KINDRED SPIRITS

A journal for creative business owners. Sharing styling tips, lessons in small business, travel features, and artful inspiration.

How to Find the Best Natural Light for Flat-Lays - Part 1

How to Find the Best Natural Light for Flat-Lays - Part 1

One of the most impactful aspects of capturing beautiful flat-lay images is finding the right lighting. This can be difficult, especially in an unfamiliar or challenging environment - so how do...
3 SIMPLE Ways to Create Elevated Flat-Lays

3 SIMPLE Ways to Create Elevated Flat-Lays

As a creative business owner, you already know how much work and effort goes into creating beautiful flat-lays. Even with the best intentions, these beloved images can easily go awry...
Sustainable Gift Wrapping

Sustainable Gift Wrapping

If you've been looking for an earth-friendly way to wrap your holiday gifts, look no further. There are a number of sustainable gift wrapping supplies that are both elevated and eco-friendly. Here are...
Poetry: Seeming Stillness by David Whyte

Poetry: Seeming Stillness by David Whyte

Many of us wedding creatives are in the thick of a busy season, and in order to protect our artistry, which is vital to our personal and business development growth,...
Outsourcing in your Small Business for Balance & Growth

Outsourcing in your Small Business for Balance & Growth

Running a small business on your own is challenging. We all know that. We have SO many tasks to juggle and on top of that, we probably waste a lot of...
Styling Mat Textile Guide

Styling Mat Textile Guide

Are you in the market for a new styling mat? If so, you may be wondering what the differences are between the different types of textiles that mats can be made...
Photography Backdrops for the Larger Details at a Wedding

Photography Backdrops for the Larger Details at a Wedding

When it comes to photographing weddings, you want to make sure that you have a clean and cohesive background in order to capture the details. Any available blank wall or floor can work in...
10 Styling Templates for Wedding Stationery Flat Lays

10 Styling Templates for Wedding Stationery Flat Lays

There is no doubt that well styled flat lays will elevate your imagery and thus your brand. We created these ten templates to guide you in getting just the right balance...
Studio: Spotlight on Wool

Studio: Spotlight on Wool

Wool has been the textile of choice for a sophisticated aesthetic for centuries, think cashmere sweaters and fine suits. Its soft yet rich weave elevates everything around it.
Comparing Neutrals

Comparing Neutrals

Comparing neutral styling surfaces in tone and texture.
Comparing Film Scanners: Frontier vs. Noritsu

Comparing Film Scanners: Frontier vs. Noritsu

In my own journey to understand how to best portray the colors of our styling surfaces, I dove into a deeper understanding of film and the different scanner options available...
LA Wedding by Alicia Rinka Photography

LA Wedding by Alicia Rinka Photography

This beautiful wedding captured by the talented Alicia Rinka is so full of joy it is contagious - I couldn't help smiling while flipping through the images. Not to mention the artful vignettes at every turn. I am delighted to share a few of my personal favorite images, including the beautiful flatlays on our linen styling surface.