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Meet Clint. He is a fellow traveling friend that I met in France over a year ago who reached out to me recently, said he was at Jack’s Dive Chest, a diving certification facility in Cape Town, South Africa and asked if I was up for adventure and some photography work. I’ve gotten comfortable with flying across the world on my own in the past year and a half, so I thought, “Why not?” Not long after, I was jumping off of a ship coming from Jamaica and Mexico one morning and hopping on a plane the same night bound for South Africa.

I have finally arrived here in Cape Town, after a 10 hour flight to a 7 hour layover in Istanbul, Turkey, and a lasting 12 hour flight from Istanbul to Cape Town. Couldn’t be happier with how breathtaking it all is. On the layover, I met a Graphic Designer from India. We swapped stories and our latest works. Then I met a new friend who lives in DC, Aziz, from Egypt who was traveling home to visit his family. Turns out he is only one day older than me, and we are both left handed. Meet him here. I was able to capture this sunset photo on the way in and just love the colors! Feel free to contact me from my homepage if you would like this as a Wallpaper – Cheers!

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Recently, a distant friend reached out, said “Maigen I see you posting things online and I think we should get together, see what we can create.” It was Lanre Omotunwashe, co-owner of one of the sweetest thrift stores in Houston. He invited me to his warehouse to see Stacks on Racks in all its glory. As my jaw dropped, Lanre politely chuckled. Apparently he’s received this expression often as people wander through the thrifts of a time past. The clothes were endless and everything Kendall put on, she looked amazing in. These guys are even crazy creative enough to put together a little shop inside the warehouse, available for peruse by appointment only right now. [How cool!?!?!] See the sneak peek below.

I immediately had to phone a friend, Kendall Hanna, and partner in crime for Instagram MeetUps. We kicked off our first one last Wednesday and found ourselves in the middle of a 30+ turnout on super short notice. At the meetup, there were so many crazy cute girls all buzzing about their thrift store shopping purchases. Once inside the warehouse at Stacks on Racks, Kendall and I just knew were going to have the next Instagram MeetUp here. A Thrift Brunch we are planning at this store, complete with mimosas and perhaps a thrift themed pub crawl to boot. What’s more, I am planning a trek to this mysterious store so let me know if you want to come along. I am capping my first trip to the store at 15 people. Be warned. You will get your picture taken, and you will be found on Instagram shortly thereafter. I scored my own favorite article of clothing, that made me want to go back to the Jump Rope for Heart or D.A.R.E days.

I can’t even explain the connection I had with this place. I was suddenly back in the 80′s and 90′s and couldn’t have been happier about it. I just can’t wait for this Thrunch [compliments to a super sonic friend for giving me this sweet word mesh]. Be sure to hop on our Instagrams to keep up with the next MeetUp here at Stacks on Racks. @maigensawyer @kendallhanna, @shop_sor

 

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I was lucky enough to spend last weekend in Fort Worth with a family I now call my own. Terran and I were introduced by a pure hearted West Texan from my hometown, DeeDee. DeeDee, whom I had never met either, called me up and told me the amazing story of Terran and her family. Terran was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, Invasive Ductile Carcinoma and survived it. Years later, Terran was diagnosed again, this time with metastasis to her liver and survived it. Just recently, Terran was diagnosed again, only now, with metastasis in her bones. DeeDee asked if I could meet the family in Fort Worth for some family time photos and I knew there was nowhere else I’d rather be. When I was in college, my family and I lost a close family friend to cancer and I still think about it all the time. I get angry, sad, frustrated, and confused. But when I walked up to Terran and felt the hug in her embrace, it felt like I was standing there with my own family. I couldn’t get enough of them. To watch them so happy with each other, understanding that everything in life is unconditional when you have the right people in it. You guys will see this family again, because I am lucky enough to get to hang out with them this coming week. I’ll be able to write more here later. For now, I have to go photograph a wedding, but I cannot wait to be rigth back here to tell you more about this family. botanical-gardens-spenecer-family13 botanical-gardens-spenecer-family16 botanical-gardens-spencer-family6 botanical-gardens-spenecer-family19 botanical-gardens-spencer-family8 botanical-gardens-spenecer-family15 botanical-gardens-spenecer-family11 botanical-gardens-spencer-family4 botanical-gardens-spencer-family3 botanical-gardens-spencer-family5 botanical-gardens-spenecer-family14 botanical-gardens-spencer-family9 botanical-gardens-spencer-family10 botanical-gardens-spenecer-family17 botanical-gardens-spenecer-family20 botanical-gardens-spenecer-family21 botanical-gardens-spenecer-family18 botanical-gardens-spencer-family1 botanical-gardens-spencer-family2

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Hanging with Kendall Hanna at Patrick Dougherty's Saplings

I met this beautiful soul at a pivotal time in my personal life. Not long before, I had just met another crazy creative, Ismael Burciaga. I learned that Ish put on this designer’s conference called Circles. I had plans to be somewhere else that weekend but there was nowhere else I wanted to be, and everything inside of me knew it. All the amazing creatives I’ve watched online through the years were coming to this thing. I felt so out of the loop, and that’s because I was. Worrying about all the wrong things regressive to my career and my own life passions. I was following some impractical idea and I was ready to make my life something I was happy to wake up to.

As I sat down for the day’s sessions, I found myself filing into a row with Kendall and another stunningly talented designer, Megan Gray. They had me smiling, laughing, and inspired all at once. We were drawing on papers, motivated by Sean Wes‘s jaw dropping stunts, listening to the struggles of other creatives, instagramming, tweeting, and storming on how we could be better. Little did I know that in the last 5 months, not only has my creativity and business expanded, but so has my quality of life. I get to talk to people on the regular that actually get excited about things. They create, far better than me. We get to talk tips, tricks of the trade. We keep each other honest, and we burn the midnight oil together. This is the way my life is supposed to be, a happy one, with real people who want to be better.

When I found this place, this sapling adventure made by Patrick Dougherty, I called up the only girl who has the “earth” thing DOWN. Kendall’s instgram imagery is something I look at every time I start grasping for inspiration. Her energy is so welcoming that I just want to stuff her in my backpack and run off into the world. I called her up, said “If there is ever a place I want to be photographed at, I found it; This Braveheart world in Houston.” Really, it’s a sapling design made by Patrick Dougherty of North Carolina. Kendall knows I’ve never been on the receiving end of a real camera so the moment my deer in the headlights expression hit, we both erupted. She told me to shake it out and then she actually showed me how. This my friends, is rockstar hair.

Cheers to the good people in your life. You can never have too many of those, and let’s not forget the beautiful minds like Patrick Dougherty that make living a little more pleasant.

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Patrick Dougherty Saplings in Houston

I am simply amazed with Patrick Dougherty’s Sapling architecture bit at Hermann Park. It is a perfect thing. Come to find out, this guy out of North Carolina goes around sprinkling awesome everywhere he goes, sculpting these things of all shapes and sizes. I grabbed my fun photographer friend, Kendall and asked her to take photos with me there. When I walked up on this last weekend while out on a bridal shoot, I felt like I was in the movie Braveheart [only my favorite movie of all time]. I felt the slow rumble in my chest as “Frrrrrrrrreeeeeedddooomm” came bellowing out. Oh well, live a little. They did. You will probably see these types of photos circulating around for a while from me. It’s been such a long time since I had something this amazing to stare at. I am playing with different editing styles and wanted to work up HDR for Dougherty’s Saplings in this go-round. You go Houston, keep being great. #makethemostofitall

 

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