Time to Go

Such is the military life. Constantly in transition. Either someone you love is leaving or you are backing up to go. In the military, you make a new friend and almost always have to say good-bye at some point. It’s bittersweet really. There’s a constant flow of wonderful people in your life. And as time goes on, you end up having people you love all around the globe.

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My Jams

Music. The universal language of emotions, stories, inspiration and good feels!

I’m happy to share my playlist with you on Spotify. It’s free to stream and I’ll probably add to it as time goes on. If you follow the playlist, you’ll get the updates as well. Listen to it when you need some new sounds and when you just want to be uplifted and feel happy!

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I Want You To #existinphotos

Back in 2014, Sue Bryce, an accomplished portrait photographer, started the #ExistInPhotos movement. Sue explained that her idea came from reflection on a time in her life when she did not like being photographed because she didn’t like the way she looked. She confessed that she “understood the power of not being able to see myself. I understood the power of not thinking I was good enough to have a photograph of my life.”

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Things I learned this winter

It’s that time of year again. A solstice is around the corner and I’m reflecting on the season that’s coming to a close. While I pride myself on being a “winter person” I’m not sure I’m a Germany Winter person! The winters here aren’t as magical as they are in upstate NY. In fact, they are kind of depressing and just gross enough that you can’t do anything fun! In upstate NY there might be 4 feet of snow on the ground, but the roads were clear, the sun was out, and there was sledding to be done and Target trips to be made! In Germany the winters are dreary and too cold to be outside but with no snow. Depressed yet? Well lucky for us it is almost Spring!

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How I Choose a Black and White Edit

A lot of photographers will deliver both black and white and color versions of each photo in a gallery. If you’ve received a gallery from me, you know that I don’t do that. There have been a handful of very rare occasions where I deliver a black and white as well as a color edit of the same image. But more often than not, it’s either or.

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Click to Love - 3/6/2019 - A Round-Up of Things I Like On The Internet

Hi friends! I thought I’d start a new blog series where I round-up some things I’m currently loving. I haven’t decided if it’ll be a weekly or monthly or even a regularly thing. It might be scheduled - it might be when the mood strikes! But if there is one thing I like to do, it’s give advice… and thrust my opinions on others! I think it’s the big sister in me that thinks I know everything, or at least the best things!

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Composing Your Everyday Photos - With Any Camera

I pulled some of my favorite everyday photos from my personal albums and I picked them apart to tell you why they work. I’ll tell you why the composition makes it a great photo and tools you can use to compose great photos yourself - no matter what camera you are using! These rules apply to cell phone cameras, fancy expensive digital cameras and even disposable film cameras!

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Madrid with Kids

We decided when we first moved to Germany that we would invest more in experiences than physical things. That means for each birthday, we travel to a new place for a vacation! Maddie has the first birthday of the year and she picked Spain! She actually did. We gave her the choice of Portugal or Spain and she picked Spain! She didn’t know why she picked it… probably because it was easier to pronounce! So we booked a trip to the Spanish capital of Madrid!

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Maddie Turns 3

Somehow it happened. My baby turned three! It’s a strange thing to experience - time moving slow and fast at the same time. It’s a mystery how the days go by in a blur and yet somehow never seem to end. But here we are three years after she came screaming into this world a week early. It’s incredible to watch her learn and love. She’s brave and curious and truly her own person. She loves dogs and cats and horses and princesses. She changes her outfit at least three times a day. Refuses help on almost every task - except zipping up her coat. She LOVES her brother. She’s my every thing. She is the future of women and we are very lucky to have her!

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Mobile Photography - How to Edit Like a Pro

I’m a big believer in the idea that the best camera is the one you have with you. DSLR cameras are big and heavy. Even I don’t carry mine around everywhere! Cell phone cameras are high quality these days. You can take excellent photos with them and capture all the memories and moments without fiddling with settings or lugging around a heavy piece of equipment. Just this past weekend I only used my iPhone on a trip to a museum in Wiesbaden. Photos with a phone are quick and non-intrusive and it slides away easily so you can get back to participating in the moment.

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How to decide if I'm the right photographer for you

Picking a photographer can either be easy or difficult. Maybe you’ve followed the work of a local artist and you’ve been saving up to become a client. Then it’s easy choice! You are already a fan-girl and you know who you love. Or maybe you’ve only recently decided that you want professional photos done and after looking at the photographers in the area you are overwhelmed by all the talent to choose from.

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Prints vs. Digital: Why printed photographs are important

Printed photographs are heirloom items. They hold the power to start conversation, to bring people closer, to elicit emotion. They have the ability to document a story. My story. My Facebook feed doesn't tell my story. Facebook isn't beautiful. The photo album on my phone is temporary. It's not exciting. It's for split-second mini moments.

My printed photo albums are forever. They are impactful. They are tangible memories. 

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Things I learned this fall

This fall has been my craziest yet! The first few months of this little business has been super busy and crazy rewarding! Thank you to my family for supporting my dreams and my weekend workdays. Thank you to my friends for telling everyone they know about my work. And thank you to the families who trusted me with their time and their memories.

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My story

My art is based on storytelling. For my clients, I use emotive imagery to tell their story. My clients' stories are filled with tenderness, honesty, joy, and the unmistakable feeling of unconditional love! I use photography to reveal their visual story. My hopes are that the next generation of their family will find these photos and it will open a treasure chest of stories to tell! "Your dad used to always make that face when he didn't get his way!" "Remember when I used to touch your hair like that when you got boo boos?" "We used to have so much fun racing in the park! Remember that time when your dad stepped in dog poop?!?" Stories. They are our legacy. They define who we are and who we were. Stories are revealing and enduring.

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