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Thanks for stoping by! That's me, and my super cute and spunky 1 year old, Nora. When we're not laying on the floor taking selfies, we also like to bake, take lots of pretty photos, and practice yoga. Aside from posting way too many pictures of Nora on instagram, I also take pretty wedding picures and make pretty baby items. So browse around, and keep up with all the latest.
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May
31
2011

Two years ago (from Sunday, the 29th to be exact) Greg and I were with our closest and most cherished family and friends to vow our love for all of eternity. And then we got to go play in Disney World for a week. It was an amazing time, one we will definitely remember forever and think back on often. We really wanted to go back to Disney to celebrate our 2 year anniversary, but with school, and work, and the prices of everything, it just wasn’t in the works.

Alas, we spent a wonderful and relaxing weekend together, and at 12:02 am on the 29th, as I was falling asleep in bed after a long and eventful Saturday (more on that to come later), Greg leaned over and wished me a happy 2-years. Then asked me if I wanted my gift now, or if I wanted to wait till the morning. Pffshh, me wait? till the *morning*??? I tore into that gift like a 5 year old on Christmas morning.

A few months ago, while browsing e-bay for jewelry (something I like to do in my spare time), I came across this ring. This gorgeous, beautiful, drool worthy ring. I’m not huge into wearing a lot of jewelry, so I often find something I like, and then move on… knowing it would be a huge waste of money to buy it because I’d likely only wear it for a few weeks at most, and then it would sit in my jewelry box. But there was just something about this ring that really stuck with me. So, the months went on, our anniversary crept closer and closer and I had almost all but forgotten about it, until I opened the little box at 12:02 am on Sunday morning (that he didn’t wrap… b/c that’s just so *him*… the brown box it was shipped in, and a humorous card from Shoebox ….. but I wouldn’t have it any other way)!

He is too good to me sometimes. |

Happy 2 years |

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May
27
2011

There are days when I’m driving home from my 9-5, where I’m absentmindedly thinking of a million things at once, and before I know it, I’m pulling in my driveway and Vespa and Leo are greeting me at the door. Where everyone is nice to each other, no one rides my *ss in the right lane (of a 3 lane highway, mind you!!!) as I cruise at my normal 65 mph. Where people stop and let you into a long line of traffic rather then keepin on the bumper of the guy in front of them. It’s days like these that I can peacefully drive the 20 mile commute each way and not want to poke my eyes out with a hot fork.

Then there are days. Days where everyone is mean. Days where people DON’T let you in, and so you sit for 10 minutes with your blinker on until the traffic finally spreads out enough for you to squeeze your way in. Days where someone rides your tail so close you can see their pupils in your rear view mirror (BUDDY, there are TWO other lanes that you can drive faster in!!! gahh!). It’s days like that that make the 20 mile commute each. way. so painful.

But every now and then, if I’m really lucky, a little bit of magic happens to turn those *bad* commutes into a little peace of Heaven. I don’t know what goes on near exit 3 on 91 in New Haven, but every so often, when I’m driving with my windows down, as I approach exit 3 there is the most heavenly, most devine aroma of cookies being baked that wafts through the air and into my car. It smells like grandma is baking something so fantastic, and my mouth actually starts to water… and I don’t even *like* sugar cookies! But they smell soooo good. And it’s like an instant mood shifter. My shoulders relax just a little bit. My breathing slows, my heart rate steadies, and a smile spreads across my face. I’m instantly put in a good mood… all because of sugar cookies.

** So tell me, what puts *YOU* in a good mood??

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Apr
26
2011

Have you noticed? I have. So have *a lot* of other people. There seems to be a shortage of a delicious Easter candy… Cadbury Mini Eggs. I mean, sure you can find them in the beginning of March when they first put them out on the shelves of the grocery, and convenience stores.

But then, slowly, they start to disappear. All of the other candies seem to be replenished… or at least *supplied* in greater quantities then the Cadbury mini eggs. Let’s look at the evidence:

A. Take a look at this person’s flickr stream. They, too, noticed a shortage of cadbury mini eggs.

Exhibit A. Notice the plentiful Easter candy… and the BARREN shelf where the Cadbury mini eggs should be!

B. Please read this person’s blog post dating all the way back to April of 2007.

Exhibit B. Notice that she, too, had difficulty locating mini eggs, despite visiting several stores in her area that she knew carried them at one point.

C. And then there is the Facebook fan page!!!!!

Exhibit C. Notice all of the “fans” who are also having a hard time locating bags of this delicious Easter treat.

This is a CONSPIRACY people! THEY (“they” who? I don’t quite know, but *they*) are hoarding them, or buying them up in the middle of the night so we can’t get them. THEY are supplying them in limited quantities so that you buy a few bags at the beginning of spring thinking innocently ‘Oh, I’ll just get more when we finish these‘, and before you know it when you’re on the last few eggs, and you’re going into withdrawal, they are mysteriously vacant from the shelves that once housed so many bags.

Are we going to take this sitting down? Are we going to just sit around while bags upon bags of mini eggs are sold on the black market for 4x the normal price? (Check out this amazon link to purchase 3-18oz bags for $39. pffssshhh). Are we going to just let *them* control our Cadbury mini egg addiction and dictate when, where, and how many eggs we can buy???

