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During or after each event that I get to photograph, I am often filled with… all of the feelings. Weddings bring up their own mixed bag of emotions; the ‘start’ of a life with the person you choose to theoretically spend the rest of your life together with is a huge day; babies just being […]

Classical Magnet High School Graduation

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Finding Myself. Last night my 13 year old daughter Georgie and I went to see the newest Melissa McCarthy movie that’s out, Life of the Party. Jackson was at a party with friends and it was just us and we wanted to just snuggle and laugh. Plus we are both really big fans of Melissa […]

Finding Myself at 45 Through a Melissa McCarthy Movie

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photo by Gigi DeManio Happy New Year! Which translates quite naturally to going to see one of the many shiny new movies that come out around this time, am I right? There are traditions built around this for some of us from going while absolutely stuffed to the gills after Thanksgiving to see the newest […]

the power music has on me

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Oh 2016, you poor thing! I keep seeing all of these New Year’s posts where everyone is talking about spanking you, or grabbing you by the balls, or kicking your ass! So aggressive, I say! Well loosen up and get ready to be cuddled, my sweet friend, you and I are going to be friends […]

new year new definition of my comfort zone and how to avoid it like the plague

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March 16th may have just seemed like an ordinary Monday to some, but to our Connecticut wedding vendor community it was a super special and beautiful day. On this Monday, we gathered around one of ours in a tight, cozy group to help her and hers celebrate their 10 year wedding anniversary. Ever since I […]

Hopkins Vineyard vow renewal with Carla Ten Eyck

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Last week I had twenty-four high school kids from Classical Magnet school in Hartford take a field trip to my studio to hear about creating portraits. I showed them some portrait work I had done, many of which were shot on the beaches of Grand Cayman. To them this exotic location excited them but then […]

teaching the everyday

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Community. Where are we without it? … Tonight I was putting the finishing touches on one of the presentations I will be doing this week for the UCONN Women in Business class at Storrs. I was asked to just tell my story (how much time do you have, seriously?) about how I got started in […]

I am nowhere without my community

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Today? Was my JAM. Today? Was why I am a photographer. Oh… today. I am crushin’ on you, hard. I started my day maybe breaking my toe on a light stand while setting up my backdrop in my super fancy studio, known to the masses as my dining room. This room, oh wow actually let […]

survivor stories beauty and hope

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  Even though my Mom physically left this world nine years ago today, the best parts of my her have stayed here. My Mom had a heart as big as the world and it shone brighter than the sun. And with that big, blazing heart of hers┬ámy Mom taught me that everyone is deserving of […]

dead mom’s club year nine

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In the sage words of Semisonic, ‘Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.’ Thank you 2014 for not making anything easy on me. Thank you for pushing me to my limit, for asking for more, for not settling for anything less than what I was capable of giving. Thank you for making me […]

I am going to spank 2015