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Hinckley // Talaria 48 Flybridge

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This past December I photographed my third boat for Hinckley.  It was the coldest shoot we had done on the water thus far, but the Bay was a playground laying in wait just for us!  We jetted under the bridge at sunrise, motored through an empty Newport Harbor, and made our way to Prudence Island for sunset.  I'm finally done editing all of these shots, and happy to share them all with you!
Introducing, the Hinckley Talaria 48 Flybridge in hunter green with custom fighting chair.  Hinckley is known for their gorgeous craftsmanship, attention to detail, and accommodating custom client requests.  This gorgeous 48 footer was built to client specifications not only as a luxury yacht, but also for fishing.  It was a Hinckley first to outfit a fighting chair into a Talaria, and while I'm not much of a fisher myself, it was still beautiful to shoot against the blue backdrop of Narragansett Bay.
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Sunrise at East Beach

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Sunrise takes some serious motivation for me.  Luckily, in the wintertime the sun rises at 7am instead of 5am, so it's a little easier to crawl out of bed and go for a morning adventure.  I recently took such an adventure, and while I didn't quite make it to the beach in time for the morning pinks and purples, I launched my drone first thing to photograph the golden glow on the water.  
The waves were small, but they crashing along the shore and sending spray flying into the air.  My aerial work is usually so steeped in blues or greens, I was relishing the variety of jewel tones exploding from the water as the waves were backlit by the sun.  There were splashes of gold and yellow, with undertones of purple in the shadows...  It was so different and so wonderful all at once.  
But my trip to the beach didn't end there.  After a quick flight, I set up my Nikon D750 on the tripod and played with some abstracts.  The golds were making their way into the motion blurred frames …

Sunset Waves in Winter

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You know it's been a rough winter when it's 35° out and you're thankful for the warmth.  One such day in particular the breeze was still up a bit, so it was still a bit chilly, but sunset was shaping up nicely.  With a view from the southern shore of Rhode Island, I watched the waves roll in and the clouds slowly light up.  I switched back and forth between stopping the wave action and panning with the waves to create motion blur.  Even when I was editing I couldn't decide which shots I preferred so I edited a bit of both!  It was a beautiful evening with a sky full of fire and waves rolling ashore.  
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Frozen Droning

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With phrases like "polar vortex" becoming common vernacular, it's not surprising that we've seen some deep freezes this winter and it's only halfway through the season.  During the beginning of the cold snap this December, I scoured Google Earth for a nearby pond with some cool shapes that might be fun to fly over.  After a bit of scouting online and by car, I found one frozen solid with just enough running water to form some very interesting shapes among the ice.
It was a Sunday, sunny, no wind (thank goodness), and a mild 20° air temperature.  The sun was starting to sink below the clouds in the late afternoon and gave everything a cool gray look as I launched for some aerial views.
In freezing temperatures like these, it's extremely important to consider battery life, especially when operating a drone.  Cold temperatures drain batteries faster, no matter what device they're in.  I'll often keep my phone and extra camera batteries in the interior p…

Sunset Aerials

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We're welcoming the new year with a new blog post full of aerials!  I know it's the middle of winter... and even though these are winter captures, hopefully you can be transported for just a second and imagine a warm and cozy summer sunset at the beach.
Most of the winter thus far has been plagued with polar vortices, temperatures dipping into the single digits, strong winds, and frozen water.  But there was a break in the chaos just before Christmas when the sky air was calm, and the temperature a more appropriate 34°.  I took a venture down to South Kingstown Town Beach in Matunuck to walk along the sand and enjoy a sunset.  
I brought the drone along for a few captures both directly overhead and also landscapes of the scene.  The ocean had been flat for about a week, so whatever waves you see pictured are only ankle high!  I was able to drone down to 15ft above the water without fear of tumbling into the ocean below, either from large swell or tumultuous winds.  
What a be…

Happy New Year!!

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Happy New Year!  
The year is drawing to a close.  As we all hunker down in sub-freezing temperatures, it's that time of year to reflect on everything from the previous 12 months.  The goals we've achieved, the milestones or accomplishments, as well as the difficulties we've endured.  
For me, 2017 brought new clarity to my sense of purpose as a photographer.  A look back at my Instagram Best Nine reflects what you all and myself have been enjoying so much:  those beachy aerials!  My aerial work has grown, bringing (quite literally) new perspective to my fine art work.  Metal prints have also opened up a whole new world of possibilities for fine art presentations.  The year kicked off with a wonderful invitation to join other female photographers at Providence Center for Photographic Arts' Women in Photography Exhibition, followed by a great art festival season.  
Lifestyle collaborations have started to take flight as well with various Rhode Island yogis and Imsy Swimw…

Hinckley // Talaria 55

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Shortly after Chris and I photographed the Hinckley Dasher, we got the call for one of the largest power boats in the Hinckley fleet:  the Talaria 55.  As a 55' luxury motor yacht, the Talaria 55 also comes in a flybridge version.  The attention to detail and craftsmanship of this yacht are truly exceptional, and the ride is comfortable as can be.  It's a nod to classic design but with all the bells and whistles of a 21st century technologically advanced watercraft.  
We started bright and early on a crisp cold morning in October, jetting by the Newport bridge and Castle Hill at sunrise.  We looped around Aquidneck Island, nestling into Sakonnet Harbor during early morning, before taking long runs up the East Passage around noontime.  For sunset, we tucked into the harbor at Potter's Cove on Prudence Island where we were just about the only boat in sight.  The Talaria drifted on perfectly calm waters as the sun sank below the horizon.  As sunset passed, I waited patiently…