’tis the season…

’tis the season for stemware filled with holiday cheer so it’s a perfect time to share this cocktail – a ginger bourbon fizz [and here is where you can download the pretty nifty recipe card]. this is one of my monthly cocktail shoots that I do with maggie of eat boutique for snippet & ink…it’s the perfect marriage – maggie creates, I shoot, then I add to my arsenal of recipes. this is very similar to one of my favorites that also uses the smoked bourbon sugar, which is pretty much to die for especially when paired with the thyme. keep an eye out on the S&I blog as another delish sip is posting this week!

an afternoon with Christmas Tree Santas

I was introduced to Christmas Tree Santas at a small community fundraiser – I was so moved by what they are doing that I offered photography coverage of their 1st [of 3!] Christmas tree giveaways this season. I think that I fit into the category of most – thinking of those in need at the onset of holiday season – donating coats, canned goods, or Christmas presents for children of local families…and the regular deposits into the salvation army bucket every time I pass one. so it never occurred to me that the seemingly simple process of purchasing a Christmas tree could be out of reach for those fallen on hard times. and how the absence of that tradition could create a more difficult holiday for the children of those families. Christmas Tree Santas estimates that they will give away 500 trees this month in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Georgia. they work with local agencies to determine those in need, and the families are given vouchers for their tree and also leave with a stand and a bag of ornaments. on the day of our 1st snow, families were  greeted by santa, candy canes, trays of cookies and treats, and lots of amazing volunteers that gave hugs, helped to select trees, ran chainsaws, and tied trees to cars. and the cars………they just kept coming……..a reminder to be thankful for what we have, and for what we are able to give. there was a bit of magic in the air blowing around with all that snow and I was truly moved by the spirit of Christmas.

nikon F100 | 85mm 1.8 | kodak portra 160 | film processing + scanning donated by The Finer Image

 

 

thanksgiving loveliness will Style Me Pretty

now that a very busy & amazing wedding season has come to a close, I’m kicking off a winter of blogging with my  shoot with the lovely team over at Style Me Pretty. they produced *the* most incredible thanksgiving spread complete with an e-guide on how to hostess your holiday with style & grace. don’t miss all of their DIY projects too…the faux coral candlesticks [above] was my favorite and I now have them [after one messy evening that I navigated with a tall cocktail] gracing my dining room table…so simple + sweet.

 

flowers on film

Light & Truth is a pretty fabulous periodical targeted to the photographer…amy + richard of Red Leaf Studios are the dynamic duo behind this magazine and both are very talented shooters too. I am honored to have been featured again – this time to talk about my approach to shooting on-location or in the studio for floral [+ food!] work, starting on page No. 33.

…and below are some of my favorite images from this shoot – from an afternoon of playing with light + flowers with the talented becca of Petal Floral Design.