Interview with AMY NEUNSINGER

I created this blog

to preserve images and ideas;

to honor the work of my creative heroes

in one lovely place.

A M Y    N E U N S I N G E R

was one of the first heroes

I could not wait to profile because

her lifestyle photography is full of such

lovely simple brilliance.

You can read that post here.

one of the gorgeous rooms in her Laurel Canyon home

I am partial to her imagery of interiors,

and you may be familiar with her work in

Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, InStyle,

or Shabby Chic Interiors.

Recently I caught up with Amy.


It’s important to honor creativity because…

“Hmmm, well I really don’t know any other way to live. Creativity is living in the moment, nourishing the soul, expressing one’s uniqueness, being darling, failing, finding your aha moment. Fortunately, I have been able to make a living at this. Sometimes my cooking is a bit too creative I have been told.”

How can we find more lovely

and sacredness in the ‘everyday?’

I think it’s the everyday that defines us. Lovely and sacredness is when you become aware of the moment and acknowledge it and say thank you. These moments can not be taken away; they are ours to keep. I try to capture that with my photography…taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary. “


‘Beauty in imperfection’ brings to mind…

“That describes my friend, Rachel Ashwell (Shabby Chic). Torn, wrinkled, faded, vintage, loved, misfit. She has so beautifully captured this with everything she does. I think that’s why I love her so much.”

omg. Rachel and Amy are a force to be reckoned with.

The role humor plays in life and work…

Aside from dark chocolate and garden roses, humor gets me through the day. Not that a photography career was enough, I had to go and do a start up (cocodot.com) with my husband during the worst economic climate of our lifetime. Yes, humor plays a big part….. I am still happily married. “

Speaking of cocodot, here is her husband’s amazing home office.

Three things inspiring me just now…

1.

The view from my office in the Hollywood Hills.

2.

Remodelista.com

3.

Cafe Gratitude on Larchmont in Los Angeles

…………..but tomorrow is another day!

It IS…

and I hope it’s another day

of you shooting lovely, Amy!

What an honor to chat with this

wise and lovely photographer.

Familiar with Amy Neunsinger’s work?

Peace to you right where you are.

all images via amy neunsinger and house beautiful

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14 Comments

  1. May 27, 2011 / 9:10 pm

    J'adore this post and j'adore Amy's home too. She and I share the same affection for Tolix chairs and white kitchens. So pretty!!

  2. May 28, 2011 / 1:53 pm

    Stunning talent and such beautiful spaces. Also love her home from your older post.

    Her answers to your questions really resonated with me, thank you for introducing this fabulous lady, I am now a fan!

    P.S. – Thank you, sweet lady, for your lovely words on my previous post. I am so happy to have found you too through blogs. Your words and inspirations play a huge part in my daily positive and creative outlook. ♥

    Meera xx

  3. May 28, 2011 / 6:59 pm

    What a stunning home and I love the way she captures the light in her photographs. Such an inspiring lady! I LOVE this series, Michele, it's absolutely brilliant xx

  4. May 30, 2011 / 1:55 pm

    Hello my dear friend,

    How are you doing today? Did you enjoy your weekend?

    This is so beautiful… I can't forget the bathroom… it's so soft and romantic!

    Have a Happy week!

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  5. May 30, 2011 / 11:18 pm

    (finally figured out how to comment, been trying for days;)

    Beautiful photography! And great interview. I adored what she had to say about acknowledging the moment…. so true.

    joan

  6. May 31, 2011 / 3:12 am

    apparently blogger is experiencing issues with commenting. so sorry friends!

    i have heard if you sign out of your google account and then sign back in, the ability to comment is restored.

    i'm crazy for amy's cali house and how she captures the ordinary.

  7. May 31, 2011 / 10:18 am

    Fabulous post! I was not familiar with Amy's work so thanks for introducing her!

  8. June 1, 2011 / 1:29 am

    Ahhh LOVE all the interior photos, so fresh and inspiring!

  9. June 2, 2011 / 2:38 pm

    Her home and photos are gorgeous! What a great interview and so down-to-earth. The simplicity of everything is so beautiful. I would love to have her hubby's office and that bathroom. Thank you!
    Have a wonderful day!
    XO

  10. June 3, 2011 / 7:01 pm

    Wow, what lovely inspiration.

  11. June 5, 2011 / 12:14 am

    How beautiful! I LOVE all the pictures! I am in process of a home makeover. I have been wanting to paint everything white these days ;0) I'll definitely be following you!

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