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I haven’t really taken the chance to share with you the details of my current gig at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). You may have caught some Instagram photos from my travels across multiple continents recently – but here’s a little about why!

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IFAW’s field office in Amboseli National Park, Kenya

About a year and a half ago, a friend reached out with an opportunity at IFAW – one that would call upon my 15-year career in corporate marketing strategy. I said no for two reasons; (1) because I had quite selfishly grown accustomed to working for myself and from home for the last five years, and (2) I didn’t think I could handle the subject matter. IFAW works to rescue and protect animals all around the world, and this can often be a pretty emotional subject to “promote”.

But this initial discussion did spark feelings of missing my marketing career. I went on to launch a combined social-marketing-and-photography aspect of my business one year ago, and boy was I pretty amped to do it all (my typical M.O.)! Very shortly after, said friend reached back out to say, essentially, “are you kidding me?” I began a four-month contract with IFAW almost immediately, in March 2016.

Well, this contract became a full-time position over the summer, and I couldn’t be happier! Turning 40 this year, it suddenly seemed like I was living a dream instead of a mid-life crisis! I’ve photographed (and Tweeted, Facebooked, Instagrammed and Snapchatted!) from the floods in Louisiana, an incredible rescue transport at JFK airport, IFAW’s first Hollywood film premiere in LA, an influential three-week convention in Johannesburg, a mobile animal clinic reaching poor slum communities in South Africa, the rescue and rehabilitation of endangered African penguins, an amazing elephant collaring project in Kenya to support the protection and conservation of local populations, a recent visit to the Kremlin in Moscow to increase awareness around our whale, tiger, bear and antelope programs, and next up in January, a week with our global team in India at Kaziranga National Park.

I’d love to share more of these photos and stories with you, so get ready! My photography career began with rescue dogs in 2009, so it’s pretty incredible to see where life is leading me now! Elephants, rhinos, primates, whales, tigers, giraffes, bears and so much more!

However, I also want to assure you that I’m still photographing weddings – I LOVE weddings! I’ll probably be doing less of the average weekday photo sessions, but I’ll never give up that glow of a wedding day.

So I’ll see you around? More soon!

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I’m not really a fan of cruises, but I found myself on a fun little trip with my mom this past winter. The highlight of the week for me was a stop in Haiti!

Of course, as guests on a cruise ship, we didn’t actually see the real Haiti, but rather a stretch of beach leased by Royal Caribbean. Of all the stops, though, Labadee, Haiti was the place my mom and I decided to hop on a local boat for a few hours and tour the coastline.

The shoreline was raw and true. The local fishermen traveled on sailboats with sails made of bed sheets. On this day, I carried my Contax G2 film camera and Fuji 400H film.

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Life IS simple!

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I have a constant thirst for travel and cultures, and I truly look forward to the day I return to the real heart of this gorgeous country! Thanks for the peek for now, Haiti!

Yon sèl lang se janm ase.

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I was fumbling through some files on my computer today and pulled up family photos from Norwalk, Connecticut a little more than a year ago. My subjects were Anne and Andy’s kids, all grown, including Anne’s daughter Sandy whose wedding I’d photographed in Vermont a couple of years previous. I’ve had a loooooovely time hangin’ with this family for several occasions now – family, weddings, babies, friends’ weddings. So I was THROUGH THE MOON excited when it came time for Anne and Andy to get married themselves!!

They chose the glorious, intimate setting of their very own home on the water in East Norwalk, CT just before Christmas. I know you can see the love and excitement in their faces, so I’ll leave you with a few photos today!


I absolutely love Anne’s hair blowing in the above photo!marriend-at-home

Such a great group – I love this gaggle of folks I consider extended family at this point! (I mean, they even shared their top-secret-special cookies with me!) Huge congratulations to Anne, Andy and the entire family!

Till next time!

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This past September, I drove up to Provincetown with a couple of photographer pals – Melissa from Atlanta, and Alicia from Sweden! We were all between a crazy month of weddings, and savoring our weekdays for R&R! I was practically teary-eyed when they offered to come up to Cape Cod for a little getaway! And lucky for me, Melissa even captured a quintessential Cape Cod wedding with me during her stay! I love these girls to pieces!

We originally met through our love of film photography… the real live stuff you roll up and send to the lab. My camera of choice this day was the Contax G2, and and a roll of Fuji 400H.

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Have you ever made it out to the Parabolic Dunes in the Cape Cod National Seashore? It’s absolutely breathtaking…

Words cannot describe how large and steep the below dune is that Alicia is climbing – she makes it look good, doesn’t she? Once you come up over the top, it’s just dunes for as far as the eye can see!parabolic dunes in provincetownthe cantina in provincetownWe meandered around town, at the pace of three women holding cameras (SLOW). We get to see each only other about once a year, so there was a lot of babble, a couple of cocktails, the best fish tacos in the universe, and just more and more photos. The sun was setting out over MacMillan Wharf as we walked back to our car.

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I love these images of women out on the pier: They Also Faced the Sea is an art installation by Provincetown artists Ewa Nogiec and Norma Holt, meant to represent all of the Portuguese women of Provincetown who over the years have been the backbone of this vital fishing village.

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Just as we pulled out of town, we circled out to the very tip of Provincetown at the “breakwaters”, where DOZENS of photographers were lined up with their tripods for the sunset!! Here we were, [tipsy] full-time professionals who were taking a break from our “real” cameras and perfection, giggling among sooooo many others who were full-on SERIOUS about their tripods and gadgets. I hope they got the shot!sunset in provincetown

My favorite time to hit up Provincetown and the National Seashore is NOW! There are plenty of [dog-friendly] B&Bs, Air BnBs, cafes and locals still hanging out, ready to greet you! Let me know if you go! Of course I’m always in love with a salty fresh Provincetown wedding day too !

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