Spring Break

April 28, 2014

Now that our daughter is on a school schedule we get to/need to indulge in the school holidays.  I tried to stay home and work through her winter break and the poor thing was bored to tears, so for spring break we packed up and headied down south to see my family.  At less than 6 weeks until my due date with baby #2 I am border line for travel, but I was determined to get in some beach time.  It was a long winter (as many of you experienced as well) and my body was in desperate need of some vitamin D.

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I got some alone time and sister time by the pool with a plethora a great magazines, sunscreen and milk shakes.  Just what I needed.  Bliss.SeaIslandEaster2014-6

Studio Sale!

March 11, 2014

Our studio is having a sale!!!!  I’ll be debuting some new prints for only $25-$100 as they are fresh from processing and unframed.  8 x 10 and 11 x 14.  Here is a sneak peek from my new ocean series.  Hope to see you there!  JSGD, JHill Design, Jill Rosenwald, Lawrence McRae and The Third Piece will all be participating too!

Note: these are the in studio sale prices for these first run prints. Please feel free to contact me if you can’t make it and want to order some.

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Ocean Series:

Sea Island, GA – 11 x 14 print $75

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Spanish Moss - 8 x 10 print: $25 Spanish Moss Bikes Sea Island

Horseshoe Crab – 8 x 10 print: $25

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Cohasset – 8 x 10 print: $25

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Prints at the sale will be un-matted and unframed, but all of them are available for purchase at almost any size, matted, framed, and my favorite…acrylic mounted.  Below is a sample of the gorgeous glossy acrylic mount.

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Make way for the new – 2014

December 31, 2013

So the powers that be, who invented the whole modern calendar thing, really had it down.  After the crazy, gluttonous, excitement of the holidays all we mentally and physically want is a refresh.  I am ready to just strip the house bare of Christmas decorations, clean up all the clutter and start bare.  I especially feel the need this year.  After a summer of being displaced due to home renovations, a fall of living with every workman under the sun in and out of our house  and a Christmas spend with multiple visits to the doctor (for all of us) including one trip to the ER (stitches for the little one) and a case of pneumonia (again, for the little one), I am looking forward to a quiet and focused New Year.   Thankfully we are currently spending a week with my family in Sea Island, GA which is offering us some much needed rest and relaxation and helping us all to get healthy.

I think the calm ocean waters this morning are a sign of things for 2014.

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Of course I wouldn’t be me with out a few goals and plans for 2014, but let start small.

• Get out and photograph more…just for me.  Not for a client, but for me.  It makes me a better photographer and there were so many times this fall I felt this desire, but didn’t make the time.
• Business plan.  I have some big thoughts and plans for my business and how to prepare my business as baby #2 approaches.  Still figuring out the action plan so stay tuned.
• Spend more time just “playing” with my daughter.  No iPhone, no trying to tidy-up or trying to do the dishes as she plays nearby, but to truly be with her.
• Organize.  I know, a boring goal everyone has on their list, but between the studio move, house move, renovation and overall life upheaval, nothing in my life seems in place.  I don’t even know which cupboard we store the paper towels.  January is business building and home organization month.
• Health.  Again, on most eveyone’s list but candy has sort of become my crutch this pregnancy and that has got to end.  (As I just finished off some very cherry Jelly Belly’s)  Here’s to a new year of eating more veggies, drinking more water, and getting more sleep.
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No looking back.  Only forward.
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And running towards the future without fear!
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Happy New Year to you all.  Thank you so much for reading and I promise much more blogging in 2014.  XOXO

One Love

August 20, 2013

A few weeks ago I got to travel down to Negril, Jamaica to photograph the wedding of the gorgeous Jessica Sutton of JSGD to Alexander Maniatis of The Mmmmaven project.  From the day I met Jess a few years ago, I knew she had style, but her wedding took that perfection to a whole new level.  It was everything you would expect a wedding in Jamaica to be, beautiful ocean vistas, amazing evening light and the three day event was as cool and chic and Jess and Alex themselves.  Let’s just say this photographer felt pretty square among the hip DJ’s, musicians and fashion folks in attendance.  It was a photographers dream.

The Rehearsal Dinner

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The Wedding

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After the ceremony we all proceeded to the rockin’est reception I have ever seen.  Cocktail hour with a steal drum band was followed by an amazing dinner with heartwarming speeches.  And then there was dancing…

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After the all that dancing it was just too tempting not to take a plunge in the pool on that fun Jamaica night.

