Beth Kirby@local_milk

I help people cook beautiful, live slow, and do what they love for a living.
#livemoremagic
mrs. @matthewlud | 📍Tennessee
Presets + Ecourse + Blog👇🏻

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If you don't want to hear how much I love this man, stop here. This was taken on our wedding day in Iceland as @matthewlud & I drove up the wild coast towards hot springs & waterfalls.
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We'd met five months prior to this photo of him picking me flowers on the side of the road being taken, and I was pregnant with our daughter Eulalie four months after that. To call it a whirlwind would be an understatement. He was a tsunami. 🌊 .
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My life changed in one day. My whole world expanded. Sometimes I try to wrap my mind around what I would do without him. And I just can't. My greatest fear in a relationship is my love fading. It always has faded. I've never been able to make it more than a year or so without feeling like my relationship was more roommate than romance. Until him. I'm 34 and this is the first time I've ever still had butterflies years later. Or pterodactyls. Yeah, you give me pterodactyls, babe. Apropos of nothing, I love you.
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When I think about all of my mistakes in life, of all the suffering, I know it was all necessary to lead me to this place, this family, this life. It's all a journey, the good and bad. We never "arrive". We keep walking. If you're somewhere less flower fields and more scorched earth in your life right now, know I was there too. There's always a corner to turn. Keep an eye out for it. #livemoremagic #milklovescoffee #marriage





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Studio gems, some of my favorite cookware from around the world. I'm so excited to welcome guests (for the first and likely last time!) this coming weekend to my home for a food photography & styling workshop. Edit: Sold out! But if you're looking for some tips, you can grab my Instagram Secret Weapons via the link in profile! .
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As for me I'll be here perfecting the table, testing out recipes (pie is on the menu!), making all sorts of wreaths & garlands, and decking the halls to welcome our guests! •




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Last year's Christmas table. I'm busy planning this next weekend's workshops here as well as our annual Christmas dinner with a few friends the week after.
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We've had a few last minute cancellations for the workshop due to illness, so we have an opening on each day, this Friday and Saturday! The tickets are first come first serve and go fast, so grab your spot via the link in profile!
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We'll be diving deep into The Art of Food Photography from styling, to cameras, to editing, to sharing it all on social media. I'm so excited to welcome you into my home, serve my food, gather around this very table, and share everything I've learned about food photography over the years, including how I plan to shoot my book. This is probably the LAST workshop I will be teaching in the flesh for a long time to come as I focus on my book, my family, and growing other aspects of the business in 2018, so don't miss it! Link in profile to get a spot. #livemoremagic #localmilkgathering




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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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The streets of Montmartre. I'm missing Paris this week, so I spontaneously booked tickets to head back to our apartment in the Marais in February for a quick visit to catch up with friends, eat all the things, take walks, and cook every beautiful thing I can find. •

I'm very happy in Tennessee—I'm loving my routine—and this next trip will be an experiment to see if I can maintain my routine (namely workout, morning routine, and a clean house) while elsewhere. My whole life I've struggled with routine. I'm the sort of person that likes to do whatever I feel like doing in a moment regardless of what I had resolved to do (or what anyone else expects me to do! 😬) Not a temperament conducive to habit making.


But I'm in love with my morning routine now. It sets the stage for the rest of my day. It's basically a localmilkified version of @timferriss habits to win the day. It's 100% true that when I have a good morning, the chances of a productive day are much higher and even if I only tick a few of my boxes, I feel like it's a win. What is your morning routine? I'd love to see if there are some helpful habits that I haven't thought of yet? Would you guys be interested in learning more about the routine that's worked for me? #livemoremagic




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Montmartre
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I'm about to go full on Christmas elf up in here. We're wrapping up our annual gift guide for 2017, but in the mean time I've still got a TON of awesome gift choices in guides from past years—go get your elf on via the link in profile! I've also got the link for a gorgeous organic wreath tutorial there. And of course my early Christmas gift to you beautiful people: my Instagram Secret Weapons Guide! Get it allllll! ✨✨✨
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Other than finishing the gift guide today is JAM packed—I'm about to hit the gym (hahahaha I just said "hit the gym" who the eff am I?!), then it's three power hours of work before the dentist (big thumbs down), and THEN the fun part of my day: I'm having a chat with the force of nature that is @jennakutcher for her podcast #goaldiggerpodcast. She's been a huge inspiration to me, *and* I took the plunge and invested in my business big time by joining her 2018 Mastermind. I don't think I've ever had so much hope and excitement for a year ahead. 2018, you gonna be good. Anyhow, I'll let you guys know how the interview goes + when the podcast airs! #localmilkchristmas #livemoremagic




