Hilary Spencer Creative Photography » Creative photographer specializing in weddings, engagements, and family photography. I'd like to make you smile.

Yeah, you heard me. The highs, the lows, the jitters and the gulps. From the gourmet to the gritty, one little bean can go a long way to making your day complete.
I’ve been around the block. I’ve tried the green tea fad, and seldom go to sleep without having a nice, warm, honey-sweetened orange pekoe to drift me off to dreamland (caffeinated or not; head hits the pillow and I’m out). But as much as I stray, the only vice that gets me through the thick and thin is my hot, rich, coffee companion.
It’s impossible to avoid the fad of coffee, though. You know what I’m talking about. The coffee in hand as you stroll through a store. Coffee in hand as you walk through the park. Coffee in hand in class, before the gym, after the gym, and best of all, at yoga (not spilling a drop as you downward dog towards the floor, I might add). It’s trendy! It’s something to do with your hands to keep you sane when you run into that kind-of-friend from highschool. And don’t get me started on the brand. That one paper cup takes you from commoner to socialite; and for the busy bee not wanting to stop and chat, the right coffee stop could take you to work that much faster (who wants to stop someone motoring with a tray of Starbucks in hand? Clearly you’re on a mission). But you can’t deny that warm feeling that travels through your body, both literally and metaphorically, when you are holding that cup of sweet (or not so sweet) nectar. 
So why am I talking about coffee like I’m its campaign manager? Well lately I’ve been incredibly self-reflective. And I couldn’t help but notice a trend. This one little thing gets me through the day, gives me ample options for dates with friends, and boosts my productivity like I’m a wind up toy let loose. I’ve been trying to find things in my life that brighten the dark corners, and turns out, coffee is one of those things. So why not do a photoshoot and write a blog post about it? 
Excellent work, little bean.  

Photo © Hilary Spencer Creative Photography


Last month I had the extreme pleasure of meeting a long-time inspiration, and turns out: she’s just as fantastic in person. The Lara Jade workshop had a great turnout, and I met some new fellow photographers eager to talk shop. 

 (Forgive me for my way-too-eager smile)     

To see photos from the multiple shoots, head on over to Flickr.


The latest news… my baby has cancer in his paw. It’s a tumor, and it’s not worth it to try to operate. He’s going on 13, and for a Dachshund, that’s gettin’ up there. He’s been through so much that it’s almost laughable it’s going to be his paw that’ll take him down. From back surgery where we were told he would never walk again, to the first steps and wagging of his tail a few weeks later, to his full recovery… this dog has been through hell and back. But he’s strong, and always will be. He’s still hopping around the house like always (he never quite got the dexterity in his back legs back, so they move in synch in a cute bunny hop) and loving us the way he has his whole life. My baby has a few more months ahead of him, we hope, and his brother will be by his side the entire way. This will be the first loss of a pet larger than a hamster; I’m not prepared, but we’ll deal with it when it comes. For my sweet baby Toto, you’ve been a girl’s best friend and always will be.