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Month: June, 2013

My time with Kinfolk Magazine

I’m so excited to share with you guys a little post about my time doing an internship with Kinfolk! I first came across Kinfolk right after they launched their first issue and immediately felt drawn to the simply beautiful aesthetic and the idea of gathering around a meal with your loved ones. I kept up with their online journal and eagerly awaited the next volume, then in February of 2012, my friend Parker Fitzgerald asked me if I wanted to be in a shoot for the magazine. I am not that comfortable in front of a camera, but I was excited to get to be a part of a magazine I enjoyed. The photo shoot was a really fun experience, and getting to be in Volume Four was great, but I had no idea that meeting the forces behind the magazine would take me where it did this spring.

Since the photo shoot last winter, I had kept in touch with the people at Kinfolk. I did some work with the shipping department and as time went on I got to know them better. One day while at the offices, I found out that they were looking for interns for spring. Though I had never done any work with a publication before, I felt prompted to at least talk to them about it, even with me having no experience. Honestly, I thought it was a long shot, but I just had to try. That long shot paid off, because after a few talks and me sending in a writing sample (which incidentally was the first thing I had written in years and I wrote while sitting on the floor at Powell’s while waiting to see Dave Eggers, one of my favorite authors), I got the position of Spring Intern.

Going into it, I really had no idea what to expect. Yes, I had the guidelines and descriptions of what I would be taking part in, but it was all so new to me that at first I felt so nervous about what I had gotten myself into. The anxiety wore off pretty quickly as I became more comfortable and confident about what I was doing. I was learning new things every day and I had the responsibility but also a freedom I had never experienced to be creative every day that I was there. I was not there to make copies and go on coffee runs, but to bring ideas to the table and help with photo shoots and have a voice in a group of people that I had a lot of respect for. Most of the work I did there was contributing content for Kinfolk Digital and preparing for the launch of the new website. I also got to help with shoots, do some styling, work alongside some incredibly talented people and see a concept go from an idea in my head to becoming a story with my words alongside the photography of one of my closest friends, James Fitzgerald III (I’ll be sharing that piece soon). I got to go to the Portland Flower Market, a place which will forever be my favorite place to go run errands. I had the chance to be a part of a few of the Kinfolk workshops, of which the flower potluck was a highlight and brought with it connections to some sweet people. I got to laugh and learn and enjoy the company of some seriously hilarious and hard working folks. I was challenged to actually do what I was too afraid to do for years – write. Be creative. Take a risk and do something out of my comfort zone.

I still have a hard time wrapping my head around and putting into the right words what this experience meant to me and how utterly humbled and honored I was to have had that time with Kinfolk. The things I learned, people I met and things I got to do were not something I saw coming or was possible for myself. I am blessed to have shared that time with people who are not just putting out a pretty publication every four months, but actually live in community, have a love for and see the importance of friendship and family and have some of the most welcoming and humble hearts I have had the pleasure to get to know. I am thankful for my time with them and can’t wait to share with you the work I got to do with them as it comes out in the new website.


My first roll of film



A few weeks back, I came across a camera at a yard sale. I didn’t know anything about it, but the camera, a lens, the bag it came in and three rolls of film were all $3, so I figured it was worth risking the money to see if it worked. I called my friend Parker and he said he’d help me figure it out. When I saw him a couple of days later, he told me it was Canon AE-1 Program and it was in perfect condition! I was so excited to learn more about using it and with Parker and his brother, Jay, giving me some basic instructions, I headed out on a walk to try my hand at using my new toy. 

Over the next few days, I went through a couple of rolls of film and had so much fun doing so. I got them developed the other day and though there were some just didn’t turn out like I wanted at all, there were some I was happy with for them being my first try. I am really looking forward to learning more about the camera, different kinds of film and then editing the pictures. Here are five from that first roll of film that I enjoyed.



Picture four features – Brett and Evan Way of The Parson Redheads and baby George.

Picture five features – Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper

New Beginnings

I’ve put off starting this blog for weeks now and I’ll tell you why.

This new venture into blogging is new and a bit scary for me because it feels like the beginning of something new in my life. After working with kids for the last 13yrs, I am finally embracing and branching out into what I’ve always wanted to do: writing. I have been feeling like it’s time for me to do it and put myself out there. Just last week, I finished a three month internship with Kinfolk magazine. That was one of the most unexpected and biggest blessings in my life. I learned so much in my time with them, and it really helped me see how much I loved writing, styling and embracing a creativity I didn’t really know I had. 

So this blog is the beginning of me exploring that. To be honest, I’m not quite sure what this will all look like, but I hope to share with you guys my experiences in trying my hand at something new and seeing what the Lord has in store for me in this venture. I’m excited to learn and try new things, to put myself out there and see what it leads to.