I've been keeping a secret – We bought a house! All those trips to Connecticut? Yeah, we were totally scoping things out. I'll share more on our relocation from the city to the woods soon, but for now, we're celebrating. Hooray!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! If you'll be spending time with an 8-12 yo this week, this is the PERFECT holiday to start reading (or catch up on...) my middle grade book SOME PIG THE CITY, created exclusively for Storybird as part of their Creative Partners Program (CPP). In Chapter 1 of the SOME PIG IN THE CITY, 11-year-old Josie's brother brings a runt piglet (Hamlet) home from college on Thanksgiving Day!
Thanks so much for the support & I'd love to hear your thoughts & comments over at Storybird. Be sure to check out the Author's Notebook too for behind-the-scenes info on creating the book and working with illustrator Katy Betz! And stay tuned, because I have some exciting news to share soon :)
Boys in the woods :)
Work is crazy-busy right now. All good things, but deadlines are deadlines. I'm trying to balance everything and not lose my sanity. So today I'm working in the woods... Om.
We went to the American Museum of Natural History today with our friend Sean and played in Central Park on the stroll home... Isn't it gorgeous? Autumn won't quit this year! I've gotten a lot of messages asking questions about the new All Terrain stroller from Stokke – Stokke Trailz – so here are a few more pics of it, too. We love it.
I started working on a new secret book project. I'll spill details soon, but for now, I'm in the trenches of dissecting an outline, getting to know a new upper MG character, and figuring out how I want to thread the narrative.... Starting a new book is scary! Also scary? Tight deadlines.
On Sunday I drove out to New Jersey to photograph writer Marcy Beller Paul. Her YA debut UNDERNEATH EVERYTHING will be published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, in Fall 2015 (add it to your Goodreads here). I had a great time taking Marcy's photographs and can't wait to see which one ends up on her book jacket, website & so forth – These are just a few examples from the 50+ images I sent her way. Thanks Marcy for a fun day & congrats on your upcoming debut novel – I can't wait to read it :)
P.S. You can view more portrait photography work here.
We were out in CT (again) yesterday. I can't get over this beautiful Autumn! Some pics from our drive... We saw a wild turkey!
Hey, Stokke fans! Did you hear about the all-new Stokke Cloud Grey Winter Kit? While in the past the Winter Kit was only compatible with Xplory, this new design perfectly suits all-full size Stokke strollers.... That's Trailz, Crusi AND Xplory. It's so easy to zip on your existing seat, and this great new hue pairs well with any existing textile color. Here are a few photos of the Cloud Grey kit on a Stokke Crusi with Black fabric...
Over the last month we've made a conscious effort to capture memories of our daily life here in NYC – Especially because we're enjoying one of the most beautiful Autumn seasons I can remember.
Manhattan has been our home for four years, and we've lived in three apartments in the same pre-war Upper West Side building. We don't know New York any other way.....
October has been incredible here in NYC... I don't remember a more beautiful fall. Soaking it all in before the cold front sweeps through this weekend. Wishing you all a wonderful week. xo
Recently I took pics of my good friend Kim Liggett. She has several YA books under contract – her debut novel BLOOD AND SALT pubs next fall – and Kim asked me to take her author photo for the book jacket. I never thought the first time my name would be in print on a book would be as a photography credit, but hey, I'll take it! We took a lot of posed-typical-headshots but, turns out, this organic photo of her laughing was a universal favorite. I just adore how it came out – This image captures her personality so well! Be sure to follow Kim's book news. She's an incredibly talented storyteller, and I can't wait for her books to be out in the world.
A totally unexpected turn of events happened after Kim's photos were shared on social media... requests for author photos started rolling in – primarily for YA and children's literature where, as many of you know, I feel most at home. This was never something I thought I'd do in my spare time, and while I'm only taking on a few jobs here and there as my schedule permits, it's SO fun! Stay tuned for more news on this new venture over the next few months :)
Anyways – I finally got a new camera. It was wayyyy overdue, but I couldn't decide between Nikon and Canon, although traditionally I've always used a Canon. For the last six months, I've been comparing a Nikon model against my previous Canon side-by-side, did a *ton* of research, asked everyone and anyone their opinions on the matter (that debate alone is overwhelming), set a budget (which was painful), prioritized my photography needs, analyzed my current lenses, stalked Photokina news, watched like every Tony Northrup video out there, so on and so forth.
In the end, I stuck with Canon, and I'm loving it! My brother is in town this week, and he's officially my guinea pig. Here he is, telling me a story against some brownstones in my neighborhood....
And here... He likes to talk with his hands :) In general I much prefer the natural shots, where people are just being themselves, in real life situations. I've done a lot of photography work in the past, but there's always new stuff to learn and I'm having a blast doing it :)