One Pic : Jamie

What a treat to have Jas from Curl and Revel as our hair stylist for this fitness shoot with Jamie. Collaborating with other talented artists sets our lens on fire. Here are a few words from Jas on creativity and collaboration. 

How do you stay creative and inspired?
There is so much around me that keeps me creative and inspired. I love to take advanced education classes to stay current with the latest hair trends and gain knowledge from others in my industry. I am always up for collaborating with other artists for photoshoots or events. So much creative energy in one space is always inspiring, even if our styles don’t exactly align.

My passion is driven by experiencing colors, textures, feelings, movements and sounds around me. They are often inspiration for a hairstyle, color, or haircut and if nothing else, they just make me feel good so that I can perform at a higher level. For me, I have learned that being artistic takes balance. To stay motivated and excited, I try to juggle exercise, reading, getting outside, listening to music, trying new things, going to the beach, hanging out with friends, or just taking quiet time for myself so that I am continuously tapping into new creative spaces.

If someone wanted to break into the hair design industry, what advice would you give them?
Do research and find a great school in your area. Definitely assist under one or two stylists when you are starting your career. There are plenty of hair artists, but choose the ones that will help you grow and push you out of your comfort zone. Learn the basics so that you can break the rules and don’t be afraid to try out new techniques. Foster your passion by taking additional education courses, working with people that inspire and challenge you to be better, and never stop learning.

What season inspires you most?
I love fall! The various colors and crisp air are refreshing and energize me.

What is your dream project?
Recently I’ve been dreaming up a few projects. A shoot in the sand dunes with a tribal flare, another in the woods incorporating archery (giving a hunger games feel), and lastly, this coming winter, I would love to do something gritty in the mountains, not your typical ‘Winter Wonderland’.

How has collaborating with other artists shaped or inspired your business?
It has been so fun collaborating and seeing what inspires others. Everyone has a different expertise and does their unique part, but the end result is always something beautiful. Getting out and working with others on projects is what keeps me excited to be behind the chair. For me, it feels great to break up my daily routine and do something different. Collaborating allows me to meet and build great relationships with people I may not otherwise meet. My business has grown because they refer new clients to me, introduce new projects that allow me to showcase what I love to do, and push me to put my best work forward.

Are there any trends or styles you are in love with these days?
I absolutely love Balayage Highlights and Boho Hair! Balayage is a free-hand hair painting technique that gives blended, natural highlights. It is a more subtle, sun-kissed look as opposed to traditional foil highlights that typically have harsh lines, especially during the growing out process. Braids, knots, and twists mixed with beachy/bohemian waves are my jam. It’s a somewhat undone style that looks so beautiful and effortless. By adding a braid, your hairstyle can transform into a completely different look.

Inside Out :: Healing

Dear Wanderers,

I remember a girl named Kristen at art school. She was creating an album for a class assignment that documented her injuries. She had 4x6 prints and even a few polaroid images. The image spanned several images. Cuts. Bruises. The usual injuries in life. The album I turned in was a collection of images I shot in Cuba a few months before. My class spent seven days in Havana exploring the arts and meeting so many interesting people. 

This year has been a tough one. My brother has labeled it "The year of hospitals". My friend Brian, who has lost greatly this year, has labeled it "The best summer ever". Really, what choice do we have?

My heart is frayed. Mike and I are torn around the edges. This summer, my dad will start chemo, so we will rally. This is a fight he will win. There has been so much heartbreaking loss and terrible diagnoses that we have fought and ran from. Right now, we are going to fight a very contained lung cancer and win. I know to be hopeful, but shadows of loved ones lost knock me over now and again.

I keep getting a bruise on my right arm. It’s on my inner bicep. It looks like someone tried to grab me. I’m pretty sure its from the metal on my camera strap. Every time I see it, I have that feeling of falling down, of having too much on my plate.

I’m the type of person who counts my blessings. This season of amazing events running alongside heartbreaking events is a confusing one. I’m looking to heal and express these feelings that are leaving me so raw. I don’t want to make a list of the tragedies. It’s not my way. I also don’t want to be too quiet or I may find myself breaking down and falling apart by the smallest of bruises. 

So if anyone is interested in having the best summer ever, I’m your girl. I’m here to celebrate the small, beautiful moments and count them as victories. I want to honor these painful moments with living thoughtfully and enthusiastically.

To everything - turn, turn, turn

Love always,

Creativity Tell All // Heather Balliet from Amorology

Heather Balliet, owner of Amorology, a luxury event coordination and styling company, is such a good story teller. She dreams up and creates events that are so specific to her couples. I always look forward to what she will dream up next. 

How do you continually stay inspired and creative? 
Music greatly inspires me. Turning up the tunes and dancing in the kitchen or singing with my family always stirs something in me. Also, most of my ideas tend to come to me while I'm sleeping or dreaming so a good night's rest can make all the difference.

