This is a photo of a parcel I received from India. I was so completely gobsmacked over the packaging that it was hard for me to even open it. Beautiful, aged muslin stitched at the seams and sealed with wax... extraordinary craftsmanship for an overseas package. Apparently this kind of wrapping is not altogether uncommon in certain parts of India. This little joy was exactly what my soul needed today. Just a simple reminder of everything good and lovely, of things meticulously crafted by hands that care. These shorter days when work is slow and I have little-to-no human interaction sometimes starts to wear on me... I thrive when I'm working on projects and collaborating with people who I'm invested in. I'm eager to dive back into a thrumming schedule and to be surrounded by talented, passionate individuals. I've consumed all the online television I can stand, watched countless academy award-nominated films, and binged on Pinterest and Facebook. Ready to bring this atrophied body back into the real world please. I even am attempting to give the gym a go (shudder) because frankly it is too damn cold for walks with friends. My insomnia is in full force and I am trying to find mantras to soothe me. I'm particularly moved by one of my favorite quotes by Albert Camus, "In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer." Ok universe, release me back into civilization. Next time I wish for a break I'll be sure to specify the terms to include that time's up after 2 weeks...
I am so pleased to share my new website ginnybranch.com designed by the super talented Jenn Gietzen who simplified and streamlined my site, so now all of my social media outlets look cut from the same cloth (tumblr, pinterest, etc). I hope you'll check it out! I'm still keeping this site for blogging purposes and to share new work but now I have a place to just showcase my styling portfolio which I have been developing and evolving for the past 4 years! I've come a long way from my very first blog post ( My Favorite Color is Shiny era) to now and it feels good to have a fresh new home. January is not normally my favorite month but it sure is the time to reboot, recharge, and start anew. Cheers to that!
Photo: Ali Harper
This was one of my favorite photoshoots of my life. There is something so special about being able to witness family and friends breaking bread and exchanging stories. Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles documented Atlanta icons Father Austin Ford and Marie Nygren of Serenbe creating her mother's recipe for gumbo. I learned how to make a roux (just keep stirring) and confirmed that southerners really are the best storytellers. It's always a pleasure to work with real people who make the day not feel like work at all. It was a privilege to be a part of this day. If you live in Atlanta nab a copy of the January issue, this story is truly lovely.
Here is some new work that is currently on the Anthropologie blog. The pumpkin bourbon ice cream sandwiches from Weckerly's are too-die-for. My mouth still waters when I think about them. I highly recommend making this for a Thanksgiving dessert- your hungry friends and family will thank you for it!
Photography: Dave Greer
Art Direction: Halligan Smith
Food Styling: Khalil Hymore
Prop Styling: Me
Photos: Dave Greer
Last week (in what genuinely felt like a dream) I had an incredible opportunity to fly to Philly to prop style a few shoots for Anthropologie's web content. I was only in town less than 24 hours so the whole experience was this really lovely blur. The Art Director Halligan Smith has great ideas and brought such an exciting, fresh energy to the set and the food stylist Khalil Hymore is so, so talented. The photographer Dave just nailed every shot and Sullivan Owen provided the gorgeous arrangement. The Anthropologie headquarters (more like campus) is just so beautiful which is to be expected, but the reality just surpassed it all. I could devote an entire post solely on their buildings' interiors and their darling café/ cafeteria. It was a creative wonderland. If I had interviewed at their office in college I think I could have been tempted to skip NYC altogether... here is a post I found that has some neat pics and a great video!
I also adored the people I met while I was there- everyone is so young and creative and supportive. It felt like being back in art school, but like, the really good highlight reel. Actually, I got to see several of my favorite people from SCAD which was the icing on the cake.
I have one more shoot coming soon from this trip, so be on the lookout!
Here are some tears from a story I prop styled for Cooking Light magazine's "Food Gifts for Food Lovers" spread. I had the pleasure of working with one of my favorite crews, Iain Bagwell (photography), Rachel Lasserre (art direction), Katelyn Hardwick (food styling), and Jenn Gietzen (friendassistant-yes that is a new term we came up with). The magazine is on stands now and the whole issue is fantastic! I loved the dreamy direction for this holiday shoot- wintery, shades of creams and whites, with hints of natural, rustic elements. My kind of holiday...
This was the biggest surprise a few days ago when a friend tweeted at me that Time had included me on their list of 30 pinner to follow! I am well aware this will probably be the first and last time my name is mentioned anywhere near this prestigious magazine but I wanted to say thank you to whoever thought to add me to this list. There are some really awesome people that I follow on there as well Katie Armour of Matchbook magazine, Jordan Ferney, and Bonnie Tsang.
Some personal favorites as well are Tristan B(Besotted), Beth Kirby Local Milk, Kathryn Shiells, Pennyweight, my sister Amy Branch Munn and Mady Dooijes. Tristan also features "The Curator" , a column on her awesome blog where she highlights her favorites on Pinterest which is a great way to find new people to follow!