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    Please view my most recent work in my blog below, or browse my portfolio by clicking the link above. For more information about me, faq's, and pricing, please follow the information link.

If you are an individual who is looking for a place to work out of in San Diego (Spring Valley), I am looking for someone in the creative/arts/entertainment OR wedding/events industry to share my lovely little work studio (named Xanadu) with me, which is situated behind our house.

– Must enjoy birds singing as well as pretty views through the 8ft french doors.
– Must enjoy taking your lunch breaks by the pool during summer
– Must be able to deal with me
– Also it would be an added bonus if you like watering plants once in a while because I have a black thumb & they keep dying
– Must have a reasonably smaller desk since there isn’t much room for a big one

Send me an email to: info@featherlove.com titled “studio” which includes:
– what you need the space for
– what your budget is
– how many hours per week you will need it and which days (full-time/part-time is ok)
– link to your site/work
– anything else you think I would want to know?



below, 8ft french doors- nice groovy light.

below- where I work.

below, some storage space in that little room

view from the studio.

below, what you can do when you don’t feel like working.

  • April 20, 2011 - 2:23 am

    Christina Brosnan - Totally awesome. So jealous! Can I fly over just to rent the studio for a day?!

I fell in love with these 2 sweeties instantly- both creative artists & designers, they pulled together one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever seen! (I love you beautiful dudes so bad…!)

** Update! This stunning wedding was featured on 100 Layer Cake today, check out tons more photos and lots of great info here.

Venue: Ace Hotel, Commune, Palm Springs, CA / Invitation Design, Event Art Direction, & Fabric Design:Michael Frey, Groom and artist / Florist, Event Design: Bobe Vagell & Todd Hughes / Officiant: Pam Butler, friend and artist / Cake: Jodi Rhoden, friend and baker, Short Street Cakes, Ashville NC / Videographer – Super 8: Lauren Graham, friend and filmmaker / Musical performance during ceremony: Crash Richard, friend and lead singer of The Deadly Syndrome / On site coordinator: Hilary Gulch / Day of coordinator: Celebrations of Joy / DJ: Joe Armenia, friend and music maven / Custom made, white gold rings by: Fay Andrada
I love this simple, beautiful list of tips from Michael & Tim on wedding planning:
– hire great vendors, and TRUST them to do their jobs
– accepts the talents of your friends, when they are offered
– everything will work out

And I just saw what they said about me on 100 layer Cake! (ah! I love you guys!!):
“One of our biggest, and smartest investments, was photography. As I’m sure many folks know, it’s not cheap to find a decent photographer. Michael and I feel like we won the lottery with Noa / Feather Love. She was so fantastic to work with, a pleasure to have at our wedding and someone we hope to stay friends with. Her work speaks for itself. We could not be happier.”
Gentlemen- Pool party. My place. This summer. I’m dead serious! xoxo

…lots more info on their wedding on 100 Layer Cake.




Some of the shots below taken on Holga
































** This stunning wedding was featured on 100 Layer Cake today, check out tons more photos and lots of great info here.

  • April 13, 2011 - 2:58 am

    anna and the ring - What a gorgeous love filled wedding. Wonderful.

  • April 13, 2011 - 9:22 am

    forget.me.knot.weddings - This wedding is pure awesomeness! Every stinking detail is so cool and the grooms are too cute themselves! LOVE the images you created!!

  • April 13, 2011 - 9:49 am

    Michael - We love you to Noa! Can we do it again next weekend? I can’t wait for the pool party!

  • April 13, 2011 - 10:05 am

    Kristin - yay!! everything about this wedding was so awesome!! so happy I could be there to witness it! you create and capture beautiful radness as always!!

  • April 13, 2011 - 4:49 pm

    julia wheeler - my heart just melted into a puddle all over the floor of my office. these are so amazing and sweet and beautiful. it’s all too much!!

  • April 13, 2011 - 8:31 pm

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  • April 28, 2011 - 9:17 am

    Desmond - you did it again! love the shots in-front of the hotel doors!

  • June 24, 2011 - 5:15 pm

    christina richards - I just love these!

