August 25, 2014


‘Then,’ observed Elizabeth, ‘you must comprehend a great deal in your idea of an accomplished woman.’

It struck me the other day how amazed and fortunate I feel to have so many accomplished women in my life. For Mr. Bingley it was enough to paint tables, cover skreens, and net purses, but today I hardly meet anyone that isn’t a crafter, maker, writer, photographer, videographer, designer, cook, stylist, business owner, home owner, expert and/or blogger. I’ve been in a on-going conversation with friends recently about the lack of strong female role models in cinema and media growing up — which is an entirely other discussion I won’t delve into here — but today (thanks in part to a growing blogosphere) all I need to do is look around me to see incredible women that would make Jane Austen proud. Earlier this month I was fortunate enough to attend a photo workshop in Seattle with food stylist, photographer and blogger Aran Goyoaga; a talented and warm individual that I am so grateful to have had the chance to meet and study with. Together with other curious and adventurous souls we spent a first day watching and working with her in her beautiful north-facing Seattle studio; styling, shooting, eating and socializing (in no particular order). There were chefs, nutritionalists, bloggers, foodies, photographers, yoga instructors, designers and business owners; some were picking up a camera for the first time and others had skills that completely blew my mind (I learned more tips for lightroom processing and iphone apps in one weekend than in the past several years). The entire workshop was impeccably orchestrated by Ritche Ace Camps, the lessons learned immeasurably helpful, and the chance to add so many accomplished women to my address book worth its weight in marble and rustic wood photo backdrops.

Cheers to Aran, Angela, Allison, Jenn, Claire, Debra, Nathalie,  Su T, Melissa, Janice, Ilona, Rena, Sarah & Sarah!

Here’s some of my favorite images from our studio time –

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Thank you for reading! There’s more images of food, Seattle, traveling, San Francisco, and style to come in the next few weeks, but until then please feel free to leave me a comment and let’s stay in touch — find me on pinterest, twitter, instagram, and facebook.

  1. Such a gorgeous post, Jessica, and truly stunning photos. You really inspire me! I love your thoughts on female role models (or lack thereof), as well. It’s so true that so many of us have needed to find inspiration in the women around us, because there simply weren’t good role models in our cultural landscape growing up. Aran’s workshop held a wonderfully inspiring collection of fabulous women, didn’t it? So thrilled to have been a part of it, and to have met you and all the other amazing women attending! xoxo

    • jm

      Thank you so much for your kind words Nathalie! It means a lot coming from someone as talented as yourself! I’m so glad we’re still in touch, a bay area reunion is definitely in order =)

    • jm

      Thank you so much Tiffany! The makeshift society has workshops sometimes, but I don’t know exactly about a photo workshop similar to this. If I hear of one I will definitely let you know!

    • jm

      Thank you so much Leslie, and I owe you so many thanks as well for introducing me to Ritchie Ace!!!

    • jm

      Aran is a genius stylist — I certainly can’t take the credit! So glad you enjoyed, and thanks for stopping by =)

  2. Wow! Amazing! YOu have to tell me all about it when we meet! I also wanted to go there, but couldn’t make it. I have to read your post about Seattle as I’m going in October. I was already there and lost all my pictures. :/ Looking forward to hear some of your tips. :)


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