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One of my favorite things to do is travel and last November I experienced a trip of a lifetime.  My sister Suzy and friends Kim + Andrea were my travel buddies to Maui, Hawaii and we trekked the island for a week seeing all of its beauty and what the islands had to offer.  We dove with sharks, played under a waterfall, swam with turtles and even attended a luau!  But one of the top things from this trip for me was watching the Haleakala Sunrise over the clouds.  Haleakala National Park attracts many visitors with its volcanic landscapes and sub-tropical rainforest.  In order to catch the sunrise we had to start our day at 3:00 am and start driving up the mountain.  After about an hour of winding roads we were very happy to see a roadside coffee stand! :)  We kept on our drive till we reached the top!  From there, we hiked up about a half mile to the perfect spot to catch the sunrise.  Of course we took fun pictures along the way!  It’s significantly chillier up at the top of the mountain so we bundled up with plenty of layers.  It was such a quiet + peaceful way to take in this trip and to appreciate the natural beauty of this island.  I’m so glad I was able to experience it with the people I love.  I’ll share some of my other favorites from this adventure soon!

October 08, 2012

As my wedding day was fast approaching and the topic of my bridal shower came up, I made a subtle suggestion to have a tea party theme.  I had no idea how it would turn out!  My family and bridesmaids spent hours hand crafting the favors and the decorative pom poms, not to mention a ton of other amazing details.  I loved the shabby chic look from all the floral tablecloths and antique tea sets to the lace doilies at each place setting.  Almost all 24 tea cups and saucers came from many different china sets that my family members had gotten as wedding gifts in the past.  It was great to have so many people play a part in all the decorations and details of the day.  Everyone seemed to have a blast playing the games and getting to know each other.  To me, the most important part of the day was getting to see all of the amazing ladies that were there.  So many guests traveled from out of town to come and share in the celebrations of the weekend, including my big sister in sorority who flew in all the way from Florida.  I felt so blessed to be able to share tea and scones with so many amazing people, and I honestly couldn’t have imagined anything better!  I can’t believe its 13 days until the wedding!!

what does 26 quarts of fresh strawberries + 80 pounds of sugar + 3 fun gals with a free afternoon equal?? homemade jam!  :)  as I mentioned in my bio, I love my grandmother’s jam so when strawberry season rolled around I was more than excited!  we picked up 26 quarts of berries that morning from Harcum Farm’s in Hebron, Maryland and began the jam making process (only after we taste-tested a few, of course!)  after a long day of washing, capping, mashing and laughing we had enough jam to fill 2 freezers!  this delicious treat will definitely contribute to this summer’s culinary list! 

someone was keeping an eye on the berries to make sure we didn’t sample too many! :)

after my aunt washed the berries my grandmother capped and mashed them into a puree. 

then we added the pectin and poured the jam into jars :)

Mom-Mom hard at work!!

after all of our hard work we decided to treat ourselves :) 

then we all called it a day ;)

February 07, 2011


at the beginning of 2011 I saw twitter feeds and facebook posts galore of “365 projects” done by other photographers meaning that they would take a photo a day and post it for the whole year – all I can say is god bless you. it’s not only that I don’t think I have the time for such a project, but I don’t have the desire. for me, I feel like I would just take a photo of basically nothing just to fill that days post – plus it’s been done… a lot. but what I do envy is that inevitably, projects like these make it almost impossible not to shoot photos of your everyday life – and it holds you accountable. 1 day a week – I thought to myself – THAT I can do and it will make me pick up my camera to actually shoot the goings-on in my life. so monday it is – and not wanting to be bland, it has a title: monday moments. each monday I will post something that for whatever reason, I’ve shot solely for me. some may hold a lot of emotion, some may just be visually interesting. but I will post it once.a.week! to begin this blog feature, I think it’s only fitting that we start with a MAJOR beginning. these photos are of our new space – the new home of gillette portrait arts. as you can see it is large – and light filled – and needs a little love……


