It's no secret that I love cats dearly. I have two sweet cats of my own that I adopted in Summer 2015, and they have brought me so much happiness and companionship since then. They are sisters, and their names are NaeNae (the black cat) after the song, and Skittles (the tabby), because she is both skittish and sweet. I adore photographing them, and they are incredibly photogenic, if I do say so myself. I'd love to do a small project involving cats when the weather gets warmer, I haven't quite figured out what that is yet. For now, enjoy my sweet cat children.
It's been equally gratifying and humbling to have grown Camera of the Month Club over the past three and a half years. We were a group of 10 or 11 photographers for the first year or so, and now we're over 40 photographers. We are photographers at all levels of our careers, from various demographic backgrounds, and we come together to give each other support and critique. It is a really inspiring group to be a part of and we are trying to plan our Spring show right now. I'll be sharing that information as soon as we have our venue in place.
I have a few pieces of news that are pending, but I will only share them when they are official and I am allowed to get excited. In the meantime, here are some photos I've taken over the last few weeks as I wait impatiently for nice weather.
If you can't already tell by the subject of my work, or if we have met, you know that I love warm weather, summer, and the beach. I am not a winter person. I have worked harder this year to complain less about the cold, but it really does get me down. I don't feel inspired to make work or go outside to shoot photos, but I know it's something that I have to do to continue improving my craft.
I started experimenting with mirrors, and am starting to enjoy the process more and more. The image that won the Feature Shoot contest prompted that curiosity. Here are some recent experiments.
Happy (belated) new year! I am feeling so excited and optimistic about 2018, in part because I kicked off my new year with a trip to Belize with my dear friend Ines Bellina (follow her writing/podcast/travel ideas here). We took our first trip together in 2005, while studying at McGill University together. We had a raucous time in Panama City Florida on Spring break, and the rest is history, as they say. Ines and I then ended up in NY together, and have had traveled a few times together, most recently Santa Fe, and now Belize.
We had planned to travel first to San Igancio (inland) and then to spend several days in Caye Caulker for some much-needed beach time. While I will always jump at the chance to escape winter for warmer climates, I now look to do so in places that will allow me to grow my body of Beach Lovers work. Unfortunately the weather really did not cooperate (thank you climate change), and I only found a few couples whose photo I was able to take. This is one of them. Perhaps it was the Universe telling me to be patient and wait for better weather in NY, where the majority of the series is captured.
Admittedly, I would normally be sorely disappointed by not getting great vacation weather, but my travel companion and I decided to make the most of the rain, clouds and winds, and truly fell in love with Belize. The tropical colors and plants, the fresh food, our day of snorkeling, and all the lovely people we met (even apologizing for the bad weather we got).
The motto in Caye Caulker is: Go slow, but keep moving. I think we could all use more of this type of thinking, myself included, and I've carried this home with me in my plans for 2018
2017 wasn't an easy year; personally, professionally, politically. But it was not without its highlights and successes. We grew Camera of the Month Club by leaps and bounds, both in membership and the quality of our work, and we hosted two group shows. I won a Nikon scholarship to attend the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops in July, and attended the 'Marketing Your Photographs' workshop. Beach Lovers was published in La Reppublica and Phoblographer. I worked with some wonderful couples in the many weddings I shot throughout the year. My 2017 highlight was having my own solo show at Picture Farm Gallery for Beach Lovers. I've wanted to show there for years, and it was an honor and unbelievable thrill to have my work there for two months. I was able to donate funds to Puerto Hurricane Relief because of my print sales. And the year ended with my photo being selected by Feature Shoot to be part of their December holiday show.
I'm grateful for all these successes, and the support I have received along the way. I will be talking about 2018 in my next post, but for now, Happy New Year, and thank you for following this journey with me!
Last night, Camera of the Month Club celebrated the holidays with our annual print swap and holiday party. I looked around the room, at the group that we have grown and nurtured for the last 3.5 years, and was filled with such a rush of gratitude and hope for 2018. My photography practice has been truly enriched by the incredible diversity of experiences, backgrounds, and photography styles every member brings to the table. I've made new friends, learned an incredible amount, and I am so proud of the work we have done together. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this process, I can't wait to see what 2018 brings!
