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    This blog is no longer active but it is a great chronicle through my initial first few years as a photographer. The blog started while I was at photography school in Massachusetts, covers my time working in Florida and Georgia, and chronicles our recent 6 month adventure working with orphans in Thailand. Thanks for visiting!

Monthly Archives: May 2009

April showers, May flowers






Practically being done with school now, it feels strangely wonderful to be able to take photos purely and simply for enjoyment again. This isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy most of the photo sessions I did for school, because I definitely did, but after such an intense year its nice to be able to enjoy the process free of worry and pressure, to see something beautiful and to try and capture its beauty, and to literally take time to smell the roses. These photos were taken in the little garden outside of my place in Massachusetts. Its a shame that I’m about to move away just as its starting to warm up and blossom here; I like Massachusetts in the summer, but I can’t wait for the eternal summer of the Keys!

Year End Portfolio Images and Thoughts

Portrait Emphasis Portfolio.
Mandatory Assignments:
Public relations headshot and additional portrait of the same person:

Family Portrait:
Environmental Occupational Portrait: 
High Key Female:
Low Key Male:
Portrait of a Couple:
Portrait of a Child in Studio:
Outdoor Portrait:
Catalog Images:
Conceptual Still Life in Studio:
Reflective Metal in Studio:
Glassware in Studio: 
Product Advertisement:
Interior Architecture: 
Environmental Still Life in Studio:

Portrait Electives:
Athlete in Environment: 
Children Together:
Pet in Studio:
Pet and Owner:
Portrait of a Teenager:
Additional Personal Submissions:




These are the images I used in my year end portfolio at school (minus one photo that I do not have a model release for).  Several hours of work went into creating, retouching, and printing each image as flawlessly as possible. Many of the images were shot in the past few weeks specifically for these assignments while others were shot throughout the year and have been posted here before; we were allowed to use older work if it was strong enough and fit in with our other images. As I mentioned in my last post, I felt like the review went really well yesterday! I will definitely take and benefit from the suggestions I received. The review process can be extremely nerve wracking, so I am relieved that it is over and that my portfolio passed! I was nervous after watching many of the portfolios not pass. I get nervous when I show anyone my work, and anticipating the dramatic review process was stressful. During the public review the student’s 11×14 prints are displayed on stage, the student’s website is displayed, the judges score the work, the student is called to the stage and is told if the portfolio is accepted or not. Then each of the three judges goes on stage individually and critiques the work. 
The judges agreed that all of the images in the portfolio were strong. One of the judges rearranged my prints for me to show me where my strongest work was. He put all of my black and whites and a couple of my color portraits together on one half of the stage; and it was neat seeing the way he arranged them, they were the images that I truly enjoyed creating. The judges agreed that I should focus on getting the same look and “beauty, passion, and soul” into every single image. So it really couldn’t have gone much better: I was basically told to continue sharing my own vision and doing what I love with photography! When my prints were re-arranged that way, I could see for the first time how my style is starting to develop, and that was very exciting for me. Gregory Heisler, Skip Cohen, and Tamara Behar were the judges that came to the school this year for the month of reviews. I was honored to receive positive feedback from such amazing creative professionals. If you’re interested you can read more about the review process and school here: http://hallmark.edu/weekbyweek/ 

crazy-awesome-exciting

I’ve been sitting here for awhile trying to figure out how to best describe the craziness and excitement of the last few days, when the whole year’s worth of hard work and twists and turns came to a summit, but when I try to tell the week’s story I’m rendered inarticulate and fuzzy-brained. So, this will have to suffice:

I GOT THE JOB I’VE BEEN DREAMING ABOUT AS A PHOTOGRAPHER-DESIGNER AT A MARINE RESEARCH CENTER IN THE FLORIDA KEYS!

and

MY FINAL SCHOOL PORTFOLIO WAS REVIEWED AND IT WENT WELL! GRADUATION AHEAD! “JEWEL…PORTFOLIO ACCEPTED”

More on that later, no doubt. Some quick images from my weekend in paradise:


Final portfolio crunch time!

Hey there. Just wanted to let you all know that I have so many new images that I want to share; I’ve been shooting a ton lately. We’re in crunch time though; many days are spent at school for sixteen or more hours straight working in the studios and labs!

The next several days will be spent doing a few more shoots and doing lots and lots of editing, retouching, and printing for my final portfolio which is due on May 20th! So soon enough I will be able to catch up on my blog posts, emails, post office runs and other aspects of normal life.

Stay True






I met Maggie several years ago on the West coast when she and my brother roomed together while they were doing undergrad, and I feel it was quite serendipitous that I reconnected with her out here on the East coast recently. It was a complete pleasure getting to be around her and we had fun creating these images together; she looked gorgeous even though she had just finished a long day at work. I’ve been taking lots of outdoor portraits, but I may use the last image as the outdoor portrait in my final school portfolio; what do you think? Please share your thoughts!

Beautiful New Life


I really love creating maternity images; pregnancy is such an amazing and beautiful part of life to photograph. I was honored  to be invited into this mother’s home recently to take these photos. We had such a fun time and took a lot of frames; these are just two of my favorites. The “?” baby girl is due any day now and I can’t wait to see who she is! 
Happy May, everyone! Please let me know what you think of these.