My PaPa opened a family gas station on Prairie Street in 1956. Since then, many of my family members, including myself, have worked there together. My Uncle Mike still owns the gas station today. The same charm surrounds the station as it did many years ago, but with more character and deeper roots. The vines are fully matured, and the horse stand is still in the same place. My amazing Grandma is an interior designer, and has incorporated warm, nostalgic elements throughout the small space. The memories there continue to grow, from when Chopper, the family dog, walked down the middle of Prairie Street every day to sit in the middle of the cold floor, to my uncle naming me his favorite employee, to the decision to sell the station and close the chapter. I didn’t realize how much the slight smell of gasoline and the damp atmosphere meant to me until I spent hours photographing it one beautiful Autumn day. I am grateful to have such simple memories here, like visiting my Papa at work every Wednesday when I was a kid. I’m dedicating this post to my Papa, my Uncle Mike, my Dad (who worked 60 hours a week as a mechanic when we were young), and to my entire family. Copyright Groupon, Inc. 2012
This Fall, cityblue and I teamed up for our second look book – fall/winter 2010. Mallory and her team at cityblue are the most fun, passionate, and inspiring people to be around. We have the greatest time putting together the photo shoots, from time and location to the final image choices. Mal and I of course could not have pulled this off without Andrea, the ever wonderful and beautiful P.R. and marketing manager of cityblue. Andrea puts her heart and soul into the company, and it shows! A shout out to our models, Maggie and Stephen (who flew in from out of the country hours before), who were patient no matter what conditions or poses we put them in. I feel so lucky to be half of this perfect union between cityblue and Julie Goding Photography – both started by two young girls following their dreams. Enjoy, and thank you again, Mallory, for always putting your trust in my work!