Experiencing Miracles

•June 16, 2010 • Leave a Comment

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Recently a friend of mine gave birth to two amazing little ones. I won’t give away her story as it is hers but know this, these babies are defiantly little miracles. I haven’t experienced a miracle of happiness like this is 16 years, when my sister was born. In coming posts you will see some of my favorite photos of the twins, Frankie and Julia, as well as photos of my beautiful sister. It may be hard to pick favorites so you may see A LOT of pictures of them, but only because I love them all so much.

The photos posted today are two of my favorites of the twins together. I will post individual shots soon. These photos are from a small shoot I did for my friend. She trusted me enough to come into her home and take these photos and I can’t wait for.more shoots in the future. Capturing them as they grow is something I am really looking forward to. Not only am I going to be able to watch and experience these two beautiful children grow up as an honorary aunt but as their own personal photographer to capture all if their biggest moments and best memories. It really is an honor.

I hope you enjoy their beauty as much as I do.

Until next time….

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It’s Not Always Sunny In Philadelphia

•June 10, 2010 • Leave a Comment
The Philadelphia Art Museum

The Philadelphia Art Museum

The Ben Franklin Bridge

The Ben Franklin Bridge

Philadelphia Sky Line

Philadelphia Sky Line

Philadelphia Skyline

Philadelphia Skyline

Sometimes the sky is a little gray here in Philly.

I took these pictures one day on my way home from an  expo in Oaks,Pa. My friend Nicole was driving, like she does (thanks Nicole!) and we were in a little bit of traffic and I felt like snapping a few photos. It’s weird but I like when you get a good view of cityscapes. I’ve always been fascinated with The Ben Franklin Bridge. I use to photograph it all the time when I was taking classes back in college. The art museum is also a pretty cool building and who doesn’t love our skyline? I do wish I would of gotten our skyline from the opposite direction but maybe another day.

I love living in this city. I know there are a lot of horrible things about this city, and people say nothing but bad things, it really is a great place. There is so much history here and so many things to see. I sometimes get bored of doing the same thing over and over again and wish I was more of a “do things alone” type of person but I’m not. Sometimes I miss out on things because I won’t do them alone, maybe it’s because I want others to be able to experience things with me but I think I look at things differently and find odd things interesting that others want nothing to do with. Ha! Anyway I do plan to get out more often on my own and take more shots around the city. I may look like a tourist doing it but who cares? This city has some beautiful places and they should be captured.

I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome of the original photos, as I took them from a moving vehicle. I expected more of a motion blur in them but I think they came out pretty sharp considering. I originally wanted to do some HDR type of editing on these photos and although they have that feel slightly, they went in another direction but I love how they came out. These were my first photos i edited using Lightroom and I haven’t turned back since. This day was a little cloudy and the sun was poking through slightly. I like how it looks like the clouds are about to open up and unleash something from the sky.

Until next time…..

The More I See The Less I Know For Sure

•June 9, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Imagine All The People Living For Today

I read a really amazing post today on the front page of WordPress about a woman who’s life was turned around because of John Lennon. It really clenched at my heart strings and made me feel, in some weird way, connected to this person. I LOVE music. I have maybe one ounce of musical talent in my whole body but music is something that speaks to people universally in different ways. When I was growing up I never really had a “favorite” band or musician, I listened to a lot of stuff old and new, pop and rock, classic and not so classic. I would always listen to stuff from The Beatles and Janis Joplin and that whole era because of my mom. I would find her old records or her greatest hits CDs and put them on. It wasn’t until later on in life that I realized The Beatles were my favorite band of all time. I can listen to their stuff on repeat everyday if I had to. Last year, on my step father’s birthday WMGK played a whole day of Beatles music and it was one of my favorite days of the year, it helped me get through that day that always makes me sad.

Anyway, I took this picture last year in New York City, Central Park at Strawberry Fields. It was my 26th birthday and this was one of the only two things I wanted to do on that day. I wanted to see this place. I had been to New York a few times before and never got the chance to see it and a good friend of mine was nice enough to join me (thanks Strapper!) If you were to ask my friend my reaction during the moments we were there she would probably tell you I filled up with tears, and looked like I lost a friend while at the same time experiencing the best moment of my life. To me, it was a huge accomplishment getting there and seeing this.

This photo is definitely one of my favorites because 1. Lennon was a genius beyond what anyone could even have described 2. That one word just makes you think of all the possibilities in life.This may not be the best picture I have ever taken in life, probably not even close but it symbolizes love and beauty and something close to my heart.

People called Lennon a “hippie” because they thought he spoke non-sense brought on by drugs but he described it best “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” People may not have been as open in their feelings as John was and they still may not be that way today but as the other post I read earlier stated “Love was what John was all about…” and that statement is truth in it’s truest form. Love was his main message for people and I don’t think they understood that. Lennon was a genius beyond what people could understand. He said and wrote things that were so advanced for the time that the only way people could explain it was by saying it was the drugs. But they were wrong. When I listen to those 4 men and the music they made together, and the music they have done alone I feel at peace, I feel safe, and I feel loved. Something happens to me when I hear their music that can only be described as comforting if I was to use words, but even that doesn’t seem like enough.

I’m a dreamer, I’m a hopeless romantic, I always hope for the best, and I’m a lover. I love the people in my life, I love the things I’m surrounded by everyday and no matter what I always try to tell the people I love how much they mean to me as often as I can. I still wish  to this day Lennon was around to spread more words of love to people because he never would of given up no matter what people said about him.

If you continue to read my posts you may see future references to The Beatles, and depending on how well you know them is if you’ll catch on or not. But I wanted this to be my first official picture post because of how much it symbolizes and how special it is to me. One request I have is that after reading this you find one person you love and tell them how you feel. I don’t care who it is or if you have already said it, say it again. I will continue to share the things I love with you through this blog.

“Love is you; you and me”

I see things differently

•June 9, 2010 • 2 Comments

When I first started this blog, long, long ago, it was supposed to be just my random thoughts and how I felt about things and what not. This time around it going to be how I see things in life. I find beauty everywhere. People think its weird, others think its cool, me, I think its just who I am. I’m just me and I don’t pretend to be anything I’m not. This is something I live by. So in coming posts you will see pictures or maybe even videos I have taken and some explanations or stories behind them. Some may bring longer posts than others but I will always have something to say, that’s just who I am. I will try to-be as persistent as possible and update regularly this time. So I hope you all look forward to seeing the world through my eyes, and lens. Everything is different on the other side the looking glass.

“If I had a world of my own everything would be nonsense
Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn’t…In contrary was what it is it wouldn’t be And what it wouldn’t be it would You see?”