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Life and Work with Desiree Macke

Today we’d like to introduce you to Desiree Macke.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Desiree. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
After taking photos of my kids doing the typical kid things (learning to walk, riding a bike, etc.). I realized I was looking to add my color to our lives, and essentially the photos I take of the kids. I’d seen a few Influencers share an occasional photo of fun walls as backdrops, and I knew I’d seen several fun photo opportunities myself.

I started occasionally hunting down a wall or two here and there. Then I discovered I was becoming really passionate about several of the “street” artists, their missions to share art publicly without having to ever enter a museum or art gallery, and I was simply astonished at the scale of the artwork we found on buildings.

Now, my kids and I hunt street art/walls on an almost weekly basis. It’s been a fun twist on exploring our city, Southern California, and almost everywhere we travel.

Has it been a smooth road?
Doing anything with small/young children is never smooth. They often don’t necessarily share my excitement when we discover artwork. And, they often don’t feel like having their photos taken of walls.

I’ve learned that I need to roll with the punches. I let the kids explore the area, and I usually snap pics of them doing things they want to do. Often times I’ll prompt them to get the wheels going. I’ll ask my daughter to show me how her dress spins, or I’ll ask my son to show me one of his sweet new ninja moves.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with your business – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
If you took a look at my Instagram page you’d probably notice immediately the bright, vivid colors. While I appreciate the muted and subtle tones of so many, I feel my space reflects our lives. It’s strong, bold, and very colorful – just like life with kids.

I’m so proud of all the places we’ve discovered simply by finding walls. We’ve experienced more of our city than I ever dreamed possible because we dared to get out and find places that we’d otherwise never visit. But, I’m most proud of the fact that my kids are learning to appreciate art, no matter where we may find it.

There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
There are several ladies I adore who are as passionate about bright, bold street art as I am. I’ve learned that it never hurts to simply reach out and ask questions and need advice.

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