I haven't shared any new photos with you guys here in while, so as a little Friday goodness, I thought I'd share some fresh off the camera this morning. So the other day, I was shopping for a gift and saw these amazing lace lounge shorts, on sale and in my size, so what happened? They jumped off the rack obviously, and then into the pile at the register, and then into my dresser. How'd that happen? You magical pair of shorts you, using your sorcery on me!
Anyway, all sorcery aside, these shorts are amazing. They're so comfy and I think meant for pajamas, but hey, they may just be a great asset to have in the coming Texas summer (cue Psycho music, because I'm slightly terrified).
Oh, and I had an idea this morning for a new series here on the blog about staying inspired when it's your job to be creative every single day. Stay tuned!
BEHIND THE SCENES
Just wanted to pop in quickly and say hello. There's a lot going on "behind the scenes" over here - I feel like I'm going through one of my sponge phases (slightly gross I guess, not sure how else to explain it though), where I'm soaking up as much as I can. You know, gettin' my learning on and expanding the noggin. I've been researching best practices for blogging, finding some really inspirational women business owners online, teaching myself how to fix my grandfather clock, finding some more new music to listen to, and D and I have been going out and trying as many new restaurants as possible (there are SO MANY amazing ones here)...good stuff all around.
Happy Friday y'all, enjoy your weekend! ...Yes, I just said y'all. I live in Texas now, you know.
So yesterday something happened in the midst of all the chaos (moving halfway across the country and subsequently unpacking all of our nonsense, D being out of town, my cell phone being stolen at the grocery store, etc): I started painting again. Yep, just like I said I would.
I was feeling drained and burned out, and decided to dig out my little plastic tub of supplies from art school. I found a pad of bristol, some brushes, and a tiny tube of black oil paint among the discarded charcoal and graphite pencils. What you see above is the result, and although it's far from perfect, it was so refreshing to zone out and paint for a little bit. A big shout-out to my girls Emily & Meredith for inspiring me to finally pick up a brush again.
While I have a true, deep passion for photography, and I sincerely enjoy graphic design (although not my first love), painting is something I've always done - ever since they stuck me in front of a giant pad of paper and some rainbow finger paints in kindergarten. It's such a different experience working with your hands instead of on a computer or behind a camera, and although my style and color preferences may have changed over the last twenty years, I still enjoy it as much as I did then.
And who knows, maybe this'll turn into something bigger, never say never.
ONWARD & UPWARD
It's time! The moving truck is packed, the new apartment picked out and leased, the cats are ready for their first flight (whether I'm ready for their first flight is another story entirely), and we're Austin-bound.
Until we get fully settled in our new place it may be a bit quiet here, but if you want moving updates I'll be updating my Instagram semi-regularly, so check there for the latest news.
Want this great reminder for the new year as a desktop wallpaper? As you wish.
See ya later California, it's been real.
PIN IT GOOD
For those of you who don't know (but let's be real, if you've talked to me for more than five minutes you'll know this already), I have a serious Pinterest addiction. It's like a ongoing competition I have with myself to make sure all my boards and cover pages are cohesive and fit into my style. It's where I get my "news" every morning, keep tabs on trends, plan out how we're going to decorate our house in Austin that we don't even own yet... you get it.
Ridiculous, I know.
But I've seen some really great imagery over the last few weeks, so I wanted to share some with you.
Sing it with me..."these are a few of my favorite pins."
I just finished up my last day at Sephora, and it's a bit bittersweet to tell you the truth. On one hand I'm so incredibly stoked to start a new chapter in Austin, but on the other I'm a bit sad to be leaving such a unique job.
I had the opportunity to shoot some beautiful photographs in my limited time here, and will miss being able to get my hands on such gorgeous products on a daily basis, but - time to move on. I think I'll miss my friends here the most though - seriously, these girls are mad talented, and such an inspiration.
Anyway, I've backed up all of my images and I'm excited to be sharing a few of them out in the next few months (some of my favorite images already live in the Gallery, but I still have more hidden up my sleeve).
So long San Francisco, you've been good to me.
GET YOUR BRUSH ON
How insanely gorgeous is this artwork? It desperately makes me want to get back to working more traditional art, like charcoal and paint. I honestly find that, although I really love abstract art, that most of it I've been seeing is way too colorful and girly for my taste, or too bold and in your face. But this, this is perfect. It's subtle, but still very striking.
