Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Free, wedding photography

The Problem:
As told by the New York Times
As told by the The Star-Ledger

The Inspiration:
By Jason Groupp & Jessica Claire

The Details:
Email your story and a photo of yourselves to free (at) by Feb. 21st, 2008, 11:59 pm EST. - - Why the 21st? Well because I'm flying out on the 22nd to shoot a wedding in New Zealand and I'll be able to review everyone's stories while I'm on the plane.

1) Wedding must take place in 2008
2) Must have contracted Celebrations Studios to photograph their wedding
3) Must not be able to afford to hire another photographer
4) Wedding/reception must take place within the five boroughs or Long Island
5) I must be able to blog about the fabulous couple selected
6) Story must be received no later than Feb. 21, 2008 @ 11:59 pm EST

The couple selected will receive:
10 hours of wedding day coverage
An online gallery for sharing and ordering prints
A DVD with images
A professional wedding album by either GraphiStudio or Leather Craftsmen

If you know anyone who's eligible, please pass along the link.

ps. for those of you who read Jason's blog, my birthday is on Feb. 10th, so his birthday giveaway fits perfectly with me. :)

Legal disclaimer: Decision is subjective and final, unless couple selected does not meet the qualifications outlined above. Services and product given to the couple has no cash value.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Out, of the office

I'm off to Mystic #3 today, my ride up to CT should be here any moment, and I don't expect to get back until this evening late. It's going to be a great day, and I can't wait.

I had a great post all lined up for today, complete with a me on YouTube, but I chickened out because I think I looked like an idiot. We'll see if I feel like less of an idiot later and perhaps I'll repost the video and publish the blog.


Thursday, January 24, 2008

Teeth, and other great finds

Did you know that the Library of Congress has begun an archiving project on Flickr (a photo sharing forum)? I combed their flickr account for a great photo for this post, and voila, what did I find? A photo of George Washington's teeth!

Crazy! Those don't look very comfortable, and I daresay that dentures have come a long way in the past hundred and fifty years!

The purpose of the Library of Congress' pilot project is to share photos that otherwise wouldn't have been seen, gain a better understanding of web 3.0 and online communities like Flickr, and tap into our abilities to help identify and tag photos in their collection.

So if you're into history, are a photo buff, or just curious. Surf through their account and leave a comment on a favorite photo, or tag a image to help others when using the search feature. :)


The Library of Congress (LOC) Flickr profile.
The LOC blog.
The LOC Flickr FAQ.

Diets, how to postpone resuming them

Fatty, over at, as usual has doled out some very witty and insightful advice today. This time he elaborates useful and valuable guidance on how to postpone resuming your diet. If you've been searching for excellent excuses reasons to continue putting of that healthy eating regimen you vowed to start at the beginning of the year, then Fatty's post is a must-read.


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Matt & Mary, engaged

Last November Mary, Matt & I ducked into NYC’s Central Park for an Engagement Session, it was (dare I say it) bitter cold, and we were lucky to survive those few short hours without major loss of limb or digits due to frostbite.

Matt & Mary were definitely troopers. They are a darling couple, very much in love, and were fun to work with. Here are a few of my favorites from the session.

Sheep’s Meadow with the buildings of Columbus Circle and Central Park West in the background.
Matt & Mary 1

Some of my favorite benches in Central Park (near the Bandshell), I love the couple in the background of the photo.
Matt & Mary 2

Down on the Bethesda Terrace.
Matt & Mary 3

Aren’t they a darling couple? :)
Matt & Mary


Note To Self: post on blog

Have you ever stalled out? Not so much that you don’t know what to do, but that you have so much to do that it pulls you in all directions?

Well, that’s been me over the past few weeks. I have several drafts of posts for the blog, but no photos to go with them so I can’t post them (because of course all posts need photos), and I have gorgeous photos that are calling out to be posted, but they need verbiage to go with them.

Of course then there is the day job, the writing, the photo sessions for clients, the prepping for my trip to New Zealand (I’m shooting a wedding for a very good friend on Feb. 29th).

And there you go, it all adds up so quickly that when push comes to shove, one thing gets shunted to the side, -- and dare I say it dear valued readers, the most important -- the blog.


I’d like to do better; I’ll try to do better. I can’t promise my posts will be as witty or up to par, but they’ll be here (more regularly).

Starting today, yet again, I resolve to post more often. :) So without further ado, I give you a new post.

An engagement session I shot back in November for a great couple Matt & Mary.


p.s. Oh, and thanks for the emails & posts reminding me that the blog is a priority and that you’re all waiting breathlessly to hear the latest happenings in the life of a NYC photo-lovin’-fiction-writing-foodie. (More food posts coming soon.)

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Copyright, in the digital age

I wanted to pass along this very interesting, funny, and insightful look into copyright in the digital age, by Larry Lessig.

Monday, January 7, 2008

It's, hot outside

So this afternoon I strolled to my local bank during my lunch hour and promptly began to sweat bullets. I unwound the green pashmina from around my neck, tucked my black jacket through the straps of my handbag, pushed the sleeves on my sweater up, and actively searched for shade. Yes, it's hot outside. What's up with the crazy weather?

I couldn't help but think of several moments just a few short days ago when I was bundled up with my winter parka, freezing my hiney off in 12 degree weather (not including the brutal wind that crept through he seams and zippers of my coat and turned my skin a pretty red), while showing NYC touristy sights to my fam.

Bad thing about last week: I had to battle crowds that were enormous due to the influx of holiday visitors.

Good thing about last week: I found a fabulous new BBQ place down in Times Square. (Thanks for the heads up Fern & Lmac.) I'll blog about it later, once I get over the fact that it's not located on the Upper West Side. . .