The Best Business Advice I’ve Ever Gotten

We all sat ’round a table, six photographers in celebration of Emily’s baby shower, her fourth girl! #girlpower. We cooed over cute baby clothes and they shared stories of child rearing as I looked at them sideways, nearly traumatized. We giggled and mixed antics over brunch, connecting as friends who happen to be in the same business, flipping our hair around and complimenting one another’s look. Just as the checks were signed I proudly propped down a giant pink box filled to the brim with dessert “the best cupcakes you’ve ever had I confidently declared”. The women taste tested, absolutely agreeing that these were, in fact, heaven. Cookie Butter cupcakes?!? DUHH. WINNAH WINNAH. Then they proceeded to do the same thing friends had done the night before when I handed them the sugar filled treats–immediately looked the baker up on Instagram. I don’t know why I was so shocked, after all half of us sitting at breakfast had recently had our hair done by the same stylist, referred by one another. In fact I had just sat in his chair again a few days prior, talking story about plans for his new salon and clever event ideas he was dreaming up. With my hair in foil I had softly suggested he get someone to handle his social media for him and he quickly shrugged the idea off, reminding me that was he had been doing was working just fine for him, why change it. And boy was he right, dude just markets via instagram and with 24 clients a day is nearly impossible to schedule an appointment with. Eating this truly legendary cupcakes bought out of a roaming food truck in Mililani (that I often track down) and flipping our fresh new blonde locks I noticed the words Kitt recently spoke to me were again ringing true. There is no secret to success. No gems in marketing.  Simply “do good work and people will talk about you”. Being a walking billboard for flowy hair + beautiful cupcakes myself, I knew he couldn’t be more true. #werk.


Cupcakes by Legendary Taste [Hair by Khietluu]. You make sure you let me know when you’ve become addicted to these delights + also have fabulous, glam hair, too! :)



March 10, 2015 - 1:56 pm

Coco - You had me at “cookie butter cupcake!” They sound absolutely amazing!


April 16, 2015 - 9:01 pm

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A little bit of Wanderlust


It’s ya girl here. A few weeks ago Elisaveta from Fernwehosophy  got in touch regarding Hawai’i images for their magazine. You KNOW I’ve got serious love for where we live so I was more than thrilled to give the islands an opportunity to show off a little. Fine. Me too. Their online magazine FernwehO  is stacked with pages and pages of beautiful images and, if you can read German, fun interviews from photographers and travelers describing featured destinations. Can I read German, you ask? Nein. So how do you know if they’re fun you ask? Because I know mine was fabbbbuulloussss. ;) Did I have to google anything in this post? Don’t worry about it!

If you’re on the east coast and winter weather’s got ya down, just flip the pages of this gorgeous online mag and be completely transported to the warm and sunny destination of your choice. Thank you, Elisaveta for generously asking me to be apart! An HONOR, and to be in such great company! Now you’ve got ME daydreaming… xo


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Happy Birthday, Boo.

The minute 2015 hit, we both began the panic. “We’re going to be THIRTY this year. THIRRRTYYYYY.” We’d say, usually in a Spanish accent alongside a joke, secretly hoping to take the sting out of crossing out of our twenties. “THIRTY!!!!” I’d randomly proclaim, usually while running my fingers through his hair as we drove. And as today marks the day that my husband Marshall turns THIRTYYYYYYYYY and I get to enjoy being married to an older man for exactly two months before I kick the bucket myself, I gotta say, the new age bracket may not be all that bad, boo. Just think of the perks of being an adult thus far. We’ve graduated to a much larger bed that can accommodate all four of us without a pup sleeping on the tippy top of our heads (most of the time). We both enjoy wine now-a-days “I could drink a glass of this every night!” and have learned to enjoy it (somewhat) responsibly. We’ve figured out every which way to enjoy movies and binge watch shows from the comfort of our own home. And we have fluffy dogs who are breathing and fed, signifying we are well on our way to being responsible! But most importantly we make each other laugh days on end and even though our age may be creeping in, you always ALWAYS keep us young and with your forever desire to play with crabs who run from you on the beach or to catch another baby chipmunk in your hat, you will always be a kid at heart.

To the man who I sincerely love more and more with every morning’s start. To the sweetness whom I wrap my arms around his muscley body and think I’m so happy you’re my husband resulting in a challenge to squeeze you as tight as I can taunting that was nothin’. To the handsome gentlemen who so kindly puts the dishes away when I haven’t for days and neither one of us can take it anymore. The husband who never brings up past hiccups, loves unconditionally always, trusts me to slather essential oils on him when he starts sneezing, and says THE funniest thing at the perfect time, I love you. I am honored to be your wife, even when you sleep diagonally across our king size bed, you are a stand-up gent with a heart of gold, one your friends call “the happiest guy they know”. I am thrilled to be living life alongside you, adventuring the world and far corners of the sofa, together rarely acting a day over 12. You keep ME young at heart. Don’t worry boo, we’ll Benjamin Button this ish.

Happy Birthday, Marshall! You fine. xo

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March 12, 2015 - 11:38 am

Jessie Warner - that was a really cute write up…and how good to hear you honor your husband! :) you go girl

Sleepin’ on the job

Wandering the streets of Chiang Mai this past September (+ the year before that) I noticed a consistency within shop owners. One that was proud and disciplined in their business, setting up elaborate makeshift storefronts every day, and even more entertaining was their fearlessness to straight up nap. Guess it’s the Thai version of a siesta and one I fully intend to put into play at Ashley Goodwin Photography – just not in dimly lit corner of a reception or anything… I hereby present to you one of my most favorite series to date: Sleeping on the Job.

Yes, he is a temple dog, stray pups they keep around that they believe ward off bad spirits from the temples. And yes, he is sleeping during duty.

Yep. That’s a baby. Chillen.

By the looks of the workers I found snoozing around corners, looks like this temple ain’t getting’ revamped anytime soon.

Hmmm. I hope he’s just cozy in front of the fan and not, well, dead.


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