So I've decided that in honor of this new year and all these new changes coming, I want to start drawing and painting again. It's something that I used to do quite frequently, and I loved every second of it, so I'm making a change, I'm committing to do more of what I love this year, instead of just what I have to.
Why don't you join me, and get your brush/pencil/ink/whatever on. I dare you!
READY, SET, REBRAND
With all these big life changes coming, I've decided to do a little refresh of my brand. Something that I can grow with as not only my location changes, but my client base changes, something that truly speaks to my brand and the businesses I want to attract.
I realize some of you may be thinking that all I've done these past few months is change my website and logo, constantly, and you're right, but I've chosen to take the path of continually making small changes, instead of waiting until it's perfect and then doing one huge launch.
We all try and achieve it, me more than most people I think, much to my dismay. Life would be a whole lot easier if I simply didn't care. But I do. A lot. So instead of adding and adding, this year I'm taking the opposite approach.
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
-Antoine de Saint Exupéry
You may have seen this quote floating around in random spots, including the bottom of my website. It's such a simple, great reminder to step back when we get too wrapped up in always designing or photographing more, more, more. More props, more lighting, more fonts, and my favorite - make it bigger! (Can you sense the overwhelming sarcasm in my voice? Good.)
Less is more after all.
Big news over here: We're moving to Austin, Texas.
Oh yeah, you read that right. Shocked me too, let me tell you. But, I think it'll be a much-needed change of not only pace, but change of scenery too. I'm not sure, but I have a feeling I may be trading in my nine-to-five for freelancing again, at least in the beginning, and although that comes with it's own set of, ahem, issues (see: outrageous taxes, no health insurance, etc.), it also allows space for so many amazing things to happen. Who knows, maybe I can work out some super amazing deal of working part time in-house somewhere and spend the rest of the time freelancing. Although I've never lived anywhere but California - correction, actually never lived anywhere but Northern California - I'm so excited to explore a totally new place. And if anyone has any recommendations on cool spots to check out I'm all ears!
Onward and upward. Let's do this bitch.
CHLOÉ [& SOME PHOTOGRAPHY NOTES]
Took a quick little moment today to shoot some really beautiful, graphic images of Chloe Love Story. I love when things like this happen, totally unexpected. I was in the middle of shooting another project and set the fragrance down outside of my frame - when I went back to grab it I saw the awesome window light and took full advantage.
If you ask any professional photographer, they will tell you the single most important thing you can pay attention to when shooting photos is the light. It will literally make or break your photo, and can effect so much more than just the way the subject looks. It defines your style and your photographic eye, whether you take the soft, bright approach or the graphic, hard light approach, or an infinite number of styles in between. It's all just preference, there is no right or wrong answer, and I think that's one of the hardest parts for photographers when they're starting out, because learning how to work with light is difficult. And then once you figure out how to manipulate the light, you have to figure out what kind of light suits your subject or style better.
Only one way to get better though, right? So let there be light!
ALBUM ARTWORK: SON LUX
Lately I've been listening to different music than I normally do. I don't know if it's because of the new year and I feel like I should start listening to new music too? Or maybe I'm just getting tired of hearing the same nonsense, day in and day out. But I've discovered this odd mishmash of electronic/alternative/instrumental music. And it's the shit.
Plus, there's some really amazing cover art these guys have, I mean come on, that Son Lux cover above (the album is Lanterns, in case you want to know), it's pretty sweet.
So check it out, I highly recommend plugging either Son Lux, Aquilo or My Brightest Diamond into your internet radio.
Just don't blame me if you can't ever listen to the regular radio again.
We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming for a friendly PSA: I've joined the massive ranks of the Tumblr empire. And it's rad. Follow me at sarakraus.tumblr.com, or click on the tumblr link at the bottom of the page.
Now, get back to it!
Yo. I'm fully aware that it's been quite a while since I've written. I feel like this blog is something I've started and stopped a hundred times, and I have such a love/hate relationship with it. I even went so far this last time as to delete the blog entirely. Maybe it's because I'm afraid of oversharing? I've always tried to keep so much to myself, that putting even just a tiny piece of it here in this space, for the whole world to read, is so strange. But I personally love other people's blogs, seeing their new work, and reading about their life as a creative. So I think it's only fair that I give that to you guys, as well.
It's a new year - clean slate, right?