Thursday, January 29, 2009

Testing. Testing. One. Two. Three.

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I love portraiture. I like directing people and finding the best light. I like capturing them when they're not looking and getting them to pose when they know I'm there.

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My sister dabbled in modeling in her past life so she's good at taking direction and she has great ideas of her own. She has a gorgeous face and she's usually game to her photo taken. The other day I had to go downtown to take some photos at Castle Clinton and she (and the sleeping
beauty) kept me company. In the meantime, while her daughter slept soundly in her stroller, I took advantage of the setting sun on the river and my sister amused me for a while and let me practice.

I couldn't decide on the processing...what do you think?

Happy almost Friday!



Today's soundtrack:
Air - All I Need



Visit the Digital Photography School for tips on how to take portraits.



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Monday, January 26, 2009

split personality

I hope you all had a lovely and relaxing weekend. This is the first time in a very long time that I skipped blogging all weekend. I just needed to disconnect from everything and get back to basics. I went out and took a lot of photos and I caught up with processing images that I had almost forgotten about on my hard drive.

This weekend, during my self-imposed time off, I had a look back at images that I shot at Main Beach in East Hampton earlier this month. I've mentioned how much I love the beach. But, I especially love the many faces and moods of the ocean in the middle of a harsh winter. I stood outside on the sand and snow in the freezing (literally) cold with my camera and tripod for only 30 minutes (that's how long I could tolerate the weather). But, in that short amount of time, I saw the true colors of a winter sea. At once calm like a sleeping baby and moments later in a full rage like a woman scorned.



The ocean has many faces but they don't always show themselves on the same day. I guess I just got lucky.



Happy Monday, people. I hope you all have a fabulous week!



Today's soundtrack:

Losing Touch - The Killers






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More to come...



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Friday, January 23, 2009

the snowy details



It snowed A LOT last week. In fact, it's been snowing a lot in NYC all winter. It looks pretty for about an hour. After that it turns gray and muddy and gross. I happened to be out and about last week while it was coming down. This was on a side street on the Upper East Side and by the stillness and quiet of the lovely block where I was walking, I almost forgot that I was in Manhattan.



I heart New York.

Happy Friday!



Today's soundtrack:
Foo Fighters - What If I Do



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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Paris Vintage

I should be working. Instead I am trying out new processing techniques on photos that I took on my trip to Paris last month.

I'd certainly rather be eating croissant and drinking a cafe au lait right now than be thinking about work, the cold weather, the state of the world and the economy and all of the other things that create so much stress.

le sigh.




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when I am alone.

It's been snowing a lot in New York. This weekend I shot over 500 images. I'm busy processing them but this was one of my favorite self-portraits taken in my yard away from the slush and muddy puddles and grays of the city.


when I am alone.

I woke up very early to take this. I love the morning light.

Sometimes I love that feeling of being completely alone. I say sometimes because I love being with my husband and my friends of course but, sometimes, I just want to be by myself, my thoughts, my things. At home in the city, even with so many people and so much activity all around, you can feel alone too. I love anonymity. I love New York because it gives me that - that alone but accompanied feeling. I live in a box made up of compartments filled with hundreds of people. I look outside and I see thousands of windows. I go out and I see a hundred unfamiliar faces in a two block radius. But, I am by myself. In the country, especially very early and in the middle of nowhere, you really are by yourself. You don't just feel that you are...

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

the baby with the big, brown eyes

Honestly, the biggest brown eyes I have ever seen.

Sometimes when I have shoots with children it takes them a bit to warm up to me. It's natural - I'm a stranger with a huge camera in their face. Not so with this bundle of love. The moment I walked into his home he was all hugs. I was melting...then I remembered I was working. I just wanted to squeeze this boy. Here are some black and white outtakes.





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Today's Soundtrack...
Emiliana Torrini - Big Jumps

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

walking in a(n) (unconventional) winter wonderland

crown me with your heart

I love the beach in winter. Today is was 15 degrees outside but we went to our favorite beach in East Hampton.

I shot dozens and dozens of images. Stay tuned...

In the meantime, if you are in the U.S. I hope you will enjoy the looong weekend and get ready for the history-making events of this coming Tuesday.

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