Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011: My Year in Photography

It's hard to believe another year has quickly gone by. As we are all busily getting ready for the New Year festivities, I would like to take a moment to look back and reflect on all of the things that made my year 2011. For me, 2011 will forever be the year I won't soon forget. It was a year of challenges, changes, joy, sadness, adventures, learning, endings, and new beginnings. Prior to 2011, I looked at my DSLR as if it had a mind of it's own...and so I would just leave it in the closet to collect dust. And then I finally decided, if I truly wanted this I had to do something about it. I've learned so much within the past year, about photography and most importantly about myself. We all have the amazing ability to learn, and I truly believe with all my heart if you set your mind to learning will. Like the old saying, "Where there's a will, there's a way." I know I have so much more to learn, and so here is for new challenges, opportunities, love, health, and most importantly new beginnings in 2012. I can't wait to see what the new year will bring!! Here are a few of my favorite photos of the year....enjoy and Happy New Year!!!

Here is a new one to ring in the New Year!

      (manicure inspiration by the lovely Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere)

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

It's the most Wonderful Time of the Year

Oh it's that lovely time of year again where you can smell the heavenly scent of gingerbread cookies baking, the presents are being wrapped in all of the pretty colors, shoppers are hustling and bustling for last minute gifts, the radio is playing holly jolly Christmas songs, and the trees are glistening beautifully and bright. It is hard to believe Christmas is only 3 days away....we seem to get in the holiday spirit so early but when it is finally here, we are all wondering where the time has gone. I have always loved the preparations for Christmas....the decorations, the trees, the lights, the beautiful gift wrap, the ornaments. And so I embarked on a monthlong project taking photos of a few of my favorite season inspired things. Our Elf on the Shelf Jack gave us a little visit too, and proved to be quite entertaining. I wish you the merriest holiday wishes...enjoy!
This was my favorite pretty and shiny.
I found a mouse photographer ornament!
Yummy homemade cookie trees!
Boy was he in for a surprise when he would wake up...
Jack decided to cannonball into our sugar bowl.
Is it obvious how much I looove sparkly lights?!
'Tis the season of giving.
I kinda really love my new hat/headband =)
Christmas: New York City style. 
The beautiful Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.
Oh pretty lights.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Love That Shot: Fairytale Collection Feature

A few days ago I received an email from Love that Shot about a special giveaway to celebrate their brand new collection of photo textures. They were going to choose some photos from readers to showcase their new textures coming soon. So I submitted a few photos for the giveaway and I nearly jumped, no wait...did my version of the Mary Poppins'      
supercalifragilisticexpialidocious dance with a few hops and squeals out of excitement, when I saw my ballerina shoes photo chosen as one of the images for the new Fairytale Collection. Their collection is stunning, and indeed a fairytale! Thank you Love that Shot for choosing one of my photos...and check out more beautiful photos and the lovely textures by pressing the link below...enjoy!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Furry Faces/ I Heart Faces Photo Challenge

This week's challenge for I Heart Faces is "Furry Faces". Here is one of my favorites! 

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Thursday, December 8, 2011


I recently took a few photos of my friend's puppy Snowball for the holidays... and boy did he do everything to keep us on our feet! We thought of this cute idea and attempted at wrapping the lights around him. He stared at us with confused eyes as if saying, "Do I look like a Christmas tree to you?"...then strolled away with the lights glittering and dragging behind him. Needless to say this little guy had us chasing him around the lawn and was oh so clever....only turning to the camera when a treat was given! As I replayed the images through my head, I couldn't help but think there wasn't a photo I shot that was remotely close to what I envisioned. But as it turns out, I was absolutely smitten as I looked through the photos at home. Snowball had worked his charm unknowingly...and he even managed to channel his inner snoopy. Now that's what I call cute and spunky. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Portraits: Stephanie

I had the privilege of photographing one of my best friends the other day at a nearby park. It was a beautiful, clear, crisp, autumn day filled with sunshine and a light breeze...absolutely perfect for photos. Stephanie and I go way back---like way back when we thought crimping our hair to the 8th graduation dance and matching bell-bottom shirts and jeans were cool. Okay, so maybe that's not soo long ago, but you get the idea. Ever since we've been friends the questions "Are you girls sisters? Are you twins? Are you related? Is she related to you? Are you related to her?", and any other possible way you can rephrase those words, have been tossed around quite a few times. And by now I would pretty much say yes, Steph I believe we are long lost sisters from another mister...without a doubt. I'll never forget that one time in school we confused the librarian into thinking there was only one of us, by going up to opposite sides of the desk at different times. Boy weren't we the little pranksters? Stephanie you have become one of my greatest friends and you are absolutely beautiful---no crimping iron needed. I mean what friend would wear their brand new booties and jump around in sand and mud for a photo shoot?...Only an awesome one of course xD. Whether because we can both obnoxiosly sing the lyrics to "Barbie Girl" on cue, or maybe because we had the amazing ability to play badminton and do a jig at the same time during gym class...I am so glad I can call you my best friend. Love you lots girlie!