  • July 6, 2011 - 11:54 am

    Rosa - oh mam, i am so in love with these black and white pictures.. just love them…

  • July 8, 2011 - 12:00 am

    Marty J. Christopher - Noa! I’ve had this wedding bookmarked since you first posted it. I was hoping to feature it on a Friday dance and am finally doing so (with full credit and links OF COURSE…and praise…lots of praise). I don’t think I have a single male reader, let alone a gay one, so this wedding probably only appeals to me. But hopefully when my readers see the amazing love between these two, captured beautifully by you, they’ll understand why I couldn’t resist posting it. : O )

  • July 8, 2011 - 3:57 pm

    featured in brides southern California magazine! | the feather love photography blog - […] California Magazine for the Fall/Winter edition – Page. 194- featuring one of my photos from Michael & Tim’s […]

  • August 9, 2011 - 1:23 pm

    KT - One of my most favorite FeatherLove works yet. Perfectly captured the love and every emotion of the day.

  • June 5, 2012 - 12:59 pm

    Win a 2 night stay at Ace Hotel! + very special announcement! | the feather love photography blog - […] the work I have done at Ace on shoots, the partying, the laying around by the pool, the hanging out in […]

Talk about knowing how to throw a fun party… Well-known in the music/film/arts/restaurant scene here in San Diego, Matt Hoyt & Allison Bell threw a super-fun bash over at the Ace Hotel, Palm Springs in December. (I Love the Ace and have been fortunate enough to shoot and party over there several times in the past few months… also doing a workshop there in May!). I’m completely in love with Allison’s dress, and everything looked so amazing… This wedding was featured on Green Wedding Shoes today, you can check out even more photos over here.

Table centerpieces: Allison Bell (Bride) // Sweet heart table and welcome table: Ribbons and Rust
Bridal Gown: Temperley London // Venue: Ace Hotel, Palm Springs // Bouquets + Cake Topper: Cachet Fiore
Cake: My Favorite Cakes and Cookies // Hair + Make-up: Tia Miyahara – skinbytia@gamil.com

***UPDATE  just added this Holga medium format film shot that I got back from the lab… some psychy tripped out triple-exposure BS.






Shot below taken on 35mm film.





Shot below- 35mm film
























below, right, 35mm film




  • April 8, 2011 - 2:34 am

    Amanda Thorson - 1. the kid can dance.
    2. amazing dress
    3. beautiful day for a wedding…the clouds are lovely.

  • April 8, 2011 - 7:37 am

    Rebeca - That little boy was the greatest moment of the party, wasn`t he?

  • April 8, 2011 - 11:12 am

    aasim - that little boy reminds me of my child hood. star of the dance floor! ALWAYS! love the pictures! Awesome as always 🙂

  • April 8, 2011 - 1:23 pm

    Komal, dallas photog - I love all the expressions you’ve captured on the dance floor! Especially the one with the golden light swirls and the blonde striking a pose.

  • April 8, 2011 - 7:09 pm

    allison bell - Seriously Noa you are THE best. Love ya for life.

  • April 9, 2011 - 4:20 pm

    Emma Case - Ring shots…. POW!

  • April 10, 2011 - 6:01 am
  • April 12, 2011 - 12:13 pm

    Alison - You photographed their wedding so perfectly! The candids are my favorite. Congrats Allison & Matt:)

  • May 1, 2011 - 9:00 am

    Amber Moon - I want to live in your camera.

  • May 3, 2011 - 12:21 am

    Karin Klazes - Your pictures always make me happy. I love your work and hope that when my daughter Emma is going to marry one day, you will be in the neighbourhood of Amsterdam. (you already know the way).
    x Karin/ Klara & Kapucine

  • May 4, 2011 - 2:15 am

    revitalized centers. | bow tie & bustle: the blog - […] cred: 1 {ribbons via our labor of love via 100 Layer Cake} 2 {cacti via feather love photography} 3 {turquoise & pink via sarah yates via sitting in a tree} 4 {ee […]

  • September 6, 2011 - 8:42 pm

    Wedding Snapper - Good use of the building with the couple portraits.

  • October 19, 2011 - 6:05 am

    wall art - Awesome photos!

  • June 5, 2012 - 1:00 pm

    Win a 2 night stay at Ace Hotel! + a very special announcement! | the feather love photography blog - […] the work I have done at Ace on shoots, the partying, the laying around by the pool, the hanging out in the room, the eating, the being […]

You can find out more about my workshops here, or get on my mailing list here.

