Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Latest & Greatest #30: Radiant Human Aura Photography

Nubby Twiglet | Radiant Human Aura Photography

Over the past week, I’ve been lamenting my lack of tangible photo prints — the thousands of images I’ve snapped over the last few years sit on various hard drives, collecting dust. I want more images I can hold and proudly display; do you feel the same?

Well, thanks to a spur of the moment outing, I have another print in my collection…but it’s completely different than anything else I’ve seen.

Over the weekend, I got a text from my aunt Shannon, asking if I wanted to join her to have an aura photo taken. Wait…I’d heard of that! A few months earlier, Gala showed me the wildly popular Radiant Human Instagram account and Christina happens to be located in Portland (though you should check out her dates — she often hits the road, visiting California and New York).

You may be wondering what an aura photo is and Christina does a great job of explaining how it works:

We all have energy running through our bodies. This energy radiates beyond our skin creating an atmosphere or “aura,” otherwise called an electromagnetic field. The aura camera uses hand sensors to analyze this energy’s vibrational frequency. Through this camera, we are able to match your vibrational frequency to a corresponding color’s vibrational frequency, making your energy visible and easy to see in the form of an instant Polaroid picture.

Getting an aura photo on a Sunday afternoon seemed to be on everyone elses’ agendas, too. We showed up early, snagging spots towards the front of the line but by the time the doors opened 10 minutes later, a few dozen people from all walks of life were eagerly waiting.

Shannon and I were added to a list and a few minutes later, I was led into a white wigwam-like structure that was completely black on the inside. I took my seat on a stool and then Christina set two blue boxes on my lap. I lined my fingers up with the sensors which were in the formation of hands and pushed my palms down onto another large sensor.

Nubby Twiglet | Radiant Human Aura Photography

Staring directly into a bright light and trying not to blink for 10 whole seconds took some serious concentration. And then, just as quickly as it had begun, it was over. I paid up ($25.00 for a single person or special group rates for multiple people in the same image) and was then handed my photo by Christina who explained what my aura meant. I was so surprised by how different my photo was from Shannon’s — her green and blue aura contrasted sharply with my red and purple.

Christina explained that my aura represented an extreme sense of creativity and also handed me a cheat sheet with the color definitions to keep.

The cool thing about auras is that yours can change dramatically over the course of a lifetime — and for that matter, even a few months! There’s really no way of knowing what’s going to show up until you see it and that’s part of the fun.

My take on aura photography is that no matter what you think about auras, the outcome is always beautiful and personal. This would be a great experience to share with your best friend or someone else you love.

“The aura given out by a person or object is as much a part of them as their flesh.” —Lucien Freud

The Week In Pictures: 3.27.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Hi everyone! How was your week? Mine definitely fell into the work hard / play hard variety — plenty of exploration but also plenty of leaving the office at midnight. With everything that happens in life, there’s always the opportunity to grow — I definitely felt myself getting pushed outside of my comfort zone this week but learned so much. It feels good to be evolving in both life and business.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

A highlight of my weekends is getting up early on Sundays when the rest of the city is still asleep and taking long walks through different neighborhoods.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

The Branch office definitely has a modern tropical theme going on! Keeping it bright and happy up in here.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

My musical obsession lately has been Cary Nokey so when I unexpectedly won an Instagram contest and a pile full of awesome merch landed on my doorstep, it felt fitting to dance through the office wearing these glasses. Check out Cary Nokey’s videos here and the newest album on Spotify here.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Those of you who live in S.E. Portland will probably recognize this colorful corner!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This week I’ve been helping Uncommon Goods out with their Instagram and sharing some of my favorite products of theirs — pretty much the most fun job ever! See, it’s possible for even the most random hobbies (like shooting still lifes) to turn into work. 😉

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Portland is in full-on bloom right now. Come visit!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Weekend coffee run outfit: Zara coat, Silence + Noise skirt, Forever 21 shirt (I can’t find this one but they have many similar options!) and Marc Jacobs sneakers.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

More still life fun! I’m so into this Katz’s chocolate egg cream candle. It smells like the most delicious dessert….without any of the guilt! #winning

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This week felt like a roller coaster but as I said before, that’s where the growth comes in. Every day I feel like I’m learning something new when it comes to running a business. There’s no instruction manual that can prepare you for it — and that’s both exciting and scary. The biggest lesson I’ve recently learned is that it’s okay to ask for help as often as you need it. The worst that can happen is that someone says no! I needed another workspace in my office so I asked Joey to build me a custom desk. I was working too much due to not setting clear boundaries and was upfront about it with a few clients. I realized I needed more help with project management so I made a call. It’s all about getting real with what you need and reaching out.

