Whether it is 10am on a Tuesday or 9pm on a Saturday, Marissa Harrington is likely up to something fabulous that you want to be a part of. Thanks to her boundless passion and eye for detail, one quickly learns that her photography studio, Bourbon and Goose, is much more than meets the eye. Based in Downtown LA's chic artistic hub, The Unique Space, Marissa snaps dazzling portraits, offers creative direction to high end brands, and collaborates with cutting edge makers. Once a week, she transforms the space into the setting for her popular #HappyHourClub, serving up bold cocktails (such as Thai Bloody Marys, Vanilla Bourbon Bombs, and Guinness Ice Cream Floats) to her loyal following. Part entrepreneur, part Renaissance woman, Marissa is definitely among LA's creative movers and shakers.
Precious Beast recently had the opportunity to sit with Marissa for SOMEONE YOU OUGHTA KNOW... WITH BOURBON AND GOOSE…
PB: What inspired you to start Bourbon and Goose and how did it come together?
MH: I started blogging 2008 for friends and companies I worked for. I love social media and content creation. At the time, my blogging focused around food, events and beauty products. I wasn't ready to start my own blog until 2011 when I needed an outsource to express my creativity outside of my day open. Thankfully with Sam's encouragement, I developed Bourbon and Goose. Looking back, I realized I should have just dived in but hey, lesson learned. I think that's part of the driving force on why I morphed Bourbon and Goose into a photography studio. I wanted to take a risk and put together all my passions. Since it is now a photo studio, it's given me a chance to use my creative direction and photography skills to help individuals and companies get their visual voice out there.
PB: Where did the name come from?
MH: When Sam and I first started dating we both had our drinks we preferred when going out with friends. He loves bourbon and during that period of my life, I loved Goose and soda (grey goose). After reminiscing about one of our nights out celebrating a friend's birthday, Sam informed me he referred to my girlfriends and I as the Goose Crew. I couldn't stop laughing about it. Voila the name was born!
PB: When did your passion for photography start?
MH: My grandpa and grandma were notorious for taking photos and writing on the back of each photo of what was going outside the frame. Those photos are now my most valuable treasures. Looking back, it made me realize how storytelling through photography has made such an impact on me.
PB: What are your tools of choice?
MH: Canon EOS 60D and anything made by Profoto and Adobe.
PB: Where do you find inspiration?
MH: If I'm stuck in a creative rut, I go for a walk or bike ride. I love walking around Downtown LA and being inspired by the community. I'm also notorious for going off the grid, which I get from my mother—taking mini road trips or camping excursions to unplug and refuel.
PB: What are your favorite subjects to photograph?
MH: Hands down: dogs. They are the funniest models. I'm itching to do pet photography and would love to volunteer with animal rescues to support their mission. If you follow me on facebook, this isn't a surprise. ;)
PB: What would be your dream collaboration?
MH: Working with Darling Magazine. I love what they stand for and what they are bringing to the online community.
PB: You also host the very popular #HappyHourClub - can you tell us about it?
MH: I created #HappyHourClub on a whim with the intention to try out different cocktail recipes for the website. It's now grown into an informal meet-up, perfect for meeting my online community in person and also spending time with my friends. It's every Friday (unless noted) from 4-6pm. Each month I do a larger #happyhourclub with a featured Cocktail Curator, who shares their favorite recipe. The tasting allows attendees to try out the craft cocktail before it hits the Drink with Us gallery. In short, it's really just an excuse for me to be social and meet new people.
PB: What's next for Bourbon and Goose?
MH: Next month I'll be speaking at Academy of Handmade's summer workshop, Blogging for Makers, a beauty shoot for a series I'm working on and portraiture series. Very excited for the month ahead since it's filled with so many creative endeavors.
PB: Where can people find out more?
MH: Definitely check out the website. Bourbon and Goose has information about the photography services, a drink with us gallery featuring all the latest cocktail collaborations and the blog showcase all the work in the studio. Also, my instagram pretty much gives you a glimpse into my daily activities and inspiration.