Some girls have it all. Jenny is not only a suuuper sweet and loyal friend, a beautiful dancer, and a gorgeous girl, she also just wrote a book called Born Ready: Unleash Your Inner Dream Girl. She needed some photos of herself for promotional reasons... like ya do... so she came over to the studio and I chased her around the floor for a bit. :) If you have a young girl in your life, check out her book. Us young girls need all the love and encouragement to be rad we can get our hands on, ya know?
WHOA!!!!!!! THIS was one killer experience!! First of all, I have to say that I LOVE IRELAND!!! If you know me, you know I've been all over the world, but I have to say... I've never been more proud to be an Irish girl from Boston after that trip. Loved every second. I accompanied the one and only painter, Flora Bowley, on this trip as she taught her amazing painting method. There were three other teachers at the retreat, Orly, Pauline, and Melinda. There were 40 very lucky students from around the world, all flowin' and growin' at the famous Bantry House in Bantry, Ireland. The Bantry House is a stately home built in the 1600s and sits on the harbor on THE most gorgeous grounds you can possibly imagine. It's truly a portrait photographer's dream. I photographed the women immersed in their work as well as private portraits around the grounds. It was SUCH an honor and a joy. I hope I remember it forever and ever, amen. THANK YOU.
Woop Woop. I was LUCKY enough to meet Susa Talan at the Squam Art Workshops weekend up in Holderness, NH in September. She taught a super sweet workshop called 'This Precious Life' and all her students *loved* it. Needless to say I was beyond honored when she asked me to come out to her home in Amherst and photograph her. Susa's personal story is truly inspiring: on the eve of her 39th birthday she started drawing. She committed to making one drawing a day for 365 days. At the end of the year, now with a facebook page and a huge pile of adorable and inspiring drawings, Susa wondered what was next. Soon she found someone who fell in love with her work and wanted to make greeting cards and a calendar...then a book. Fast forward just a couple of years, Susa is an author and a successful and prolific illustrator. I am so inspired and proud of her, and I wouldn't wish success on a sweeter, more humble soul. Susa is a gem and it is an honor to work with her. Here she is. Thank you. Love!