I haven’t been here on this blog very much because I am struggling with what to write. I know it is mainly photos and I need to remember that. Set a schedule and blog. So that is what I plan to do for 2012. Twice a week I will sit down and blog. I will blog old shoots, new shoots, and as always my personal family snapshots. I am heading to VA beach today to spend the rest of the week with my entire family. My mom, my siblings and their families. I can’t wait to spend 4 days with them all. I woke up this morning to a very exciting email. There is a photographer in Australia I found a few months ago. His name is Tim Colson and he offered his first giveaway on his blog. I love his style and am working on growing myself into a more journalistic type of photographer. I am totally inspired by his work. Back to the giveaway. He was offering it to someone anywhere in the world. You could enter but if you won you had to give the shoot to someone else. He asked that you share someones story about why they deserved to win. I entered my mom and even though I would be in it, I thought she was deserving of it. Being a photographer I am always taking pictures never in them, so I wanted to offer my mom an opportunity to have a family shoot with me in it. Below is what I entered: I am a photographer from Philadelphia, PA, USA. I am not sure how I found your blog, but I have fallen in love with your work. It is stunning and heartwarming. I feel like I am a part of everyone of your families. I am not sure this would count but I am going to enter anyway. You can decide if it qualifies. That being said it isn’t for me, but I would be in the shoot. I would love to give a shoot to my mom that I could be in for her. I am always behind the camera never in front of it. I know it would mean the world to her for me to be in our family snap shots. My entire family lives together all summer long at our family beach house. I know I am so very fortunate to be surrounded by my family so often. My mom is the first woman to live past 50 in her family. Her mom died of breast cancer at 49 when my mom was 20, she had two babies at the time and moved home to raise her 15 year old sister. Her sister died at the age of 40 from Breast Cancer 16 years ago. My mom helped to raise her daughters who were 2 and 7 at the time. My mom found out she had breast cancer when she was 59. She had a double mastectomy and she is an inspiration to everyone around her. She is the most amazing person I know. In honor of her sister and her mother she walks every single year in the Susan G. Komen 3 day. She walks 60 miles in 3 days. For the last 20 years we walk every mother’s day in honor of all the woman who have suffered from Breast Cancer. She also is a peer sponsor at the hospital where she found comfort and recovery from her cancer. She has suffered so much loss in her life yet she is the most positive person I know. My father passed away 10 years ago and I know he is the love of her life. She still to this day claims that he is. That their love was something she was blessed to have. My youngest brother committed suicide 18 months ago. He suffered from years of addiction even with that she continues on. From his death she honored his memory by starting a charity in his honor called Project Call Home. http://www.projectcallhome.blogspot.com. She knits hats for addicts in the city of Philadelphia. Life is short and I don’t take a moment of it for granted. I would love to capture my mom, my siblings, their families, and myself in our life at the beach. I know it would mean the world to her. Tim emailed me this morning and although I didn’t win the contest I won something even better. Next time he is in the states he will come to my family beach house and shoot with me. He will capture me with my family and while doing so I will be able to learn from someone I respect as a fellow photographer. I can’t wait to see what he captures when it comes to my family. I would also love to in return offer to photograph Tim with his wife Kesh and their new baby when they visit. 2012 is going to be a fantastic year. I promise to make more appearances in photos as well as here on the blog. Here is a small portion of my family on Christmas morning at my brother’s house.
So I could title this so many different things. I saw a group of photographers doing a project called “This is what…” and each week they document their own families doing something. Like This is what dress up looks like, this is what baking a cake looks like, etc. When I was working on my mom’s Christmas gift I kept thinking…”This is what…” and of course a couple other things I really can’t share on this blog. Like my real thoughts on making a family calendar. So anyway there are so many different possible names for these images and this post. For example: This is how we celebrate Gran’s birthday breakfast… This is what the beach house really looks like…
Keeping it real: The truth behind the beautiful images…
Keeping it real: What the beach house looks like 90% of the time…
Oh I could go on, but instead I will give you my family pictures that I am just starting to process from the summer. I have so many personal images I haven’t even touched. I try when I upload them to my hard drive to cull them right away and process a few favorites, but sometimes that doesn’t even happen. Every year for Christmas I give my mom a calendar and a box of all the photos I processed through the year. The snapshots of my family that is. And I say processed because I take so many more than ever even make it to process point let alone print. So enough here is Gran’s 62nd birthday breakfast.
There is always food on top of the fridge, in the cabinets, on the counter. That is what happens when 20 people live together all summer. Plus the random Nintendo DS, dress up clothes, etc. You name it you could possibly find it in the kitchen.I give you random commentary of the beach house kitchen, the people in it, and how it looks 90% of the time.
All three granddaughters decorated the birthday cake. The littles watched the big. The cake that we all have for every birthday. Black Magic, my grandmother’s recipe. It is yummy.
I love how focused Anais is. She is so curious and takes it all in. Oh to be 3. Well here she is 2, but 2 days later she turned 3. Anais and Gran are birthday buddies.
The birthday girls.
I love this picture. My mom is sneaking some icing. Brett is randomly scratching his stomach waiting for his piece of cake. Noor and Anais want their cake. They are having a stare down on the first piece that goes to the birthday girl. They have to wait for Gran to have her piece and then they get served. Oh the injustice of it all.
I love how annoyed Noor is that she has to wait for cake. I also love that her face is still painted from an adventure to town with her Gran.
The girls and I have been at the beach since Sunday. There have been tons of people in and out. Lots of kids to play with and lots of late nights. Last night their cousins and brother came to the house. Anais went to bed around 11:30 and slept until 10:30 this morning. Noor went to bed at 2 am and was up by 9 playing with the kids again. I walked by their bed this morning when I got up and saw this. I knew I had to go and find my camera and get a picture. All I think about when I see this picture is Toddler Frat Party. Can you imagine these two in 15 years. Watch out they can party hard. More shoots to make the blog soon. I am busy wrangling kids and working. I promise they are coming.
This week the challenge at I Heart Faces is Photo Props and I love love love props. So I knew that I had to enter a photo. This photo was taken at our family beach. We live here all summer and all my mom wanted was a picture of my two nieces holding sunflowers in front of the ocean. One down, one to go. I love this shot of my youngest niece. She wasn’t having it that day but finally we got some smiles. Happy Monday Internets! I hope you have a fabulous day!
I have wanted a fish eye lens for a long time. However, I can’t justify buying one. So I was playing in Photoshop and remembered they had a fish eye effect. I decided to play with two of my all time favorite beach shots. I think I will be playing with this effect a lot in the near future. Just for fun of course. I decided to play with the picture of L that I used for all my summer marketing. And one of his little sister boogie boarding in the ocean the other day.