Last month, we decided to start a Friends to Follow series, where we do short features on 4-5 of the creatives who we have met that inspire us. We think that surrounding yourself with other creatives that inspire you is extremely important to living a fulfilled life and feeling accomplished in your job. As people who work very hard in a creative industry, it is extremely important to us to keep people with good energy and positive attitudes in our lives. Trust us, there is enough negative energy in this world. So, if you're looking for some folks to bring a smile to your face, we recommend reading on and checking out our friends; a wedding photographer who shows no signs of slowing down, a podcast duo who shines their spotlight on Arizona companies & entrepreneurs, partners in love and life who are changing the game in design & letterpress, and a food stylist / photographer who is all kinds of wonderful!
Karlee Jaramillo of Karlee K. Photography
Karlee is a locally based wedding & engagement photographer. She is totally open for traveling, so don't be shy if you're planning a destination wedding or event out of Arizona. Karlee is the type of person that just SHINES through a crowd. Her encouragement, positive attitude and laughter makes it seem like you've been friends longer than you actually have been. Karlee not only is incredibly talented behind the camera, but she is an insane writer! She studied in journalism so it makes perfect sense. Seriously, you should take a peek at her blog to see what exactly we mean. She goes the extra mile to make sure that you feel special and comfortable for your wedding day or special event. If you like pretty weddings, couples in love or are looking for a wedding / event photographer, this is someone you should be following her. You can find her here.
Jose Acevedo & Britt Johnson of Finding Arizona Podcast
We first met Jose & Britt at Phoenix Flea After Dark, but we started talking to him much earlier than that. Jose had originally messaged us to chat on his podcast about The Ivy Event! We were so thrilled that someone was A. Interested in learning more about our event and B. Excited to spread out passion project with all of the listeners of Finding Arizona Podcast. The entire point of Jose's podcast, is to showcase Arizona small businesses and local entrepreneurs in a very personal and exciting way. Every episode, he invites the owners to come out and chat about what it is they do and WHY they do what they do. Jose makes you feel extremely comfortable by actually LISTENING to what it is you're saying. His wonderful partner, Britt Johnson, also lends her creativity to helping Jose out. Britt is a talented photographer and is the one who captures all the behind the scenes shots while anyone is in the studio to record. If you're looking for a podcast that celebrates small business in Arizona, shares all about community events and what is going on in our state, you should be following him. You can find him here.
Mark Johnston & Lauren Elliot with Prickly Pear Paper
Mark & Lauren are two seriously driven people. Mark and I (Leah) went to highschool together, so we go back 10+ years, but we just all started hanging out and getting to know each other a little bit more. Mark & Lauren opened their letter press and design studio recently called Prickly Pear Paper! As partners in love and life, they appreciate the small things like brightening someone’s day with a witty card or functional piece of artwork. They both have past experience in design work and love to help companies create a brand that is perfect for that specific company. We are working with these two fine folks on planning our next event, The Ivy Event: Happy Hour with Prickly Pear! We can't wait to work with them to create a fun night out for the creative community in Arizona. If you're interested in tickets, be sure to follow along at The Ivy Event. If you're someone looking for some cute paper products that are locally designed and made (you can shop in store in Gilbert), looking for a custom brand for your company and just really want to bring some color in your life, you should be following them. You can find them here.
Constance Higley has become a fast friend of ours. Her generous heart, her fun loving attitude and willing to host a Monday night dinner for 15 + people are just some of the things we love about this talented Lady. Constance is a food stylist and film photographer based out of Arizona, but loves to travel. You can catch her in Chicago, San Francisco, Europe... pretty much wherever! She has opened her home to us on more occasions than one without batting an eye and is happy to have friends near and dear spend an evening with her chatting about life, goals and how SHE can help you get there. We are inspired by her continued drive with life and how she is a source of happiness for a lot of people. Her spirit is motivated, her heart is kind and her persona makes you want to be a better person. Her photography work is absolutely beautiful and will definitely make you want to cook. If you're looking for foodie film photographs, travel inspiration or just need some creative direction, this is someone you should be following. You can find her here.