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pictures are important.
what you just uploaded will be an old photo someday.
someday, it will take you right back.
it will magnify a detail you forgot about.
it is important.

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My Biggest Inspiration

Music drives a lot of the work I do. I love designing for bands, photographing the place that music takes me to, photographing people coming together around music. I think it’s beautiful. In 2006, I went to my first show, and it’s become a small addiction of mine. Just for fun, here’s all the bands I’ve seen live:


alice in chains

all time low [x2]

alkaline trio



Armory infirmary

my american heart

before they were rebels


capital lights

children 18:3

circa survive

chapel keys

closure in moscow

the covenant

elk dog


edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros

every avenue


fools gold

former belle

hawk nelson

the hold steady

jeb loy nichols

jon eirich

katie herzig

i sea monsters

iron & wine

Imperfect endeavor

just surrender



the low anthem

mayday parade

mad marge & the stonecutters

modern suits


no trace of presence

oh constantine 

one such love 



pete yorn

the revere

run kid run

the skylife

scott mckenna


the ting tings

the unseen


who have you seen?

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  • #music #concert #who i've seen
  • 7 months ago

10 Resources Every Artsy Person Should Know

Over the past few years, I’ve hoarded this list of favorites. It’s about time I share it with you.

1. Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon 
> This book is awesome. Open it, read a page, come back the next day. Or tear through the whole thing at once. It is addictive. 

2. How To Be Interesting by Jess Hagy
Complete with entertaining doodles, this one helps me wipe the winter blues away every year. 

3. How To Be An Explorer of The World by Keri Smith.

The title is self-explanatory, you should already be interested. 

4. The Kanvess app. It lets you print your instagrams for $0.25, and shipping is $1.50. Talk about awesome! 

5. The Lost Type Co-Op

Goodbye tacky fonts. Don’t waste time looking through bad fonts, just find 20 (give or take) awesome ones. 

6. Graphic Design: The New Basics by Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips 

I bought this originally as a textbook for a class and found myself using it often! Great reference and source of inspiration for basic design principles and how to execute them well. 


If you don’t have one, get one. You will find yourself seriously inspired with the loads of ways people choose to express themselves. falls under this one too, but be selective about who you follow or you’ll end up with a bunch of junk on your dashboard. 

8. The Spotify App

For $10 a month, you get unlimited streaming on 3 devices. That’s like buying one CD a month! Who could say no? 

9. The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to Be the Artist You Truly Are by Danny Gregory 

This book has always made me feel good enough as I am, but made me want to improve. You know how sometimes you pick up a a book and think, “well this would be cool if I could (insert insecurity here)” and you never get your feet wet. Gregory encourages using what you have where you are. I love it. 

10. Sark quotes

Her free spirit can be a little too idealistic at times, but I can’t deny that some of her stuff makes me wildly happy. 

—Lyssa Scott

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  • 7 months ago

100 Things That Make Me Happy

February 20, 2014

Recently, a family member challenged me to make a list of 100 things that make me happy. 

Here’s what i came up with:

1. sunshine

2. white fluffy towels

3. working out

4. sunflowers

5. long car rides

6. fruit

7. taking pictures

8. grilled food

9. jesus

10. campfires/bonfires

11. blanket forts

12. colored markers

13. hiking

14. painting

15. shooting a bow

16. live music

17. books

18. bare feet

19. forehead kisses

20. gardens

21. the clean laundry smell

22. sunrises and sunsets

23. mixtapes

24. sweatpants… or no pants

25. dancing

26. movies in the living room

27. long hugs

28. Apple juice, cider, crisp, pie, oatmeal, etc. 

29. vanilla candles

30. handmade bar soap

31. holding hands in the car

32. having my back rubbed

33. journaling

34. being outside… preferably over 50 degrees

35. house of blues

36. philadelphia

37. traveling

38. zip lining

39. kayaking

40. carving pumpkins

41. whiffle ball

42. watching football, hockey, gymnastics

43. my mom and my family

44. looking at the stars

45. picking berries

46. story-telling/sharing memories

47. night swimming! 

48. a cold beer

49. bike rides

50. longboarding

51. windows down, music up

52. salad

53. the beach

54. cupcakes

55. the Bible

56. summer corn

57. when the gym is empty

58. full dinner tables with good company

59. giving

60. that perfect pair of jeans

61. edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros (best concert ever)

62. silver jewelry

63. being tan

64. hosting parties/organizing events

65. chevron

66. trucks and harleys

67. essie nail polish

68. log cabins

69. playing guitar

70. design!

71. kissing at parties

72. kitties

73. good hair days

74. glow in the dark anything

75. rock and roll

76. cordoroy pants

77. making lists

78. being tattooed

79. decorating

80. grafitti

81. flea markets

82. being near water

83. scarves

84. sour patch kids

85. meteorology

86. cereal

87. feeling good in my own skin

88. clean car and full tank of gas

89. wawa

90. orange juice

91. floating around the pool

92. coconut sunscreen

93. clear skies

94. the smell of home depot/lowe’s

95. the movie “big daddy”

96. colorful furniture

97. getting my hair shampooed

98. mail

99. answered prayers

100. Arizona

or any combination of these things. 

It’s the simple things in life. 

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They Were Wrong

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
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  • #music #spotify
  • 9 months ago

have less do less be less

words we dont hear in our culture enough

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  • 1 year ago

we ran through the streets this weekend, party hopping, exchanging thoughts. i live a hell of a good life. i take life and run with it. and im so blessed on top of that. i never thought i could be so happy. this weekend felt like home. waking up and eating a granola bar with you was great. youre the cutest. i think it was a love at first sight type of thing, we just knew we would be friends. youre so clean and awesome.

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In the 17th Century, people believed that the class they were born into was the class they belonged to. They believed God determined their race and social class and accepted it. Then, the laws of science proved that it wasn’t God who made the planets revolve, but rather laws of physics. This discredited God in other areas, too. They said, if planets are governed by a few simple rules… are humans really under God’s control? By the 18th century, people believed it was a social problem that “people no longer knew their  proper place in society.”

It’s almost like God said, fine, if you don’t like where I put you… figure it out yourselves. 

And here we are today… left to find out on our own where we belong, who we want to be, what we want to become. 


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