The favorite things of photographer Elicia Graves

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The favorite things of photographer Elicia Graves

My favorite things with Elicia Graves!

elmwood cafe mocha

1. The mocha at Elmwood Cafe in Berkeley: This little cafe is such a happy place and not only do they use organic, local ingredients, but half of their profits go to support charities that their customers can vote for.  It also gets beautiful light most of the day and I love to photograph my family there.  If that isn’t enough to entice you, they make chocolate ganache in house and use it in their mocha recipe.

2. The new Sigma 35mm f1.4:  This lens is my workhorse.  It fits my style of shooting and it is incredibly sharp.  I am absolutely thrilled with the quality.

statement jewelry

3. Statement jewelry: I love how the right necklace or turquoise bracelet can dress up a simple tee or casual dress.  I like to spend a little more on a piece that will last a while and I really appreciate the quality of J.Crew’s casual jewelry for everyday, fun pieces.

4. Tenba backpack:  This is my workhorse bag.  It fits my camera and all of my lenses plus a few accessories, yet the size isn’t overwhelming.  I use it as my carry on for trips and it is perfect for my gear plus a few diapers, wipes, wallet and sunglasses.

artifact uprising photo books

5.  Artifact Uprising albums: Possibly the easiest photo books to design, ever.  I especially love their Instagram friendly albums.  I use my iPhone to document our everyday and I love how simple yet refined their layouts are.

6.  Illume Candles:  Let me tell you a little secret.  Do you love the smell of Anthropologie?  I do too.  But I rarely let myself splurge on a $35 candle.  BUT, now they sell Illume candles at Target and I can get my heavenly smelling $35 soy candle for about $10 (my favorites are island moonlight and gingergrass and lemon.)

ray ban

7.  Ray Ban sunglasses:  My dad bought me my first pair of Ray Bans when I turned 16.  I’ve been hooked ever since.  These are my current favorites.

8.  Composition & Creativity by Sarah Wilkerson: When I think about this class it gives me the warm fuzzies.  Sarah is a wonderful teacher and I feel like I was handed an amazing artist tool kit that I didn’t know existed prior to taking this class.  I have a lot of gratitude for how this course helped shape my photography.

9.  Adobe Lightroom 4:  My first editing software was LR 2 and I do 99% of my editing in LR.  I always recommend it to my friends who are looking to get started in photography.

stinson beach

10.  Stinson Beach: Life seems a lot more carefree with the smell of saltwater in the air and your toes in the sand.  My family goes to Stinson Beach as often as we can when the weather is warm.  The drive there is scenic, the town is quaint, and the beach is fabulous.

About the Author:

Elicia, a long time art lover, began her journey through photography shortly before she became a mother. Drawn to black and white photography in particular, she has a very intimate, peaceful, and earnest style to her work. Her gear includes a Nikon D800 and three prime lenses, a 28mm, 35mm, and 85mm. Elicia lives in California with her husband and two daughters and enjoys running, reading, hiking, the beach, ice cream, the farmers market, and Anthropologie. Visit Elicia Graves online.


  1. Emily S May 17 2013 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    Love your list Elicia! I have been wanting to check out Stinson Beach forever! It’s on my bucket list this summer!

  2. Laurie May 17 2013 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Loved getting to know you a little better Elicia! 🙂

  3. Katrina Stewart May 17 2013 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Ooh l love this new series! I love the light in the cafe!

  4. Crystal May 17 2013 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    Fantastic! Gorgeous light in that cafe <3

  5. Melody May 17 2013 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    I love this new series!! Thanks for sharing your favorite things with us, Elicia. I’m definitely going to check out elmwood cafe next time I stop by berkeley for my weekly dose of monterey market produce.

  6. Erica May 17 2013 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing, Elicia! You’re one of my faves. 🙂

  7. kate May 17 2013 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    Love your list 🙂 So thought out and a great representation of your sweet self. xoxo

  8. Liz May 17 2013 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Love this new series! I’m off to make my own instagram book thanks to this!

  9. KatieW May 17 2013 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    So fun Elicia, thanks for sharing!!

  10. corinne m May 17 2013 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    love it! <3

  11. Jo Clark May 17 2013 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    This was SO much fun! I too am in love with my Instagram books! I’m for sure meeting you for coffee there someday. It will be a MUCH shorter drive 🙂

  12. alana May 17 2013 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    awesome! i love artifact’s IG books too!

  13. Kristin Dokoza May 18 2013 at 12:21 am - Reply

    Awww, I love this! Would love to go shopping at Anthro and then a mocha after, sounds like the perfect afternoon 🙂

  14. Heather L May 18 2013 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    This is fantastic Elicia. I love getting a peek inside to learn more about you <3

  15. Samantha Covert May 18 2013 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing all your favorites, Elicia! I am going to check out those candles!! 🙂

  16. Sarah Wilkerson May 18 2013 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Elicia!!! Oh, you got me – you really got me. Here I was jotting down notes about Illume candles when I saw my name pop up on this list, and my heart skipped a little beat! Thank you not only for mentioning C&C here but for inspiring me with your work and your kindness – it was such a treat to have you as a student, and I am so grateful to be able to spend even more time with you as an alumni leader. I’ve loved (and continue to enjoy) seeing your photography evolve. <3

  17. Lauren May 20 2013 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Great list! I think I’ll make a stop by Target on my lunch hour. 🙂

  18. Catherine Heyres May 21 2013 at 12:06 am - Reply

    Love this! That cafe sounds fantastic!!

  19. Celeste Pavlik May 21 2013 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Elicia you have great taste in all things!! Loved seeing a bit more of your photography here as well. Gorgeous!

  20. Jodi May 22 2013 at 10:38 am - Reply

    oh, two things on my shopping list… those illume candles and the artifact uprising book! i totally love your style. what a fun list of favorites here!

  21. Megan May 22 2013 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    Loved every one of your ‘favorites’ Elicia! ♡

  22. Erica F. May 23 2013 at 1:13 am - Reply

    Loved this Elicia! You definitely have great style and Loved seeing some more of your beautiful images as well.

  23. kelly garvey Jun 09 2013 at 4:40 am - Reply

    love all your favorite things! you’re so cute & fun 🙂

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