Archive for January, 2011

January 26, 2011
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I am excited to finally get these on the blog as I love this session AND the girl in the photos. meet kala – she and I have been friends for about 8 years and she was actually a photographer here at GPA. since then she has moved to the great northern wilderness of maine and is loving life digging in the dirt and practicing yoga. we shot these a while back and I finally got around to editing them this week. that’s the downside of doing sessions just to do them – they sometimes fall on the back burner – something I’m vowing to remedy in 2011! we shot one day on assateague and another in a little town called stockton. I’m so happy with the results – my girl knows how to work it!

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I think the one on the left is my favorite out of all of them

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hopefully we can get together for another session sometime soon – in maine!! xoxo

January 24, 2011
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this is the second year that I’ve had the pleasure of photographing lisa, sean & draven and they are one of my favorite families ever. I met lisa and sean as they were regulars at the palette and lisa is a photographer herself. when they asked me to do a family session with them last year I was so excited and honored as well. when another photographer puts their trust into us to capture their special moments, it’s really special  to us. last year we shot by the water and this year we opted to go to byrd park here in town. it was great because now that draven is older and he knows me better he was much more willing to be himself in front of the camera – which I adore!!

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thank you guys so much for a great afternoon – I can’t wait until our next session!

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morgan and her husband rich contacted me for an e-session this past spring. it’s not very often that I get asked specifically for an e-session, but for morgan and rich it was because they were having a destination wedding in jamaica but wanted to make sure that they got some images that reflected them because the resort photographer was going to shoot the wedding. now morgan also played along in a contest we had last year and she was the winner winner chicken dinner of a editorial bridal session (aka trash the dress, rock the frock, etc.) I had a location in mind that I was dying to play in and when I met morgan early that morning she was happily on board. now I said that it was chilly in the title of this post and that is a lie – it was COLD!! bone chilling, teeth chattering frigid and I was so grateful that morgan was beyond amazing about taking off her coats and sweater once I got her posed like I wanted. she was so great that you can’t even tell in her expression how polar bearish it really was!

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thanks morgan!!

January 06, 2011
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okay – let’s just get this out of the way. I am old.  now I know that 40 is the new 30 – or is it 20? regardless, when shooting the e-session of a girl you remember as practically a toddler who has grown up into this stunning woman – seemingly overnight – AND she’s getting married?! well it signals that it’s time for my AARP membership. in all seriousness, I do remember ashley as a little girl where along with her 2 brothers, we were all on a local swim team together. over the years I have seen them all as they returned home for holidays and family celebrations - and I remember the first time that ashley brought mike home to meet the family because they all came into the palette. so when I was told of her engagement I was super happy for her – then when I was asked if I was available to shoot the wedding, I was excited and honored - then when I found out that they were having the wedding at the american visionary art museum in baltimore – well… that was a beautiful fluffy bow on an already perfect present. ashley and mike are pretty busy people, so we were able to get together on christmas eve while they were home to shoot their session. I had to make a delivery early that morning and as I was coming home I drove by this field that for whatever reason, I had never noticed before and decided it would be an amazing location for the shoot. fortunately ashley & mike went along with me and trudged out into the weeds and left over snow. the light was beautiful and my couple even more so – so much fun!

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ashley & mike – to say I’m excited for your wedding would be an understatement – I can’t wait!  thank you for such a great afternoon and session – see you soon!

January 04, 2011
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I thought I’d start out this post with booker and sampson because…. well because they are just so handsome, especially when garnished with some snowflakes!  and with this being the “off” season I have been able to spend a lot more time with both them and the hubs which makes me very happy and exceptionally peaceful. with a new year I always feel the need for lists, although I am not a big one for resolutions per se. I have been asked at least 15 times “what are your goals for 2011?” the truth is, is that I don’t think of my life or my business in terms of concrete time frames beyond today, the here and now. if I have an idea or a goal, I just try to accomplish it each day. now with weddings, sessions, etc there are certain time guarantees that I give my clients –  but for big, potentially life changing goals? I just attempt to get closer to them today than I did yesterday. but then there’s the list – the one I always make. because to be honest, january is a perfect time to sit back and reflect on the previous year and figure out what was good, what was bad and what was just okay. in addition, there are always amazing events that happen that weren’t planned at all – which I must confess are my favorites! for me, the struggle lies in figuring it all out and culling down to what really matters in my big picture. for example – last year during the snowstorms, I made a list and put it on here on the blog for the whole world to see. for that reason, I thought it only fair to revisit that list and see what I focused on and accomplished and what fell by the wayside. if it fell, does it need to picked back up and concentrated on or did it get ignored for a reason? so without further adieu……..

1: get published again: done - in what’s up weddings and coastal style                                                                                                                                                                                                                

2: get new lighting set up: done

3: buy something really cool for myself at WPPI: done – my kelly moore bag which I don’t know how I ever lived without!

4: get my fourth tattoo: nopestill have 3

5: do a cleanse: really?! I put that on here???? even if I did accomplish it, why would y’all want to know about it!?