Well, probably because honestly, I don’t even know who’s behind this whole conspiracy thing, and I have some laundry to do later… there’s some weeding to be done outside in the gardens… oh speaking of gardens, we have to pull out the lawn mower from storage so that Greg can mow the lawn later… and then there’s the new seeds and that lilac bush that I’ve been meaning to plant.

Oh well. There’s always next year. Bye Bye Cadbury mini eggs… until next spring!

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Apr
25
2011

A few weeks ago I decided to rent a lens for the WTAW workshop I attended hosted by Justin & Mary Marantz, who (if you don’t already know by reading my previous posts, which you can find here and here) are my favorite husband and wife team here in CT.

As I’m still growing in my very young business, I’m still trying to figure out my style, what focal lengths I like, if I like zooms or primes (I think I’m a prime girl), and all that nitty gritty stuff. So it was kind of a tough choice figuring out which lens to rent. I knew I wanted something wide seeing as my widest lens is 50mm, and that’s on an APS-C sensor. I also knew I’d want something with a wide aperture. So, as per usual, it was a few days before the workshop and I totally forgot to order my rental. Luckily, LensRentals does overnight shipping and I got the lens I wanted just in time!

Ultimately, I chose the 16-35mm f2.8L II USM. Why? I don’t really know. I don’t have any L lenses, so yea… that part was a no brainer. I figured, since my lens line-up is very sparse, I would do well to rent a zoom so that I can get a few different focal lengths… although 16mm is kind of wide for my taste (although it did come in handy at the beach, which I’ll get to in a minute), I really liked 35mm. At first, even 35mm was a little wide for what I was used to shooting with, but I quickly got used to the difference. Overall, I really really *really* like this lens. It takes crisp, sharp, vibrant pictures. I’m no expert when it comes to lenses, so my review won’t go much further than this. I will say, however, that I had absolutely NO complaints using the lens for the 5 days that I rented it, except that it had a bit of trouble focusing in really extremely low light conditions, but I think I was really pushing it. I mean, I think it was practically pitch black… and at 2.8… yea. I’ll just leave it at that.

Would I buy this lens? Probably not. As I said, I think I’m a prime girl. If I had a butt load of cash just laying around, I’d probably buy it (after I bought every other lens I’d ever want), but seeing as I don’t (have a butt load of cash just lying around) its definitely not in the cards anytime soon. Do I recommend renting it if you are thinking of buying it some day? Yes, definitely. It was a lot of fun to play with it and it takes gorgeous pictures!

As I said before, and as a reward for reading this far down (thanks, you rock!!), I also had the opportunity to use this lens down by the beach before sending it back to LensRentals.com. It was here that the 16mm came in handy. My in-laws are putting in a new seawall at the beach house and there are some *serious* pieces of machinery over there right now. It was reaaallly neat to see them working. One Saturday I snapped these as the guys moved huge slats of steel from the front of the yard to the rear, in preparation of pounding them into the ground to build the new sea wall.

Check out that blue sky! These all were only slightly tweaked in Lightroom (a bump in blacks and a touch of vibrancy here and there) so the sky really was *that* blue SOOC.

Yes, I cheated and took a few pics through the windows. It was a bit chilly outside, and I didn’t want to get in their way as they moved TONS of steel around… :p

We took a cupcake & coffee break … mmmmm mmm

Woopsie, I exposed for the [old] seawall in this one and blew out the sky. You can really appreciate why they want to replace the seawall though.

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Apr
24
2011

This weekend I decorated eggs with my nephew. And by that I mean, I decorated eggs while he sat in his high chair and colored in his Mickey Mouse coloring book. :) He is only 15 months old, after all. I bought this really fun Monster eggs decorating kit (plus three other ones that we didn’t really even use including a dinosaur kit that had you construct dinosaurs out of construction paper cut outs) and this is what we came up with!

Hope you all had a nice holiday weekend!

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Feb
27
2011

It started when I flipped through the pages of a late winter 2010 Pottery Barn catalog. There it was, in the bedding section… a beautifully colorful duvet cover that I fell in love with instantly. And I wanted it. I don’t usually ogle over such things, especially something with the color red in it (its my least favorite color), but there was just something about it, and I wanted it. I have a love hate relationship with Pottery Barn solely because their stuff is gorgeous, but extremely expensive. So every now and then I’d check out the bedding section on PB’s website, and see the Deirdre Organic Duvet cover still there, just waiting for me.

This holiday season it went on sale, and I thought for sure someone would get it for me, right!? But then they sold out. I was pretty bummed, but what can you do? So you can imagine my surprise and utter joy when I opened my birthday present from my parents a couple of weeks ago to find the neat package containing my beloved Deirdre Organic Duvet cover and matching pillow shams! *love.*

It’s hard to explain why, but there is just *something* about freshly laundered linen and a made up bed that make me feel so very happy and relaxed. One of the best feelings in the world is crawling into a bed with clean sheets, smelling in the pretty scents of the detergents. Its pure heaven…

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Feb
14
2011

Valentines Day

Its “love” month, and today is February 14th… which means only 1 thing to me… in exactly 1 week it will be my birthday! :) Even though I’m turning 27, and will no longer be considered in my “early” or even “mid” twenties, I’m still excited for my day… I mean, its one of the few days in the year that I can eat copious amounts of chocolate cake and not feel guilty about it… right??

