Meet Aimee + An Announcement | The Portrait Pop-Up at Ampersand

Meet Aimee! She's the blogger over at The Ohio Transplant, talented copywriter/strategist behind numerous awesome companies and amazing friend. Super excited to share Aimee's feature today and the news that... new Pop-Up dates are here AND Aimee and I are hosting one of them together, in partnership with Breather, on December 5! Head over to the events page for details and tickets!

Tell us a little about yourself!

I'm an Ohio Transplant who loves fashion, food and French Bulldogs! :)

We know you do a ton of awesome work, between your blog, jobs and side hustles. Tell us more!

I'm freelancing for a ton of fun projects right now! Currently I'm freelancing at Pinterest and working on projects with Weddington Way and Underwood Letterpress - so fun!

If someone visited San Francisco for a day, what are three things they must do?

1. Catch the sunrise at Corona Heights
2. Say hi to the Golden Gate Bridge
3. Grab a pitcher and soak up the sun at Zeitgeist! 

For more from Aimee, follow along over at The Ohio Transplant or her Instagram!

Meet Shannon | The Portrait Pop-Up at Ampersand

Meet Shannon! I have known Shannon for as long as I can remember (since she and my older brother became good buds in kindergarten!) and love having this fabulous fellow Omaha native here in San Francisco. Read on for more about her gig building business strategy for restaurants and food brands, side hustle at a brand new SF yoga studio... and some special shout-outs to our hometown too!

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska and lived in Oklahoma and Texas in my early 20s. I think it's perfectly normal to pair a Texas brisket with a green juice (although Shiner is still preferred).

We know you work with food and restaurant brands, teach yoga... tell us more!

I work at The Culinary Edge with an extremely talented group of people who put together business strategies for food and restaurant brands.

Get ready for the heat, the play, and the transformation -- Baptiste Yoga San Francisco is opening its doors on November 2!  I first found Baptiste yoga while living in Dallas and became a 200 hour RYT at YogaSport under Angela Wagner's leadership.  I was on the hunt to find a Baptiste studio the moment I moved to SF, so I'm thrilled to be a part of this community and hope to see you on the mat soon.

If anyone visits our hometown of Omaha, Nebraska - what would you tell them are the can't-miss spots?

Omaha love because #wedontcoast:

1. M's Pub: My husband and I went here for our "First date" aka sophomore year homecoming #swoon

2. Grey Plume: Chef-owner, Clayton Chapman, is redefining people's perceptions of Nebraska cuisine

3. Runza: Midwest soul food

Big thanks to Shannon for joining the first Portrait Pop-Up! (Oh, and go check out her TEDx talk!)

Meet Amanda | The Portrait Pop-Up at Ampersand

Meet Amanda, a fellow photographer (check her beautiful work out at Amanda Lynn Photography!), who joined us for the very first Portrait Pop-Up at Ampersand. In addition to photography, we also share a big love for coffee brewed up at Russian Hill's Saint Frank Coffee... and, can frequently be found needing out over photo tips and tricks together in the coffee shop's beautiful space. Read on for more about Amanda!

Tell us about yourself and what you love to do.

I volunteer CUESA as a photographer and Redemption SF as one of the leaders of women's ministry. I love people and get energy from learning about them and building them up! I find my joy in Christ and it strengthens me. 

We'd love to hear a bit more about your photography work.

Photography has been a part of my life for a long time and the adventure is going really well. I love working in SF and find the variety of work really fun. 

If you could recommend three things to check out in SF, what would they be?

You have to go to the Ferry Plaza Famers market. It is one of the best in the country!! Also I love the Japanese tea gardens and the museums in Golden Gate Park. Lastly spend time in a neighborhood, like Hayes Valley, the Mission or the Fillmore.  

For more of Amanda's work, visit her blog

Meet Elisabeth | The Portrait Pop-Up at Ampersand

Meet Elisabeth! It was super fun to have her join us for the first Pop-Up at Ampersand, as I've known her for years... we both grew up in Omaha, Nebraska! She is an extremely talented event planner here in the Bay Area, if you need event help she's your girl. Check out her work at Elisabeth Sara Events and read on for more about her business, and her new rescue pup too!

Hi Elisabeth! Tell us about yourself.

Hello! I'm an Omaha native, new mother to Huey (biased but the cutest rescue pup) and event planner now living in the Bay.

We're so impressed with your event planning work, share a little more about your business.

