Hi, I’m Kenan.

(That’s Kenan with a long e, like key.)

“About pages” have always been a hurdle for me. It’s not because I don’t have anything to say about myself. If anything it’s too much, scattered everywhere (much like the floor of my art studio!).

I’m an artist with a science education.

I’m a preacher’s kid that loves a well-timed “that’s what she said” joke.

I’m a homemaker with a constant itch to travel.

I’m a Southern girl who belongs in a big city.

Truthfully, I’m a walking contradiction. I always have been. Try as I might, I don’t fit neatly into boxes, and never onto a business card.

Previously, I was the author of Kitchen 1204, a blog centered around my New-Years-Resolution-turned-lifestyle-goal to eat seasonally. That has lead to some incredible culinary opportunities in the Atlanta community that I call home, but I’ve realized I’m so much more than that. Any given day, I might be a chef, a calligrapher, a travel agent, a painter, an event planner, a photographer, a recipe developer, a stylist, a farm hand, a housewife. I realized my life and work don’t fit into one category, so why should my blog?

So I’m going to leave you with that, the scattered contradiction that is me. Because if anything, this entire blog is my “about page.”

 

Ok, maybe I lied. I’m not leaving you with just that. Here are some more tidbits about my life and work:

FAQ:

What kind of camera do you use?

In 2015, I upgraded to my first full-frame camera, a Nikon D750*. I mostly shoot with a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens*.

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).

Where are you from?

The short answer? The South. (My abundant use of “y’all” is a dead giveaway.) The longer answer is that I was born in South Carolina (but don’t claim it); I lived in Georgia through elementary school and then North Carolina through my early 20’s. I moved back to Georgia for good in 2012. My parents are both from North Carolina and still live there, so I usually claim it as a home state.

Where did you go to school?

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.

How did you and your husband meet?

I met Nick my first weekend of college at his fraternity house, the same place we had our wedding reception a little less than three years later. If you’re doing the math, I was a 21-year-old bride. Our wedding was right after my junior year of undergrad and his first year of law school at UNC. Here are a few things I learned in our first six years of marriage.

What’s your favorite place that you’ve visited?

In the US, San Francisco is the top of my list. Internationally, I think the Cote d’Azur / South of France is the most magical place I’ve seen so far and the Italian Riviera is a close second.

Where are you going next?

Summer weekend trips to Chattanooga, TN and Black Mountain, NC. Then Buenos Aires, Argentina in the fall!

 

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