Showing posts from 2015

Shape it Yourself

There's something to be said for just doing it yourself, getting your hands dirty and diving right into a project.  You can have complete control over the final product instead of relying on another's interpretation.  You can make it just the way you want.
Recently, Lyle decided to do just that, to do it himself and shape his own surfboard.  The project involves one shortboard for himself and an 8'10" board for me :)  He gets the experience and joy of shaping, I get to photograph the project, and in the end we will both have a little of Lyle's handiwork to ride, our very own hand-shaped boards made with love.
Lyle's just about done shaping his shortboard, which he worked on first to work out some kinks and experiment with a few different techniques.  But I was there when he started cutting into the longboard blank, a long slab of recycled and reshaped Millennium Foam.  Since we had the choice, my board's going to be rather eco-friendly, incorporating the …

An Experiment in Scones

Several months ago I attended an ASMP workshop with career food photographer Jim Scherer.  I was immediately inspired by this branch of photography and the seeming simplicity with which Jim presented it.  But the stars had to align before I found myself making my first attempt at food photography...

My sister is quite the baker and at any given time we will have a variety of baked goods around the house.  Last week she made her signature scones and before they all disappeared I set up for a food photography shoot in the kitchen.  The new acquisition of a solid wood butcher block island made it the perfect time to try it out!

Here you'll see my progression as I started with the basics... my subject on a small plate... and continued to add elements until I felt the shot was complete!  First, the scone and then the styling of a cloth napkin.

Nope... that napkin isn't quite right.  Let me adjust.  And adjust again.  Let's add a cup of coffee in the background, as this is a bre…

Yoga in the Woods

Just days before my trip to Block Island, I managed to get a second yoga shoot in before the cold weather.  I had ambitious plans at the beginning of the summer season that quickly slipped away as the days melted from one week to the next.  But with a little determination I found time to work with a good family friend in the back woods of Wickford for another fun yoga shoot!
These photos are from an area of town where I spent a considerable amount of time when I was younger, either walking to school or just playing.  It had been quite a while since I was on these forest paths, and it was refreshing to visit these familiar spots in a new capacity.
A special thanks to Deedee, my yogi of the day, for being so cooperative and graceful while we bumbled through the woods shooting yoga :)
See all the yoga shots here in my Yoga Gallery

Block Island & the Milky Way

A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of visiting Block Island during the September off-season.  With no crowds in sight and wonderful weather abundant, it seemed like the perfect time to visit this little off-coast gem.  This year I was able to make a return trip, and if you can believe it, the weather was even nicer!  I managed to take 5 days off for this little visit offshore and it was probably the last true week of summer that Rhode Island experienced.  Days on the beach, biking around the island, beautifully clear weather... there wasn't much else you could've wished for!
But being a photographer comes with its own difficulties.  In particular, whenever I take a vacation, particularly ones for leisure, I am always conflicted about how much shooting to do.  Here I am in this beautiful location with gorgeous weather and scenery, how can I not take pictures?  I guess it's the downside of having a profession you love; you can just never get away from work!
The first …

Around the Island - Labor Day Weekend

Conanicut Island sits in the middle of Narragansett Bay, and while several clubs and organizations host "around the island" races throughout the season, the Conanicut Yacht Club has possibly one of the longest running events.  This year CYC celebrated their Labor Day Weekend with 10 different PHRF classes, drawing a crowd of 96 boats varying in sizes from J/24s to 60' cruisers.
A warm summer sun with a cooler autumn breeze, gentle ocean swell, a steady 10-12 knots, all added up to superb racing conditions for a holiday weekend.  I was out on the photo boat for every start before jetting off to Beavertail Lighthouse to watch as many boats round the mark as I could!  It was a terrific event and I couldn't be more grateful for the terrific people at CYC that organize and host this annual regatta.  We're already thinking about ways to photograph more of the downwind spinnaker set for next year's race!
See all the shots in the Event Viewing Gallery for CYC ATI 20…

Cruise: Marion & Provincetown

It took us a decent amount of time, about another 6 hours, to get from Cuttyhunk to Marion.  The breeze had been trying to fill from the Southeast all day but to no success.  We motored most of the way, and tried to sail for a little while before conceding defeat. 
But as we came into Buzzard's Bay the littlest bit of breeze began to pick up to a comfortable 5+ knots and we put up the sail.  As we approached Marion we passed through a fleet of Herreshoff 12 1/2s racing just outside the harbor.  They had some of the most colorful spinnakers I had ever seen with patterns of stars, bright stripes, and all sorts of fun colors.  I love these little wooden day sailors for their simple and sleek design, always a classic!

We only spent one day in Marion, swimming in the exceptionally warm waters in a secluded corner of the harbor.  Steak tip kabobs and a few cocktails later and you couldn't ask for a better way to spend a summer evening!
Our next port of call was the highlight of the …