One reason that I love Friendsgivings (other than avoiding my own delightful family awkwardness), is seizing the opportunity to road, visit faraway familiar faces and experience a new charming city. Last Thanksgiving, I visited my friend Morgan in Richmond, VA and was delighted to find warmer-than-New-York weather and a fall that extends as long as the calendar date. It felt like how Thanksgivings should be. Here are some photos from our adventure day around town.
In the start of this Thanksgiving week, I am thankful for wonderful friends and the fun memories we made this year. Here are some highlights from our progressive dinner Halloween party. These dinners are so much fun, especially on an unexpectedly warm Halloween night. This years costumes were so fun too. And no party is complete without a little baby chicken!
On an abnormally warm fall day, anticipating guests trickled into the rear of the charming Rizzoli bookstore in NoMad Manhattan. Many attendees consisted of the dancers within book as well as non-dancer admirers, all were in anticipation of the artist talk and the opportunity to have their very own book copy signed by the creator of Dancers After Dark.
See the Behind the Scenes video here.
This was my third time seeing or meeting Jordan in person and the release of this book in particular was especially exciting. I had met Jordan almost two years ago at a previous art show. I had just moved to New York and I had admired his work long before I had arrived. Photos from this project began to be released as they were photographed around notable places of the city and beyond. It was very cool to follow his work along with discovering increasingly familiar places to myself. As I got to know this town better, I recognized more and more of those images. I felt excited knowing he had used New York as his canvas on which to display his brainchild with all of the incredibly talented and dedicated dancers.
I think that what draws people to his work is the fact that, while not all of us are dancers, there is a reliability to the messages he sends; everyone has a dancer inside of them and we are created to follow our dreams. His thought behind photographing naked dancers in rough cityscapes is to display a contrast of vulnerability and rawness against a harsh, unknown, dark and sometimes unwelcoming city. Pairing the two creates powerful images which inspire and move the viewer to hopefully experience empathy, hope, love and empowerment.
As a photographer, I am inspired by Jordan to search for a vision and to work hard, relentlessly to achieve it. As he jokingly boasts of zero arrests throughout the process he proves that anything is possible despite threats and obstacles to achieving your goals. Creating beautiful work is not only for your benefit but also for those who desire to be a part of it; those who desire to promote something greater than themselves to inspire and encourage other dancers - or artists of all kinds.
Besides being in bed with a good book, what could be better than a trip to upstate New York on a rainy fall day? Just 45 minutes north of Harlem Tarrytown is a couple stops off the Metro-North Railroad. It is a charming little town that is very reminiscent of Stillwater MN. After a quick walk up to Main Street, you find yourself surrounded by darling storefronts drawn right from a storybook. It has just about everything you'd want in a small town; multiple coffeeshops, a vintage consignment store, ice cream shop, a post office, library and even a yarn store. What a perfect getaway to see some changing leaves and be inspired by the peace and quiet.
Hey Friends! Remember this progressive Halloween dinner party?! Here's a throwback to a whole year ago. I hope it was worth the wait!
What could be more perfect than a three course meal, beautiful friends and family complete with adorable mini-champagne bottles and macaroon party favors. A celebration right from a page of a New York style magazine.
Sunday fundays in Vinegar Hill/Dumbo Brooklyn are so life giving.
One year ago, I quit my office job to officially follow my dreams. This was prompted by my first travel editorial assignment in Marion, Alabama. It was an incredible trip photographing the beautiful campus of Judson College and visiting friends in the place I once lived. It left me wanting more assignments gave me reason to believe my dream job could be a reality.
My little sister is 20 years old today! She has been the constant muse in my lens as she's graciously allowed me to experiment and photograph her over the years. While it's sometimes painful to see the pictures I used to take and be proud of, it's also fun to see how both of us have grown -- especially her, into a beautiful woman.
Happy Birthday Cherish!
After doing my very first wedding, I had immense respect for all wedding photographers that I admire. I absolutely did before but even more so after going through the responsibility and THE day that feels like ten events or photoshoots rolled into one. I couldn't have done it without my friend Kim Veldhuizen who has hundreds of weddings on me. Thank you for being by my side and for letting me grow, experiment and lead even when there were probably lots of ways I could have done things differently. Thank you so much Ellen and Ramon for welcoming me to be a part of your day. I hear photographers say this all the time but it truly feels like an honor to document your day, especially when there's endless amounts of talent out there. I am humbled and thankful!
This day was perhaps one of the sweetest documentation experiences I've ever experienced. My Grandma's wish during her east coast trip was to visit her sister-in-law and friend Ruth, on Long Island. Despite threatening dementia, the loss of spouses, and the thief of time, the reunion of two friends with a lifelong of memories was precious beyond words as they sang and chatted the day away.
Welcome to my new blog hosted on my website! You may have been following me on wordpress blog. Due to size and space issues, I've decided to start over here. I'll be bringing some images back from old posts for an occasional TBT as I move forward.
I've been a freelance photographer for nine months now and it's incredible to look back and see that I've done roughly 50 photoshoots this year - some paid, some not. In every one though, I've found joy in creating artistic documentation of memories. As I look back on 2015, I am blessed and blown away at the places I've been and people I've met because of photography. It is with much hope and anticipation I welcome the new year with all of it's lessons and successes to be had through increased curiosity, faith and bravery.
Since one rarely sees the photographer, here are some of my "reflections" of the year.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!