swinging by..

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to say hello.

My house will soon be filled with family and friends as we get ready for our annual reunion and Independence Day celebration.  Crazy and a bit chaotic, but I will love every minute of it.

Busy with projects and thinking about the possibility of a new venture. I was recently contacted by the editor of an online magazine and invited to join their team as a regular contributor. Run out of NYC, this site features a cornucopia of topics from world news, tech and science, to lifestyle, entertainment and the arts…and of course, that includes photography. So, given that my mantra for 2016 is “just do!” I think I’m going to give it a go.

And speaking of “just do,” Carol MacGregor (Happy Gatherings Photography) and I finished up our shoot at the beautiful Bradley Estate in Canton, Massachusetts last week. We had gorgeous weather and what a treat it was to spend the day at this magnificent place…I didn’t want to leave. We are currently working on some editing and putting together some still life images. Hope to have a post up after the 4th of July.

Until then, here’s a little peek, as we were wrapping up the day.

A little dazed after hours of shooting, but happy.

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Happy weekend, everyone and since I will not be able to post next week, I want to wish all those who celebrate, a safe and happy Independence Day!

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the summer greens are slowly fading
as the last weekend of summer approaches

Happy Labor Day weekend to my U.S. friends
Happy weekend to all!

Talia ~ Hamlen Woods

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I recently had the opportunity to take part in a stylized fashion shoot along with the very talented photographer, Carol MacGregor of Happy Gatherings Photography. While I’m not really interested in formal portrait work, the idea of a casual shoot in the woods on a beautiful day was something I couldn’t resist. And to be able to learn from Carol, there was no way I would pass this up! I discovered that this type of shoot is not unlike still life photography..choosing a theme, gathering props, finding just the right spot with beautiful light. We worked together, posting ideas on a shared Pinterest board and took it from there. The theme we came up with was “woodsy, dreamy, flower child”.  How lucky we were to find the perfect model in my niece, Talia…lovely and sweet and a real trooper as we shot her for over two hours that day! It certainly makes a difference when you love the model you are capturing. I have so much yet to learn, I’m very grateful to have Carol as a mentor and I look forward to working with her again.

The beautiful floral crowns were made by Petal Pushers Floral Studio
Vintage dress from Still Life Home Consignment

And please hop on over to Happy Gatherings Photography to view all of  Carol’s gorgeous professional images..you will be blown away!