Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fall


I had so much fun at a photo shoot yesterday. This brother and sister have a wonderful relationship; for nearly every shot that I set them up for they automatically put their arms around each other. So sweet!

At one point they raked a pile of leaves to jump into - who could resist?

Monday, October 24, 2011

A New World


I have discovered iPhonography and my life will never be the same! My dear friend Suzé Gilbert, an amazing artist and photographer, visited me recently and we went to several galleries while she was here. The Space Gallery had an exhibit of these photographs, taken with an iPhone; it was amazing. Suzé is doing similar work and told me I needed to try it, too. She was so right. I literally had a "field day"!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Glow in the Dark


It was pumpkin carving at our house! Stephen, Lauren and Anna came home for the event. We chose "Peanuts" as the theme so we had fun selecting our characters. Those tiny saws are amazing for details - we couldn't wait for nightfall to get the full effect.

Friday, October 14, 2011

First Halloween


This was a huge Halloween display in the center of the old city. I love when parents find creative setups for their photos (and yes, Dad was holding the baby up there from behind!)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Treats


Choices, choices!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Color of Light


We decided to take advantage of the long Columbus Day weekend and travel to Quebec - a taste of Europe without the airfare. We love the quaintness of this beautiful city: the architecture, the colors, the ambiance. The quality of light is so unusual - I love how it plays against the windows and buildings.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Afternoon Glory


A new lens! I decided on the Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D as a new portrait lens but couldn't resist trying it out on this sunny face. Love it!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Our Own Backyard


My husband Scott and I decided to take advantage of our beautiful weather and visit the Portland Observatory. I hadn't been there since it's restoration 1n 1999 - it's a remarkable structure. This building was an important part of our history as it was from this vantage point that incoming ships could be spotted and owners notified, via flag, so they could prepare for arrival. The current flags are those of cruise ships in port. Pretty cool!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

On the Way to Four

This weekend I did a photo shoot for a family expecting their 4th baby. The children were adorable and so excited about their soon-to-arrive baby brother. I really enjoyed spending time with them, capturing this fleeting, small slice of life. My favorite moments were the family shots around mom....



and this tender moment of the children in the teepee. It started with individual portraits but when I asked if they all could fit they jumped at the opportunity. When the children were all tucked inside I remarked "Look! Three kids do fit!" to which the little boy said "But there's still room for one more." So sweet - won't he be a wonderful big brother...



Saturday, July 16, 2011

New Baby


Oh, so tiny and sweet! This was the first time I had an opportunity to photography a newborn, only 6 days old. He was awake the while time and so alert - what a bonus! Babies change so quickly - I'm so glad I was able to capture these moments. And his sisters were so tender with him. It was a fun afternoon.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Waiting


I had a photo shoot for a family that I know with a brand new baby - so exciting! The girls were very excited to help me while their brother was getting ready. While I was setting up they unpacked my bags and decided to position themselves in the chair with a few of my props, waiting to begin. I couldn't have set it up better myself...

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Docked

Oh how tempting - if only there were oars...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Brush Strokes


My parents were visiting from Florida so we decided to take them to the Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. The gardens are fabulous and varied in type from classic to Maine woods and fairy houses to children's, complete with Mr. McGregor and Peter Rabbit. It was such a perfect Maine summer day, the kind we dream about in the middle of winter. I was wishing I could be one of these painters - I could have stayed there all day...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Garden Fresh


Today is "farm day", the first of the season that we can collect our garden share from Deri Farm in North Yarmouth. When I arrived it was like a fresh market stand - after you sign in there are baskets of produce and signs indicating how much you could take. Today there were 3 variety of lettuce, rainbow swiss chard, beets and greens, baby onions and as many chard stems as you wanted. Sweet! Happy first day of summer.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Happy Endings


And what could be more perfect? This view caught us by surprise at our little trolley stop in the late afternoon. And I would have to agree: today the end of the rainbow is Lisbon.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Peacock Feathers


Not what I expected to see at a castle! I've never had an opportunity to be that close to a peacock before - the colors are so rich and fabulous. And as an added bonus we even caught a full show, too.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

St. George's Castle


Because we were sharing the same hill in Lisbon I felt like this was our castle! The week was nearly over before we got to it, however; we really wanted to take our time and explore. Lots more climbing and wonderful views..

