Podcasts I've been Listening to Lately

Now that I live in LA, I’m officially married to my car. Honestly, I don’t hate it. Sometimes I miss public transportation, but then I remember that one time the seemingly cute old woman pushed me off the crowded train, or the homeless man took up an entire row for his afternoon nap, or I stepped in actual human urine. My commute now is the same amount of time, if not shorter, and it’s a hell of a lot more relaxing. I have my music, my podcasts, the freedom to sing at the top of my lungs, my snacks, and door to door service. I could go on and on about this (clearly) but I’ll get on with the post…

Podcasts. Since I’m in a serious relationship with my car, I’ve gotten super into podcasts. I also enjoy them while cooking, walking around the neighborhood, sitting on the beach and more. It’s nice to educate myself while doing other things—how productive! Adulting! I’m still a big music fan, but some days I want to learn something new.

Here are a few podcasts on my weekly lineup. Let me know your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below!

1. It Starts With a Click by Olivia Bossert.

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This one is especially great if you’re also a fashion photographer. Or any other photographer, for that matter. Olivia’s lovely British accent makes for easy listening, and each episode is super engaging and helpful. She interviews various photographers and creatives, while also offering her own business and marketing advice. I especially love hearing a female’s point of view in a male dominated industry. Highly recommend if you’re starting or looking to grow your photography business!

2. How I Built This with Guy Raz.

This is the first podcast I ever got into that sparked my interest in others. Like Olivia, Guy Araz has a nice listening voice. That can make or break a podcast for me! In each episode, he interviews a different entrepreneur about their experience building their business from the ground up. His interviewees range from the creators of Warby Parker to the woman behind Drybar. It’s so inspiring to hear how each of these businesses got started. I definitely recommend for any small business owner, self-starter, freelancer, dreamer and whoever!

3. Anne Ortelee’s Weekly Weather.

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If you also like blaming the planets for everything, raise your hand!! But seriously, if you’re into Astrology, this is a great weekly update on the planets and the moon. Sometimes, Anne rambles a little too long for my taste, but the general points to take away are always helpful. If you’re feeling lost or weirdly emotional, Anne probably has some answers!!

4. Optimal Living Daily.

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This is one of my go-to morning podcasts because it’s quick, easy and uplifting. Each day, the host reads various personal development and minimalism blog posts. They never run more than ten minutes, which is great for short attention spans! Such a nice little way to start the day.

5. Highest Self Podcast with Sahara Rose.

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Sahara Rose is a bit out there, but if you are interested in Ayurveda or simply becoming a better version of yourself, she’s worth a listen! As someone who has Crohn’s Disease, Ayurveda has been a great practice to dive into. I still have a lot to learn, and I don’t think I’ll ever follow it 100% but I’m a fan. At the end of the day, it’s all about nourishing your body, thanking it for it’s hard work and practicing mindfulness to take your awareness away from the silly things that cloud our brains.

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Have you listened to any of these podcasts? Do you have any you’d love to recommend? Leave a comment below!

Freelance to Full Time - My Life in Los Angeles

It’s been nearly a month since my last post…whoops! Time flies when you’re a full time employee. I traded in the freelance hustle for a comfortable schedule and benefits. I went back and forth, read every article I could find on the internet and decided it would be worth it. Ultimately, I see this as a stepping stone between where I am and where I want to be. This might not make sense for me in a few years, but for now it feels right. I’ve had to make some big lifestyle adjustments—like not traveling every other weekend. As a Sagittarius, the flexible schedule of a freelance career suits me very well. Almost too well. It’s nice to have a bit of discipline and structure for the first time in maybe ever.

So what do I do? I am the In-House Photographer and Digital Content Manager for Nous Model Management. I absolutely love it. It’s the perfect combination between creative and technical—something that is surprisingly hard to find in this industry. Most full-time photography jobs (in LA) are in Ecom or retouching, which reaaaaally doesn’t excite me.

I’m still pursuing my freelance career on weekends—so I guess the hustle really never stops. I’m okay with that! My creative heart likes to go go go. Sometimes though, I need to remind myself to slow down and say no. It’s easy to want to say yes to every opportunity, but it’s just not realistic. After all the health issues I faced last year, I’m especially cautious with my time. When I get in over my head (which is a lot), I have to step back, cancel or reschedule shoots and refresh. Put yourself first, always!!

I could go into the details of my day to day responsibilities, but that’s what my resume is for. What I will tell you is that I recently put together a studio for Nous! I’ve shot some fun tests with girls who need an update for their book. See below for a recent shoot I did with the adorable Izzy Hoffman. <3

Are you building your book and looking for a fun shoot like this? You’re in luck! I have my own personal portrait studio and am available for on-location shoots as well. E-mail me for rates & availability! <3

Why I moved to LA: A Photo Essay

I’ve been telling the same story for three months now. People always want to know why I left Brooklyn and why I chose LA. It’s a valid question!

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Sometimes my answer is ‘a slower pace of life.’ Sometimes, it’s ‘the sunshine!’ “Seasonal Depression is REAL” is another good one. It really depends on my mood.

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 New York was a beautiful chapter. I’m so happy I had the chance to experience it—but it’s not for me. I felt the same way about living in Paris. Part of me is a city girl, but most of me is not. I need sunshine, ocean breezes, trees, open spaces, and a serious relationship with my car.

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Another big reason was my desire to be somewhere that my work made sense. My photography is colorful, dreamy, soft and definitely not New York. My portfolio pretty much screams “California!” I knew this all along, but I also knew that I needed to live in Brooklyn while I had the energy and desire.

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The most important reason for my move was my health. New York just wasn’t good for me mentally nor physically. Anyone who lives in the city can’t even argue with that. It’s just kind of a fact that New Yorkers have a lot, but a healthy lifestyle is not one of them! My problems aren’t completely solved just yet, but I feel confident in my decision and am truly happy to be where I am. After years of searching for “my place”, it feels pretty damn good to say that!

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I’ve reached a point where I’m starting to truly digest the idea of time. Time is so damn precious. It’s a weird and wild thing. It’s so important that we spend our moments wisely. Live without regrets. Move across the country, without a job, knowing basically no one—why not!! Honestly, it’s been hard and will continue to be. I’m prepared for that. But I know it will be worth it.

All Photos by me, taken in January 2018.