My side hustle, and hopefully soon to be full time job, is my event planning company Elisabeth Sara Events, specializing in weddings. Weddings are my favorite events to coordinate... something wonderful to be part of someone's special day.

When you have visitors in the Bay Area, what are your top three spots to show off?

Having visitors in the Bay Area is the best. I can't help but brag about how I live in the most amazing US city. It's hard to narrow it down to three, but my visitor go-to's are:

1. Afternoon drinks and empanadas at Cerveceria de MateVeza (try the Morpho beer...delicious!)

2. Coffee/cinnamon toast to go from Trouble Coffee and enjoying them both at Ocean Beach.

3. Finally! Weekend of camping at Big Sur... the views you can't resist.

Meet Jen | The Portrait Pop-Up at Ampersand

Meet Jen, who shares wonderful stories about travel, food, photography and personal transformation over on her blog, In The Wonder. She and I share a love for photography and be warned: you will have travel envy after hearing about her last few years.

Hey, Jen! We'd love to hear about your passions, and you recent time spent in Bali too.

I'm a native San Franciscan who spent almost three years living in Ubud, Bali. I used Ubud as a home base while traveling all over South East Asia, India and Europe. I need to write, blog, photograph and tell stories. I love to laugh, wine and dine prodigiously and secretly dream of being a National Geographic photographer. At the same time, I'm drawn to any place with a mystical, energetic pull to it and will always be a spiritual seeker at heart. A borderline glutton and ascetic with a keen sense of style rolled into one. Oy vey!

Tell us more about your work, which keeps storytelling at core.

'm a freelance photographer and writer doing social media as a side hustle. I'm just starting to teach iPhonography classes, so please come out and join me!

Being a San Francisco native, we're especially curious to know about your favorite SF spots.

Go hang out on Hayes Street in Hayes Valley for an afternoon. Take an urban hike from Hayes & Gough Street all the way down to Market Street and walk to Dolores Park. If you missed ice cream at Smitten on Octavia & Hayes, then head to Bi-Rite on Dolores & 15th. From there, stay for drinks and dinner in the Mission. Try Dosa for Indian food, Sunflower for Vietnamese or Herbivore if you like vegetarian. If you love Mexican food, just follow the smells on Valencia or Mission Street.

Learn more about Jen over on her site or follow along on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook!

Meet Annie | The Portrait Pop-Up at Ampersand

I'm so excited to introduce you to Annie Butler, who joined for the first Portrait Pop-Up at Ampersand. Annie is the blogger behind Ida Street and recently moved to San Francisco from Cincinnati. We'll let her tell you more! 

Hi Annie! Tell us a little about yourself, and your recent move to SF too.

I'm a twenty something, still growing up and trying to figure it all out. Recently, "figuring it out" meant moving from my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio to San Francisco. It's been an adventure, and I've learned a lot. I'm definitely making experiences I will never forget.

We know you're a talented blogger and marketing pro too. Tell us more.

I work in marketing for an adtech company by day, but on the side I love to write and plan posts for my life and style blog. I love blogging because, for me, it has brought together a group of women who are experiencing similar things and can support each other through it. There are so many strong, confident and creative people in this world -- blogging makes it easier to find people you may have never found before. 

What are the top three things you'd recommend to someone visiting SF, or your hometown of Cincinnati?

Oh man! What I've loved so far about SF is the proximity to such AMAZING and breathtaking places in the country. For example, we drove three hours to get to Tahoe. I've never seen a more beautiful place in my life. In SF specifically, I've been loving the cute cafes and ice creameries. I'm a big fan of Smitten Ice Cream and Flour & Co. myself.

In Cincinnati, I have so many! I spent 25 years there so I could go on and on. Best to just contact me if you need any advice ;D

Head over to Annie's blog to learn more, or follow along with her on Instagram: @idastreetblog.

The Portrait Pop-Up at Ampersand

The very first Portrait Pop-Up was hosted at Ampersand, a gem of a flower shop tucked into San Francisco's Mission district. With beautiful white walls and fresh flowers galore, it made for a beautiful and bright photo backdrop. The custom flower crown made for a fun addition to portraits too.

We were so impressed by the awesome people who joined us, which is why were are going to be featuring Q&As from a few people who joined each event here on the blog! Check back for the first feature soon.

In addition to the fun of capturing portraits in a beautiful space, it was wonderful to get to hang with such a kind, talented group of people over donuts, mimosas and iced coffees. Big thanks to all who joined, Ampersand for the gorgeous space and Aimee of The Ohio Transplant for helping out!