2015 Goals

I'm pretty sure I had goals for my first day of kindergarten.  I have always needed a compass... a north star.  This year I spent several hours designing some goals that would inspire me through out the year to make small and profound changes.  I'm all about the why.  Each of these goals has a detailed plan and action steps to guide me through the year.  I thought I'd share some of the main themes with you.  What are your goals for 2015?  Reach out and let us know.I hope all your dreams come true.

xoxo Suzanne


Goals for 2015:

1.  To celebrate my marriage.  I want to cultivate a marriage that is full of joy and support.  We are stronger as individuals when we are strong as a couple-- for ourselves, our work, our friends, our family, and one day, our baby.

2.  To embark on adventure and friendships as a couple.  I want to create a life we love playing and adventuring with out family and friends-- housewarming parties, game nights, paint nights, movie nights, fantasy football, camping, Hicksville Palace, Palm Springs, etc.  The world is our oyster.  To go to more of the places I have pinned on Pinterest like this thermal bath in Iceland below.  It was so amazing to stand there in real life and live one of my pins.

3.  To get organized: Insurance, savings ,storage, home, etc.

4.  To be affluent #bosslife

5.  To be inspired: to explore what feeds my soul.  Make art. Moving meditation. Elevate. Morning Pages. Art dates.

6.  Vitality!  To serve my body with gratitude through eating right and exercising.

7.  To organize my business. Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.

8.  Shewanders is for lovers- creating a consistent client experience

9.  To inspire: sharing images through facebook, blogging, instagram, hosting contests, and getting published.

10.  To never stop learning, exploring, and creating to keep Shewanders fresh and vibrant.


MY WORD FOR 2015 I believe assigning a word to the upcoming year that reflects what you intend and what would help me the most to remember.  My word for 2015 is Peaceful Easy Feeling.  I know it isn't technically a word and yet I can't find a one word equivalent that means exactly the same thing to me.  In past years I've had surrender, soar, and release.  I have to tell you that for some reason I went back and forth several times between Serve and Peaceful Easy Feeling.  I'm not sure how I choose in the end but I do have to say that I am thrilled with my word and wonder what this year will bring.

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Adventures on the Central Coast

I'm always up for a road trip.  These captures are from a  quick trip to the Central Coast.  I drove up to attend a Jeff Newsom workshop. I've always had a fascination with the landscape in that area, so I caught a few shots on the drive up. Something in me just begged to pull over and capture the light surrounding the farm animals. I love the personalities of cows and horses. I feel like they always convey a surprising amount of emotion.xoxo Suzanne



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4 Things...Island

We hope you're all having a great summer so far. This week I took a trip to Washington to shoot a wedding. The picture below is from the ferry ride to Orcas Island. Here are a few things I've been enjoying lately...Watching: So You Think You Can Dance is back. Performance art is one of my favorite pleasures in life. I especially love seeing live performances. I am always in awe that someone would stand on a stage and pour their heart out. For some reason even though it's reality TV, the show always captures my imagination. It's one of those shows that Mike and I can agree on. Is it crazy that it makes me feel proud that my husband loves the arts?

Loving: Yesterday I shot a beautiful wedding on Orcas Island. I read an article in sunset magazine over 8 years ago about the island and I've been dreaming of it ever since. Here is a recent Sunset Magazine article about the island. Cheers to Morgan and Erin for sharing their wedding day with me.

Thinking: about Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet hyper saturated palate. It has been floating in and out of my mind lately. I think it's all of the fun I've been having with my underwater shoots.

Dreaming: of Portland. Lauren and I are heading there tomorrow. Is portland as good as they say? Time to find out.






4 Things.... Road Trip!

Recently,  Jen and I took the old Prius for a spin to Arizona. Sometimes getting away from it all refreshes my creative spirit.4 things I've been loving...

Listening: Billy Joel's concert in Phoenix, AZ was everything I could have hoped for. It was amazing to watch someone still love to perform after all these years. To quote my friend Jenny, "Sometimes music is transcendent."

Watching: A Book of Morman in San Diego, CA. It was epic. Run don't walk.

Playing: Exquisite Corpse with Lauren Natalie on Pinterest. This is a game created by surrealists around 1925 in which each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule or by being allowed to see only the end of what the previous person contributed. I love how this game promotes collaboration. In our version, Lauren and I take turns pinning photographs for each other. First I pin an image, and then Lauren answers by pining an image inspired by the previous one. Soon enough, we have an entire board filled with photography inspiration.

Dreaming: Last week I booked a wedding in Italy. I have my fingers crossed that I will get to spend some time in Iceland on the way there. A girl can dream...

