Dog days

May 25, 2012

I love my studio space so much.  On any given day there can be photo shoots, meetings, babies and doggies galore.  It is such a fun creative space and believe it or not, we get a ton of work done here.  Between the 5 companies that share the floor we have 2 babies, 5 dogs and bunch of fun amazing people. Meet the newest studio mate…Russell.  (His owner is a new ceramic artist.)  Isn’t he so photogenic?

Hush…

May 23, 2012

Yesterday afternoon I had a particularly fussy little girl who did not want to nap.  Realizing she wanted nothing to do with her crib and I was not going to get a few (much needed) hours of quiet to finish a video project, we hit the streets.  The rumble of the bricks and cobble stones in my neighborhood usually rock her to sleep in no time at all…usually.  Our walk did lead way to some glossy streets, rain soaked flowers and eventually…sleep.

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P.S. We had round two of not wanting to go to sleep that evening.  After almost two hours of trying, just as we got her quiet in her crib, the fire alarm in our apartment building went off.  It ended up being a false alarm thank goodness, but not before we hiked down 7 flights of stairs, into the rainy night, with fire trucks and firemen crowding our street.  I am tired…that is all.

I absolutely adore how this photo shoot with Panorama Magazine came out.  The retro feel, the saturated colors…love, love, love.   I just get giddy when location, styling and the art direction of a photo shoot all come together to produce such fun images.  Special thanks to Samantha House coordinating all these moving parts.  She always has such great vision and creativity.

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Weekend Update

May 14, 2012

I don’t think I could have planned/not planned a more perfect weekend than the one I just had.  It was my first mother’s day as a mom and while we had some events planned, we also just let things happen.

Saturday – During my early morning Starbucks and breakfast run I could feel the cool air was going to give way and it was going to be one of those gorgeous days.  I texted the hubby saying we should scrap our to-do list and chores and go to Duxbury Beach for the day.  Duxbury is an old colonial ship building town about 30 miles south of Boston, and their beach is a 6 mile long barrier peninsula with the bay on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other.  You can purchase an annual beach sticker allowing you to drive a 4×4 vehicle out on the dunes of the long remote beach.  It is so beautiful and unspoiled.

After a fun day at the beach, we drove back home, showered up and had a relaxing evening at home.  Baby went to bed beautifully and the hubby and I stayed up until midnight talking, sipping wine and catching up.  It is amazing how the week can fly by and I barely get a chance to catch up with my husband.  It was wonderful.

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Sunday – I was a little tired from my late night wine sipping and catching up with my hubby…not to mention the 4 am feeding squeezed in there, but it was my first Mother’s Day as a mother!  It is so strange when I say it out loud. “I’m a mom?!?!” I can still hardly believe it.  We had a lovely Mother’s Day brunch and then grandma and grandpa took the baby, while we went to the Red Sox game.  I even found a vendor that had gluten-free beer!  Bliss.

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We scooted out at the 7th inning stretch for an afternoon snack at Island Creek Oyster Bar.  (I love going to the ballpark on a nice day, but we also had a babysitter for the day, so I wanted to cram as much in as possible.)  Island Creek Oysters are a local oyster farming company (Duxbury in fact)  There is so much to love about this company.  Oyster are a great sustainable food source and Island Creek Oyster supports sustainable agriculture and fishing practices through their foundation. Oh, and their brand aesthetic is beyond perfect.  The font, the letter press, the logo, the decor…am so in love.

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We ended the day with baby bath time (my favorite), some yummy left overs and HBO.  Seriously, HBO has been making Sunday nights bearable since Sex and the City and the Sopranos…my current faves: Game of Thrones (I have a bit of the fantasy nerd in me.) and VEEP (some seriously funny political stuff.  Julia Louis-Dryfus is amazing)  I usually have to save Mad Men to DVR.  I can’t say up that late.  Which makes for a great Monday night!  Yay me!  I hope all the moms out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend.  Mine first one was perfect.

