Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thursday Inspiration.

Aren't these fabulous?  And I love the fact that the photographers are a pair of sisters!  I heart my sister so much and I feel a project brewing after seeing this awesome and painfully cool Flickr stream.

Just the inspiration I need on this Thursday morning.

Paul Frank Building





field of yellow flowers

Lucy's 1st Polaroid
I love that this one was taken by her toddler. I love the perspective from way down low and how she chose to photograph the playground...a favorite place for any baby!

Via Let's Explode and The Lil Bee.

Happy almost looooong weekend!

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

First Photos

I was procrastinating last night while I was supposed to be processing photos and making deadlines when I came across these photos in my archive.

The Aloof

They are among some of the first digital images I ever shot. Even though I had my digital camera for over a year at this point I was still shooting film almost exclusively. I remember I felt like I was learning how to ride a bike. They say you never forget but to me it was as though I had never picked up a camera before. I obviously got the hang of it but on this day I was feeling so clumsy.

The Pretty

I fell in love with these animals who were grazing on a farm near Montauk on a very cold, wet and gray winter day. They were very patient with me and even stood around while I played with settings, fidgeted with the dials and tried to read the screen. I was with a friend and we climbed a fence to get closer when they started coming toward us. I barely noticed because I was looking down trying to figure out how to work my camera. I got nervous when I saw that they were coming closer but they were so calm and regal and humble that it moved me to keep shooting.

These are definitely not my best images but this day was so special to me that I love them anyway.

The Face

The Pair

The Stare

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ignored Corners

If you spend enough time walking around New York City you will find them. Most people just pass right by them in a rush to get to where ever they are going so they end up ignored and hidden in the dark corners of this city. But magic light is every where -- especially where you least expect it to be. I pass by these overlooked spaces all the time, usually in a rush, but lately I stop and shoot.

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Last night I dreamt that I was out on the street taking photos. I wasn't going anywhere in particular -- I was just walking around with my camera around my neck and I had that familiar feeling of calm and accomplishment. Things have been settling down (finally) and I've been out and about with my camera photographing everything and nothing in particular. I'm getting back to basics and it feels just right. Isn't that the best feeling when you can shift your focus from crazy to calm and everything just seems to fall into place the way it should be. I wasn't necessarily looking for the light here but I definitely found it.

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Instagram Weekend

What a weekend. My little girl turned one and we celebrated the first year of her life in style with a big party at my mom and dad's house. I was telling my husband that it was the third happiest day of my life. The first was the day she was born, the second was the day of our wedding and I think it can only get better for the days that are coming. Lucia had the best day ever. I think we all went to bed with our faces hurting from all the smiles and all the laughter.

Here's (part of) our weekend in Instagram. 

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My sister, brother-in-law and nieces gave Lucia these new wheels as part of her gift.  Yes, they spoil her and yes, she loves it.
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Lucia in her stroller wearing her birthday shirt and a pink tutu that was a gift from my dear friend - it was a baby gift that finally fits my growing girl and we love it!
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The child is obsessed with playing inside her laundry bag!  She loves it in there!!
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One of over 70 balloons that I thought we needed for the party:)
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One of the gifts my parents got for Lucia...because what baby girl doesn't love a 53 inch teddy bear?  God only knows where this guy will live inside our NYC apartment.
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While the baby napped and I took a break from setting up, I went through my old closet and found my now vintage Nicole Miller dress that I LOVED and wore to a school dance in 1991.  I just aged myself...oh well.  I can't believe I was ever that tiny.
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I wanted an animal themed cake and worked with the bakery to make a leopard print pattern on it.  LOVE it!
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Balloons in a bag before we scattered them around the yard.
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Party favors.

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Party hats complete with green faux fur!
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How about you?

Oh and please don't forget, I've been nominated as a Top 25 Photographer Mom by Circle of Moms. There are just two more days left to vote I would really appreciate it if you could swing on over and vote for the blog! Click on the icon and you'll be right there or click here to be taken to my page. There are still five days to vote! Thank YOU!!

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Happy Birthday, Lucia!

