I was lucky enough to be a speaker at the first ever POSH Retreat for women filmmakers and photographers this past November. It was a 5 day retreat aboard a cruise ship with a group of 42 women who all work in the visual arts. Talking about the POSH experience is a blog post in itself so I will post about ALL the amazing details later... with tropical photos of course!
One of the many amazing things that came from this retreat is the following film, Women Create. Inspired by their shared experiences the group spontaneously decided to use their creative gifts to craft a short film illustrating the positive power and passion of women in the film industry. It started as a discussion one night at dinner, rolled into a concept later that night and came together as a shoot the very next day!
I was so proud to see these women take action and express their shared thoughts. It made me even a wee bit giddy to listen to them prepare for this shoot using terms Dawn and I spoke about at our presentation!
So ladies, here is your call to action! Get inspired! Go for it! And Create!
“Because of their age long training in human relations—for that is what feminine intuition really is—women have a special contribution to make to any group enterprise.” ~ Margaret Mead
Sunday morning I woke up on Cape Cod after shooting a wedding the night before and jumped in my car to head straight to Portland, Maine to meet up with some of my college girlfriends. The race was to start at 2:00 and I did not want to miss it! It was the first year I was able to attend the Tri for a Cure and I was so psyched to be able to cheer on some of my friends in the race. This years race was also exceptional because our friend Jen was competing. Last year at this time she was a volunteer at the Tri and had just wrapped up her chemo & radiation treatments for breast cancer.
I have to be honest and say that this race was like no other race I had ever attended. The support, the atmosphere and the energy was overwhelming and I was immediately touched to see such a large community of family and friends there to support the cause. It was a blast to be there and take it all in.
The race is a triathlon of all women competitors and the course is a 1/3 mile swim, 15 mile bike and ends with a 3 mile run. With 1000 racers they raised over $900,000 for the Maine Cancer Foundation!
I am so very proud to call these girls my friends and thrilled to have been able to attend and cheer them on this year. There is NO way you can attend this event and not be touched by the emotion and energy that is present. I was all choked up to see Jen round the corner as she came towards the last bit of the run before the finish line, exhausted but not giving up she ran it out!! We nearly lost our voices cheering them all on in the crowd!! Way to go Katie, Mollie and Jen! You made us so very proud!!!!
They start the racers in waves with all the survivors in the pink caps leading the way.
Jen zoomed by looking super strong on her bike!
Sitting next to Mollie's kids & husband warranted a happy wave as she ran by.
Katie spotted us in the crowd as she approached the finish line. High fives & hugs were abundant!
The support was everywhere you looked.
I am one very lucky girl. I have some of the most amazing girlfriends on the planet. We have celebrated so many wonderful events together over the years ... graduations, birthdays, weddings and now babies! We laugh, we cry and we celebrate... everything, in the most sincere way we that we know. I honestly don't think I would be the person I am today without the love and support this gang of gals has offered to me over the years.
I remember when my dear friend Amber announced to the girls, over one of our frequent gatherings, that she was expecting her first baby. After hugs and even some clapping I remember Carrie paused to remind us what a "moment" this was and how special it was we were together yet again for to share in it.
Amber's baby isn't due for several more weeks but we gathered to celebrate with a traditional baby shower. I had such a blast putting this all together!! I took all sorts of ideas from some of my talented wedding vendor pals and busted out my glue gun and paintbrushes. And I FINALLY found the perfect use for all my vintage table cloths... it was a garden party!!
The Blue Elephant in Saco was kind enough to host the event for us. What a spread they put on!! The staff was so helpful and made us all feel like queens for a day. We dined on frittata, waffles, hot scones and fresh fruit... it was perfect!
We could have sat there chatting for hours... sharing the latest news in each others lives, tips on how to prepare for Amber's pending addition and just enjoying the time we carved out to spend with our friends. It was another perfect day, spent in celebration together!
One of the wonderful aspects of my job is getting to work with some seriously talented vendors. I am the lucky one that gets to photograph the final creation on the big day. But what leads up to that day has always been a bit of a mystery to me. I am aware that many hours go into each event working on the design, colors, layout, little touches and then putting it all into place. I had the unique opportunity of getting a behind the scenes look into just how this is done.
I got to visit with Dawn Kelly at Soiree Floral to see just what was happening in her studio in the days leading up to Meghan & Darryl's Nantucket wedding. Dawn and her assistant Jackie were busy cleaning flowers, hand stringing orchids and setting up some design ideas for client meetings. It is never ending and they were constantly moving and creating. Here are a few of the shots from a day in the life at Soiree Floral.
A big thank you to Dawn for the invite into her creative world. Visit Dawn’s Blog to hear what she said about all the action.
Yesterday I got to work with two wonderfully talented women on a wedding table top photo shoot. I am so excited by all the amazing shots we got and I just couldn't wait to blog about the experience! I am sharing just two of the shots from the day to give a glimpse of what is ahead. I will be adding several of the photos next week in a full post but here is a sample for now.
Thanks to Meagan at Maine Seasons Event Planning for coming up with the concepts and hosting the shoot and to Sara at Griffin-vites for creating the custom watercolor stationary as well as helping make it all happen!! It was a pleasure to work with you both!
Miller's Lab has enabled me to provide my clients with top quality products and prints. I LOVE their dedication to quality in everything that they do. So, when they contacted me, via my Twitter page, and asked if they could feature me on the homepage of their website.... I was over the moon!!
And they couldn't have featured a better couple, Jen and Carter!
Watch the slideshow on the Miller's Lab homepage when you have a minute. They feature some of the top photographers in the photo industry.
Starting Friday the 6th the York Art Association will be showing a Love inspired show. When I dropped off my photos last night I got a sneak peak at the wide variety of mediums that will be represented in this show. Painting, sculpture, quilts, jewelry, woodwork, silk prints and of course photography will all be a part of this 2-week show.
The opening is from 5-7 pm Friday the 6th and the gallery will be open Thursday thru Sunday from 11-4 until the 15th of the month. The Gallery is located at 394 Rt 1A in York, Maine ( also known as 394 York Street).
A perfect pit stop for your Valentines dinner or a great way to share in the spirit of Love with your family and friends. Come join us!!
Album designing is a very important part of my job. I love to recreate the story of my clients wedding day using their favorite photos. Somehow laying out the images in a strong design brings that day to life again. I feel in many ways that my job is not complete until the perfect album is delivered.
Lab Prints is the backbone of my album design process. It helps me to organize my wedding day story and create customized designs for each client while keeping within my design aesthetic. Lab Prints recently contacted me to work on designing some new templates and layouts for them. Of course I was so excited to be working with a company that I stand behind and use but I am also thrilled that they sought me out to work with them!
If you are a photographer looking for that tool to help stay on top of your designs, orders and web hosting take a look at Lab Prints. And if you are currently using Lab Prints keep an eye out for a new set of templates and album designs to add to your workflow.
Just a quick post to start off 2009. I have so much to share and will post over the next couple of weeks so stay tuned!
• We have some exciting new product information for photographers coming.
• A "Love" themed art show at the York Art Association ahead.
• More Magazines to share.... and of course photos!!!