Natalie and Joe, @nattycontreraartistry and @joemaccreative

I cannot believe I never posted about my first photoshoot, now shot years ago. It’s been in my drafts all this time. I don’t know how that happened, but I want to release it despite the lateness because I fought through a lot of self-doubt to finally do some modeling. Plus Natalie and Joe are fantastic people and I’m so happy I met them. The cafe I used to work where I met Natalie isn’t even open anymore, but it’s nice to look back at all the connections I made and opportunities that came my way from just serving people coffee all day.

To stop myself from letting this drown in my drafts again, I’m not going to try to update and edit it. So it’s written in the present, when the present was like three years ago. Sorry, not sorry.

 

Sure I love coffee and making pretty latte art,
But my favorite thing about working at a cafe is meeting and connecting with all of the creative folks in town.

I don’t know what it is about coffee shops that draw in artists, but I’m certainly not complaining about the connection between the two.

 

My cafe has not only coffee but the added benefit of a full bar as well. So we even get the night owl, alcohol-inclined artists in addition to the caffeine-addicted creatives.

My shop brings all the art to the…counter…forgive me, I’m gonna stop.

One night when I was working behind the bar, two people met up with each other for drinks and some food in our upstairs loft seating. After their meal, they came downstairs to pay. The guy paid his half and left, and the girl stayed behind to use the restroom. When she came out, she gave me the disclaimer that she was not just on a Tinder date. She’s a makeup artist, and she was meeting with her photographer friend to plan some shoots.

She told me that I would make a good model, and asked if I had ever considered it. Sure I had, but I didn’t know where to start and it fell by the wayside as I developed other focuses. So we followed each other on Instagram, said she’d be in touch, and gave me a couple photographers to follow.

And in touch she was! Natalie planned a shoot with photographer, Joe Mac Creative, and jewelry designer, Honey Accessories.

We walked around South Street and found nice backdrops to shoot, and the photos came out great! I’m a hard critic on myself, but even I have to say it wasn’t half bad for my first photoshoot. Natalie made up my face beautifully, and she and Joe pieced together my look. They both gave great direction, which helped ease my nerves.

It was a blast shooting with such talented artists, and you should definitely check out their work. Natalie posts on her site regularly with beauty and skincare tips and reviews. Joe is always shooting somewhere, and has a beautiful couple portrait photo series that I love. Helena has some beautiful pieces in her Honey collection. Check them out!

 

 

Casper Stay Inn

I stumbled onto a cool find when I saw that my friend, Cosmo Baker was DJing a sleep event at the Institute of Contemporary Art back in June.

Yeah, a sleep event.

There’s this mattress and bedding company called Casper, and they held a screening of “The Science of Sleep” by Michel Gondry along with a complimentary open bar and tour of the gallery as Cosmo spun a set.

Free alcohol? Sleeping in public spaces? Chill music? Three of my favorite things mixed together in one event that may as well have been tailored just for me?

I RSVP’d immediately.

Sadly, I had to cover a shift at work and couldn’t make it.

I heard it was a great time, so I was bummed I missed it.

But a month later, I received an email from a Casper representative informing me that they were back in Philly for a weekend long napping event at The Schmidt’s Commons(I mean The Piazza, because we all know nobody is trying to call it that for another few years) and that I should come. They’ve spent the whole summer travelling across the country with their “nap pod” trailer where people can book 15-minute naps. Doing so allowed people to try out Casper mattress, pillows, and sheets first hand. They also had staff there to provide further information and answer any questions.

I was intrigued yet again. I really can’t think of a better way to sell mattresses and bedding than to have potential customers actually go to sleep on your product. Anyone can lay on a comfy mattress and confirm that it is indeed comfy. But how are you supposed to know if it’s your kind of comfy until you go to sleep?

Booked myself a nap for Saturday.

Missed it again.

So why am I reviewing this?

While my experience with Casper has not included how great their bedding probably is, I can say that they have fantastic customer service. I’ve corresponded with their representative, Alyse, since the ICA event, and she encouraged me to write about the company and US tour even though I couldn’t make it to the Stay Inn. My good friend, Marisa, has featured Casper on her blog too, for their “Own Your Bed Head” project a few years back.

I can’t wait until Casper comes back to Philly so I can add to this and tell you how comfy the beds are. Alyse said she’d keep me posted. In the meantime, if you’re in the Dallas area, Casper is headed your way for their last stop of the Stay Inn Summer tour. You should check them out this weekend, September 8-10. Give them a social media shout out and let me know what I’m missing.