A few London snapshots

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I still have so many images to go through and edit! I’ve been running around like crazy ever since we got back from vacation (all good things – my brother graduated from high school, some photo opportunities have come up in the NY area) but unfortunately I have been slacking on the blogging and editing. About to run to my grandmother’s house to celebrate my mom’s birthday, but here are a few random photos from our stay in London!

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People of Paris

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Just got back from a ten day trip to London and Paris, where Dave and I enjoyed delicious food (my favorite – mouthwateringly delicious crepes from a tiny creperie tucked away in the center of Paris), toured incredible landmarks, and, of course, did our fair share of people watching. Poor Dave has gotten so used to our conversations being suddenly cut short by the click of my camera and now knows how to help me change a lens on the fly while surrounded by a pushy crowd of tourists. I’m lucky he’s so patient!

I now have over two thousand images to sort through and edit, and as I do, I will be sure to share the highlights on here. In case it wasn’t clear enough already, it became very obvious to me on this trip that I love photographing people above anything else.

Here is a selection of portraits I snapped during our stay in Paris. More from this trip soon!

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Therapy website photographs

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Last week I was asked to take photographs for the website for the Center for Family Guidance  - a mental health treatment organization for individuals throughout the lifespan.

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It was a beautiful day, and I was able to get some great outdoor portraits as well as some indoor therapy session photos.

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How cute is this kid?

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CFG also prides themselves in being a pioneer of telepsychiatry in New Jersey.

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From their website: “Telepsychiatry is the use of state-of-the-art audio and video telecommunications equipment to deliver psychiatric care when the patient and practitioner are at different locations. This technology allows for a patient-to-provider interaction that closely replicates physically being present and allows for expert treatment to patients in locations distant from the primary caregiver.”

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Got some cute photos that are not necessarily great for their website, but are nice anyway.

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Overall, successful day! Now for some major editing time…

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An hour in Union Square

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Two days ago, I turned 25. The weekend celebrations included finding my wedding dress, toasting a quarter of a century with an amazing group of friends over goat cheese pizza and tasty bruschetta, and laughing until my eyes teared up and I couldn’t breathe, which is something that we all need to do more often. The night ended with us squeezing too many people into a studio apartment and crashing in all sorts of uncomfortable positions, just like we did in middle school, just like we did in college, and just like we’re going to do for years to come, because after all, we are 25 years young.

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The next day, after rehashing the evening’s events over steaming cups of coffee, the remaining group of friends slowly split up, some taking trains back to D.C., some to Boston, some to Philly. There’s a certain feeling that creeps into the pit of your stomach after a weekend like this one. That Sunday afternoon, I’ve-been-looking-forward-to-this-for-so-long-and-I-had-an-amazing-time-now-what? kind of feeling.

It’s the kind of feeling that makes you start planning the next adventure before this one ends. I know that in no time we will be back at it – a crew of slightly older, slightly wiser, still fun-loving twenty-something year olds, clinking glasses over how lucky we are to have one another.

To ease some of the post-birthday blues, Margo and I strolled around Union Square for an hour or so, snapping photographs and discussing where we see ourselves in the future. It was the most beautiful day, and it reminded me that New York City is hands-down the best people-watching spot around.

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I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want for myself in the next quarter century. What do I want to accomplish by the time I am 50? What do I want to look back on and remember?

There’s this exercise I’ve heard of a few times at various psychiatric seminars and classes. One take on the exercise is to write your own obituary, but that seems a little morbid to me, and I like this version better: On your 90th birthday party, you are surrounded by a group of your nearest and dearest. They are all speaking about you – discussing what wonderful things you’ve done thus far in your life and what traits best describe you. Who are these people? What do you want them to be talking about?

The idea is that thinking about the future in this way helps shape your present decisions. Finding out what’s meaningful to you can give you purpose, and feeling purpose makes you more fulfilled and happier.

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So what’s on my list?