Is there anything special or unique about your morning routine?
Nothing unusual here! My hubby and I typically get up in the morning, get the older kids off to school, have breakfast together and then jump into a fun day of work. 

If someone wanted to break into your industry, what advice would you give them?
Start with an internship. It offers a valuable amount of experience and education that you are unable to get without the risk of trying to go at it alone.

Did you always know this career path was ‘the one’?
No, I often say that this career found me. It wasn't until after my own wedding that people began approaching me to ask for assistance with their weddings.  It quickly grew into something I knew I was supposed to be doing and a career that I was deeply passionate about.  

What season inspires you most?
I love spring when everything is fresh and new again, and the flowers tend to offer the most variety. It's peony season after all, which is always my favorite.

What is the best advice you have been given?  
Breathe and take a moment to slow down and step away. It helps to put everything into perspective.

What is your dream project?  
Our dream project is to eventually open our own wedding venue. One day!

If there was a song that played every time you worked on your craft, what would it be?
It's so hard to choose just one song. We have a wide love for music as we mentioned before, and are often inspired by all types of songs.

Is there anything in particular you are obsessed with these days?
I am currently reading The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton and loving it.  I'm in a book club which forces me to take the time to read each month and allow myself some down time which can often be hard to come by.  Also, I am currently obsessed with the TV show Happy Endings and always obsessed with ice cream.

What would you do if you had $40,900 for a vacation?  
I would love to go to Sweden and visit the home of my heritage.  I have always wanted to experience Sweden first-hand with my children. I would probably also travel all over Europe for a month experiencing the rich cultures with my family.

Thank you Heather!

Suzanne, Mike and the Wanderers

White Sands Adventure

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, 'This is what it is to be happy.' " ― Sylvia Plath

Hey Wanderers,

Adventures are always welcomed here. Instead of going to a place with many distractions, go to a place that is as expansive as your mind. A place where you are only limited by your imagination. A place like the sand dunes; a perfect escape.

There is nothing limiting your view, nothing to keep you feeling closed in. It is just you, the sand, and the sky. The constant movement of the sand and the wind creates ever-changing patterns on the ground, putting on a show for your eyes. All you need to do is pay attention.


Adventuring in New Mexico

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” - Rabindranath Tagore

Hey Wanderers,

Who knew that inspiration could come from the most simple, everyday things? It started out as an adventure to find a book, The Artist’s Way. My friend and I were enjoying lunch in a little book store when inspiration hit.

The parking lot.

The area all around was beautiful, especially with the clouds settling in and colors bursting from the sky because of their relationship with the sun. The most beautiful moment in the sky is when the clouds roll in and allow peaks of sunshine through. At that moment, a new warmth is created, making all of the colors pop and making everything more friendly and inspiring.


Happy Easter!

Happy Easter from the Shewanders team =)

I have a confession. I am 29 years old and still participate in our annual Family Easter Egg Hunt. The tradition began as young kids at my Aunt's house and we never quite grew out of it. My sister and I are the oldest of 15 cousins. She just had a baby boy and I have a little bean of my own on the way. Until those babies are old enough to hunt, I still think of us as the "kids". We decorate paper bags with our names and silly Easter drawings while all of the "adults" hide the eggs. They finally let us out like wild geese and our uber competitive nature takes over - especially now that lottery tickets and some light cash is at stake in those bright colored round treasures. We all walk away feeling satisfied (some of us more than others) and it's a great ending to the day. Maybe I'll just stay a kid forever. 

Happy Easter and Happy Spring,

Inside Out :: Photography, A Lifestyle

Dear Wanderers,

When I first picked up a camera, the biggest emotions I felt were relief and gratitude.  Profound gratitude for finally having a way to communicate. This art form would be my voice. I would never lack just the right word and would always be able to wear my heart on my sleeve. I was a struggling artist who finally found her medium at age 17.

The most surprising part of all? This gift could become a career that I was proud of. A career where I could meet couples, their friends, their family and be blessed to witness a most incredible day in their life. Who knew that I would meet so many wonderful collaborators and create a legacy of work with them? And that I would also experience the emotional ups and downs of running a business and becoming a part of this emerging community. Traveling, creating my own schedule, throwing everything I have at Shewanders and passion projects; what a life art has given me.

Now this little spark is growing. It documents my daily life and my family (even sometimes from my silly iphone). I can’t stop sharing images on Facebook, at meetings, to the waitress, etc. Photography is my heart - I am so proud and so in love.

This messy, imperfect life is all mine and I’m floored by how much photography has given me. I’m going to keep capturing every moment, even if things are crazy and my family is annoyed to have their picture taken for the thousandth time. If I don’t have the right outfit or my hair is a mess, it doesn’t matter, because it is while taking pictures that I am most shamelessly, me. Watch out family, here I come. 

Hugs and love,