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Local Gems- The Handmade Market

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Spring is here, and for many of us it is synonymous with craft show season. There are bunches of craft shows in the Raleigh Durham area where I live. One of the best local shows is most definitely The Handmade Market in Raleigh. This fantastic market is a one day semiannual show that features over fifty local and regional indie artists and crafters. This weekend, Saturday May 3rd, will be the seventeenth market since the show’s commencement in 2006. Every year so far, I have been tied up with other things, so this will be the first Handmade Market I will have attended, and I could not be more excited! This show is brimming with so many talented artists in all kinds of crafty mediums ranging from jewelry and clothing, to home accessories and fine art, and even great stuff for the kiddos. Here is a little peek at some of the amazing handmade goods you can find at the market this weekend:

You can see a full list of all the artists participating in the market and their website links on the Handmade Market’s artist page Here.

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I recently had the opportunity to sit down for a little chat with a few of the Handmaidens, the behind the scenes crafty supergirls that created and produce this twice yearly event. The Handmaidens are a group of seven creative women including Ndidi Kowalczyk (Hothouse Poesy,) Lois Peterson (It’s By Design,) Kiona van Rhee-Wilson (Lucky Accessories,) Jenni Moore Myers (Milk & Honey,) Kristen Randall (Mood Swing Studios,) Leeann Hynes (Fleur-De-Lee-Lee,) and Tracey Johnson (Patina South.) As it turns out all of these lovely gals met through Raleigh’s most fun bead store Ornamentea (website here.) They became fast friends and decided to attend the 2004 Boylen Height’s Artwalk in Raleigh as a collective under the name “Bead the People.” They had such a great time, they continued to do shows, but under the new name of “The Handmaidens.” Pretty soon the ladies’ came to realize there was a bit of a void in quality shows around in the southeast to showcase our region’s independent design scene. And so, on May 6th of 2006, the first Handmade Market was formed. It featured 35 local artists and was held at Vintage 21. Since then, The Handmaidens have produced seventeen successful shows, grown through a few spaces, and are currently showing out of Cobblestone Hall in downtown Raleigh’s City Market.  The success of this market is such a gift to our area’s indie movement. The Handmaiden’s love all kinds of art, and you can be sure that you will find some of the best local artists to shop from.

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I asked the ladies a little about their process and what they look for when deciding which artists to use in their shows. As with most craft show, the work is juried. Every one of the Handmaidens vote on each entry. It is very thorough. Some of the things they look for when they are deciding on an artist as a candidate for the show are the uniqueness of designs, the quality of the photos submitted, and if it is a good fit for the show. Sometimes even the price points of the items are a deciding factor as they need to be comparable to other items in the same category for the show. The Handmaidens strive for a good balance of craft genres as well so they don’t end up with too many jewelry artists, or too many stationary designers. I think they do such a good job creating a show with so many types of items available. There truly is something for everyone!

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I also asked the Handmaidens if they have any advice for artists and crafters they’d like to share. The synonymous opinion is to keep at it. Keep moving forward. Try new things, and go to as many shows as you can until you can find where you fit best. Try to carve out a niche for yourself by creating a unique product. Keep working on your photos. You will grow with your craft. If you are a local crafter of the Raleigh area and would like more information on how to apply for the next market in November, you can find the info on the Handmade Market’s web page Here.

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One of the best things about The Handmade Market is their dedication to give back to the community through the spring charity drive. This year The Handmade Market will be partnering with Triangle Pets Alive to raise money and awareness of their efforts to save healthy pets at area shelters through a foster-based rescue network. Baskets overflowing with participating artist and local business donations will be part of the highly anticipated voluntary raffle. All raffle money will be donated to Triangle Pets Alive

The Handmade Market is made possible not only by the hard work of the Handmaidens, but also through volunteers and sponsors. If you are a local business interested in sponsoring The Handmade Market, visit their sponsor page Here.

