I'm starting a new feature series today and the lovely, talented Gabrielle of Hippie Go Lucky has agreed to go first. One of my favorite things about blogging, and other online communities I have been apart of, is all the inspiring people I have come to know. I just can't resist the urge to share some of these beautiful people with you. Some of the people I introduce you to will be dear friends of mine, some are individuals whose work I am continuously inspired by, others will be people I have just come across yet for some reason I can't stop obsessing over what they bring to this wonderfully vast online world.
I'm so excited to start and introduce you to some rather remarkable folks.
Without further ado, Gabrielle of Hippie Go Lucky.
I first came across Gabrielle's blog in a slightly interesting way, through a 'similar blogs' link on passionfruit back in the day when I still used them to manage my swaps. I instantly feel in love and was impressed by her photography. But that's not the interesting part. This had been an almost falling asleep on the keyboard late night find, so I made a mental note to visit her blog the next day and find out if she participated in ad swaps. Being as I was far less organized back then in reference to my blog life (and still no idea what I was doing, oh wait that's now too) I easily forgot about it and her blog was forever lost in the abyss of my internet history just waiting for me to remember. A few months later I got a new follower on instagram and she was super sweet, liking a bunch of my stuff and commenting on things. And she looked super familiar. Her profile picture at the time (the same as used for her button on my sidebar) is pretty iconic. When she started commenting on my blog I quickly followed a link to her's and I was so happy I got to happen upon her blog again. I'm telling you people, the internet is so awesome!
I am a huge fan both Gabrielle's photography and her blog. Her work is something I am constantly inspired by. She is kindly answering a few questions today and sharing a generous sampling of some photography, so you can all get to know her a little better and quickly fall in love with her, too.
Q: Can you share a little about yourself and what you do?
A: I love to create, feel and listen. I am obsessed with symmetry, but I am far from symmetrical. I’d say I am messy and lazy type, very empathetic and carefree.
I am a graphic designer by day and photographer by night.
Q: Where did the inspiration for your blog/to start a blog come from?
A: I wanted a place to share my everyday life in pictures. For me blogging wasn’t about writing at all. Although I love reading other people’s blogs, my pictures speak more than any words I could write. I have been following blogs for over 5 years now and I have to say, it completely changed my life.
Q: I love your instagram feed and your ability to beautifully capture everyday moments in a unique way. Do you have any tips for how to do so?
A: I guess what motivated me to capture unique photos was my routine. I’ve been biking on the same trail everyday for the past six months, so I started analyzing my surroundings and amusing myself by finding new things on my path to photograph. Everyday I challenge myself to take a picture of something in my surroundings that I had not noticed.
Q: What is your favorite subject to photograph?
A: I love what humans bring to a picture; feelings and movement.
Q: Are you a morning or night person? What is your perfect morning/night (depending on which is your favorite) routine?
A: I am, without a doubt, a morning person. I love to wake up to the sun rising, just lie in bed and have the time to think, get up & make coffee, sit where the sun peaks and chat with D about life.
Q: What is a favorite thing of yours to do where you live?
A: I love going to coffee shops early in the morning. Bluebird coffee is my favorite – A cozy little place with jazz music, great coffee and huge windows.
Q: I have noticed your wardrobe is full of many thrifted items. Do you have a favorite place to thrift? And what is your secret to finding such great pieces among the piles of discarded clothes?
A: Two years ago I decided to only encourage handmade, fair trade or recycled clothing. You can read more about it here. I actually buy almost all my clothes at The Salvation Army. I love the feeling of finding a great vintage piece among the piles of discarded clothes. Looking through all of the rasks of clothes can get overwhelming, you have to keep in mind you will almost never find what you are looking for on the first try. You need to take your time and be patient.
You can find more of Gabrielle's beautiful photography and work on her blog Hippie Go Lucky.
For even more find her on Instagram (highly recommended), Pinterest, Facebook, Youtube, and Tumblr.
Thank you so much for sharing a bit of yourself with my readers, Gab!