Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

A few last shots from our recent stay on Lake Atitlan. The light was terrible, gray and flat all week long – so I lit these flowers with a gelled SB 800. I was amazed at how gentle i could get the light to dance on the delicate petals.

Revisiting the Past…

I love this tradition in Guatemala. Everyone comes to the airport and crowds the exterior to welcome home their loved ones.

ahhh. Juan and I are back in Guatemala for thanksgiving. It is interesting, this gift of art that I am so thankful for. To be let into the lives of my clients or perfect strangers, to capture them for one (usually otherwise rather un-noteworthy) moment. There is a lot of power in that. For the life of a photographer, we are entrusted with handling with respect the vulnerabilities of others.

That delicate balance…one of capturing a meaningful expression, a sensitive moment of pain or exultation, without exploiting the person behind the lens, is the ever present challenge of good photography.

Being back here in Guatemala, where my husband and I lived for three years, is to be back in this see-saw of good photography/trite photography. How do you capture the beauty of a people living in the recent wake of 36 years of civil unrest, a corrupt government that we cannot even begin to understand, and a generosity that defies all reason? You got me. I give it a go…but in the end, you have to see this country to to believe it.

Sanjeev and Jennifer

Here are a few pics from Sunday’s shoot with engaged couple Sanjeev and Jen. You can tell off the bat how supportive of each other and in love they are. These pics were taken at Meridian Hill Park, in NW DC, where Sanjeev proposed back in June. Despite the freezing cold weather, they look warm and toasty in each shot. I can’t wait to shoot what is sure to be their amazing wedding, next year.

Fun with Arlo and family…

I didn’t have a chance to post these great pics of Arlo before leaving last week…here is one of my favorite photos in quite some time. I couldn’t stop giggling behind the lens, those shoes are just so cute. Arlo, on the other hand, was clearly not having nearly as much fun as his parents and I were. It was a blast shooting at the Arboretum on this family shoot:

Last Day on the West Coast

Having just returned from Seattle and our amazing trip out west, I’m here in DC attempting to get caught up. The work that we did on the west coast was so enlightening and exciting for my future work – i can’t wait to apply the new skills to my next shoots. Here are a number of images from Cary Park in Seattle, a city that I fell in love with instantly, to close the trip:

This image was a happy accident (i love those) – in playing with long term exposure this came through. The painterly lines of color along the bottom third balance out the strong block of blue. Imagine if the color lines were in the middle of the shot or if there were no black in the image.

And a parting, classic, twilight shot of the Seattle skyline. Till next time!

So I arrive home from our journey rewarded by a visit from a great friend from the Peace Corps, and of course a long awaited reunion with my husband. We haven’t stopped laughing in 24 hours.

Cape Kiwanda

We are approaching the end of our trip and had a great time the last few days at Cape Kiwanda, Oregon. Here is a shot of Dad shooting on the beach across from our hotel in the early morning light.

And a few shots of him using the SB 800 and magical twilight just over the border into Washington a few hours ago.

Freezing cold surfers at 6am on Cape Kiwanda:

The pier in Tillamook, where we later went and met a few local crabbers and got some great documentary shots.

What an amazing few weeks…

We had a spectacular day today – each of these images was taken on the path from the Eagle Caves overlooking the Columbia River George, all the way through Portland, Oregon to the Pacific Coast. No special lighting today, just spectacular, beautiful landscapes at sunrise and sunset.

Early Morning Shoot on the Lake

this morning we awoke for the sunrise…

which does wonders for your hair….
if you want to look like Janis Joplin.
In any case, I have an early post. Perhaps more later on this evening. We had this gorgeous Idaho lake, Coere d’Alene to shoot:

but of course were quickly bored by natural beauty (been there, done that) and moved on to lighting things up. We are both loving the Nikon wireless flash system, effectively bringing a studio into virtually any location. Here you can see one shot using the creative lighting system, and one without:



Oh, and just a cool grab shot dad did in our last location, Nevada City, Montana:

More soon…


Welcome to Idaho! We traveled from butte to this georgeous lake in Idaho today. Cloudy and flat light saved us, preventing us from stopping and shooting at every turn, and allowing us to get a bit closer to the coast. Tomorrow we should make it to Spokane, with a early morning rise to shoot Coeur d’Alene Lake, here in Idaho.

A few pretty sights along the way:

Bozeman to Butte, an all day trip.

Those of you who have been to Montana and know that Bozeman to Butte is something like 44 miles. With scene after scene like this gorgeous side light illuminating these horses, we didn’t make it very far very fast. Dad and I left Bozeman this morning, headed to the Oregon coast. About 10 miles out of town, the sky opened up as it has a tendancy to do in Big Sky country. We quickly got off the highway, and drove 20 miles out of our way to grab these horse shots. It’s great to be traveling with another photographer…where food, time, and destination are all distractions in the way of getting “the” image.