Things are winding down on a high note — over at Branch, we just shared the Brand New Ways project and launched a new website plus 12 workbooks with Ellen Fondiler. So immensely proud of both of both of these ladies!

Before I sign off, I’ll leave you with this quote:

“A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.” —Dennis Waitley

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Project Spotlight: Brand New Ways

Nubby Twiglet | Project Spotlight: Brand New Ways

It’s been far too long since I shared new design work — over at Branch, we recently wrapped up the branding, collateral and website for Brand New Ways, the blog / podcast of Jen Leonard. Jen is a San Francisco-based journalist and speaker with a major love of large botanicals, clean type and a dash of bling. As you can imagine, this was a particularly fun project to dig into!

To get the full scoop and check out more of the design elements, click here.

Link Love: 3.26.15

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Blog Milk

• Here’s how to write your business tagline. Such a helpful post!

• Got the travel bug? These are 10 of the most affordable places to travel to.

• Your digital strategy shouldn’t be about getting attention. Here’s why.

• The best photo editing apps for iPhone and Android.

• Gala’s post about real friendship put a huge smile on my face. Treasure those relationships, they’re a special and rare thing!

• Cassie is sharing some really on-point tips on how to land those dream clients.

• Looking for some mega interior-related inspiration? Check out Teenage Bedrooms Onscreen — it’s full of Hollywood set design at its best!

• You’re probably pronouncing these words wrong.

• If Ben & Jerry’s had feminist-inspired ice cream flavors, these would be it!

• This design project has some seriously cool color combinations going on.

• The list of 2015 names of the year is so good….these people actually exist!

Image: Blog Milk Blog.
Check out even more Link Love columns here.

Sharpen Up Your Blogging Skills With The Blogcademy Home School Half Price Sale!

Nubby Twiglet | Sharpen Up Your Blogging Skills With The Blogcademy Home School Half Price Sale!

Spring has sprung and it’s time to clean out our digital closets. Over at The Blogcademy, we’ve been hard at work behind the scenes, crafting exciting offerings to help you take your online businesses and blogs to the next level. The time has come to clear out some older products to make space for the new!

As of this Sunday, March 29th, The Blogcademy Home School will be going away for good. If you’re not familiar with Home School, these short and sweet information-packed modules each feature a video and PDF worksheets to help you learn new skills fast.

Nubby Twiglet | Sharpen Up Your Blogging Skills With The Blogcademy Home School Half Price Sale!

To send these mini lessons off in style, we’re offering 50% off! Want some of your own? The topics covered in Home School include media kits for bloggers, creating an about page, doing a blog brand audit, how brands can work with bloggers, how bloggers can work with brands, PR and marketing, making money through advertising, creating killer content, Pinterest for bloggers, dealing with negativity, still life 101, how to set your rates and building your audience.

If you’re looking for a way to improve your blogging and business knowledge on a budget, here’s your chance! Even though the videos will not available to buy after Sunday, you will still be able to watch and re-watch them via your own private login after that date.

Here’s What Others Have To Say About Home School:

Nubby Twiglet | Sharpen Up Your Blogging Skills With The Blogcademy Home School Half Price Sale!

Nubby Twiglet | Sharpen Up Your Blogging Skills With The Blogcademy Home School Half Price Sale!

To claim the offer, just use the code springfling at the checkout (the deal is not retroactive — sorry!) to get the individual modules at a just $10 each. This is your last chance to give Home School a try — after Sunday, March 29th it will be gone FOREVER. And as for what we have up our sleeves next, stay tuned to learn about an exciting new in-person course AND a digital course that will both launch in the coming months.

Nubby Twiglet | Sharpen Up Your Blogging Skills With The Blogcademy Home School Half Price Sale!

Thanks as always for your support! Spring cleaning, even if it’s of the digital variety sure feels GOOD.