Trail Mavens in Big Sur

I had the great fortune of joining a Trail Mavens weekend trip to Big Sur in September. Led by the ever-enthusiastic, enlightening, educational, effervescent Sasha Cox, I had a true getaway, where I met some fantastic women, took in new stunning landscapes, had honest campfire conversation and never checked my cell phone. By the end, it felt like I'd been gone for a week.

Photographs by Kara Brodgesell, of a Trail Mavens trip

Dogpatch Barber & Shave

I never considered cutting my (oh-so-boring) long hair super short until I watched the intense skill and creativity of the men at Dogpatch Barber and Shave. Chris, Cornelius, Jan and their clients kindly let me hang around the shoppe for my Dogpatchwork project and helped me remember exactly why I started this project- to meet and learn about the people doing passionate work in my neighborhood. I probably wouldn't have had the occasion to stop into a men's barbershop otherwise, but now I want to hang out there all the time.

Market Salad

The ultimate local salad from Culinary Eye. Which includes, and I quote: "best bits of the farmers market; shaved, blanched, roasted and pickled with a dijon shallot vinaigrette". 

 Photograph by Kara Brodgesell

Photograph by Kara Brodgesell

Allison

Allison is one of the most naturally beautiful people I know. Which doesn't really matter at all when you know that she's also a mother, art historian, curator, small business owner and recent homeowner. But it does make photographing her really fun.

 Photograph by Kara Brodgesell

Photograph by Kara Brodgesell