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Venice, one of many cities that I haunt. When it comes to destinations, I'm a repeat offender. I go back and back and back again and splash memories all over canals and back streets and harbors and docks. I rub up against them like a cat. And then I think, secretly, that they are mine. I used to feel the same way about ex-boyfriends when I was younger. I wanted to keep them all in my pocket like a collection. Venice, Kyoto, Paris, Marrakech, New Orleans, Nashville, Chattanooga. My collection of cities. Of all of those cities I've haunted the past few years, Venice and I have the longest history other than, of course, my home town.

On these canals I wept a theatrical goodbye with an Italian boy (maybe man) at midnight, legs dangling over the side and embracing each other when I was 15. Only to replace him with another Italian man-boy a week later. He sent me an email that read "god save American girls". Indeed. But I was young.
My ex husband and I smashed our way through Venice on our honeymoon years later. Lovers, friends, work, and so many other memories years after that. And then finally this summer walking the sweltering streets with the love of my life and our baby.

Driving around my home town is similar— stories of a past life on every street corner. I talk more about my story in my newsletter, so if you're interested in how I got here (here being a life I love) from a life of being depressed, divorced, and generally messed up, you can subscribe to get to know more. Because if I can do this thing, anyone can. For a two for one, you can grab my free guide, 10 Instagram Secret Weapons (tools & apps for killing it here on Instagram), and you'll join the email family too (the link is in my profile). #livemoremagic #localmilkabroad




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Venice, Italy
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If you need me, I'll be covered in sick frantically doing laundry. Poor Eula has her first stomach bug, and dad's out of town. While I'm going to be completely out of commission today, the Instagram Secret Weapons Guide (my top ten tools for winning at insta!) that I created for you guys is still ready & waiting for you to grab it via the link in my profile! It's completely free, so if you want to know what tools I use, get it now!
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Back to the big thing in my life today: my sick baby. I feel so bad for her. She's totally fine, but she gets sick about once an hour. And then is fine like nothing happened, laughing and toddling around. I'm breastfeeding and giving her water to keep her hydrated, so no worries. But this mamma is gonna be MIA until this clears up or reinforcements arrive.
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This serves as a reminder that all of life can wait when the big things happen. And that most of life is little things. I have a very strong sense of urgency about my work, and being benched for a few days is the type of thing that could have previously sent me into a bit of a panic. Cause let me tell you, when you're alone with a sick toddler, nothing gets done. I'll be lucky to eat, much less make it to the gym this afternoon or tackle much of my inbox maelstrom. And it's ok. Because nothing is that important. What's important is the bean is down for the count and needs me. So if you're one of the hundreds of people I don't respond to today—at least now you know why! Now I'm gonna go heat up some leftovers and shove them in my face between folding laundry before she wakes up! Ps. Please send tortillas. Leftovers are so much better in tortillas! #EulalieWilla #babyaulait




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Okay! Two big announcements! 1. My second preset pack, The Travel Collection is LIVE. And it has a whopping FIFTY presets that were inspired by our travels in Greece, Japan, Morocco, and France. This photo was edited with the preset "lmt rainbow sunset"...and you can see why it's called that! Swipe right to see it edited with some of the other presets in the new collection and to see the original (it's the last one!) If you have my presets or get them, make sure to tag the photos you use them on with #localmilkfilter so I can see what you create!
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And the second thing! So many of you have asked me what apps I use for Instagram & stories that I put together a free guide to my top 10 must-have tools for winning at IG and you can grab it via the link in my profile! It will teach you how I plan my grid, how I get those cool fonts on my stories (video and still!), how I get those nifty hashtag clouds, and much more!Merry early Christmas! .
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Ps. Grab 15% the presets via the link in my profile too!!! 🎄🤶🏻✨





