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Brand Spanking You - Sarah  Brand Expert • Creative Director • Stylist • Photo Taker Visual content + stock photos for healthy-living soulprenuers Free photos + work with me👇

One last harvest of basil from the yard, and one last batch of pesto. 🌱
Although I’d love to be, I’m not much of a vegetable Gardner these days. We’re stuck with small container gardening for now, so it’s a just handful of herb plants.
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Every time I clip a few for dinner, it’s pure magic to me. I grew up in a gardening family- we had apple trees, rhubarb, raspberry bushes and every kind of vegetable you could imagine.
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Now I know it was so my parents could save money + still be able to put decent food on the table for 4 hungry kids. Back then, it certainly wasn’t magic to me. I had no idea how special it was to grow and eat your own food. (Plus, it was the 80’s- having a vegetable garden wasn’t exactly cool, and “weed the garden” seemed to appear frequently on the chore list)
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Now, I marvel at freshly picked produce more and more. With each passing year, the ability to grow something-anything!- and then pick it and eat it only becomes more magical.
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I look at this photo and think- I made that. I took a tiny seed from last year, put it in the dirt, and all summer long it grew and grew- inspiring meals & recipes along the way. Then, it was so pretty, I took a picture, finding joy in one of my favorite ways- being creative.
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So yeah, when I look at this photo, I think of so much more than just pesto. And that’s a damn fine feeling.
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Yep, that's me, kneeling on my desk to get a shot because the mood struck. ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Does this happen to you? You're in the middle of something else, and suddenly you just HAVE to do this one thing? I'm trying to balance these whims lately by checking in with myself to see if it's ACTUALLY inspiration knocking on my door, or if I'm just using it as an excuse to procrastinate on that list of things I'd rather not do. (sometimes, it's a little bit of both.)
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Regardless, I'm sure there's still a fair amount of desk kneeling in my future still.
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I was looking back through a bunch of "old" photos, and an idea struck me- why can't some of these be offered in the stock shop??
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The answer is, they totally can! So I just put together a bunch of mini collections called "simple ingredients." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Basically, you get 5-7 images for just $7- the cost of what you would normally pay for just one image!
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Link in my bio to check out all the tasty new treats in the stock shop. (Including these oh so pretty blue and brown eggs)
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I’m a total nerd when it comes to planning out new collections for the stock shop, and I’ve got a couple of collections right now in the works that I feel all of the good feelings for- I ordered some extra special, super magical props, because I firmly believe that stock imagery (especially used for health & wellness + social media content) doesn't have to be boring. (I'm looking at you sleeping-facemask-woman-with-cucumbers on-your-eyes picture.)
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First, I set up a Pinterest board to start curating the "mood" of the shoot.
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Then, I actually create a mood board, and use that to make a shot list- complete with thumbnail sketches of all the different images I'd like to capture.
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Last, I get to hunt for props. It's equal parts gathering things from around my house/studio and visiting favorite shops for that little special something, something. This is where things really start to come to life, and I can truly start visioning how the whole collection comes together!
What kind of process do you love in your life or work?
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(PS- looking forward to many fall bonfires i this spot right here)
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My dear friend,
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How are you feeling today? I mean really? How does your body feel? How does your mind feel? Are you taking care of yourself? Because you might be having kind of a crappy day and you’re trying to forget about it on here. You might be avoiding something...which is why you’re procrastinating with me. Maybe you’re waiting for something while you’re in line. In that case, I hope you’re waiting for something fun.
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Whatever your day is looking like today, can you promise me one thing? That you’ll put your phone down and do something without a screen. I don’t know, hug someone you love, really enjoy a piece of fruit you eat, go outside and feel the wind in your hair, do the dishes and feel the water run smoothly off of the plate you just cleaned. Whatever it is, remember something beautiful about being alive today.
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I’ll try to do it too.
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But also...just curious...why are you on here right now? Avoidance? Procrastination? Boredom? Escape? Let’s commune for a sec before we go do our awesomely present things. .
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Are you team summer or team autumn?
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Summer slips away a little slower around these parts. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It's sometimes hard to notice the transition when you live someplace like LA, but lately, the mornings are darker and just a bit cooler. Sunny afternoons get chilly real quick once the sun goes down.
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It's usually about this time of year that I waffle daily between missing those crisp midwestern fall days that look and feel like they’re straight out of Stars Hollow, and blissfully pretending that summer never has to end because the weather report still says sunny and 80 degrees. Regardless, it's always hard to believe that we're just about 3 short months away from wrapping up another year. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I used to be 100% team autumn. Now, I'm not so sure...the light, heat, and energy of summer definitely filled me up this year. Can I choose both?
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Anyone else as obsessed with tea as me? 🙋🏼‍♀️
Don’t get me wrong, I’ll always have my morning cup of joe, but tea...so many options...so many flavors, combinations, times/places to drink it.
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I basically have a whole big bin filled with all my different tea options in my cupboard (#obsessmuch)
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Throw in a magazine or two, and some journaling and that’s instant alignment time for me, my friend.

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Coming out of the weeds...
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I was taken DOWN by a cold last week. There was so much I wanted to get done, but my body said NOPE.
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I fought it for a couple days before finally raising the white flag, and doing what I would tell anybody else to do: rest, rest, rest.
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A quiet weekend on the couch paid off- I’m back in (almost) fighting form and ready to jump head first into that (now) extra long to do list with glee.
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You’re never so appreciative of health than right after you’ve been sick- amiright???

Did you know that I offer stock photo packages for health & wellness entrepreneurs? It’s a brand new offering, so no hard feelings if this is the first you’re hearing about it.
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In fact, there are only 2 collections so far, and they are jam packed with images!
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This image is from the the latest “natural beauty” collection and is all about salts, clay, handmade soaps and natural ingredients.
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There are both vertical and horizontal images, and you can use them on your website, blog or social feeds. And this is just a handful of the 30 images that are in the full bundle!
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Click the link in my bio to find out more and to purchase.
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(And if this is something you’re into- stay tuned! I’m working behind the scenes to create tons of new collections in the coming weeks and months!)

You know the feeling when you master something that’s actually pretty simple, but has eluded you for some mysterious reason? Yeah...that’s me with a melon baller. Finally got that skillset licked. Anybody else kicking bootie today, or is just me? 😂😉

Back in LA after a quick trip to Minneapolis. Had some quality time with friends and family and of course spent a day strolling around the state fair- cause that’s what you do in MN this time of year.
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The longer I’m in LA (8 years this Sept! 😳) the more bittersweet my trips to MPLS are. Around every corner is a memory, so I spend a lot of time reflecting on some pretty pivotal times in my life. But also, time marches on, and neighborhoods and familiar haunts are different. Changed. It’s a city that I’m deeply connected to but not connected to at all anymore all at once.
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It sounds melancholy, but it’s not. I love that I can have a home in my heart for many places at once.
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Give a Labor Day weekend shoutout in the comments below to ALL the places you call home!
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Anybody else obsessed with adaptogens? My favs to add to smoothies are ashwaganda (I also add it to tea), rhodiola, cacao, maca, and spirulina.
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Anything you add that I’m missing out on??

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