Applications would come in from hopeful artists eager to sell their goods to Calgary’s many handmade supporters. Included in their applications were photographs of their work, descriptions of their process, all to be juried by myself and my co-organizers.
It was easy to see how many talented people there are in Calgary. These artists take seemingly mundane materials and transform them into something beautiful. They make everything one could possibly need, from fashionable clothing to elegant home goods. It leaves me feeling a little awestruck and throughly impressed. Continue reading Introducing “Makers in the Raw”
Last night, I had the chance to try something really amazing: a sensory deprivation tank at Urban Escape.
Check out the whole story over at my travel & lifestyle blog, Indiana Jill.
I recently wrote a blog post for The Camera Store about choosing your next DSLR if you’ve made it past the entry-level stage cameras. It has lots of information about choosing a new camera body and what to look for in lenses. Check it out here.