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If you are in our area and would like to attend the show this saturday, here is the detailed info from the press release:

The Handmade Market is a one-day, indoor designer craft fair and market featuring handcrafted goods from more than 50 artists, designers, and crafters. The FREE event will run from 11 am until 5 pm on Saturday, May 3, 2014. An extra, early bird, hour of shopping happens from 10:00 to 11:00am. Anyone interested in getting the first peak at all the latest designs can enter the market as a VIP, before FREE admission begins at 11:00 am, for $5 a person. The Handmade Market will be held at Cobblestone Hall, in downtown Raleigh. The entrance is located at 215 Wolfe Street in City Market, just south of Moore Square, in the former Greenshields building.

So all my locals out there, go check it out this weekend! You’re pretty much guaranteed to walk out with something you’ll love! In the mean time, be sure to check out the Handmade Market’s website for more info on upcoming shows Here. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, and Pinterest.

And one last thing before I go…. Here is a little stop motion video of artist Jenn Hales creating the logo for the May market. Check out her site, Here, she’s fabulous!

 

Let’s Shop Local’s March Market

A couple of weekends ago I had the pleasure of attending the March Let’s Shop Local shopping market. For all my local readers out there, Let’s Shop Local is an organization dedicated to showcasing and supporting local artists in the Triangle area of North Carolina. You can read more about the organization Here. What I love most about their site, is that there is an online artisan directory so you can find amazing artists all in one spot! We had a great time at the March market! I really enjoyed meeting everyone! Here is a little sample of some of the lovely items from the shopping spree:

Aren’t they so cool! You can check out some of these awesome artists and more at the next Let’s Shop Local event during the Got to be NC festival at the state fairgrounds this month. I will be posting more about that event soon. Until then you can shop with some of the artists below online! You can read more about upcoming events and vendors on the Let’s Shop Local website Here.

Here are the awesome artists that were at the March Market. Go check them out!

Veronica Lall Handcrafted handbags and accessories
www.veronicahalifax.com

Tish McDermott * Handmade jewelry and more

http://www.justatish.com

Marsha Travers Handmade soap and bath and body products
www.blissbain.com

Liza Lotz Handcrafted jewelry

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Curva/260717474498

Elizabeth L. Strugatz * Wearable art jewelry

http://www.etsy.com/shop/WirednTwistednStoned

Robyn Johnston Handcrafted whimsical mosaic art

http://www.whimsicalrobyn.com

Katie Moller Handmade paper flower arrangements, wreaths and more

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ThePaperFlowerbed

Stefanie Lee Original canvases, furniture, crosses and more

https://www.facebook.com/simplystefsstuff?hc_location=timeline

Kathy Curran * Handcrafted jewelry, earrings and accessories

Jane Robertson * Handcrafted jewelry and decoupage baskets

Meg Smither * Textile artist, handpainted scarves
www.megsmither.com

Steph Hollingsworth * Handmade clutches, bags and jewelry

http://www.etsy.com/shop/RusticaHandmade

Villager’s Trading Post * Handmade soaps, perfumes and more

http://www.villagerstradingpost.com/

Bronwyn Gruet Original plaster sculptures mounted on reclaimed wood
www.limeandiron.com

Jill Evans Jill’s Jewels Original Jewelry

http://www.etsy.com/shop/jillsjewels07

Jack O’Farrell Hand-painted coat of arms
www.shieldandcrest.com

CinTinque Handcrafted Jewelry Hand-hammered jewelry from vintage coins and watch pieces
www.cintinque.etsy.com

Robert Quarles Handcrafted wooden serving and cooking spoons

Alexandra Greijn * Handcrafted bum bags (fancy fanny packs)
www.stankweasel.com
Teresa Prichard * Handpainted pillows, sewn pillows and handcrafted baby bibs
www.etsy.com/shop/peddlerpack

Laura Bailey Handcrafted eye-glass holders displaying her art
www.eyeglasslasso.com
www.simplyjake.com

