Back to school portraits

Carmen was utterly thrilled to start preschool.  She seriously picked this outfit out herself.  I can't believe my youngest, my baby, is already in school.  Stop time if you can, when you can, it is always drifting away...

 

Portraits - Friends at the Beach

I am so lucky that my friends on occasion let me photograph their kids - in this case it is my second time with Jaxson, who is absolutely adorable.  We had dinner at the beach and then we put our toes into the sand and welcomed a great sunset.  Thanks Mike & Gina for your true friendship...

Hammonassett's Wild Beauty

Our family loves visiting Hammonassett State Park in Madison, CT throughout the year.  There is so much to take in.  Today's visit was blessed with beautiful soft light and blooming beach roses.  Summer awaits...

Parsnip Soup Recipe

Sundays are made for home cooking.  Today we pulled together this yummy soup with ingredients we had on hand.  The flavor was out of this world!

Ingredients

  • 2 large parsnips, peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 cup shiitake mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1-2 cups filtered water
  • 1 tsp herbs de provence
  • 2 mint leaves, chiffonnade
  • 1 tsp fresh chives, chopped

In a large pan on med-high heat, sweat the parsnips, garlic and celery in the butter for 15 mins or until tender.  Season to taste with kosher salt and fresh black pepper.  Add the mushrooms and stir for a few minutes until the mushrooms begin to crisp up.  Remove pan from heat.  Transfer parsnip mixture to a food processor and add the almond milk.  Process until smooth.  Pour into a saucepan and add 1-2 cups of water - to your preferred consistency.  Heat soup on med-high and stir well with a whisk.  Rub herbs de provence in your hands and add to soup while heating.  Add more salt and pepper to taste.  Heat for 5-8 minutes.  Serve with mint chiffonade and chopped chives, as well as a few slivers of shiitake for garnish and fresh cracked black pepper.  Enjoy!

 

A personal photography project

Last year I started a personal project on macro double exposures. I create the composition in camera.  It began on a cloudy day in my garden, since then I have collected some unusual images... dandelions in the clouds, lilac blooming with rosemary... today I was admiring the Mother's Day flowers my family gave me and decided to work with it. The resulting images are soft yet edgy, with the combination of punchy and cool colors, and some very filtered window light.  I think this is a project that will just continue on, when the inspiration hits I will grab my camera.

I also included some of the single exposures which are equally lovely.  Enjoy!

Gorgeous blooms from the Madison Flower Shop.

Music Haven Fundraiser

I recently had the pleasure of attending an in-home fundraiser for Music Haven.  Music Haven is an incredible organization which provides free instruments and professional music education to children in New Haven.  Their teaching staff is also a professional quartet which raises money for the organization through a very busy performance schedule throughout the year.  To say that their performance was inspiring really does not do it justice.  In addition to the quartet, some of the Music Haven students also performed and really blew us all away with their genuine talents and their poise.  This is a very special organization, please take a moment to visit their site and make sure you find your way to one of their many performances!  It was a pleasure to photograph this event.

 

 

Camp Go Away.... Film

Somehow I waited a long time to develop a few rolls of film that I shot at Camp Go Away.  I wish I had not waited so long.  The twin lens especially is my favorite, it was gifted to me by a friend and was originally owned by a passionate photographer.  Its kinda broken and beat up but it is still magical.

Rediscovering film

When I started learning photography in the late 1990's, it was before the digital boom.   I enjoyed film, especially B&W but it was a very slow learning curve.  The instant feedback of digital really made it possible for me to learn about exposure and light.  Now I have started experimenting again with film, using what I have learned, always learning more.  I anxiously await the delivery of my prints now.  I save it for those times when I can slow down and work with intention.  It is a really immersive experience.  I am excited to add this back into my toolkit.  More to come.

The images below were shot with a Canon 35mm camera and Ilford HP5 film.

2015

This was a year of huge growth for me as a photographer. I got a ton of encouragement and I allowed myself to try new things (and screw things up). Looking through my photos I am above all happy that I documented our life this year. It was a great year and I know how lucky I am.  

Cheers to my photography community which inspires me in ways big and small. I wonder what amazing things you will create in 2016... Can't wait to see.  

 

 Some of my favorite images from 2015

Some of my favorite images from 2015

Happy New Year to you and yours, may it be wild with adventure and big love.   

 

 

Camp Go Away

Why did it take me so long to blog about Camp Go Away? Probably a combination of too-busy-syndrome (I still have not developed any of my film from this trip.. that will be next) and insecurity.  I am really fortunate to have photographers as genuine friends who welcomed me to the family.  This camp was a kick in the pants for me. I needed to stop being shy about my work when I am around the pro's.  I also needed to be physically detached from my phone and email, which was delightfully restorative.  I made a lot of great friends at CGA and I hope I get to work with them someday.  

Thank you Chellise Michael & Michael Busse for this amazing experience.  Here are (all) of my weird, fun images.  See you next time friends.


Florida

Unlike some, we do not fear the intense July heat.  It is so restorative to get away to the sun and to a familiar, loved place.  On this trip I have been experimenting with new optics and have engaged in a continuing love affair with palms.  

Favorite spots in the Palm Beach area:

Coolinary Cafe - the most delectable and unique meal you will ever have

Blowing Rocks Beach & Coral Cove, Jupiter Island

Paris in Town

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Enjoy with a fresh mojito.  xoxo