Album Meet Up at Desoto Central Market

There is nothing quite as emotionally resonant as photographs in an album. After making mine today I showed my husband and said, "Honey, look. It's our life." I created Kith&Kin meet ups to help others archive their family story while making the process fun and doable.

Seeing at the albums made today, I look forward to when the children pictured therein will see and enjoy them. How those photographs and pages will become a part of their nostalgia and view of themselves and their childhood. How often were our memories shaped by the photographs of us and the stories told in connection to them? I wonder how we will all feel about these albums in five, ten or twenty years. 

There are moments that stand out in the creative process that boldly declare, "this is what you're supposed to be doing." Helping others to see and cherish is one of those moments for me, and a major driver behind my desire to photograph. Thank you to all who attended and affirmed my calling to organize people and give them an occasion to reflect on the important things. 

With gratitude,
Anastasia


Photographs printed on 4x6 lustre through Costco, with a white border. 

Polaroids taken with Instax 300 Wide.

 

Polaroids at AZ Share That You Care Handmade Market

I met Maggie McGrath at a creatives brunch put on by Craft Culture Events. She introduced me to Pineapple Triangle, her company that organizes handmade markets in downtown Phoenix to showcase local creatives and give back to the community. Twenty percent of proceeds from the AZ Share That You Care market go to the vendor's charity of choice. We donated to Food for the Hungry, a Christian organization serving the poor globally since 1971. 

Several friends stopped by the market including my mother-maker sister Sarah of Dwell Richly who was kind enough to make this little film. I had so much fun creating photographs at the market and this video displays that joy. Taking over 200 exposures that day, Kith&Kin's thesis was proven again: people love photographs. 

Being in a room full of creative makers and supporters refreshes the creative spirit in me. It's fulfilling to make things people value, that make them smile and see themselves. I'm thankful for Instagram where I get to see our photographs live on, styled by the owner. Visit their accounts and check out their wares! Each image clicks through. The lovely furniture you see pictured was created by Tremaine Ranch

I left the market feeling grateful for the opportunity to create, give back, and connect face to face. I'll never stop loving that moment before the shutter clicks. For adults, there's a presentation to make. I love seeing how people like to look in photographs. How they choose to say this is who I am and what I value.