Black Locust: Blog en-us (C) Black Locust (Black Locust) Wed, 15 Mar 2017 04:47:00 GMT Wed, 15 Mar 2017 04:47:00 GMT 2017 Social Media Internship Columbus Ohio Internship Description
Black Locust is looking for a social media intern! This is an unpaid internship. In exchange for your time and efforts, you will receive real world experience and knowledge in a variety of skills related to the business of photography, self employment and running the social media profiles of an established, professional business, along with introductions to job opportunities and some free meals.


Social Media Internship Requirements

minimum 10 hours a week
minimum 3 month commitment
some on-site, mostly off-site work
solid understanding of and practice using Facebook & Instagram
secondary knowledge of other social media platforms (Periscope, Snapchat, etc.)
experience posting photos and videos
an interest in empowering women
general graphic design and copyrighting skills
a professional and friendly persona
must be reliable and prompt
must have excellent communication skills



To Apply: Please send some general information about yourself, such as a resume, website or LinkedIn profile, along with a short introduction describing your interest in and qualifications for the position to Catherine Murray. Catherine’s contact information.



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Not everyone is single for the same reason. It's good friend behavior to pay attention to WHY your friend is single. I'm single because I haven't met the right guy yet. When my singledom is casually attributed to things like "You're too picky" or "You're not putting yourself out there", it feels like I'm being victim blamed. 
I have a friend whose single status is a lifestyle she intends to keep forever. When her extended family members constantly ask "But don't you WANT to get married? Why not?" it's as though they won't accept her for who she is. They see her singleness as something to fix. Her family could show how much they love her by accepting that marriage doesn't interest her and start asking her about the things she IS interested in.
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When I make mention of being bummed about my single status,  the last thing I want to hear is: "You're so lucky! Being single is GREAT!" Just like a friend with relationship woes doesn't want to hear: "You're so lucky to have a boyfriend! Being in a relationship is THE GREATEST!" There are two magic words that will always make a gal feel better. "That. Sucks." Being single IS great sometimes! And other times it sucks. Just like being in a relationship.
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My friends earn major bonus points for being the first to reach out and make plans. It's proof our friendship goes both ways! 
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When single, I don't usually have a reason to wear my fancy clothes. I love my fancy clothes. Getting dressed up and going on a friend date is super fun! 
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Affection is in short supply when I'm single, so hugs are extra awesome. It's possible YOUR friend might not like to be hugged. Which would be sad for both of you, because hugging is great!
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Getting a little love note from a friend banks a lot of warm fuzzies. 
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I get it, we're adults. Birthdays aren't supposed to be such a big deal. Except birthdays are a reminder of getting older. Getting older alone. Possibly dying alone. You see how this can spiral pretty quickly. It's easier to drown out the fear of what the future holds when I'm reminded of how happy my friends are that I was born.
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When I'm single, I might not have a person to celebrate all those little accomplishments with, like how I made a perfect soufflé or successfully parallel parked for the first time, so I might put it on social media. It's nice when social media celebrates with me! 
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I love complimenting people, I do it all the time. Some days when I'm single, I feel invisible. Some days I truly AM invisible, because I work from home and no one sees me. When being complimented, I feel visible. It's nice to know my friends see me and appreciate my good qualities.
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Along with saving money on gas and getting extra friend time, it's nice to walk in the door with someone by my side. 
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I LOVE LOVE it when my friends introduce me to people at a gathering. I feel so included! It's way easier to start a conversation with strangers once an introduction has been made.
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Being invited on group vacations is awesome! I extra appreciate friends who take into consideration the logistics of a single person vacationing with couples. I like having a room close to my friends. I like knowing I'll have someone to eat breakfast with in the morning. I like not knowing when my couple friends are having sex. ("Hey, I think we'll grab a quick shower before dinner." Sure, it's code for sex. Code is good!)
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I really appreciate having friends to lean on during breakups and other such hardships, but I also like to make sure we STAY friends. Instead of trying to manage a friend's grief solo, coordinate with her other friends to have all the bases covered. Here are a few key roles you can offer up to your friends in need.
The Rant Friend
This friend's really good in the beginning stages of a breakup when it's all anger and drama. She'll say things like "No he DIDN'T!" and "What an ASSHOLE! I can't believe we ever liked him!"
The Soothing Friend
This friend will comfort you when it feels like your life is over. She'll say things like "Everything's going to be fine, it'll all work out in the end." 
The Confidence-Building Friend
This friend will get dressed up and go out on the town with you. Because looking hot is excellent therapy when you're feeling down.
The Distraction Method Friend
This friend will focus on getting your mind off of the sadness by doing whatever low-key things you love to do together. 
The Therapist Friend

