Our New Place

We’re finally starting to settle into our colorful new place in East Lansing, Michigan. As a photographer, I’m thrilled to be living in a home with such beautiful natural light in every room.

Our move was surprisingly smooth, thanks to help from my Dad, my sister, Adriane, and my brother-in-law, Christopher. I can’t imagine how we would have made another winter move without their help.

We’ll start with the kitchen—an important part of our lives. Jeff actually put the microwave up in the crawl space in the loft to see if we could get by without it. That touch of extra effort definitely makes me appreciate the food I’m eating.

Romulus loves being king of the castle and staring out on his kingdom. His kingdom clearly still needs a lot of photos to fill the blank walls (still a work in progress).

The loft makes for cozy reading in the sunlight on weekend mornings. It has already become our little escape.

Heading back downstairs to the bedroom.

And finally, the bathroom, complete with a retro radio.

10 Women + A Fun Little Photography Project

Ten women + two fantastically talented stylists (hair + makeup) + one photographer + an evening of champagne and laughs = one fun Saturday night and a whole bunch of great photos to show off the work of Jennie Rose Stearns and Antonette Bitonti.

I was on the coed cheerleading team with Jennie Rose and Antonette in college (as well as Kelly, third below, Ashley, fourth below, and Marcie, seventh below), and I when they told me they were putting together an evening of hair, makeup and photography to build on their portfolios, I knew I had to be a part of it (I even took my own turn in front of the camera).

Oh, hey! It’s me in my wedding dress acting like a goof.

And below, we have the lovely Antonette (left) and Jennie Rose (right). Thanks for letting me be a part of your project!

Tiff and Kim Fortna | Florist Bridal Shoot

It’s hard to believe that I’ve known Tiff Fortna for nearly four years now. I met her the summer I moved to Chicago, at a time when I knew almost no one in the city, and I was eager to get to know other recent transplants. Today, Tiff and her sister, Kim have started a company together creating stunning floral arrangements for weddings and other events. It seemed natural that we should get together for a shoot to show off their work. Many thanks to our beautiful models, Rochelle, Allison and Alejandra.

The Self Portrait Project

As a part of my personal growth as a photographer, I make it a point to follow the work of a number of other photographers with various styles and tastes. One team that I’ve become particularly fond of is that of  Sarah Rhoads Photographers—Sarah and Chris Rhoads are a husband a wife team based in Seattle, and their talent is all but impossible to ignore.

This week, Sarah posted a recurring project called The Self Portrait project (see parts one and two). It’s an amazing project—it has inspired me to follow Sarah’s lead and make it a goal to take one self portrait per month in 2011. Thanks for the inspiration, Sarah. I’m looking forward to pushing myself beyond the conventional portrait and telling a more personal story through my photography.

Taken in front of my new Drop it Modern Wonderland backdrop using an SB900 w/ umbrella and gold reflector; 60 mm, ISO 200  f/3.2 at 1/200 second; triggered by remote

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