This past weekend was the weekend of nonstop birthday celebrations. Here are some great family shots of Sara & the Wise clan from her 25th birthday celebration. I had fun editing with my own self-made vintage presets on Aperture. Here is a glimpse into our day:
One of my favorite artists & great musical inspirations is Brooke Fraser. I was recently able to see her at World Cafe Live, first row, during a dinner show, with my best friend. I was absolutely in heaven…and got to capture the stunning shots below.
I love the following excerpt from her website…mostly because I can deeply relate to what she shares.
Held every year on verdant polo grounds in Indio, California, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is many things to many people: A way to hear the best alternative music, a giant lawn party of hipsters wearing hemp sunhats, or the one place you can gawk at members of super-bands as they ride around on golf carts. For Brooke Fraser, Coachella 2009 was the event that re-awakened her desire to make music. It was April and the New Zealand-born singer and songwriter was burnt out after completing a three-year tour supporting her second album, 2006’s Albertine, which debuted at No. 1 in New Zealand, reached five times platinum, and remained in the Top 20 for nearly a year. “I felt so exhausted, I could barely get out of bed,” Fraser says, “let alone think about writing songs for a third album.”
As the sun went down over Indio on the Saturday night of Coachella 2009, Fraser found herself watching one of her favorite bands, Fleet Foxes. “Robin Pecknold began to sing and the purity of his voice seemed to melt away every memory of trauma and disillusionment,” she recalls. “Then the other voices joined his and it all felt so human and honest; I and everyone around me was enthralled. We were all being spoken to, and we were all listening. It was a moment where I remembered the power of music as a language, a connector. I remembered that I’ve been given the gift of speaking a particular dialect of this language and realised I didn’t have the option of being resigned to silence and I didn’t want it.”
“I’ve never used as many characters or as much narrative in my songwriting as I have on this record,” Fraser says. “On my previous albums [2003’s What To Do With Daylight and Albertine], I was singing completely as myself, which is why I think I got so burnt out from touring. Albertine was inspired by incredibly significant events and people and every time I’d sing I’d go back to that moment where my heart was ripped open. So singing such heavy songs nearly every night for three years took a toll. On Flags, it’s still me speaking, but it’s me speaking through the voices of different characters and their stories. It’s more survivable.”
On a lovely spring days a few years back, my parents were in town visiting me. We spent the day strolling through the streets of West Chester – admiring the blooming flowers and beautiful window boxes, picking our favorites of all of the quaint houses that lined the streets, eating some Thai at our favorite restaurant Jazmine’s, & doing some window-shopping. Mom & I perched ourselves outside of the Green Eyed Lady, ooh-ing and ahh-ing, drawn in by their beautiful vintage jewelry.
My dad, used to being outnumbered by women, patiently waited in his usual fashion outside of the store while we “quickly” ran inside to look around just a little bit longer. It didn’t take long before we were greeted by Mary, the shop owner, and we were swapping stories like old friends. After awhile my dad even came in & joined the conversation while we found ourselves checking out with some pretty new pieces of jewelry.
Being a resident of the borough, I pop in to shop and visit Mary whenever I’m closeby & I feel so fortunate that she has become a very dear friend to me over the years. Not only is the pricing incredibly affordable (talk about some great bargains!!), but the selection of her fun clothes and timeless new and vintage jewelry is really incomparable to any shop in the area. The exciting news is that there has been a 2nd store location that has recently opened in Kennett Square, run by Mary’s son & daughter-in-law. As they are in the process of getting their website renovated, I recently popped over to her West Chester shop to take some fun pictures for her to post. Feel free to check out more of her items online or stop in to the store & say hello! You can also friend them on facebook & enter to win a free gift certificate each month.
Get familiar with these darling faces, for they will surely be reoccurring subjects in my posts. Meet the Saul family – my beautiful sister, Heather, my brother-in-love, Ken & their three gorgeous and hysterical kids: Logan, Madeline & Sophia (my nieces & nephew!).
They haven’t had a family portrait done in years and so now that “Aunt Ange” is the new family photographer, we scheduled a photo shoot prior to Christmas. Everybody got all dolled up & we had a lot of fun together…
Whether it was from the 7 times I’ve moved in the last 7 years, the chaos of life transitions and being a twenty-something or giving my love, energy and time to people & things – somewhere along the line I seem to have tucked large parts of myself, specifically from my artistic side, away. I’m on a journey to wake up the creativity in my heart and mind that’s been sleeping for far too long. So, whether you’re stumbling upon this webpage to support me or perhaps just to stalk me from afar – I am glad you’re here. I hope you enjoy looking at life through my perspective.
It is important for me to note that my smile rests on the floor, along with the rest of my jaw, as I am continuously pinching myself from all of the goodies that have been provided for me along the way in order to make my desire to pursue photography a reality. I shoot with my Canon 5D Mark ii, a couple of lovely lenses & edit on my beloved iMac.
(For the time being, these posts and this site will be mostly centered around photography – but who is to say what melodies or miscellaneous finds might show up around these parts for the sharing. Enjoy!)
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the LORD.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.” – Isaiah 55