About Corey

a los angelena in italia

From California, to Italy

Growing up just outside Pasadena, CA – my innate desire to create was evident from an early age. Whether it was crafting, hand-sewing clothes for my stuffed animals, playing piano, or immersing myself in the wonders of nature – I found solace and fulfillment in the act of bringing something new into existence. This creative spirit was nurtured by the influence of my parents, who each expressed their own unique forms of creativity.

My dad, a multi-talented individual, channeled his creativity through various artistic pursuits – writing, leatherwork, woodwork, calligraphy, and tending to our vibrant garden – he exemplified the embodiment of a true Renaissance soul. My mom, a dedicated nurse with over 40 years of experience, modestly claims not to possess a creative bone in her body. However, I beg to differ. Her creativity shines brightly in the kitchen, where she effortlessly whips up homemade meals that bring family and friends together. I have fond memories of gathering around the dining room table during holidays or just on a normal weekday, savoring the delicious dishes she poured her heart and soul into. Throughout my school years, my dad played an equally essential role in my love for food. Each day, he lovingly prepared a homemade lunch for me, complete with a handwritten note. These small gestures infused my days with warmth, reminding me of the power of personal touches and the profound impact they can have on our lives.

It was through these culinary experiences that my love for food was born. Intertwining with my passion for creativity and setting me on a course filled with gastronomic adventures, I embarked on a journey to pursue my own unique path. Equipped with a degree in Graphic Communication and Design from Cal Poly SLO and a love for food and intrigue for travel, I decided to combine these passions and dive headfirst into the world of food styling, photography and story-telling.

I embraced the power of social media and its ability to connect people with similar interests, by establishing a food-focused Instagram account to document and share my favorite dishes from restaurants I visited. As my account grew, I began delving deeper into the vibrant food scene of Los Angeles and beyond, exploring new culinary experiences and connecting with like-minded individuals who shared my passion for food and creativity. As my confidence grew, I started collaborating with restaurants and food brands, capturing their delectable dishes and products – bringing them to life through my lens. Through my work, I aimed to not only showcase the deliciousness of food but also evoke emotions, tell stories, and inspire others to appreciate the artistry that goes into every meal.

While continuing to expand my focus, I sought to gain a deeper understanding of the digital landscape. This led me to take on a corporate job as a Social Media Manager at a Public Relations firm in Downtown Los Angeles. Through this experience, I gained valuable insights into the behind-the-scenes workings of social media and developed expertise in influencer partnerships. It was a period of growth and learning that complemented my creative pursuits and provided me with a well-rounded understanding of the industry.

Presently, I manage social media accounts for various brands, curating engaging content and leveraging my skills in photography, styling, and storytelling. My focus primarily revolves around food, beverage, and travel brands – allowing me to combine my passions and create captivating visual narratives.

Beyond my professional endeavors, I continue to find solace and inspiration in various creative outlets. Thrifting, sewing, painting, and gardening are among my cherished hobbies that provide a balance to my work. I revel in the joy of exploring nature and spending as much time as possible outside, rejuvenating my spirit and finding inspiration in the world around me.

In 2019, I embarked on an unforgettable journey to Italy with my mom, a country that holds a special place in my heart. During that trip, I had the serendipitous encounter of meeting my now-husband, who hails from the enchanting city of Bologna. We navigated the challenges of a long-distance relationship, cherishing the moments we spent together and enduring the months of separation due to the global pandemic.

Amidst the trials and tribulations, we seized the opportunity to travel, including my work trips to Turkey and Spain. The summer of 2021 was a particularly memorable time as we spent three incredible months together in Italy, exploring new destinations, deepening our bond, and embracing the joys and complexities of love and commitment. It was during this time that we got engaged and embarked on the intricate journey of planning our wedding, which took place in December 2021 in Italy, surrounded by our loved ones.

Currently, my husband and I are building our life together in Bologna, Italy, savoring the experiences and uncertainties that come with creating a future in a new place. As we navigate the adventure of settling down, we remain open to the possibilities that lie ahead, unsure of where we will ultimately establish our long-term roots. I invite you to join us on this exciting journey, as I share our experiences, discoveries, and the beauty of life through my lens. Together, let's embrace the wonders of creativity, food, travel, and love.

I'll be bold as well as strong &
I'll use my head alongside my heart.

- Mumford & Sons

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Being born and raised in Los Angeles has given me a deep appreciation for its food scene and vibrant culture. However, my love extends beyond the borders of my hometown. Italy has captivated my heart with its rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and, of course, its delectable cuisine. Whether I'm immersing myself in the diverse expanse of LA or indulging in the enchanting flavors of Italy, both places hold a special place in my heart, constantly fueling my passion for new experiences, connections, and culinary adventures.