Lady Boss :: Brittney Raine Photography

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Brittney by Michele Suits Photography

Brittney and her studio mates are co-hosting our November 2016 edition of Lady Boss in Philadelphia. Registration goes live on November 1 — the link is only available via our email list. Sign up for our email list if you haven't already!

LET'S GET TO KNOW THIS LADY:

Q: Coffee or tea?
A: 
Coffee forever, with loads of cream & sugar.

Q: Guilty pleasure?
A:
Re-watching The Office a million times, sleeping in, and going to dog parks to pet other peoples' dogs.

Q: What are you listening to lately?
A: 
Real Estate, Local Natives, and old Iron & Wine.

Q: Who are you crushing on?
A: 
Pam (@pamlovesferrariboys), the gals from Wonderland Tattoo PDX (@onholliday, @alicerules), and Jamie Beck (@annstreetstudio).

Q: Current mantra? 
A: 
It's not really a mantra, but I tell myself all the time to stop apologizing. In the words of Queen B, I AIN'T SORRY.

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Brittney Raine Photography

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Brittney (right)

WHAT MAKES HER A BOSS:

Q: What do you do?
A: 
I'm the lady boss behind Brittney Raine Photography. I shoot weddings, couples, and awesome people around the world. I strive to capture honest, emotional reflections of people's lives in a style that is adventurous and modern.

Q: Tell us about a project you recently wrapped
A: 
Being in the wedding industry, I haven't really worked on much else, but I am making it a point to do more photography that's just for fun. It's easy to forget why I got into this business — for the love of creating art. Right now I'm planning a trip for myself this winter to explore and push my boundaries: a solo road trip through southern California & Arizona, with shoots all along the way. I'm gonna let my photo freak flag fly, and I couldn't be more excited.

Q: What makes you go to work each day? 
A: 
I'm like, reeeeeeal stubborn. All I've ever heard are things like "photography's just a hobby," "you have to go to college to get anywhere in life," and "you can't start a business without business experience." I guess I have some deep-seeded authority issues, because I went and did everything you're not supposed to do, and here I am. My life is a constant work in-progress, but that's what's great about it. // Also, my clients are awesome, and working with great people makes me want to create my best work.

Q: Tell us about a dream project or client.
A: 
This is probably a super generic answer, but my dream client is anyone who truly values photography, and gives me trust and creative freedom. // My dream project? Photographing a campaign for Haagen Dazs. I really love ice cream.

Q: What made you decide to host a Lady Boss? 
A: 
I've been to a bunch of Lady Boss events, and I've loved every single one! They're so unique — not at all your standard networking shindig. I always walk away with new pals and helpful answers to any questions I might have.

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Brittney Raine Photography

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Lady Boss :: Danielle, Julie, and Shae-li of 30th & Weldon

This post is part of a series of interviews with Lady Boss hostesses.

Danielle, Shae-li, and Julie

The ladies of 30th & Weldon (Danielle George, Julie Laufer, and Shae-li Liang) are the featured bosses at our October 2016 edition of Lady Boss at Artifact Coffee in Baltimore. Registration goes live on Monday, October 3 — the link is only available via our email list. Sign up for our email list if you haven't already!

 

LET'S GET TO KNOW THESE LADIES:

Q: Coffee or tea?

Danielle: Coffee before 3pm, wine after.

Julie: Black coffee, white tea.

Shae-li: Coffee, tea, seltzer, whiskey, wine.
 

Q: Guilty pleasure?

Danielle: Binge watching really random home improvement shows like Texas Flip & Move.

Julie: I watch entirely too much TV. I play too much Pokémon Go. Sometimes I put almond milk/coconut milk in my coffee if I'm really feeling adventurous.

Shae-li: RuPaul's Drag Race, eating cheese (I'm lactose intolerant), taking pictures of my food #seeshaegram.
 

Q: What are you listening to lately?

Danielle: So many podcasts — Radiolab's More Perfect and NPR's How I Built This lately.

Julie: Frank Ocean's Blonde.

Shae-li: Glass Animals latest album How to Be a Human Being; Sawbones — a comedy podcast about misguided medicine; construction sounds outside my apartment.
 