Lisa Mathias Handcrafted jewelry
www.etsy.com/shop/snazzytrinkets

Janet Jackson Handcrafted jewelry, tutus and children’s dresses

Oscar Grisson Handmade coasters, shirts and home/yard wooden signs
www.crafteegirls.com

Michelle Mitchell Custom vinyl designs

https://www.facebook.com/MMCreations2014

Annette Libby Handthrown Pottery
www.impressionsinpottery.com

Michelle Bertoncino Handmade items for new parents, babies & children
www.fivebees.etsy.com
www.facebook.com/fivebeesfanpage
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Tania Tafilowski Handcrafted Children’s Clothing
www.birdiebs.com
www.facebook.com/birdiebs
www.birdiebs.etsy.com
Good Grace’s Dog Treats * Handcrafted Dog Treats & Food

Pam Tucker * Tobacco Road Candles

Kristin Austin Handcrafted jewelry
www.birdandbeau.com
Aliya Trinity * Natural body products made from plants
www.etsy.com/shop/allywillow

Tammy Parrish Hand crochet clothing, toys & more
www.cre8tivecrocheting.com

Let’s Shop Local Shopping Spree Event

Hi guys! This past weekend I had the pleasure to attend the first Let’s Shop Local Shopping Spree at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.  Let’s Shop Local is a triangle North Carolina organization devoted to showcasing local artists. Their shows are a great way to show some local love! Saturday’s event was a lovely show filled with all kinds of local artists. I really enjoyed meeting everyone! I was able to snap a few pics to share with you guys of all the amazing items there for sale. Here are some of my favorites:

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Aren’t they cool! If you’d like to see more from these cool artists here are links to their online sites:

Porch Fly        Amanda Cousins Studio         Crocheting Ladybug       Alywillow Organics

 

Jewelry by Kelley        High Country Bride        4 Fosters Candle Company      Janet Place Designs

 

Marvelous Katastrophe       Good Grace’s Dog Treats       Stank Weasel          Just A Tish

 

JEM Collection       Lauri Arntsen      Jenny Lou & Co.       Very Sweet Baby Boutique

 

MAV Design Concepts      Split Infinity Jewelry     Lucy 2′s      Limon

 

Meg Smither      Off The Beaded Path       Sarah Coffey Designs      S- Ranked Design Armada

 

Thirty- One      Scentsy       Art With Knobs On       Needle and Thread Quilts

 

Raiment Designs        Re-By-Lees      Gail’s Hodge Podge       Felecia’s Stained Glass

 

Wired, Twisted, and Stoned      Girly Gooz Boutique       Paparazzi by Katina     Missy’s Wishes Farmhouse Primitives

 

If you were a vendor at the show and you don’t see your name on your photo or in my list, I somehow missed your business card. Please feel free to contact me with your shop link and I will be sure to add it.

The next Let’s Shop Local Show will be held on March 23rd. You can check out the organization’s website Here for more information. Be sure to check out their site as well as all the artist links above!

Let’s Shop Local Shopping Spree

Hi guys! Today I wanted to share something with my local North Carolinians. Let’s Shop Local, a lovely new website dedicated to supporting local artists, is putting on it’s first “local love” show in Raleigh on February 1st! The event will be held at the Holshouser Building at the State Fairgrounds and will feature over thirty handmade artists and crafters. So if you are in the area come on out Saturday February 1st and join in the Let’s Shop Local Shopping Spree!