While the editors of Rue Magazine certainly picked some fabulous photos, there are so many more from the shoot that I just adore.  (I am terrible at narrowing down my own work.  Thank goodness for editors.)  Here are more goodies from the Rue Shops Boston feature.

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GOOD 88 Charles Street

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South End Buttery 314 Shawmut Ave

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Patch NYC The Courtyard at 34 Waltham Street

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Their workshop

Speaking of inspiration boards…

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M Flynn 40 Waltham Street

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Hudson 12 Union Part Street

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Twelve Chairs (my Fort Point neighbor!) 319 A Street

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Image from their in-house design studio

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And ending with another shot of Miss Radiant Republic herself, Erika Johnson.  Love this girl!

I am now officially obsessed with this song.  I am sure many of you have already seen this video “sweeping the nation,” but I love it.  It reminds me of everything I loved about college: fun bubble gum music, getting ready to go out with my roommates on a Friday night, boys, boys, boys…(yes my husband was a college athlete…I am a sucker…swoon), and then you get the goatee, razor sunglasses and chains around the neck.  Eeek!  Thank goodness college boys grow up. :)

Derby Days

May 8, 2012

I know I am a little slow on the uptake, with the Kentucky Derby being a few days ago, but as I was watching the festivities this weekend I couldn’t help but notice what a wonderful design element mint julep cups can add and how functional they are.  A few years ago I stocked up on some little silver plated ones, with the thought they would serve as a great ready supply of hostess gifts to have on hand.  Flash forward to now, and I seem to have given none away and have used them all over my own home.  They add glamour everywhere.

In the bathroom…

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In the kitchen…

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At the table…

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They seem to work almost anywhere.  I also love putting tea lights in them at night for a warm silvery glow.  Perfect for cocktail parties.  I am going to have to keep my eye out and stock up again soon…so I can finally give them away as gifts.

Rue Shops Boston

May 7, 2012

The new Rue issue is here, the new Rue issue is here!  A few weeks ago I got the call from Rue Magazine asking me to photograph a feature on where to shop in Boston.  On top of that already fabulously exciting request (my first real photo shoot post baby) I learned we would be following around the fabulous Erika of Radiant Republic.  I have worked with Erika in the past and her taste is impeccable.  Her list of shops did not disappoint.  Each are so uniquely Boston.  She even introduced me to a few new spots.  Go check out the new issue here.  We are on page 40.  Here are some screen grabs.

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Many of us have found out the fabulously addictive nature of Pintrest.  My boards serve a great forms of inspiration, cataloguing ideas and even grabbing hair styling tips when I am bored with my routine, but there is still something about a good old fashion inspiration board.  I finally had the opportunity to hang my big 6-foot by 4-foort bulletin board (and by me, I mean the awesome Lawrence McRae hung it for me…I owe him big.)   Part inspiration board and part piece of art, I just love walking into my studio each morning and seeing all my favorite images.  I won’t show the whole thing yet, as my studio was just photographed for an amazingly exciting feature, but here are some teasers.  It is a mix of my favorite images and some of my work…see if you can find my stuff. :)

My big inspiration board:

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Snippets from my studio mate Erin Gate’s inspiration board.

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Inspiration board from Tibi fashion show – SS 2012 collection

Photos: Sarah Winchester

And who doesn’t love a good model board?

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And the queen of inspiration boards, Kelly Wearstler.  Photos from her blog, My Vibe Life.

 Have a happy weekend!

Building my portfolio

May 2, 2012

The amazingly talented Samantha House held a fabulous party last week in celebration of her many jewelry lines.  She asked me to pop by and photograph the models.  The model were clad in Samantha House couture necklaces and the most amazing dresses made of paper.  The were like living works of art.  I am thrilled with their outcome and love that I can add them to my fashion photography portfolio.

P.S. I am working on a June 1 launch of a new website and will have all my portfolios up there.  I am so excited!

 

 

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