January 05, 2018

Welcome 2018!

Hello everybody! I hope the New Year brings with it a fresh start for you all and a sense of rejuvenation and success in every area of your life.

Remember, don't let go of your dreams; trying on your dreams is the best way to live a fulfilled life.

Hope you have a beautiful weekend. Here's to really great things to come in 2018! xx

(Photo by Karim Iliya via National Geographic.)

Why you should not set a new year's resolution and what to do instead.

December 22, 2017

Sweet Childhood Memories + Happy Holidays!

For some reason Christmastime always makes me feel nostalgic. At this time of year I tend to recall Christmases of the past, perhaps those of happier times. December brings back some of the most cherished memories of my childhood with my family.

I loved Christmas morning growing up. Thankfully we were never disappointed on Christmas Day morning. On Christmas Eve, my siblings and I used to put our little stockings under the tree. So, you can bet how excited my siblings and I were when we awoke to find a piece of candy, coins, fruit and nuts in them. Dad would tell us that Santa had left them, and that he was watching to make sure we were being good.

I remember we would all decorate the Christmas tree together and put a yellow star on the top of the tree. I remember driving around looking at twinkling lights, and the big family Christmas meal. My siblings and I continue this tradition to this day.

As an adult, I look back happily on our traditions with a smile. I really miss that last one, since my parents are no longer here on this earth. We all have people we miss during the holidays...parents, grandparents, siblings, friends. In the end, the message of Christmases past is clear; it is the people we celebrate the holidays with that matters most.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas! However you spend this time of year, I hope it's filled with warmth and joy. Let the spirit of Christmas bring happiness in your life always. Thank you so much for your continued support and have a wonderful, restful holiday and a happy New Year!
Lots of love. xx

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(Top photo of Alfred Hitchcock.) 

December 08, 2017

Surprise Yourself + Have an Inspiring Weekend

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One thing I have learned from some extremely happy (and healthy aging) people is to keep on learning something new throughout my life. There's big satisfaction to be found in learning things and really mastering a new skill.
Read a book. The morning paper. Attend a seminar, watch a documentary movie, take a course for fun...
Nothing can make me more proud at the moment, than learning something new every day. You see, doing something for the first time gives me the chance to grow, to move my brain and keep it healthy. Research has long shown that new knowledge and learning activities pay off. 

Being creative with my spare time has definitely improved the quality of my life.

Hope you have a great weekend! xx

P.S. Discover your hidden talents! Remember, just because you can't currently play the piano doesn't mean that you'll never be able to.

December 01, 2017

Life Is Precious

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Hello there. Happy December 1st! I hope you all have a great December this year.
So, you might have noticed, I haven't posted for a while here and on social media, and I wanted to explain why. Here's what happened...

September 22, 2017

Coffee-Based Dessert

Turn your coffee into a treat. A wonderful way to enjoy your cup of coffee - if you're not a coffee purist!

Pour a shot of hot espresso coffee into a small glass, and top...

September 15, 2017

Little Bits of Life

Happy Friday to all of our lovely CUT and DRY readers out there! So. I am ready for fall and all the crisp goodness that goes with it. I have so much exciting stuff in store for this fall and...

September 08, 2017

My Street Photography Approach

Here's a glimpse of my Street Photography (early work), if you'd like to see...

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I enjoy shooting images in multiple genres of Photography, but I tend to gravitate toward:

B&W Street Photography
Documentary Photography 
B&W Fine Art Photography

On Street Photography:

I've always loved this genre, but it wasn't until February 2017 that I actually started to get dedicated to street photography, in an attempt to preserve what time steals but photographs can save.

To me, street photography is ultimately liberating. Also, it's a great means to document urban life, tangible and intangible elements of a city, individuals or crowds in the street, and tell the stories behind the shapes and patterns of a particular place and moment in time. 
Madness of Street.
On Visual Aesthetic: 

"What I photograph is defined by what I believe in."

I try to always shoot with the intent of telling a story and I do want my images to provoke a strong emotional response in those who view them. 
I'm a firm believer that street photography undoubtedly effects our capacity to empathize; also, it can help us connect with people worldwide in that way. And that's so important. 
I tend to use a semi-abstract approach in my street work where enigmatic figures are always present.

Conventionality (cliche's) is also something that I'm trying my hardest to steer away from. I need to pave my own path and my photographic vision focuses on capturing the essence of a person, the feeling, the spirit of urban spaces.
The truth is, for any given subject, there is no one composition, one perspective or story - rather there are probably any number of these elements that can work - the possibilities are endless. 
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Lost in the Streets.
Lonely in the Big City.

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