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 stories to be out in the world.
Oddly enough, after this photo of Kim was shared via 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 with my 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 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. My camera arrived last week, 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 I have so much to learn. Can't wait to do some more test shots this week!
Do you have a favorite photography tip and/or online resource? I'd love to hear :)
This week marked THE END of my serialized middle grade CPP project for Storybird, SOME PIG IN THE CITY. It's all live now, if you want to read it. Does Josie find a forever home for Hamlet? Link over to find out and read my updated Author's Notebook posts here.
A heartfelt thank you to the Storybird team for the opportunity, Storybird community for their enthusiasm and support, Head of Editorial Molly O'Neill, and all my friends, family, and readers out there for the encouragement throughout this unique writing journey. It's been an incredible experience! I'll miss Josie, the entire Shilling family, Hamlet, the gang at the Three Stoops, Mrs. Taglioni, and the whole world of SOME PIG IN THE CITY..... And I'll go cry now.
Only ONE chapter to go in my CPP serialized, middle grade story for Storybird, SOME PIG IN THE CITY. Hard to believe it's almost over! I've loved this writing journey so much. Catch up on the story here and stay tuned this week for the final chapter....
Lately we've been traveling out of the city on the weekends, so spending today downtown was a refreshing change in our busy Autumn schedule...
We went to Connecticut today to explore, hike, and eat onion rings and grilled corn at a new favorite dive spot. While my 2yo son was in high-active mode and zipping around, overturning rocks, collecting leaves, and listening to bird calls, we brought along the Stokke Trailz stroller in case he got tired while on the trail, or in case we stayed out until his afternoon naptime. Here are some pics of our adventure in the woods... The fall leaves are incredible right now!
I had saved this letter to open over a breakfast work session... and I couldn't believe how amazing it was! This could be the most thoughtful letter I have ever received.... It felt like my niece had given me a little piece of magic. I became that girl crying alone in a coffee shop :) Link over to Storybird to find out what my niece is referring to – and thanks for all the SOME PIG IN THE CITY book support! xo
It's hard to believe, but my Creative Partners Project for Storybird – a middle grade novel called SOME PIG IN THE CITY – is winding down. Just two more chapters left, and it's all over! Thank you for following along Josie & Hamlet's adventures over the last year. It's been a wonderful experience, and I love reading each and every comment... Link over to read Chapters 1-13 & updated Author's Notebook entries.