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  • Hello. Welcome to my blog!

    Please check out our new fine art photography and graphic design business! www.paulandjewel.com

    This blog is no longer active but it is a great chronicle through my initial first few years as a photographer.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

Pieces of Love – Savannah GA family portrait photographer

I photograph families because it’s important. Because life is precious and fleeting, whether we realize it or not. Because love, like a child, is always changing and growing. I aim to capture and immortalize fractions of a moment and pieces of love, write them onto my camera’s sensor, and transform them into heirlooms.

This sweet family has had to come to terms with just how precious life can be this past year. I don’t think that story is mine to tell, but I can tell you some stories with these images. They are stories of  discovery, wonder, joy, fun, and deep, amazing love.

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Fireworks – Savannah Georgia

This is the view I have from my apartment’s little fire-escape. Can you believe that? Savannah kinda looks like Disney World on nights like this when the monthly River Street fireworks illuminate the sky just past the cathedral. This night is special though. This was the biggest fireworks display Savannah had ever seen. I needed to stay in tonight and was a little sad that I’d be missing the pyrotechnics, forgetting that I could enjoy them right here. Standing outside a few minutes ago, alone on the fire-escape in my comfy shorts and tshirt with my camera in hand, I felt alive. I was awed by the colorful explosions in the warm autumn sky and reminded of the city’s beauty.

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P.S. I have some fun portrait sessions to share here soon! Also, I went to Atlanta again this week for the Wedding and Portrait Photographer International conference! I wish I had stopped my note-taking for a moment to grab some photos. I was especially inspired by the amazing female photographer legends who shared their experiences with us, portrait artist Bambi Cantrell and lifestyle artist Amber Holritz.

10 days old – Savannah GA baby photographer

In my last post I described the class that I attended recently, The Art, Charm and Business of Newborn Photography taught by Georgia photographers Mary Buck and Kyle Hitchcock. I already posted photos of the precious 3 week old baby girl we were able to photograph. Now, here is the other teeny tiny model we practiced posing and photographing. Kyle did an amazing job setting up these photos while sharing lots of great tips. I’m REALLY excited to use this experience in my Savannah newborn photos; I can’t wait to book some more sessions.

This dainty, magical little girl is only ten days old! I hope you enjoy these images.

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Fall Baby – Savannah GA newborn photographer

I believe that there are few things in this world more magical than a newborn baby so I was excited to attend a class this week called The Art, Charm, and Business of Newborn Photography. It was held in Atlanta and taught by Georgia photographers Mary Buck and Kyle Hitchcock. Mary shared her wealth of business experience and Kyle showed us the art and charm first-hand while working with two tiny newborn girls. Kyle is truly a “baby whisperer,” and it was wonderful to see her posing and calming techniques for newborn sessions. We were all able to photograph the two babies and try out multiple poses, props, and backdrops using natural window light. I sometimes miss being in photography school, so it was really nice to be connecting with other photographers and learning so many new things again. I can’t wait to use this new knowledge and experience with my own newborn photography sessions here in Savannah!

Here are my favorite images that I was able to capture of the three week old baby girl, plus some with her big brother. These were all taken with my 100mm prime lens, which was perfect for this. I’ll also be posting images of the ten day old newborn soon!

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Staycation – Tybee Island, GA

This weekend my boyfriend and I had a staycation on Tybee Island (only 20 minutes from Savannah). I traded a portrait session for a couple of nights at our friends’ lovely beach house.

We had plenty of time together relaxing on the beach, reading on the porch, and biking. Then on Sunday we spent all day sea kayaking. A few times while paddling, we had a POD OF DOLPHINS CIRCLING AROUND OUR KAYAKS! Sometimes they would surface within just a few feet of our boats, salty air whooshing out of their blowholes. Sometimes grey faces peeked up at us.We watched them jump all the way out of the water in graceful arches, play, and feed. I used to work as a photographer for The Dolphin Research Center in Florida but I had never had an experience like this before, though I had always wanted to.  It was one of the best weeekends of my life so far.

Here are some photos I took around the beach house, and some that Paul took with his iphone while kayaking. Sadly it was in the dry-bag every time the dolphins came around, but I don’t think photos could have done justice to how amazing the experience was. I hope you all had great weekends too, enjoy these images!

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Don’t worry, he does have swim-trunks on

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Taken from my comfy spot on the porch-swing while we read our books

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My new bike!

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Outside the cozy beach house

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Paul’s shots from our kayak adventures

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2010 United Way Campaign Kick-off

This Wednesday I had the opportunity to work with the United Way of the Coastal Empire to photograph their 2010 Campaign Kick-off! I’m looking forward to photographing more of their events throughout the year. It’s truly rewarding for me to be able to work with repeat clients, even more so when the client is an incredible nonprofit organization.  The UWCE has set a 2010 campaign goal of 8 million dollars to support human service programs in the Savannah, Georgia area. Check out my images in their Photo Gallery of  Wednesday’s Kick-off and the Volunteer Recognition and Awards Luncheon from this past spring. Here are some of my favorite images from the Kick-off.

Funds raised during the annual Campaign help support human service programs that improve the lives of people in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties.  Priority funding goes to successful programs in the issue areas of Education and Youth Development, Health and Wellness, Economic Independence, and Basic Human NeedsHere are my some of my favorite images from the Kick-off.

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Tinker Belle’s helpers

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The talented dancers getting ready backstage

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The Savannah State University Naval ROTC

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and the Kick-off begins!

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Roger Moss sang the National Anthem beautifully

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Bertice Berry gave an inspiring talk. I plan on buying one of her books now!

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The Gretchen Greene School of Dance

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then along came Tinker Belle! Camille Russo, Campaign Chair

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and the Campaign season officially begins!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these images and that you enjoy the weekend! I have a special one planned. Will post again early next week.

traveling to Haiti and photographing children

I have some news that I’m really excited to share. In December I’ll be spending a week volunteering in Haiti! I’ll be going with a small group of Americans including my boyfriend Paul and his parents. Paul’s mom has been working with The Lazarus Project for a long time, having made a total of about twenty trips to Haiti. We will be delivering Christmas packages to schools and orphanages, and Paul and I will be serving as photographers. I’m so excited to get to know some of the Haitian children and to help in any way that I can.

I think one of the best ways I can make a difference is through my photography. I’m currently researching ways that I can use my images from Haiti to educate and make a positive impact after returning from the trip (gallery showings, print sale donations, etc.). If you have any ideas, please help me brainstorm! I’m especially looking forward to the trip since I have also been researching the possibility of doing a year or two of service work abroad next year.

I spent several months backpacking independently through the Yucatan and Central America before attending photography school. I took these unedited photos of Latin children with a point-and-shoot camera. I’m so excited to create portraits of the Haitian children this winter now that I have training, experience, and professional equipment. I’m also excited for the photoshoots, weddings, and classes I’ll be participating in this fall here in Georgia. I’ll be blogging about them very soon!

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