Central Coast Creatives Club Directory
Meet our kick-ass creatives
Kendra Aronson is a cookbook author, food photographer, food stylist, and web designer. Kendra Aronson Creative Studio specializes in content creation for the culinary industry: food photography, food styling, food writing, web design, and cookbook production. Kendra is probably thinking about her next meal right now… She is also the founder of the Central Coast Creatives Club!
Crafting clear and consistent messaging is what Christy does best. With over a decade of experience engaging readers, she knows how to elevate your content to earn enthusiastic fans. When you’re ready to grow your business, you’ll need words perfectly nuanced toward your audience. Worry-free content written with precision. Explore her website to learn more and say hello!
Inspired by traveling and the simplicity of trailer life—Jaime’s desire to share her lifestyle with others quickly turned into Tinker Tin Trailer Co. with over 30 vintage trailers for rent ranging from period campers and vintage bar trailers to vintage photo booth trailers and a permanent trailer park camp venue, The Trailer Pond at Alta Colina Winery & Vineyard in Paso Robles.
Shannon is a person who makes you feel at ease the moment you meet her. Loving and trustworthy, this photographer is buckets of fun and values family and friendships above all. With well over a decade of experience, Shannon is in love with photography from weddings and portraits to commercial projects. When she isn’t at the beach with her family, you’ll find Shannon in search of beer and cheese.
Carrie Skelton of Clover & Branch sources seasonal flowers from local farmers to create her thoughtful arrangements. A full-service floral design studio, Clover & Branch specializes in business accounts and stylish event design from weddings to dinner parties. Farm Fresh Fridays you’ll find Carrie in her San Luis Obispo studio sharing the best seasonal picks of the week with welcome visitors.
Fearless with an easy smile and open heart, Shannon is photographer people love to be around. An Ohio native with over a decade of big city experience, Shell Beach is where she calls home along with rescue pups Chewie and Churro. Shannon specializes in wedding photography because there is nothing quite like providing families with images they can treasure forever...or getting to show up to a party every weekend.
SARAH KATHLEEN LEADER
While Sarah Kathleen may have an epic case of wanderlust, the Central Coast will always be her home. This is a storyteller who loves fiercely and sings at the top of her lungs or not at all. Inspired by the light that love brings, she believes photography is a form of magic - and with a camera in hand she has the ability to document the beautiful parts of life, the messy and the real.
Renoda is all about capturing the love. A new kind of wedding and portrait photographer, she encourages clients to be present in the moment. Seeing her clients’ faces light up with laughter among their friends and family is its own unique reward. Renoda makes those she serves feel important, and she looks forward to creating memorable experiences for years to come.
Kerry Long is a gem of a jewelry maker inspired to create since she was a kid with the nickname Kerry Blueberry. Blueberry Jewelry is her vision brought to life and designing is what she’s driven to do. Inspired by the simplicity of nature, this Central Coast native dedicates her days to producing original pieces women are proud to wear and share.
Dana digs design. As Manager and Director of Old World Rugs, the Central Coast native creates spaces that feel contemporary yet timeless. Beyond hand selecting inventory from rug looms around the world, Dana draws inspiration from creative collaborations with other artists and designers. She is happy to provide textiles for diverse projects from realty home stagings to editorial and magazine design styling, and wedding events.
Kayla Tierney is a Wardrobe and Prop Stylist, and sometimes Photographer. A lifelong Creative Person, she spent her formative years making collages from magazine cuttings and organizing her closet: skills she continues to put to good use. When not working, you might find her coveting things she can't afford, struggling to style her own GD house, or forcing her dog to sit for photos. She lives in San Luis Obispo with her husband on a wannabe farm.
Carrie is a visual designer. She received her BFA from Cal Poly in Art & Design with a concentration in Graphic Design. Her skills range from logo design to branding and web design. Her personable nature makes her an engaging and thoughtful gal to work with. Without hesitation she works hard, manages her time meticulously, and eats plenty of greens. When she's not designing, you can find Carrie cooking at Sally Loo’s Wholesome Cafe.
