When most people have a birthday, they try to keep their work schedule open, maybe even take the day off. Not Kat. This year, her birthday fell on a Wednesday which tends to be one of her busiest days of the week. We celebrated with the kids on Tuesday, since she’s usually home for dinner, but that didn’t quite feel like enough. I wanted to do more.
I also wanted pictures of her peacock-colored hair, which is one of the more brilliant settings she’s had this year. Of course, getting her to actually stop and pose for pictures rarely happens anymore. Her schedule seems to stay full even on her days off.
Kat’s also been after me to do more natural/ambient light photos. Since the windows here at the house are not especially conducive to that kind of photography, I tend to use artificial light a lot more often than was previously the case.
The best solution I could find was to follow her to work. Her boss’s, Ginger and Robb, were agreeable and so were Heather and Guenevere, her co-workers. Bonus: Biz on Fletcher has wonderful natural lighting and the sun was shining brightly, providing the perfect atmosphere for the pictures.
What we captured is the briefest of snapshots at the salon. Kat’s guests were gracious in allowing me to include them in the photos but we didn’t have time to hang around all day, so there are no shots of anyone getting a facial or a massage and since the manicure room is being redecorated there are no shots of nail work, either, all of which are available.
One thing we did catch is Heather checking messages on the ASL video phone. Indianapolis has a surprisingly large deaf and hearing impaired community and of the hundreds of salons scattered across the city fewer than a dozen offer any American Sign Language services at all. While Biz on Fletcher is already wonderfully unique because of its well-trained staff and all-natural Aveda products, being able to offer ASL services demonstrates an extra level of attention to the needs of the community.
And then we caught lots of pictures of Kat. In fact, I’m pretty sure I managed to get her hair from just about every angle possible. Then, being Kat, she changed it later in the week. Heaven forbid her hair stay the same more than a couple of weeks.
While we were there, Guenevere was kind enough to take a shot at touching up my unruly mane, since Kat’s schedule is impossibly full during the times I’m available. I don’t have pictures of that since I don’t do selfies, so we caught her in the mirror a couple of times. She’s good at what she does, but then, that applies to everyone in the salon.
We missed Robb. He was in the back working on the new manicure space, all covered in dust and such. He’s there, though, and so is Ginger, who we caught at the front desk when she wasn’t looking.
What I hope we captured in these photos is how comfortable and relaxing the salon is. Housed in a historic building in Fletcher Place, there’s no rush to get guests in and out in a hurry, no oppressive corporate decor, no uniforms, and a calming aesthetic that makes any visit there more like a mini-vacation. Am I biased in that assessment? Probably, but it’s one of the few salons I’ve visited where I would trust anyone on the staff to cut my hair. I certainly can’t say that about any other place in town.
Here are Kat’s birthday pictures. Click on the thumbnail to see the full collection. And if you want to try the experience for yourself, call the salon at 317.631.2775. Tell them I sent you and enjoy how loudly they laugh.
By the way, this is not a paid endorsement. I have to say that now or Europe gets upset.