I want to be surrounded life-long friends, some of whom remember what we were like at 25. I want to be with my loving family, which will hopefully now include children and grandchildren. I want to be seen as a kind person, and one who worked to make the world a better/happier place.

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I would love to have touched others with my artwork, especially my photographs, which I hope will outlive me for many years. I want to reminisce about that one time, which will lead to reminiscing about another time, and I want to continue laughing until my eyes tear up and I can’t breathe.

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On my 90th birthday, I want to remember many, many more hours enjoying beautiful weather and beautiful people like I did yesterday in Union Square.

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Does anyone else have a list?

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Please enjoy the rest of yesterday’s images from this vibrant city.

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Spring is here!

I know I haven’t posted in some time, but a lot has been going on! Including:

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We are getting married!

[Back story about the photo - there is a beautiful sculpture garden near us that I had been wanting to go to for a long time. We spent the day walking around the grounds, taking photos of ourselves posing with some of the statues. During one of the self-timed pictures, Dave got down on one knee. This was the result.]

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After the initial shock/excitement, I called my mom (and everyone else) and we drove an hour to my grandmother’s house to tell her the news in person. Such a special day – I am truly blessed.

Wedding planning has proven to be fun so far, but it’s definitely its own special brand of stress. (On the one hand, I want to find the perfect place, know that we’re going to have perfect weather, wear the perfect thing, and on the other hand, I know that it’s going to be wonderful no matter what, and I can’t lose sight of what the wedding is actually about – marrying Dave!) (Also, why in the world are things so expensive? Recommendation – if you want to save money, do not get married in the NY/NJ area.)

Right now we are planning on having the wedding July 12th, 2014 at this very beautiful location:

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I love the idea of having a more casual outdoor ceremony with a tented reception, and this venue seemed to fit that vision to a T! Now it’s just a matter of praying to the heat/rain gods…

Next step – wedding dress shopping! Stay tuned…

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Switching gears, here are some non-wedding related photos I have taken in the last couple months:

Springtime in Princeton

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Baby Freya and big sister Johanah

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Sparks Dance Company

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Soundworks Tap Factory

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And finally, a beautiful day with a beautiful friend:

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Things on the horizon – 25th birthday (next weekend!), trip to London, hopefully some fun photo projects outside now that the weather’s warmer!

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UPenn Dance Benefit

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Every year, UPenn holds a benefit in honor of a student who tragically passed away from asthma complications eighteen years ago. She was a talented dancer, and in her honor, all Penn dance groups perform in one big showcase and donate the proceeds to charity.

I always looked forward to watching and performing in these annual shows when I attended Penn, not only because they were for a wonderful cause, but because it is rare to see such a variety of talented dance groups all come together in one evening. This year, I was asked to photograph the benefit, and so I had a front seat to watch these wonderful performers. Here are some highlights!

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Loved loved loved the lighting for this one:

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Truly a special evening!

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Nemo in Princeton

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Nemo arrived this weekend and sugar coated a significant portion of the east coast with snow.

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We didn’t get hit too hard here in Princeton. Just enough powder to get that “winter wonderland” feeling. Dave convinced me to go on a sunset walk on the trail near our house. I’m glad he did.

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2012 Photographic Highlights

Here we are – the first day of 2013! I feel like 2012 flew by, and yet so many things have changed since this time last year. As I reflect back on the past 366 days (leap year!), here are some of my favorite captured moments:

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Excited to see what 2013 has in store! Happy New Year everyone!

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Fall Faces

Some of my favorite portraits from this season:

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Photographer of the Year!

Three days ago, after competing in RAW’s Philadelphia Semi-Finals, I was voted Philadelphia Photographer of the Year!

To say I am thrilled is an understatement. It was an incredible night with so much talent, and I am so thankful to everyone who helped me and showed their support. I “quoted” over twenty people at the event, and I plan to edit all the images soon!

In the meantime, enjoy this video my brother made for me to add to my profile for the national competition!

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