It seems like every year, I have two or three months where I’m booked solid, and this year, June is one of those months.  At the end of each summer, I always end up kicking myself for not planning more of my favorite warm weather activities on the few weekends I have free, so this year, I was determined to get camping checked off early. (more…)

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I met Jesse & Bethany approximately ten minutes before we took the first of this series of photos.  I always love meeting clients like that, because you can really see their personalities and dynamic unfold as they get comfortable in front of my camera.  I love that part of my job: the making clients comfortable part.  Personally, I freeze up when my photo is being taken (“what do I do with my hands?!”) and I know from years of taking photos, and having my photos taken, that the best pictures are the ones that capture who you really are, without that wall we put up when a camera is aimed at us.

I love this series because you can really see how much fun we had together walking downtown Rhinebeck and Montgomery Place.  Bethany & Jesse really make each other laugh (and me, too!) and their love for each other is so apparent in the way they look at one another.  Also, that sunset glow, coupled with the stunning location certainly didn’t hurt 😉

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Are you aware of how difficult it is to take photos with a forty pounds dense dachshund trying to pull you into the river, and an oversized guinea pig running in circles – on her leash – around your legs?  It’s a challenge, let me tell you.  I took Susie and Snoopy down to Long Dock Park a few nights ago to catch the sunset.  The sunset wasn’t cooperating, but Long Dock doesn’t need pretty colors in the sky to be special.  The dogs were overjoyed to be in a new place, smelling new smells, and dragging me down the beach, and I was just happy to be outside at my favorite time of day, admiring all of that driftwood.  Driftwood at dusk will never not remind me Ed Weston peppers.  All of that texture makes it so beautiful to photograph, I always end up with a laughable amount of close ups of it when I have my camera anywhere near the river.  This time, I stumbled upon a lean to that someone made with driftwood?!  How great is that?!  Beacon is cool, guys.  I know Conde Nast and the NY Times and Travel & Leisure have all been telling you that for the past few years, but I’m here to provide you with a reliable, first hand source – I can tell you that, as someone who has lived and worked and galavanted around Beacon for the better part of the last decade (with a little mini detour to Virginia), this place is the bees knees, the cat’s pajamas, and the best thing since Betty White (since she was born before sliced bread – fun fact!).

Before I start rambling on with more about peppers and driftwood and Betty White and what was shaping up to be the worst Trip Advisor review in history, I’m going to end this here and leave you all with these photos of beautiful driftwood, my dogs, the river, and awkward selfies, featuring the aforementioned dogs.  Enjoy.  Hope you’re all having a happy Thursday 🙂 (more…)

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I used to hate hummus.  Then, I started a love affair with Sabre Roasted Red Pepper hummus, and to this day it’s the only kind I’ll buy (and on rare occasion).  But then I kept seeing this vibrant pink hummus, and beets were involved, and considering that pickled beets were my favorite food growing up (I’m not even kidding), I was on board with this idea.  So I bought a bag of chick peas, and boiled them according to the package instructions to prepare them, and then ended up soaking them in the fridge for, like, two days, because I was procrastinating, and then Monday rolled around!  The house was quiet and clean and it was kind of rainy outside and while my computer was set up to automate uploads and file conversions, I wandered over to the kitchen and started pulling things out of the fridge. (more…)

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On Sunday, it rained.  We drove a few minutes down the road to Little Stony Point, in Philipstown, right between Cold Spring and Beacon.  We did a 5 mile loop a few weeks back, straight up the mountain and down and around, through Cornish Estates.  I, of course, didn’t bring my camera for that one, and my phone died, but that just means we have to go back.  That was our intention on Monday, but I was so curious about the bridge leading over the tracks toward the water that we ended up looping around and taking a short hike around Little Stony Point before the rain really started coming down.  I love the Hudson Valley.  I think I could spend my whole life here and not visit every trail and vista and cove and cave I’d like to, but I’ll damn sure try.  And with this guy, and that face?  Sounds like a pretty great way to spend a life to me… (more…)

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