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I recently became certified as a Kripalu yoga teacher. What the heck does that have to do with photography?

Don’t be confused here, it’s just yoga ;-)

As mentioned in my last post, I’m a Gemini – and boy do I rock that hard! There’s this thing about “twins” and multiple personalities, or I like to call it “versatility”… In modern day terms, let’s just say I have a LOT of domain names. A lot of interests. I grew up on the beach and belong to the Appalachian Mountain Club, I’m a photographer with an MBA, I studied calligraphy for a weekend, I’m a huge knitter, I still take language courses, I’ll sign up for any sewing class, I had a membership to a pottery studio in Vermont, I love to watercolor, I’m a runner and enjoy building community around that, I volunteer for local animal rescue organizations, I’m off to a meditation retreat this weekend… and mostly, I just freak my mom out with too many things on my plate at once. For me, though, “too many” isn’t a thing. If there is was a gap in my schedule, it’s been filled by now. That’s kinda how I like it.

[insert meditation here]

Once going out on my own after corporate life, I began taking a month of time off to travel – like fully renting an apartment and living somewhere else for a while. I spent one August in the Rocky Mountains of Banff, Alberta, and more recently spent an April month amidst the adorable streets of Florence, Italy. This year? I spent a month in the Berkshires of Massachusetts learning yoga.

My yoga teacher and mentor, Coby Kozlowski seems to be a soul mate of mine… She taught herself to surf, took time away to attend DJ school, and recently spent a week learning floral design in NYC. I’m only mentioning her to help make the case that I’m not the only crazy one. Did it work?

Anyway, that’s the story of how Stacey became a yoga teacher. It has nothing to do with photography and everything to do with life experiences! That being said, *call me* if you’re looking for yoga photography!cape cod yoga photographycape cod yoga photographycape cod yoga photography

All photos are of the beautiful Shell, a Kripalu yoga teacher over at shellovesyoga.com!

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  • January 8, 2016 - 5:49 pm

    Amanda Young - Oh my gosh. This is so completely and totally me! You are *absolutely* not alone… and I have, in fact, started writing a blogpost so similar to this on so many occasions. I love: (in no particular order)… photography, reading & writing, fitness/running, marketing/design, kids & volunteering at a children’s hospital, knitting, quilting, general crafting/DIY, home renovations, traveling. Sometimes it makes my head spin because I can never decide “what’s next” but I wouldn’t have it any other way :)

Thanks to my friend Desiree for pointing me to this week’s blog post from Decor8, about the current and future status of blogging.

“Let us all remember WHY we started blogging, and consider what you can bring, but also consider that people love YOU and what YOU are doing and saying. And they want more of that. More of YOU. What you REALLY love, what you are doing, what makes you tick.”

Truth is, I’ve struggled to keep up the motivation to blog, and with the new year and the Decor8 article, I think I’m realizing why. I originally started a blog for MY wedding, just like many of you! Once our wedding came and went, I continued writing, enjoyed the sharing, grew in my learning of blogging and social media, and eventually brought all of this knowledge into my career in marketing strategy. It was only through a blog contest at my PR agency in 2009 that I ever took the plunge into a photography business!

Even still, I was blogging from the heart – sharing not only my clients’ photos and stories, but my own as well. I need to get back to that. Maybe a blog post about coffee – or, let’s be straight, bourbon – will turn off a reader or two, but I have always believed my online transparency to be the biggest factor in how much I love EVERY SINGLE ONE of my clients! We love dogs, we shop local, we spend time by the ocean AND the mountains, we finally just got to pull out our Bean Boots for the winter… and we always end up as friends!

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My biggest New Years resolution for 2016 is to bring a real camera with me everywhere! I’m obsessed with Instagram and “iPhoneography,” sure (above is admittedly iPhone), but I want to be better about keeping my real camera close. Not even my film cameras, but being able to enjoy and share my [digital] perspective on a more frequent basis. I hope to see you more around here!

And yes, if you follow me anywhere else on the web, you know I’m a true Gemini with my toes dipped in a LOT of different pools. I have a running brand, I’m a yoga teacher, I photograph dogs, and I’ve maintained a corporate marketing background as well. That’s just some of what makes me who I am! That, and the bourbon.

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  • January 7, 2016 - 5:13 pm

    jess - i LOVE your resolution to carry your camera with you more often! i OFTEN curse myself for not having my camera as i’m driving by a pond/field/cool old cemetery etc. but i find my camera bag to be…. annoying! do you have a suggestion for a smallish, comfortable camera bag that i could also tuck my wallet/essentials into so my camera can safely tag along with me wherever i go??

    thanks!!

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I had the absolute honor of capturing Tanya’s fall jewelry line in the gorgeous September light – here is a collection of favorites with Trust Jewelry‘s Autum Elixir Collection!

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These gorgeous models are friends of Trust Jewelry and obviously LOVE rockin’ their best for the camera! We ventured out to the hidden gem of Spohr Gardens in Falmouth for the afternoon. It was such a refreshing and creative shoot for me, and I look forward to more such collaborations in the very near future!

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Tanya herself was hands-on the whole shoot, and her eye for beauty and style is magnificent to witness. She’s taken her show on the road to the West Coast right now, and I love keeping up with her visually on Instagram!

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Such a wonderful collaboration and great conversation with these strong women all afternoon! I love the creativity and entrepreneurship that flows through each new generation of women I meet, and I’m proud that our little peninsula is grabbing the reigns on our future. It’s not all ice cream, t-shirt shops and trades any longer. There are so many inspired new ideas, motivators and artists, both within and around us!

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This one’s a record-breaker. Kristina and Andrew chose THE most perfect October weekend to get married in the Catskills of New York, and they broke records for the insanely perfect blasts of foliage on any wedding day I’ve been lucky enough to capture! Today is their one-year anniversary! I love thinking about where we were, and how extremely welcoming their friends and family were to us as Alicia Swedenborg and I rolled into the adorable town of Andes, and specifically Tunis Lake!

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Alicia and I have photographed in some incredible places together! She’s from Stockholm and lives in New York City. I’m technically her agent, but she’s also now one of my closest friends! She brought me to Candice & Justin’s wedding in South Africa, and I brought her on a crazy snowstorm adventure to Sandy & Craig’s Woodstock, Vermont wedding. We also enjoyed a little retreat with a few other film-loving pals in Sonoma and San Francisco. Anyway, peak foliage season in the Catskills was right up there with the BEST of our adventures! We stopped along the way to photograph cows and pick apples… it’s what you do.

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Tunis Lake, a hidden gem where Andrew’s family has visited for years. It was the perfect backdrop as the rain cleared and the sun came through in all its glory!

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Sending out lots of love today to Kristina and Andrew! Happy anniversary, and thank you SO very much for including us in your memorable weekend!

Wedding Planner: Jane WilcoxCatering & Dessert: Quarter Moon CafeDJ: JTD ProductionsHair & Makeup: Jackie Schneider BeautyOfficiant: Emily Van LaeysTransportation Co: Rolling VDressmaker: Nicole MillerShoes: J.CrewSuit: Brooks Brothers

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