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>Just a quick post today. I wanted to share with you a little piece of my trip to the Roger Williams Park Botanical Gardens. It’s so nice to go stroll around a lush greenhouse this time of year – when winter has definitely worn out its welcome and there’s a taste of spring in the air, but nothing is growing outdoors yet.

>Wedding Showers

>One of my best friends is getting married this April, to a nice fellow from the U.K. Today we threw her a wedding shower, and I got to “play” photographer, which was fun. It was nice to celebrate with her and show her our support and spend some special “girl time” with her. We also learned that they don’t really do showers in England – it’s a tradition started in the United States and now primarily practiced in the U.S. and Canada. I thought that was interesting.

But I digress – back to the the topic of photography. As I said, I got to “play” photographer at this shower. It was an interesting challenge – the closest I’ve ever come to doing wedding photography. I really enjoyed trying to capture the little details that went into putting on the shower – the place cards, the centerpieces, the card basket… What was much more difficult, though in it’s own way enjoyable, was trying to get a photo of every single one of the guests. Some guests were reluctant to participate, but that was a pretty easy challenge to overcome (“But it’s for the bride!”). What was tougher was to reconcile myself that the background was going to be busy, inevitably someone would close their eyes and NOT want me to continue snapping away until I got a good one, and that it was a party – people were circulating and it was easy to miss someone who’d just left their table. I managed to get shots of everyone – combining individual head shots with more candid group pictures, but I can definitely see why “table shots” never quite come out perfectly 🙂

Of course, photographing the bride was easy – never hard to make someone who’s smiling that much look good!

And now for the eye candy – a little piece of our day…


>I’ve mentioned briefly in the past that I have a little home studio setup that I’ve been practicing with and tweaking, etc. Well, today my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew came over to help me practice! Here is my favorite shot from the day:

Aren’t they a cute family? The lighting was good in that there weren’t any harsh shadows and everyone’s face is well-lit, but I think I need more of it. This one was pushing the limits of the camera as far as digital noise and shutter speed are concerned, and brighter lighting would help with that. It wouldn’t be quite as crucial if there wasn’t a wiggly little baby to capture! Overall I’m quite pleased with this portable little setup.

>Assignment #21

>Alrighty, the final two assignments are ready!

From Julia Boyce… “The beauty of a muddy farm”

I went up to visit Julia at her farm, but unfortunately it was still too cold out to really be muddy. So, I’m taking a little creative license with this one. Besides, this 2 day old lamb and his mother are so sweet… and they do express part of the beauty of a farm.

And last but certainly not least, from my sister-in-law Jeannie, “the bottoms of his [my nephew’s] feet.” Well, my nephew was less than cooperative, as he really enjoys kicking his little feet, but I think this one fits the bill. And I love the bright colors.

I hope you enjoy them!

Also coming up soon – the One Yoga Center in Foster, RI is hosting an exhibit of my photographs! There will be a gallery opening on April 20th at 5pm, so keep your calendars clear! Contact me for more information, and check back here for any updates.