Arts: Alternative Photography with Amy Rockett-Todd

Today on the Arts page of Charmed-Mag, our interview with Amy Rockett-Todd

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Magazine Diaries: Vol. 1 is HERE!

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photo by Tommy Sheldon

The only way I can describe the making of this first issue is a wild, fun, and frenzied ride.  There has never been another time where I have delved so deep into a project that I had to learn how to do at the same time, at such a fast pace, and with no budget.  It can make life a little stressful, but It is also makes for an interesting life!  We have met so many new, creative, helpful, and encouraging people.  Looking for content has opened our eyes to all the talented people out there…some right at our back door.  We hope to show off all that talent and the great people we are making contact with in every issue, as well as share our tips and view points as interior design professionals.  We already are hard at work on Vol. 2.  Keep in mind we are always on the look out for interiors to shoot and submissions for our Love letter segment.  Please spread the word Charmed-mag.com!!  We are finally live.

Special thanks to those who were  a big help in making Vol.1- You know what you did: John Hardy, Teri Pozniak, Jim Lucio, Jamie Campbell, Elizabeth CB Marsh, Wes Emlet, Kim Urich, Jasmin Davis, Zoe Jones, Cindy Olsen, Greg Bachman, Brian Donnelly and Tanya Blasko for being our 1st!

Magazine Diaries- The Concept

ImageMy studio professors use to say that we should not wait for that lighting bolt of creative inspirations, because it doesn’t ever happen.  I did not believe them, because i thought I had experienced it.  At least once or twice.  But now what I use to see as a lightening bolt like idea, is really the slow coming together of these little bits of ideas and inspirations until it forms this mass of one solid idea.  That is what the founding of Charmed-mag.com was for me.  I will not speak for Jennifer.  When we met in late June at The Daily Grind (an old coffee house institution of Baltimore), I had a feeling this is something she had been thinking about for a long time.  For me is was a completely new idea that seemed to satisfy a lot of what I wanted out of my next creative venture.  We wanted to build on our years of experience with interior design, our love of the arts, be able to promote the work of talented up and comers, and show off the Baltimore we love when ever we can to a national audience.

A little background.  I have been working at a high end residential interior design firm for 16 years.  My boss is retiring at the end of 2013 and I have been doing a lot of soul searching on what I wanted my next career to be.  I am passionate about furniture design, which is why it was so startling when Jennifer’s idea for an online magazine felt so right.  Jennifer was recently back in town from living and working in California and was now building back up her own interior design business Jennifer Hardy Interiors.  It was the perfect time to buckle down and take the risk.

There was a lot of caffeine fueled brainstorming that happened that first meeting and most of those ideas will be represented in the first issue.   What kind of experience do we have in publishing…well none.  This is a project fueled by passion and creativity.  We will keep you posted and fill you in on our process as we figure out this new world of online magazine publishing.

Marishka