Black (and White) Friday is almost here, and these 'Beach Lovers' exhibit prints still need homes! Until Sunday evening, I'm taking these 24x30 prints down to $175 and a small portion will still be going to Puerto Rico hurricane relief. Skip the madness of the stores, and give the gift of love and art, to yourself or a loved one.
From left to right:
- Beach Lovers, In Heels, 2015.
- Beach Lovers: Hidden in Plain Site, 2017
- Beach Lovers: Heels over Head for You, 2017.
- Beach Lovers: Sunset Kiss, 2017.
- Beach Lovers: Horizon Heat, 2017.
I have been developing a photo project that is not Beach Lovers, and I'm not quite done figuring out what that looks like. In the meantime, I've been enjoying experimenting with using mirrors in my photos.
I am still trying to go for daily walks on my lunch breaks to take photos. It doesn't always happen, but I am doing it weekly and that's what matters. I am slowly developing a new photo project, but I don't have much yet to share as some of it is on film.
Now that Beach Lover season is truly over, I am working on developing new photography projects. Admittedly, I feel a bit stuck, a touch of photographer's "writer's block" if you will. So I am forcing myself to go on 30 minute walks each day during my lunch breaks to take photos of the streets and people I encounter. It's not a project in and of itself, but it does keep me shooting and my eyes fresh to the world around me.
A final post about my show. My closing was a lovely way to say goodbye to my show, and we raised $250 for Puerto Rican hurricane relief. I am continuing to sell books and prints and will be donating proceeds as I move forward on this. Thank you to my friends, family, supporters and to Picture Farm for everything.
Now it is time to put Beach Lovers down (for the most part) until Spring/Summer 2018. I'll be thinking about what a new season looks like, what I'll do differently, and how I'll be sharing them with the world. And I'll be working on another project through the Fall and Winter.
Thank you for all the support this summer, and throughout the show. Stay tuned for details about print and book sales.
I have fallen behind on my posting and I am committed to getting back on that train. It's been an exciting couple of months since I last wrote. I rode the high of my exhibit for several days, I have happily sold a few more Beach Lovers prints, I traveled to Chicago and Toronto, and I have been booking more wedding and freelance work.
It's been such an honor to have my work on the walls of Picture Farm. This is a gallery I have wanted to show at for years, and it's so exciting to have this series here.
My closing show will also be a fundraiser for the hurricane relief efforts happening in Puerto Rico. To say the response to the island's crisis has been appalling is an understatement, it is inhumane. I hope to do my small part.
Similarly, any Beach Lovers prints sold for the next several weeks I will be donating a portion to relief efforts,
It feels like every time I turn around lately, I am packing or unpacking bags. Santa Fe, Massachusetts, and now I am in Quebec visiting my father, soon to be heading to Montreal. Next up is Chicago. All this travel is exciting, and mildly exhausting, but always a good reason to take photos. I grew up coming to my grandmother's cottage every summer, swimming, enjoying nature, going for hikes and eating a ton of fresh local food. This trip has been no different. I'm so grateful I get to call this my 3rd home.
The opening of my solo show, Beach Lovers, was a huge success, and I am incredibly humbled and grateful by all the support and turnout. A big thank you to Picture Farm Gallery for the opportunity, to Tito's Vodka for the generous beverage donation, and to all my friends who helped and supported me. The show is up for a couple more weeks, and I will be posting closing reception details soon!
My intention was to blog more from Santa Fe, and document life back in the city, but travel and getting ready for my show has taken over my life. And Camera of the Month Club just hosted its first photography weekend retreat. So as much as I hate to use the excuse of being so 'busy,' I really have been, and updating the website and this blog is on my enormous to-do list. In the meantime, enjoy a few more Santa Fe photos.
I am into my second day of my workshop, "Marketing Your Photographs' and I am processing a wave of information and knowledge. I haven't been able to shoot as many photos as I would like just yet, but I am clicking my shutter where I can.
I am so excited to invite you to the opening reception of my Beach Lovers solo show at Picture Farm Gallery, Friday August 11th, from 7-10PM. I have three weeks to put this together, and I am feeling the rush of a creative frenzy. I hope you'll join me!