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Did you know I’m the resident photographer for Tallahassee’s Natural Awakenings magazine? Completely true!

In February, the editor called me up to schedule a photo shoot with Nathan, the Man in Overalls. He’s a fantastic guy who is very involved in the community and an educator too! My favorite image of him proudly holding a shovel and bouquet of freshly gathered greens & carrots made the cover and a few of the others made it to the inside article.

When I arrived at Nathan’s I was struck by how many different plants he had growing in the raised beds he built! The most beautiful were the cabbage and carrots.

It wasn’t difficult to capture Nathan’s smile – he’s got to be one of the happiest people I’ve ever met!

Below are the iGrows he built and is promoting for a great cause. From their websiteiGrow-Whatever You Like is a Frenchtown-based youth empowerment and urban agriculture project, named and largely run by the youth themselves. The iGrow Youth are responsible for the community garden at Second Harvest Food Bank and for manufacturing iGrow Garden Buckets. They aspire to launch a youth-run urban farm in the Frenchtown Community. iGrow is an initiative of the Tallahassee Food Network.

Store bought tomatoes are too acidic for me so my doctor suggested I start growing my own. I did not, by any means, inherit my mother’s green thumbs. I swear, she just looks at a plant sweetly and it starts to thrive. The only time I actually got anything to grow was when I was doing botany research on roses, flowering kale, and soybeans (and, even then, a slew of them died).

My sweetest of sweethearts went and bought me 2 iGrows with heirloom tomato plants! Right after I finish writing this I’m going to go pick them up (and keep them inside because of the still cool temperatures). These babies are going to do great on my front porch and away from Pumpkin, the family dog who is known to eat everything living.

To learn more about the Tallahassee Food Network and get info on farmers markets, educational events, and how to get involved with your local food community, please visit And make sure you pick up a copy of Natural Awakenings the next time you’re in Publix or New Leaf. There’s always fantastic articles and it’s free too! Now, get to planting!

Everyone say hi to  Julie! She’s a full-time studio artist who combines fine art & function into a funky mix. It’s completely possible that I use pieces she’s made every day.

We met during our Master of Fine Arts program at FSU way back in 2005. Before moving to Florida she grew up among the cornfields in rural Illinois. Sometimes, she’s a corny gal (bwah! humor!).

Last week we met up for some portraits, and then for extra fun we did a process series. In this case, Julie shows us her process for making a tumbler. A tumbler which will soon be mine. The entire process is just magical.  Julie’s studio is absolutely filled with inspiration! The image on the right is a silkscreen she uses in her transfer work.

This was where the magic started for me. I love image transfers (I could show you examples of my work, but I won’t Bogart Julie’s post). Back to the art making.

See! Magic! Julie, of course, had no doubts. I was on the edge of my seat.

Almost finished! Julie makes this look easy but it’s only because she’s talented & experienced. Surgeon hands. Covered in clay.

The image on the left is a sketch for a piece she’s making for an upcoming exhibition. Remember how I said Julie’s an artist? I meant it! If you see her name in the news be sure you check out that exhibition.

These nesting bowls come in a set of three. I’d love to see them dotted around my house. The smallest is perfect to keep by your bedside and your engagement & wedding band safe at night. Julie takes commissions and can add your names or wedding date. Something to keep in mind if you are trying to think of a unique wedding present too.

Just adore these cups! Want to see Julie’s work in person? Head over to Textures Handmade Market in Tallahassee’s Midtown District. And while you’re looking around the internet, go ahead and sign up for Julie’s Email Newsletter. I hear she’s got some truly awesome stuff coming up at the end of the month. Trust me, if you enjoy her work then you’ll want to stay in the know!

Thanks for having me over, Julie! Tea party with your new ware soon?

Senior portraits with one senior is a fun time. But you know what’s grand? 2 seniors at the same time. But what’s truly fantastic?

Senior portraits at Disney World!

The girls and I had a blast on our trip to Orlando, where we spent a day at the Magic Kingdom & Epcot.

We had a spin on the Tea Cups!

But more fun on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!

We made our way over to Epcot where we had a ball.

I hope you enjoyed viewing the girls fun day. By the by, my favorite thing to use senior portraits for? Graduation Announcements of course! This one below is a double sided, folded 5×7 inch card. And I’m more than happy to design them for you using using photos from your Ansley Studio portrait session.