Being a photographer and a theater mom, I end up spending a lot of time in coffee shops. Whether I am meeting with clients or waiting patiently for my son to finish up with his theater/class/rehearsal/workshop, I often find myself needing to kill a few hours someplace that’s not near my house.

I love coffee, so naturally, I’m drawn to coffee shops in general, but more specifically, to Starbucks. I know. It’s considered a sin in most people’s eyes to pay over $4 a cup for coffee, but I don’t care. I am thrifty in most other aspects of my life, but when I need a place to hang out and a decent cup of coffee, nothing beats Starbucks. I’m willing to pay a little more for what I get. The quality of the beverages are better, my order is always correct or I get it remade for free and they know how to craft an actual latte. It’s also warm and inviting. Their brand colors are the same as mine- Green, white and black. The store is full of plush chairs, warm woods and soft music. Most importantly, it smells like coffee. Much like good photography, I’m paying the extra money for the experience and I don’t mind one bit. 

No matter where you go, even in other countries like Ireland and Belgium, you will always have one thing familiar to you in Starbucks. They are all a little different but the same. I’m actually composing this blog post from the Starbucks now, while waiting for my son while he’s at rehearsal for one of his many theater productions. Sometimes I just come here to work, especially in the winter when I am done being cooped up in my house. It’s my port in the storm. The familiar place that sells my favorite beverage and keeps me going.

So, don’t feel bad for the little splurges in life. If you want good coffee, go to Starbucks. If you want amazing photographic art of your wedding or family that you can pass down for generations to come, contact me.