Monday, December 13, 2010

Radio City


On our way to the show these tuba players were crossing the street, having just finished a concert in Rockefeller Plaza. It was a split second shot that captured some city glitz.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Ornaments


Scott and I enjoyed wandering around Rockefeller Plaza in the late afternoon. The lights were just coming on and the red Christmas balls glowed in the fountain.

Window Shopping


Window shopping is one of my favorite things to do in New York, especially around Christmas. The stores have such fabulous displays - I think Berdorf Goodman has the most creative designs. This year the theme was travel.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Past Reflections


We met up with our friends Terry and John to spend the weekend in New York City. I love the architecture and was drawn to the reflections of this older building as we were enjoying morning coffee in a cafe across the street.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving



As we were preparing for our feast Lauren and I had fun photographing our progress. There are so many beautiful Thanksgiving colors, some evident and others hidden. Who knew that a pomegranate could be filled with such ruby red jewels? The beet's exterior, also , gives little indication of it's vibrant magenta interior. I love surprises like that.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Art Review




Today in the Audience section there was a review for the show at the library, Majesty of Trees, that has one of my photographs. My first art review - wow, this is so exciting! This is the link so you can read it, too: http://www.pressherald.com/life/audience/herbie-inspires-art-devoted-to-trees_2010-10-31.html
This photo is part of the art installation at the library, commemorating Herbie, the oldest Dutch elm in Maine that had to come down this summer due to Dutch Elm disease. A printmaker made a woodcut and printed over 100 yards of fabric that covers the walls and ceiling in this reading room. The pods were created by other artists to represent the seeds from this majestic trees.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fixer Upper



I had to pull over when I saw this sign. For sale? I laughed out loud as I took photos. The house seems to have a few structural issues!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ta Da!


It's been a busy week so I haven't been able to post lately. We had a little pumpkin carving this weekend and discovered a new use for wood chisels! One of my major projects, however, has been developing a website and I'm very excited to announce that as of today I have one. It is a work in progress as I am building it myself but I am pleased with the results thus far. And I have learned so much! It will eventually have a gallery for photo session proofs so that clients can view their photos and order online. Pretty cool. My web address is susanjensenphotography.com, so check it out!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Splendor


This time of year is such a beautiful palette. Everyday is changing and even the time of day makes such a difference in lighting. This tree was glowing mid afternoon. It's such a classic New England shot and I couldn't resist!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

On Location


This weekend I took a Portable Portrait lighting workshop taught by Sid Ceasar in Exeter, NH. It was awesome! I was thrilled with my images and techniques that I learned. I can't wait to try it out in my next photo session.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Awe


I just submitted my piece for the upcoming art show entitled The Majesty of Trees at the Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth. I have been on a photo hunt and exploring tree options but I really wanted something different. William asked me what I was doing as I was photographing the canopy of trees out back. I said "just look how tall these trees are, William!" and he did...and I knew at that moment I had my shot. I can't wait to see it with the rest of the show!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Individuality


I found this blossom a week ago on a crab tree outside of St. Bart's. It was even more beautiful today and such a contrast to the berry next to it, which is the norm for this time of year. I love that boldness and uniqueness and the joy of discovering it.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Trees


This is one of my favorite trees, outside of the front window at Art Play. It has such character and as I watched the sunlight filter through its branches this morning I decided it was time to photograph it. I spent about 10 minutes after school, getting in and around it. When I was finished and heading back to my car a gentleman came up to me in the parking lot and asked what I was saw and why I was photographing that old tree. I told him that I was admiring the beautiful light and shadows on the gnarled branches. "Oh," he said. "So you are just noticing what most of us don't." Ahhhh.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Lineup


These pumpkins reminded me of our preschoolers, all lined up getting ready to go outside. Partners and everything!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Market Day


Today was the perfect day to go to the market in Cumberland - 82 and sunny with a little breeze. The vegetables were beautiful!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Baubles


I loved the colors and reflections and jewel-like tones in these glass pieces. They seemed to glow in the sunlight.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Suncatchers


My husband Scott and I spent the weekend in Cape Cod. One of my favorite spots is the Sandwich Glass Museum. I took many shots there but I loved this little still life set up on a table at a nearby shop.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Origami Tomatoes


These aren't really made out of paper, but they look like they could be. When my friend Sharon introduced me to these a few weeks ago I couldn't believe they were tomatoes! You peel off the delicate wrapper and pop them into your mouth - yum. Each color has a different flavor; they are sweet and fruity flavored - some of them taste like pineapple. Sharon bought these at the farmers market and was kind enough to share some for a photo shoot. She's the best.....

