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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all who stumble here. A few images of things I am thankful for:

New York City Skyline

New York City Skyline

 

summer flowers

Summer flowers at Hutchings Greenhouse, Eddington ME

 

Background smooth rocks

 

Shell in the tide at Biddeford Pool

Shell in the tide at Biddeford Pool

 

My sweet little boy Maine coon cat

My sweet little boy Maine coon cat

 

My mother as a child

My mother as a child

 

 

Chairs in the water at Long Pond

Chairs in the water at Long Pond

 

My girl

My girl

 

Lots of love in my life

Lots of love in my life

 

 

My husband

My husband

 

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday—take time to consider your blessings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Family Fun Photos…I shoot people.

One loved kid - Chance with his parents, Rich & Lisa

One loved kid – Chance with his parents, Rich & Lisa

 

Fall is a great time for family portraits. Though I’m more likely to be photographing foliage or pumpkins this time of year, shooting people can be fun. The crisp blue sky, vibrant harvested fruit and gourds, and the autumn leaves as a backdrop, I dare you to get yourself to an orchard and NOT take photos.

 

So I was thrilled that my friend Rich asked me to shoot his family at an orchard and pumpkin farm just a few miles out of town. I was familiar with Treworgy’s in Levant, Maine. Every other year or so for the past few years, I’d taken my daughter to pick apples, work our way through the corn maze, and probably end up with more pumpkins in the trunk than we have room for at home.

 

This day, a few weeks ago, had originally been forecaster to be dreary and rainy. Cloudy would be fine, but rain would force this shoot to be rescheduled, though I knew that Rich’s daughter and son in law would be leaving mid week and our busy days could deter this family portrait for another time. The weather turned out perfect for this. Too sunny almost (did I just say that?).

 

Here are some of my favorites from the day.  Enjoy!

Chance with his mother Lisa

Chance with his mother Lisa

 

I loved how these two laughed. A lot.

 

They brought props!

They brought props!

 

This is Chance with sister Jamie. Love the mustaches!

 

Fall Family Photos Fall Family Photos

 

Jamie and her husband Brandon… I love the story!

 

Fall Family Photos Fall Family Photos

 

This too — tells a story.

One of a kid who has been really good for an hour and is ready to bust loose.

 

Fall Family Photos Fall Family Photos

 

A couple more that I liked of the group..

 

Fall Family Photos Fall Family Photos

 

Good props at the orchard… Looks dangerous but made for fun framing..

 

Fall Family Photos Fall Family Photos

 

The vibrant chalkboard made for a fun and seasonal background for these shots.

 

We got some great shots in just an hour’s time. If you’re interested in having your family shot, please email me for a quote and more info.

 

Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NYC Architectural Abstracts: A Photographic Walking Tour of New York City

 

New York City Skyline

New York City Skyline

 

The New York City skyline is recognizable to millions. The Empire State building, the Chrystler Building, the Brooklyn Bridge; the twin towers that stood and then were gone so noticeably and now a gleaming new spire atop the Freedom Tower. The buildings together as a unit create the famous silhouette perched on the Manhattan Schist.

On a trip to New York in June, as in previous visits to the city, I found myself draw to the details of these landmarks. From afar, these are blurred, like the individual intricate leaves of autumn, they get lost in the power of the mass impact.

From my view at five foot two inches, I turned my camera lens to some of these amazing elements of design and history. Whether form or function, each section points to an aspect of the rich culture, of glamor and competition, of glory and achievement, and becomes the mark on the world that its architect intended.

Here are a few of the images from those days in June.

Waldorf Astoria Art Deco

Waldorf Astoria Art Deco

The ornately so beautiful design work over the main entrance of the historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Mosaic in Waldorf Astoria lobby

Mosaic in Waldorf Astoria lobby

So amazing… the detail in this design is incredible.

 

The old and the new living peacefully

The old and the new living peacefully

A little further down the street, this centuries old synagogue seems dwarfed yet powerful in the neighborhood.

 

Windows in windows

Windows in windows

 

The reflections and juxtaposition of modern building styles with older brickwork.

 

New into old

New into old

 

Windows of the Chrysler building

Windows of the Chrysler building

This was a lesson in history and design in America.

Design in lobby of Chrysler building

Design in lobby of Chrysler building

This is a slice of the art deco over the interior doorways in the lobby of the Chrysler building.

Chrystler building details

Chrysler building details

This is a portion of the granite of the lobby walls as it reaches to the ceiling.

Flags reflected in windows

Flags reflected in windows

 

Sunset near 9th ave

Sunset near 9th ave

 

Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall

 

All of these images are available in my places/new york gallery.