I am so very excited to announce that my dear friend and fellow photographer, Kimberly Genevieve and I are launching Snap Class!

Snap Class! is a photography workshop (actually two separate workshops), one for beginners or anyone who wants to learn basics on how to improve your photos, for your blog or Instagram. Major secrets will be revealed. The second one is aimed at advanced level photographers who want to break into the industry, but need the proper tools to do so. We will be covering advanced post-processing techniques, how to find your unique style and talk about all things business related. Kim and I taught our first mini-workshop back in March and have been working tirelessly to put together Snap Class! ever since. We promise you will come away with all kinds of helpful photo knowledge and it doesn't hurt that we are super fun to hang out with. Every workshop will include a special guest speaker, hand chosen by us, to help inspire and give you advice. Check out our website for more information and make sure to spread the word!


los angeles - saturday, january 11th 

san francisco - saturday, february 1st


- learn camera settings & functions

- our preferred camera equipment

- inspiration & where to find it

- how to find locations & utilize natural light (indoors & out)

- finding your own personal style & aesthetic

- how to make street-style photos look more editorial

- basic post-processing tricks using Photoshop, VSCO & Alien Skin

- how to color correct & retouch skin

- a lifestyle photo session with Kimberly: Let's get creative in the neighborhood. She's going to teach you how to bring color & movement to your portraits & style shoots

- a styling photo session with Jessie: Let's create beautiful tabletops & vignettes using food & items from around the house for your blog & Instagram

- a guest speaker, hand chosen by us, will help inspire and give advice


- learn editing techniques & the apps we recommend for quick color correction

- what makes a good Instagram photo versus a bad Instagram photo

- quick styling techniques when you're in public

- how to use Instagram to grow your blog or business

- the power of hashtags, well, the right hashtags


los angeles - saturday, january 12th 

san francisco - saturday, february 2nd


- how to break into the industry

- how to create content that "sells"

- creating a brand

- let's go over contracts & invoicing

- the right pricing, how to get paid & negotiate with your clients

- perfecting your skill

- directing techniques

- creating work you feel passionate about

- advanced post-processing skills, using Photoshop, VSCO & Alien Skin

- mini portfolio reviews 

- how to use Instagram to promote your photography business

- a photo session with Jessie and Kimberly

- a guest speaker, hand chosen by us, will help inspire and give advice

If you have any questions, email us at



The Royal Jumper from Hackwith Design House

Forever 21 Hat & Rings

Zara Scarf

Young Frankk Bracelet 

Naturalizer Boots 

Vintage Sweater 

I've been a fan of Hackwith Design House for a while now and was thrilled when they sent me the Royal Jumper to feature on my blog. It's just the kind of thing I like to wear. It's comfortable, stylish and a gorgeous color. I also love the faint plaid pattern and it has pockets (my favorite). Hackwith releases less than 25 of each style, which assures your clothing will be unique and of course made with love (in America!). Every week they release a new design and today this jumper gets released (only 12 were made). Make sure to check out their site to see all their designs.  

photos by kimberly genevieve


1. Phosphorescent // Sun, Arise!

2. James Blake & Bon Iver // Fall Creek Boys Choir

3. David Lynch & Lykke Li // I'm Waiting Here

4. James Blake // Retrograde

5. Blood Orange // Bad Girls

6. Electric Guest // Back on Me

7. Timber Timbre // Black Water

8. Grizzly Bear // Will Calls

9. Arcade Fire // It's Never Over (Hey Orpheus)

10. First Aid Kit & Bright Eyes // We Are Gonna Be Friends

11. The Preatures // Is This How You Feel?

12. Broken Bells // Holding On For Life

13. Phantogram // Celebrating Nothing

14. Chvrches // The Mother We Share

{listen on spotify or 8tracks}

I've been working like crazy the last few weeks, shooting all kinds of people and places. Since I'm about to enter photo editing hibernation, I made myself a new mix to help me through the insane amounts of hours I'm about to spend on my computer. Hopefully it can help you through your week as well. Enjoy!

photo via


The last few weeks have been packed with photo shoots, birthdays and exciting new work ventures. I like being busy this time of year. The overcast mornings and cooler temps make it a little harder to get out of bed in the morning, but I've been forcing myself to wake up early and take a little time to enjoy my coffee before my work day officially begins. This weekend, my friend Jacqui and I decided to take a short trip to Yosemite. We both are dying to see some changing leaves and have a chance to wear a scarf. It's supposed to be over 80 degrees in LA, so I feel like we are getting out of town at just the perfect time. I'm sure there will be lots of photo opportunities, so follow me on instagram for a peak at my trip. In the meantime, here is a little look at my life of late and a few of the sweet things making me smile...