There's no such thing as a therapist friend. When you hit that point where you don't know what else to say, the most loving thing you can do is recommend your friend talk to a therapist. Therapists have a whole bunch of coping tools that mere friends do not. Tell your friend how much you want her to feel better and how hard it is to figure out complex emotions alone. Leave therapy to the professionals and slide back into the friend role. Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 1.34.38 AMScreen Shot 2016-02-13 at 1.34.38 AM

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Every Woman Deserves to Feel Beautiful. Ashley Starling wanted to stay true to herself going into the Mrs Ohio pageant this year. Knowing she’d need a headshot and full-page photo ad to compete, she was drawn to Black Locust’s unique style of photographing women in an authentic way. Read about her journey to finding beauty in her own words.


Written by: Ashley Starling, Mrs. Ohio America, 2015

Every woman deserves to feel beautiful. Every woman deserves to have at least one picture of herself that she is proud of. My experience with Black Locust gave me exactly that.

All my life, my definition of beauty revolved around my mother.  She is classic, like Audrey Hepburn. She is tall, elegant, and angelic. There is picture of her that hangs in my grandmother’s house.  It is my favorite. She looks so timeless. Every time I am at my grandmother’s I enjoy looking at that picture, and I am so proud that she is my mother.  


photo1Ashleysmom The photo of Ashley Starling's mother on the wall of her grandmother's house.

       The photo of Ashley Starling's mother on the wall of her grandmother's house.


I decided last year to compete in the Mrs. Ohio pageant after having had a baby. I have always wanted to compete in the Mrs. America system, and this was perfect motivation to finish losing that baby weight. I was fortunate enough to place second runner-up.  However, I felt in many ways that my performance was based more upon what I thought the judges would want, rather than me being myself.  My makeup was a bit heavy, my hair was heavily teased, and my mannerisms were a bit rehearsed. After careful thought, I decided to compete one more time. However, this time, I wanted to make sure I walked away knowing the judges saw “me.”




Catherine Murray has taken my pictures for years. From my first work headshot to my son’s newborn photos, she has captured some of my most favorite memories.  Catherine and her business partner Stephanie came to my home with so many beautiful ideas. They had pulled pages and pages of magazine photos and headshots from the internet for my review.  Then they went into my closet and started pulling clothing. Catherine and Stephanie gave me so much individualized attention. It was such a neat experience.  


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On the day of the photo shoot, Catherine came to me with a new idea.  She wanted to shoot a very natural shot of me.  I wiped off some of my makeup and changed my lip color. Stephanie took out my big earrings, and I put in a simple pair of pearls.  I changed into a simple white sweater with an elegant neckline.  They suggested pulling my hair up and away from my face.   

I was a bit nervous. I felt sort of exposed.  When you think of pageant headshots, you often think of big, glamorous hair, heavy eyeshadow, and big earrings. This was so different. It was bold in its own way.  

It took Catherine and Stephanie about 25 minutes to get the lighting just the way they wanted. Then, they started shooting. When I first looked at the test shots, I got really emotional. There was one shot the really captivated me. My expression was very simple, and the shot was timeless and elegant.  I got tears in my eyes.  I looked so much like my mom in the beautiful photo that still hangs in my grandmother’s house – except this time I saw myself the same way I see her every day. Stephanie looked at me and said, “I love this photo.  Someday when you son is older, he will be so proud of this picture.” 



