My desire for the creative life has led me to the streets of Paris, the boroughs of New York, the galleries of Berlin and always to the shores of the West Coast. I am inspired by living a simple life, rich in culture. I am drawn to cities where dogs sleep below cafe tables, where books and art grace the walls of homes and where the world slows down for a meal shared with friends.

I've made my home on beautiful Vancouver Island. My studio and home, a hundred-year-old character house, acts as the canvas for every photograph, recipe and dinner party. 

I invite you to read my blog, view my portfolio and please get in touch if you're interested in working together.

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Creative Q&A: Jessica Comingore

Name, Location, Occupation
Jessica Comingore
Los Angeles
Designer / Photographer / Lifestyle Blogger

Please describe your workspace:
I share a studio on the east side of Los Angeles with two other wonderful creative women who do graphic design and letterpress printing. We all have very similar working styles and desires for an afternoon snack. There is beautiful natural light beaming through the windows throughout the day, and makes for a perfect working environment. Wouldn't have it any other way!

What are you working on right now?
Recently I've been working to wrap up some existing branding and web design clients to focus on some personal projects I've put on the back burner for the past few years. Details are still in the works, but basically working to extending my own brand a bit beyond just creative services. I also have a few ongoing graphic design clients I work with on a weekly basis that keep me busy with a wide range of web and print projects.

What has been your most rewarding project to date?
Early last year I had the opportunity to photograph a residence in Cabo San Lucas that was really a dream job for me. I got to spend a week on site, walking around with my camera from dusk 'til dawn, capturing the ins and outs of this stunning residence on the beach. They're some of my favorite photos I've taken to date.

Which designers and artists inspire you?
Oh, there are so many! Currently I'm really loving the work of Building Block, Nobuhito Nishigawara, Elizabeth Suzann, Josi Faye, and photographer Trevor Triano.

Has there been a defining moment or turning point when you realized what you wanted to do for a living?
I think I was always a creative kid growing up, and would always play pretend business where I would draft invoices and file papers (ha!), so perhaps I was destined to be an entrepreneur at a young age. My mother also has a very creative side and exposed me to things like trolling the flea market and going on home tours at a very young age. It wasn't until the end of high school that I had the ah-ha moment, per say, but once I did it kind of all made sense. Going to design school was sort of that moment where I realized there are a lot of other people out there like me and I just needed to find the right environment to explore my creativity in.

What do you think is the most difficult aspect of working in design?
Creative people tend to flock to each other so it can also be tricky not to compare yourself to what others are doing. I think it's important to always find your center and connect with your voice and what it is that brings you joy, outside of what may seem like to "right way" to do things. It can be a challenge, but carving your own path is always the most rewarding.

What are you reading at the moment?
I'm in the middle of Joan Didion's Blue Nights, and The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss. A little work and a little pleasure.

What websites do you visit for inspiration?
I really enjoy Thisispaper Magazine, Decade Diary, 101 Cookbooks, Wide Eyed Legless and as overwhelming as it can sometimes be - Pinterest.

What are your simplest daily pleasures?
A morning hike, a hot shower, a cup of tea, and a hug from someone I love.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Happy and healthy, I hope! The rest will fall into place.


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