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

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Feb
12
2011

My wake up call came this morning, right on time. At 9:12 am my phone rang. As I laid in bed, eyes cracked and squinting under the bright morning sunlight, I knew it was either my mom or my sister calling, wanting to know where I was. Sounds a bit silly, no? I mean, they are calling my *house* looking to see where I am? Well, they knew I was supposed to be on my way home. Its funny, after living in CT for the better part of the last 9 years (yikes, really!?), I still refer to my parents house on LI as “home.” When Greg and I go to visit, I say, “We’re going home next weekend, so don’t make any plans.” And Greg knows just what I mean, which is one reason he is so right for me. He gets it. That where I grew up defines me. And that no matter how old I get (I’m turning 27 on the 21st eeeeek!), or where we live, “going home” will always be where my parents are.

Eventually I opened my eyes, much to the dismay of my foggy head that didn’t get enough sleep last night. I gathered my stuff, packed my over night bag, and prepared for the trip “home.” The same trip I’ve made probably hundreds of times in my life now. I’ve made this trip from CT to LI so much, I know the route like the back of my hand. I could drive it in my sleep, backwards, in a snow storm, *that’s* how much I’ve driven it. Ok, well, maybe not in snow, but you know what I mean.

I know that it takes between 2 and 2.5 hours to get from my door to theirs. I know that my fastest time ever was 1 hour and 45 minutes, but shhhhh, don’t tell my dad!
I know that if the interchange is backed up, I can jump on the merritt and then switch back to 95 in Milford. And if 95 becomes smogged, I can hope back over to the merritt. I know all of the towns that switch you from those highways the quickest and fastest. I know that if the Throgs neck is slow, I can take the Whitestone bridge, if the expressway is jam packed, I can take the Northern state. I know all of the ins and outs to make the trip as quick as I can. I’ve driven this trip so often that I’ve completely lost the appreciation for the journey. Now, its just about getting to and from as quick as I can.

But today was different. Today, I was forced to slow down, way down. Half way through my trip I completely did a 180 in my driving. And what happened was really neat. The first half of the trip was stressful, as I drove, maneuvering through the lanes of traffic, passing those who were driving “too slow.” I was focused on one and only one thing: getting “home” as quickly as I could. But the second half of my trip I was forced to slow down. I drove 55 mph in the right lane, and as people zoomed past me in the other lanes, I didn’t care. I was calm. I was relaxed. I wasn’t stressed that I wasn’t going 75. I didn’t care that my destination was still over an hour away. And that was such a great feeling. To just enjoy the journey instead of worrying about how long it was going to take until I got to my destination.

Sometimes every day life can get like this, too. You go go go until all of a sudden you wake up and you’re 27 and you have no idea how you even got here. Like you put your body on cruise control when you were 15 and didn’t stop to enjoy the things around you as you made your way on your journey. But I’m slowing down. I’m taking in the good things in life (at least for today). And I have my engine backfiring to thank for that :)

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Feb
06
2011

Am I allowed to say those words on my blog? I know the NFL owns all sorts of crazy copy rights to that phrase, so maybe I should just say The Big Game. Anyway, we’re totally not football fans in this house, so today will be a fun day of cleaning and laundry and all that good stuff you just don’t have time for during the week. This morning, I used Leo for part of my 365 pic, and I thought this pic was just too cute not to share here, too (in its unedited form. For the edited version, check out the link above). I hope you all have a fun “big game” day today and I hope *your* team wins (who ever is playing…)!!

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Feb
04
2011

I’m not. Let me preface this blog post with that statement, I’m not quitting anything. But, man, are there days where you just don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. Where you feel like the path ahead is so long and twisted, that you can’t even see the next 5 steps ahead of you, let alone the place that you want to end up.

But you can’t quit, can you? You have to keep pushing on. Believing.

There are days that I don’t feel like I can put the pieces of the puzzle together. How will I *ever* book clients when no one even knows who I am? How will I ever learn how to run a business when some days I can’t even find two socks to wear that match?

I think part of the problem is that I’m an extremely patient person, but at the same time I’m also an extremely *impatient* person. Especially when it comes to things like this. I always want to be 10 steps ahead of where I am right now. I want to know all of the things that can only be learned with time and experience. I want to be in the thick of things when really, you have to start in the skinny because that’s how you really learn, that’s how its done right.

Last night Greg and I sat in the diner near our house and ate breakfast for dinner and I poured some of my fears and my frustrations out on him. And he sat there and listened and rationalized with me, and gave me great advice (he is a business owner himself, after all). And after dinner, I did feel better. Because honestly, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and my photography career won’t be either (much as I want it to be). But you know what, that’s probably only a good thing. What good ever came out of something that was half-assed and thrown together with no thought or care? Nothing that I’d like my name attached to, that’s for sure.

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