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Oía, Kikladhes, Greece
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Last year's wreath making bounty. If you want to learn how to make beautiful, free form, organic wreaths for your home this holiday season, hop over to the blog for the tutorial @petalinefloral wrote via the link in profile!
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I'm about to order my greenery for this year, and I'm so excited to get the house all decked out for my upcoming food photography & styling workshops here at the studio (a.k.a. mah hizzy)! We already have our tree & stockings up, eggnog in the fridge, and @sheandhim Christmas albums on repeat. I'm mildly obsessed with Christmas. I have such fond memories of it growing up, and it was always such a big day. I hope to raise Eula with the same sense of magic and wonder. So few things stay magical as an adult, but it's still total magic for me. The giving, the gathering, the bountiful tables. I just love it. I don't have a grinch bone in my body! #localmilkchristmas




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Eulalie, post nap & all sunshine.
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It's Saturday, and @matthewlud is sequestered studying for his cicerone certification—that means its just mama & babe chillin this weekend. Which equals jammies alllllll day, dry shampoo mom bun, and lots of easy rice bowls and smoothie situations to nourish us in our great weekend pursuits. Like Eula trying to plug my phone charger into my ear, making faces at each other, reading @the_wild_unknown's "Hello Sacred Life" on repeat (Eula is obsessed with the water illustration), and mama's vain attempts to work on the couch in between. Oi.
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And just a note because I think it's so freaking awesome: this photo was taken with my iPhone and edited using Lightroom mobile. I usually use Lightroom Desktop, but mobile is blowing me away. See the before photo on stories! I edit & create *everything* on @adobecreativecloud products, and this is NOT sponsored. Ever since I started I've used Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere, and now even dabbling in InDesign. Can't recommend them enough. I noticed they still are offering 20% off on Creative Cloud (what I use) until midnight. You can grab it via the link in profile if you're interested! My presets are designed for Lightroom Desktop so it's a must have if you want to use them! #eulaliewilla #babyaulait




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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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I can't believe it—there are only FOUR spots left for our E-Course—The Art of Food Photography. Grab one of the last spots via the link in profile! I've spent years & years teaching everything I know about visual storytelling, shooting on DSLR, editing, and styling at retreats around the world, and this year we are finally making it all available online.

Have you been struggling with all those camera buttons & falling back on auto? Does the exposure triangle make your head spin? Are you like WTF is an exposure triangle?! Clueless about color theory in food styling? Wondering why other people's photos have that WOW factor and you just can't seem to beat your camera into submission? Well, imagine a world where styling takes a few moments, you only take a few photographs, and then you edit them in a couple of clicks before they're ready for the world. This course can give you that.
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It's a 4 week course in January where I'll be teaching 4 live sessions (which will be available for download if you miss one!) and there'll be coursework provided (notes, worksheets, and more!) each week. There will also be a private Facebook group where I'll be hanging out on the reg to answer questions & where you can support and get to know one another. At the end of the course you'll submit a project for 100% personalized feedback from me. This has literally been YEARS in the making, and I couldn't be more psyched! This is the ONLY *live* e-course I will ever be teaching. And we are only doing one or two retreats next year...so if you want that one on one attention NOW is your chance! Registration is closing soon so don't miss the window on this one time only opportunity...click the link in profile and grab one of the last spots before they are gone for good!! #eatmoremagic #localmilkfilter .
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One of the most gram-worthy sink sitches out there, @signebay's studio. I'd share a shot of my own sink sitch but HOLY EXPLOSION, Batman! 💥 My whole house looks like someone set off a bomb. Between unpacking from Paris, unpacking from Japan, and moving back in for the holidays its just total chaos.
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My solution? Get rid of more stuff! The truth is mess and clutter are more than just an inconvenience to me. They effect my mental health. I find mess so depressing the mess usually grows because I freeze in the face of it. And then the vicious cycle begins. .
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So today I'm taking it one room at a time and making piles of even more stuff to give away because I firmly believe the answer doesn't lie in more organization but in less stuff.
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Does clutter take a psychological toll on you? How do you combat it? I'm a huge fan of a Marie Kondo, but I've never been home long enough to actually apply her methods! Maybe this holiday season is the time for me! #livemoremagic




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