We’re continuing with our series featuring some of the creative people that we know. Every Tuesday we will introduce them as they share with us the ten things they can’t live without. Today we are introducing our dear friend and graphic designer/photographer/fellow red raider/fellow blog writer Lynsey Jones [@lynseyphoto]. To learn more, check out her Photography and Graphic Design as well as her fantastic blog!
Location: Houston, TX
[one] family & friends
I wouldn’t be who I am today without my amazing family and dear friends. I am blessed to be surrounded with a wonderful, crazy family who supports me and pushes me to be a better version of myself. The friends I’ve acquired along the way are beyond great – crazy, loving, funny, supportive, and kind – you each hold a very special place in my heart.
[two] designy things
“Design is not the narrow application of formal skills, it is a way of thinking.” // Chris Pullman. I chose to study Communication Design because of it’s limitless creativity, structure, sense of communication and need in everyday life. When people don’t realize the objects around them have been designed a certain way for a reason, the design itself has served its purpose completely.
Some call me crazy, but I love having everything in order. This also transfers into my love of architecture, patterns, planning and cleaning. Combine all of these things and I’m one happy girl!
[four] throw pillows
Obsessed almost doesn’t cut it. A sofa / bed / etc. is not complete without a few killer throw pillows. I just moved into my new apartment and have gone two months without them … how have I held out this long? I hope someone out there shares in my great love of these color, patterned objects.
[five] tools of the trade
I wish I could carry my camera and computer with me at all times, but we all know that isn’t possible. However, I do always have my Canon G10 point-and-shoot in my purse ALWAYS! I’ve seen too many things pass me by before and vowed never to be unprepared again. My MacBook Pro is an integral part of my design/photo process (and facebooking, of course!)
[six] photo adventures
I haven’t found anything quite like loading up the car with friends, thrift store treasures, camera gear and heading out on the road in search of the perfect photo spot. No need to have it all planned out … just get out there, have fun, and shoot!
[seven] rearranging furniture
It never fails … a few months will go by and I find myself with the urge to change everything. Not purchase anything new, mind you … just move everything around to keep things fresh. Besides the visual gratification of moving furniture and accessories, spending all day figuring out where every object should live is my favorite part. Bored? You will most likely find me rearranging / cleaning / organizing something.
[eight] quiet moments
Sitting in silence on Mason Mountain with a close friend, just listening to the evening breeze. A bubble bath. Curled up with a good book. Nap time! These are some of my favorite outlets to just exist. Breathe. Listen. God finds His way into my heart that much louder when I make time to meet Him there, in the quiet.
Inspiration can come from anywhere. Blogs, photographs, a jar of antique buttons, song lyrics, a random dance session with my bestie … like I said, anything! I try to keep my ideas fresh by pushing myself into using different mediums or pathways when solving a problem, and constantly creating, even if it’s just for me.
Traveling makes me happy. I keep a list of all the places I’d like to visit before I leave this earth and, of course, the list never ends. If I could make a living traveling, I’d find a way to in a heartbeat. Maybe that dream of being a National Geographic Photographer isn’t so far out of reach, huh? :)
Stay tuned for text Tuesday when we feature our dear friend and architect/designer/urban cyclist Stephen Stinson [@Stephen_Stinson].
Until next time!