Fall Foliage, Anyone??

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Right about now, in the cold grey-brown bleakness of January, a little warm fall foliage scenery probably sounds pretty good, yes?

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Back in October a friend and I spent a weekend in Vermont, and when we weren’t stopping at every maple syrup stand on the side of the road or breaking down under the unfortunate cover of darkness (sigh, true story), we were leaf peeping and taking the pictures to prove it!

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Not only did we visit Lake Champlain in Burlington, drive over many a covered bridge, we got to see up close and personal, The Tallest Filing Cabinet in the World. You’re right to feel envy. It was all you’d imagine it to be.

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One Must Maintain a Little Bit of Summer…

…even in the winter.

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I love the beach all year round, even in the winter. There’s such a sense of serenity to be gotten from walking on the sand, gazing at the open sky, and hearing the waves.

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On another note, I’ve been cleaning up my computer since the first of the year and finding old images – some never worked on, some never shared.

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These were taken in January 2012 on Plum Beach, a favorite place of mine when I was living in Brooklyn. Katie joined Caleb and I for a little stroll alongside Sheepshead Bay.

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Best of 2015

Happy New Year to you!

Here I am with my annual Top ____ list. I won’t even call it a Top Ten cuz no matter how hard I try I can never get it down to 10 (though I came close here)!

It was a good year – had more clients who were happy to have their pictures shared on social media and that’s so fun! Here are my favorites from 2015…

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Pre-prom pictures of some girls who really thought outside the box for their photoshoot!

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My boy – even though he’s getting older, he’s still my best model.

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Some personal work with a new model who was a delight to work with.

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A *really* new model who was such a doll!

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More personal work. I love these shoots where I call the shots (ha ha ha, get it?? the PHOTOGRAPHER calls the SHOTS? I crack myself up) and can be as creative as I want…aka There Is No Wrong.

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Oh my gosh, these two showed such joy on their wedding day. It was my honor to be there to capture it.

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I started to enjoy landscape photography this year, especially sunsets. This was taken at Lake Champlain in Vermont.

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At their 70th Anniversary party, the grand- and great-grandchildren all wanted to be part of a fun portrait with their grandparents.

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This day. This foliage. This mother and son. I can’t even. *I* want this on a giant canvas on my wall!

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This family was *the* most fun to photograph! We were doing a “holiday/family portrait/engagement/save the date” multi-purpose shoot!

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Okay. Come on. COME ON.

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These boys. Those *dimples*!!!

And that wraps up 2015. On with the new year!

A Day in the Life: Mikey

5 bw“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’ve enjoyed following the growing popularity of documentary style photography. I so admire a good storyteller and this type of photography really tells a story. More than just a portrait, the photographer shadows their subject silently, not intruding on the reality, but just documenting it. In years to come, a person, couple, family or child can look back and see not just what they looked like…but what their *life* was like.

So I decided to take the plunge and experiment with it. Last fall I photographed Mikey and his mom for a couple hours one sunny Sunday afternoon – their day to be unscheduled and just enjoy one another’s company. I remember on this day in particular Mom was especially proud of Mikey because he had just started eating a new type of food. I got there just as Mom was preparing lunch and Mikey played by himself in the basement….and I knew a walk to a nearby playground was ahead.

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Move Over, Cara Delevingne

I frequently do styled shoots with models – *adult* models. Last week I had the opportunity to photograph the sweetest little girl, and man, can she Bring It! She was such a trooper, traipsing through the flowery meadow (aka tall weeds!), twirling, running thither and yon picking flowers, all the while with a smile (accidental rhyme, sorry).

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I mean, come on…can you even???? She’s a super model at five years old!

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It’s almost summer *again,* and I’m just finishing up working on some images I took last September with the beautiful Rachel. We were going for modern take on a lush rich Victorian era look, shooting in tropical gardens late in the day when the sun is low and golden.

Don’t you love the way the light is shining through her hair here?

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Coming Out of Hibernation

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I feel like I’m just starting to peek out from the winter slash pain cave that has been my life since the fall…nothing serious, just distracting and inconvenient enough to make normal activities seem like Too Much Effort. I’ve not edited personal shoots going back all the way to last summer (gah) and have a lot to catch up on and share here! So I’m starting non-chronologically so I can just START!!!

This past weekend (Mother’s Day to be exact, which is not so fun when my baby is a million miles away), a friend and I made the trek to Staten Island. Normally, SI is just a route to *other* places, not a final destination, and all I ever see is the “along the roadside” view, so I was a little apprehensive…but I was *so* pleasantly surprised by our whole day.

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We started out heading for the Alice Austen House, which turned out to be such a hidden treasure. Alice Austen (1866 – 1952) was one of America’s earliest and most prolific female photographers, known best for documentary work. She was also a landscape designer, cyclist, master tennis player, and the first woman on Staten Island to own a car.  She never married but spent fifty years with Gertrude Tate.  She was a rebel who created a charming home for herself at “Clear Comfort,” a Gothic Victorian cottage, atop a hill looking over the water towards downtown Manhattan.

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The house was recently restored and is decorated with intimate garden areas and refreshing breezes off the water on a warm day. It was such a nice way to spend the morning, sitting on the rustic twig bench enjoying the views, meandering around the gardens, touring the house and looking at Austen’s work and words. She made such detailed notes of how she photographed things!

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Hope you enjoy the little glimpse of Alice Austen House and maybe it will inspire you to visit someday. Our afternoon was just as delightful…but that’s for another post!