I mentioned last week that Lo & Sons was kind enough to send me two bags for my travels; the Claremont Crossbody, which is a camera bag and The Catalina, which is a canvas weekender. In New York, I didn't leave the house without the Claremont. It looks small and stylish like a purse, but was protecting my camera and I even fit my wallet as well. The Catalina is very versatile; I used it as a carryon while flying and also as a beach bag in Martha's Vineyard. It has a really useful compartment on the bottom for shoes or even a beach towel. A lucky Sweet Thing reader will win a Lo & Sons bag of your choice. All you have to do is take a look at the Lo & Sons website and leave a comment below with your favorite bag (and color). A winner will be chosen at random next Tue. October 15th. This giveaway is open to US residents only. Good luck! 

*Also for the month of October all Sweet Thing readers will get %15 off sitewide with code 


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The winner is Kaity!! Congrats, I know you'll love your Catalina as much as I do!


Since I was already flying through New York to get to Martha's Vineyard, I figured I might as well make a trip out of it and hang out in my favorite city (other than LA of course). I got to visit with my dear friend Teissia and my sister Merry, eat at some amazing restaurants, meet up with some old friends and new, be in a St. Lucia music video and even got a little work done as well. It was some of the most fun I've had in a very long time. Actually it has me craving a trip back there very soon. 

Some notable stops on this trip:

Maison Premiere

ABC Kitchen


Jack's Wife Freda


Cafe Select

Bluebird Coffee Shop

Lennox Coffee

Gasoline Alley Coffee

The Butcher's Daughter

Marlow and Sons


One of my favorite parts of the trip was getting to catch up with a blog buddy @aboyce18 and meet some of my instagram/blog friend's in person, @emily__johnston, @nicole_franzen and @aguynamedpatrick. Sometimes the internet is just awesome. 

Check out the St. Lucia music video I was part of. I'm in it a couple times!


I know this post is a long time coming. I can hardly believe it has been almost a month since I've returned from my favorite island. I went in July with two of my best friends and lucky me, I got to go back in September for an old friends wedding and my birthday. These photos are a mixture of both trips. July and September are night and day in Martha's Vineyard. In July the island is packed, the weather is beautiful and sunny. You spend your days at the beach or on a boat. It is right out of your summer fantasy. September is very quiet and romantic. The island feels practically deserted, it's chillier and covered in fog. Leaving the gorgeous autumnal weather of Martha's Vineyard to come back to 90 degree LA was somewhat depressing I must say. I think I leave a little piece of my heart there every time I leave. 

Lo & Sons was kind enough to send me two bags for my travels; a camera bag and the weekender (pictured above). They were both wonderful accompaniments to my travels and I am excited that next week I will be giving away a Lo & Sons bag of your choosing. So check back next week for more Snapshots (this time from New York City) and a giveaway! 


Airbnb is hosting five days of events called Hello LA, starting this friday at some of LA's coolest locations. There will be pop up housing designed by celebrities and tastemakers, parties, concerts and even workshops. They have asked Kimberly Genevieve and I to host a 90 minute photography workshop in the Arts District and the best part, it's FREE!! Just sign up here. We will be teaching 5 tricks to improve your photos, whether they're taken on your DSLR or iPhone. I promise it is going to be ridiculously fun and to top it all off there will be Handsome Coffee baristas and delicious snacks on hand. I hope to see you there! 

