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SUNDAY STORIES by Lisa Haukom 12.25.22

Updated: Jan 8, 2023

Your dose of Sunday Stories to feed your head and inspire your heart. This week: Looking back to move forward. Your favorite stories of the year 2022.

Fear is a funny thing. It can drive you forward or stop you in your tracks. For me, it has always been a bit of both. Fear of the unknown has long been my spotlight, shining a light on the very things holding me back. After all, the unknown is where all outcomes are possible, so we might as well enter it with grace. Thank you, fear, for leading the way.

The Goldenbrand started as an account driven by my dual loves: photography and creative development. These two acts offered me a sense of purpose, a creative outlet, and deep sense of accomplishment. Unbeknownst to me, a business was born out of my own self-discovery, self-education, and curiosity. At the time, all I wanted was to learn, to share, and to find a community of like-minded people. With the Goldenbrand, I found all three.

I can’t wait to embark on this next chapter with you. Cheers to a successful 2023!



Self Love. A letter from Lisa

Have you ever found yourself at a crossroads, a new unexpected turn in your life or just feeling very, very exhausted and wondering…is this it? Is there a next phase for me and if so, what could it possibly be?

Disco Bestie. The flash photography trend you love.

I'm traditionally slow to follow a trend and skeptically assume by the time I'm on board, it will have already passed by anyway. Citing the recent glazed donut trend, the Little Miss trend, and ballet flats coming back (again!). Nope, nope and no-thank-you.

This wasn't always the case but trust me — after years of blind trend following which included a tragic asymmetrical haircut in junior high, a perm in elementary school, and some green jeans I'd rather forget (no you can't see pictures), I've learned to wait before jumping in. Which leads me to the juicy goodies I have below for you. The Best New Photography Trend for Everyone. (Yes, even you).

Interior Photography. 8 Tips to shoot Instagram Photos with your iPhone.

If you’re anything like us, you probably spend much of your time swooning over unbelievable interiors on Pinterest.(Guilty!) In our eyes, the best thing about beautiful portraits and design is that there is enough to go around for everyone — even if the hard part is capturing that beauty in a photo. Especially when you’re not a professional photographer. Even though we have the perk of working with jaw-dropping brands on the regular, we know the feeling of snapping a less-than-great iPhone photo. So we thought, why not dish out another round of our go-to iPhone photography tips? If you’re dying for a few pointers on how to shoot better interior photography on your iPhone, then you’re in luck. Here’s how to capture your space like the pros — no photography equipment required.

Best Tips for Motivation & Creativity

Often asked how I stay inspired, I'll explain that while I'm excellent at minimizing distractions and productive when focused on a clear direction, my methods could use refinement. Despite my resolve, my creative process can be scattered, finding inspiration and ideas everywhere; a menu item, typography on a sign, or an eye-catching color story in a magazine. I'll track and take note of every single one, jotting down an idea to style and photograph in my many journals, or pinning inspirational images to Pinterest. Magazines are torn up and wedged between the pages of books and...speaking of books! My family is mortified by my treatment of books, viewing my habit of writing in the margins and ripping out pages, as a sacrilege akin to scribbling on the furniture. Not exactly the most precise tracking method.

No Selfies Allowed. Lisa shares her tips for self-portrait photography.

Explore who you are, and who you might be, with self-portrait photography. Photographer Lisa Haukom shares her no selfies allowed policy along with her best tips for self portrait photography.


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