Here’s a little taste of what you can expect to find at the show:

Here are all the detail’s from Let’s Shop Local’s press release:

You are invited to join us at the North Carolina Fairgrounds’ Holshouser Building on Saturday, February 1st from 11 – 6 for our first ‘Let’s Shop Local!’ shopping spree!
Featuring artists, crafters, and other creative businesses from or near Raleigh, this is an event you don’t want to miss out on! You’ll find affordably priced jewelry, hand-painted scarves, soaps, lotions, unique crochet items, pottery, art and so much more!
Come out and find the perfect gift for that special someone this Valentine’s Day, and feel good about the purchase, knowing your money is going right back to your local community! All of our vendors live within 30 miles of Raleigh! Don’t forget, when you buy local your money stays in your local community!
Also, don’t forget to vote for your favorite business display! The vendor whose display receives the most votes will get their display featured on our Facebook page AND receive a complimentary spot at our next ‘Let’s Shop Local’ event!
Admission to ‘Let’s Shop Local’ is just $3.00 with children under 12 free! Representatives from Teddslist.com, an online directory for local businesses, are scheduled to be on site, too, handing out freebie bags stuffed with coupons and goodies from nearby local businesses!
‘Let’s Shop Local’ is an event like no other in Raleigh! Conveniently located at the North Carolina Fairgrounds, ‘Let’s Shop Local’ is certain to become a Raleigh favorite!
So bring all your friends and head out for our first ‘Let’s Shop Local!’ A Southern Shopping Spree, and help support small, local businesses!

I hope to see some of you guys there! In the meantime be sure to check out the Let’s Shop Local website Here for a current list of all the artists who will be in attendance. You can also follow on Facebook and Twitter too!

Shop Local Raleigh’s Boutique Blowout Weekend!

Hi everybody! I wanted to share some of the pics from Friday night at the Shop Local Raleigh Boutique Blowout! My mom and I both had such a blast! It was great meeting so many local shop owners and discovering shops we weren’t familiar with. Let me tell you there are some fantastic boutiques in the area! Check out the fun pictures my mom (of Kim Crenshaw Photography) took of the event!

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It was soooo much fun! If you are local to the area definitely check out Shop Local Raleigh’s website to see all the wonderful local shops, restaurants and businesses our area has to offer! If you missed the sale, don’t worry, you can still check out the boutiques around town and on the web! Here are their websites:

·         Clotheshound

·         Frill

·         Fab’rik

·         FanFeet

·         Flaunt

·         Galatea Boutique

·         Gingham & Posh

·      The Go Girl Shoppe

·         Gray Lee Designs

·         Gypsy Jule

·         Kristen’s Place

·         Lucy & Me Jewelry

·         Luscious Couture

·         Peachy Keen

·         Sophie and Mollies

·         Simple Bliss

·         Scout and Molly’s

·         Sugar Magnolia

·         The Purple Polka Dot

·          The Art of Style

and Humdinger

I’ll be back in just a little bit with my Monday Favorite Vintage finds. Until then darlings…

Have a wonderful day!

Shop Local Raleigh’s Boutique Blowout Sale VIP Night

Hey guys! I just got in a little while ago from a fantastic shopping trip to Shop Local Raleigh’s Boutique Blowout Sale VIP night. This is a great sale, and it is for a great cause, supporting our local boutiques! I snagged a few awesome items including a pair of boots from Spain, and a fantastic North Carolina Pillow from my friend Meghan at the Go Girl Shoppe. My favorite thing about the evening though wasn’t the swag I snagged, but meeting so many lovely gals and guys and discovering shops and businesses that I wasn’t familiar with. It was awesome! I will be posting more pictures from the even tomorrow, but I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite Instagrams from this evening. Check em’ out:

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Here is a list of participating businesses:
· Clotheshound

· Frill

· Fab’rik

· FanFeet

· Flaunt

· Galatea Boutique

· Gingham & Posh

· The Go Girl Shoppe

· Gray Lee Designs

· Gypsy Jule

· Kristen’s Place

· Lucy & Me Jewelry

· Luscious Couture

· Peachy Keen

· Sophie and Mollies

· Simple Bliss

· Scout and Molly’s

· Sugar Magnolia

· The Purple Polka Dot

· The Art of Style
And there is a WHOLE LOT more fun finds there too! Awesome right! And the best thing is that you still have time to shop! The Boutique Blowout will be open today, Saturday July 20th starting at 10a.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. You can find the Boutique Blowout at the Hampton Inn Crabtree at 3920 Arrow Drive, Raleigh. This sale is not to be missed! Hope you all have a lovely Saturday!

