April 29, 2016

INSTA*LOVE :: ALEXIS SOMERVILLE :: @ghostzine

It's that time again for another INSTA*LOVE feature and I'm so pleased to introduce you to one of the prettiest pastel feeds and one of the sweetest girls on Instagram: Alexis Somerville :: @ghostzine! Every photo she posts reminds me of a vacation I wish I were taking right at this moment! 
Where do you live?

Lisbon, Portugal. Originally from the historical city of York, UK. In recent years I’ve also lived in a small town in Taiwan, an even smaller town in Sicily and... the colossal city of Shanghai! Lisbon is a nice middle ground between these extremes.

What do you love/love to do?

I love walking around cities, going to the cinema, cooking (and eating!), going to gigs, drawing, painting, spending time with friends and loved ones, going on adventures and, of course, taking photos! I am also a fan of coffee, books, plants, old buildings, Mid-century modern architecture and illustration, space, dinosaurs, pizza, and comics. 

I teach English as a foreign language which is great as I love the English language and wanted to be a teacher even as tiny child (as well as a tightrope walker, though never quite realised that ambition!) It also enables me to live in Lisbon, which is an excellent perk.

I’m enjoying learning Portuguese, and it’s interesting to be on the other side of the classroom for a change. I love writing (not in Portuguese yet, ha!) and write for some websites, most regularly forbookssake.net, a books website championing writing by women, for which I review graphic novels. I also write short stories and make comics when I find the time!
What inspires you?

Exploring places with beautiful architecture and a distinctive atmosphere. Also literature, film, design, nature, people etc.

What do you look for when taking a photo?

Good colour combinations, nice architectural details, leading lines, conveying atmosphere, light… Lisbon has a special kind of light which helps to give everything a magical glow!
What are your favorite apps and filters to edit with?

I actually use fewer filters and apps now than ever before. I used to use VSCO but now usually just let my camera do the work (Fujifilm X-M1). When I do use a filter I usually stick with the Instagram ones such as Aden or Perpetua, but toned down a little. Most of the time I don’t use a filter as I love the colours the camera brings out.

Who are your favorite fellow Instagrammers?

Too many to name them all but these are some of them! @mimogine @kitsunekun @icebaby_icecreamvan @instamooca @jofolovesit @iamcameogirl @lucylovesyablog @worshipblues @thejaneaugust @muhnac @ashamor @spooks333 @florence.apictureaday @seciasophia (she's so sweet!) @sejkko @xandemaska @shelladineshelladine @curensea @riri_tiles @trippydana @andsmilestudio

I wish I could be a traveling gypsy like Alexis! I think those pastel buildings were made for her to photograph. She can even make crumbling, pink paint look like it was always mean't to be beautiful. AND... I think we may have been separated at birth because I wanted to be a tightrope walker when I was a kid too! Great minds...

Make sure to visit her Instagram @ghostzine and say hello! Oh, and if your eyes (and mind) are craving more, she even has a website: Ghost in the Machine. It's super rad and I definitely recommend hitting up the archives, especially the illustrations!

Thanks so much to Alexis for taking the time for our INSTA*LOVE series!

xo Sécia


F O L L O W   U S   O N   I N S T A G R A M   ::   @seciasophia

April 25, 2016

PINEAPPLE JUICE

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I've been obsessed with pineapples lately. They're just so fun to photograph (AND EAT!!!) and are such strange-looking fruit, right?! If you haven't juiced one yet, you are so missing out. Fun fact: they're also amazing juiced with carrots, apples and ginger. SO GOOD!
They go really yummy with watermelon too! What's your favorite juice combination?

xo Sécia

F O L L O W   U S   O N   I N S T A G R A M   ::   @seciasophia

April 22, 2016

INSTA*LOVE :: LORI DE BUHR :: @artzeminimal

Today I get to feature one of my very favorite Instagrammers! I'm in total INSTA*LOVE with the lovely and super talented Lori de Buhr :: @artzeminimal and her dreamy feed! Her super bright minimalist shots in neon pinks and blues and greens are mesmerizingly fun and funky. It's like her own little candy-colored dream world!
Where do you live?

I was born and raised in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada and continue to call the west coast home. My husband is also a Vancouverite. He’s in the long haul trucking business and I’m very fortunate to be able to travel with him. It’s a fantastic way to explore North America and I appreciate every photo opportunity along the way!

What do you love/love to do? 
     