I set up a shoot with my good friends Kristen & Dave to model for us for my last workshop. You may recognize the stunning Kristen from the Rue Magazine artist feature I had, where she not only modeled but also did my hair. And she did my hair for the Chloe Aftel shoot as well as my wedding hair 5 yrs ago! Kristen Henry has been a dear friend for years and is a Master Hair Stylist! I haven’t let anyone touch my hair besides her in like 2 decades or something. Her gorgeous boyfriend David Hurley may look familiar too as I have taken thousands of photos of him on tour with his band (that my husband is in too) ASTRA. You can see some of my European tour photos of them here and here, promo photos I did for their first album here, and I also did a shoot of him a few years ago for one of his solo albums at his home, which you can see here. Anyways I love these two & their giant goofy sweet doggie Gus, and their home in Hillcrest, San Diego. Thanks for having us and allowing us to shoot all your beauty!!

This first shot is Polaroid.











Below, shot on 35mm expired film.



Gus face!









Just having some wine in the tub…




This shot below taken on Holga. (medium format film)


35mm expired film shot below.

My magic rainbow-maker, sort-of homemade filter (aka unicorn puke) below.




And my lovely workshop attendees below…

After this we all went back to my place for some dinner and then we accidentally had a dance party til really late. <3 u guys!!

Here are some of the beautiful shots from a few of the workshop attendees that day…

This one below by Amber of Live It Out Photography



This one by Jenna at Flutter Glass Photography (Jenna is also one of my extremely talented assistants/2nd shooters!)


And this one by Molly at Cedar House Photography

You can find out more about my workshops here, or get on my mailing list here.

  • April 5, 2011 - 4:27 am

    Amanda Thorson - you are a true original…it’s refreshing.

  • April 5, 2011 - 10:33 am

    julia wheeler - omg. i just can’t with these. it’s so unreal how amazingly ridiculously awesome these are. i can’t deal with it… i think my brain is going to explode.

  • April 7, 2011 - 8:11 am

    anna - Top 3 things I love about this shoot
    1. Gus. I want to take a nap on him.
    2. their perfectly perfect kitchen. I want that tile & stove.
    3. Unicorn Puke!

  • August 13, 2011 - 1:06 am

    Rock n Roll Bride · Feather Love Photography Workshops in London & Belgium (with Special Guests Emma Case & I!) - […] photographs on the blog after the event. Check out the results of Noa’s previous workshops here and here. […]

I am so very  thrilled that my sweet clients Emily Deschanel & David Hornsby announced that they are having a baby! : ) Very exciting!

I shot their beautiful wedding last September, designed by my favorite ladies of Bash, Please, who I have asked to do my artist workshop with me at the Ace Hotel, Palm Springs on May 16th & 17th. And yes, we will be showing photos from Emily & David’s gorgeous wedding at the workshop. (The couple has requested that we don’t share any online except for this one they released below).

All info for the Ace Hotel workshop will be available within the next two weeks, but you can email me to get on the list to be the first to sign up! It’s going to fill up FAST! Email me to get on the list:  info@featherlove.com

Congrats Em & David!! : )  

  • April 1, 2011 - 12:10 pm

    Amber Byrne - cricket!! this makes me so happy.

I’m going to Hawaii tomorrow but wanted to post this before I go. In January I went to Santa Fe, NM with two of my amazing friends Alexandra & Sarah. Best funtimes ever. Lots more photos from this trip coming soon.

(The divinely beautiful Alexandra Fulton shot on 35mm film).

  • March 24, 2011 - 1:24 pm

    lizzie - breathtaking photo…

  • March 24, 2011 - 5:11 pm

    Samantha - Such a lovely photo. Have a great time in Hawaii. There are a ton of great shots just waiting to be captured there.

Overwhelmed, over-joyed and completely honored to get an artist feature in one of my favorite design magazines, Rue. You can see the entire feature, story, pics and everything in their 4th issue here, (pgs 143-167 but check out the entire issue! it’s gorgeous!) And this totally mind-blowing behind the scenes video by the artistic geniuses over at Sharkpig below (luv u dudes).


