Sam Livingston

Interview

First, let's talk about photography. We absolutely love your use of framing and leading lines on your IG. If you could, give us your thoughts on how you go about accomplishing both. Thank you! I tend to gravitate toward symmetry in most aspects of life, so this definitely translates over to photography. I most often find myself centering whatever I’m shooting, focusing on what looks most pleasing and even when composing a shot.

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Making a little pivot now, what got you into the world of sustainable living? I started to transition into sustainable living once I realized that I didn’t need to overhaul my entire life in a single afternoon. It took time to realize that I could make conscious switches continually and learn to adjust. Recognizing that everyone has the opportunity to be a part of the solution in whatever ways are accessible for them, big or small, helped me hone in on what was achievable for me. These days this looks mostly like shopping secondhand first, supporting local brands and businesses and reducing my food waste.

As an entrepreneur, how has the COVID life changed the way you do business? What will you take from it and what have you left behind? A lot of my work pre-COVID consisted of traveling for projects, and I definitely miss that aspect. I haven't spent this much time in one place since high school, and it’s made finding inspiration a bit daunting at times. Spending eight months in the same room surrounded by the same things can either lead you to slowly lose your mind a bit or to feel grateful for what you have, and I think it’s been an excellent lesson in being grateful. I’m glad to have left behind the urgent need to always be heading somewhere new: it’s nice to find peace spending endless days in my apartment and knowing that it’s perfectly fine.

First, let's talk about photography. We absolutely love your use of framing and leading lines on your IG. If you could, give us your thoughts on how you go about accomplishing both. Thank you! I tend to gravitate toward symmetry in most aspects of life, so this definitely translates over to photography. I most often find myself centering whatever I’m shooting, focusing on what looks most pleasing and even when composing a shot.

Making a little pivot now, what got you into the world of sustainable living? I started to transition into sustainable living once I realized that I didn’t need to overhaul my entire life in a single afternoon. It took time to realize that I could make conscious switches continually and learn to adjust. Recognizing that everyone has the opportunity to be a part of the solution in whatever ways are accessible for them, big or small, helped me hone in on what was achievable for me. These days this looks mostly like shopping secondhand first, supporting local brands and businesses and reducing my food waste.

Your style is absolutely stunning and we had so much fun watching it evolve while scrolling through your IG and blog. We know pastels and neutrals speak to you loudly but we also see forest greens, burnt oranges and flashes of mustards, and corals encompassing your entire style. My questions is: where do you draw your color inspiration and how do you capture your ideas? I appreciate that! Yes, definitely so into pastels and neutrals, but I’m also very inspired by the colors found in the Pacific Northwest. For a long time, I thought I had to pick just one aesthetic or theme, but now I gravitate toward what makes me feel calm and at ease. As it turns out, that ends up being so many different color palettes and places. I love the different feelings associated with being in the desert, near the ocean, driving through the forest on the way home from the Oregon coast, living in the city and experiencing endless rainy days in the winter. I think my love for pastels comes from feeling a need to brighten up my space when it’s gloomy, and neutrals come from living in a place where neutrals are so celebrated. Lately, capturing ideas has taken the form of day trips and park hangs and afternoons at home.

As an entrepreneur, how has the COVID life changed the way you do business? What will you take from it and what have you left behind? A lot of my work pre-COVID consisted of traveling for projects, and I definitely miss that aspect. I haven't spent this much time in one place since high school, and it’s made finding inspiration a bit daunting at times. Spending eight months in the same room surrounded by the same things can either lead you to slowly lose your mind a bit or to feel grateful for what you have, and I think it’s been an excellent lesson in being grateful. I’m glad to have left behind the urgent need to always be heading somewhere new: it’s nice to find peace spending endless days in my apartment and knowing that it’s perfectly fine.

Last question, who inspires you? I’m inspired by Sisilia Piring, the way she captures daily moments and vintage pieces always make me happy. Bi Rite Studio is a brand I love to keep up with— in an ideal world I’ll one day have a home full of each vintage item on their website.

Follow Sam at @samlandreth

Sam Livingston

Interview

Your style is absolutely stunning and we had so much fun watching it evolve while scrolling through your IG and blog. We know pastels and neutrals speak to you loudly but we also see forest greens, burnt oranges and flashes of mustards, and corals encompassing your entire style. My questions is: where do you draw your color inspiration and how do you capture your ideas? I appreciate that! Yes, definitely so into pastels and neutrals, but I’m also very inspired by the colors found in the Pacific Northwest. For a long time, I thought I had to pick just one aesthetic or theme, but now I gravitate toward what makes me feel calm and at ease. As it turns out, that ends up being so many different color palettes and places. I love the different feelings associated with being in the desert, near the ocean, driving through the forest on the way home from the Oregon coast, living in the city and experiencing endless rainy days in the winter. I think my love for pastels comes from feeling a need to brighten up my space when it’s gloomy, and neutrals come from living in a place where neutrals are so celebrated. Lately, capturing ideas has taken the form of day trips and park hangs and afternoons at home.

Last question, who inspires you? I’m inspired by Sisilia Piring, the way she captures daily moments and vintage pieces always make me happy. Bi Rite Studio is a brand I love to keep up with— in an ideal world I’ll one day have a home full of each vintage item on their website.

Follow Sam at @samlandreth