Erika is a California-based copywriter and content writer who loves nothing more than seeing purpose-driven startups, entrepreneurs, and small businesses thrive. As a marketer with nearly a decade of professional writing experience, she marries strategy and creativity to develop high-impact copy that connects, persuades, and ignites the imagination. Brands she’s worked with include Samsung, MINDBODY, #ShareSLO, Welkio, Matchfire, and The Garfield Foundation.
EMMA LUCILLE SAPERSTEIN
Emma Saperstein is a performance artist, curator and arts administrator based in San Luis Obispo, California. A graduate of Wheaton College and the New York Center for Art and Media Studies, her colorful experience involves the thriving alternative arts and publishing community in Chicago, specifically the Public Media Institute, Lumpen Magazine, and the Co-Prosperity Sphere. Today Emma serves as an editor and curator for the feminist collective HYSTERIA.
Ella Ames is a freelance writer who loves happy hour, getting sweaty, and a good sentence. A Central Coast native, she’s lived in Scotland, Italy, Thailand, and England, and wishes that list was much longer (and included Genovia). A graduate of the University of Dundee, Danielle recently worked for The Tribune where she asked business owners lots of personal questions about their finances. Her writing has been featured on PopSugar and Robot Butt, among others.
BONNIE LADY LEE
Bonnie Lady Lee is an author with a whimsical flair for creating stories that introduces children to unique animals and their environment. Bonnie Lee Books is a children’s book company producing educational children’s stories for beginning readers that teach a valuable life lesson. Bonnie Lee Books teach children how to be open to new ideas, and get them to think and apply these experiences to their own life.
Sabrina is a do-er. The friendly lifestyle photographer can be found baking scrumptious treats at Spearhead Coffee when she isn’t drawing floral patterns, practicing calligraphy, or illustrating to her heart’s content. Born and raised in Texas, today Sabrina is thrilled to call the Central Coast home and welcomes collaboration opportunities with other artists and storytellers across the community.
The magic of atmosphere sets Nicole’s heart on fire. As a vocalist, she not only communicates stories and emotions, but also sets the vibe for any given space she’s singing in. What a lovely bit of sorcery. Nicole is here to support others in the Central Coast community seeking to share their truth by providing a safe place to encourage self-expression. Hosting creative workshops, meditations, and educational talks are all part of her vision.
An inventor, designer, storyteller and goofy Dad who loves to embarrass his kids—Alec is the Owner and Creative Director of 20|20 Creative Group. He can often be found working diligently behind a pile of papers that strangely resembles a desk. Making sure no bad joke or terrible pun is left unspoken along the way, Alec’s drive to achieve excellence in every project adds passion and enthusiasm to the entire 20|20 team.
A subscription service for sticker lovers? Yep, Maureen made her childhood dream come true to the delight of thousands of kids and crafters across sixty countries. Pipsticks’ brick-and-mortar shop in San Luis Obispo carries the country’s best selection of stickers along with being home to a community craft space that hosts workshops, meet-ups, and parties. Look for their debut line of sticker books and planners in major retailers like Barnes and Noble this spring 2018!
Kayla King is a creative whirlwind with over a decade of experience in both interior and graphic design. With a degree in fine art, she works with companies to elevate their brands, creating content and spaces that stand out from the crowd. Also an abstract artist, Kayla creates multi-media paintings that draw inspiration from the movement and energy that surrounds her. She lives by the motto: “Don’t be afraid to be the weird one.”
Ashlee Phillips’s passion for words can be traced back to Mississippi, where she spent her childhood in her family’s bookstore. Currently based in SLO, Ashlee is best known for her contributions to Coyote + Oak and The Wedding Standard. As a writer, Ashlee specializes in narrative copy, but when she isn’t busy crafting compelling content, you can find her honing her calligraphy skills, writing short stories, or watching Bob’s Burgers.
Being an observant wallflower with a love for people has made Tina the ideal documentary style wedding photographer. Even though she loves a good detail and awesome pose, she lives for a sweet laugh during cocktail hour and happy tears during toasts. You can usually find her on her porch in Los Osos or by the stream at Montaña de Oro.