INCREDIBLE photography by Braedon Flynn
Article/interview in Rue written by: Shoko Wanger
Event Design and Styling: Jesi Haack Design
Floral Design: JL Designs
Food Styling: Jay’s Catering
Videography: Shark Pig
Stationery: Pitbulls and Posies
Hair: Kristen Henry
Face Painting: Body Art by Allison
Shed-to-studio remodel by artists/carpenters: Frank Melendez (619.772.7367) & Billy Dashiell (916.719.5467)
Landscaping: Armadillo Landscaping: 619-300-0896
Face paint inspired by the art of Master david gómez
Models, our dear beautiful friends: members of ASTRA (Richard Vaughan, Brian Ellis, and my husband Stuart Sclater), Kristen Henry, Wendy Watson, and Kristin Sherar.
Styling: models did all their own styling, wardrobe, accessories & makeup

*Thanks to Braedon for your immense talent & gorgeous photographs & Jesi for your beautiful work & pulling the entire thing together! *Great big thank you to Shoko for the amazing interview & article, you are so insanely gifted! *A special thank you to Anne Sage (and everyone over at Rue!) for your openness to do this edgy feature (my dark weird sister), for putting up with me, and for all your fiercely creative hard work.
Head on over to Rue to see the whole feature and to view the entire stunning issue #4… mind-blowing!
The Darko Weirdo Dinner Party at my studio (aka Xanadu). Images by Braedon Flynn:







































Braedon snapped a couple inside the house too while we were getting ready earlier in the day.

  • March 22, 2011 - 11:23 am

    Catherine Abegg - Noa, you are seriously my girl crush. wowie-zowie.

  • March 22, 2011 - 11:23 am

    Kristin - awesome!! I’m been anxious to see! I love the pictures of you and Stuart so much!! you two are such hot beautiful love birds! love the face paint! um, I love all of it!

  • March 22, 2011 - 11:54 am

    Shoko - It’s awesome!! The whole thing looks great! Congrats.

  • March 22, 2011 - 11:57 am

    Amber Moon - Noa – you amaze and inspire! Seriously. So grateful. xo!

  • March 22, 2011 - 12:05 pm

    Holly Walker Raviglione - I want to hump all you freaks, LOVE IT!!!!

  • March 22, 2011 - 12:10 pm

    Mai - This is beautiful in so many ways!!! The paper is uber creative. Love!!

  • March 22, 2011 - 12:17 pm

    rory amber - My mom had a pink heart-shaped jello “cake” at her wedding in the 70’s. Glad to see you rocking the jello again!
    So true what you said, once you start putting out what you love and laying it all on the line like that, it’s a tremendously exciting, dangerous, freeing feeling. I get excited just reading about you saying that!

  • March 22, 2011 - 7:32 pm

    Vanessa Chalmers - this is your studio??? so beautiful. And I loooove the face paint.

  • March 23, 2011 - 1:12 am

    Riley - Noa, This is amazing! Congratulations, seriously beautiful. I LOVE the face painting. I can’t wait to get the whole issue!!!

  • March 31, 2011 - 4:01 pm

    Nena - Love it!

  • April 2, 2011 - 1:33 pm

    shaunna - we love everything…in all of its weirdness! amazing.

  • April 4, 2011 - 6:32 pm

    Kristen & Dave (workshop shoot) | the feather love photography blog - […] & Dave to model for us for my last workshop. You may recognize the stunning Kristen from the Rue Magazine artist feature I had, where she not only modeled but also did my hair. And she did my hair for the Chloe Aftel […]

  • August 13, 2011 - 1:06 am

    Rock n Roll Bride · Feather Love Photography Workshops in London & Belgium (with Special Guests Emma Case & I!) - […] Photography Credit: Shoot of Noa & her friends at her studio by Braedon Flynn for Rue Magazine (more on Noa’s blog here) […]

  • August 25, 2011 - 3:42 pm

    world tour Part 1: brooklyn, NY & Morning passages | the feather love photography blog - […] to London and Italy to shoot our workshop and whatever else he gets his camera on. Remember the epic behind-the-scenes video he shot for my feature in Rue Magazine? Stuart is meeting us out in Italy (yay!) and then we’re going to try and go over to the […]

  • September 6, 2011 - 4:07 am

    Wedding Snappper - Digging the face paint. nice and vibrant.

