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agp collective / the alderman family

You guys, I don't even know where to start explaining how amazing Sarah Alderman is. If you're local to Southeast PA, you've probably already heard of her via her photography business or documentary project (which just released its trailer! go watch it!).

As photographers, we can sometimes be a little protective of our businesses in a way that holds us back from opening up and helping others working in the same sphere--it's understandable when you're working in a saturated market like this one. On the other hand, this field is also home to some really amazing human beings who open right up with a smile, offering support and encouragement the first time you meet. That's exactly the type of person Sarah is.

In addition to running a successful photography business (which boasts an entire TEAM of talented associates), she just launched a photobooth service, is creating an incredible documentary celebrating the unsung beauty of Coatesville, and she also happens to be a single mom to those lovely twin girls up there. She's teaching them firsthand what it looks like to be strong, ambitious and independent, but also that having your heart in the right place is just as important as working hard. Those girls are lucky to be growing up Alderman, and I myself feel pretty lucky to have crossed paths with Sarah. 

arden + james / the brant family

If you live near Philadelphia, you're probably already familiar with Bri Brant's lovely work. Bri is the designer & owner of Arden + James, maker of handmade bags and accessories that perfectly blend form, function and ethics. Bri recently won a Best of Philly award, and she's rightly had her beautiful bags featured several times over the past year by the likes of Urban Outfitters & local news outlets. While her designs have seen some well-deserved limelight of late, here I wanted to dig a little more into the personal stories behind her business, because her family really is so deeply woven into the fabric of Arden + James. Bri is at once a loving mother & wife, an immensely talented designer and a generally warm, thoughtful and kind human being. For all of us who struggle for balance between our personal and work lives, Bri is living proof that it is indeed possible.