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Celebrations



We couldn't figure out why we kept running into streets decorated with streamers - did the party happen or was it coming? Apparently the Feast of St. Anthony is on June 13th but the celebrations go for 3 days. And it's a big one:parades, fireworks, dancing. And because St. Anthony is the "matchmaker saint" it is the most popular day to get married. City hall hosts free weddings and there's a parade of the brides in convertibles, too!

Pena Palace


We took the train to Sintra, a quaint little town that deserves a revisit. The highlight, besides an amazing lunch in a little tea room, was this palace perched way up high above the town. To get there you needed a bus, then a little trolley and then you had to walk the rest of the way. I felt like Rapunzel, up in her tower - and such views! Lots of turrets and lots of climbing. Like a fairy tale...

Porto


Such a classic beverage! And such a range of price, apparently. This bottle is marked 1325 euro. Wow...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Belem



Famous for egg tarts known as Pasteis de Belem (so worth the trip!), this neighborhood also has some beautiful waterfront monuments. The Torre de Belem is a fortress with fabulous Manueline and Renaissance decorative elements.

Tiles


Tiles are such a classic expression of the Portuguese culture - and there is such variety in pattern. Unfortunately many of the buildings have lost tiles due to the earthquake or age of the structure. I loved those that still had this design element.

Lisboa


Our hotel was on one of the seven hills of Lisbon, with many wonderful vantage points. St. George's castle is on the hill in the distance as well as the "25th of April Bridge," one of the world's longest suspension bridges. (It looks like the Golden Gate and was actually built by the builder of the Bay Bridge.)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Megaliths


These stones are 7000 years old! And one of the largest megalithic enclosures on the Iberian peninsula. They are off a long dirt road flanked by hundreds of cork trees and are believed to have a religious significance. Ninety stones - I can't imagine setting them up...

Evora


This walled city was declared a World Heritage Site in 1986. I loved the contrast in architecture from Roman to Gothic with a 15th century monastery in between! The cathedral looks like a castle and offers some fabulous views from it's towers.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Fresh Fish


In the little fishing village of Alvor they take their fish seriously. These were caught today and still moving when Jorge brought the platter to our table so we could select our dinner. So good!

Don't Forget to Look Up


The houses in the Algarve region have the most beautiful chimneys! Each one is different and many have filigree or other architectural interest.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Good Morning!


This was our private breakfast set up for us on the patio overlooking the water. How could the day get any better than this?

Sagres


Sagres is a small town on the west coast with a 17th fort looking out toward the open Atlantic. With the stiff winds and the huge rocks I couldn't imagine what it must have been like for Henry the Navigator to navigate a ship and venture off into the ocean.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Portimao


The water, coastline and sandstone rocks are so impressive in this town in the southern Algarve region - and you can walk for hours on the beautiful sand.

Portugal




My husband Scott and I just spent 11 incredible days in Portugal. We had loved every minute! It's so much fun to take photographs in a new place where everything presents itself as a photo opportunity. I don't know where to begin to capture the highlights...


Sunday, May 1, 2011

May Day


This is such a perfect flower day! The tulips on the dining room table were glowing in the sunlight when I came down for breakfast - a wonderful way to start the day.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Whenever I See Your Smiling Face


I have the most amazing parents - not only are they crazy about each other but they truly enjoy each other. Today my dad had an emergency quintuple bypass (I never knew it went higher than quadruple!) and prior to surgery he told me he wanted a new photo of he and my mom this summer. I told him it was a deal - he could pick the spot. He came through okay, by the way, but of course it got me looking through my collection of photos. I had fun with this one in Photoshop.

Monday, January 17, 2011

True Blue


The light quality in late afternoon is one of my favorites in the winter. The shadows of the deck railing on the snow on the deck are so crisp - and so fleeting. I ran upstairs and opened the window to capture the stripes and a few clicks later it was gone. Ah, the thrill of the chase - and the cool blue of the evening air.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Stage Lighting


The air is so clear today that the icicle lights seem to create a spotlight in our gazebo. Hmm, maybe there will be footprints tomorrow??

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Snow!


Yesterday was quite the storm - the 5 inches that was predicted became about 18 as two storms merged. So we enjoyed a snow day! This morning the landscape was so pristine that I knew I needed to keep my camera closeby. The sun was barely up as I passed the horse farm and I parked across the street to capture this shot. I loved the contrast of the white snow and fence against the dark trees.