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SUNDAY STORIES by Lisa Haukom 10.30.22

Updated: Dec 25, 2022

Studio happenings, photography, and weekend reading by Lisa Haukom, Goldenbrand Studio. Sunday Stories to feed your head and inspire your heart. This week: A mood board for the gallows & happy birthday to the Self Portrait Studio.

Sunday Stories by Lisa Haukom

This week marks several milestones for myself and the Studio. This is the first week we are sharing Sunday Stories on the blog in real time. After years of being in intimate conversation with loyal subscribers like you, it feels a bit like flinging open the pages of my journal to be read aloud over the high school PA system. It will take some getting used to. I trust though, that in opening new doors, new opportunities and new community members will follow — and I am here for all of it.

This week also marks the first birthday of my passion project, the Self Portrait Studio! When I sat alone in my bedroom taking those initial self portraits years ago, I had no idea my personal experience would develop into something worth sharing with others. I could not have predicted how it would transform the self perception and self love, of so many women. I have found so much joy in watching the Studio find its groove over the past twelve months, made stronger and more abundant by each woman who has passed through its doors. I am deeply grateful for the trust and opportunities this community continues to give me.

If you've been waiting in the wings for the perfect opportunity or perhaps experimenting on your own with self-portraiture, you are invited to join the party in progress. Share your portraits with me, tag me on Instagram. Come out of hiding, it is time to be seen.




Happy Birthday to the Self Portrait Studio! Members received a full set of 12 Golden Studio Photo Presets for Lightroom mobile, to celebrate. You are also invited to try them on your own portraits.

Goldenbrand Studio mobile presets were created to enhance your mobile images, to take your day-to-day photos to a more professional quality. These presets were created for those that love to capture portraits, food, travel, and interiors. This preset collection includes twelve color presets for different lighting situations and two black and white presets.


It's Halloween Eve. Your playlist has arrived.


This podcast episode is perfect for this season of going inward, nesting in, and shedding shadows. I enjoyed speaking with Chelsea and Dr. Lindsay, hosts of the So Fired podcast about navigating crossroads and unexpected turns in life while learning to accept and love.


Weekly curated moodboards from Lisa, primary photographer at GBS & your personal creativity catalyst.

All Hallows’ Eve


Be perfect, make it otherwise.

Yesterday is torn in shreds.

Lightning’s thousand sulfur eyes

Rip apart the breathing beds.

Hear bones crack and pulverize.

Doom creeps in on rubber treads.

Countless overwrought housewives,

Minds unraveling like threads,

Try lipstick shades to tranquilize

Fears of age and general dreads.

Sit tight, be perfect, swat the spies,

Don’t take faucets for fountainheads.

Drink tasty antidotes. Otherwise

You and the werewolf: newlyweds.

Photographers Choice.

My 6 ft frame won't fit in the tub but I'd still love to stay in The Holiday house.

Emily Henderson's Design Rules is a must read for home renovators.

Feners have finally landed stateside. Just in time to wear with socks for winter.

Find me watching this on Halloween.

Don't call it a comeback. We love Jennifer Coolidge.

Pop Quiz: Is it upside down?



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