Trying Out a @CreativeLive Class

Model Credit: Vanessa Delegas
Note: I received the product mentioned in this post for free from CreativeLive. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. All opinions are my own. Thanks!

Like many photographers, I’ve been spending this winter doing all kinds of administrative projects; updating the website, working on a marketing plan, and exploring continuing education options. In a creative profession, you really have to continue learning in order to grow, keep your work fresh, and not become bored with repeated techniques.

When I was approached by CreativeLive to try out one of the online classes they offer in exchange for sharing the experience here and on social media [note: this post does contain affiliate links], I jumped at the chance. I had heard good things about CL but had never purchased a class before. CreativeLive has over 1500 that cover a variety of topics - business, marketing, audio/video, art/craft/design, and, of course, photography. I spent ages pouring over their class offerings trying to decide which one to take (there were so many photographers I recognized!). I finally settled on one called β€œSkillSet: Best of Lighting.”

I chose this class because although I do consider myself to be proficient in lighting, there’s always more to learn and I am curious to see how other photographers work. This class features several photographers whose work I admire (Sue Bryce, Joey L, and Joel Grimes to name a few). It’s a collection of highlights from some of their other classes on CreativeLive and I thought it would be a good intro to what CL offers. These photographers have been in the business for so many years and I’m really looking forward to picking up tips and tricks from them.

If this sounds like something you’d like to try too, why don’t you take the class with me?? Once you purchase the class, it’s yours to keep and you can watch at your own pace, checking out each segment when you can or binge watching the whole thing. Need another incentive? Here’s a 20% off code for your first CL class (either this one or whichever one looks interesting to you!):  ISHARE20

Let me know if you’re in (or if you’re trying something else). Happy learning!

Jamaica Plain Open Studios is This Weekend!

The weather is looking GORGEOUS this weekend which is a good thing because it is the 21st annual Jamaica Plain Open Studios!!! I will be back on the porch with all kinds of new framed work to show. I will also be showing a portion of my Why I Run: A Boston Marathon 2014 Project work from my show last spring so if you missed it when it was up at Sweetgreen, you have a second chance to check it out in person!
I will also have two members of Boston Handmade with me showing their work in the same location-

Bev Feldman of Linkouture
Bev is a jewelry designer and blogger who creates modern and elegant sterling silver chainmaille jewelry. Her work often includes freshwater pearl bracelets, necklaces and earrings; handcrafted stone jewelry; and bridal jewelry.

Laurie Lynn Berezin of Beryllina
Laurie Lynn handcrafts all Beryllina jewelry in Concord, MA using only gems and minerals mined in the United States. She even mines some of the stones herself! Laurie Lynn also only uses recycled precious metals; all of her raw silver and gold is sourced from a certified recycled refinery in Virginia. She learned the true craft of jewelry fabrication at the renowned North Bennet Street School in Boston, and enjoys crafting one-of-a-kind original and custom designs.

Ready to come see us?? We will be at:

19 Eliot St
Jamaica Plain, MA

Saturday 9/20 and Sunday 9/21
11am to 6pm


Instagram Round-up: January

Are you on Instagram? You should be! I'll admit it- I was hesitant to join. With so many people of varying photographic skills, I just couldn't see myself getting into it. I was wrong! I started by following people I know which I enjoyed immediately- I love seeing how my friends capture their daily activities, especially the ones who live far away and I don't see often. I then started following people or companies I'm interested in to see their updates- from new products to just plan gorgeous photos. I've found that I really enjoy connecting to people through imagery (more so than wordy Facebook posts...). I suppose this makes sense considering my line of work!

I've decided to close out each month on my blog with an Instagram Round-up consisting of posts I've put up on IG over the past few weeks as a little monthly retrospective.

What do you think of Instagram?

Holiday Shopping at the Boston Handmade Gallery

I've been a member of the fabulous artist group, Boston Handmade, for 5 years now. For the past few years we've been lucky to be able to have a pop-up shop where we can sell our work during the holidays. This year we're doing it again, this time right in Brookline Village (directly across from the Brookline Village T stop!).
This year there are 23 local artists and craftsmen participating in the shop who make so many cool things- jewelry, clothing, toys, home goods, scarves, candles, soap, fine art, glassware, ceramics, hand-dyed yarn, pet accessories, cards, ornaments, calendars... you name it, we've got it!
 I personally will be selling framed prints, cards, calendars, coasters, ornaments and pocket journals, whew!
For more information, check out our website and Facebook page. We opened on Black Friday and will be open this week Mon-Sat! Come in, say hi, and get your holiday shopping off to a good start. :)

Heartbreak and Resilience: The 2013 Boston Marathon and Beyond

I went to the marathon this year (for the first time!) to cheer on two of my runner friends. I got there early enough to catch the elite runners finishing. After I saw one of my friends pass by around 2pm, I walked up Boylston to meet my friend Kelly at Starbucks and find our other runner friend. I was waiting there when all hell broke loose. It's hard to believe how such a perfect day went so wrong so fast.