  • November 17, 2011 - 9:42 pm

    recent press, features & interviews | the feather love photography blog - […] on my blog, Artist Feature of me and my studio in Rue Magazine! […]

  • December 8, 2011 - 5:52 am

    Gluten Free Catering - Amazing post, love the face paint.

  • March 12, 2012 - 5:03 pm

    Recently Rue Magazine featured the Darko Weirdo Dinner Party hosted at the studio (aka Xanadu) of wonderful Noa Azoulay-Sclater of Feather Love Photography. I have been following Noa for a while via her blog and Facebook, and consider her to be an incomp - […] 3.30.11 Recently Rue Magazine featured the Darko Weirdo Dinner Party hosted at the studio (aka Xanadu) of wonderful Noa Azoulay-Sclater of Feather Love Photography. I have been following Noa for a while via her blog and Facebook, and consider her to be an incomparable trailblazer for those of us yearning to literally follow our visions: she says, ” Artistically, I like recreating the feeling of nostalgia, memories, dreams.” In the world of professional wedding photography where there seems to be an unspoken standard for imagery, she’s had the nerve to strike out on her own path, “[When I started], my portfolio was 95% safe. Over a period of time it hit me: what if I only showed the stuff that I like? What’s the worst I have to lose? Then, everything changed.” Indeed, when I decided to start my own photography business after shooting for a studio in Santa Cruz (shooting in their style), I began to reevaluate everything about myself as a photographer. Last summer I began poring over blogs like Green Wedding Shoes, clicking links to seemingly successful wedding photographers and seeing the same thing over and over. It was beautiful, but it was the same. Then somehow I stumbled upon Feather Love. As I was looking at her portfolio, I began to feel extremely excited. I thought to myself, this is what it looks like when a photographer puts up their favorite stuff, not just what they think other people will like, or the acceptable trend at the moment. Wow, what a concept, what a RUSH! All at once freeing, but terrifying and exhilarating. On top of that, seeing the incredible success that Noa has been rewarded with is tremendously empowering for those of us wanting to do the same.  Interested in finding your “Inner Freak” in a hands-on setting with Noa? She is offering a workshop at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs on May 16th and 17th in collaboration with Bash, Please. The lovely and talented Noa of Feather Love (and friends): Photography by: Braedon Flynn Article/interview in Rue written by: Shoko Wanger Event Design and Styling: Jesi Haack Design Stationery: Pitbulls and Posies Hair: Kristen Henry Face Painting: Body Art by Allison Face paint inspired by the art of Master David Gómez More credits can be found on Noa’s Blog […]

  • March 3, 2015 - 2:54 pm

    Wedding Photography Melbourne - Wow, there was a ton of details to cover off in this shoot! And one of those guys is a real Iggy Pop lookalike 🙂

  • March 11, 2019 - 4:48 pm

    unilink.pro - Do you have any video of that? I’d like to find out
    some additional information.

I have gotten this question a few times now so thought I would share it on here since I think it’s important to try and not take things personally as often as possible. This specific question was sent to me by sweetest Amber at Live It Out Photography (who also attended one of my workshops) after she had read the slew of comments under my apparently “controversial” guest post on East Side Bride.

Because I don’t like to see posts without images, here’s a random pic that has absolutely nothing to do with this post, but feel free to read into it if you’re so inclined…  (taken in Carmel, CA last October on 35mm film).

Amber’s question:
“how do you not take this stuff personally? when i was reading through the comments on the esb blog post, my face turned bright red i was so pissed. i’m working on separating myself – but my business is such an extension of myself that it’s hard not to take it personally.”

And here is how I answer this question:
BECAUSE your art is an extension of yourself you have to work on not taking anything personally as a PERSON first, then it just naturally seeps into your business/art. There is no separation between who you are and your work. I think to really accomplish personal success we have to be thick-skinned. Nobody ever got anywhere by worrying about what people think, because it’s much easier to just not do anything in that case.