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Four Lemons


This is my favorite plate, which I bought when I was in San Gimignano with my friend Karen. I thought it would be fun to play a little with the still life - I love the echoing highlights!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Art Show



The 43rd Annual Labor Day Art Show at Fort Williams Park, Cape Elizabeth - what a day! We arrived at 6:45 for setup and it was chilly - and blustery, thanks to the remnants of Hurricane Earl. We learned a lot about tents, displays, presentation and how to be prepared for high winds! It was a great turnout and we met so many nice people and wonderful artists. I sold 2 photos and traded one for a beautiful calendar. Not bad for a first outdoor show...

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Fading Fast


This time of year is so bittersweet. I went looking for the sunflower field in North Yarmouth only to find a field of dead heads and faded blooms. How disappointing! This Queen Anne's caught my eye as I was getting back into the car. This view was a happy ending - even as the Lace fades it has an air of elegance as it waves gently in the breeze.

Tomorrow I am in an art show at Fort Williams from 10 to 4. This is a huge leap! It's exciting and frightening at the same time. Off to practice setting up in the back yard....

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sunny Days


Our sunflower seeds never came up this year so I have been looking for them everywhere I go. These were across from Artist and Craftsman - the super tall variety. I love how luminous the petals are in the sun.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Two Plums

Two Plums

We went to Rosemont yesterday, our favorite little market in Yarmouth. I couldn't resist these little plums, just slightly bigger than a cherry. So cute!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Carol, Take 2



Carol is such a wonderful teacher and so generous in sharing her talents - I have learned so much this weekend! And all of the information she shared can apply to any artistic medium. Doing something everyday is the key to improvement, just like playing the piano. I loved this exercise in which we had 10 minutes to complete a little study on one object. It's amazing how much you can learn in such a short amount of time. I was really loving cherries by the end of this activity - and was grateful that I had more in my bag (I was really craving them at this point) They even tasted better...yum!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Carol Marine



This weekend I'm taking a Carol Marine painting workshop with my daughter, Lauren. She's a Daily Painter whose work I have always admired; we were so excited that she was coming to Maine! While it was initially a Christmas gift for Lauren this was truly a gift for me, on so many levels! We teach children's art classes together but it's the first time we've ever taken an art class together. What fun! I haven't painted with oils in a very long time so there were many technical issues to overcome. Capturing shadows with oil paint is hard! Oh, but we are loving this....and it's so nice to be working with other artists.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Lemon Bowl

Lemon Bowl

The light through the glass has this delicate lace effect. And the warm sun radiating through the window is creating a wonderful lemon fragrance.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Lemon Reflections

Lemon Reflections
8x8

The lighting is so much fun to play with!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Lemon Trio

Lemon Trio
8x10

This one reminds me of a pie cooling on the windowsill. It's too hot to bake so my pie will be more in line with a refrigerator version - perhaps chiffon?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Lemons

Lemon Duo

Lemons were on sale today so I couldn't resist buying a whole bagful. It's such a happy fruit... They remind me of my friend, Terry, who puts them out by the bowlful in her house in Laguna Beach. I am preparing for a painting workshop with Carol Marine so I am in still life mode...

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Beach Walk

Ocean Meadow

I love how the beach landscape is ever changing. The Queen Anne's Lace is out today!
Lace in the Wind

Friday, July 23, 2010

Summer Gardens

Summer Grass

There has been so much color this summer but I also love texture - such the line quality of these beautiful grasses.


Morning Mist

The droplets from the morning fog was captured on these leaves, almost giving the illusion of frost.


Sea Mist

I enjoy the juxtaposition of color and texture.

Lavender Burst

And purple against a sea of green!

Basking

I've always loved the delicate papery petals of the balloon flower.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Apple Blossoms






One of the most wonderful things about living in the country is my drive to school in the morning. It is an ever changing landscape and I love the little surprises. Today the apple blossoms were all in bloom and I couldn't wait for my drive home so I could capture the awe (and the oohs) with my camera.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Spring Color


As soon as I can work the soil in the spring I am out there working and looking for any hint of color. This year is the earliest ever - daffodils!!