Monday, November 30, 2009

Move Over Black Friday, It's CYBER MONDAY and I'm having a PRINT SALE!!

IT'S CYBER MONDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH THESE ***FREE*** DEALS AT MY Ciao, Chessa! ETSY SHOP!



FOR EVERY 8X12 OPEN EDITION PRINT GET ONE ***FREE*** 4X6 PRINT.

FOR EVERY 11X14 OPEN EDITION PRINT GET ONE ***FREE*** OPEN EDITION 8X12 PRINT.

FOR EVERY 8X12 LIMITED EDITION PRINT, GET ONE ***FREE*** 8X12 OPEN EDITION PRINT.




Head over to my Ciao, Chessa! Etsy Shop to take advantage of these GREAT OFFERS!

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And, while you're add it, if you're in the market for a new camera this holiday season, take advantage of my relationship with New York mega-store B&H Photo and get these AMAZING DEALS!

In preparation of the holiday season and in the spirit of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Shopping Fanatics everywhere, B&H is offering a bunch of great deals to all of my readers...just click away below to learn more and to make your purchases!

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Happy Shopping!!
Of course don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions!
PS--I gave myself a break and was away from the internet all weekend..I promise to catch up on all your blogs this week! :)



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Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday! Special Deals for Ciao, Chessa! Readers!

Happy Friday and Happy Shopping!

Did any of you go out shopping this morning or today? I certainly did not. This day is for cuddling on the couch, recovering from a food coma, eating more yummy Thanksgiving food and...online shopping!

This holiday season I'm celebrating by getting myself some new camera equipment! And where else in the world would I do it but B&H Photo - the ultimate photography equipment shopping experience! No lines, no harried shoppers, just sit back in your PJs and point and click your way through holiday gift-buying.





A few months ago I was approached by B&H to be an Affiliate. I jumped at the opportunity faster than I could click my shutter. B&H is world renowned as the place to buy for all your photo, video, pro audio and digital imaging needs. I admit that the first time I visited the store I was a bit overwhelmed by it...to be fair, the place is enormous and it is always packed and I was about 7 years old! But I love to go there now. There are always people available to help and you cannot beat the selection.

In preparation of the holiday season and in the spirit of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Shopping Fanatics everywhere, B&H is offering a bunch of great deals to all of my readers...just click away below to learn more and to make your purchases!

Free Shipping

Rebates

New Product Releases

Open Box Specials

Used

Holiday Deal Page

Holiday Gift Guide

Even though I've been to the store more times than I can possibly count, I was recently invited for a VIP tour (which I will blog about another day) and I learned so much about the various departments and the thousands and thousands of amazing products. The staff is very professional and friendly and they are salaried employees who do not work on any sort of commission so I never feel like they are pushing one item or another simply because the price is higher.

And, they don't just sell cameras and camera equipment. B&H Photo is the largest seller of Apple products in New York City...they sell more Apple products than the Apple store and they don't even sell the iPhone in their store!





If you have any questions whatsoever about any products, please ask away! And stayed tuned for more special offers and information from me about B&H...


Happy Shopping!!


Oh, and PS--these special deals are available throughout the entire holiday season so if you're not ready now...come on back and use them when you're ready! But be sure to click through my site! :)


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Today's Soundtrack:
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust









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Thursday, November 26, 2009

What Are You Thankful For?

I'm so thankful this year for so many things that I can't possibly list them all...but here's a small list...

My incredible husband.




My supportive parents.

My thoughtful sister.

All the babies in our family.


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Modern technology.

My good sense of humor.

My new-found patience.

My crazy, caring, smart and loving friends.

Good health.

East Hampton.


Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

The Twilight Saga.

The Kings of Leon.

My eye.

The Kindness of Strangers.

Shakira.

New York City.





What about you?


Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the United States. And to everyone else, happy Thursday! It's almost Friday!

Today's Soundtrack:
Shakira - Give Up To Me
I've loved her since I was 15 but I have to admit that I love her earlier music. She's a musical genius, she's fabulous and a wonderful philanthropist but I'm not in love with her newest album...it's just SO unlike anything she's done before. It's growing on me but not completely.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Always Looking Outside

"I am always looking outside, trying to look inside, trying to say something that is true. But maybe nothing is really true. Except what's out there. And what's out there is constantly changing." Robert Frank, 1985

I've become quite obsessed with and inspired by the work of Robert Frank lately. I recently shared some of it here when I blogged about an exhibit of his work at a Chelsea gallery. This weekend I went to a show of his work from The Americans and the Black, White and Things collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. If you're in New York, you should definitely go check out the exhibition.

Also, if you get it in your area, you should check out all of the fantastic photography programs this week on Ovation. Ovation is an arts channel and they currently have a week-long photography event that you cannot miss. If you're in New York and have Time Warner Cable, it's channel 83. They happen to be showing a special on Robert Frank's America that I think is going to be fantastic.

