R & R- Naples and Captiva Island, Florida

I’m finally catching up on some uploading and editing, and wanted to post a few pics from our recent trip to Florida.  Though I dreaded flying with our 1 year old, she was a champ.  During our week in the Naples area, we attended a rainy Red Sox spring training game at the new Jet Blue Park aka Fenway South, savored sunset mojitos at the very cute Sand Bar, and enjoyed live Irish music at two local pubs!  Recap: Red Sox, cocktails, Irish music=a few of my favorite things.  The sun was warm, the drinks were frozen, and a good time was had by all.

Here are a few snaps from the trip: the stunning colors of the sea and sky at Captiva Island, my daughter discovering shells and checking out the gentle waves of the Gulf, and my family catching the last rays of the day as they wave at a passing boat.  I also took a vacation from my big cameras- these were shot with our little Canon point and shoot.

Fine Art Friday- Callahan, 1-12, New York, NY

FAF today is in honor of my daughter who is celebrating her first birthday. She changed our lives (and my sleep patterns!) forever at 5:18pm on March 23, 2011.  Each month on the 23rd I take a photo in her adorable monthiverseries (a wonderful gift from the lovely Alexis Boehmler).  While some shoots are more successful than others, it’s still fun to see the differences month by month.  As she has matured, having her sit still for a photo is a challenge…in the 11 month photo she was miserably sick, and in today’s shoot, she only wanted to climb over the couch, so I went with it!  It’s great reminder of the power of photography as a tool to document a growing personality and the fleeting moments in year one of life.  Happy Friday!


Above: Callahan and Dad, 3 days old.  Below: Callahan 1-12 months

Mary - March 23, 2012 - 10:42 am

Happy 1st Birhtday Callie!!!! with the exception of James Brandt you are the cutest baby ever! Love the month anniversary t-shirts. Love Aunt Mary

John - March 23, 2012 - 10:48 am

I can’t believe you made it to month 12 without a stain on that white couch.

Who makes the onesies?

So Cute, John

grandy - March 23, 2012 - 2:23 pm

I, Grandy Greig, would like everyone out in the blog world and beyond to know that our granddaughter, Callahan margaret, is the most beautiful baby in the world. We wish her a wonderful birthday with family and friends. Love, Grandy

Georgina Cullman - March 25, 2012 - 4:43 pm

love it!

Happy birthday Callie!

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Fine Art Friday–Under African Skies, South Africa

Cue up the Paul Simon…today’s image continues with last week’s themes–travel and tranquility.  I had fun playing with the composition of this photograph, which was taken during one of those wonderful moments where the sun sets just as the moon rises (also wonderful because we were stopped for “sundowners,” aka sunset cocktails!)  Just before our game drive raced in for the night, I held my breath to steady the camera as the light faded.  I can still feel the heightened sense of fear and vulnerability as darkness fell in the wild– you huddle a little closer to the inside of the truck and jump a bit at distant lion roars, bird calls, and rustling grass.

Photo: Moonrise, Sabi Sand Reserve, South Africa, 2010.

Georgina Cullman - March 16, 2012 - 4:36 pm

love this one Sarah! It really captures the stillness that can happen when you surrounded by nature. Thanks for sharing!

Graceful on Gracie- New York, NY


The other day I photographed these amazing doors for Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts’ Annual Awards.  I love photographing details, and the elephants, gazelles, and swirling plant forms on this 1929 building did not disappoint. As seen above, each intricate metal circle contains a different shape, design, or carving.  Check out this recent New York Times article on the history of the doors.

When I’m not behind my camera, I spend the much of my time teaching architectural education programs to 1st-5th graders at this fabulous non-profit. Each year, our office honors several outstanding preservation projects. This year’s impressive roster of six awardees includes the restoration of these Art Deco doors located at 7 Gracie Square (overlooking beautiful Carl Schurz Park and a stone’s throw from Gracie Mansion) as well as a Transformation Award for a fantastic new use of space at the Frick Collection.

The Annual Awards take place tonight at the New York School of Interior Design, 170 East 70th Street at 6pm.  If you are in NYC, check out the gorgeous slideshow presentation MC’ed by board member, architect, and author Hermes Mallea and discover more about these thoughtful projects.  Have a great Wednesday!

Fine Art Friday

Today I’m heading to Florida for a little R & R, and thought it appropriate to post a tropical image.  Though it was 70 degrees yesterday in NYC, I’m still looking forward to getting away.  This image was shot on a deserted beach in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica exactly three years ago.  Much to my husband’s chagrin, during gorgeous sunsets like this I’m usually racing around with my camera rather than sipping a cocktail with him and taking it all in.  I take shot after shot, playing with camera movement, angles, and a slow shutter speed to create this soft, dreamlike quality to the waves.  Some other images in this series have more abstract patterns of streaky color and light-perhaps you’ll see them on another Friday.  Have a great weekend!

Photo: Sunset at Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, 2009

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