first and third image by brittany mahood
I’m a Canadian photographer, calligrapher, and general curious creative currently residing in San Diego, California with my husband Braden.
I’m a drinker of coffee + tea (anything caffeinated), reader of design magazines (Darling and Kinfolk are my favourite), collector of unnecessary pretty things, with an unexplainable music taste, a weakness for In N Out, and a strength of purchasing flowers.
Learn more about what inspired this website here.
I have an irrational fear of wild animals. Bears, cougars, wolves, you name it. And I have the movie, Beauty and the Beast, to blame for it. I watched that movie devotedly throughout my childhood. Perhaps because it was one of the only VHS my grandparents owned. But there is one scene where Belle is attacked by a pack of wolves in the forest. She tries her best to fight back, but is outnumbered by the pack. She would have been done for if it wasn’t for the Beast heroically showing up to fight off the wolves. But they don’t go down without a fight. The wolves attack the beast, tearing his clothes, biting his shoulders and arms causing deep wounds. It wasn’t until, after a long battle, that the Beast shows the strength he’s capable of and frightens the pack away.
My 5 year old self watched this scene, through the cracks of my fingers covering my face, and thought, “I hope I never EVER run into a vicious wild animal like that”. I mean, if the Beast was barely able to fight them off, how would I? That thought never left my mind.
So why am I putting one of my biggest fears on the forefront of my brand? My husband suggested it. Branching off into the creative industry has always been frightening to me. Whether it was pursuing wedding photography or even starting this website, it always takes me longer to jump on board due to my fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of giving up, you get the idea. What better way to conquer your fear than putting it in the spotlight?
I’m going to point out the obvious, I like flowers. Being a part of the wedding industry introduced me to floral design, and I gained appreciation pretty quickly for floral designers. I’ve been keen on learning floral design for quite some time but after a quick search on local floral design classes, I definitely wasn’t pleased with the very traditional curriculum offered. I had a hard time justifying spending time and money and something I didn’t want to learn. I knew that if I put a little more effort in, I could teach myself. A large part of this blog is dedicated to following that journey.
Wildflowers are also particularly beautiful. They have an uncultivated splendor about them that inspires me. I think if a wildflower had a personality, it would have a sassy I-do-what-I-want attitude about it. It would be an independent thinker, growing where it wants and untouched by humans.