Shop Local Raleigh’s Boutique Blowout!!!

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Hey everybody! Today I have something I am really excited to share with all of my local followers and friends. Shop Local Raleigh is hosting a Boutique Blowout sale this Friday and Saturday! Raleigh is growing, and so is its local scene. There are so many awesome local businesses in the triangle and I am all for shopping local! It strengthens our ties as a community and our wallets by sharing in this local love! Some of you all know by now that I love style and fashion, even if most of my days are spent in jeans and a tee. And I am happy to say that we have some really awesome local boutiques and artists here in the Raleigh area!

Shop Local Raleigh is a non-profit organization that is all about supporting local businesses here in Raleigh. Their website has a great directory of local businesses from farms and food trucks, to boutiques and restaurants, furniture stores, cleaners, you name it…. They even have fun events! You can check out the Shop Local Raleigh Website Here.

So, if you are in the area, join Shop Local Raleigh at the Hampton Inn Crabtree this Friday and Saturday(July 19th and 20th) for their Boutique Blowout Sale! It’s going to be so much fun! Here are all the details:

Boutiques Include:

·         Clotheshound

·         Frill

·         Fab’rik

·         FanFeet

·         Flaunt

·         Galatea Boutique

·         Gingham & Posh

·      The Go Girl Shoppe

·         Gray Lee Designs

·         Gypsy Jule

·         Kristen’s Place

·         Lucy & Me Jewelry

·         Luscious Couture

·         Peachy Keen

·         Sophie and Mollies

·         Simple Bliss

·         Scout and Molly’s

·         Sugar Magnolia

·         The Purple Polka Dot

·          The Art of Style

Admission and Location: Friday is VIP night and the sale runs from 5-8p.m. Tickets are $10 and you get first dibs on the sale. VIP members will also receive goody bags from sponsors filled with special deals. The sale opens up at 10a.m. Saturday morning to everyone. Tickets for Saturday are $5. You can buy your tickets at the door, or advance online Here. The Boutique Blowout will be held att he Hampton Inn at Crabtree Valley(3920 Arrow Drive, Raleigh, North Carolina, 27612)

I will be attending tomorrow evening with my mom, the only gal I know who can out-shop me! I hope to see you there!

 

Local Gems- The Go Girl Shoppe

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8 800x404 Local Gems  The Go Girl ShoppeToday I have something really special I want to share with you, one of my favorite local finds, The Go Girl Shoppe. The Go Girl Shoppe is the most fabulous travelling shop around town! Meghan Wagner, the shoppe owner who is just as sweet as her darling wares, sets up shop in a vintage 1976 Shasta travel trailer. Her camper is really adorable, and is the perfect backdrop for the amazing products she sells. There is a little bit of everything from jewelry and tea towels, to frames, garden accessories, and some amazing home decor items. Everything has a vintage or repurposed feel to it. It is just so flippin’ fantastic, like eye candy! I just want to buy everything!

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Meghan’s travelling shoppe frequents the Raleigh Flea Market, which is where I first saw her. I was really excited when she agreed to do a little interview! Here’s what she had to say:

1- What is the story behind your fabulous camper?  I always wanted to start and own my own business.  I come from a family of business owners, so it’s in my blood. I wanted to open something fun and different.  Being in a mall gets boring day in and day out, but when your shop is always on the move, you get to be in a different location at all times, and meet new people.  We are bringing our items to our customers.

2-What is your favorite item in your shop that you make or sell?  I honestly have to say everything in the shop is my favorite.  I pick items that I know that I would love, therefore I own my self.  I get so much joy seeing other people’s faces that I once expressed when they find that unique treasure.

