Crystal Street

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It’s rare that I get to work with a small business and produce black and white promotional images. I’m working with a local chiropractor’s office on building their storytelling platform, starting with a shiny new parallax styled WordPress site.

The office is filled with such a beautiful natural light, that I couldn’t resist converting the images to black and white. And given the minimalistic nature of their website design— I think this is going to look absolutely amazing. 

Here are just a few of my favorites! More to come once the site goes live! 

I had the lovely fortune to document two lovely little ladies enjoying a late afternoon playtime at the beach this week. Truly a little slice of Beauty In Life.

Yes, I photographed a cookie factory last week in Savannah. @byrdcookieco was just delicious!! And so lovely to spend time with. Not a bad gig.

Who doesn’t love a few gorgeous dried flowers?

My morning commute after a torrential downpour on my shoot in Savannah, G.A. Two miles down a sand road, passed another “commuter” driving a pickup through the ruts in the road with his chocolate lab happily running along beside him. So glad I drove my pickup for this shoot!


The lovely sustainable farm I visited was well worth the trek through the Georgia low country to find it. I love working in the country!

Today I traveled deep into the Low Country, south of Savannah, to photograph Verdant Kitchen  and their amazingly beautiful and delicious ginger harvest for a Whole Foods assignment.

As soon as I landed, the heavens opened up and dumped a ridiculous amount of rain, thunder and lightening on us. Undeterred, we managed to photograph some of this gorgeous ginger and the face behind the spice.


Hoping to make it back to this 1000 acre plantation one day soon— when the sun is out— to document this amazing farm and all it’s lovely ginger, live oaks, Spanish moss and the occasional gator lurking along the river.



Excited to head down to Savannah for a series of vendor portraits for Whole Foods! I always meet the most amazing people on these assignments! #sustainability #organicliving

Trying to get the puppy to pose by the Christmas tree. #fail Hoping she doesn’t grow into those legs!

I’m taking my Studio website mobile!! After some tinkering, Visual-Storyteller.Com is now responsive!

Siri brought me here. And told me to turn left. And I did. Siri says I'll be there in 1/2 mile. Not quite what I was looking for, but beautiful. Siri says my destination will be on the right. Uhhh...ok. Siri says I have arrived. Ummm... not quite.

I recently had to rely on Siri and my iPad’s new Apple Maps to help me navigate the rural Eastern Shore for a Whole Foods photo shoot in Virginia. I had 14 destinations— some in the middle of f***ing nowhere — and the iPad was all I had. No map would show these destinations. Shockingly— she led me to the proper destination on each location- even if she was off by a few hundred yards. Still- she was a life-saver!

Just a shot of the lovely ladies from Paradox Pastry! I had the pleasure of documenting them in action at their hopping and happening cafe in the warehouse district of Charlottesville, VA. We began working together in April, when they were relentlessly working on bringing the vision of their cafe to life. We started with a website to show off their cakes, did a fabulous social media workshop and then scheduled this photo shoot! 

So amazed to see their vision come to life!! Oh, and did I mention how amazingly fabulous their food is?? Guinness Chocolate Cakes, Ham & Swiss Croissants to die for and brownies that will make you weep! Oh, and did I mention that the owner graduated from the Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris? Seriously, just make the trip to #CVille and revel in the culinary divinity!!

I am missing this place right now.

I’m embracing the Tumblr fully for my business portfolio. After a new business meeting the other day, with a locally-based organization with international reach and clients- I realized that my existing site on Photoshelter is designed for photo editors, not CEOs or Creative Directors who aren’t photographers

I needed something simple, beautiful and all in one place to help explain what I do to potential clients. And I needed it yesterday!

Enter my favorite online entity- the Tumblr!!!

The reasons I went here until my main site is built (which could be awhile):

It’s RESPONSIVE

It’s ONE PAGE

The pictures are big and the videos embed nicely

And did I mention how simple it was? Yea, easy, super easy.

When you’re focused on landing new business in a new town and learning/defining your place in the existing market- tinkering with websites is the last thing you have time for.

Thanks, Tumblr, for giving me the means to be up and running quickly and efficiently!

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Roller Derby and lovely light.

The Beauty of Renting

In the ever present tug-of-war between staying close to my documentary/analog roots and the need to make a viable living with my photography one persistent dilemma has always driven me mad.

While I was Tweeting the LensPro folks, they got my gear back and the snacks I left them! Cool.


The need to keep up with constantly evolving gear.

Now, I’ve been a loyal Canon girl since the age of 10, when my dad placed an AE-1 in my hands and I never let it go. Ever. That said- it drives me absolutely ape shit to see the technology I invest in go sour every 12 months or so. I get that digital technology changes constantly- and usually for the better- but that doesn’t ease the pain I feel in my bank account every time I glance at the B & H Photo site or see the latest buzz on Twitter about a still/video hybrid. I truly want to invest in one, high-quality-ass kicking camera rig and be done with it. I take fabulous care of my gear and computers and will squeeze every possible ounce of functionality out of it until the poor device can no longer stand the mounds of duct tape holding its precious innards together.

Yes, I’m that picky about my gear.

Which is why, when faced with a camera rig that’s outdated and cumbersome, I turn to my obsessive-compulsive side and research the hell out of all possible gear scenarios that will meet all of my stringent requirements.

  • Must be able to cover editorial and commercial projects with the same amount of equipment and not look like a first year photoj student.
  • Must not be bogged down with too many accessories and doodads that distract me from unfolding moments- I’m a documentary photographer- technically we don’t recreate a moment when we miss it (unless my client is an ad agency- then we pretend)
  • Must be fun to shoot with. This is a must. When I raise the viewfinder to my eyeball- I must feel this electric charge of creativity that surges through my body and mind and takes me into the Flow. Sorry, but most of the digital cameras on the market just don’t do this for me.
  • Must not cost more than my vehicle. Seriously Leica, one day you will be mine, but until I either stop owning a vehicle, buy a shiny new one or you lower your prices- I shall have to search for alternatives.
  • Oh, and as noted above, I don’t want to replace my kit in 12 months. Nope, I want at least 5 years. I don’t need 45 MegaPixels and an automatic espresso machine attached to my lens- just powerful, simple, brilliant technology please.


So, this long diatribe is the run-around to my newly found savior/solution in the ever necessary need to keep on the edge of technology for my commercial work, but also keep my documentary work simple and up to date.

Enter LensPro To Go!  

Yep, they rock. Plain and simple. They are my newest solution to a debate that has driven me batty for years. (And if you’re a Photoshelter member, you get a discount on your first rental!) I can rent the exact gear I need for the specific assignment I have and never actually leave my home (except to send it back to them- using a prepaid label for UPS).



And, they sent me a lollipop with my camera. I love them. Their customer service is fast and brilliant- and on Twitter! The camera they sent me rocked my assignment and shot circles around my massive- and ancient- 1Ds. So much so, that I had a few sad moments during my shoot, wearing both cameras and realizing that the 1Ds is about 2 shoots away from being a big old paperweight. For someone who still shoots with the film 1V and her AE-1, having a camera be totally outdate and only 6 or 7 years old depresses me.

So, I now have a solution to my dilemma and can focus on dialing in the camera kit that truly connects me with my documentary work. And sorry folks, but it’s not a Canon.

Many thanks, LensPro!!

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