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...


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... 


The last few weeks It's really started to feel like summer. Maybe it was my getaway to Palm Springs for the 4th, the few beach and pool days I've managed to sneak in, or watching sunsets, cold drink in hand with both new friends and old. Come Monday I will be headed back east again to my favorite magical island- Martha's Vineyard. It's crazy to think that it's been 44 days since I posted this instagram, counting down the days to my trip. This time I'm bringing two friends with me who share my love of exploring and photography, so this should be quite a fun trip. I'm sure I'll be going a little instagram crazy while I'm there, so make sure to follow me @sweetthingblog to come along on the journey. In the meantime, here is a little look at my life of late and a few of the sweet things making me smile...


I've barely been back in LA for 24 hours and now I'm heading out again. This time to the east coast for a friend's bachelorette trip. The last six months have been all about work, work, work, so it's nice to take a little break from the routine, travel and have some fun. I'm so looking forward to spending time with friends, lobster rolls and lounging on the beach {weather permitting}. Next week I'll be sharing photos of my time spent in Ojai with all kinds of creative and inspiring ladies. I hope you followed along on instagram, our hashtag was #girlscoutcamp. Happy weekend friends!

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Another week, come and gone my friends. What are you up to this weekend? I'll be spending mine finishing up a few jobs before I head out on Monday for two back to back trips. I can hardly contain my excitement! First off Ojai and then a bachelorette trip to Boston and York, Maine. While I have spent many a summer in Massachusetts, I have never been to Maine. I've heard it's very similar to Martha's Vineyard, so I'm sure I feel right at home. We are only there two nights, but If you have any favorite restaurants or sights in Maine, I'd love to hear them. For now, here is a little look at my life of late and a few of the sweet things making me smile... 


Well that was a lovely short week. I've spent it mostly catching up on all the photo editing and emailing I had neglected over Memorial Day weekend. This photo is a little sneak peak of what's to come next week. It's from last summer, when I chopped off my hair. No I didn't get another hair cut, so it's not that. As the temperature rises in LA and the days get longer, I can't help but feel that summer is near. Can we officially say it's summer or do we have to wait until June 21st? Either way, I'm dreaming about beach days and warm nights. Aren't you?


Well, these last few weeks have just flown by. Somehow it's almost summer and I can't believe it. I have all kinds of fun trips coming up to be excited for, like Boston, Maine, Martha's Vineyard and Palm Springs twice. I can hardly wait! I've been jonesing to get out of town lately, but with my schedule I haven't been able to make it happen. This past week I was up in my hometown of Ojai for a photo shoot and just as I was about to start driving home one of my appointments got canceled. I suddenly realized I didn't have a reason to come back to LA, at least for a few days, so I called some friends and they joined me for an impromptu Ojai sleep over. It was out of control fun and exactly what I needed. I didn't turn on my computer for four whole days. Unheard of. When I returned to LA the fun didn't stop because I had a friend's birthday to celebrate, a night planned picnicking and watching Clueless at the cemetery and an Arrested Development marathon to attend. All and all a very full and perfect long weekend if I do say so. How about you, what did you do this holiday weekend? Here is a little look at my life of late and a few of the sweet things making me smile...


Happy weekend my dears! I am going to a 90's dance party tonight, which if nothing else,  should be interesting. Other than that I've got mucho photo editing to catch up on, but I also plan on making a little time to visit the farmer's market and see friends. What are your plans? 


Today a sneak peak of my sweet little craftsman house is on Design*Sponge. Design*Sponge was one of the first blogs I read and loved, so I am thrilled to get to share my space on there. I truly adore this house and still feel excited every morning I get to wake up here. I hope you'll fall in love with it, as I have. 

*Make sure to come back tomorrow because I'll be sharing photos that didn't make it in the sneak peak.

{thanks to kimberly genevieve for snapping that photo of me!}


These last few weeks have been all about work work work. I haven't had time for much else. Sometimes forgetting to eat. I've been going at a pace that I know I can't sustain. And while I know something has to give, I feel so incredibly grateful for each and every opportunity that has come my way. I think many of you who work from home can relate, that sometimes days can go by with little to zero human interaction other than through twitter or instagram. For that reason I've been forcing myself to take breaks, even if it's just leaving the house to grab a cup of coffee or have dinner with friends. I keep telling myself it wont always be like this. But than I wonder if that's true. 
Wishing you all a happy Mother's Day weekend! Here is a little look at my life of late and a few of the sweet things making me smile...

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I am so sorry I've not being able to update Sweet Thing much these days. If you're wondering why, it's really that I've gotten so busy with shoots that I just can't keep up. I have not taken a day off in over three weeks and trust me, I'm overwhelmed and exhausted. More on that another time, but I promise I'll be posting more often soon.

A few weeks ago I spent a few days in my hometown of Ojai, shooting stills for my friend, Charlie McDowell's film. This time of year is pure magic in Ojai, as all of the orange blossoms and flowers are in full bloom. It didn't hurt that we were filming on one of my most favorite properties in all of Ojai- belonging to his family. Sometimes I just can't believe how beautiful it is. I feel so very lucky to have grown up in a place such as this. 


Hey! Just poppin in to say hi and let you know I haven't forgotten you. I've been shooting like crazy this past week. All fun and creative jobs I feel lucky to be apart of. I even started photographing my own house, which I am very excited to share. I've lived here for just over two months now and even though I'm pretty sure it's in my nature to never feel like my house is "done," I decided it's time. 

Later this week I'm headed up to Ojai to be set photographer for a friend's film. I'm so looking forward to spending some time with my family, mixing up my usual genre of photography and of course the intoxicating smell of orange blossoms that takes over Ojai this time of year. I'm sure I'll be instagramming my travels as always. 

How was your weekend my dears?


The last few weeks have been like a blur. A good blur, if that's possible. As crazy as things have been, I feel like I'll always remember this time as some of the greatest of my life. Something has come over me recently. This feeling that I am exactly where I am supposed to be. That the universe is working overtime to turn what could have been the worst year, into the best. I have had so many reasons to smile lately. Even though I feel so overwhelmed with work sometimes, I ultimately spend my days doing exactly what it is I love to do most, take photographs. I even have a new business venture in the works, which is getting me very excited. I have a {growing} group of friends who are smart, supportive and inspiring. I live in the sweetest little house, in a city I adore. Of course there are things I could say are missing in my life, but I know I must be patient. Five months ago my life was turned upside down. And I must say, I'm quite happy with where it's landed. Here is a little look at my life of late and a few of the sweet things making me smile...