For the past year I have been working various different photo shoots and projects for a new design and lifestyle book by Erin Gates of Elements of Style.  Two weeks ago we shot her head shot for the book and yesterday the book went on pre-sale on Amazon.com!  Knowing that she has impeccable taste I was thrilled and honored when she asked me to help contribute some of my photography skills to her book.  I knew she wasn’t just asking me as a friend as she wouldn’t settle for less than perfect for her book. (Over the years I have had the pleasure of working closely with Erin; I shared my first studio space in Boston with her, and have also come to call her a dear friend.)  I am also humbled to have my photography credit name next to some of my interior photographer idols and fellow contributors Michael Partenio and Michael J Lee.  On top of all that, the book pre-order sales made Elements of style #1 best selling Home Decorating book on Amazon and top 50 on all of Amazon!  Crazy.  Pre-order yours now so you won’t have to wait come the release date.  Looks like there will surely be addition printing needed!  Congrats Erin and I am so so thrilled to be a part of this book in even my small way.  (Don’t worry, mom, mother-in-law, sister and sister-in-laws…I have already per-ordered some for you.)  Pre-order it here.

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Cover photograph by Michael J Lee.

Unused head shot from our shoot…you will have to get the book to see which photo she choose.

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The dogs were not always this cooperative.

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LOVE LOVE LOVE

April 17, 2012

I just finished reading Bringing up Bébé, by Pamela Druckerman and adored it! (A great travel read)  It is a fun mix of self-depreciating humor, an exploration of cultural differences and some actually sociological research thrown in there for good measure.  Most of all it talks about the balance of parenting, raising a happy self-confident child and being able to enjoy a nice dinner out with child in tow.  Makes me want to raise my daughter as a good little gourmet eater who says bonjour, au revoir, s’il vous plaît, and merci…well at least the English equivalent.  Don’t want her sounding too pretentious.

I dogeared many a pages, and am going to try this recipe this weekend.

The Greater Journey

June 13, 2011

I had a long, hot week in Atlanta working on a project, so I was thrilled when my weekend calendar included almost nothing.  Dinner with friends, naps, walks around the city and lots of reading; it was the perfect rainy recovery weekend.  I picked up this book in the airport and have been devouring it.  Written by the same author of, John Adams, which was made into that amazing HBO mini-series, The Greater Journey, is history for sure, but it follows the lives and experiences of individuals being inspired by Paris.  I am in love with it.

The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, by David McCullough

“Between 1830 and 1900, hundreds of Americans–many of them future household names like Oliver Wendell Holmes, Mark Twain, Samuel Morse, and Harriet Beecher Stowe–migrated to Paris. McCullough shows first how the City of Light affected each of them in turn, and how they helped shape American art, medicine, writing, science, and politics in profound ways when they came back to the United States.”

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