Photoshoot with Sandcastle Magazine
This March, I had such an exciting day with Sand Castle Magazine, a kids fashion magazine. We had a photoshoot at our home, with my 3 little one’s, we cooked and ate… we did pretty much the same thing that happens in my home in everyday life, and what I have been sharing in my blog. I just had prettier hair and makeup for that day, which was refreshing, feeling glamorous in your workplace should be how all people feel, but for a stay at mom you cannot always feel glamorous at your workplace, so I was super giddy, maybe completely uncool the whole time.
The editor-in-chief of the kids fashion magazine, Sandcastle, who I am lucky to call my friend is such an extraordinary person.
Sandcastle Magazine, is a high concept magazine dedicated to photographers, designers, and models that breathe life into children’s fashion. It provides the highest level of content to their readers, from startup brands to the biggest power houses in the fashion industry. Their readers are fashionable and young moms that are carrying their style from before, to during, to after kids; looking to kinder a mind for fashion in their young ones. It’s the perfect magazine especially if you have a child who is craving for a career in kid modeling, it opens you up to connections of model agencies, photographers, designers, brands, stylists, media’s and the whole creative world of the kids fashion industry. They were based in the LA area but are now expanding to New York and London at the moment. Check out this fabulous kids fashion magazine, the Sandcastle magazine website (← link) or their instagram (← link) whether you are professionally interested or just enjoy creative inspirations in you life, they are worthy of your attention.
I love being around creative but equally hardworking and always open minded people who are striving to learn more and more for all the various passions they have. That is what I miss most of my Seoul life, but at the photo shoot with Sandcastle Magazine, a day amongst the vibrant and peaking energy, gave me hope that I can find my way to keep myself stimulated at some level in my life here in San Diego as well.
I also had time to think about why I blog. Which was an important time for me. I started blogging 6 years ago. Maybe even before I was sort of a blogger using other platforms of social media before blogging was even a thing in Korea. I was always an early adapter and a geek with digital devices, was always brave with self teaching myself computer graphic-ish programs, and I always enjoyed social media platforms, I think my history of fashion PR girl aligns with all those qualities.
I had never really given deep thought about why I am a blogger. Even though becoming a blogger came natural to me, at first I was actually pretty awkward about the whole thing. From the beginning I had no idea what my niche was but it was helping me learn and grow and healed me in huge way so I went on with it. I regret why I wasn’t more brave about what I was doing at that time, because so many people encouraged me and I learned so much from it and I am so thankful to the people I have became pretty well acquainted through my blog. After coming to San Diego I am more grateful than ever that I had my past blogging experience…. I want to share what I shared with Sandcastle magazine about why I was a mom blogger back in Seoul and why I brought myself to be a mom blogger again in San Diego.
Why I blog.
I believe everyone has something to give, and it definitely sparks each individual they touch in different but dynamic ways if they choose to be open to what they have been luckily offered. Especially mothers and fathers of this world, from the moment they become parents, whatever the occupations they had before, they are in another league of giving what they have at full capacity. After you have put yourself into a position where you can swear on your life, that you have started to put all the ghost’s and shadows of yourself, dreams and prayers of your soul as well as your full physical self into something you are passionate about, you actually learn to be humble, criticism is the most foolish thing you can seize upon others and on the contrary get defeated by as well. To be open to be inspired by others even when you feel you have no more self to give, is when you experience the most thrilling growth. That extra growth you have earned is a privilege not only for yourself but for your partner in life, your children… and that is why I blog.
So many people have something wonderful flowing from within, it eventually leads to the most abundant fruition and we should all find that beautiful flow within ourselves, frame it and share it with others. It becomes an extended hour of fertile warm daylight in our lives and others that gives us unexpected growth. Over the years blogging for myself has become so much more than documenting and categorizing my daily journals of parenting and food and life.
The main form of work I use on my blog is video. After I started video editing and changed my blog medium from photography to video, I found it shockingly rewarding. I could turn my past moments into memories I could almost touch. The videos might seem like a photoshopped version of one’s life, but if you think for a moment, memories should be like that. Even if we had made mistakes and felt shame and regret in the past, we who have grown through those specific darker times and now if we are living with fierce thankfulness of what we have, pushing ourselves to the edge of all our abilities and capacities, we deserve to remember the loveliest moment’s at large. Probably the whole human race has been photoshopping their lives, their memories in happy and lovely moments since we were cavemen. It is like letting in the daylight into our lives. Plique-à-jour, it is the main phrase I use on my blog and it means ‘Let in the daylight’, it is also a popular technique used in art deco jewelry, a stained glass technique… I love to fumble around and explore the words in art, music, fashion and jewelry, I guess that is still part of me as well. Bringing in more color with daylight to my life and family… Plique-à-jour; that is the reason I am a blogger mom.
