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    This blog is no longer active but it is a great chronicle through my initial first few years as a photographer.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: January 2010

4 gentleman and a lady

I met this awesome family recently when they wanted to do some portraits while on vacation here in the Keys. After getting a lot of nice traditional portraits, it was really fun watching them goof off together. It was wonderful meeting you guys, the rest of the images will be accessible soon!

The whole gang:

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All of the boys had such great smiles. I really like all their individual shots. The oldest brother:

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The middle brother:

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The youngest brother:

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Taking a stroll:

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A little more strolling:

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Boys being boys:

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I’m not exactly sure what they were doing in these frames… trying to catch a seagull, maybe?

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The sun had already set, but we had to get a “Blues Brothers” shot before calling it a day. This makes me laugh out load:

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Cracking themselves up:

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In other news, I can’t believe I’m moving in a week! I guess I should start packing.

18 people and 1 dog

Photo sessions with large groups like this can be chaotic, but this family had a ton of fun with the process, and I think its obvious in the images. We had about an hour and a half of good light on the beach, and we made good use of the time! I took a few hundred photos with lots of different poses and about 20 different combinations of people (just sisters, just couples, etc.), but these are my very favorites. I’m glad we had some time at the end to take some more casual, candid photos – I always seem to enjoy those the most.

On a different note, I’m trying to soak up the “Keysy life” as much as possible; my move (from the FL Keys to Savannah, GA) is in just a little over a week!

All 19 family members!

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All of the grandkids with their grandparents:

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I love this one! They look so youthful and whimsical:

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Big brother with his sisters:

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Cousins/BFFs:

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These cousins don’t butt heads:

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Brother and sis:

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Walking towards the shore:

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I love the motion in this one:

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Looking for seashells:

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Hello

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This is a drawing that some wee little ones did for me! The drawing made my day, so I thought I’d scan it in and share it here. Cute, huh?

In the past couple of weeks I’ve been occupied with a group of tasks that all fit under one big umbrella: forcing the left-hand-side of my very right-sided brain to work harder! Which means I’ve been focusing on web development, accounting, business management, organization, etc. You know, the things that usually don’t come easily to creative people. I figure if I work the left hand side hard enough, it will gradually buff up. Eventually, I hope to be as talented a business-woman as I am a photographer. Of course, I’ve still been spending time on the fun stuff: creating images, post processing, and printing  (check back – I’ll be posting some recent images later this week).

But none of that actually matters. More than anything else, the people of Haiti have been on my mind and in my heart this past week. My sister and my boyfriend have both volunteered in Haiti with Food For the Poor and The Lazarus Project. If you’re looking for a way to give, please consider a donation to these wonderful organizations. Even very small donations can make a huge impact.

fairy wings, family of four

I love photo-journalistic style sessions like this, when I have the freedom to capture kids just being kids. I think a photo session is a success when the kids have enough fun to be a bit worn out afterwards! Its more fun for everyone if the session feels more like a “play-date” than “having pictures taken.” Now that the gift-giving season is over, posting these won’t ruin the surprise for anyone in this family (can’t wait to hear how they liked the photo books they ordered!). Here are some of my favorite moments.

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Happy New Year! PNW photos.

I’m back to work in the gorgeous Florida Keys. Not only is it hard for me to believe that its 2010 already, but its hard to believe that its January… I’m enjoying beautiful, sunshiny days in the 70’s! Perfection (especially great for the outdoor portraits I’ve been doing).

If I had to describe 2009 in just one word, I would pick the word full. It was a year packed to the brim, and I loved it.

7 Awesome Things About 2009:

  • Completing the program at the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Massachusetts
  • Taking tens of thousands of frames, and learning every time I clicked the shutter
  • Encountering enough setbacks to gain the confidence that they can all be overcome
  • Moving to the Florida Keys to work as a photographer for the Dolphin Research Center
  • Seeing photos I’ve created bring happy tears and huge smiles to beautiful faces
  • Meeting new people, teachers, friends, comrades, clients, and inspirations
  • Learning, growing, and improving like crazy

7 Things That Are Gonna Make 2010 Rock:

  • Creating more frames, confidence, happy tears, smiles, etc.
  • Moving to Savannah, Georgia (in just a few weeks!)
  • Working for some incredible photographers and soaking up their knowledge
  • Exploring myriads of creativity
  • Being open
  • Traveling through Japan (in May/June!)
  • Eating mystery for breakfast (as Caponigro would say)

Here are some photos taken in the Pacific Northwest last month…

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Amazing view from the Westin window of Seattle, Washington:

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The Chinese Gardens in Portland, Oregon:

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