With a creative courageous spirit and a passion for styling, ideas never seem to be of shortage for Tamara. Although she is new to the Central Coast, she is making connections through teaching creative workshops as well as running an online Etsy shop filled with curated vintage and handmade items for the home. When the creative ideas are at bay, you can find her getting her hands dirty in a succulent arrangement or hitting up her favorite thrift stores while sipping on an iced chai.
Jeanne Carlier is a French visual designer, illustrator and art director who values thoughtful design and love creating emotions through images. Thanks to experiences in both print and digital industries, she is able to work on a wide range of projects from packaging to webdesign and branding. When not in California or France, she spends her time traveling the US and Canada in her old VW Vanagon. She is clumsy as hell; she laughs and dances a lot by herself and she loves dad jokes. She is a terrible storyteller though so she doesn’t repeat them often.
Michelle Barrera is the owner of EnjoySLO, a curated event calendar for San Luis Obispo County. EnjoySLO.com is her personal endeavor to promote unique events and create a tighter bond between the community and local businesses. After moving to the area she realized that many local events could only be found through word of mouth. As a world traveler with a love for food, conversation, and friendship, Michelle hopes to make these experiences more accessible to the local area with an easy to use calendar.
With 15 years of experience in building online marketplaces, Raymond has had the opportunity to work with clients all over the world. A passion for clean design, user experience, search engine optimization, and content architecture, mixed with a smidgen of front-end coding ability has allowed Raymond to lead project teams through business development to site launch. Raymond recently relocated to Atascadero, you’ll find him experimenting with coffee and enjoying the large oak trees in his backyard.
Dina Mande is a director, producer, cinematographer and photographer, obsessed with stories, especially those with travel, food, wine and adventure. Her career has been spent in shooting commercials and content for agencies and brands, and with 2018 a breakout year in film, she’s released both a narrative romantic drama and her first feature documentary. Her production company, Juice Media, specializes in wine, food and travel clients and is based in Paso Robles, on California’s beautiful Central Coast.
Jessica is a graphic designer and freelance makeup artist. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cal Poly, receiving a BFA in Graphic Design. At her day job she’s worked with The Ritz-Carlton, Grey Goose, and many more. In her freelance life, she works with several local companies and creatives (several on this very directory). Additionally, she has a passion for skin care, hair styling, and makeup artistry and hopes to expand more into those fields.
A lover of food and just about anything wellness related, Rachel Schumm is all heart. From whipping up healthy-ish creations to redefining how a delicious dish can benefit your body, her days are packed with exploration alongside a spicy K-9 sidekick, Cholula. A marketer of all things luxury across the Central Coast, Rachel balances indulgence with leading spin classes because she believes dedicating energy to personal growth is worth doing on the daily. The Central Coast Creatives Club is lucky to count on Rachel as our Social Media Coordinator.
missy reitner cameron
Creativity has always been a word associated with Missy. As the founder of ( iii ) DESIGN and The Bunker SLO, Missy has, and always does, put her creative converse clad foot forward to find solutions to client challenges. Missy can often be found in her coveralls in her studio at The Bunker SLO, or at ( iii ) DESIGN challenging the team to think big and do bigger.
Stephen is one half of the husband and wife duo behind Heraldo Family Photo. As a photojournalist he approaches every opportunity with one goal in mind: to create authentic, story telling images that is true to the client. He is also a full-time Visual and UX Designer.
Originally from the Central Valley, Amanda moved to the coast in 2009 and quickly fell in love. She fills her day with freelance work and creating art prints that showcase the beautiful landmarks of the San Luis Obispo area. When she's not designing, you can find her snuggling with her Siberian Husky, or remodeling her house. Again.
Molly Kasdan is passionate about educating the public on responsible medible* (*cannabis infused edibles) use and medible product quality, value, and potency. Molly is a writer, public speaker, and advocate for responsible cannabis use, and focused on sharing her research and insights with product reviews, guest articles, white papers and guides, public speaking and private consultations. Her goal is to give thorough, easy-to-understand, and unbiased reviews of medible products and build a fun, positive community of informed cannabis users.
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