Cafe Notes is a recurring series featuring interviews with Cafe Notes + Company collaborators, personal stories + coffee shop musings.
Megan and I have been friends since 8th grade and now business partners for the last couple months! It's been a joy collaborating with Megan on this collection because she has been so supportive of my business and I feel lucky to be able to showcase her creative talents. Since we unfortunately don't live in the same town, we cyber-chatted and Megan had me laughing at her honest answers on creative inspiration and commiserating over the need to unplug.
How do you take your coffee?
I don't (haha). In the morning and throughout the day I just drink water, I'm really boring. If we have a gift card to Starbucks I'll usually get a super froo-froo drink, but I don't really consider that coffee. It's mostly just cream and sugar. And I couldn't even tell you what I order, it's usually just the biggest picture on the menu.
So does that mean you don't have a go-to coffee shop or cafe that you like to visit?
Well even though I don't like to drink coffee, I still like to hang out in cafes! There is a cute one by our house that we stop by called School Grounds Cafe. It's local and they have a nice outdoor patio which is great in the summer.
What environment inspires you?
Anywhere outside. I love little details of stuff; things that people might not notice are what I like to look for. I don't shoot a lot indoors because I don't like a lot of indoor things (haha). I'm very laid back with my photography. It might be because I don't travel a lot, but it's pretty much gardens or parks that I seek out.
What other creative outlets do you like to explore?
Sewing is something I've started to get back into. I've started to sew little hand warmers and coffee sleeves. I'm terrible at knitting, but I do it anyway (I can attest that she's not terrible because she made Baby O 2 gorgeous hats!). I don't have enough time in a day to finish a project, but I hope to eventually. I like to keep my hands busy but I don't want to sit on my phone playing games so that's why I'm back into knitting and sewing.
What do you think about sending snail mail and cards or letters?
I like to do it, but I don't think i'm a very good writer so I struggle sending a "just because" card other than saying, "just wanted to say hi." I actually just sent a couple recently saying hi; it wasn't much more than that, but just to stay in touch and have someone else get snail mail.
If I could send a card to anyone it would be my grandparents. They’ve been gone for a few years, but I miss them every day and that’s what I’d write to them. My grandpa once told me after my grandma passed away that she had bought so many greeting cards he probably wouldn’t ever have to buy any as long as he was alive.
When was the last time you received a card?
It was Tuesday! It was your thank you card from the baby shower. I was excited, it's always nice to see something other than a bill or stuff that goes directly into recycling!
When did you become interested in photography?
Probably in high school. I did a few things for the newspaper, but then didn't really touch it again until Sophomore year in college where I took an introductory course and decided "I kinda like this." At that point I was using my Dad's old camera, so I was working and learning with film.
What is one of the best things you've ever captured on film?
Ha, I really don't know! Madeline Island was cool, but I didn't go there with a purpose of shooting. I don't often go places with the purpose of photographing anything or seeking a certain shot. For the most part I just try to always have my camera on me. It's hard with my daughter now because there is always so much stuff to bring, but we'll go somewhere and if I have my camera with me I'll find inspiration and will take photos.
As a photographer, do you spend a lot of time working with technology?
At my day job I do. I sit at a computer all day working, but not on my own stuff. I'm actually pretty lazy with my own work. It usually sits on my camera until the card is full or I realize I haven't looked at what I shot for 3 months. Which actually kind of makes it better. It's like film, where you can't look at it right away so you revisit it later.
Do you find it important to unplug?
I'm terrible at it, but it would be nice to be better! My husband and I were just talking about how each night we need to stop staring 4 inches from our faces at our phones. We usually try to play board games. We used to play a lot more games with our friends, but it gets harder as you get older so we've amassed a bunch of 2 player games. Once a week we try to turn the TV off, put the phones down, turn the radio on and play the two of us. It's hard, but we're trying to make time for it.
Do you feel technology has changed the way we communicate with each other?
For sure. The big obvious way is that I still keep in touch with friends I haven't seen in 10 or 12 years because they are friends on Facebook. I wouldn't keep in touch with them normally, but I see glimpses into their lives, which is actually kind of weird. I think it can be good and bad depending on the situation because you can always just block them. It's not a bad thing, it's good to see these people, but not have the pressure of calling or texting everyone you've ever known.
What is the easiest way you connect with other people?
I'm kind of all over. It depends on who it is, I guess really. I'm more of a one-on-one but if I know that the person is not big into talking on the phone I'll reach out their way. So if I haven't talked to or seen them in a long time and I know they like texts, I'll just send them a text saying I know they're busy but I'm thinking of them. Definitely depends on the person. Sometimes it's the only way to keep in touch with people, but I much prefer to see them in person.
Thanks Megan, I love getting to know how other creatives operate! If you want to hear more about what Megan had to say about each card in her collection head over to her page or check out her Etsy shop here.