Q: Who are you crushing on?

Danielle: My heart will forever belong to Shawn Hunter. But also maybe Lip from Shameless.

Julie: @napoleonthecorgi on Instagram.

Shae-li: Artisan bread of any form, @milkandicevintage, oh and I guess my boyfriend Justin.
 

Q: Current mantra? 

Danielle: Though she but little, she is fierce.

Julie: Life is incapable of throwing things my way that I cannot handle, so there is no need to worry.

Shae-li: Worry is a thief. Life has been hectic and very busy for me this past year but worrying about things outside of my control is a waste of precious time.
 

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Danielle, Shae-li, and Julie

Sunday at The Mill

WHAT MAKES THEM BOSS:
 

Q: What do you do?

Julie: We are 30th & Weldon, a lifestyle blog and online store. We were founded in Baltimore, MD and work to share our ideas with the greater community. We aim to put Baltimore on the map and bring people together with our events. Our most popular event is Sunday at the Mill, but another favorite is our Galentine's Day event, which brought women (and people who love women) together for a night of networking at Blue Pit BBQ. Our online store features product curated by us and created exclusively for 30th & Weldon by local Baltimore artists.
 

Q: Tell us about a project you recently wrapped

Danielle: Summer 2k16 was super busy for us! We launched our online store, a project we've been working on and dreaming about since we launched in January of 2015. We also just had our 2nd Sunday at the Mill event, a festival type atmosphere with local bands, a variety of shops and artists, and yummy treats from our friends at Artifact!
 

Q: What makes you go to work each day? 

Danielle: I think our internal motivation comes from our need to succeed on our own, to show the world what we have to offer — something our day jobs don't offer. In true millennial fashion, we're queens of side-hustle and 30th & Weldon is our place that we are able to express our passions and creations in our own way. We also are given this unique platform to show the world the amazing people and creators and artists we've met in our time in Baltimore and hopefully show the rest of the world what we already know if you live here — there's so, so much more to Baltimore than The Wire.

Julie: I wanted to put my energy into something creative and positive. The idea of a blog was immediately appealing — it became a way to try new things and share them with our readers.

Shae-li: For me, writing has always been a creative outlet, I have quite a number of old notebooks filled with poems, song lyrics, short stories and journal entries — all of the embarrassing variety but still... I also love the editorial component that comes with being a blog and maintaining active social media presence. I enjoy styling clothing, product, interiors, floral arrangements, etc. and do a lot of it for 30th & Weldon in addition to my own personal brand and a few consulting gigs. // I studied public relations and mass communication in college and really nerd out over branding and marketing that is thoughtful and curated. I appreciate a lot of the work and effort it takes to build your vision in a way that can be marketed to a large audience but still holds true to your company's core values. Our values being building community among like minded creatives, showing off a city that deserves recognition, and wine. We value wine a lot.
 

Q: Tell us about a dream project or client.

Danielle: Someday we'd love to have our own space — a retail store and event space where we can host events and bring people together.

Julie: I want a full print magazine, Sunday at the Mill two times a year, and bicoastal brick-and-mortar stores. ;)

Shae-li: The dream is to make 30th & Weldon a full time job for all three of us. Ideally, with a physical store, office space and event space combo. I'd love to be able to travel with 30th & Weldon, and be able to share with the world the things we cherish, admire, and feel deserve our support.
 

Q: What made you decide to co-host a Lady Boss? 

Danielle: I haven't really shut up about how good my experience was at the last one I was able to attend and honestly I think Julie and Shae were just tired of hearing me talk about it — it was like, well let's do it then!

Julie: All too often, women are taught to compete with one another. We're taught that we need to be prettier than, more successful than, do more than other women and that just doesn't jive with me. Lady Boss feels like an incredibly positive and empowering way to bring amazing women in the community together. I want to create a space that allows us to learn from one another, encourage one another, and promote partnership.

Shae-li: What better way to build community in Baltimore than to host an event that does exactly that?! We love meeting other lady bosses and look forward to the collaborations that will undoubtedly be born from this event.
 

Danielle

Shae-li

Julie

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Lady Boss :: Allegra & Rasa of Birchtree Catering

This post is part of a series of interviews with Lady Boss hostesses.