When my school, the Center for Digital Imaging Arts, decided to have an exhibit featuring student, alumni, and faculty work of the marathon and the aftermath, I knew I wanted to be involved. I submitted a photo I took that day of the race from where I was standing most of the morning, on the corner of Hereford and Boylston. The work will be for sale with all proceeds going to the One Fund! If you're interested in checking it out, there will be an opening reception on Friday but the show will be up until September 13. Here are the details: 

Opening Reception: May 31, 2013 6pm-9pm

Featuring work by students, graduates, faculty and friends of Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts Professional Photography Certificate Program

Exhibit on display May 31 - September 13

274 Moody Street
Waltham, MA 02453
For directions and parking:

For more photos and stories, check out the Facebook fan page set up for the exhibit:

Pilates Photography: Sarah Ruback of Sync Pilates Studio

Meet Sarah Ruback. Sarah owns a classical Pilates studio in Brookline called Sync Pilates and needed some photos for her website. We decided the best way to show off her Pilates skills and personality would be to do a shoot in a big bright studio just filled with light. My wonderful friend and mentor, Jim Scherer, was kind enough to loan us his space which was perfect for executing our vision. With the help of stylist Keely Witkowski of B. Fetching, the shoot was a big success. I love working with such a talented team! :)

For more information on Sarah's studio, visit her website and Facebook fanpage.

Shoot Credits
Stylist: B. Fetching
Hair/Make-up: Jordan Wells
Clothing: lululemon althletica
Location: Scherer Studio

Photo Show at Lululemon Newbury St Recap

Here's a little photo recap of the photo show's kick-off event at Lululemon on Newbury Street last Sunday. It was a blast! We had a lot of people show up, including most of the models who were actually in the photos included in the show! Thanks to everyone who came out, it was such an awesome day and I'm so grateful for my wonderful friends. 

Fall Recap

I have been having a pretty busy fall. It's been great but I realized recently it's caused me to neglect my poor blog! This post will summarize some of what I've been up to in the last two months-

(Photo credit Ricardo Villamil)

 I did a cool water-themed photo shoot at Jamaica Pond with Lauren Hefez.

 (Photo credit jppilates1 on Instagram)

I did a shoot for local activewear company, DA Active. I'll post more photos when their spring line is live!

I had participated in Jamaica Plain Open Studios on one of the most beautiful weekends in Boston's weather history where I got to hang out with these guys all weekend-

I escaped to Nantucket for a weekend with my mom.

 (Photo credit Dana J. Quigley)

I went to Photo Nights Boston's Industry Night event where I got to hang out with my CDIA buddies. 

...and spent some time enjoying the fall weather with Seth and Mr. Dog.

That's it for now! Enjoy the season and I'll post again soon.

Fitness and Fashion with Jennifer Phelan Pilates

 Last month I had the change to work with the fabulous Jenn of Jennifer Phelan Pilates. I did a shoot with Jenn last summer and was psyched to work with her again; she loves to bring the drama and glamour (which I love too)! Her stylist, Keely Witkowski of B. Fetching, makes sure that even in workout attire, she is still fashionable and she was great to have on set. Here are a few of my favorites:

Model: Jenn Phelan
Stylist: B. Fetching

In the Studio: Yoga Photography with Sylvia

When I found out that my college roommate's little sister, Sylvia, is a yoga enthusiast working at lululemon in Boston, I had to get her into the studio for a yoga-inspired photo shoot. Luckily, she was more than willing, and I was quickly impressed by her flexibility and yoga experience! Here are a few of my favs-

It was so nice out that day too so we went onto the studio roof for these-

Thanks again Sylvia, you are amazing!

CREATE at ArcWorks in Peabody, MA

What are you doing tomorrow night? If you happen to be in the North Shore area, you should swing by ArcWorks Community Art Center in Peabody for the opening night reception for CREATE: The Art and Craft of Boston Handmade. I am participating in this show with a few framed pieces from my Boston Harbor Islands series. Also exhibiting are Kerrie Beck, Jessica Burko, Allison Fraske, Kerry Hawkins, Arthur Halvorsen, Karen Mahoney, and Lynne Parrella.

If you can't make it tomorrow night, that's ok! The show will be up until May 5. For more information, visit our event website here.

ArcWorks Community Art Center
22 Foster Street
Peabody, MA 01960

Product Photography: Rident Custom Bags

When Rachel of Rident Custom Bags decided to open an Etsy shop, she knew she wanted to hire a photographer to take her product photos. She had seen my work with Pansy Maiden and she asked if I would work with her. Of course I said yes so we got together in the studio to get some shots!

Rachel wanted nice, clean shots of her bags, as well as some close-ups and details. We did a few with her holding them too to show the scale/sizes.

Her Etsy shop was launched at the beginning of this year and she also did a trunk show at Gather Here in Cambridge and was featured on their blog. Good luck Rachel, your bags are sweet!

AIDS Action Committee 2011 Annual Report

My last project at school was working with AIDS Action Committee, which I mentioned here. I was assigned to document the donation process at the four locations of their Boomerangs stores. Last week, I did the event photography for a cocktail reception they had at Eastern Bank for World AIDS Day and I picked up a copy of their 2011 annual report. Right in the middle is a spread about Boomerangs which included my photos (and a credit!). You can check it out online here.
Seeing them in print was pretty thrilling, and I'm proud that my images could be used to support such a worthy cause!

Night Photography in Boston

Last week my friend Amy and I went out in Boston do a little night photography. With the sun setting so early these days we were able to start at 4:30! We were psyched with the shots we were getting and it was so unseasonably warm that we wound up going out twice-

From my friend's balcony on the 31st floor-

I couldn't resist jumping in a few too-

Seussical at the Footlight Club

Last weekend I shot the production stills for the Footlight Club's current show, Seussical. With the colorful sets and costumes and the enthusiastic cast, it was a joy to photograph! I was impressed with the entire cast especially the kids, they were very professional but clearly having fun with it too.

Interested in catching the show? You should be! Here are the show times for Seussical:

November 12, 13 & 19

November 12, 18 & 19

The Footlight Club
7A Eliot Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130