Hi, I’m Kenan.
(That’s Kenan with a long e, like key.)
As my twenties come to a close, it’s kind of crazy to look back on all of the roles that this last decade of life held. From an Etsy shop and pet portraits to catering, teaching cooking classes, and being the chef/product manager at PeachDish, food and art were a big theme. I settled into a rhythm with food and product photography and made the switch from food blogging to lifestyle blogging. I also found an interest and passion in the natural world with local agriculture, flowers, and gardening. The conventional wisdom about your twenties being a time to find yourself has been very true for me.
To answer the oft-asked, “what do you actually do” question, here are a few answers:
I’m a photographer. You’ll usually find me with projects for local restaurants/food companies, real estate listings, and family portraiture. Most of my work falls into the “lifestyle” genre. I love to be hands-on styling my subjects with an easy, natural, and organic aesthetic. (Of course, I also photograph a lot of personal things for social media and my blog, including my recipes, my home, and our travels.)
I’m an artist. My training and inclination toward art inform pretty much everything I do. But to be specific, I’m a painter. I’m currently working on a series of large, contemporary botanicals painted in acrylic on canvas (think flowers, fruits, and veggies).
I’m an Airbnb superhost. I’m currently channeling all my years of teaching about entertaining into being a great “innkeeper” for the garden suite rental in our house. I also spend time managing our other rental properties.
I’m a Co-founder of Real Men Buy Flowers. Our mission is to make online flower buying easier for men through a simple user experience and a highly curated selection of bouquets. My official title is “Curator of Flowers,” and I couldn’t be more thrilled about floral design taking a larger role in my professional life.
I live in Atlanta in my dream 1930 English Tudor house with my husband, Nick. We met and started dating my first week at UNC-Chapel Hill and got married in 2010. We’re still enjoying our no-kids-no-pets life together, and we love to travel as often as his Big Law schedule allows.
Here are some more tidbits about my life and work:
What kind of camera do you use?
What programs do you use to edit photos?
I edit photos from my camera primarily in Lightroom (both on my computer and with the iPhone app). I sometimes do spot edits in Photoshop.
Where did you go to school? What did you study?
I graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, a public, residential high school in Durham (yup, nerd school). Then I went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I studied biology and chemistry for two years, picked up a husband, and ended up earning a degree in studio art with a concentration in painting. Yes, in that order.
What’s your favorite place that you’ve visited?
In the US, San Francisco is the top of my list. Internationally, the French Riviera / Cote d’Azur and Italian Riviera are some of the most magical places I’ve seen so far.
Where are you going next?
Skiing in Big Sky, Montana.
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