So Much Beauty - A Recap of Photo Tour Cambridge
As some on you may have seen over the past couple of weeks, The Glossary made a trip out to Boston for our first ever Photo Tour. We teamed up with the ever-talented Madeline Heising for a morning of discussion, creation, and community. The goal behind the Photo Tour was to bring together a group of creative women to meet and explore small women-owned businesses. And let me tell you, it could not have gone more perfectly.
We started our morning bright and early at Longfellows for quite a few cups of coffee (we were a group of 20!) and some delicious pastries. The owner, Alisha, then gave us a background of how her business came to be. Sharing a large industrial building with Lamplighter Brewing, Longfellows has the space to host a variety of events, including yoga and running club, to help support the community of the neighborhood.
From there, we made our way next door to Niche to bask in the land of plants and take in all of the fresh air. Lindsey, the owner, shared with us how her business has evolved into two shops, and we took some time photographing the space and finding new plants to bring home with us.
Our journey from Niche to Union Square was a mile walk, but the day could not have been more delightful. Walking a mile at the front of a group of 20 women may have been the coolest feeling in the world.
As we made our trek, a slightly faded pink wall appeared before us on the side of an auto shop, so naturally we stopped for headshots. Madeline effortlessly glided through a series of 20 headshots in about five minutes, and wait until you see how beautiful they are.
We ended our morning in Union Square with visits to Loyal Supply Co, Queen of Swords, and the Forestbound studio. It is always a fun feeling when you get to introduce people to new places. Lucky for us, all of these spaces are absolutely stunning, so we ended the event with a ton of photo sessions and a q+a about photography, social media, and authenticity. I wouldn't be lying if I said I never wanted it to end.
Alright, so now for the sappy stuff... starting with Madeline. As of three weeks ago, Madeline and I had never really spoken and as of two days ago, Madeline and I had never even met. I had been admiring her work from afar. The beauty in each and every capture and the joy that shines through her work. So when I saw cheap flights to Boston from Chicago, I immediately emailed her with the proposal to collab on this event. To my delight, she was available and responded with "Count my super on board. The most on board. 10000% on board."
The was the easiest, seamless, most enjoyable event that I have planned thus far. All of our ideas were the same, as well as our concerns. Things fell into place pretty quickly and we had this day planned out and running in three weeks time. I am so thankful and lucky to have worked with her on this photo tour.
So yes, I think Madeline is amazing. She's such an incredible woman. She felt like an old friend the moment I met her, we basically look like twins, and people thought we had known each other for years. I would say our friendship is off to a great start, wouldn't you?
Now, to all the ladies who joined us. Thank you! A piece of Boston is always with me, so seeing old friends was truly a treat. But meeting so many new faces was something special! I appreciate the support that was shown and the community that was fostered. My heart is full of so many emotions and that is because of all of you.
Thank you to our collaborators. Not only for partnering with us, but for creating your businesses, building your neighborhood community, and showing how strong, intelligent, creative, talented, inspired, and kind women can be.
So if you couldn't tell, we REALLY loved this event. Loved it so much that we think it should be a series. Yupp, you heard right. So, here's where we need you're help! Send us women owned businesses, neighborhoods, areas, cities that you think the Photo Tour should go to. We would love easily walkable areas with tons of women to support. Shoot your thoughts over to firstname.lastname@example.org and let's talk about ideas.