An Interview with Photographer: Erica Bushong

For this year, I’m starting this segment with an interview with a gifted and beautiful photographer.  A look at her photography gives you that feeling of warmth and positivity, such vibrance that exudes from within and that she is able to bring out from her subjects.  I discovered her photography when I came across her blog one day and I am simply drawn.  I was so glad that she agreed to do this interview and so may I introduce you all to Erica Bushong.

How did you get into photography?
I have always carried around a camera. Everywhere. Even since I was a kid I was obsessed with documenting life as I knew it. I graduated college with my Bachelors in Graphic Design and was hired on full-time by a photography studio. As soon as I picked up a camera I realized my love of design, color, composition, and light could be intertwined with my love of photography.

erica bushong photography

This interview has been republished on my new blog Me Photographies  Please check out the complete interview here.


Styling a Dream Wedding – An Interview with Samantha of Primary Petals

I came across the work of Samantha Santana – floral designer and event stylist,while browsing the pages of Utterly Engaged and I instantly fell in love with her beautiful creations.  Samantha’s floral designs are breathtakingly beautiful!

I sent her an e-mail, asking if she would care to do an interview for my blog.  It is so nice of her to say yes and it has been a pleasure corresponding with her for this article.

What I love about interviewing people is that I learn a lot from what they share! Samantha talks about how she got into this career, and shares her personal thoughts and experiences on being a florist and event stylist.  She also gives tips on how to style a dream wedding on a limited budget.  If you are planning your wedding, I am sure that you will find this interview an inspiration.

How long have you been in the business?

I have been practicing floral design and event styling with my husband, James, as my business partner for almost 3 years now.

Did you really choose to be a florist and event stylist?

No, it is quite a surprise! I fell into this career after a friend asked me to provide florals for her wedding. I am her “artsy” friend, so she thought I’d be able to pull it off. Apparently I did, because soon after her wedding a flow of request for seasonal wedding flowers came my way!

However, it wasn’t until I lost my job in entertainment, due to an injury, that I really was forced to move into event styling and floral design full time. It was a blessing in disguise because I suddenly was getting tons of work without trying due to a few blog features I had on some prominent wedding blogs. The work has not slowed down ever since!

Read the rest of the interview.

Shop of the Week: Mila Rose Designs

Shop of the Week: Mila Rose Designs

Hi everyone. I’m back again with another lovely interview for you all. Our featured handmade shop is Mila Rose Designs.  Melissa is the owner/designer of these pretty and fabulous hair ornaments and accessories.  Please read the interview below to find out how the business started, the challenges she faced, plus a few personal messages for fellow entrepreneurs, customers, and friends.  I have re-posted the complete interview here.  Thanks for reading 🙂
Mila Rose Designs
Sarah Storm Photography

Behind the Lens: Sarah Storm

It has been awhile since I have posted an interview for this segment.  Today, I’m very happy to introduce you all to another talented photographer. Her name is Sarah Storm.  You can find most of her works here and from her blog.  But not only that! Sarah is also a painter! Check out her beautiful artworks here.

I’m glad that I asked her to do this interview  with me because I have learned much.  She did not take up any class and for someone who wants to learn more about photography, that is inspiring.  Now, I hope you will enjoy reading this interview as much as I did.  Thank you so much Sarah for sharing your thoughts and experiences:)


How did you get into photography?

I have always had a passion for photography. My father is an amazing photographer and growing up he was never anywhere without his cameras. He even has his own dark room in the house. He really helped me develop my passion for it. I received my first 35mm camera when I was very young and since then have been hooked. I spent most of my High School days in art class and the yearbook darkroom.


Did you take up a formal education in photography?
I have not taken a single class. I believe it is important to read your manual inside and out and to experiment, go out and shoot as many photos of as many things as possible to find your style. Digital helps a lot that aspect.



In three to five words, how would you describe your work?

Little details in nature.

Which one is your most favorite or most memorable photo?
When I was in 6th grade I took a photo of my puppy, who is 14 now running though the snow and it was amazing. She had the best expression. Everyone, including myself was impressed it turned out so nice. That was before digital so it was a bit harder to get that perfect photo.



What type of photography do you like to do best?
Nature photography. I am a biologist and I love to capture the little details most would overlook and share that.


What kind of equipment do you use?
Right now digital, but I do love film as it is what I learned on. I haven’t been in a darkroom since high School. It is a dream of mine to learn large format film photography like Ansel Adams used.



What is your personal view on computer manipulation or digital enhancement?
My views have changed over the years. I think the world of photoshop is amazing. I wish I knew more about it. It is capable of things I could never dream of doing in the darkroom. I think it is a way for someone to really make an image their own. However, I believe in using it only to slightly enhance my photos since I am trying to capture the true nature of things, which in itself are amazing.


What/who are your favorite subjects to photograph?
I am blessed to live in Colorado where I have a lot of inspiration. If I had to choose, I love the feeling and subjects in forests.



What are your least favorite subjects?
People and food. I am sure that will change when I have children. And I would much rather enjoy the food.
If you were not a photographer today, what career would you have pursued?
I have a degree in environmental science and biology and am hoping continue preserving our natural world. Currently I work as a horticulturalist and enjoy beautifully the land. But my dream job would combine the two and work for National Geographic.


