Welcome to Day 3 of giving love, praise and huge cyber hugs to just a few of Pittsburgh’s kickass Boss Ladies.
Meet Raemie. This gal is Mother Earth incarnate and I know this personally because any questions I have ever had about my home (including decor, management of, cleanliness of and even just a sense of comfort and warmth), selling and buying real estate, cooking anything, growing anything….or pretty much anything else to do with everyday life has been answered by this woman.
Not only is she simply magical in the kitchen, but she also happens to be a full time mom-preneur as a real estate agent. It always mystifies me how knowledgeable Raemie is about housing…it’s just insane. More than once John and I have considered selling our home and buying something else, or just investing in real estate and though we have never had the guts to make the plunge, I would have never even considered it without insisting that Raemie spearhead the entire process. I learned so much from her it made my head spin. Her patience, knowledge, instincts and even her level of protection in steering her clients in their most beneficial direction is mind blowing. She’s like having my very own mama bear in everything home, earth and more.
So when Raemie the Awesome asked me about photographing head shots for her business I immediately told her 2 things: 1. Uh…yes! And 2: Don’t even think about asking me to photograph those boring, cheesy, arms-crossed-over-your-chest photos. Not surprisingly, she agreed and gave me full creative control over her photography. Knowing what I know about Raemie, I instantly saw an Oprah magazine cover. So, I got to work mood-boarding and visually inspiring Raemie with my ideas. I wanted a set that looked like she was in a cottage on the beach. I wanted it to look warm, inviting, casual and of course, welcoming. After explaining and showing Raemie what I had in mind, she set off to collect and purchase items consistent with those ideas…oh yeah…and flowers. There had to be tons of flowers and Raemie is a whiz at floral arrangements (and I am not…at all) so it all came together so beautifully. Raemie is also trained in staging homes, as well as personal shopping professionally for clients to assist with home decor, so making our ideas come to life was easy and holy crap so much fun.
So if you’re ever in need of a super duper over the top brilliant real estate agent, or funny enough if you love cooking classes (picking back up this spring), keep Raemie in mind. Hands down you will not find a more honest, smart and on-the-know real estate agent around.
We decided to dedicate this entire week to some super duper kickass rockstar women entrepreneurs that we have had the pleasure and privilege to work with in the last 6 months. I’m so excited to highlight each of these unique and brilliant women that took a chance on themselves and succeeded in their dreams, their goals and their chutzpah to bring their ideas to fruition.
So, what did John and I do for each of these talented women? Well, each had their own goal, but we provided the photography and cinematography to help each woman highlight their business, talents, collaborations and individual messages for each of their businesses. A big THANKS to each of you for the collaboration and for trusting us with your visions.
On this Monday I’m excited to bring to your attention to one of the most talented artists in Pittsburgh. We had the pleasure of working with Ashley Cecil in the last few months to help her highlight her collaboration with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History as an Artist in Residence. Her mission is to bring awareness to the serious issue of climate change and “to make dense science relatable to a broad audience to pique curiosity about nature and foster environmental stewardship.” She has achieved this by creating original artwork for the museum as well as (from her blog) “teaching art and science workshops to museum summer camp students; designing and installing within the museum a coloring mural illustrating birds of conservation concern for thousands of visitors to collaboratively fill in; putting birds, botany, and science on products that spread the love of nature to wardrobes and kids crafts rooms alike; organizing four other local artists to launch additional hand-crafted items that promote an appreciation for nature; merging words of some of history’s most inspiring writers and poets with my avian drawings on the glass cases of Bird Hall; uniting furry mothers with human mothers with a wallpaper of nursing mammals for the museum’s breastfeeding area (this will be installed in time for Mother’s Day 2017); contemplating how my artwork could be translated into patterns for window films to prevent birds from flying into glass; hosting visits with people of all industries and backgrounds to show them what comes of an artist being set loose in a natural history museum; and finally, using my work to spread the word about the museum’s research and conservation efforts far and wide – Residency-related artworks and events were featured more than 20 times through online, print, TV, and radio media, including Carnegie Magazine, KDKA’s Pittsburgh Today Live, NextPittsburgh, Pittsburgh Magazine, the Post-Gazette, TechVibe Radio, and TribLive.”
Ashley is also in collaboration with Birdsafe Pittsburgh in an effort to, again, bring awareness to bird conservation and the effort presently being put forth to reduce bird mortality in Pittsburgh from colliding with windows (“it’s estimated that up to one billion birds die in the US every year from colliding with windows”).
Not only are Ashley’s collaborations seriously impressive, but she is also, as I said above, an incredibly talented painter. We have 2 of her paintings hanging in our home and if I could I would likely hang them all through the house.
So if you have a minute and want to check out one impressive lady with some serious skills, hop on over to Ashley’s site and say hi.
I will be the very first to tell you a million times: you can never give yourself enough glam. I’m a glam kinda gal so I’m a bit biased, but as my grandmother used to say “everything’s better when it sparkles”. I couldn’t agree more.
So when this absolutely stunning woman came into my studio it was easy to immediately see her in a bit of old Hollywood glamour. She just fit the mould…she ooooooozed elegance and timelessness.
I think that’s what I loved most about this set…it’s timelessness. She will be able to pull these out years from now and they will still be relevant, artful and beautiful. If you read my previous post to this one, you know how important this is to me.
Passing down a bit of yourself through the years is probably one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Well…that and adding a bit of sparkle to everything you do. Makeover by At Home Beauty.