It's been a while since I've posted. it's wedding season and it's been a whirlwind,! Along with shooting almost every weekend, I started a new full time job working as a web retoucher for Anthropologie. Since I've been so busy, Amanda & Doug agreed to come to Philadelphia on a sunny Sunday afternoon to do their engagement session (they're the sweetest). I brought them around Northern Liberties and found some really cute spots to take some portraits. I can't wait to shoot their big day at the end of the season! Check out the photos below.
It's not everyday one of your childhood best friends gets married. In the event that it is the case, it's unlikely that you'll get the chance to travel to Old San Juan, Puerto Rico to witness such a special event. Mike and I traveled to the island with a group of friends and we were lucky to have a few days to wander. With my very old 35mm camera in hand, I loaded my film and hit some local spots. The colors in Old San Juan are incredible. The blues, pinks and yellows house after house achieved different shades of pastel loveliness. As we walked through town, I made my friends stop almost every 15 feet to take yet another photo (sorry guys). I was also very happy to see how well fed the stray cats were. Almost every store front has a bowl of water and food out for them, and most of the cats loved human companionship. Celebrating Eva and P.J.'s nuptials was an event I will never forget and I can guarantee I'll be returning to Old San Juan in the future.
I planned to share photos from my trip to Puerto Rico today, but it's my cat's first birthday. And in true cat lady fashion, I thought I should recognize his day. We have two cats, Billie, a small golden long haired rescue who really only loves me, three of my best girlfriends, and sometimes Mike. Last June we adopted Kevin, a tiny cookie dough colored kitten who was so teeny he could fit in half of your palm. We picked him out from the shelter in April, but he was so sick it took over two months for him to get healthy enough to come home with us. Anyone that has met him loves him immediately. He runs to the door to greet every visitor, climbs up to sleep on people's shoulders, and will snuggle with you on the couch and watch a movie (he likes 90's horror). He's brought a lot of laughter into our house and even though he's the typical little brother to Billie, I think most of the time she's happy to have another companion. Here's a few photos of our little guy throughout our time with him so far.
I'm feeling very sentimental this week. I'm heading back to my old neighborhood to see my best friend from college who's visiting from England for the weekend. It's been a few years since we've seen each other, and even though we talk almost every day (thank you, WhatsApp!) when we get together it's like no time has passed at all. So in honor of visiting ma petite Sylvie, I decided to go back into my old hard drives and pick out some work from school. It's a fun reminder to see how my eye has changed and how I continue to learn from old friends and new.
Below are images from my senior thesis and multiple projects I was assigned during my four years at Parsons. I never realized until now how much my professors pushed me to create concepts for styles that I didn't really understand. It's helped me become a stronger shooter and find different and interesting compositions. Pushing the limits of your comfortability pays off in the long run.
Mike and I are closing in on the end of our lease in our very first apartment and I have a lot of mixed feelings about it. Even though I'm so excited to get a new place (with hopefully more than one window), I can't help but feel sad about leaving this sweet home we've made together. In addition to adding a new family member (our cat, Kevin!), we've made some great memories in our humble abode. We celebrated two Christmases together, spent summer nights drinking wine on our patio, gone through heartache, and most of all, became an even stronger couple. So with the end of an era on the horizon, I thought I would share some photos of not only our time together in Philly, but our lives since we met. It's been a fun ride, and I can't wait to see what happens next!
Well, it's certainly been a while. I took my New Year's Resolution seriously and have been trying to be a part of the moment and put the camera down. Every year my family travels to a warm tropical place to escape the brutal Pennsylvania winter. This February we took a trip to St. John, a beautiful U.S. Virgin Island just off the east coast of Puerto Rico. Nine days of sunshine, salt air, laughter, and relaxation were such a welcome treat. It isn't very often I get to spend such an extended amount of time with my family and I enjoyed every minute of it. Maybe not the part where a bird had a vendetta against me and I had to spend the last day of my trip walking around with a broom to ward off any signs of attack, but all in all, it was an amazing trip. Thanks to my wonderful family for one of the best weeks ever, now let's start planning for 2017!
This October I shot a wedding with Love Me Do at Tall Timber Barn in Canadensis, Pennsylvania. The Pocono Mountains are a beautiful setting for a wedding. The natural look was continued throughout the day with greens in the arrangements and the accents of colored vases and wood, which was lovely to photograph. They added personal touches with initials, deer emblems, and vintage glasses. It was such a pleasure to shoot these high school sweethearts.
The typical band photo...it's hard not to fall into that trap. After dating a musician for five years and being in a band for a year and a half, I have seen and heard A LOT of press photo ideas. It's fun to collaborate with artists and work together to find an image that will suit the music. I've shot many Philadelphia bands including Night Panther, Suburban Living, and Queen of Jeans to name a few. Make sure to always have a good understanding of the music and trust your eye. At the end of the day you need to feel confident in the image you made, as well as meeting the bands expectations.
I was rummaging through my old hard drives and found one of the first weddings I assisted shooting. I came across Jhonny & Kelly's wedding, a Philadelphian couple getting married at Kelly's father's church. With 13 bridesmaids, 13 groomsmen, 3 flowers girls, 2 ring bearers, and 300 guests, I had my work cut out for me. I focused on a documentary stance while the first shooter worked on portraits. It was a challenging but rewarding day. Here are some select images that encapsulated the day.
This year has been full of many ups and downs - luckily, it's mostly been up! I traveled to Turks & Caicos, Paris, and California, enjoyed my first summer in Philadelphia, made some great new friends, worked with some incredibly talented photographers, and my best friend added a new addition to her beautiful family! It seems like the years go by much faster once you get older, so for 2016, I plan on taking my time and focus on enjoying the little things. Here's a recap of some of my favorite photos or memories from this year.