About Me

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I am a family, portrait, wedding and lifestyle photographer. The process of making people comfortable with the camera is just as much of a passion for me as is capturing the moment. It is important to me to make the photo session experience a memorable one as well. I know it's a generic statement but I am passionate about life and the urgency to document the moments as they unfold. Take time to invest in the days of your lives. Call me--I can help! I've created a "book of days" gallery on my website: where I do that for my own life. Hopefully it showcases who I am as a person as well as as a photographer.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

an inspirational saturday...

i will do just about anything to avoid writing. trust me--as i type i am perched next to a bag of sun chips and they are tempting me to abort my mission of completing this task. for the past few hours they have won the battle.

my fear of writing stems from reading so many wonderfully written blogs (especially my friend lori's:)

her writing puts my two degrees in writing and literature from penn state to major shame. not that i begrudge her the kudos for her amazing talent-it's just that the older i get the more i am learning to stick with what you are good at. and for me-it's not writing.

photos are my "thing" and photos are my "voice" these days.

so let's get to it-shall we?

saturday i got to do a photo session with an amazing family. i will try to keep the verbage down and show the emotion with the photography but i must give some background first. this family has three beautiful children, two devoted parents and one selfless aunt--all whom i met during my time at their home. the children consist of a way-too-cute, and curious, almost-three-year old (max) and his identical twin sisters (cici and penny). the twins were eating a few months back and cici choked on a piece of canned fruit. she lost oxygen to her brain (sort of like a stroke) and has an anoxic brain injury as a result. she spent several months at the children't hospital (where her mom and dad only left her side on two occasions) and, although she is now home, she requires round the clock care. she eats via a feeding tube, is more than likely blind, and needs oxygen at night. the family chose life for her. they never complain about their situation and remain hopeful that within a year she'll show signs of improvement. absolutely possible... but for now it's a long and tiring battle.

i am honored to have spent the morning capturing their family. it was challenging as the lighting wasn't ideal... and we couldn't take cici outside for very long. my goal was to capture the love, the devotion and the amazing character within this home.

so--let me see if my pictures can do the rest of the writing.

please take a moment to read about this family:

(max in the tree)


(cici and aunt mary)

(cici with aunt mary)

(dad and penny walking in the yard)


(the whole family)

(mom/dad and the twins)


(daddy embracing cici)

(cici's identical twin sister penny)

(mommy, daddy and cici)

(cici and daddy)

(cici and mommy)

Friday, January 16, 2009

new lens love

trying out the new 85 mm 1.4. it's a complex lens with such a shallow depth of field but wow--the bokeh is like buttah!

besides--it is, after all, just another excuse to get some portraits of my favorite subjects.

i still have some adjustments to make in learning to use this lens properly but here are some quick captures.

any feedback is more than welcome. i've got a couple of portrait sessions in the next two weeks were i really want to use this lens so please don't be shy! drop me a line!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

everyday moments...

the older i get the more i find significant value in everyday moments with my kids. the simple, non-structured days. the days my oldest son picks his own clothes (two different socks and non matching clothes), the days my youngest son lets me cuddle with him on the sofa. the days we hang out in our jammies and dance.

yesterday was one of those days. we went to the playground and just let the kids 'be'. they ran around and chased each other up and down the slides. i never tire of hearing their giggles and squeals and seeing those smiles.

life unfolding before our eyes. time passing simply. these are the moments i want to record and relive over and over. everyday moments with the loves of my life.

Monday, January 5, 2009

night photography walk

i had the most amazing time on saturday during "illuminate photography's" night photo walk. i learned to use my cable release and to calculate the proper shutter speeds for long exposures. and i was so impressed with the quality of the d 700's images. it was absolutely invigorating to be with people passionate about photography and so knowledgeable as well. it was, hands down, the best learning (although very humbling) experience i have ever had.

i can't wait until next month's photo walk.