4 Things // Fresh Perspective

Hey Wanderers,

Happy Sunday =)

Photographing: Gaidin in the pool and hanging out with my family. 

Dreaming of: Our living room remodel. Over the next few weeks we are refreshing the living room.  I am so looking forward to a fresh perspective.

LearningCreative Live with Chris Burkard on the outdoor photography experience. Surfing in the Arctic circle, working with brands, creating children's books - this guy is rad.

Creating: Collages, water color painting and working on new multi-media techniques. Lately I've been painting every morning instead of writing in my morning pages.  I'm working on carving out the time to do both. I'll keep trying.

Suzanne and the Wanderers

4 Things //Pride & Beauty

Happy Pride Weekend! 

Photographing: Jenna is in her last couple weeks of pregnancy. What a beauty. Aubree and Travis' engagement shoot in Orange County exploring some of their favorite beaches and getting to know them.

Dreaming of: Mike's mom is coming to town for two weeks this month. We are hoping to take a road trip up to Bridgeport near Yosemite for a big family camping trip. 

Listening to: Elle Luna on Creative Live. Chase Jarvis' 30 Days of Genius is a pretty intriguing series. I love black and white photography and don't often see black and white video. 

Reading: Ender's Game for book club

Suzanne and the Wanderers

Creativity Tell All // Kico at BoxMade Goods

It was so great running into Kico and Jen at Station in South Park. I follow them on Facebook but it's always good to see old friends face-to-face. Their wedding was almost 10 years ago and it still felt like yesterday. We had so much fun. I knew Kico would be up to something exciting and I was stoked to hear about his new project. Here are some clips of inspiration from Kico of Boxmade Goods, a custom artwork and apparel imprinting company based in San Diego.

How do you continually stay inspired and creative?
Mostly from internet archaeology and curating. There's plenty of easily accessible inspiration out there, too much actually. It helps to be selective. I look at Dribbble, Behance and TheDieLine a lot.

Is there anything special or unique about your morning routine?
I wouldn't say it's unique, but my mornings are special because I get to spend time with my daughter; getting her ready for school and dropping her off. Between getting her ready and entertaining our dog, it's a long morning before I get to do anything for myself, but I'm fortunate to be able to have that time with both of them.

If someone wanted to break into your industry, what advice would you give them?
Find a niche. There's a million screen printers and apparel decorators out there. Specialize in an industry you love and believe in.

Did you always know this career path was β€˜the one’?
Nope. I knew I didn't want to be desk bound and I've always enjoyed making things and being creative in general. I also knew I wanted to run my own business someday. Screen printing happened sort of by accident, but was a great fit both on the business and creative fronts.

What season inspires you most?
Fall. I love the anticipation and build-up to the holidays. I also love fall clothing; jackets, blazers, scarves and boots.

What is the best advice you have been given?
"Be the change that you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi. I heard someone repeat this Ghandi quote in a great video podcast I watch regularly called Barbell Shrugged.  It's a simple inspirational quote, but really resonates with me. Be the change. It's become a bit of a mantra.

What is your dream project?
To design and print a logo that transcends it's initial purpose.

If there was a song that played every time you worked on your craft, what would it be?
So many come to mind! "I Ain't No Joke" or "Paid in Full" by Eric B. & Rakim. Also "Home" or "Route 66" by Depeche Mode if I had to narrow it down.

Is there anything in particular you are obsessed with these days? 
Mostly learning more about the art, business and craft of screen printing.  I'm also constantly reading stories about people who completely changed their lives after discovering CrossFit. So many of them not only lose weight and get more fit, but change careers or life paths. I also watch a lot of Barbell Shrugged videos and pretty much everything Aaron Draplin does.

What would you do if you had $40,900 for a vacation?
Take my wife and daughter to New York City and Paris. We would stay in nice hotels and spend the rest on phenomenal food in both cities.

Suzanne, Mike and the Wanderers

4 Things // Letting Go

Photographing : Yacht Party with Before I Do Events; yes to sailing and the sea air.

Dreaming of : Right here, right now. Today we are camping and photographing in Joshua Tree with our friends.

Watching : My nephew learned his abc's this week. He is excited about everything alphabet. 

Letting Go : I've had two acupuncture treatments this week.  My dad is staring radiation and chemo in a couple of days and I'm trying to let go of as much of the fear as I can.  I want there to only be hope left.

4 Things // Happy Long Weekend

Dear Wanderers,

Happy 4th weekend! We hope you are enjoying the long weekend and staying cool. 

Watching: Game of Thrones finale and So You Think You Can Dance. I am also obsessed with the UEFA Euro 2016 soccer tournament right now!

Doing: Relaxing and unpacking after our adventures in Iceland. Catching up on some shows and soccer.

Dreaming of: Next weekend we are going on an artist retreat in Joshua Tree with our pals.

Photographing: Jackie's family portraits. What a gorgeous bunch!

Suzanne and the Wanderers