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LIGHTNESS

All my stories live HERE now. And there’s certainly more to tell.

paper tiger: knits

Part I of… many. The talented Dianna Walla of Paper Tiger modeling her newest knitting pattern. Relatively certain there’s nothing this woman can’t do.

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gold rush

It is time, apparently, for a quarterly update. I’m crossing streams a bit here, bringing a few snapshots from Mirah‘s recent visit. I was honored to drop in and watch Jherek Bischoff record his arrangements on her [devastatingly beautiful] new record. That sweet sun soaked single mic’ed process isn’t conducive to a lot of shutter clicks, sadly, but this gives a quick view into the morning we spent drinking doug fir tea and listening to the way a cello warms up over time. It is an appropriate nod to the next few months as Lightness grows and shifts. Until then… welcome, Spring.

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xo,

SM

Merry Christmas

I got the best gift this year.

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Here’s to all the things that make me so excited to start shooting again in 2013. Especially that tender little photo assistant you see above. Thanks for your patience, everyone, while I learned how to be a mom.

xo,

SJ

skillet cookbook: the last juicy teaser

When I think about tomorrow’s holiday, I think about burgers. Okay, fireworks THEN burgers, but still. And to me, ‘burger’ means one thing now: SKILLET. I am so excited that in one week Joshua Henderson’s beautiful book will be out in the real world. It’s been a long time coming, but I feel like summer can officially start, ideally with a kale caesar, half a nutella milkshake, and something that will involve bacon jam. I still feel so lucky to have been a part of the book & of the Skillet extended family. Editorial aesthetic had us select street-inspired grainy black and white photos to tell the book’s story, but I’ll still tempt you with these color shots of some of my favorite foods you can find at the diner.

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Wishing you a happy 4th filled with equally delicious things. And if you’re feeling festive around the 22nd, we’ll be celebrating the book’s release with a pig roast and soul dance party.

spring in spain

My last international trip for a bit. Or, possibly, my last trip at all for the next… few months? Year? Fall promises that I’ll have my hands full at home. I could explain this trip in words or I could give you the photos, there’s no space and time to do both. The photos won. Here’s to documenting my own hometown in the same way, soon.

Thanks to those in these photos, those I love so much, those I’m grateful to have shared these adventures with.

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where have you been, and what are you doing?

January was a busy month. Not, sadly, busy with photos. As predicted, my iphone 4s replaced my Canon 5D for much of our quick trip to Europe and the UK. It was brand new, and kind of irresistible. I blame instagram, and instant gratification.

February was much of the same. Busy, and happily monopolized by two big projects. One of those I can’t mention JUST yet [but will have word on soon] + the other being Lightness Management. Today Abbey & I celebrate as Drew Grow + the Pastors Wives head out to start a tour supporting the Head and the Heart, and also shout from the rooftops that Damien Jurado has made his Billboard top 200 debut with Maraqopa at #132. We are over the moon.

There will be more photos, and more good news, but until then, the iphone shots of Damien’s press tour. London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin. It was beautiful.

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Because they tell the stories better than I do, playlists via spotify: January + February.

pickwick: studio

Lots of love for these dudes. 2012 space jams. National Freedom.

PICKWICK

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swift

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At Richard Swift’s National Freedom studios through the weekend. Documentation to follow, pending approval from the dudes here. It is good to be back.

press room

Seattle Times music writer Andrew Matson has given Damien some of the greatest praise and support in the past year. I use his ‘godfather of Seattle folk’ quote liberally because it is awesome, and an honor. When Matson proposed that Damien do a livestream performance in the old Times press room, we were immediately on board. When we found out it would be with punk band Dude York, we were psyched. An innovative bill in a historic space curated by one of my favorite music writers? All in.

The old press room hasn’t been touched much in the past twenty years, and gives a vibe that is half space station half haunted house. Damien, for one, is in love with it. There’s a moment in his performance of ‘Reel to Reel’ [video to follow] where he actually forgets a line. I asked him afterwards what happened there, and he replied that he was so caught up in the history and the vibe of the room that he got lost in it.

Get lost in it.

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Full multi cam concert video content coming tomorrow via Seattle Times online.