Photography with Jessie Webster & Kimberly Genevieve
5 Tricks to Improve Your Photos

WHEN: Monday September 30th, 1-2:30pm

WHERE: Arts District. East 3rd Street Los Angeles, California 90013
LINKS:Photography Workshop Sign Up PageAirbnb Hello LA Info Page


The last few weeks have been a dream. I got to work and spend time with friends and family in New York City and attend an old friend's wedding in Martha's Vineyard. Both two of my favorite places on the planet. New York makes me feel alive, energized and strangely at home. Martha's Vineyard makes me feel peaceful, contemplative and overwhelmed (in a good way) with it's beauty. I got to see many old friends in my travels and meet new kindred spirits. I must say, It's been hard coming back to LA after such a wonderful trip. An overflowing inbox and piling up work was waiting for me upon my return; and of course brought me right back to reality. But that's life. The other day I was thinking how even if I didn't make money doing what I do, I would still do it; because for me photography is part of me. I can't not do it. So even when I am begrudgingly glued to my computer for days, responding to emails and editing photos, it's still exactly what I want to be doing. Well...almost. Here is a little look at my life of late and a few of the sweet things making me smile... 



A little fashion week street style inspiration for you. Do you have a favorite? I think I'd wear each and every one of these looks. 

How have you been? I am back from my summer travels and have so many photos to share with you. Even though I've had such an incredible time exploring, working and meeting new friends in my travels, I am quite looking forward to staying put for a while, making meals at home and catching up on blogging; because when it comes down to it, there's no place like home. 


1. Beck // I Won't Be Long
2. Kitten // Cut it Out
3. Lorde // The Love Club
4. Smith Westerns // Varsity
5. Camera Obscura // Troublemaker 
6. The The // This Is The Day
7. Broken Social Scene // Sweetest Kill
8. T-Rex // Cosmic Dancer
9. Poliça featuring Justin Vernon // Tiff
10. Jacuzzi Boys // Brick or Coconuts

{listen on spotify or 8tracks}

It's mix time again! Some are upbeat, some are slower. Let's just say this has been getting me through hours of photo editing. I hope it helps you get through your day as well. Enjoy. 


Sweet. Lily Bag
Sweeter. Adalene Clutch
Sweetest. Clemence Backpack

Loving the clean, almost architectural lines of these Steven Alan bags. I only have about three bags in my collection and they are all vintage. These days purses tend to be too ornate for my taste and I will always be a fan of simplicity. 

How are you my friends? I'm sorry about the radio silence around here. I've been traveling and shooting like crazy lately. I have one more trip coming up to New York City and Martha's Vineyard for a wedding. After that things should slow down a little and I can get back to regular scheduled blogging. This has been quite a summer. I can hardly believe it's almost over. 


I blogged about my Instagram photo editing process last year and it is still one of my most viewed posts. Since my process has slightly changed, I thought I'd do another tutorial for you. I'm not saying that I go through all of these steps every time I post a photo on Instagram. Sometimes I just quickly add a filter and that's it, but I would say the majority of the time I go through each and every step. Taking the photo is the easy part, It's the editing that can take time. And by time I mean five minutes rather than one. 
VSCOcam // I've said it before and I'll say it again, VSCOcam is my favorite and most used photo editing app. I love the filters- G3, G1 and M5 being my most frequently used. You can also decide the strength of the filter from 1 to 12, which no other app does. I love that they have added features like the straightening tool and the ability to take your photo with a square frame around it, making it easier to gage what can fit into frame if posting on Instagram. I also use this app to lighten, add warmth or contrast. 
AfterLight // This app also has great filters and many tools that I love like sharpening, darkening shadows and adding clarity. 
Touch Retouch // I use this app to remove shadows, smudges, gum from a sidewalk, anything distracting. Sometimes it's not totally accurate or can make a smudge on a wall worse, but most of the time it is amazing. It's like photoshop on your phone. 
Snapseed // I have stopped using this app to straighten photos, since VSCOcam now offers this feature. However, I do still use it for a really genius feature- the ability to lighten, darken and add saturation to one section of my photo, rather than the entire thing. I have yet to see this feature on any other app and it can be very useful. 
TimerCam // To be honest the photo in the tutorial above was a self portrait taken from the top of my car using Timercam. It's a very straightforward app that takes a photo on a 5, 10, 15 or 30 second timer. It's great for self portraits and it's free. You can't beat free. 

I hope this tutorial gives you ideas, or some insight into my process. See you on Instagram!