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A month or so ago, I was fortunate enough to work with the fantastic Doug Levy on a project he calls “I AM…” Each of his models was instructed to pick a word to describe themselves, and then write it on their body. Doug’s use of simple lighting and his talent behind the lens is obvious in the powerful message these images send.

I’ve participated in projects like this in the past; most of them have been during dark times and the results show that. I came to this shoot prepared to use the word “lonely…” — but after watching Doug in action and feeling the energy and passion in the room, I decided to go with something a little more kind to myself.

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What word would you use?

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My child hasn’t seen a full week of school since before Christmas, but you know what? Keep doin’!

Check out Peanut in the window.

I didn’t take the good camera with me, but this shot of Calder at the top of the lift makes me so happy. We ran into friends and the sun was shining and it was the best snow day ever.

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So, you love all those big prints and canvases that you bought from your session (yay!), but you still wish you had something small you could toss in your bag to pull out and show to friends and family? Lemme just wiggle my way out of this magic lantern…poof! Boutique Accordion Mini-Books are here! Check out the snazziness.


These adorable multi-panel books come in 3×3 or 2.5×3.5 with pearl or lustre paper. The are the perfect presentation for a series of images — and at a tiny price, they’re just the thing to get multiples of to send to grandparents, keep at work, etc.

Fully customizable, with hard photo front and back covers and soft magnet-closure, and a frosted slipcover (to keep purse detritus off!).

Call the studio to order before February 5th, 2011, and receive special introductory pricing! How could you not want one (or more) of these babies?

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I had a co-worker once, at an agency I worked for in San Francisco, who taught me about the art of perseverance. Michael was given to epigrams, and would often toss them out with perfect dramatic timing so that they hung in the space he’d just occupied; as he stepped off the elevator, or as he passed by the door to my office. Most of his wisdom dealt with handling disappointment, rejection, and loss, and with the inevitable despair that accompanies them. He had been through a difficult divorce and yet he showed up each day with an aura of cheerful determination about him, as if he’d grown tired at the thought of long-term enmity with anyone and was resolved to spread as much good will as he could throughout his day. He had a photograph of Winston Churchill in his office with Churchill’s ubiquitous quote about never giving up (that may have been the first place I ever saw it), and while this was long before I went through my own divorce and subsequent emotional struggle, I’m quite sure that during that time, I was often motivated by remembrances of Michael’s optimism and resolve. I wish I could introduce him to some of my friends.

It does backfire, sometimes, though, tenacity…a lack of imaginative faith, or a tendency toward rumination and regret can really muddy up those blue skies. It’s infuriating, isn’t it? I can work so hard toward a particular goal, invest my mind, time, resources, and heart in something I believe so enormously in, and yet I still get derailed by people so unhappy in their own lives that they feel the need to try to edit mine. It’s like a trapdoor in the pursuit of happiness.

(however)

I remain undeterred. I’m building this business into something I’m so proud of. I’m living my life in a way that I hope my son can be proud of. I’m here for my friends. I bear responsibility for my own actions. I never never never give up.

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I met up with my good buddy Tyler and his parents yesterday in the city; our plan was to go out to Castle Island and shoot, but it was so dang cold that we only got a few moments outside before Tyler put an end to that business. Smart little man.

It was cute while it lasted:

All children should be dressed in orange. All the time.

Back to the house where it was much warmer.

I love this one. Tyler has the best blue eyes.

A big thanks to Krista and Ryan for their patience during an equipment snafu — can’t wait to see you all again in a few months when Tyler turns ONE!

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I am completely obsessed with this video for Kanye West’s Runaway; everything about it is simply gorgeous and amazing, especially that haunting piano note (can anyone call it?) which reminds me of a Stanley Kubrick film. The full-length film runs 35 minutes and is absolutely worth watching (can’t post it here because it has naughty! words! and this is a family friendly blog…) — make the time to watch it, Kanye fan or not — you’ll be blown away.

And, yes, let’s have a toast to those, um, people. Cheers!!

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When I first met Charlie back in October, she was just two weeks old and I thought she was delicious. When I saw her again yesterday, it was clear that she’s a reeeeealy good eater, so now she’s JUICY and delicious. Check her out:

She has such pretty eyes:

Chillin’ in her favorite chair:

I think this might be my favorite:

All dressed up and fabulous:

She’s truly just the sweetest baby. Can you imagine the dimples in three more months? Check back!

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Oh golly. Take a few days off and all sorts of crazy stuff happens. I’m working on a full-length dissertation about it all, but in the meantime, I think Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes can set the tone.

Kinda.

(Get cornfed!)

Following ES is an amazing video by Jorge & Alexa Narvaez that’s making its way around now — you’re crazier than a bag of cats if you don’t watch it and become totally amazed. Alexa just throws herself right into it. Love how she yawns in the end…

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