Mama Love–New York, NY

Thank you to to all of the huggers, snugglers, nose wipers, chefs, nurses, tutors, multi-taskers, bedtime storytellers, and chauffeurs.  You are forever selfless, giving, dependable, and patient.  Special thanks to my mom for always nurturing my artistic side and encouraging me to follow my dreams; for spending years in freezing rinks (she hates being cold) and soaking sidelines to be my biggest cheerleader; for sacrificing to give me an amazing education, and for being the best role model and guiding me in my new journey as a mother.  Today I’m celebrating my second mother’s day.  Some days it’s not glamorous and most days it’s exhausting, but I hope I can inspire my daughter to become passionate, kind, loving, accepting, independent, and confident.  Here are some wonderful moms that I have had the pleasure of photographing over the last few years, and one of me and my little bald one (top image).  Happy Mom’s Day.  Take today to express your gratitude to these wonderful women that make our worlds go ’round.

[…] year I’m celebrating my 3rd mother’s day, and my mom is celebrating her 39th.  Last year I posted some favorite mom images from my portfolio, but this year I’ve been thinking a lot about moments.  My mom has so much […]

Fine Art Friday–Get a Little Closer–Costa Rica

I love finding pattern and texture in everyday objects and with the help of my macro lens, I can focus on the small details of this palm leaf.  I was drawn to the striking variation in color and pattern as the sections criss-crossed.  Happy Friday!

Palm Leaf, Costa Rica, 2009

Rain. Again.

Eiffel Tower Reflection, Paris, March 2006

It seems that April showers did not get the memo about departing on May 1st.  To brighten yet another rainy day, here’s a shot where the rain actually makes the setting more beautiful and dynamic.  Yes, Paris in the rain (cue music).  I lived here in 2001 but this photograph is from a memorable trip in 2006, when my now husband “put a ring on it”.  The rain thwarted his plans to propose on the banks of the Seine, so instead he got on a knee–not easy for a 6’6″ guy at a French cafe table–in a teeny-tiny restaurant on the Ile Saint Louis, and the rest is history.  Except that I was so bewildered that I responded “I don’t know, are you on one knee?”  Romance!  But of course I said yes.

Tip of the day- Don’t be afraid to photograph in the rain.  And brides, there is a way to turn that rain into romance!   Umbrellas and wellies can add that certain “je ne sais quois” to documenting your big day.  Check out these rainy shots below, courtesy of Elizabeth Anne Designs (L) and Elaine Marie Photography (R).  I love how her bouquet and boots coordinate with the groom’s tie and boutonniere.  Happy rainy Wednesday.

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love the wellies and wedding dress:)

Fine Art Friday–Waves of Sand and Sky–Michigan

Two summers ago, I had the pleasure of attending my friend Craig’s gorgeous wedding on the shores of Lake Michigan.  Take a Vermont wedding (red barn, white fences, open field–fitting for two Middlebury grads), then add a twist of lakeside rustic chic (mason jar favors, chalkboard menus, burlap tablecloths), and you’ve got this memorable gathering.  I’m a sucker for details and because the bride is a painter, this wedding went above and beyond with creativity!  I literally couldn’t put my camera down.

The morning of the wedding, my husband and I visited the amazing Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  I’ve seen plenty of dunes on the Cape and Nantucket, but this place begs an entirely new definition of the idea.  It’s hard to portray the sheer scale in photographs, but the small white spot above is a person hiking up a dune.  I loved the undulating landscape that creates a powerful, wavelike mix of sand and sky.  The entire area is gorgeous, including historic Fishtown, home of the Village Cheese Shanty‘s famous Pretzel Bread Sandwich and the greatest lunch deal that this New Yorker has ever seen. If anyone finds themselves in this part of the world, these spots are a must visit.  If you don’t ever find yourself here, you’re missing out on a national treasure!  Happy Friday!

Dune Walk, Lake Michigan, 2010

Flowers Make Me Swoon- New York, NY

Though April showers persist, May has arrived!  I thought I’d post these virtual flowers from a few gorgeous weddings and rehearsal dinners to serve as a bright spot on this rainy day…or a little wedding flower inspiration to those of you in planning mode. I chose these four images for their bold pops of color and creative presentation.  I am pretty obsessed with flowers and can credit my dad with showing me at a young age how to plant the perfect row of impatiens or properly stake a tomato plant.  There is nothing that makes me happier than picking up a fresh bouquet, or placing single buds around the apartment, or just wandering around my local flower shop to see what has just arrived.  In graduate school, I worked on weekends as an assistant to a Boston wedding florist who made the most elegant, crisp, modern arrangements, and made me realize that good florists are true artists.

Though a city dweller, I maintain a healthy window garden of flowers and herbs from May-October.  My husband cringes every year during planting time (this weekend?) as I take over our living room and get soil all over the new hardwood floors, but it’s so worth it!  I don’t have enough room to plant peonies (my all-time favorite which I had in my wedding bouquet), but these beauties usually appear outside of NYC bodegas for just two weeks a year.  Yesterday, I turned onto Amsterdam Avenue and was thrilled to spot some!  Placing one shade of peonies in a simple tall vase can be dramatic and striking (lower left image).

If you are looking for some inspiration for your big day, you can search by color on The Knot , or subscribe to a florist newsletter for the latest trends and styles.  My own wedding florist (love!), Michael at Flowers on Chestnut, has some great ideas on their website as well as a newsletter that you can sign up for.  Happy May!