What is in My Bag
No day is complete at KP without a hug from Clarissa. She joined the team in 2008 as a commercial and editorial photographer, with a background in FASHION from Kent State University. Her work has garnered industry recognition and awards from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Flashes of Hope, AAF, Edible Magazine’s Eddy Awards, and has hung artwork in local and international galleries.
Clarissa loves creative collaboration and looks for beauty in everything. She’s always interested in sharing thoughtful meals, ideas, and joyful laughs.
View Clarissa's personal work on her website or Instagram, especially if you want to see photos of her animal hoarding (kind of a joke…but kind of true) and inspiration from her travels.
Q&A With Clarissa Westmeyer
What is your quirkiest trait?
My laugh that can sometimes be heard from miles away.
What inspires you?
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Looking at Zillow just to be in awe of or inspired by interior design choices and fantasize about doing home make-overs.
What would be your superhero power?
The ability to speak and understand every language. Realistically, however, if you are asking what my current superhero power might be, I would say giving hugs…or maybe the ability to defuse my sister’s almost daily drama.
Worst fashion choice?
When I was in the 6th grade I had three Nature Conservancy t-shirts that were way too big for me. One had frogs, one had ladybugs, and the other one had a zebra…you might remember the one with the bar code and a zebra appears in the lines of the bar code. I would wear them exclusively. To be sure that I never wore a shirt two days in a row, I would keep track of the shirt I wore by writing it on my cat-themed monthly wall hanging calendar above my bed. Thinking back on this, I can’t even imagine how often my mom did laundry to be able to sustain this bizarre pattern that repeated every three days. The over-sized tees were paired with equally over-sized jeans that were likely a light denim wash with a back pocket patch that I sewed on myself that read “Kiss my Patch”. I was buying apples.
I'm Really Proud Of
My dad saying he was proud of me.