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Announcing: Photography Classes with Jess!

You guys! You guys! YOU GUYS! (<--- I'm jumping up and down like a crazy woman) I'm teaching classes at 171 Cedar Arts Center this session! So if you've ever looked at my work or read my blog or been one of my clients and thought "Man, I wish I could hang out with this girl and learn how to take pictures better" then YOU. ARE. IN. LUCK. because I've got three awesome classes open (plus one workshop) where we can get together and talk photography! If you're impatient to see all the options before I finish the blog posts ;-) I totally understand and you can check them out here. My Monday night class is going to be for teens (ages 12-17) and it's called Mobile Photography: Beyond the Selfie.      The idea for this class was born from my intense hatred of selfies ;-) Not because I don't love seeing everyone's beautiful faces. (I love faces, see?) It's just that I know there are so many potential artists out there who feel the burn in their

On Favorite Photographs and Future Possibilities

I've had this quote from Imogen Cunningham in my head lately. Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I'm going to take tomorrow. And especially this week, since I'm getting ready for a trip to Montreal with my siblings. My creative mind is full of daydreams of which lenses to bring, what types of street photography I want to take, what cool buildings I'll see... not to mention the fun of one last family trip before my sister leaves for the Appalachian Trail (!!!) I can feel the creative energy (that sometimes gets cooped up in the Winter!) just itching for some artistic challenges and new sights. This trip is going to be just the thing. I used to think that I was just indecisive... the fact that I can't say I have a favorite photograph. But if I'm hearing Imogen right, I'm just always on the artistic hunt for my next favorite! ;-) I wish you a wonderful day full of possibilities!      Anyone ever been to Montreal? I'd love to hear from you

A Valentine’s Day Question for You

So I have to ask... When's the last time you and your sweetheart had professional photos taken together?  If the answer is your wedding day I'm going to reach through the computer and pop you in the forehead.     I get it though, so I'll try to be nice here. But it's true - everyone needs to get photos taken together. REGULARLY people, regularly! You need to remind your significant other that they matter to you! We get professional photos of things that matter to us. Weddings, babies, special events and milestones. You should look at these photos as a way to commemorate another year of your love!        A lot happens between the cute engagement photos of your passionate youth and the deep love that only years together can bring. And a lot of what is happening isn't something you think to record often. But if a picture says a thousand words, then that's why I work so hard to show as much emotion and

30 Ways to Think Outside the SAD Box this Winter | Part Three

This is obviously not a comprehensive list, but I feel like we're all a little more armed and dangerous to make the last few months of this winter less of a bummer.  Which is good, because all the ice-slush-snow-freezing-rain we've gotten this weekend in Upstate NY is KILLING ME. Without further ado, here are the last ten tips to kick seasonal depression's booty...     21. Brew a hot cup of your favorite tea. Just putting your tea kettle on the stove can improve your mood. The cozy feeling of a warm beverage in your hands is one of the many ways to warm yourself up. Inside and out! Plus you get a bonus boost from feeling virtuous for treating yourself to the antioxidants and other nutritious goodness you get from most teas. I'm looking at you green ;-) 22. Spend $10 on something you don't really need. New makeup, nail polish, hair accessory, scarf, jewelry, etc. Anything that makes you smile. Even if you already own 30 scarves. or more. Not that I

30 Ways to Get You Through the Rest of this Winter | Part 2

  My best friend always laughs at the similarities between her husband and yours truly. Most people get a "blah" sort of feeling when the sun isn't around... but she says she watches some people (raises hand) just seem to droop on dreary days. She calls us "solar-powered people" and I just love that description. SO for those of us who are more solar-powered than others, here are the next ten tips in this quick series on battling the Winter Blues.     11. Plan a trip. Maybe you don't have the time or budget for a big sunny cruise down south, but taking some time on a dreary day to plan a vacation (big or small) gives you a huge mood boost. Some people say that PLANNING a vacay can actually bring just as much if not MORE satisfaction and good vibes than the trip itself. I don't know about that, but hey, I'll buy into just about anything at this point ;-) It's a super good idea to break up your routine... especially at the end of Winter when you're