Water and Air

Sometimes the journey to and from work is the best part of what I do. These clouds were breathtaking on a flight from Atlanta to France. After a hard weekend of shooting in Cap Ferrat (I know that doesn't sound very hard!), Valerie Barnes and I walked to a lovely pizzeria on the quai near our hotel (The Royal Riviera). These boats in the small bay were the backdrop for one of the best pizzas I ever ate, along with a well deserved glass of wine. Or did we drink the whole bottle. I remember we were the last people to leave, and as we did, I was wishing I could have a second pizza! I shot some lovely portraits of Valerie that night by the water, lit by the streetlights. It was a magical night in a wonderful place that we were both sad to leave.
Before I put away the Christmas and New Year's cards, I wanted to post a few on line. This was a busy year for cards, and different from previous years. I would say I designed more cards and sent fewer stacks of prints. As recently as last year and the few before that, so many of my clients ordered prints and affixed them to pre-printed cards. This year I saw a lot more printed cards. Here are some of my favorites.

This is the front, double spread inside, and back cover of a beautiful pair of twins on their first Christmas.

Another set of twins I have been photographing for about three years. This year I was stunned to see the way they communicated, almost without talking. They are magical together....but they have a ton of energy. Their mother and I got a real workout chasing them down the beach.

I have been photographing this family in Southampton for four or five years now. The first year was before the youngest daughter was born. Now the girls have a baby brother. I think they are planning to stop at four! Since he was born in the late Fall, we didn't use the summer photos we took this year, but rather a quick shot from mid November so that Lucas could be included.

This is another family I have been photographing in Greenwich, CT for about 4-5 years. I love watching them all grow. The oldest is about the age of my son, and the youngest wasn't even crawling when we first met and now she is showing off her ballet skills. The accordian card is 17 inches long by 5 inches high. It folds into 5 panels front and back and is a great way to send a lot of photos in one card that stands up well.

This accordian book for Elizabeth and David was a wedding favor for their wedding celebration in Bridgehampton, and showcased images from their two previous events. It is a rare thing to be able to share wedding images with guests. While not technically a Christmas card, it was a fun piece to create, with linen covers in three different colors to match the wedding party color scheme.

This is the third year I have done a card like this for Maggie and John. Each year she thinks the card gets better than the last. We shoot in Canada every summer and it never gets old. Point Au Baril is truly heaven on earth.

New Website Underway

Irina in Italy, Susanna in London

Riverside Church, New York City

Villa Mansi, Lucca, Italy

Covo dei Saraceni, Positano, Italy

Cathedral of St. Sophia, London

I think I am on a staycation. The phone barely rings because either my friends are all on real vacations, or they expect that I have am in some far flung corner of the globe enjoying colorful coctails and sunshine. Usually they are right. But this holiday season I am more pajama blogger than camera snapping traveler. Does Indian food for dinner count as exotic?
I have been remarkably productive in the last week. Without all the usual disruptions, I have managed to create an entirely new website in about five days. I have included fantastic destination weddings from London, Paris, New York City, Capri and Positano, Lucca, The Bahamas, Sonoma, Southampton and Bridgehampton. Those are just some of my favorites of the last seven years.

Next up, I will add some of the portraits of all the wonderful children I have photographed over the last few years. This year I was particularly busy with both family portraits and Christmas cards.

In the past month I have seen a surprising resurgence of interest in my fine art photographs, so that means I'll need to include those in the new website as well.

Perhaps I am only halfway finished, but at this point, the new website is almost ready to replace the one that has served me so well for the last ten years. I can hardly believe that this is my nineteenth year as a wedding photographer. I am looking forward to a special celebration in 2011 to mark my twentieth anniversary as a wedding photographer. Come to think of it, Marc and Karen will be celebrating their 20th at the same time (since they were my third clients). Perhaps we all celebrate together.