5 photographer favorites on instagram

by Sarah

{peacock from Late Harvest exhibit at Nevada Museum of Art}

I have been an instagram user since its inception several years ago and I use it as a tool in my photography practice to share photos on a daily basis. My feed is filled with pattern designers, artists, bloggers and photographers and today I would like to share some of my favorite photographers.

1. Alice Gao: Alice is a New York based photographer who posts what she calls “snaps” from her iphone.

2. Hogger & Co: Smita Jacobs is a Boston based photographer who shoots fashion, lifestyle and travel. She has the most beautiful feed of photos from the Boston Ballet that I instantly fell in love with.

3. Vivienne McMaster: Vivienne is the creator of Be Your Own Beloved Workshops and teaches self-portraiture to students. We met in person for a photo shoot recently and I love her feed. Lots of incredible images.

4. Sibella Court: I have written about Sibella on my blog many times and her instagram feed is always a treat. She is an Australian Interior Stylist and owner of one of my favorite shops: The Society, Inc. Her photography is an extension of her brand and often includes photos of her shoots.

5. Marte Marie Forsberg: Marte is a Norwegian Photographer that lives in England. One of her images this morning is what prompted me to write this post. It is a video outtake from a recent photo shoot with a cup of tea an empty chair and a handwritten note on a table. She blows me away with every photo.

Hope you enjoy a little foray into my instagram feed and have a fabulous weekend. I am off to take my son Ben for his first college audition!

Society Inc. – Sibella Court

by Sarah

On a recent trip to Sydney, Australia I had the opportunity to visit The Society, Inc. the storefront and studio of Sibella Court.

I have followed Sibella’s work for a number of years and her book etcetera, etc. was the inspiration behind my very first post on this site 3-1/2  years ago(2-4-09 to be exact). Her words:

“A random selection of shiny, pretty things represents the starting point of a colour and decorating theme. When developing your own interior style, begin your own collection of assorted goodies and regularly sort them into like-minded piles; you’ll soon discover a pattern emerging and start hatching plans for bigger ideas” Sibella Court, Etcetera Etc. Creating Beautiful Interiors with the Things You Love. Murdoch Books, Australia excerpt from INSIDEOUT Magazine (November/December 2009 Issue)

This is my 2nd visit to her shop and I was excited to explore the interior to see what goodies I could find. There are so many vignettes in the shop that as a designer and creative I got over excited with all the offerings and secrets to uncover.

ribbon, numbers, and shells

nails, twine, and housewares

numbers and shells

bits and pieces and her books



fabric and binding



On the day of my visit, Sibella was at the shop and photographing objects outside on the sidewalk. We chatted for a few minutes and I found her to be friendly, welcoming and excited for her own creative explorations of the day. If you go, check ahead as she sometimes closes the shop to rearrange and redesign the interior. On my first visit the shop was actually closed so I could only photograph the exterior. Sibella has three books available at the moment: Ecetera, The Stylists Guide to NYC and Nomad. She has a fourth book coming out later this year called: Bowerbird.

Thanks Sibella for giving me permission to take these photographs and for providing such an inspirational space to visit.

If you go:

Society Inc., 18 Stewart Street, Paddington, NSW Australia

Telephone: +612 9331 1592

website: thesocietyinc



the stylists guide to nyc

by Sarah

Last month I received a newsletter from The Society, Inc. in Paddington, Sydney. Sibella Court, stylist and owner was releasing her second book in Australia and I of course had to pre-order a copy for myself. The book is titled: “the stylist’s guide to NYC” and can be found on her website. It is a nice compact travel and design inspired collection of her favorite places for interiors, flowers, curiosities and many more design oriented tidbits in New York City. Sibella lived there for about 10 years and has taken all her own list of goodies and added them to this incredible resource.

The book is divided into 9 sections including the one above and also has an index and special listing of favorites haunts. For anyone who has not traveled to NYC before or anyone that has and wants a few helpful reminders there is a small travel section at the front called NYC Tips. One of my favorite tips was about the lack of bathrooms and making sure you know how and when to find them. Something all good shoppers and explorers of urban locales need to know…. In addition to the sections and tips there is also a zip code guide to the city and to the locations you are trying to locate. Fabulous idea for a city with at least 23 zip codes just in Manhattan.

Within each section are glorious photographs and descriptions of the places to visit. the descriptions include address, phone number, website etc. to help you locate what you are looking for. There is even a little section at the back dedicated to Brooklyn and Queens. Places I would not have known to visit unless guided like this…

In the front and back cover of the book there are places to keep notes and there is a wonderful pull-out map with everything marked so you know where you are going and can lose the tourist look instantly. If you order this book during the month of May, Sibella will sign it for you as is the case with my copy. I loved receiving a package from Australia as it is my home, and loved it even more when I got to explore the pages of this guide. A total thumbs up from me and I am so ready to explore NYC with this book in tow. Anyone want to join me?

Have a great Thursday everyone….