Happy Weekend! Hoping you get to do some road tripping this summer.




The $40,900 Question: Annette Gomez

 Annette Gomez's classic and timeless floral designs are inspiring. We were able to gain insight into summer floral trends, seeking inspiration, and dream summer trips when we interviewed Annette. She really is lovely. Be sure to pop by her website for some more floral eye candy.

1. Favorite summer blooms? Zinnias, cosmos, and garden roses.

2. Color palettes that are spiring you this summer? Bright hot color. Always orange. I love orange for summer. And green, actually green is my favorite color and I can't get enough green. Yellow is another great summer color.

3. Describe your signature style. My signature style has evolved over the years, but the look I have always loved is one that is loose and unstructured. It is usually created from lots of goodies foraged from my garden. I like to think my style is approachable and not contrived. I lean towards a simple, clean, classic, and timeless look.

4. Any advice for brides to be? Relax! Use Pinterest for inspiration but don’t insist that everything look exactly like the pictures on your board. Embrace what mother nature has to offer you at the time of your wedding. Hire wonderful professional vendors and then let them do their thing. Let go… let go… let go…. Surprises are a wonderful thing.

5. What keeps you inspired? Nature always inspires me… and my garden. I love working in my garden and digging in the dirt. This is where I get most of my inspiration.

6. Describe the perfect bouquet. There isn’t just one perfect bouquet, as it usually  depends on the bride. I tend to like a hand held cluster of just one type of flower, maybe sweet peas or lily of the valley or even daffodils can make a lovely bouquet. If I am not in a simple mood, then I go for lots of green textures with a few funky blooms.  Perhaps garden roses or what ever is growing in my garden at the moment.

7. Favorite summer destination? Guadalajara Mexico or really anywhere in Mexico.

8. Beach or mountains? I like both.

9. If you had $40,900 to spend on one trip, where would you go and what would you do? Italy. The Vatican. If I am really dreaming, I would have a meal with Pope Francis. I would love that! I would walk my way through Italy sampling all of the wonderful cuisine and I would take my darling husband with me.  

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International Museum Day

Happy International Museum Day!To celebrate, I would love to share some of my all time favorite museums with you. Keep reading to see what these great places are up to lately!

Museum of Contemporary Art, Syndey

MCA in Sydney, Australia has a fascinating piece called Sleepers Awake happening this month...

"For nine nights this luminous sculpture will rise over Bungarribee, signalling the transformation of a vacant site in the Blacktown area of the Western Sydney Parklands to a new 200 ha park and community hub.Sleepers Awake is accompanied each night by a community performance festival running 5.30 to 7.30pm and featuring a wide range of acts in music, dance, performance and film selected from all over Western Sydney and the metropolitan Sydney basin."















Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), San Francisco

SFMOMA is currently closed for construction, but is hosting exhibitions and events all around San Francisco. Their current exhibition is at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, but check their website for all kinds of fun events!

"Disrupting expected images of South Africa, the 25 contemporary artists and collectives featured in Public Intimacy eloquently explore the poetics and politics of the everyday. This collaboration with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents pictures from SFMOMA’s collection of South African photography alongside works in a broad range of media, including video, painting, sculpture, performance, and publications — most made in the last five years, and many on view for the first time on the West Coast. Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of democracy in South Africa, Public Intimacy reveals the nuances of human interaction in a country still undergoing significant change, vividly showing public life there in a more complex light."

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Guggenheim, New York

The Guggenheim has several exhibitions on view and multiple ways to get involved in art. And, they are offering $5 off admission today for International Museum Day. Enjoy!

One of the current exhibits is "Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe examines the historical sweep of the movement from its inception with F. T. Marinetti's founding manifesto in 1909 through its demise at the end of World War II. The exhibition features more than 360 works executed between 1909 and 1944, encompassing not only painting and sculpture, but also advertising, architecture, ceramics, design, fashion, film, free-form poetry, music, performance, photography, publications, and theater."

Heat wave - The road to Hana

The warm weather this week reminded me of our recent trip to Maui. It was so nice to recharge after the wedding and spend some time with our families. I will definitely post some more pics soon. I mostly shot on my iphone and underwater camera, but Mike and I managed a few pics on our big camera. I'm glad we brought it to Hana. It was a dreamy all kinds of weather day. You know the typical sunny, rainy, windy, hot overcast Hawaiian day. I can't wait for the next time that I get to dip my toes in the warm water and I'm excited to go on a road trip with Mike and his mom this 4th of July weekend.I hope there are roadtrips in your future!xoxo Suzanne

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