Heather Allison
  So, what shall we call you?   Heather. HBA. Bruce. H-Bomb. Peaches (my dad’s nickname for me ;)). Whatever works. :)      What do you do for a living?   Still battling with a day-job, but I chase life, love, and light on the side: photography. Teaching myself as I go…  All I really want to do is explore and create and experiment creatively all day long. I have to figure out how to make that happen…
  More importantly, what do you do that you love?   …Long story short — I love love, and practice opening my heart as much as possible at every turn. I love life, and capturing the moments, the connections, the emotions, the souls of the people in front of my lens (or through my paintbrush; or in practicing the art of living through sharing food and drink) whenever I can. And I love light — whether that translates physically into beauty, art, and design; literally into sun flare, summer haze, and light leaks; or metaphorically into optimism, enthusiasm, and good juju.  Someone just said to me the other day, “Sunshine is your trademark.”  Not only is that one of my favorite things someone’s said to me, I also think it’s true.
  What inspires you to get up in the morning?   Ethereally? That exercise nailed it: Life, love and light. And a desire to see and do and feel and create.  Literally? Nespresso coffee with almond milk.  Even more literally? My alarm clock, demanding that I clock-in at my day job. And Griffin, my cat, demanding food and snuggles.
  How and where do you find that inspiration throughout your day, and what has that inspiration compelled you to do in your life?   I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said, “If I could find someone to pay me to poke around on Pinterest all day, I would be THE. BEST. EMPLOYEE.”  I’m serious.  Pinterest, my mile-long Feedly blog list, other photographers, other thinkers and philosophers and explorers, other women learning and opening their hearts and finding their paths, maybe occasionally an internet meme or Battlestar Galactica (okay, that last one was just tonight — but how good is this line? “”Sometimes lost is where you need to be. Just because you don’t know your direction, doesn’t mean you don’t have one.” Yep, from BSG. But I digress…).  Inspiration is everywhere. You just have to have your eyes open. And your heart. See a theme here? ;)  What has it compelled me to do?  Grow. Learn. Sniff out my path — even if I am a late bloomer. Keep getting up and dusting off my knees, no matter how many times I fall down, and stay open to the falling in love again (every way you want to interpret that: that’s exactly how I mean it).
  What challenges have you met in chasing that inspiration?   Is it okay if I just laugh here?   Do you have a specific space that helps you feel inspired?   In my home, sometimes it’s just sitting on the living room floor with the stereo on, balcony door open, and a sweet breeze blowing in. Other times, it’s the sun and air streaming through my guest room / studio / office, as I lay on the bed thumbing through magazines or a book; cat sprawled out next to me.  Outside of my home, it’s anywhere from sitting on a blanket in a park or at the beach; surrounding myself with music and art; reading pretty much anywhere; exchanging stories and exploring ideas with like-minded friends; and anywhere there is amazing light, inspired food, rich wine, and someone to share a laugh with.
  Who do you have a girl crush on?   April Allison (besides sharing my last name and my astrological sign — which means she’s rad without any further qualification) is ridiculous. The mom of two adorable-but-rowdy young boys, she’s also one of the most put-together, creative, lovely, and crazy-talented women I know. I might not like her if I didn’t like her so much.  Amy Grace, photographer. The sheer magnitude and intensity of the soul in her work has me ogling her blog/facebook/site constantly.  Allison Mosshart! If I were going to be a rock star, I would be her bad-ass, sing-through-your-cigarette, flip-off-the-audience brand of rock star.  And, since I’ve started down the Brit-celeb road, Sienna Miller. I just adore her and her amazing/kooky style.  And, if we’re going to be literal (and very honest) about it, I actually do have a real crush on Katherine Moennig (‘Shane’ from the L Word).
  If you could ask your girl crush anything, what would you ask her?   Well, really, we have these girl crushes because they embody something we want, right?  I want a beautiful relationship, beautiful family life, beautiful home, and beautiful career like April’s —- in my own way, of course.  I want Amy’s technical skill coupled with her ability to reach in and grab right onto the soul of her subjects.  I want Sienna’s wardrobe. And abs. And accent.  And I want… well, I want Allison’s stage presence and vocal chords and ability to wear leather.  I don’t really want to wear leather. I just think she’s kick-ass.  And I just think Shane is sexy. ;)
  What’s a fantastic piece of advice you have been given in your life,    and who gave it to you?   Never give up. Even when you really, really want to.  Joe Strummer ‘told me’ that.  And, paraphrasing from my brilliant and intuitive friend, Elisa Romeo:  Your answers, your true path, your unique You-ness, your divinity — it’s all within you. You just have to open your heart, get out of your own way, shut out the din of your head and your surroundings, and listen to your soul. She’ll never, ever let you down.
  What book have you read in the last year that you love?                              Oooooh, good question. I’m in a book club right now, so LOTS.  Code Name Verity  State of Wonder  The Angel’s Game  Ender’s Game  And just started reading Seductress: Women Who Ravished the World and Their Lost Art of Love.  Appropriate, no?   Tell me something pretty. A quote, a lyric, whatever it is that inspires you.   "Be in love with your life. Every detail of it." - Jack Kerouac  I’ll be getting ‘be in love’ tattooed on me at some point. ;)  "Teach me how to trust my heart, my mind, my intuition, my inner knowing, the senses of my body, the blessings of my spirit. Teach me to trust these things so that I may enter my sacred space and love beyond my fear, and thus walk in balance with the passing of each glorious sun." - American Indian Lakota Prayer  I’ve also recently been very taken with the concept of POIESIS — an idea and way of being, dating to ancient Greece, which involves ‘bringing things out; nurturing; helping something or someone come out and show the best of themselves.’  I want to explore this —- both in myself and in my photography; manifesting the best, the most beautiful, the truest essence. I particularly want to explore this for women, to bring out their highest form of femininity, strength, beauty, power, and sensuality. Think boudoir photography for the soul. ;)  This is a project I’m currently nurturing — Poiesis to beget Poiesis — and which you’ll hopefully see in the coming months…
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