3-If you could have a shop anywhere in the world, where would it be?   Mmm  you stumped me.  Haha.  This is tough. I don’t know about the world but I would love to have a little shop in Blowing Rock, NC.  I know it sounds crazy, but I went to school there (Appalachian).  There is something about the culture/atmosphere.  It is clam and relaxing but at the same time has that small college town vibe. The community is wonderful and supports it’s local businesses.

4-You obviously love vintage, do you have a favorite era or decade?  I think all decades contribute something to our society today.  What was once popular in the past may fade out and become a fad however most of the time it usually will come back in style just in a different era.  I can’t really pin point one decade I really like better than the other.  I love all things vintage.  Right now I really love finding vintage charms from the 20’s.  There so romantic and chic.

5-What is your favorite thing to do when you are not working on your lovely shop?  When I am not working in the shop, I love to go to flea markets.  They are so much fun. There is something about digging through a pile of stuff, and uncovering something wonderful.  It is like finding buried treasure.  I love the thrill of the hunt.  I love all things vintage and quirky.

6- Do you have any advice for up and coming artists who want to start a business? Follow your dreams.  It is hard work but if you really want something bad enough you just have to go for it.  There are always going to be people telling you, that you can’t do it and sometimes the biggest obstacle is yourself however in the end, it pays off. My reward is seeing other people who get excited about the shop as much as I am seeing their faces when we are out in the public.

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Luckily you do not have to live in NC to get something awesome from The Go Girl, you can visit The Go Girl Shoppe on Etsy Here for all kinds of fantastic goodies! Also be sure to visit the Go Girl Blog Here, and you can keep up with shop news and where you can find this travelling wonder next on Facebook Here as well. Today is Meghan’s birthday,so stop by and wish her a happy one! And if you are in NC you can see the Go Girl Shoppe next at the New Bern Mum Festival this weekend October 13th and 14th. Be sure to check it out, you’ll be glad you did!

Happy Shopping!

Local Gems- From The Heart Antiques

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One of the things I love the most about living so close to Raleigh is that we have an excellent Flea Market that’s open pretty much all year! There are always lots of wonderful things to see, but my favorite vendor at the market is From the Heart Antiques, owned by Molly Walker. Her booth is inside the commercial building, and it is the best! Everything she has is just precious! I get most of my hankies from her. Miss Molly’s booth is packed full with all kinds of amazing things. She always has the greatest vintage glasses, some of them still with the carriers, like the feather tumbler set I couldn’t resist. She has a fantastic selection of sour cream glasses too! I love the selection of little ceramic animals, salt and pepper shakers, and vintage knick knacks. There is also a great collection of Hardy Boy’s books, hats, a purse or two, vintage tin trays and canisters, glass pictures, kitchen gadgets, and sewing ephemera. And occasionally she gets some fantastic linens and tablecloths. I love that there is always something new to see!

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4 800x485 Local Gems  From The Heart Antiques In my family we have a little flea market routine just about every weekend. We go for the hubby to get boiled peanuts, for Beau to get some socialization, and for me to go see Miss Molly’s booth. It’s our little flea market ritual. So, if you are ever in Raleigh be sure to stop by the Flea Market and visit Miss Molly’s booth in the commercial building. She’s there from 9am to 6pm Saturdays and Sundays. It’s not to be missed, one of my absolute favorite things here in Raleigh! You can get directions and flea market happenings at their website here. Miss Molly also has a booth in the Antiques at Gresham Lake, an antique mall on the other side of Raleigh. You can visit their website here.
Happy Shopping!

Local Gems- Kim Crenshaw Photography

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Local Gems is a new feature to my blog where I am planning to showcase some of my favorite places around the Raleigh, Durham, triangle of NC. So, I think it is only fitting that my first “Local Gems” post will be highlighting my mom’s business, Kim Crenshaw Photography, as she is such an amazing photographer, and I have her to thank for nurturing my creative side.

