Alex Reed and Muddy's Grindhouse | Memphis, TN Brand Lifestyle Session

"Let's talk about it."

Alex Reed is a woman not afraid to tackle the issues, and shake off the stigmas attached to her profession as a dietitian. You can even find her website here. 

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When I first moved to Memphis, I immediately looked up the Memphis brand of Tuesdays Together, a group of like minded men and women who create, build, and support eachother through small businesses and hobbies. Its a unique sort of networking, as it focuses on lifting each other up for the sake of the bettering Memphis as a whole. Their motto? Community Over Competition. 

Alex, also known as @NotAFoodCop on Instagram, talks bluntly and openly about the confusion that surrounds food in 2018. The Diet Culture that has consumed the American Woman (and man), can seriously mess with body image and stress. Obsessively counting calories, demonizing foods, and needlessly restricting make for a stressed out individual that can barely eat an ice cream cone without some serious guilt. And Alex is out there to help you, and whoever else wants to read or listen, debunk some serious diet myths. She writes as a dietitian for GirlBoss, and you can find her speaking at foodie events and leading food tours here in Memphis and in Nashville. She's a powerhouse.

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When she approached me about getting portraits, I instantly knew that she wanted to showcase her relaxed and fun outlook on food. She chose Muddy's Grindhouse, a memphis icon, for her shoot and I knew it was going to be a good session. We got there on a Saturday morning this fall and shared some coffee and pimento cheese scones while talking about some great Memphis finds. (Thanks for helping that new-to-memphis girl out!) She's a natural in the front of the camera, and introduced me to one of the best coffee shops in midtown.

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 Muddy's Grindhouse has some of the best coffee, in the cutest mugs. 

Muddy's Grindhouse has some of the best coffee, in the cutest mugs. 

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 Pimento Cheese scones are one of their specialities, and a delicious one at that!

Pimento Cheese scones are one of their specialities, and a delicious one at that!

Thanks again, Alex, for a great time at Muddy's Grindhouse, and for being a familiar face in Memphis when I'm exploring the city for myself. 

Best of luck out there-

Kaitlyn Becker Johnson

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