I’ve always been a fan of clean slates and blank canvases – I’ve also been blessed to have more of my fair share of them. they are always accompanied with so much excitement and anticipation as well as the evil second cousin twice removed…. fear. maybe it’s because I’m a gemini or the way I was raised, but it’s easy for me to embrace change - but big, potentially life changing happenings can throw me in a panic or fill me with doubt and doom. so before making this move I talked to my friends – my sounding board – the people who have always known me better than I know myself. and I was told over and over “you’ve worked so hard” “you’ve been doing this for so long” “this is what you gave the palette up for” and the one thing I can never seem to wrap my head around “you deserve this”. because really – I don’t know of anyone who when they see their business grow and big things start to happen are totally cool with it, like they knew all along that it would go this way. starting anything new, whether it’s in business or life is taking a leap of faith with all of the associated risks and possibilities of failure – and I’ve been known at times to be a negative nancy. the day I opened the doors to the palette my friend alice, who sadly passed away shortly thereafter, gave me a magnet that read “leap and the net will appear” and it was so perfect for that morning and that beginning of an amazing journey. in fact, our new space was once home to alice’s book store and that alone means a lot to me.


so this morning was the moving of the big furniture and all of the canvases + framed photos. tomorrow kristie and I will play with where we’ll do what as far as a shooting area and client consultation seating as well as paint choices and basic decorating – the fun stuff.   oh! I forgot to mention that already there is a coffee bar – color me thrilled and utterly caffeinated! all day I thought how lucky I am to have kris as well as new additions mel & jillian (and of course my hubs who did all of the heavy lifting xoxo) – about all of the fun things we have planned for this space – about all of the clients over the 8 years of gillette portrait arts whose faith in us has lead us here. and as I sat on the floor of our new home all that kept going through my mind was written on that magnet that I had just unpacked and a thank you to my friend – I’m leaping alice!

January 26, 2011


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!









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






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

December 30, 2010


so the day after the snow, I was still wanting to take advantage of the beautiful landscape and light and one of my seniors, the beautiful amy jo agreed to help me out. we found a spot kind of in the middle of nowhere to shoot – I was very grateful for sadie (my nickname for the best jeep in the world) as we made our way a long the back roads. the light was so buttery and yummy and amy jo was workin’ it!




not to brag, but I knitted the poncho. okay.. maybe I am bragging :) just a little









amy jo – thank you so much for being the little rock star that you are – I had a great time!

December 28, 2010


it seems appropriate to write a post about snow after the slight smack down mother nature gave us a couple of days ago. but this session was done on the first snowfall of the year a week and a half ago. as the flakes were falling, I was sitting in my office when the thought occurred to me that I wanted to get out there and shoot – but what? who? there was only an hour and a half of daylight left. sure the dogs were an option, but I have tons of “dogs in the snow” photos.  suddenly the gordy girls popped in my head. they live right in town and are 2 of the cutest little ladies I know. so I texted their mom christina to see if they were home and did they all want to come out and play – luckily they were and they did & we had so much fun!


I couldn’t have styled this session any better even if I had days to prepare – the hats are perfect perfect perfect – and christina & her daughters are just beautiful



snow – yummmmm…..










thank you girls so much for helping me out with an impromptu shoot – I had a great time and love the photos!

February 18, 2010


so unless you’ve been living on mars for the past few weeks – you know that the mid-atlantic has been POUNDED with crappy weather. and I joined the cries that said “enough!” I even ranted and raved about it here on the blog - but sometimes you just have to make the lemonade with the lemons you’re given and once the sun started to shine, I knew that I wanted to do a snow shoot. I recruited prescilla (known to me as scilly) and her boyfriend barry. not only do they work with us at the palette, but they are head over heels for each other – and did I mentioned they’re a stunningly beautiful couple. plus – it was cold. not just chilly. C O L D – with winds whipping and snow blowing. we found this field with snow geese everywhere and I loved it! my friends were troopers – adding some hotness to the frozen tundra….. :)















thank you SO much guys for helping me take advantage of this rare (crossing my fingers) occurance here on the shore – you were great!!!

May 30, 2009


we’re so excited to have this new blog up and running! If you followed the old blog for gillette portrait arts – you’ve noticed that I haven’t blogged in a while. I’ve had some time before wedding season got into full swing so I wanted to dedicate that time to a little revamping – we have a new logo, new promotional materials, some new marketing plans and now the blog. I am tickled!! I have a lot to catch up on – but I am excited to have some of my studio to do list done – please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!