My mom and dad divorced when I was a baby, and she started attending an Memphis College of Art and never looked back. She has been a professional portrait photographer since I was five years old, and i’ve been able to grow up watching her create this amazing business. She’s tought me that if you have talent and you work really hard, your dreams really can come true.

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I had the pleasure of sitting down and interviewing her the other day over some awesome frozen yogurt. So here you go, a little insight from a super lovely photographer. Enjoy!

Question 1: Where did you study?

Kim: I was incredibly fortunate to be able to attend Memphis College of Art in Memphis, Tennessee. It only had 220 students when I went there and the classes were really small, which was great! Our professors became more than just “teachers” , they were our mentors, friends, and biggest cheerleaders. It was such a great atmosphere to learn in, and I loved every minute of it.

Question 2: What made you choose a career in photography?

Kim: I always wanted to be an artist, really ever since I was in third grade. Originally I wanted to be a cartoonist since I loved Peanuts comics and Disney, but I didn’t feel that I had that natural talent to draw or paint. Later on I found photography and fell in love with it. I felt that photography was a great way to express myself, and to capture what my eye could see, but in a way that meant I did not need the talent to draw or paint, I could make art with film and light . The other compelling factor for me later on as well was having a young daughter that I wanted to “freeze in time” and great photos can do that.

Question 3: What is your favorite subject to photograph?

Kim: Always, always, always people, but especially kids. Six year olds are the best, best age bar none, they are quite the little conversationalist.

Question 4: Who is your favorite photographer of all time?

Kim: I can’t choose just one! Henri Cartier Bresson for his ability to hit that shutter at the “decisive moment.” Annie Lebowitz early work, her portraits are amazing, and also Sally Mann because she took the most amazing portraits of her kids.

Question 5: What is your favorite medium to work with other than photography?

Kim: I used to LOVE to sew! I even thought about starting a line of children’s clothing when Ashlee was young. Now I love any chance to craft, whatever the medium, and especially if my daughters are crafting with me!

Question 6: Do you prefer film or digital, and why?

Kim: I would still be shooting film if Kodak hadn’t done away with all of their emulsions and papers for printing from negatives. Film has an organic quality that digital just doesn’t.It also has a three dimensional quality that digital does not, and it reproduces exactly what it sees color, light, etc, with proper exposures of course.

Question 7: What makes photography an art?

Kim: The person behind the lens. Buying expensive equipment or using fancy filters and tricks that are trendy doesn’t really make you an artist. Having an artists eye is something that can be trained, refined, and honed. But like a good singers voice, you have to have that ability in you to really be a fantastic artist.

Question 8: Did you have a favorite teacher or class?

Kim: Of course, my photography professor, Murray Riss, whom I am still in touch with. Also my history teacher Cynthia Pickock. She made history totally come alive, but more than that, she is a person I owe a world of thanks to. She gave me the push to start my own business right out of college when I did not have that confidence in myself. She saw the talent that I was not so sure of and convinced me to try and set out on my own. That was twenty five years ago, and I never looked back. I still LOVE what I do- so Thank You-Cynthia!

Question 9: If you could be a photographer anywhere in the world where would it be?

Kim: I think the home, studios, and gardens here in North Carolina are pretty perfect. I will say that I really love to travel, so anywhere in France, Italy, Greece, Spain, would be amazing. I know we plan to start a new photo business in St. Marteen in the next few years, so we will be looking forward to working a lot there!

Question 10: Any advice for young people who are interested in this line of work?

Kim: Yes, learn the process. Study photography as an art form, and create your own vision. Do not fall into the trap to pick up a camera, put it on auto, and copy the trendy works of everyone else. To do anything really well, it takes a lot of work, and a passion to express your own vision.

So there you have it, words of wisdom from a veteran portrait photographer, crafter, and mom.

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To see more of Kim’s beautiful work, visit her website: www.kimcrenshawphotography.com and check out her galleries. The pets are my favorite!