Lately, and not so lately

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Oof, I know. It’s like, do I even have a blog anymore? It’s like this: I get home from work and the last thing I want to do is sit at a computer more. Then the weekends roll around and I work on jewelry or I go do fun things, or I play a little freelance catch up (yeah, some projects are still a draggin’). Blogging gets pushed to the bottom of the list because they are so much work to create. So I have some things to catch you up on, some fun stuff I’ve been a part of lately.

First up, last year I shot a story for a new LA magazine called Vuhneeshun on artist Louise Erhard. It was such a cool afternoon because I wasn’t familiar with Louise and her work as she’s in a totally different circle of artists I feel like I’m most exposed to in LA, in a different part of town. She does collage work, using a lot of vintage porn and comic books. Being married to a comic book nerd who used to mainly make collages from them as well, the sight of her work desk and all the little pieces everywhere made me feel at home and nostalgic for our years in New York. Louise was hilarious and open and I loved all the tiny little interesting things in her apartment. You can read Vuhneeshun online here.

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Over the summer I got to collaborate with my friend Caroline Hwang on a little story for Bust magazine. Caroline designed a shibori place setting and styled a shoot I photographed on a brilliantly sunny day in Silver Lake. I love the photo they picked but there were some great outtakes as well! Bust also kindly included me as a featured contributor in the opening pages, which is the kind of thing that makes not only you, but your mom super proud. Below is my favorite outtake.

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In September I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of my friend Chelsey, whom I’ve been friends with since we were teenagers. Because I move so much, I don’t keep in touch with a ton of old friends, but Chelsey is one of those people you just can’t lose touch with as she’s so great, and I felt so honored she asked me to photograph her and her husband Dan’s big day. It was a beautiful wedding on her grandmother’s former dairy farm in Ellensburg, WA, with really wonderful highlights that were so Chelsey – like all the vintage details, local beer, a bajillion pies her mom hand made, and jars of jam for every guest.

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And lastly, I get asked a lot what the heck I do at my new job, and I finally have some things to share! First off, two products I helped design, as everything at my company is a collaborative effort;  I do the graphic execution and photography.

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The two new products out are a furoshiki wrapping cloth set for wrapping gifts and more, and these awesome gift tags. It was my first time working on product development besides my own jewelry and print shop and was such a learning experience! I’m so happy with how they turned out and that they’re in the world now. Buy ‘em here!

And the last work thing is the branding I designed for an event we have coming up that some of you in LA might be interested in! Being able to bring some hand lettering to the table at work was awesome. You can read more about Handmade Holiday here.

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Thanks for reading this insanely long post, hoping to get a music post up later this week!

New California Postcard Set

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I have a fun new product I’m excited to share! As you may have noticed, I’m pretty in love with California and taking lots of pictures of its beauty whenever I can. So I decided to put together a set of postcards of my favorite California photos and it’s in the shop now for sale! I’m a fan of sending postcards, and I like having a set of generic cards to send out to people I care about for thank you’s, just saying hello, non-traditional birthday cards. But these are also printed so nicely they’d be just as happy being pinned up or framed on a wall. They’re 4×6, uncoated thick cardstock printed locally, and have space on the back for writing and a stamp.

I hope you enjoy them! And if you have a cool store that’s interested in carrying these bad boys, get in touch. katemiss @ gmail

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March Portrait Session Day

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The last day of portraits I hosted was such a smashing success and so many people wanted to take part but were unable to, so Katie and I decided to do it all again! Same details as last time, but I’m raising the price just a touch because Katie ended up helping me way behind doing hair and girl deserves more cash money for her unbelievably awesome help (everyone who had their picture taken would agree). Some of my favorites from the day are here in this post. Such beautiful ladies!

– Saturday, March 22nd, scheduling times every hour from 9am to 4pm.
– $100 gets you a session that should take no more than 30 minutes total of your time, extra for adding on hair styling.
– We’ll be doing half indoor with artificial light, half outdoor with natural light.
– You’ll get around 10-15 photos, in color and black and white via Dropbox in 1-2 weeks.
– $20 extra for hair styling by Katie. Braids are her specialty.
– location: Hermon (between Highland Park and South Pasadena), Los Angeles – exact location upon receiving reservation
– cash or credit accepted
fyi: I have a cat who will no doubt hide the whole day and my neighbors behind my patio have chickens, if you have allergies!

to reserve a slot, email katemiss at gmail.com and let me know what times you’d prefer and if you’ll also want your hair done.

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Thank you to Ashley, Bari, Bethany, Clare, Kara, Sarah, Claudia and Victoria for letting me share your photo!