Recently I stumbled across a new album company started by photographer extraordinaire Jeremy Kester called H.H.Boogie. What first captured my attention is how different these albums are from other albums. In fact, they aren’t anything like what you would think of when you think of a traditional photo book. The albums are gorgeous, hand-crafted wooden boxes that house unbound album pages. They are unbound so that your story can continue to grow. We love this idea so much and can’t wait to share this with our future clients! I immediately got connected with a small community of photographers committed to not just this product but what it stands for- slowing down, treasuring relationships, and preserving memories. When Jeremy announced that he’d be having an Unshop in Chino Hills we jumped at the opportunity. It was a weekend of “rest, food, shooting, and campfire talks” which as it turned out is exactly what we needed. Megan Kuethen opened up her home and was such a great host. Jeremy and Montana Dennis, both amazing photographers and people in general, really poured out their wisdom to all us Unshoppers in the best way. We are so grateful for them! And Jeremy’s lovely wife, Ashley, filled our bellies with the most delicious food! She has such a beautiful spirit and it was so nice to spend time with her as well. We also got to really connect with the other photographers in attendance and it was just such a sweet time. Tim and I feel that we had some major revelations and shifts in our thinking that are going to be shaping our future business interactions. We are so excited! Here are a few of my photographs from the weekend.
Jeremy explaining the specifics of each album:
During the shoot time there were several models present and we got to just play and get creative. Thank you so much to all of the models–you guys were great! This is the beautiful (inside and out) Nicole who happens to be Montana’s future bride. I think she’s got the bride thing down already.
Tim also took some amazing and creative images that I’m excited to share. First, I’d love to share with you a journal entry that he wrote following our experience at the Unshop that I think perfectly sums up where we are at:
“Lately I have been waking up feeling mundane, uninspired, and pressured. Pressured to do things and act in a way that is silently expected (mostly by myself). Thinking there is some sought after key that will unlock all of life’s hardships and create a type of success I have been conned into thinking is important. There is no magic key. Instead there is persistence, a drive that must be provoked, enticed, and slowly pulled out of ones soul to be true to yourself and true to others. To take the road less traveled. The long road. The one that takes hard work and perseverance. Blazing a trail in which the moments become what we have been looking for. Not the end result but the process becomes what is satisfying. The top of the mountain is no longer stood on only to look for the next peak but stood on to reflect each arduous trip, stumble, fall, and stride. All of the beautiful steps that bring us to the spot where we can realize that life is done in the little moments where we learn to not forsake the now for the unseen future. How easy it is to get caught up in what everyone else is doing and forget to reflect and question what is really important. I have truly been blessed in that I have something to share. My creativity longs to be expressed and not confined. To explore my uniqueness in this thing called Life. I desire to pour out to others from the gifts I have been filled with. I feel refreshed and inspired, provoked towards uniqueness and eager to bless others.”
And here are his beautiful photographs: