Denver/Boulder Series: 1st Edition: Goorin Bros. Hat Shop

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While on my recent inaugural trip to Denver, I met up with Jess of La Domestique for coffee, talking shop and a great exploratory walk around Larimer Square. I just had to go in to Goorin Bros. Hat Shop. I love hats… I need more hats in my life. I also loved their branding and shop decor. It was like someone took my apartment and filled it with kickass hats. So basically a dream come true…

The guys in the shop were so nice (as was every single person I met on the trip). We chit chatted about everything from the unseasonably warm weather to why Nashville is awesome. I love leaving places feeling like I just made new friends rather than shopping.

They were so kind as to let me snap some pics of their fabulous store…

Enjoy! More of Denver & Boulder to come!

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Jefferson Memorial at Dusk { Photographer } Washington, DC

I just had to pull over on my way home from tonight’s shoot and make this photo…. love an inky sunset!

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The Family Meinhart {Child & Family Photographer} {Spring Hill, Tennessee}

Many moons ago, my friend Chris and I worked for the Outdoor Pursuits program at MTSU. That job entailed leading groups through the challenge course and spraying each other with a hose while cleaning out the camping equipment. More than anything else though, we worked the climbing wall. We belayed everyone from frat boys to the professors’ kids and in our down time (which there was an abundance of), we got to hang out with Keena who worked the front desk and who was dating Chris. We laughed until we couldn’t breathe most nights. They are, by far, two of my favorite people. So it has been a great time watching them go from flirty co-workers to husband and wife to parents of Thomas and Katherine.

I packed a small bag of gear for my trip home to Nashville for Thanksgiving, shoving reflectors and whatnot into my checked suitcase (it was a direct flight; what could go wrong?). Famous last words, right? I arrived 15 minutes early, but my bag didn’t show up until later that night. Since I was in town for only 48 hours and 24 of those were Thanksgiving day, there was nothing left to do but to roll with it. After rummaging around in my step-father and mom’s garage, I came out triumphant with a good sized piece of white styrofoam (also known as a reflector in a pinch). Styrofoam in hand, I went straight on over to their house to shoot some 3 month-old photos of Katherine and a few of Thomas, too… in his underoos, no less.

This being the 2nd time that Miss Katherine and I have met, it was an afternoon of discoveries. For example, she liked to cry 99% of the times that I pointed a camera at her. Surprise discovery! I, in turn, discovered that I think that sad baby photos are as adorable, if not more so, than happy baby photos.

She’s just so darn cute when she’s mad!

Much love to you, Chris and Keena. Your children are magnificent which is a testament to how incredible you both are.

And one more thing…. can Thomas and I play this again at Christmas time? “Pop-up Pirate?” “Pirate Pogo?” Whatever it’s called, the look on his face when it jumps is just fantastic!

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Starring as a guest blogger on

A few months ago, I was contacted by and asked to contribute a blog post for their month-long Paris campaign. I (who, of course, always loves gabbing about my favorite spots in Paris) was thrilled! My guest post is up on their site and is featuring my photography as well.

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Thanks to Leah at and to my sweet Paris…. I’ll be seeing you soon!

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Vendanges: Wine Harvest at Rouge-Bleu {Travel Photography} Provence, France

And almost a year later…my second post. Blogging and journal keeping are not things I do. I’ll just be proud that I remembered what hosting site this was on. However, I’ve been recently inspired by a certain Ms. Kristin Espinasse to get back on the blog wagon. So, here we go.

The long and short of it is that I have been in Provence in the small wine village of Sainte Cécile Les Vignes for the past two weeks during the harvest. I’ve been working at a vineyard called Domaine Rouge-Bleu owned and operated by Jean-Marc Espinasse. They produce lovely côte de rhones: Dentelle, Mistral, and Lunatique (my favorite being the latter).

Jean-Marc and his lovely wife, Kristin, have taken such good care of us each and everyday. They are encouraging and feed us like kings and queens. Their passion for their life’s work is infectious (hence this blog). I can’t say enough about the others in the harvest team. I love traveling because at any given moment you stand in a special instance that will never be recreated with each person going along their way and crossing yours.

After a working in the vines, it has become impossible for me to get my hands clean as I would have defined it 2 weeks ago. There is twelve days worth of dirt, hard work, and meditation caked around and under my fingernails. In the lines of my hands, natural or the scrapes and cuts I’ve acquired along the way, dust has settled and made itself at home. And I welcome it.

Saturday night, we had a lovely dinner at the farm house to celebrate the end of the harvest. I enjoyed a moment looking around the table of people from here and there, all bringing their varied experiences, all there for their own reasons, but all with the same gritty hands.

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And what’s next? Staying in Paris for now working on the big life plan. Ah you know, just the big life plan… So after 2 weeks of reaping, it’s time to sow. Here’s to hoping for my own beautiful vintage. Tchin, tchin!

Cheeses I’m trying this week:

A Filetta

A Filetta is really creamy and delightful and I even was so bold as to use it in a creamy gratin. Faux pas? Pas de tout.

Tome de Savoie

Tome de Savoie has a strange aftertaste that I’m not enjoying so much. Very musky. Ah, live and learn.

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