As artists we are built to be super-sensitive, but I think part of our growth is to learn to focus all our sensitivity into our actual work and the things that inspire that work, and not on things which don’t matter, or things we can’t change, like people & their opinions & ideas about you/your art. It’s futile, hopeless, to concern about that. But we can use our sensitivity to our advantage, in fact I think that’s the point of growing as an artist, learning to control and hone that sensitivity so that it benefits us instead of becoming our detriment.

Reality says that people are always going to think what they think and there’s nothing you can do about that. Getting frustrated or wanting to change their opinions is only going to waste energy, stress you out, and block you off from your true creativity. I create art that satisfies me first, that’s it. If I’m satisfied then I’m good, if not, I work on it harder until I am. It’s much easier to just deal with one person and that individual’s crazy ideas & opinions than it is to deal with the entire world. And that one person is always your worst critic- right? So I find that to be challenging enough on it’s own.

I don’t believe that being an artist means that you get to take it easy and make pretty pictures. I strongly believe that it means you need to commit to throwing yourself into the crazy abyss of subject matter that nobody wants to deal with. Art is truth. All that deep stuff, the human condition, what I like to call ‘the nature of nature’, it’s our responsibility as artists to deal with that, take it in, and then find a way to express that idea or feeling in whichever form we choose … If you want to be an artist, that’s your job, that’s part of your purpose. If art is ‘in the eye of the beholder’, then we really need to understand what we have gotten ourselves into by choosing this path: We are actually creating things that people will or will not like. That’s the reality. And in regards to who we are as people, good luck trying to get everyone to like you. It’s not going to happen and it certainly shouldn’t be our focus. Again, there is no seperation between you and your work. It’s the same.

So the most crucial thing we can do is focus all our energy into concerning about how WE feel about ourselves & our art. Other people don’t ever truly know you, and you cannot read their minds to see what they really think, so no use getting pissed.

For example, here’s the process I went through when reading the comments under my ESB guest post that Amber was asking about, and why I didn’t get offeneded or upset but instead I enjoyed it. Like someone who commented by calling me a “pooh pooh” (which is still my most favorite name anyone has ever called me) and the suggestion that I try and get a ‘non-artiste’ job so that I could understand what an important job was all about etc. So here’s my process: Initially I was thinking- ‘uhm yea that’s not even true because I have had 1 million hard jobs before this one’… And it almost potentially upset me for a second because, you know- it’s not fair, she doesn’t know me!… then I was all, who cares what she knows or thinks or what she doesn’t know? There’s no way anyone could ever know everything about you… what they think is their business, really it is. It certainly is not my business. I have enough on my hands just dealing with myself. Then after that I realized how funny what she said actually was. Then I realized like wow, she must be kinda upset spending time writing that, maybe homegirl hasn’t gotten laid in a while or something, then I was like yea that would suck, I would be super bitchy too, then I felt like I could totally relate with her, then I realized we are all exactly the same. I’m a bitch sometimes; She’s a bitch sometimes… We’re the same. So I poured a drink, sat back and read all the comments and had a really good time (since I couldn’t think of a movie to watch that would entertain me as much that night anyways). It was exciting. And it went from potentially-shit to super-rad in like 10 seconds flat.

That’s how quickly one thing that I could have chosen to take personally, became something I enjoyed. And to be perfectly honest- I AM a pooh pooh, I am many things. I am not going to pretend that I’m not an asshole sometimes, OR deny that sometimes I am really good to people. When someone attempts to insult you, they could actually be right. Sometimes I am an asshole, and sometimes worse (just ask my husband). And every single person I know is sometimes both too. Let’s not pretend that we are anything else but all of the things we are.

So anyways, that’s how my brain goes from almost being insulted, to straight not giving a fuck, to actually feeling one with that person, seeing the TRUTH in their “negative” remark, and then most importantly, finding the comedy in it all. My goal is to find the comedy in as much as possible. And the only way to do that is to realize how futile it is to concern about what other people think, realize that sometimes they are actually right, and how no matter which way you cut it- you are just like everyone else.

In no way have I mastered this, but it is my goal to continue to learn how to not take things personally, because it’s NEVER personal- all the judgments we make are really about ourselves. And the small amount of improvement I have made in this area in the past few years has increased the level of enjoyment I get out of life, people, my work, and myself. And this doesn’t mean that I’m not sensitive to anything or anyone, I am, but I make a conscious effort to make a decision about what I am going to be sensitive about as much as possible. There are still things that will upset/offend me here and there, but I have boiled those things down to what I think is important.