Allegra Derengowski and Rasa Benefico of Birchtree Catering are co-hosting our August 2016 edition of Lady Boss at their studio in Philadelphia on August 18 at 5-7:30pm. Registration goes live on August 1 — the link is only available via our email list. Sign up for our email list if you haven't already!

Rasa Benefico (left) and Allegra Derengowski (right) of Birchtree Catering | Photo by Shannon Collins
 

LET'S GET TO KNOW THESE LADIES:

Q: Coffee or tea?
Allegra: Coffee.
Rasa: All the thingscoffee, and tea, and wine.

Q: Guilty pleasure?
A: No guilt here ;)
R: Not guilty at all about this, but having been pretty vocally against reality cooking shows for years and years, I feel a bit goofy for how much I love the Great British Baking Show. I cannot get enough of it.

Q: What are you listening to lately?
A: Toddler Radio on Pandora
R: I need music going when I'm working so my brain food is great moody instrumentals like Zoe Keating or Ludivico Einaudi. Comfort food is Brandi Carlile or Johnny Cash, and my energy food is Beyonce.

Q: Who are you crushing on?
A: Rabbit Rabbit Crew
R: Recrushing on Ottolenghi thanks to a great Instagram account. Also San Fransisco.

Q: Current mantra? 
A: Someday it won't be this hard.
R: The world is a big big placeimpact, improve and beautify your place in it.

Birchtree Catering's studio inside Globe Dye Works | Photo by BG Productions
 

WHAT MAKES THEM BOSSES:

Q: What do you do?
A&R: Birchtree Catering is a local, seasonal, sustainable caterer in Philadelphia, PA. We love creating custom menu for our clients, and we source from the best farms and market the region has to offer. We pair this with excellent service, planning and coordination, and a genuine love for what we do, and our clients can tell the difference. We offer full service events for weddings, cocktail parties, intimate dinners, corporate events, showers and everything in between.

Q: Tell us about a project you recently wrapped.
A&R: We're currently in the middle of a very exciting project, so we'll tell you about that. Our kitchen and office are located inside Globe Dye Works, a 200-year-old factory in the Frankford neighborhood, and by the end of this year we hope to be opening as an event venue for weddings and corporate events. This has been an ongoing project for 4 years, as the owners had to bring the building up to code and receive our city permits, which, if anyone knows, can be a 4-year-long process, and we are finally on our way to starting construction. We are working with the FABULOUS Heart & Dash on this project and can't wait to see the finished product. 

Q: What makes you go to work each day? 
A: At first, I was just motivated by a desire to do something with myself, but then once we got going, I found my strengths and the parts of the business that I love so much, like branding and marketing, that I would never have discovered otherwise. Now my strongest desire is to grow the company to be financially stable, so that Rasa and I can take a breath and focus on where we want Birchtree to go next. Also, I'm really competitive, and I actually think that's a big motivator for me as well. If someone else can do it, I can probably do it better.

R: The essentials remain - I love food and feeding people. I truly believe all the parts of a good meal, from the food grown to the preparation, from choosing a menu and arranging food, to sharing, eating and enjoying a meal is a really important cycle and I'm honored to be a part of it. As our business has grown, I've become really motivated by the energy and ideas of our staff, and the responsibility that comes with it. I want to grow a thriving business and create a dynamic and inspiring environment for my people every day.

Q: Tell us about a dream project or client.
A: Well, we get our dream clients all the time. We have great wedding couples who hire vendors that we love to work with, they let Rasa get really creative on the menu, and there's good vibes during the event. Ideally, we'd have those weddings every weekend. We're close.

R: We're so lucky, we already have a lot of dream clients. Being able to focus on creative events and careful sourcing is always a really sweet balance. Supper Clubs are another dream already coming true and I'd love to expand on these, focus in on specific farms for sourcing.

Q: What made you decide to host a Lady Boss? 
A: As we are growing up with a whole new crop of young female business owners, it's so important for us to stick together and lift each other up. We're only getting a small piece of the pie, and anything we can do to support woman-owned small business is a big deal! I've attended several lady boss events and I'm always inspired.

R: I love the energy and creativity of badass ladies together!

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