                          Ashley's first ad for the Mrs. Ohio pageant program.


The picture ultimately became my ad page for Mrs. Ohio. I also chose another very natural shot as a second ad page. This is who I am, and I wanted the judges to see that. I am a beautiful woman in my own special way, and I am so very proud of that photo. This year, being myself, I walked away with the crown. In part, I know that my win was because I presented a very different package this year.  I was bold enough to be exactly who I am.      


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Empowering Women You Know Project Complimenting is a dying art. We compliment outer appearance all the time, yet how often do we verbalize our admiration of inner beauty? Women have the power to change society's obsession with outer beauty, one compliment at a time, changing the way we see ourselves and each other along the way. 

The "Empowering Women We Know Project" is a platform to tell the women we know and love how amazing they are, inside and out. We say Black Locust is our love letter to every woman in the world. Today we've written love letters to each other. 


Catherine to Stephanie: 

The thing I love most about Stephanie is she's up for anything. She's always open to ideas, no matter where they come from. She gets excited about everything, even mundane tasks. It's all the same to her-fun and exciting.

As a mom and wife, Stephanie's strong, supportive, loving, and an advocate of good manners and healthy eating-but not without splurging now and again. Finding time for yourself as a mom isn't easy with all the things you have to do and the guilt that sometimes eats moms up. I admire Stephanie's ability to have interests separate from her kids.

Stephanie has started three businesses since her first daughter was born. There's a fair amount of juggling to keep the balance and it's not as though she hasn't spent some days frazzled and overworked, but I know her children admire her for pursuing her dreams and finding what makes her happy.

Stephanie's kind and fair, a fast learner and a problem solver, open-minded, decisive, and she knows exactly who she is. Her daughter is growing up to be just like her.


Stephanie to Catherine:

What I love most about Catherine is how she never settles for ordinary, she's always looking for extraordinary. Some might call her a “perfectionist”, but I absolutely value this characteristic in her, because I know this is how she produces such amazing and unbelievably stunning work.

Through the years I have known her to be very sincere, compassionate and hard working. I love that she never stops improving herself both professionally and personally. She has proven to be trustworthy, loyal and extremely honest. As big an advocate as she is for her own self improvement, she also has as a strong desire to help other women see the potential in themselves.

She is one of the best listeners that I have ever met. Never casting judgement, she gives her undivided attention especially when I am running “a million miles a minute.” She has this way of helping me narrow my focus and together we are able to come up with the most amazing things.

Catherine's confident, independent, and creative. I feel so fortunate to begin this new chapter of Black Locust with her.


Reading and writing these love letters was an indescribably wonderful feeling. We're both so grateful to share the inner beauty we see in each other and to hear such kind, honest words about ourselves.

Being seen for who we really are is a gift, a gift we'd like to share with each of you. Every week on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, we'll post an opportunity to tell the women around you how beautiful they are, inside and out. 

Use hashtag #empowerwomenyouknow to tell your favorite women how much you admire them. 

The Empowering Women You Know Project starts now.



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The Story Behind Black Locust The story behind the name Black Locust.

A black locust is a strong, resilient tree with small thorns and white, lavender flowers. With a solid spine and winding roots, the black locust stands tall. 

Just like a black locust, women weave their way through life, slowly growing in all directions, branching out and creating new paths where none existed before. Women weather storms with the changing seasons while remaining grounded, providing shelter and shade to mend and protect their loved ones from outside harm. 

Women are the roots and the spine, the flowers and the thorns, embodying unparalleled beauty and strength.


The story behind Black Locust's logo, the arrow.

An arrow is launched by first being pulled back, then using momentum to launch forward. Time and again, women are pulled backwards by life's difficulties, but it doesn't hold us back. We learn from the past to help propel us forward. 

With many paths to choose from, we're often stopped by a fork in the road. The arrow symbolizes purpose; choosing what we want and where we want to go. We aim towards our goals and build a path out of thin air to get us there. The arrow is a symbol for strength, power and love. The power to choose who we love and the strength to love ourselves. 



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