Anyways, I figured since a few people have asked me about this subject, I may as well post it on my blog and whatnot.

If this sort of subject matter interest you, I cover a lot of what I like to call “artist philosophy” in my workshops… You can get on my mailing list here to find out about my upcoming workshops.

And here’s a photo of my cat Russia who never takes anything personally, ever. I’m posting this for Amber because she and Russia fell in love at my workshop… Amber, Russia says: Yo, what up. xx

  • March 21, 2011 - 2:17 pm

    Em - Thank you SO much for this, on a personal level this is perfectly times for me and what a great read, and I loved the post on ESB, you are so right! and you speak your truth and pooh pooh to anyone that has something to say about that.

  • March 21, 2011 - 2:22 pm

    Rosanna - What has helped me was to understand that people who criticize my work do so for reasons that have nothing to do with me. They might not like a color or a fabric I used because it reminds them of a much hated auntie, for example. So I don’t take it personally because 99% of the time the reason people get upset with me about my work has nothing to do with my work (or me) for real. It’s about them, their experience and their take on things. On top of it, I would never want somebody doing an all pink make-up (that I loathe) to make my reaction sound like it’s something about hurting them. Bottom line: people are focused on themselves, we artists need to stop thinking their lives revolve around us 🙂 It doesn’t, and it’s all right 🙂

  • March 21, 2011 - 2:46 pm

    HeatherSmith - Those chicks are whack! Your advice was detailed and positive. You offered up so much more advice and were helpful in so many ways that a discount couldnt have provided!

    You are rad =)

  • March 21, 2011 - 2:48 pm

    Alecia garriott - This post is the best, I like your honesty. I read your guest post but never read the comments associated with it. Question::: As an artist isn’t it interesting to see how other people view and respond to the world? Although it may sound odd I sometimes appreciate even the most rude, insensitive, and hilarious (pooh pooh) remarks because they all show how humanity thinks and showcases our flaws as if they need to be heard by anyone. These remarks also give us the opportunity to respond like you did….yeah I can be an asshole like that too…..in our differences of opinion we can still relate somehow.

  • March 21, 2011 - 4:55 pm

    Erin - Darling – less about the brilliant minds behind weddings and more about your brilliant post on ESB. mind if I repost it on Apartment 34 – your wisdom is so SPOT ON and i want to make sure as many people as possible see it.

  • March 21, 2011 - 5:15 pm

    Bonny - Noa, your photographs are my favorite. Ever.

  • March 21, 2011 - 7:20 pm

    lauren waye - you are so smart

  • March 21, 2011 - 10:00 pm

    Kismet - We should all imbibe the Dalai Lamas teaching more often! Good advice-I often wonder what to do with negative comments we get on the blog- to get pissed or to laugh ….I guess it comes with experience. Thanks for sharing.

  • March 22, 2011 - 2:37 pm

    Audrey - Your words brought me back to myself. Thank you for sharing your process so eloquently

  • March 23, 2011 - 3:50 pm

    Kristi - …and the plus side to their negativity is they just end up getting more people to look at your blog and fall in love with your work. the universe is definitely working in your favor 🙂

  • March 24, 2011 - 6:59 pm

    Julia - You’re a good person to relate yourself to the ridiculous & hateful people. I will probably read this again next time someone is mean to me.

  • March 31, 2011 - 2:14 pm

    chelsea - thank you so much for sharing your wisdom & insight, i couldn’t have found this post at a better time. you’re such an inspiring, lovely lady. the art that you make brightens my world!! 🙂

  • October 5, 2011 - 12:45 am

    Don’t Take Anything Personally! | Essential Knowledge - […] peace and happiness. You can stay in your state of bliss, and hell will not affect you at all. 🙂 by don Miguel Ruiz Whatever happens around you, don't take it personally. If I see you on the street…re stupid. Maybe you think to yourself, "How does he know? Is he clairvoyant, or can everybody see […]

  • October 13, 2011 - 9:47 pm

    Lancaster Caterers - This is definitely a topic thats close to me so Im happy that you wrote about it. Im also happy that you did the subject some justice.

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