I don’t know what will happen to my family next year or next week or maybe even tomorrow morning, but I love them so so much. I feel worthiest in the presence of my family because I know I am the main life source of my family that I am building, along with my husband, we are breathing in life to this family, a breathe of air that will be passed on through our families that we will never probably get to see in our lifetime. The loveliest thing about blogging is that my blogging has always been intwined with the joy and love I have for them.
이번 3월에 아주 신나는 기회가 찾아왔다. 키즈 패션 잡지인 샌드케슬 매거진(Sandcastle Magazine) 촬영 요청이 들어온 것이다. 평소 우리 집에서 지내는 모습, 현재 이 블로그에 자주 등장하는 모습 그대로, 편하게 촬영하면 된다는 제의, 어려운 것도 아니니 흥쾌히 수락했다. 미국 와서는 몇년간 존재 하지 않았던 에너지 속에서 하루를 보내게 된 것이다.
샌드케슬 메거진은 키즈패션에 큰 역할을 하는 포토그래퍼, 디자이너, 브랜드들, 스타일리스트, 모델 에이젼시, 그리고 현직 그리고 키즈 모델 지망생들 모두를 위한 잡지이다. 풍부한 컨텐츠부터 신진 디자이너들과 파워하오스 브랜드들을 모두 제공해주는 잡지이다. 과거는 물론 현재 그리고 앞으로도 아이들을 통해서도 패셔너블한 라이프스타일을 만들어가나는 젊은 엄마가 주 구독층이며, 키즈 모델 커리어를 이어나가길 바라는 아이들을 위한 따뜻하고 믿을 수 있는 인도자를 찾는 사람들을 위한 온라인 오프라인 잡지이다. 커리어에 관심이 있거나, 그저 크레이티브한 영감을 받는 것이 목적이라면 꼭 샌드케슬 웹사이트나 (← 링크) 인스타그램을 (← 링크) 둘러보도록!
크리에이티브하고 열정적이고 언제나 배움에 오픈된 사람들 사이에 있는 것을 사랑했다. 서울에 두고온 내 사람들이 그래서 너무 그립다. 샌드케슬 매거진과의 촬영을 통해 그래도 희망이 생겼다. 이 곳에서도 자극 속에서 나를 살게끔하는 방법을 찾아가고 있음을 느끼고 있어, 다시 꿈을 꿀 수 있게 된 것 같다.
샌드케슬 매거진 에디토리얼을 통해 내가 왜 블로거로 살고 있는지에 대해 생각을 하게 됐다. 그것에 대해 생각할 수 있는 시간을 진지하게 갖는 것은 나에게 좋은 경험이었다. 6년전부터 본격적으로 블로그라는 무대를 선택해 블로가가 된 것이다. 친구나 지인들에 비해 항상 디지털 디바이스나 그래픽 컴퓨터 프로그램 독학이나 소셜미디어 공간에 흥미를 빨리 갖고 접근해가는 사람이었다. 어쩌면 패션PR을 즐겼던 이유도 그 성향과 교차점을 많이 갖고 있는 커리어였기 때문이라 생각한다.
내가 왜 블로깅을 시작했는지 깊이 생각해본적도 없었다. 블로깅은 내가 너무 자연스럽게 즐길 수 있는 일임에도 불구하고, 첫 시작부터 블로그라는 것이 어색하기까지 했다. 블로그가 뭔지 설명조차가 안됐고, 심지어 남들처럼 뭔가를 판매하며 내 수익을 만들어내는 수단이 되는 공간도 아니었다. 누군가가 케익이나 쿠키, 케이터랑, 파티프래닝 혹은 창업 컨설팅을 의뢰해와도 나는 일을 찾는 친구나 이력서상 나보다 더 적합해보이는 친구를 연결 시켜주고 말았다.
처음부터 내가 세상에 돌려줄 수 있는 나만의 반짝임이 뭔지 알지도 못했지만, 블로그는 분명히 내가 배우고 오픈되고 심지어 블로깅을 통해, 글을 통해 힐링을 하기까지 했다. 내가 블로거임에도 불구하고 블로깅에 대해 콧대를 세우고 당당하지 못했던 것이 후회스럽기도 하다. 블로그를 통해 너무 많은 사람들의 응원과 격려도 있었고, 지금껏 이어져온 새로운 인연들에 나는 항상 감사하게 생각할 일이 더 많은데, 왜 생산적이지 못하게 움추리고 있었나 그저 바보 같다. 샌디에고에 오니 내가 이전에 블로그를 꾸준히 해온 것이 내가 참 잘한 일 중 하나라고 생각이 크게 든다. 샌디케슬 메거진과 나눈 이야기들… 시작…!