A celebration of Summer! Time to savor the light and colors, moments of discovery and adventure. Photographs of a warm afternoon or a bright morning.A recent trip to Maine and New Hampshire begins the season.
My photography is featured in a new book on do-it-yourself herbal bitters. I worked with the herbal apothecary behind the Burlington, Vermont based Urban Moonshine to create images for their first book - DIY Bitters: Reviving the Forgotten Flavor - A Guide to Making Your Own Bitters for Bartenders, Cocktail Enthusiasts, Herbalists, and More.
This wonderful book is full of information on gathering herbs, creating tinctures and combining to make bitters for health and culinary delights.
We had a great time capturing the magical summer light with the authors, plants and techniques involved in creating bitters.
My new half hour film, “Frog Hollow Green Mountain Artisans”, will premiere at the Frog Hollow Gallery in Burlington on Saturday, March 5th. All are invited to join from 5pm to 8pm, with the first screening at 6pm.
The four featured artists will be there with their work on display in the gallery.
Come and enjoy good company, snacks and a cash bar!
All happening at the Frog Hollow Gallery at 85 Church St. in Burlington
Check out the trailer:
More info at the Frog Hollow Website
I had the opportunity to photograph a Christmas book earlier this year and now it is hitting the shelves of bookstores. The book is called An Old Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for Hearth and Home and the author, Ellen Stimson, lives in Dorset, Vermont. I photographed her author photo for two previous humorous memoirs, Mud Season and Good Grief! I was excited when she asked me to shoot this book, which is about her family’s Christmas foods and traditions, like special ornaments, cookies, and champagne, plus lots of really yummy savory offerings.
The book is published by Norton and is currently the #1 New Release in Christmas Cooking on Amazon.
Here are a few of the photos appearing in the book.
And here we are at the official book launch party at Northshire Bookstore on November 21st.
My image of apple blossoms at Shelburne Orchards is featured on the Spring 2015 cover of Best of Burlington Magazine.
I also photographed the South Burlington clothing store SportStyle for a feature article. The store is bright and colorful and a fun place to shop. I asked my friend and model Helen McCabe to help show off the SportStyle look. Pick up a copy of the magazine to see more!
(Ok, so this is from Vermont, but I thought it was a cool juxtaposition with the Pacific northwest forest)
My husband Dave and I were in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia about a month ago, and had a few extra days to explore the area. We started with an amazing bird's-eye view of Coal Harbour from our hotel room at the Westin Bayshore. We marveled at the steady float plane traffic and general hubbub on the waterfront. We toured the forests and waterfalls of North Vancouver with friends, along magnificent Horseshoe Bay and up to Shannon Falls. We were in the cool interior of Vancouver: a city of shiny high-rises and funky neighborhoods. We ferried to the provincial capital of Victoria, sight-seeing along her waterfront, including the historic Empress Hotel. We enjoyed our cozy B&B Abigail's, with it's talented chef Matt McGinn, and a Halloween night Ghostwalk where we learned a bit too much about the past inhabitants! Our last day on Vancouver Island was sunny and gorgeous at the Butchart Gardens with the lush sunken garden, Japanese maples and ivy walls. An afternoon's ferry ride back to the city of Vancouver, then home!
In late July my husband Dave and I traveled to Saratoga Racetrack in upstate New York to see the races. It was our first time there and being a "horse person" all my life I was thrilled to see the historic track and feel the adrenaline!
We got up early the next day and were at the track at 7:00 to photograph the horses during their workouts. It was a beautiful morning and we saw the horses far more closely than on race day. We went on a tour of the barn area which was particularly satisfying for me to smell the horses and hay, and get a feel for the scene.
We met our friends Pam and Jim Brangan for the race day. They knew the score and showed us the ropes!
I enjoyed the parade of horses as they were brought in to the paddock area to get ready, and then watching their handlers wait for them after the race to cool down.
We saw the famous Triple Crown jockey Rosie Napravnik win the last race - we bet on All Over Me to win!
I keep thinking Eadweard Muybridge would have loved digital photography!
I had the opportunity to shoot a story for Best of Burlington Magazine about Aristelle - a lovely lingerie store on Church St. Take a look and check out this sweet boutique! I really enjoyed crafting a black & white image that evokes the timeless beauty of the feminine form.
I also have a portrait of the owner, Andrea, on my website in the portraits section.
I’ve been documenting sculptor Eben Markowski’s work on his amazing Elephant Project for over a year. He was recently featured in Make Magazine, based in California. “The magazine that celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your own will.”
This publication is the creative’s guide to what can be made using all kinds of materials, found or otherwise. It is full of unusual projects and exceptional talent. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Eben and photographing he and his work for about 18 years. He always amazes me with each new task and challenge he takes on. His is the quintessential artist and creative thinker.
Here are some of my still images of his process along with a short “teaser” video which is part of my larger documentary project.
I created photographs for two articles in the Winter issue of Edible Green Mountains. The interesting and adventurous Urban Moonshine company in Burlington, maker of organic bitters & tonics, as well the equally compelling Dunc's Mill Rum in Barton, Vermont.
