growing

Our family is growing.

We are expecting our third baby this summer.  This is one of the main reasons I have been absent.

The first trimester of this pregnancy has been, by far, my most challenging.  Now that I am well into my second trimester, I am feeling pretty good (tired, always - but good).  My heart has already grown to love three.

I am looking forward to holding this sweet baby in my arms.

almost spring

It's almost Spring - and I don't think I've ever taken a break for this long!  And it was needed, my friends.  Sometimes it feels to good to take a step back, disconnect from the internet and really be present in the lives of those who mean the most to me.

I'll ease back in slowly, please bear with me - as I have much to share.  And going forward, you'll probably see more images, less words.

Also, Birgitte Brøndsted a fellow photographer in Florence, Italy -  is hosting a giveaway for a copy of On the Table, on her blog.  Head over and leave a comment for a chance to win!

a story of their own

As you probably imagine, there is a story that goes along with each of these images.

But what I love about film is the ability to for each of these images to stand on their own.  To tell a story of their own.  About the time and place, what was going on, and what I was feeling when I clicked the shutter.  I strive to capture that essence every time I pick up my camera.

And in case you are wondering - that's my grandfather in the framed picture in the last photo.  I'm finally setting up my office/studio space and getting to surround myself with the things that I love (a tour coming soon).

cameras here and there

If you walk into my home at any given moment, you will find cameras on almost every surface.  On the table, on a shelf, on a desk.... just as long as it is out of reach of little hands.

And there's a reason to this madness.   At any given moment - I'll grab what's closest to me.  To document what I see, right there, at that time.  And when I'm heading out the door, I'll grab the closest camera that is loaded with film and carefully set it in my bag.  It's heavy, yes - and cumbersome, yes - but I almost feel as if I'm lost if I don't have at least one with me.  You'd be amazed at how film cameras are quite the conversation starters.

This weekend, the hasselblad with the polaroid back with my camera of choice.  More to share soon....