56: heidi swanson

heidi swanson

Writing a bio is always hard for me. I cook. I take pictures. I like to travel and write and share with people. I tend to work on long-term projects like cookbooks and my website. Somehow it all comes together into my day to day life. I live in San Francisco, but like to get out and see more of the world I live in as often as possible.

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55: meredith winn

meredith winn
photographer + writer

Meredith Winn is a photographer and writer. She currently lives in Austin, Texas, but spends a big majority of her time daydreaming of the coast. Meredith is a Shutter Sister and a contributing photographer for Getty Images. You can check out her photography website for more images. She is a somewhat elusive (and sporadic) blogger found at the~spirit~of~the~river. Meredith drinks chai tea, parents mindfully, embraces this human existence, and will always be a camera shy momma.

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53: tara o’brady

tara o’brady
writer and photographer

tara spends most of her days cooking, reading dr. seuss, baking, playing with trains, taking photographs, and exploring the possibilities of finger paints. she writes about most of it here, or in UPPERCASE magazine. sometimes you’ll find her work in other places, too. she lives with her husband and their two young sons in a brick and wood house on a quiet street in southern ontario, canada. they’re happy there.

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52: abby powell thompson

abby powell thompson

Abby Powell Thompson grew up in a tiny California farm town with her seven sisters, one brother and countless pets. Like her Mother she has a love for all things old and interesting and like her father she enjoys telling stories. After studying writing and journalism,  Abby moved to her dream city of Portland, Oregon. In Portland, Abby started blogging and discovered she had a knack for photography. Over six years she watched her hobby grow and she now blogs and sells her work full time. This past summer she relocated to Texas where she is exploring big, wide open spaces and expecting her first baby in early September.

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49: meg werner

meg werner

meg werner currently lives in kansas city, missouri after a total of five years in europe where she studied french, economics, and the art of mucking about. she is passionate about photography, piano, family, friends, and sweets. when she is not travelling for work, she is enjoying living with her little sister, who cooks for her almost every night. she is very grateful for this because she can be rubbish and impatient in the kitchen. after a three-year blogging hiatus, she started posting photos here once again.

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48: poet’s loft

sheri + shari

we spent a lovely november vacation together in marshall, california at poet’s loft. highlights included: seals swimming by our window, bbq oysters, tule elk spotting in point reyes, breakfast at the pine cone diner, pastries from bovine bakery, cowgirl creamery cheese tasting, limantour beach walk, temple coffee, a birthday dinner at olema inn, a jaunt into oakland for bake sale betty sandwiches with one of our favorite artists (lisa solomon), green peony tea, a root vegetable hash dinner a la stephanie and 3191Q, birdwatching, fires in the woodstove, and a raucous game of monopoly.

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47: denise parsons

denise parsons
artist + writer

Some things never change. I look at the reel-to-reel film my father made during my childhood and see one little girl who was always center stage, laughing hysterically at her own jokes, and dancing around regularly, my sister, and then another little girl, me. I was the one off to the side watching the butterfly or seriously contemplating the beautiful mushroom I’d discovered. As an artist and writer I call upon these traits daily. I am also drawn to the visual and written observations of others and find them deeply inspiring.  Perhaps this explains how hauntingly well I related to Esther Greenwood. She knew how to tell a story.

I graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute with my Master of Fine Arts degree in the Spring of 2007 and I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. You can view selections of my earlier work on deniseparsons.com.  I currently live in San Francisco, CA, with my husband Chris, and write the blog Chez Danisse. Continue reading