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SOME THOUGHTS ON OVER-PLANNING AND HOW I STAY CREATIVE

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This quote couldn’t be more relevant for me right now especially since I’m juggling various projects, both client and creative projects of my own.  What freelancer wouldn’t want to over prepare and be two….three…ten steps ahead of the game?

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SPRING FORWARD… and shooting at Breather

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EIGHTY MAG // ISSUE 2 PHOTO SHOOT

EIGHTY magI was so honored to be able to work with EIGHTY mag and the amazing talent assembled for this shoot.  It reinforced why I love working as a part of a creative editorial team. Continue reading »

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Behind the Scenes // Photo Shoot for Hudson + Bleecker

Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 1.17.29 AMOnce a shoot is complete, I’ll have quite a few good test shots that sadly never get to see the light of day.  So today I’m liberating these images from my hard drive.  These behind the scenes shots are from the above lifestyle photo shoot for Hudson + Bleecker which is a company that specializes in chic luxury travel accessories.    Continue reading »

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PHOTOGRAPHING WITH FLARE

Some photographers probably wouldn’t do it, some people will do it by accident, if it’s way too much then you just might not like it.  But me…I tame it…I’m not afraid of it.  I will actually do it on purpose.  If you’re shooting with me, be prepared….

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Things I like lately – Almost Summer Edition

Just a few things I’ve been liking lately …

Celebrating a thirty something birthday in Montauk planned by the hubby.  Here’s some from the iphone

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Tea’s Tea matcha green tea lattes which have way too much sugar but I still loooove

This quote…

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” To live is the rarest thing in the world

Most people exist, that is all   “

                                                      -Oscar Wilde

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Kale pesto pasta with sunflower seeds which I used instead of pine nuts, seriously guys, it was a winner as far as kale recipes go.  Here’s one I pinned from Rue Magazine’s blog.

 

Remembering my childhood in Africa a post over on instagram …and below

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The brilliant work of Hideaki Hamada  I couldn’t get enough of his flickr feed.  His work has been  featured in Kinfolk Magazine

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Buying custom pieces of furniture from a local Jersey City vendor, Made in Paulus Hoeck.  We recently bought from them an awesome coffee table with an industrial feel and made from reclaimed wood.  Excited about the new pieces being worked on now!

 

 

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Dylan + Sofia // my portrait shooting style

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I usually have an idea of how I’ll approach a portrait session days before the shoot.  Really really!

I could make my life easier and solely rely on an app to gather visuals, but I am an old soul and also like to write or sketch ideas in an idea style book (I am note taking nerd, what can I say!)  Inspiration comes daily and collected from unusual places: a sweet moment I notice while people watching, artwork at a museum,  or something seemingly irrelevant like color schemes.  When I shot siblings Dylan + Sofia’s portrait session I already had some ideas and posing in mind to help move things along.  Also, I wanted to execute these as quickly as possible (because let’s face it babies have their own agendas!)  However, these two had much better things in store for me.

I never expected that Dylan & Sofia’s shoot would turn out the way it did because I surrendered to the moment…in not so many words.   This was somewhat difficult for me because as a photographer I am admittedly a control freak.  But, after noticing Sofia’s larger than life personality and Dylan’s calm and curious demeanor, we decided to let the moment unfold spontaneously as a way to capture their personalities just as they are especially side by side.  The image above looks just like how it felt, no posing… Sofia was asked to hug her brother and so did this for us, laughing hysterically and affectionately clutching to him while he scoped out the scenery with those curious big blue eyes.   Moments later we captured her energy and free spirit jumping on the bed because that is what she felt like at the time.

Us photographers like to control as much as we can from the lighting in our surroundings to camera settings and down to posing if our client wants us to.  It takes a brilliant photographer to be able to adapt to the elements available and control what they can while letting things organically unfold so you have beautiful images that look pure and natural (because the moments really are pure and natural!).  I like to think that my portrait shooting style has evolved to just that, less posing and more interaction to get just the perfect images that speak to who you are. – CM

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Kinfolk West Elm Market – Brooklyn

Back in the fall, I went to a Kinfolk dinner superbly hosted at West Elm Market in Brooklyn.   I had been reluctant to go on my own, but I’m so glad I did.  I met some really interesting people that night and sampled some cheese, olives and had some pretty savory dishes at dinner.  My dinner companions started out as strangers but by the end of the night we were laughing and exchanging stories like old friends.  A few tidbits were shared about the intricacies of Turkish street food, food blogging, traveling in New York from the perspective of a European tourist, and which NYC restaurant has the most authentic ramen.  It’s amazing how sharing delicious food on a communal table really brings people together.   I only snapped a few photos since I was so preoccupied in conversation and of course eating!  If you have a chance to go to a Kinfolk dinner in your city, I definitely recommend it! -CM

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Things I like lately

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  • The wedding images I’ve been editing, like the above (more later!)
  • Eating in on weeknights and making simple savory meals that we actually take pride in (as opposed to the strange last minute concoctions we made or falling back on our bad habit of take out meals)
  • Less thinking and more doing
  • Planning out my year with some creative wall calendars, I like this one.  Also digging the selection on DailyCandy and over on Anne Sage’s blog
  • I would love to try one of these tea cocktails  (via NYTimes Magazine)
  • Found old photos, especially sassy ones…check out the series “Preserved Moments of Historical Sass” over on Messy Nessy chic blog.
  • Powering down before 10pm at night…2am was not an unusual bedtime for me last year (winter makes me tired!)
  • The hardcover book I’m reading of the Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

Happy weekend! – CM

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Things I like lately

One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to share more frequently on this blog.  Last year the posts here were very few and far between.  That definitely needs to change.  Even though there have been a lot of exciting things going on lately, there was always some other task that took priority.   But that will always be the case! No matter how busy things get, I wanted to try a new series  each Friday highlighting some interesting links and some things that I like or find interesting lately.  Here we go:

-Maxing and relaxing, eating good food, and spending some much needed quality time with family

-I don’t usually follow celebrity couples, but Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet (above) are my new faves

-Indulging in obscenely delicious Affogato (via breweddaily.com)

Vivienne Maier self portrait exhibit at Howard Greenberg Gallery in NYC,  ending this Saturday Jan 4!

-Second chances in 2014

Have a stellar weekend! Cheers -CM

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