Photography is my number one hobby for sure. My friends and family know I never leave home without a camera (which is usually my iphone these days). Time off is spent travelling to new places, checking out local art or chilling by the beach and of course snapping photos. When it’s not raining in my hometown (a rarity!), I appreciate living in a city where you can hit the ski slopes in the morning and bike around the city’s waterfront seawall in the afternoon. Can’t get better than that, eh! 
What inspires you?

Motel and vintage signage, architecture, nature, public art and anything linear and colorful. Browsing other IG accounts with similar interests is another awesome way to get inspired.

What do you look for when taking a photo?           

I’m always taking photos for fun and never take it very seriously so whatever catches my eye at the moment. For this account, I try to challenge myself to concentrate on a minimal theme and make a point to stop and look up or down to get different perspectives.
What are your favorite apps and filters to edit with?

Snapseed is my go to app for basic adjustments (cropping, straightening, exposure) then I use a variety of apps for adjusting colour.  My fav is Diptic but I also use DeluxeFX, PicTapGo and Mextures.

Who are your favorite fellow Instagrammers?

mattcrump (my inspiration to start this account and play around with candy color edits), rarabro, teber, riellea, tomwindeknecht, squaresnaps, fresharchitect, formatieren, colorado_sunshine, bungalow22, just to name a few. So many super talented IG’ers out there!
Her photos are crazy cool right?! I love her use of negative space and the amazing skyporn she creates with such brilliant colors! Even cooler is how much her photos compliment each other in her feed. It's like a bag of candy! If you're not already following her, you are doing your eyes a grave injustice! Check her out: @artzeminimal and make sure to say hi!

And a very special thank you to Lori for taking the time for our INSTA*LOVE Q&A! You're the best!

xo Sécia

F O L L O W   U S   O N   I N S T A G R A M   ::   @seciasophia

April 15, 2016

INSTA*LOVE :: KATE WOZNICK :: @mountainsofpapers

It's another INSTA*LOVE feature and the super cute and uber talented Kate Woznick :: @mountainsofpapers has the dreamiest Instagram feed! Her images have this crazy surreal vibe that I just can't get enough of. She was one of the first people I started following on Instagram and I've been in love with her ever since!
Where do you live?

I live on the Central Coast of California, most of my photos are from Cayucos, Morro Bay, Los Osos, Montana de Oro, San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach, and Avila. 

What do you love/love to do?

I love exploring and traveling along the central coast. My boyfriend and I like to go on little photography expeditions up and down the coast (he occasionally appears on my feed). I'm also a huge film enthusiast! I'm at the movie theaters all the time, especially now that the local theater has reclining chairs. 
What inspires you?

I feel like a lot of different things inspire me! So specific, I know. I'm often inspired by bright colors, happy moments, and just the beauty of the clouds in the sky. I'm a natural dreamer, so it's pretty easy to become inspired by the little things and just lose myself in a world of dreams. Although, I really like signs and buildings, if I see a cool one, I will make whoever is with me immediately stop the car, or stop walking, just so I can get the shot. 

What do you look for when taking a photo?

I love making the ordinary look dreamy, hence the bright colors I always use. I love looking for different palm trees and the little things that make each of the coastal towns I mentioned above unique. I also can't resist a cool building. I don't care if people laugh at me while I awkwardly balance on a fire hydrant to get a shot, I love buildings that much. Sometimes I just like to walk around and take photos of everything. You never know what you'll find on an afternoon stroll.
What are your favorite apps and filters to edit with?

I only use VSCO and Instagram's build in features to edit my photos. In order to get my colors and cool dream-like effects, I use the Q filters from VSCO. It kind of depends on the photo which one of the Q's I end up selecting, but my ultimate goal with my feed is to create a coastal inspired dream land. 

Who are your favorite fellow Instagrammers?

Well of course, you (she's so sweet!) I also love to follow @thebungalow22 @alisonrubke @rose_tinted_glasses @spooks333 @teber and @somewhereinabuja 
She's so much fun, right?! And those photos?! WOW! I love how she'll do anything to get the perfect shot even if it means annoying the people around her! (my husband can totally relate to that whenever I drag him along on my photo adventures) Visit her Instagram @mountainsofpapers for more colorful eye-candy.

A special thank you to Kate for taking the time for our Q&A and for donating the coolest photos to our INSTA*LOVE feature!

xo Sécia
F O L L O W   U S   O N   I N S T A G R A M   ::   @seciasophia