First of all, check out those mouthwatering summer food stills Marisa and I got the other day. Tomatoes and burgers and rose forever! They’ll be available for licensing s o o n at Tetra Images. Also- it’s very unusual that I make a mix of music that doesn’t include divas, pop chicks, moody sirens, or girl power ballads of SOME kind or other…but I’ve had this playlist on repeat lately, and it’s ALL DUDES. What? I dunno - for some reason these guys are making me feel all start of summer-y. Check it out on Spotify now!
When I’m shooting just for myself, not thinking about work at all, I shoot film. It’s the medium of my heart. I love its tones, its grainy, analog imperfection and how you have to WAIT FOR IT to come back from the lab, without the instant gratification and chance-for-constant-tweaking that digital lends. There isn’t as much control and opportunity, instead there’s patience, trust, and letting go. My daughter brought this phrase home from her teacher at school: “you get what you get and you don’t get upset.” That’s what film tells me. And when you get it right, the satisfaction is tenfold. For the fist time since switching all my professional work to digital about 15 years ago, I just uploaded some film from my personal work to Stocksy (available for license in a day or two). Here are a few from my collection of favorites…
I know, I k n o w, the solstice isn’t until June 21st…but Memorial Day has passed, and so I claim that SUMMER is upon us! The colors, hot sunshine, water sprays, and energy burst of the season are what I love to capture most - the images I take in summer months are the true expression of my heart, and are almost always my favorites of the year. Sure, there is beauty to the quiet, dimmer images of winter, but I am basically itching all winter to post their bright summer counterparts. So here are a few of my favorites, all taken in 2018 or ‘19 so far. As always, you can license my work at Stocksy, Tetra, or Getty Images.
It’s SPRING and the birds are chirping and the flowers are popping and…it’s been raining quite a bit lately, actually…but sunshine is slowly and surely burning through the clouds. So it’s a fitting time to round out my color blocked gallery series with YELLOW. It’s a self-indulgent and satisfying exercise to pour over your own previous work and play different images against each other. Some of these images were produced years ago, but many are from the last year or so…and all are available for license. You can find my work at Getty, Tetra Images, and Stocksy United.
As I’ve mentioned before, I came up with the idea of organizing galleries by color, for no real reason at all. It’s so refreshing to look over past work and see how different images harmonize with each other. And color is basically the thing I’m most inspired by when shooting, so it seems as good a theme as any. Now that spring is here, Earth Day on the horizon, GREEN seemed like the natural next one. These are images from my commercial work spanning the last few years. You can license my work at Stocksy, Tetra Images, and Getty.
It’s FINALLY HERE…tomorrow is the FIRST DAY OF SPRING!! It may still be cold and windy, but hope is on the horizon, my friends. Before we know it the flowering trees will be out and I’ll be back to my creepily giddy self. Here’s a blast from the past, from Marisa’s and my blogging days - a cocktail worthy of the vernal equinox. We found the recipe via Martha Stewart years ago, but renamed it after a party we called the Spring Fling, which we threw to kick off our blog, Chasing Saturdays (R.I.P. CS!). So pour yourself one and let’s kiss winter gooooooodbyyyyyyyye. Original post, with recipe, over here!
Photography is all about light. And so the slushy grey days of mid-winter can seem like the death knell of creative inspiration. We produce commercial shoots every week, and I find it really challenging to stay inspired to keep shooting every time February rolls around. Where are the splashy bright puddles of golden summer sunshine?! But there is always beauty to find if you slow down enough to seek it out. In the slow, calm, cozy days of winter, there is beauty in the muted colors of dimmer days and the pastel effect of lower contrast light. Photographing in winter means finding warmth in a window and tracking down each sliver of sunshine. And my favorite of all, because the sun is lower in the sky, you can find delicious hazy flares even in the middle of the day. Anyone can take a pretty picture in golden hour on the beach, but it is deeply satisfying to discover the more subtle brightness in the stillness of mid-winter.
Next up in my totally random series of color galleries: PINK. I don’t think of myself as a real girlie-girl, in fact when I had a baby girl I went out of my way not to succumb to the overly pinky pinkification of everything and made a real effort to dress her in any other color possible. But I do find over and over again that I’m drawn to the right pop of fuchsia, blush, rose - peachy and creamy or bright and neon. It kind of makes me want to get some pink leg-warmers and go rollerskating with Beyoncé (that’s totally what I look like rollerskating, by the way). These are a few favorite pinks, mostly from the last few years.
I am clearly partial to these models- one of them I birthed, the other I’ve known since she was just fluttery kicks in Marisa’s belly. Honestly, we avoid hiring 2 and 3 year old professional models for commercial work, because the age is just so unpredictable - it can be damn near impossible to produce much in a day, much less stick to a shoot script. So rearing your own models for this age group is preferable…it takes the pressure off to produce a lot, you can just get what you get and quit when they say so. Here’s what we were able to grab from a shoot day with these buddies last week. And here’s a tip for shooting 3 year olds: letting them throw Cheerios all over the room piques their interest for a bit :)
When I have a chance to stop hustling and constantly looking forward at the next things to shoot, shoot, shoot, it can be really satisfying to look b a c k over the archive of work I’ve created in the past, to cull through my body of work and see how images play differently next to each other. Instead of always pouring over Pinterest and Instagram, I can inspire my own damn self for a change! Ha. For no apparent reason (or for the best reason ever, of just entertaining myself), I decided to blog a series of galleries of my work organized by color. A lot of these were taken in 2018, but some are from a few years past. First up, B L U E…
A few favorites from our commercial shoot in Brooklyn last week, finding pops of color to brighten the day while we wait for spring to really kick in!
I endured a few major changes in location last year - after my lifetime in NYC, my husband and I moved with our kiddos from Brooklyn to the suburbs (eek!) and after 10 years shooting in the same loft studio in Jersey City, Marisa and I packed up our props and said goodbye to our headquarters. Change is not my forte, and I was dreading the move on both fronts...but I have to say, I think I'm blossoming in the 'burbs! One perk to 'burb life is that living in a house is super lovely. When I pad down the stairs in my slippers for coffee in the morning, I feel like I've rented a quaint airbnb. And the house kills two birds with one stone, because it's also a perfect built-in location for the commercial photoshoots we do each week. We still miss our prop shelves and our Jersey City lunch orders (you forever have our hearts, Little Sandwich Shop!), but it's been a nice change to shoot in a home instead of building sets every week. Here are a few favorite images we've gotten from some recent commercial lifestyle shoots we've done in my new home:
Warmer(ish) days mean glasses of rosé, bbqs, cute summer dresses...and outdoor shoots with favorite models! Here are a few favorites from a recent commercial shoot around my neighborhood...
Translated literally, tinto de verano means "red wine of summer." That sums up pretty much everything I need to know. As a throwback to Marisa's and my bloggin' days, here's a link to one of my favorite cocktails we ever posted about...a perfect beverage for a summer kick-off this holiday weekend! Find the full post and recipe here. Cheers!!
I've been so lucky to get a bunch of family sessions lately - I really love a chance to peek into a day of family life and find something unique and beautiful amidst the every day moments in someone's home. That's especially true of newborn sessions. Stepping into the home of a newborn instantly takes me back to those delicious, delirious days with my own newborn babies...only without so many hormonal tears or frantic Google searches on my part. It's really sweet and special to watch people literally becoming a family right before your eyes. Here are a few of my favorites from a family I had the pleasure of meeting most recently.
A few favorites from our foggy shoot in brooklyn this week...