GOTG Profiles

Now Open in Midtown Sacramento: Humani Pilates 

By Laura Braden If you’re like me, your inbox is littered with fitness Groupon and Living Social deals that are redeemed a handful of times and then abandoned far before their 30-day special expires. So when you find a fitness routine that you adore and actually look forward to…you grab on and hold tight. Enter […]

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Painting the Town: The Bright Underbelly Project

By Rachel Smith and Chantel Elder, Co-Editors There are many things that make Sacramento special. Its history, its culture…Low Brau’s patio on a hot August night (or hell, a Tuesday morning).  And while everyone has their own list of what makes Sacramento unique, there is a new public art project in the works that will undoubtedly […]

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Tonight: Chronic Resilience in Midtown

By Jamie Romas The Roman poet Horace once said, “Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.” For centuries, wise men (and women) have restated his words, reminding us that it’s not the good times, but the tough ones, that reveal your true strength. Sounds all fine and […]

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Girl on the Grid: Tracy Mitchell

By Chantel Elder I love fashion, however, I am NOT fashionable. I don’t have “it” … That thing that makes you throw together outfits effortlessly. I am one of those people that buys exactly what the mannequin is wearing because I don’t know how to put anything together. Tracy Mitchell doesn’t have these problems. In fact, […]

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Live, Work and Love with a Purpose: Shining a Spotlight on Grid Girls doing Good

By Kira Heinrichs Take a second to envision your dream job. Think about where you’d be, what your office would look like (if there is one), who your colleagues would be, what your long-term and short-term goals would be and finally, what you purpose would be. Are you happy in that place? Are you surrounded […]

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Girl on the Grid: Melissa Johnson of Best Friends for Frosting

By Chantel Elder Meet Melissa Johnson; the mover and baker behind Best Friends For Frosting (BFFF). I have had the pleasure of working on a few projects with her in the past few months and her bubbly and infectious nature can only be attributed to her love for sugar and zest for life. Naturally with a […]

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Girl on the Grid: Julia Baum, Professional Belly Dancer

By Chantel Elder Name: Julia Baum Occupation: Belly Dance Performer & Instructor Website:  www.bellydancerjulia.com Phone: 916-572-HIPS Zodiac Sign: Virgo How long have you been Belly Dancing and How did you get interested in it? I first became interested in belly dancing probably around 2003-2004. I was aware of it earlier though because of Shakira and […]

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Women on the Grid Series: One-on-One with Mary Daffin

By Amy Thoma While I was job searching last month I had the opportunity to have coffee, lunch and happy hour with a bunch of amazing women. I loved picking their brains on career paths, families, work/life balance and a bunch of other topics. I thought it would be fun to share the wealth with […]

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Girl on the Grid: Kassidy Callori of Where-I-Do.com

By Chantel Elder After searching high and low for the perfect venue for her own wedding, Kassidy discovered that while Northern California has lots of wedding venues, there was a shortage of places that could accommodate their needs completely. Everything they entertained seemed to have lots of added fees, strict and short time limits and specified vendors that were part […]

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Girl on the Grid: Misha Lindsey of Delaney Designs

By Chantel Elder Meet Misha Lindsey She is a Grid Girl at heart, even though she resides in South Land Park. Misha is the genius behind Delaney Designs (http://delaneydesigns.net). If she can dream it she can probably build, make or design it, and that is exactly what she does for herself and others. I showed […]

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Girl on the Grid: Boot Camp with Khrystyne Kaphan

By Chantel Elder

Khrystyne Kaphan was nominated for my “day in the life project” by one of her clients. The nomination had such sincerity that I was immediately excited to photograph her for Girls on the Grid – especially since May is health/fitness/nutrition month!

Khrystyne is a personal trainer. You have no doubt seen her on the Workout Wednesday segment on KCRA channel 3. Every week, she gives tricks and advice for how to lead a happy and healthy life. She is a trainer at California Family Fitness and also has a business called Glamfit. She holds Saturday morning work-outs at American River College. After contacting Khrystyne we though it would be fun for me to photograph her at one of her Saturday classes in action while I got to know her.

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Pics of the Week: Paparazzi for a living?!?…Naaa

By Chantel Elder

My friend Laura is one of the genius ladies behind Girls on the Grid. GOTG is a lifestyle blog in Sacramento that discusses everything from politics to the best night creams for ladies. There are several regular writers on it and a few months back she asked if I would guest blog when I had time. Of course I said I would and my guest blog has turned into a twice a month column on documenting women and what a day in their life is like. I love it so much… It fulfills the unaccomplished photojournalist in me. I am so serious when I say these guest blogs offer a way for me to get out in to the world and meet people that I never ever other wise would. It is really the perfect combination of photojournalism and environmental portraiture. I freaking LOVE it!

Last night Laura asked if I wanted to take some photos for the premiere of Touching Home, a movie written by two local twins starring Ed Harris. I thought it would be lots of fun and why not give a shot at being a paparazzi?! Turns out I am the sort of person that kind tends to shy away from people in the spotlight. I just stood quietly by Laura and while she chatted with people, I clicked away. Below are a few that I really like and I posted a link to all the others taken!

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Girl on the Grid: Char Hall of Side Show Studios (Part 2)

Char Hall of Side Show Studios invites us  into her Side Show – Part 2 (See Part 1 here)

By Chantel Elder

I walked into Sideshow Studios last Saturday around 6:00. As mentioned in last Friday’s post, I was invited to document Char Hall of Sideshow Studios “at work” on a tattoo. Although working, she was also enjoying all the surroundings of Sideshow’s Second Saturday Event featuring textiles.

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Girl on the Grid: Char Hall of Side Show Studios (Part 1)

Char Hall of Side Show Studios invites us into her Show – Part 1

By Chantel Elder

I went a tad off the grid for this blog. But with distance came the discovery of one of Sacramento’s most amazing artists. Char Hall was suggested to me for a “Day in the Life” project, so naturally I was excited to meet anyone with a different walk of life than mine. After all, that is my favorite part of these little excursions.

Char Hall is an artist, through and through. One flip through her portfolio would convince anyone. She grew up in Hollywood Park, resides in Land Park and currently owns and operates Side Show Tattoo Studios, on Freeport Blvd with her partner. I met Char yesterday to check out her space, and chat about her job. It turned out that she and her crew were readying the studio for a Second Saturday art exhibit.

You can’t throw a stone without hitting a salon or a tattoo shop in Sacramento. To be set apart as an amazing tattoo studio is a difficult task in our little city, and Sideshow Studios does this immediately by creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere in their space. This was a surprise considering most tattoo shops have less-than-approachable-looking-people with cigarettes dangling from their mouths and loud music blaring in the background as greeters. Sideshow was the polar opposite.

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Girl on the Grid: Tania Voochen of Byuti Salon

By Chantel Elder She likes to wear black, loves her “gettin stuff done” boots, and can’t decide if her best friend is scissors or make-up. She can glam you up like the rock star you feel like you are, or give you an updo that is sophisticated and elegant. Meet Tania Voochen of Byuti Salon […]

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Girl on the Grid: Rachel Wallace of Ella’s

Meet the sweetheart behind the tasty desserts at Sacramento’s Ella restaurant: Rachel Wallace By Chantel Elder To kick off my little project of “Day in the Life” portraits, I thought I would begin with a subject that I LOVE…desserts. I am that kid that couldn’t wait to be an adult just so I could have […]

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