Sunday, February 3, 2013

Head Shots

A local business woman asked me to take some head shots of her for her website. This was really my first shoot with the new camera. It went pretty well and she was a natural. I think- in fact- she made it easy for me. I was pretty happy with what the new camera brings to the table.... worth eating cat food for a month, in other words.

For her website, the following three were my favorites:

The following one had a little too much "smolder" for a business portrait, but I liked it so here it is.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Portrait Swap 2013

I have this Flickr friend. She lives in Virginia so sometimes we get together when I am in DC. We had the idea recently to do a photo swap. So we ordered Thai food (of course) and she took pictures of me with my camera and I took pictures of her with her camera. Then we each went home and edited pictures of ourselves.

It was only afterwards that I realized the real genius of the idea. No one photographer can be credited/blamed for a good/bad photograph. The camera, the photographer, the model, the editor- who's to say what made or broke a photo? We were both integral to the process in general. It was just what we both needed.

I have attached photos of me taken by her and edited by me or photos I took of her edited by me. These are only my edits. None of these are her edits as I consider those "her" photos. Confusing, for sure but lots of fun. If you want to see her photos, she's on Flickr (Tennille Goff) and she's also doing a 365 photo blog at

It was great fun. If you ever have a chance to do the same, DO IT!

Sunday, January 13, 2013


I have always had a thing for mannequins. I guess it's because they are like perfect people and because they are so easy to photograph.

I have been to the mannequin warehouse twice before so I only got a handful of interesting shots yesterday.

I can't decide what I am doing with this blog. I know I need to practice regularly in order to get my money's worth out of my new camera (!!!) and to prevent my skills from atrophying. But I can't decided if I have another 365 in me...

For now, I will offer the best two from yesterday and I will consider what kind of commitment I can make to this blog in 2013.

And no- these were not taken with my new camera. I am still to intimidated by it to use it.

Family Man

Souls of the Feet 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Vintage Clothes

Jan 6, 2012

This isn't a 365 blog anymore, but that doesn't mean it can't be a general photo blog when the mood strikes me...

Last Sunday I took some photos of my friend Jaime Davis Melnicove in some vintage clothes from Miss Ruth's Time Bomb in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

These particular clothes were impossibly tiny- so tiny that even Jaime commented that there was no room in the shoulders of our favorite piece, the gray swing coat with all these awesome pleats.

There was also a beautiful blue dress with such an incredibly tiny bodice that we had to clothespin it on one side to close the dress. Jaime had this fabulous yellow/green wall in her apartment that was a great backdrop for every outfit we shot that day.

We tried to do what we could with a great, blue feather hat that matched the dress, although we really couldn't figure out how it was supposed to be worn.

Underneath the gray swing coat, Jaime was wearing a really fun dress with a lot of sparkle. The photo of her in it sitting in a white leather chair in her apartment ended up pretty much being everyone's favorite. I have to admit, it might have been mine...

The last piece was this pearl-colored dress coat. The best thing about this was the detail on the cuffs and the buttons. I made Jaime stand in a somewhat unnatural pose to showcase the buttons. 

And you know, the weird thing about photography is that no matter how hard you try, the candids and the accidental shots always end up being the best. When we were shooting the blue dress, Jaime's son Max woke up and she made a face at him that I happened to catch. It must be Jaime's "Max Face" and it is the best one I took of Jaime the entire day :)

Monday, December 31, 2012

Day 366 THE END

Well, this is it- the last photo.

Indulge me as I wrap it up. Here are some fun facts:

Most viewed days of the blog:

Day 363- Micala Schubert with 77 views

Day 288- Aden Fischbach with 74 views

Day 112- Me, when I bought a house with 47 views

Other fun facts:

I had 13,279 looks overall. 12,123 of those looks came from the United States. 805 came from Russia and India and Switzerland each had 21 views (haha- ?!?!).

I want to thank my three regular Facebook-Likers: Beth, Sabrina and Karen. I also owe props to my Dad, who turned me on to this blasted hobby and weighed in nearly every day with his vote as to which photo to use.

I also want to thank those who modeled for me, or who found models for me, specifically Chelsea and Kristen. And also a shout out to Cathleen, who has allowed me to shoot her and most of her immediate family :)

I pass on all my inspiration and motivation to my fellow blogger, Tennille Goff. Hang in there, girl. You can DO IT!

Finally- many, many thanks to my boyfriend of two years, who never complained throughout the entire process and who made me post a photo when I didn't think I could keep going anymore. Matthew Bennett is a total rock star.

Ladies and Gentlemen- ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Day 365

Emma obliged me today and it was COLD. She's my last photo shoot for the blog as tomorrow is THE LAST DAY OF THIS PROJECT.

Part of the dress visible is from, which is hands-down the coolest store in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Much of their stuff is for sale on Etsy so take a look. I bought the best coat there in December.

Providing a couple pictures of Emma (who's sister appeared as Day 363).

Did I mention tomorrow is the LAST DAY?!?!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Day 364

A final nightscape from Las Cruces, New Mexico. Don't overlook the headlights. They resemble a pair of glowing eyes.

Two days left after this post... Such a shame. Today brought about a plethora of new opportunities that would lend themselves nicely to more posts...

Alas. Time is up.