Olivia, my youngest niece is 15. She's fun, beautiful, wise, silly ...the whole package.
It took about 5 minutes to feel at home in the studio. Being surrounded by such a peaceful setting dedicated to creativity has inspired me to push myself.
The biggest challenge of this trip has been to quit pulling over every 10 minutes to take more pictures. We didn't really even know we were going to Yellowstone until we looked at the map and thought, eh, what's another few hours? The bulk of the park was closed, would you know we'd pick the month they close for maintenance? Still what we saw was breathtaking.
We pulled into the park and it was entirely black. As we turned the corner the headlights caught this. Other-worldly.
Onward to Yellowstone . .
Ok, so our best intentions of plowing through took a little detour. I couldn't very well go through Pennsylvania and not stop to see good friends and family. So I did
Lake Wallenpaupack was a beautiful way to start the day
Going back to #WangumFalls after so many years brought back old, fun, crazy memories
"Lake affect snow". It's just snow coming off the lake, right? Well, kind of. We drove right into it, pulled over and woke up to it. Presque Isle, PA was beautiful though brutal. It was about 31 degrees, tolerable for sure. Windchill? 11 degrees!
Finishing the night at yet another unexpected beach, this time in Indiana.
More to come ... heading west
It wasn't just bluster after all We're making a little cross country trek .
We always wanted to take Miss Macy May, but we took too long to go.
Still, I'll unapologetically sprinkle pictures of her throughout...because I really liked my dog
I'm not exactly sure of every stop we're making but as we decide on each days' schedule I'd love to hear from those of you who want (or know someone who'd want) to get together for a shoot. Direct message me for details
The plan right now is to be in Honesdale, PA tomorrow. Plenty of lovely settings to work with there
We'll also be reaching out for occasional suggestions for local morning brews.
....is it's easy to fall behind in posts.
We went for a hike with my niece and brother. We've been enjoying the views at every turn but when we took the walk, went through the woods and saw this. Man, beautiful.
…Kelly's boss ran out of work so we decided to see about housing options.
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I had the honor of working with Michele Bundy, from The Fifth Om (TheFifthOm.com) as she helped these lovely ladies get ready for the prom.
Anyone who's known me for ten minutes knows how much I love working with women; showing them their beauty. I'm grateful to have met Michele and am looking forward to working with others with the same interest.
Everyone has a story. Everyone. For some their story is light and airy, for others there are dark moments that could devastate. It's precious that we all get to decide how our story is going to affect us. Cori has decided to make her story a motivation to be stronger and softer, all at once.
This Thursday morning as the morning air reached a comfortable 67 degrees, Cori and I spent a couple of hours creating Beauty Portraits enjoying every minute of it.
Here's Cori, fresh-face ready to spend a couple of hours at the beach creating some wonderful Beauty Portraits.
Yesterday as the sun barely started heading west this guy was bright in the sky.
This one looked to me like melting silver
Typically Kelly would be nervous to let me go out taking pictures at night. But I got him when he was sick and...well it's Maine. People just seem to wave at you.
Kelly isn't feeling well. So I decided to sneak out and get a few night shots. It's always so interesting to me to see what looks like movement of the stars with long exposure.
A sad and nice weekend. Missed our good friend's anniversary - but we were thinking of you. Said goodbye to a life-long friend. But in the sadness there was loveliness. I got to hug family and old friends I'd not seen for a very long time. And this morning I was greeted by this sunrise. At first I thought the faint white ball in the clouds was the sun. That alone was beautiful. But it tricked me and popped up just as I thought it was done. I've timed the slideshow so it's not terribly long. No editing - It did it all on it's own.
The moon finally gave the stars a turn. Each of the pictures have a longer shutter exposure. It was weird to me to see the movement. The last of the three was open for over 5 minutes.
And this, this was just from this morning.
I don't know if I'll ever get used to it.
We're still trying to narrow down where/if we will have a commercial space. There's an old Mill in the Saco / Biddeford area that has huge potential. For one, it's a mill - brick, high ceilings, historic. Plus it's not too far from the ocean. We went the other night to get another look at it.
On the way back we stopped at what is known locally as the Blueberry Plains. Sprawling fields of wild blueberries ready to pick in August. I will be back.
Got stuck driving around taking pictures today.
The ice was pretty tough this morning. So I ended up on Drake's Island which is in Wells, Maine. And tonight....tonight the moon had just enough cloud cover to let me see some stars. But it was also bright enough to provide a beam or two on the water.
I know, I know, it's a lot of photos of ocean and sky and moon, and trees, I know. You'd think it would get old. And maybe it has on your end. But from here it seems that everyday I'm stunned by some new beauty. Or maybe by a new angle of an old beauty. I don't spend all of my time meandering around taking pictures. But I don't mind the time that I do.
Yesterday, starting at the the sun low in the sky at York Beach I went next to Nubble Lighthouse. One of these days I'm going to make it there before sunrise. I've never really been myself as much of a lighthouse kind of girl, but there's something about the rugged texture of Maine that draws me in.
The day ended last night with a full moon. Early evening it looked like a transparent ball suspended above the ocean. Then by nightfall the light danced along the waves. Some of the photos look more like sonograms than waves, but I like it.
We've also been working to get a commercial space. We've narrowed it down to two. Once we've got everything set I hope to collaborate with artists to display their work too. The area seems enthusiastically supportive of all manner of art so I've taken to finding local artists and hope to entice old friends (Ben? Tasha...?).