You have not grown old

August 11, 2014

I came across this quote and poem while reading an article about the, wise beyond her years Tavi Gevinson in New York Magazine.  It’s funny that an 18 year old’s quote would speak so closely to this 37 year old, photographer, wife and mother of two, but as I am vacationing and preparing to dive back into work upon my return, it speaks volumes to me.  It’s the perfect little vacation meditation.  Summer is always such a great lazy time and I have especially indulged in lots of quiet family time this summer.  We are currently soaking up a week of sun and beach fun at Sea Island located on the coast of South Georgia.  We have been coming down here this time each year for a while now, and I find it to be a wonderful, special way to wrap up summer.  Some extra hot, lazy, humid days before the fresh start of Fall wakes you up.

“You see, I want a lot.
Perhaps I want everything
the darkness that comes with every infinite fall
and the shivering blaze of every step up.
So many live on and want nothing
And are raised to the rank of prince
By the slippery ease of their light judgments
But what you love to see are faces
that do work and feel thirst.
You love most of all those who need you
as they need a crowbar or a hoe.
You have not grown old, and it is not too late
To dive into your increasing depths
where life calmly gives out its own secret.”

Rainer Maria Rilke, Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God

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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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Winter stillness

January 7, 2014

As the polar vortex descends upon most of the US I am reminded how quiet and rejuvenating winter can be – if you let.  A Pollyanna approach to single digit temperatures I know, but there is something about winter light I love.  The long shadows.  The blue tinted light.  It all seems so precious and fleeting.

 

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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

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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Vacation remains

August 15, 2012

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

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I am here…

August 9, 2012

Should be doing more posts this week, but I am not.  Just enjoying family vacation.

xoxo

 

P.S.  Happy Birthday to the world’s best husband.

Bad blogger bad…

April 6, 2012

I have started to write about 5 different blog posts in the last two weeks, but between shooting the AMAZING magazine spread I did last weekend, editing those photos, my baby having to get her 2 month vaccination shots, packing for a 10 day trip and then traveling with an 8 week old, my efforts to write any sort of blog post have proven futile.  We are down in Sea Island, Georgia now for the next 10 days and I plan on relaxing, having lots of family time and getting some inspiration overload, so be prepared for lots of great stuff on its way. Until then, have a wonderful weekend and Happy Easter, Passover, Spring…everything!

xoxo,

Sarah

Photos by me, from previous Sea Island trips…as is my blog header. :)

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