I really enjoyed meeting the masterminds behind both of these Vermont entrepreneurial endeavors, Jovial King and Duncan Holaday.
I love the flavors of the Maple and Joy Tonic bitters, (and their use as a digestif or in a cocktail) and Dunc's delicious Maple Rum.
We're deep into winter in Vermont. We had an ice storm over the holidays, and even though it's been hard to get around, it has it's beauty, with the the branches and berries enrobed in ice.
Our dog Rosalita enjoys the coolness, and exploring new paths in the various forms of snow.
My husband Dave, our chocolate lab Rosalita and I did some touring recently to find beautiful fall colors. Once again, Vermont did not disappoint! I find myself getting really enamored of the light coming through the leaves, and the yellows this year were amazing. A delight to experience the bright and vibrant colors.
Here's a gallery of a few more photos. We walked up to Silver Lake in Salisbury, and on our way down we came upon a newly married couple. They took their vows on Lennie's Lookout trail, up at the lake. They asked me to shoot a few photos of their group, and were happy to discover it was not my " first wedding"! I asked Nicole and Jeff to shed their backpacks and walk out into the sunshine at the bottom of the trail. They were lovely!
Shaw’s General Store and Kristen Piper with some Vermont products.
Chef Eric Warnstedt and Hen of the Woods’ fare: Cheeseplate: Jasper Hill “Bayley Hazen Blue” (cow), Sage Farm Dairy “Sterling”( Goat), Woodcock Farm “Summer Snow” (sheep); Fresh Tracks Farm Rabbit leg and loin, heirlooms beans, buttered parsnips, blackberries and blackberry puree; Goat’s milk dumplings, Pete’s Greens cipollini, locally foraged chanterelle, Jericho Settler’s Farm cherry tomatoes, Pete’s arugula, preserved tomatoes; and fresh farm radishes and local butter.
Chef Michael Kloeti of Michael’s on the Hill, and his Herb Butter Poached Maine Lobster with Crispy Polenta, Baby Spinach & Truffle
I photographed at the Intervale Community Farm in Burlington last week when it was 96 degrees. They were picking green salad bowl lettuce, a baby lettuce variety, and weeding squash. Despite the high heat and humidity, the farmers, interns and volunteers were working determinedly and with good spirit!
Kim Ward and crew pick baby lettuce: Glenna and Rod Copeland, Katie Richards and Warren Lee
Farm Manager Andy Jones
Katie Horner, an intern with the UVM Farmer Training program, and Alex Dugas, volunteer
Erik Rehman weeding squash
Emily Irwin, and Erik Rehman both work for ICF
Graham Waugh, a native of New Brunswick,Canada, and part of the UVM Farmer Training program
Assistant Farm Manager Becky Maden plowing the fields
Yael Rhodes and Chris Hessey making bouquets at the nearby Stray Cat Flower Farm
Below: The field's bounty today, during the CSA pick-up: tomatoes, zucchini and baby lettuces
Member Robyn Schenck picking her own flowers
Weighing a lettuce share
Nina DeLeone Mazuzan is really happy about the new tomatoes!
I was in New Mexico recently for my sister-in-law's wedding. We stayed in a wonderful B&B in Albuquerque, Los Poblanos, which is a working lavender farm replete with peacocks.
Impressions of Santa Fe: red-oranges, deep blues and bright light.
The Dunwells performed on the Santa Fe Plaza bandstand. My nephew Gabriel surrounded by burnt orange below.
Siri Chand and her mother Ann. Ann and Steve Roberts, Kevin Stultz
The bride and groom during the traditional Sikh ceremony high on a mountaintop near Española. A beautiful weekend full of ceremony, family and friends!
Congratulations Siri Chand and Amar Atma! June 23, 2013
The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine "Food Issue" features my photos of an Outstanding In The Field dinner I photographed last September at Pete's Greens in Crafstbury, VT. The chef was Eric Warnstedt of Hen of the Wood restaurant in Waterbury. We were in a lovely field of buckwheat dining on locally sourced produce, meats, wine and spirits.
Check out more photos in my blogpost from September.
My photographs are featured in the spring issue of Best of Burlington magazine in a story on the Ecco Clothing store. Ecco is celebrating 20 years in business in downtown Burlington! The store is wonderfully full of color and light and hip fashion. I had fun photographing owner Lara Heath Allen, manager Marissa Stokes, and sales associate Shelby Gillespie modeling their store's spring designs. Check out the full story here.
I took part in the Winter Tea Tasting at Stone Leaf Teahouse in Middlebury recently.
They have an exceptional variety of tea from Taiwan, India, Japan and China.
One of the owners, John, took us through a tasting of Oolongs from Taiwan and a black tea from Nepal. John has a wealth of knowledge not only in the varieties, but the ritual of tea.
I am a fan of green tea and black tea, but the Oolong variety holds another world of taste!
Enjoying one of these exotic brews is a great way to warm up a cold Vermont winter's day!
Happy New Year! Vermont has finally received several snow storms in the last week. A great opportunity to get out and enjoy the beautiful cross country ski trails!