Val Bromann - Choosing Figs

A walk in Gowanus with Amber.

A Brooklyn photo shoot with Amber Marlow Photography.

Photos of Val Bromann by Amber Marlow Photography

I didn’t know Amber until I showed up on her doorstep three years ago to crash on her air mattress in Brooklyn for a few nights. Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago and I was moving in again (this time upgraded to a pull out couch).

In the three years in between, I’ve read every last word of her blog. Seriously, it’s one of very few blogs I read cover to cover. She’s always up to something interesting. Her photography is amazing. And she’s incredibly honest, even when it’s something difficult to write about.

And I like that about her blog. And about her.

When she offered up her pull-out sofa for four nights while I was visiting New York, I happily accepted. Not only because oh-my-god New York is expensive (the hostel I was staying at was $70 a night. $70. For a dorm bed.) but because I got to spend time hanging out with her: picnicking with pizza at a bar, making s’mores in her backyard, trying ice cream and tacos and all the deliciousness of Park Slope. (OK, I guess we just ATE EVERYTHING!)

On my last day we walked around Gowonas and did a little photo shoot. I’m pretty sure the only times I’ve ever had professional photos taken of me were picture day in grade school and weddings. So when she suggested it I pretty much jumped for joy.

And they turned out pretty damn good.

So much so that I decided I had to spend my entire weekend in Arequipa, Peru, sitting at a computer re-designing my website around them. (Check out my new homepage! I’ll wait. It’s pretty isn’t it? Well, if you’re not looking at it on a mobile device it is…)

Of course, if you’re going to take my photo we will inevitably end up with a few like these…

Photos of Val Bromann by Amber Marlow Photography

Because, hair. Lots of hair.

But sometimes I can be pretty. Sometimes.

Photos of Val Bromann by Amber Marlow Photography

Photos of Val Bromann by Amber Marlow Photography

Photos of Val Bromann by Amber Marlow Photography

Photos of Val Bromann by Amber Marlow Photography

Or at least a pretty goofball.

Amber blogs at The Amber Show and if you like my blog you’ll probably like hers.

She is also a professional photographer at Amber Marlow Photography. If you’re in New York or going to New York you should totally hire her. Or elsewhere, have her come to you. I personally plan to hire her to shoot my renegade elopement in Central Park. I just need the man. (Seriously boys, scroll up and see how pretty I am! And I frolic on demand!)

(She told me not to shill for her business, but suck it.)

Oh, and here’s the one photo she let me take of her. 😉

Photoof Amber Marlow by Val Bromann

Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

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