What is your dream photoshoot that you still have to do?
I would love to take a large format camera and travel to some of the places Ansel Adams visited and try to see what he saw. The Tetons and Redwood forests are on the top of that list.


If you can travel anywhere for a photoshoot, where would it be?
So many places, I would love to travel deep into the rainforest and see animals that most have never seen before. Africa and Alaska would be amazing too.


What do you enjoy most about being a photographer?
It motivates me to see new places and things. I see things as if I am looking through a camera lens even when I don’t have one. It helps me to always be observing and because of that I see things I might normally miss if I wasn’t a photographer.


What is your idea of beauty?
I tend to find things that are natural more beautiful, but I also love old architecture. I think beauty is anything that brings you the feeling of pleasure. It can be a view, a smell or the feeling of sunshine.





Who are your inspirations?

My Parents are huge inspirations. They’ve always had me creating and playing outdoors. Also they are always supportive, never critical. Also, Andy Goldsworthy, is such an inspiration to me. He is by far my favorite artist. His work is beyond incredible.

 Sarah with her dear puppy 🙂

Do you have any advice for aspiring photographers?

Always, Always carry a camera. I cannot tell you how many incredible moments I have missed because I did not have one. I have spent more time mad at myself for this than anything else.
Shop of the Week: The Nimbus Factory

Shop of the Week: The Nimbus Factory

It’s always nice to see a new shop and it feels great to be able to support talented and hard-working people, even in the littlest way you can.  We have featured a couple of new shops in this segment, so it was a truly a pleasure when Claire, emailed me to let me know that she along with three friends is launching, The Nimbus Factory.

On March, we have featured Claire’s shop (Dot & Jim).  In this interview, let’s find out how this four some started their company and get to know a little bit about each of them.

What’s the inspiration behind the shop’s name?

The name appealed to us because it had a really quirky, optimistic feeling about it, which we think is very fitting for us. We’ve come to think of it as a perfect representation of our own aspirations.

What inspired you to start the nimbus factory?
Each of us has daydreamed about how cool it would be to be able design our own products and start an art collective/design team. We all love creating products that we would want for ourselves, and of course we hope others would want them too. And all four of us love working together and making our designs real!

What was the toughest challenge you faced so far?
Well, we are based all over the US- one in California, 2 in Ohio, and 1 in Georgia- so distance gets tricky sometimes. Luckily we have modern technology. 🙂


How did you get over it?
Each of us is fully devoted to The Nimbus Factory. We have weekly meetings on gchat and loads and loads of email threads. We make it work!


Who are the founders behind it?



Claire Teschel, Phyllis Sa, Julia Kuo, Emily Dove

Do you own other businesses aside from the nimbus factory?

We each run our own sites and/or freelance on the side. Here are the links if you’d like to take a peek!


Name your top 3 favorite picks from your shop

 That’s a tough question! If we had to choose, we would all agree on Happy Ocean calendar set, the Year Round Wall Calendar, and Animal Kingdom playing cards.





stuff inside your bag you can’t leave home without

Emily: sketchbook, brush pen, a little grocery bag
Julia: pen, spoon. You never know when you might need a spoon.
Phyllis: iphone, pen, scrap paper
Claire: moleskine, micron, and paint chips

your favorite shops

We admire many shops, but if we HAD to narrow it down.. Rifle Paper Co., Anthropologie, Giant Robot!

What tips would you want to share for aspiring home based entrepreneurs like you?

Stay confident, believe in what you’re doing, and don’t be afraid to take risks. as long as you’re passionate about what you’re doing, those things will come naturally.


Any message to your customers and the people who support you?
Ever since the shop opened, we’ve heard from new friends, old friends, friends we see every day and friends who are on the other side of the world. The support has been amazing – thank you for being so encouraging!
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Thank you The Nimbus Factory for being Our Shop of the Week!
All the Best!

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Rover Dog Clothing

Shop of the Week: Rover Dog

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted Shop of the Week. Now, I’m happy to introduce you to Rover Dog, a  fabulous clothing line for dogs. If you love dogs, then you’ll want one of these outfits for your pooch! I surely want one or two for my George and Tobi:)
How old is your shop?
The idea to start a clothing line for dogs that was based around classic pieces was first formed in 2007, however it took a few years to get things up and running.  The Etsy shop has only been open since August of 2010.
Read the complete interview on Beautiful Handmade blog.
Junghwa Accessories

Shop of the Week:Junghwa

Our shop of the week, Junghwa, is owned by Amy Stewart, who some of you may know through her blog. I happen to love the pieces of accessories in her shop- the rope bracelets, being my favorites so it is truly a great joy to have her be part of this segment. Amy and her husband, Sean are expecting their first baby, so congratulations and best wishes to them both!  

What’s the inspiration behind your shop’s name?

My middle name and my Korean name is Junghwa. For as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to name my future brand Junghwa. It has a special meaning to me because my grandparents were the only ones to ever call me by that name but they passed away several years ago. I think of them when I think of the name.
Read the complete interview at Beautiful Handmade blog.