Posted on June 7, 2016
..have come and gone.
There’s something so wonderfully nostalgic about these blossoms.
Nothing like their sweet scent filling the air on a spring evening.
Posted on May 16, 2016
It’s been weeks since I’ve had a chance to sit and catch up. Spring is in full force, although today it feels a bit like autumn with a brisk chill in the air. We had a week of rain that left everything lush and green and the tree blossoms are just glorious now.
We actually got to experience spring a bit early when we took a road trip down to North Carolina to see my son. We stopped along the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia and did a bit of hiking. The views were incredible.
Gearing up for a busy couple of months ahead, which will include a trip to the Maine coast, a family reunion and an exciting photo project.
Once again, I will be teaming up with Carol MacGregor (Happy Gatherings Photography) for a shoot at the beautiful Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate in Canton, Massachusetts. This project will be based on the art of John Singer Sargent. The Bradley Estate is one of many sites run by The Trustees of Reservations and this year will mark their 125th anniversary. We met with the director last week and got the Board’s full approval and we’re now doing tons of research and collecting of props. Very happy to be part of this celebration.
So that’s life in a nutshell..back to my usual short and less chatty posts. Have a lovely week ahead.
Posted on March 31, 2016
..and some random ramblings
Spring reminds me of an impressionist painting, as little dots of color start appearing here and there. Seems the color around me is mostly yellow at the moment, as the rabbits have eaten all my purple crocus. I wonder if the purple ones have a sweeter flavor..maybe the yellow is too tart?
Been listening to an old favorite. Debussy seems to go perfectly with Spring and Impressionism.
My little chipmunk friend, Cheeky, has returned. She waits by the deck door most mornings for her handful of peanuts. Sometimes she follows me out to the bird feeder in hopes of catching a few sunflower seeds that spill on the ground.
Amazing how many seeds she can squeeze into those cheeks of hers.
Enjoying these longer days and loving the golden hour light through my dirty windows.
Still avoiding much of the political news on television and social media. Scary and depressing.
Thankful for those little empty spaces in time..
there is always that space there
just before they get to us
that fine relaxer
flopping on a bed
thinking of nothing
pouring a glass of water from the
while entranced by
just to scratch your neck
while looking out the window at
a bare branch
before they get to us
when they do
get it all
– Charles Bukowski
I have loved the last two books I’ve read recently-
“My Name is Lucy Barton” by Elizabeth Strout
“All the Broken Things” by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer
Just started “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” by Annie Dillard
Perfect timing as it’s an exploration on foot in a region of Virginia and we will be heading there and beyond in a couple weeks.
Excited to meet a photographer friend and his family from Scotland this weekend. They will be visiting Boston for a few days. Been following his work on Flickr for a few years now. I find it pretty amazing to think of all the wonderful people – photographers, writers, artists – I’ve met through photography. An incredible, supportive and generous community.
So I’ve rambled enough for now…time to catch up with all of you.
Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week.
Posted on May 26, 2015
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.
And please hop on over to Happy Gatherings Photography to view all of Carol’s gorgeous professional images..you will be blown away!
Posted on May 6, 2015