Oh course I am in no way comparing myself to him but I think everyone is inspired by someone or something...Here is some of my work that has been influenced by him - these were all taken in New York City:

Blowing Bubbles



Untitled

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Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

Kitty Stroller

In the Spirit!

Today's Soundtrack:
OneRepublic - All The Right Moves

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Making Sounds

When I was in the middle of my professional crisis, trying to decide whether I should I leave my corporate job in my old life, I had a terrible time sleeping. In fact, that's an understatement...I rarely slept. I would get into bed because I was physically exhausted and my head was pounding but I would just lie there watching the shadows dancing on my ceiling and listening to the lull of the occasional traffic on the street below. I love that white noise of New York City...in the morning it's like we live in a completely different neighborhood with the madness of the cars, trucks and buses and the sound of kids playing in the park eight floors down and on their way to the school next door to our building. But at night, it was just me, the white noise, the light sound of my husband sleeping and the shadows.

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

Then one day, my husband came home with the life saver...a sound machine. Most people in New York would die for some peace and quiet and we happen to live in a neighborhood where sometimes the only thing you can hear is the sound of your own thoughts racing around in your head. Who knew that a little noise was all I would need to get me back to a sound sleep? The machine has 16 sounds but my favorites are white noise (natch) - it sounds like an air conditioner, rain forest, thunderstorm and ocean. There's something about the sound of water. On our honeymoon in Hawaii our room faced the Pacific Ocean and every night we listened to the waves...and now I had that in our bedroom in Manhattan. I felt like a new person. And it wasn't just that sound help me to sleep for a full night, but it basically shut off all the thoughts in my head - all my thoughts, all my worries.

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

This Thanksgiving, after family and turkey, we're going out to the beach for the long weekend. I know I've written about my fascination with the ocean before but there's something about the beach in winter. The quiet, the possibilities, the cold, the loneliness - we like to sit in the car and watch the waves. I love those afternoons...I feel like we are the only two people in the world and like anything is possible.

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

crown me with your heart

Today's Soundtrack:
Bloc Party - Tulips

PS--Head over to one of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE BLOGS - The Rockstar Diaries - to sign up for a giveaway of one of my prints!! A few months ago Naomi and I did a giveaway and over 700 people signed up! Wowsa! Head over there for a chance to win. xx





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Monday, November 23, 2009

Two Sides of Me Monday

This Monday feels more like this:
some days.


than like this:
A Girl and a Window

Hooray for short weeks.

Today's Soundtrack:
Dire Straits - Sultans Of Swing

PS--Both images are self-portraits, of course.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Meet Me at the Equinox

The wait is over! The countdown clock is at: 0 days, 0 hours, 0 minutes, 0 seconds.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon is here! I am going to see it this morning at the 11am showing at one of the many movie theaters in Manhattan. They're actually showing it every hour and we bought our tickets a few weeks ago.

The stars have been featured all over the place and I'm not feeling the over-exposure yet...especially when one of the many features is in one of my favorite magazines, Harper's Bazaar and the photographer of the stars is Mark Seliger. I have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of seeing celebrities on the covers of all of my fashion magazines...Vogue, W, Bazaar, Allure...I "read" US Weekly too so I get enough of my celebrity fixation there but I don't care who it is on the cover if Mark Seliger is the one who took the photo.

Even if you are not a fan of the Twilight Saga and you don't understand the craziness of the books and the films, can you really deny the beauty of these photographs?

Harper's Bazaar

Harper's Bazaar

Harper's Bazaar
This was the subscriber's cover. I tore into it in the elevator on my way up to my apartment...

Harper's Bazaar
This was the newsstand cover.

Harper's Bazaar

All images via Harper's Bazaar.

Today's Soundtrack:
Roslyn - Bon Iver & St. Vincent
From the Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack, natch.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Lost and Found

Lost in Translation is by far one of my favorite films. There was nothing on the other night and I suggested to my husband that we watch the dvd again. I love how the story just sneaks up on you. It's about barriers of language, age, relationships, culture, and education and the title hints at the theme of barriers, and it obviously serves as a description of the situation at hand—two Americans who only speak English in Tokyo. Writer/director Sofia Coppola is getting at something deeper with the title, though, and it's that somewhere along the way, these two people's dreams have been lost in life's expectations.

Lost in Translation

There's a dreamlike ambiance to the film. As a photographer I watch it and see a series of exquisite and deeply moving and evocative still images. Lost in Translation is filled with beautiful and emotional imagery. Sophia Coppola and cinematagrapher Lance Acrod, make great use of artistic photography, color, and symbolism to create an aesthetically beautiful movie. During a time when most blockbuster movies rely on computer generated images, Sofia Coppola and Lance Acord prove that you don’t need computers to make a visually stunning movie.

Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

Images and text inspiration from here, here and here.

Lost in Translation

Today's Soundtrack:
Just Like Honey - Jesus and Mary Chain

Lost in Translation

PS--Of course I've shared all of my favorite portraits from the film but there really are so many beautiful landscape shots of the countryside in Japan and Tokyo. Gorgeous.

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