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East Beach Aerials

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My drone had been out of commission for the better part of the past two months.  What I considered a small fix turned into a bit of a fiasco with 3DR.  Long story short, I just needed a small hardware adjustment to a loose piece in my controller, but I had to send my entire kit back as one unit, and that unit was delivered to their California location, but they could never find it to service it, and after weeks of back and forth of "What's the update on my drone?"  "To be honest, we haven't located it yet...", some complaints on my part, the finally sent me back a drone.  Not my drone, but a refurbished unit.  So I had to do some registration work with the FAA to cancel my previous drone registration and register my new unit under my name.... and phew.  I was finally read to get back to the air (6 weeks later).
I love my drone, I love what it can do, but in about 16 months 3DR has had more than just a shift or transition, but some call it a significant com…

Marsh Restoration with Save the Bay

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Winter might seem like the opposite of a busy season, but for some it's the peak for activity.  This is true for any farmer, grower, or other dirt digger who rests during the summer growing season and goes all-in during the winter and spring.  I had the opportunity to join Save the Bay once again during their marsh restoration, this time down in Weekapaug where they were helping restore water drainage to a migrating marsh.

It was a cold December day, but as soon as everyone put on their work boots and climbed into the muck, the sun kept us warm enough to keep working.  An excavator was clearing out all the gunk that had accumulated in several drainage ditches, and dug a few new trenches as well.  This drainage is key to keeping the wetland healthy, allowing tidal salt water to drain out every twelve hours.

I soon learned this was more than just about drainage, but also helping a marsh fight sea level rise.  Signs of sea level rise are all around, if you just know what to look for.…

Yoga Tune Up with Jessie

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Remember when I mentioned I had a new favorite yoga class?  Well this is Jessie demonstrating the wonderful Yoga Tune Up method for targeted deep tissue massage and therapy.  It's not as much yoga as it is self-massage.  These therapy balls come in different densities and sizes, and when used to target stress and trigger points, they can do wonders for tension in the body.  Jessie teaches at Laughing Elephant Yoga and I can't recommend Yoga Tune Up enough!
This photo shoot went from my usual outdoor setting to an indoor natural light studio.  The therapy balls were difficult to photograph since they are not always clearly visible.  But with some time and patience we found some poses that either created beautiful lines or displayed the balls clearly.  It was a short session but a lot of fun, and once again, Jessie was amazing to work with!  Look relaxing?  Try it out!
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Horses on the Beach

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A couple weeks ago I had the unique opportunity from another photographer to join her and her husband at Narragansett Beach with their dogs and their horses!  Brian and Katleen Reid run Horses Know the Way Home, connecting people with their inner horse power by introducing them to their Shire, Brenda Lee, and their Friesian, Kylian.  
We had so much fun on the beach, as the horses romped and swam.  It was a little chilly, but I can't wait to visit the beach with them again soon!  Perhaps I'll even put on a wetsuit and get in the water next time...
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Yoga with Jessie

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Last month I had the pleasure of going to the beach!  Well, it wasn't a typical beach day.  It was cold. It was windy.  But I was there with a new friend to photograph some yoga, and while fall foliage was in short supply, we went to plan B and photographed at the beach.  It was raw and elemental, and we loved every minute of it!
Jessie is a yoga instructor and nutritionist.  She also teaches Yoga Tune Up, my new favorite class (more on that to come).  I can't commend her enough for enduring the cold weather for me!  Jessie was full of joy, charisma, and talent, despite frozen toes.  We played with all sorts of poses and angles, and the result is a beautiful collection of images, all thanks to Jessie!  This has to be my favorite yoga photoshoot to date.  
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Yoga with Karuna

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Thanksgiving is approaching.  Later this week I'll be gathered around a table with friends and family, discussing what's new for each of us, what we're thankful for, eating turkey, and I'll be trying to remain optimistic after my morale took a beating from the presidential election.

But before we harken the cold upcoming months, I wanted to share a few autumn yoga pictures from another outdoor yoga shoot, this time with the wonderful Karuna.  This wonder woman has been traveling the world for 20 years teaching yoga in far flung places from Mexico, to Greece, and upcoming in Morocco.  She was a wonderfully warm and inviting spirit, and I automatically felt like her friend.

With the last minute explosion of fall foliage colors after Halloween, Karuna and I trekked into Ryan Park in North Kingstown.  I had previously found a beautiful low hanging birch tree creating an enveloping cave of golden foliage warmth.  It was truly a woodland fairy experience, and Karuna was wond…

Yoga with Shannon

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I don't want to use photography as just a means of income.  I want photography to be inspiring, stimulating, and engaging for myself, those I work with, and those who view it.  Part of going to Summit Adventure in Jackson Hole this September was to learn how to incorporate the other  elements of my life into my work.  I have the sailing community but there's more to my life (and hopefully my work) than just nautical imagery.  There's more I enjoy and more I want to photograph!
Yoga is one of those activities I've been engaged in for several years.  It's been a means of personal and spiritual growth, health and wellness, activity and fitness, and building relationships with friends both new and old.  It's something I enjoy doing and sharing, and I wonder what took me so long to start photographing it!
After one shoot with a friend last year, and one more this past May,  I finally kicked into high gear.  I started contacting yogis in the area, some I knew and so…

Abstracts // Green Hill and Little Compton

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Abstract photography can be an escape.  It forces me to let go, allow the creativity to take over, and look for the subtleties in the landscape.  Intuition and expression take the place of contrived composition, and Mother Nature comes through.
I don't need much to photograph abstracts, just an hour or so of free time, my standard camera kit (always packed and ready to go), and my tripod.  Just after returning from my trip out west to Jackson Hole, I had been in a flurry for two weeks just processing all the new information and catching up on everything from my time away.  But I made time for myself and my photography, and soon found one afternoon to just escape.
We had a couple of warm days in early October, and I hopped in the car on a whim and went to Green Hill Beach.  I didn't have any big ideas in mind of what would be there when I arrived or what I wanted to shoot.  But as we parked and golden hour approached, the waves were rolling gently into the beach, the sun was w…

April & Arthur

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I made the decision early on to not be a portrait / wedding photographer.  It wasn't what I felt strongly about, it wasn't something that stirred me inspirationally, but over the years I will still take on portrait assignments to keep myself fresh.  Shooting a variety of subject matter helps keep you on your toes, keeps your creativity flowing, and even if it's not your forte it helps strengthen how you see light and composition.  So when a friend asked for portraits of herself and her retired horse, of course I said "Yes!"
April is a dear family friend, and her beautiful chestnut American quarter horse, Arthur, has been living the senior lifestyle for a few years now.  He spends his days eating grass, enjoying the sun and pasture, he even has some horsey friends!  Even though he doesn't get ridden anymore, this 20+ year old beauty is more than any pet or pastime for April.  He's very much a part of her life and her family.
We spent a gorgeous sunny afte…