I cannot believe that my beautiful girl is one year old today! It seems like just yesterday that we brought her home and she was so teeny and here we are 365 days later celebrating the first year of her life. This year has been such a whirlwind and I've learned so much more about love, life and myself - it's a bit overwhelming.

We love you more than you can ever imagine, baby. Happy birthday! Let's celebrate!

Here are my two favorite photos of her from this week...can you guess how many I've taken in the last year?

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She LOVES her bath and she LOVES to brush her teeth! Good thing!!

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For once she didn't rip her hat off her head two seconds after I put it on her. She waits for me to get it on straight and tie the ribbon under her little chin, sing her a little song and then off it comes...

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Oh and please don't forget, I've been nominated as a Top 25 Photographer Mom by Circle of Moms. I would really appreciate your vote over there! Click on the icon and you'll be right there or click here to be taken to my page. There are still five days to vote! Thank YOU!!

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Summer in the City!

It's summer in New York City and there are two things I know for sure. First, it's H.O.T. HOT out. Second, New Yorkers will lay out to catch some sun any place they can. In Manhattan all we need is a patch of grass and we're good to go. It might be funny to see people in bathing suits hanging out in the middle of the day next to a huge building where people are working long and hard but in New York it's just another Thursday.

Copyright 2011 Monica L. Shulman

Copyright 2011 Monica L. Shulman

Copyright 2011 Monica L. Shulman

Copyright 2011 Monica L. Shulman

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Dear Photograph

Dear Photograph is an awesome, new(ish) tumblr that  made the rounds all over the internets last week.  The idea is simply to merge the past with the present using old and new photos.  It's just amazing. I think I need to dig through the mountains of photos and albums that I have to find something old to make new again.  I LOVE this concept.  I'm feeling nostalgic and lately want to document every single moment in our lives.  It might have something to do with the fact that my baby girl will be one year old later this week and I find myself wondering where the last year went.

Here are some of my favorites but they're adding new ones all the time and you can even send one in!








Via Honestly...WTFbooooooom and Cup of Jo.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Making art with an iPhone? One of My iPhone Photos will be featured in a Gallery!

It's no secret that I love taking photos with my phone. Yes I always carry my DSLR with me but it's my iPhone that I tend to pull out first if I'm out and don't already have my Nikon around my neck. That's something that is pretty new for me...and by "new" I mean that only over the last year or so have I really used my iPhone for something other than a silly point-and-shoot. I've come to rely on my iPhone as, well, eye. And, I've learned in the process that what "they" say about the best camera is the one you have is pretty spot-on.

I read that one of my favorite contemporary photographers, Chase Jarvis, said that as an artist, he felt more free with the little camera built into his iPhone than he ever had with other cameras and that somehow, he had recovered an innocence lost, and was able to see the world anew.  That pretty much sums up how I feel about my camera phone.  No worrying about my settings, no worrying about the light or anything else for that matter.  I try to be as creative as I normally would but I push myself even more because of the inherent limitations of shooting with a phone.  When I was a girl I had this little purple Le Clic camera that I took with me every where. I lost it when I was just about to start junior high school and I was so sad. I lost it with a roll of film inside and when I think about it now I remember how sad I felt over it. When I think about losing my iPhone before backing it up (I used to do it much more often) I feel like I did when I was twelve years old looking for my Le Clic. I love that thing!

So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I learned that this photo, taken with my iPhone on a very cold and very wet and snowy day in Manhattan, was selected as one of 34 images that will be featured at the Artspace [at Untitled] Gallery in Oklahoma City. The exhibit runs from July 29th to October 1st and I really hope that there is a reader out there who lives nearby who will make it and take some photos for me since I won't be able to make it myself!

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Photo of the Flatiron Building at 23rd Street and Broadway.  I took my iPhone out instead of my DSLR because it was snowing and it was freezing and very slippery out.  I whipped out my phone when I looked down on the sidewalk trying to figure out the best place to try to cross the street.  The puddles were so enormous and so deep that I contemplated walking to the next block to try to cross.  I couldn't believe how beautiful the mess looked until I stopped to admire it.  I waited for people to cross so that I could get their reflection in because I loved the scale. I took this with my iPhone 3G and converted to black and white using the Mobile Photoshop App.

Are you as obsessed with your camera phone as I am?

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