Today I take you to Paris: Notre Dame Cathedral

So last Friday I missed my photo Friday post because I was so busy with my senior thesis project. To be honest, this post is an hour late to make the Friday cut as well, but I figured that I need to cut myself some slack. I’ve been a busy girl lately. As crazy as things have been during my senior year, I always love to look back on moments that made me thrilled to be alive. Each day is a gift, even the days that all I do is sit in front of my computer screen scanning, editing, and doing my senior project. One day I will look back on those days too and remember how lucky I was to be here in college with wonderful friends and goals much larger than myself.

Because I missed last week I wanted to bring you something special. So today I bring you a photographic tour of Notre Dame Cathedral. Matthew and I went to Paris in October of 2010 to celebrate our two year dating anniversary. Here is a small tour of what we first saw when the sun rose over Paris. Our first stop: Notre Dame Cathedral. We took an all night bus to Paris. Matthew snapped the photo above on one of our bus stops. Our first sighting of Notre Dame! I could not believe it! Believe me, it looks so much more beautiful than the Disney movie. I hope that these photos bring as much joy to you as the vision of the cathedral brought to Matthew and I. The cathedral was not open when we first arrived early in the morning so we had breakfast in a restaurant across the street from the lovely architecture. Our water was served to us in this lovely green glass bottle with these two glasses. It was so fancy and sophisticated. This is something I can easily do at home to bring more beauty into my life. Above is the view from the restaurant. The amazing door knocker! The boy’s choir inside of the cathedral. I took an amazing video clip of the performance. If you ever have the chance to listen to a choir perform (no matter where you are) take the time to listen. It may surprise you. Matthew and I outside of Notre Dame! Another lovely tourist took this picture for us. I saw this sweet couple crossing the street to walk to the cathedral. They looked so in love with one another holding hands. Paris really is the city of love. I hope that these images brought some brightness to your day. Have a wonderful weekend!


Linda’s Hollywood Glam Boudoir: Part Two

As promised, I present to you the second part of Linda’s boudoir photo shoot! This one is so exciting because we photographed this boudoir session at a local theater. (I loved the piano that was on the stage!)

This session was more daring and exciting. I am even more thrilled that Linda allowed me to post these images. We took several pictures using a large format 4″x5″ camera and these are the digital images that I took along side. I may post some of the large format black and white images in the future. So here it is, Linda’s Glam Bouodir photo shoot:

Free Boudoir Photo Shoot Opportunity

I have an awesome opportunity: I need two women in the Cazenovia area to volunteer for a studio boudoir session. I would like to try something with some basic light set ups and a backdrop at the Art and Design Building studio.

The photos will be lovely and simple portraits. I will also need their signed permission to use several (approved by the model) images for my website and Facebook page. In exchange you will receive a disc of edited images and an empowering experience. So if you would like pictures for yourself or know someone who is aspiring to model, please let them know.

If interested, I can be reached through a Facebook message, as a response to this post, or at Thank you so much. 


First Photo Friday

Today I am doing my first ever “Photo Friday.” It is my way of making sure that I blog more. I am still getting used to the idea of blogging and so far I love every minute of it! Every Friday from now on I will be blogging a photograph or several of something I photographed over the past week or a favorite photo from the past and journal about it.

This photograph is one that I took a couple years ago. It is a photograph of a close friend of mine belly dancing. The high quality photos from this batch are still in .psd format and since my photo shop is not working I could not transfer them to .png to download to my page. This is the only one that I have in .jpeg format, but I still love it because it is so passionate and about the moment rather than getting the perfect shot. Sometimes those come out the best. I have the tendency to focus on what is technically perfect and I must remember to shoot from the heart.

Belly dancing is a hobby of mine and it is perfect for this idea because when I dance I do not think about anything else but how amazing it feels to move. I love that sort of passion and it is something I always try to get into my photography. I call this image “Spirit of the Drum Solo.” I hope that you all enjoyed this photo and hopefully you’ll stop by to see what I post next Friday. Have a great weekend! 🙂

Linda’s Glam Boudoir: Part One

I have known Linda for almost four years so I can honestly tell you that she is a woman that has rockin’ personal style. Linda is a fashion major who is currently working on her senior collection and is anticipating graduating this Spring. For Linda, I wanted to reflect her style in this boudoir session and give her a contemporary twist on old Hollywood glamour. These are some of the images that we came up with. This emerald corset is incredible! Next week I will be posting part two of Linda’s boudoir session. For part two of our photographic adventure we went to the Catherine Cumming’s Theater in Cazenovia, NY to pose Linda on the stage, with a grand piano, and in the dressing rooms. 

Lily’s Boudoir

Another boudoir shoot with a stunning model! I could not wait to get these posted between my classes and school work. Right now I am a full time student and a part time photographer. Cannot wait until “student” and “photographer” are rearranged in that sentence! 🙂

Enjoy! I am usually not a fan of grey, but it works so well in this room! Note to self: keep eyes open for strappy silver heels. I wish my hair could look like that every day. Just air dry like that right after a shower. If I met a magic genie that would be one of my three wishes. 

One day I am going to have a fancy masquerade ball. One day.