Category Archives: Collaborations

What happens when creative entrepreneurs get together to play? You get some pretty amazing things in my opinion. Creating for the sake of creating is a great reminder of why we do what we do. It fuels our souls to create for ourselves and can be more freeing than when working within the constraints that often accompany client work.

When Heather and Piper of Birds of a Flower floral shop in Woodstock, Vermont called me saying she had an abundance of flowers and had this terrific idea of creating an English Tea Party on a beautiful horse farm nearby with their daughters, I completely cleared my schedule to make this happen. It sounded exactly what I needed after taking somewhat of a creative break to focus on other things.

Heather wanted to showcase a new local startup called The Purple Cookie Company with delicious cookies. She also envisioned using British made products such as Hunter Boots, Jelly Cat Stuffed Animals and Mini Boden clothing to complete the English look.

I envisioned capturing a scene that included the girls and horses but of course when you’re working with young kids, babies and animals sometimes you have to throw all expectations out the window. If it works, great. If it doesn’t and someone starts to get upset, you shift gears and go with another idea. So, to capture exactly what I had in my head for this shoot was an absolute dream. These girls and their moms were simply the best to work with I hope you enjoy viewing the fun we had just being our creative selves and how adorable these cuties are.

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This year I’m continuing to document everyday moments, but in an effort to make sure I’m in the frame more I have joined a group of photographers who have all taken the Magic of Light workshop by Summer Murdock for a project that we are calling Get In 52. We will attempt to get in the frame at least once a week so at the end of the year we’ll have at least 52 photographs to document our existence. Far too often as photographers we are busy documenting what we see and as a result are often not in many of our family’s photographs.  The hope is that this project will change that. And although I feel much more comfort being on the other side of the lens, I do feel there is a lot of growth that comes from allowing yourself to be vulnerable and be uncomfortable on the other side. It allows me to experience what some of my clients may be feeling when they are in front of my lens. Also, there is something nice about have a willing subject to experiment with. I am attempting this project with little expectation. I realize there may be weeks that I may not be able to keep up, and if that happens I’ll just jump right back in next week.

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The slow season for Vermont wedding professionals provides a great opportunity for vendors to collaborate and create inspiration without the confines that often accompany client work. It allows for a free flow of creativity from the vendors and provides inspiration for the bride to be. Creating just for the sake of creating, without any restrictions, can be very liberating and helps keep us inspired as well. Winter can be a beautiful season to get married and we wanted to showcase just how beautiful it can be.

We started with a palette of blue and gray in choosing a beautiful dress by Claire LaFaye. From there we wanted to compliment the blue and gray tones with warmer tones of gold and yellow. Because we chose an elegant, but unorthodox wedding dress color we balanced the look with simple and traditional elements in the jewelry provided by Von Bargen’s Jewelry and a headpiece provided by Fiori Bridal. The gown looked beautiful paired with gorgeous gold shoes also provided by Fiori Bridal. Warm touches also balanced out the floral arrangements created by Petals Floral Design. Instead of going with just one cake we wanted a display of cakes which together looked like a work of art designed by Irene’s Signature Desserts. We included hand-calligraphed invitations by Calligraphy Arts and a watercolor painting of the venue, Apple Hill Inn in Woodstock, Vermont, crafted by Michelle Boleski of Petals Floral Design. We couldn’t help but to include one of our favorite wedding favors from Red Kite Candy who can create custom wedding favors to suit your needs.  Vermont Tent Company provided tables, chairs, linens and tableware.  And we couldn’t have done this shoot without our fabulous model Lulu Lovering who looked equisit with makeup by Jennifer Perellie makeup artist and hair by Studio Tress.

We hope you find this winter styled shoot as inspiring as we did!

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Getting in the frame for The Luminance Project and trying something different with a ziplock bag around the lens for a little creative flare. Getting in the frame isn’t easy, as I prefer to be on the other side of the camera, but doing self-portraits provides so much grown for me as an artist. A part of me feels a twinge of narcissism doing them, but they give me a greater appreciation for the subjects I photograph.  It allows me to relate to how uncomfortable some people are in front of the camera.  Also, there’s something to be said for having a willing subject who’s willing to take as much time as needed to create something cool.

“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” – Brene Brown

The quote for this theme couldn’t have been more appropriate either.  I’ve been reading a lot of Brene Brown books lately and listening to podcasts where she is a guest. I’ve learned that we all need to live somewhat uncomfortable lives, making ourselves vulnerable in different ways in order to learn, grow and appreciate what is in front of us. No one ever experiences personal growth from staying in a comfort zone and this can be applied to so many different situations in life from losing weight to going back to school or even just parenting and being a better partner.

Check out all the powerful self-portraits here.

October Theme: Self-Portraits

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This summer I had the opportunity to work with Birds of a Flower based in Woodstock, Vermont on a beautiful wedding.  Their work is so gorgeous and I was super excited when they asked me to participate in a collaborative fall shoot that involved the cutest little four-year-olds and Icelandic ponies.  I was certain that I’d need to rely on my experience photographing horses previously and my bag of tricks for the little ones.  However, it turned out that none of that experience was needed.  These two girls are the best of friends who love riding horses and the horses couldn’t have been more gentle.  The stone wall, nestled under trees adorning bright yellow leaves, was decorated with complementary florals, creating a magical place for the girls to romp and play with their ponies.  The day was so much fun and full of laughter.  Although I’ve never even been on a horse, it makes me want to be a little girl again and have a pony party for my birthday. I hope it does you too!

This collaboration was featured over on Beyond the Wanderlust.

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Honored to have this image included in The Luminance Project selection of amazing images.  The Luminance Project is a group of photographers who have taken the Magic of Light workshop by Summer Murdock and who photograph around a selected theme each month.  July’s theme was Faceless.

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Once again, completely honored to have my image included in The Luminance Project monthly blog post with the theme: soft.

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So excited to continue on in 2016 with The Luminance Project, a group of photographers have taken the Magic of Light Workshop and who shoot with a specific theme for the month and then submit their images where a handful will be curated in a blog post.  I feel so fortunate to be a part of the project and even more grateful when one of my images is chosen for the blog post.  Hop on over to the post and be inspired with everyone’s Faceless images for January.

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The final installation of a year long collaboration with my friends at Light Inspired. I loved this project because it kept me shooting for myself and hope to continue something similar into 2016.

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 This month’s Luminance Project theme was Adventure Awaits.  Each month the curated set of images just blows me away and every time I have the honor of having an image included I am reminded that there is no wrong way to interpret a theme.  There is something to be said when you can take something away from each beautiful photograph in a collection, head on over and see what I mean.

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I couldn’t be more inspired by the group of photographers participating in The Luminance Project.  Each month we have a  different theme to inspire our photography and each month I am blown away by the talent in this group. July’s theme was Freedom.  This image was different from my color one found in my Everyday Project as I felt the black and white had a certain nostalgia to it. This was taken on one of my favorite summer nights, firetruck night on the town common space.  Once again, I am humbled to have one of my images included in the final round up of images.  There are so many amazing images and to have one included is such an honor.

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I’m so excited to be a part of a new project this year with some other fabulous photographers called The Luminance Project where we pick a theme for the month and concentrate on documenting and observing light with that theme in mind.  All the images submitted to this group project are seriously inspiring and my “go-to” place for inspiration lately.  I was honored to have this image selected for the theme “reflection” in the month of May.

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