6: take my dogs to the ocean at least once a week (once the weather warms of course): didn’t make it once a week, but did better than before

7: update my marketing materials: done – and taking it to the next level this month with the help of the amazing brent holloman

8: get a new phone: done – and addicted. my husband says I need help and he’s probably right

9: switch to mac?? (still unsure about this one – any input would be appreciated) not yet – jury’s still out. but got an ipad!

10: go to NYC just because: nope – and kind of annoyed that I haven’t done that one

11: shoot a destination wedding: kind of – shot a fabulous wedding weekend in PA. also have a meeting next week for a wedding in canada

12: shoot a fashion editorial: nope but still a big goal

13: photographically collaborate with a local charity: done – details coming soon!

14: go back to red with my hair: done and then back to blond, then brown, then red – now natural  with highlights – but I feel red whispering for a comeback

15: go to a workshop/seminar of a photographer I admire: done – attending in march and will blog all about it!

16: do a session of my & the hubs with a photographer I admire: nope – but something I have plans for in may

17: redecorate our living room: ugh…. I have the paint, I have the curtains, I have the throw pillows – and they’re all in the hall closet. will it get done soon? who knows….

18: paint my home office: again… paint, hall closet – you finish the sentence

19: find the perfect shoes for wedding day shooting: dansko clogs rock my world

20: hire an intern: done and completed - now we have 2-3 amazing new people joining the team for the 2011 season!

21: do date night at least once a week: have done very well with this and actually have 2 small getaways planned in the next month. time with roland refocuses me and is more important and appreciated than ever

22: shoot more dog sessions: done – and loving it!

23: style and shoot an editorial wedding layout: in the works for march – stay tuned!!

24: go para-sailing: nope

25: go to colorado: NOPE – damnit!

26: go on a honeymoon: YES!! finally after 5 and a half years of being married! a time of huge beautiful opportunities as well as devastating family losses – basically real life issues kept it from happening. but our passports are current, tickets are booked and we leave at the end of february!!

27: go away for a weekend every season: done - at first I didn’t think we did, but looking back we actually did – yay us!

28: hold a small workshop: nope  – but I plan on teaching a photo workshop for kids right here in my town. but apart from that, I think that there are too many people attempting to profit on workshops without the knowledge to back it up. even though I know I could hold a pretty good and informative workshop, I don’t think that’s a club I want to be a part of. not following that herd. I’d rather mentor photographers with real passion and talent on an individual basis.

29: say no once in awhile: still suck at this SO BAD!!!

30: hangout with my girlfriends more: much better with this – I have lunch dates with my girls at least once every other week and “phone dates” with long distance friends all of the time

31: go out on a double date: done – many times this past year :)

32: lose 25 pounds: oh sweetbabyjesus – isn’t this on every woman’s list? the numbers vary but the self-loathing is the same. needless to say, the answer is no. in fact I’ve gained 9 pounds the past 3 weeks – ugh. but in this case, the end justifies the means – I have quit smoking. you’ll notice that quit smoking wasn’t on this list. why you ask? possibly because it’s been on every list for years and I always fail (or I should say never try) or maybe it’s because I didn’t want you, my clients and readers to know that I even did it in the first place. it’s nasty and I’ve known that for years, but I’ve been hopelessly addicted (no other word for it) and thought I would never stop. the reasons I did are long and may be posted in a separate post later. but let’s just day this… I’m happy about it – I’m not as crazy as I thought I would be – and I am snacking like there’s no tomorrow. I gave myself a month of guilt free snacking to make the transition easier. so for now, as I experience life as a non-smoker for the first time in forever – bring on the yoga pants!  

33: go to new hope, pennsylvania  (it’s just 20 minutes from my step mother’s house): nope – goofy because it’s right THERE! but no

34: watch more old movies: yep! saw breakfast at tiffany’s and an american in paris for the first time among others

35: go see live music at least 5 times: well made it to 3, but three awesome ones! robert cray, keb mo, bb king

36: attempt baking: not a lot, but had a couple successes

37: twitter? I just don’t know: I do know and now tweet all the time

38: get a better office chair: done and loving it – it massages AND warms my back – ahhhhh 

39: order new canvases for the studio: canvases, float wraps, metallic prints – all waiting to be hung during next month’s studio reinvention

40: try waxing a photograph: no but still REALLY want to

41: shoot more film: absolutely – never really stopped

42: get an instant camera of some kind: done – got one for christmas and am so excited to use it! especially on all of our upcoming travels!

43: get some cute rainboots: cute? debatable (hard to find a cute anything as far as shoes when you wear a 13) but functional? absolutely!

44: take more walks: yep, especially since the big quit

45: go through my clothes and get rid of what I don’t wear – this goes for shoes too! done and done!

46: take the roof of my jeep off more this summer: no – only once. shear laziness is all there is to blame for that

47: read at least 15 of the “books I want to read”  list: read 10 non-business books. that’s good right? and I listened to at least 20 while on the road 

48: go to yoga class at least once a week: bahahahaha – oh if only I did – I was in the need of some serious zen this past year. but I will! there is an amazing instructor here in town and I feel like a total idiot for not taking better advantage of her classes

49: make smoothies for me & the hubs in the morning: did okay with that this summer, but now? it just seems so cold (lame excuse but true)

50: take time to breathe, step back and be grateful: always