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.
Of course I wouldn’t be me with out a few goals and plans for 2014, but let start small.
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
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…
After the all that dancing it was just too tempting not to take a plunge in the pool on that fun Jamaica night.
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.
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.)
June 19, 2013
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)
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.
April 25, 2013
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.
Photos with my iPhone
As we took a walk on the beach we saw some people clamming, right off the neighborhood. How cool is that?
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.
Next weekend…Maine to see the sis, so prepare for more gratuitous beach shots.
August 15, 2012
August 13, 2012
You know you have had a good vacation when you return home rejuvenated and excited to dive back into things. Our week at the beach did just that. Our days were filled with morning walks on the beach, afternoons in the pool, water activities (I tried paddle boarding for the first time), naps, barbequing, and loads of family time. It was probably one of the best vacations I have every had.
Morning walk on a quiet beach
The seas were a little rough and the wind was up, but it made for some fun wave riding. I love, love, loved paddle boarding. My thighs are still sore.
Oh, and did I mention the one and only Tibi Outlet is nearby…needless to say a little shopping spree occurred.
Until next time, I love you Sea Island.