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    This blog is no longer active but it is a great chronicle through my initial first few years as a photographer.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

Weekend in Boone, North Carolina

I end up doing a lot of these personal blog-posts since, for various reasons, I can’t always share the portrait work I do for clients. Since I always see the world with the same basic eyes, there are many similarities between my professional and personal work, so I hope readers can get a glimpse of my personality and photographic style with these posts.

This weekend I visited Boone, North Carolina with two amazing women (and a boy-dog) that I am blessed to call my friends. After a long drive up from the flat and still very hot Savannah, the cool mountain air felt so good filling up my lungs. The weekend was made up of chats on the back porch of the cozy house, walks, hammocks, firewood, wildflowers, laughter and goofiness. A few years back I spent a year attending college in NC, but this was my first time in Boone.

I used my 100mm lens to take all of these photos around the mountain home (except the Superman snaps at the end). I purchased the 100 recently and haven’t gotten to use it much yet, so I decided to practice this weekend. Even with Image Stabilization I’ve been having some trouble nailing the focus exactly where I want it on handheld shots (which apparently is a common problem with the lens). That being said, I really love the ability to get in super close to my subjects and have the rich, soft drop-off with the 100mm.

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The lovely ladies.

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Kim took this one below of Cait and I walking.

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When we went into the town of Boone, we stopped by a cute little vintage shop. Superman (from 1978) was there! I felt like I would’ve been a bad girlfriend if I didn’t bring him home for my Clark-obsessed beau. So we loaded him up into the car! Cait took this first shot of Kim and I scooting in our new friend.

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Stellar travel partners.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these images from Boone!

Atlanta Weekend

I don’t want to be unprofessional and gush too much here, but my boyfriend is awesome. He took me to Atlanta last weekend to celebrate our official one year anniversary. It was my first time seeing Georgia’s capitol and it was also my first time seeing WHALE SHARKS up close. I’m a scuba and marine biology nerd, so this was a special experience for me, though I think it’s probably an amazing experience for anyone. It was sad seeing such a large animal in human care, but the Aquarium does participate in research efforts. Whale Sharks are the largest fish in the sea (40+ feet long), they have gorgeous spotted patterns, and they’re friendly giants (feeding primarily on plankton). Needless to say, I took a lot of photos of them and we spent about six hours at the Georgia Aquarium. We also saw the Coca Cola museum and lots of graffiti. Here are some pretty photos and a few cheesy snapshots from the weekend.

Centennial Park

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I was ridiculously happy and awe-struck the whole time we were in the Aquarium

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Cleaning the glass

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Albino

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Otters

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A fish from Africa

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Belugas! These guys were fun to watch

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We hung out in front of this large glass wall for a lonng time

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Whale Sharks seriously take my breath away

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I love the rays, too

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This is one of my favorites with everyone quietly admiring the shark.

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Paul in the tunnel!

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We had someone grab a shot of us

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And Paul got some of me and the sharks!

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After we left ocean world we entered Coco Cola World and drank a lot of soda. It was neat sampling drinks from all over the world and seeing it being bottled.

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We also checked out the famous Krog Street Tunnel, which is said to have completely new graffiti coverings every week.

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All in all, a pretty bad ass weekend.

Savannah and Tybee Island Senior Portraits

One of my favorite parts of being a photographer is having the privilege of working with people during some of the most exciting times in their lives. Catherine has so much joy and passion and I can’t wait to hear about all her future success in fashion design, the arts, yoga, natural medicine, and anything she sets her mind to. For these portraits, we meandered around Savannah and Tybee Island, shooting in some of Catherine’s favorite places. I think we captured some of her fun energy and sweet free-spirit in these images. Her photos are also posted on the Jewel Imaging Facebook Page as well as Catherine’s page, but these ones below are my very favorites.

If you’re interested in learning more about Senior Portrait sessions (or other photographic services) please get in touch. Also, check the blog again soon for an Atlanta/Aquarium post.

“The experience was very fun, and we really created the pictures together! Jewel allowed me to let my creativity and personality show through… It was so easy to be myself in front of Jewel… I recommend booking a session for anyone looking for a fun, friendly, and professional photographer.” – Catherine, 2011 Senior Rep for Jewel Imaging and Savannah Arts Academy

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summer evening in Savannah, Georgia

I have some portrait work to share soon, but for now I thought I’d give you a little glimpse into my life in Savannah, Georgia. It’s such a beautiful place to live. I slung my camera around my neck the other night when my boyfriend and I walked to Kroger and took the long way home. This is a typical hot summer evening in Savannah. I hope you can feel the warm humidity and hear the loud hum of the cicadas.

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