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This was my

tiny Mardi Gras experience February this year.  One roll of fast black and white film. Yes, it has taken me that long to get the film developed. Belly full of Sara’s gumbo (and a baby actually) I remember walking down the street and feeling strangely happy and enormous.              View full post »

Jessica

sees something beyond what we ordinary people see. She sees how things should come together in harmony. How one color can be so much more when it’s together with another. Objects come alive in her apartment and you can feel her touch on everything you see. She handmade and arranged all the beautiful things for her small private wedding. There is a deliberate attention to detail she marvelsView full post »

We are on Vacation.

Its been a week and we are starting to slow down. I am armed with my little Contax and many many rolls of film. Yesterday I stood with Ida on my back, knee deep in ocean (and not in my swimmers) taking photos of Linus catching his last wave of the day. Yes he is surfing. Before we left we had some special visitors. I got the film back yesterday. Here are a few.    View full post »

Ayesha and Tim

are people who work in a big city and have high pressure jobs and when they take a break they take a break. They don’t go to a beach in Florida to vacation they go and climb a really tall mountain somewhere very far. I have always seen them in my mind standing among beautiful things that are not man made. And when they are together you can feel that space between them. That they have beenView full post »

The week

that Kevin has started his movie in Baton Rouge the kids got sick. Of course they did. In between not sleeping and coughing and sneezing they played on this bed. A sense of normalcy returned after I made these pictures. For all of us. View full post »

Sharon

is a photographer. I love being asked to take photos for photographers. Sharon’s photos already feel so specific to who she is which is really the biggest thing. She has a gentle approach to life and her photos are filled with a sense of deep understanding that is just part of who she is. Charlie makes an impact just sitting in a coffee shop over a cup of tea. He is aView full post »

In between

life that’s filling the fridge with food, getting gas and making sure we wash our teeth as least once a day, I take these random photos with my film camera. It fits perfectly into my black small shoulder bag.  This was my day like exactly. The force of these images is really impossible for me to describe here. I think enough to say, I will never stop.View full post »

My favorite

meeting spot has become this little Italian cafe down the street from me. I lull potential clients with the smell of good coffee and roasted tomato soup. And fine yes, they have these delicious scones as well which are freshly made in the morning. I met Sara and Tommy here last year about 4 weeks after Ida was born. (I remember I was in a daze from lack of sleep and I was sincerely hoping it wasView full post »

On the coldest day

of the year (and this is a fact) I had met June and Matt.  She was bundled up in a warm jacket waiting for me at Morning Call by City Park. Matt was in line getting them hot coffee. They just got married at City Hall. I could feel the residue of emotion. I still remember how ridiculously excited I was to photograph them. They are one of the most authentic people I have ever met. I want theirView full post »

I have

worked with Craig before on a project for Medium.com and I hoped that we would do it again. This time he wrote this amazing piece about the concept of time and this city we both currently inhabit. New Orleans. I won’t attempt to sum it up for you. Go read the piece here. I shot film for the whole thing and I am so happy. There was really no other way to do it.View full post »

Katie

is a force of nature.  She is so interesting and full of life. She emailed me about herself and her story and I wanted to be her friend. I didn’t meet Jon until the wedding day. But through talking with Katie I felt like I knew him. They were easy and effortless together. Their wedding was small and intimate. The day fell somewhere between Christmas and New Years and there was festivity inView full post »

Today

three rolls of scanned film arrived. Yesterday I received some terrible news, which I can’t talk about right now. I decided to post some photos I took in the last couple of weeks. Not for work. Not for any real special reason. I think I will make a habit of this. To take photos without any real intention, other than that they happened. I think the power of that is enough for me rightView full post »

Sometimes

during a shoot I feel myself become invisible. I find myself taking shallow breaths. Its a palpable sense of wanting not to be noticed. And then what happens in front of the lens becomes personal and real. I don’t know the exact moment it happens, but we start talking less and I can’t even hear the clicks of the camera. I don’t mean to make it sound mythical. Its not. ButView full post »

I tried to look back

and here are some images from the year past. An impossible task. I did this while Ida was trying to sleep. Like I said, impossible. I have been living very much in the moment lately and this was a good and somewhat strange exercise.  It’s what supposed to happen.  Each image takes me back.  (And then the baby cries and I am climbing the stairs already). I am seriously grateful to everyone.View full post »

Fall

is my favorite time of the year. The cold air is like candy to me. The light is harsh, crisp and leaves nothing unnoticed. I feel this calling to be outdoors. Literally. Photographing in this light is like a present each time. I have been hanging out in our backyard with the baby a lot and finding any excuse to photograph her. I made Linus stand in this yellow stream of early morning light thisView full post »

Film

In the midst of learning to be a mom of two, the madness of the Fall and me returning to work I received the film I shot during the summer. Looking at the shots was something of a revelation to me. The handful of pictures I made felt like a punch. They were precisely as I remembered it. Linus and his green ninja. He showed it to me that early morning after we have been sick for a while. The magicView full post »

Amy and Gina

love my kid. They are genuinely interested in him. After Linus met them he kept asking about the girls. I know exactly how he feels. Amy and Gina are full of life and love for each other. They laugh easily. They talk about their lives with such openness you can’t help but do the same. Such a rare and precious gift for me to be part of their story here in New Orleans. I loved every minute ofView full post »

Ida arrived

two weeks ago today. The two days at the hospital went by so fast, but also so slow. I can’t quite define the speed at which these images occurred. The rhythm of these moments will always be part of our beginning.  Linus washing his hands before he touched Ida for the first time. The balloon floating all over the room. Ida sleeping. Linus licking the syrup from the plate of hospitalView full post »

How do I begin to describe Anna and Spencer?

They were kind. They were full of energy and stories. Anna kept surprising me on the day with her endurance and constant smile that had miles of depth to it. I got to know them through photographing them and that’s a gift I don’t take lightly. I cried. They both carry the world differently on their shoulder and so they make absolute and utter sense together.  They are so willing toView full post »

When I received

this book in the mail I almost didn’t give it Emily. I mean it was just such a beautiful thing to hold. The pages are thick and the photos melt into them. Something about holding this book made the photos and those moments with this amazing family so much more pertinent to me. It was real. I was there. Thanks Stirling, Logan and Rhett.  View full post »

I couldn’t wait to meet

Sylvia after she contacted me about her wedding. I was curious to meet someone of Hungarian and Chinese descent, as my son also is of similar parentage.  I think I may have stared a little too long at the coffee shop than polite but she was very sweet about it. Jack and Sylvia made perfect sense. Jack is somewhat of a genius in my opinion.  I enjoyed meeting them and photographing them immensely.View full post »

Olivia

has an air about her of someone with a secret. That brings me back again to the directing classes from Judith Weston. A character with a secret creates story and layers. Olivia is all of that. There is mystery and raw honesty working with her.View full post »

Ayesha and Louis-Claude

decided to get married in the company of their best friend in New Orleans at one of the most beautiful venues in town called Race and Religious. This house is old and battered with layers and layers of stories and textures woven within its walls. I loved everything about their simple ceremony and their relaxed approach to the day. They are the kind of people you want to have a drink with and sitView full post »