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Sea Bliss

August 13, 2013

There is nothing more soul soothing for me than time with the sea.  It calms and refreshens me through it’s repetition and consistency yet, excites and inspires in it’s change and power.  I feel so fortunate to have a family home by the sea, where I can go whenever I want (with in reason haha).  Our time at the beach last week was no different.  Sure south Georgia in August is hot and humid, but it is the beach…*sigh.  We saw the sun rise over the water numerous mornings thanks to a 1 1/2 year old whose internal alarm clock seems to have reset to 5:30am.  Despite our initial blear eyed groans, those mornings were some of our most cherished moments from the trip and made for some gorgeous morning light.

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Reality Check

August 8, 2013

Last week I had a huge reality and priority check. Midway on my daily drive between our new home currently under renovation and my in-laws house, where were are camped out, my 1 1/2 year old had had enough. “All done! All done!” She kept screaming while doing the sign language we had so diligently taught her to help her communicate. All done! I hear ya sister. I had been dragging her all over kingdom come trying to work on the house, work on a video project, schedule some photo shoot, work on my website, while throwing her on a playground with a babysitter here and there. We had all had enough and it took her yelling it at me for 20 minutes straight for it to sink in. I needed to step back and realize my priorities. So I have been trying to do just that…as best as I can.  There is only so much I can so, successfully, in one day. Fortunately we are now spending some quality family time at the beach in Sea Island, GA. We scheduled this trip around the floors being refinished so fingers crossed they are complete when we return home. For now those worries are a million miles away. And I am focused on my biggest priorities….hubby and baby (although she is basically a full on toddler now.)

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In just two days I am going to Jamaica to photograph the wedding of spectacularly hip Jessica Sutton to Alexander Maniatis, and it is coming not a moment too soon.  I need a break from all things renovation.  Yesterday’s work revealed that the 5 inches of concrete we removed from the old kitchen floor had of course compromised all the flooring joists below.   Yes the old kitchen tiles were set in 5 inches of concrete!  How insane it that?!?!  Our old house has amazing craftsmanship and bones, but all the crappy renovations slapped on over the years have made a mess of it.  So in addition to all the rewiring we have to do, we now have to replace all the cracked floor joists.  Another good news/bad news.  I am glad we are finding these unsafe things, but all these repairs are taking away money from other areas of the project.  So Jamaica, here is come!

(This is what I feel our house looks like right now…only not in Jamaica)

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Where I will be in 2 days.  The wedding has the whole resort!  It is nice that my big dilemma is how to pack all my camera equipment, SCUBA gear and wedding clothes all for only 3 nights.  Haha.  Thank goodness I have status on Delta.

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Spring is FINALLY peeking it’s flower buds here in Boston, services are being held for the MIT police officer, the two young women and the young boy who were killed in the Boston Marathon bombings of last week, and the city seems to be healing.  I heard a quote on the radio the other day that really got me thinking.  After you have something like a bomb got off in your hometown, you realize “everytime a bomb goes off somewhere it is someone’s hometown.”  We do not live with daily scares as cities like Baghdad, Kandahar, Jerusalem or even New York do, but it was my hometown this time.  Last weekend we needed a mental and physical change of scenery so we went down to the beautiful coastal town of Duxbury, MA to stay with some friends, run in the grass and play with their crazy yellow labs, Olivia and George.

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As we took a walk on the beach we saw some people clamming, right off the neighborhood.  How cool is that?

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Weekend Update

August 27, 2012

Yes, it is once again, time for another installment of “Weekend Update.”  If you are sick of seeing photos of the beach and ocean then I suggest you tune out from this blog until after Labor Day, because I will be eking out every last minute of summer.  This past weekend we visited friends in Duxbury, ate lobster, played on the beach, swam off the dock and got pile drived by an over eager yellow lab…the later just happened to me and was totally my fault.  I mean, in the la la land, coastal town of Duxbury, one should just expect a yellow lab to be following you everywhere, especially if you jump off a dock in the the beautiful blue ocean waters.  For more on why I love Duxbury see my earlier post this summer, here.

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Next weekend…Maine to see the sis, so prepare for more gratuitous beach shots.

Vacation remains

August 15, 2012

A few extra images from our wonderful beach vacation on this Wednesday.

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