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My Outdoorsy-Sister, My Nature-Muse

My younger sister is a third of the way done with her thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. And I miss her face off.      It's weird... she lives in Rochester so you would think I would see her all the time. But she's a bada$$ ICU/trauma nurse who works night shifts and weekends and I'm a single Mom with school-age kiddos. So I don't hang out with her as much as I would like. But there was something about her leaving for this six month (0r so) adventure of hiking most of the East Coast that feels so much more difficult than her living an hour and a half away. I know I can still text her and I know she's called me pretty regularly for really great chats. And I know I will see her at least once mid-adventure.     I also know she's having the time of her life... I know she's learning a ton about herself through this experience... but the fact that she isn't here is so strange and so hard. And then the empathetic heart of mine is dying

Local Events | Fifth Annual Failure Summit

Last month, I attended the Failure Summit put on by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes. When I first read the event description I laughed out loud, so I knew it would be a great way to spend an afternoon.  Being a small business owner is a really scary, risky thing. There are many days I think about how much easier it would be if I just got a more traditional job. But then the part of my creative soul that loves this business so hard knows I would not be as happy doing anything else.      It can feel really awful sometimes knowing that I'm not really sure how this wonderful experiment called "small business" is going to work out.  And it feels like I'm going the wrong way most days. I was hoping this Failure Summit would remind me that experiments (and even failures) are some of the only ways we can learn and grow and innovate. And I felt like the five brave souls that got up to speak that day were speaking right

Newborns at Home | Baby Ellie

I had the privilege of meeting little miss Ellie in the coziness of her home a few days after she was born. She had plenty of happy smiles and sweet snuggles to share. It was a blast watching her two big brothers show off how proud and excited they are. The whole family is certainly blessed to be adding some more pink to their world. Congrats to the Hyrnkiws... Baby Ellie is just lovely!      Like this post? Contact me today to book a relaxed in home newborn shoot for your

Amazing Headshots | Don’t Take My Word For It

A couple weeks ago, I bumped into a former headshot client. I remembered her because her first interaction with me was one I hear often... something like: Good luck taking a good photo of me. I'm not photogenic. I'm only doing this because the team wants me to get a headshot done. Sorry. I still have a hard time believing that people walk around thinking such depressing thoughts about themselves. But I also love the challenge of getting them outside of their head for those 15 minutes I'm pointing my camera in their face. My goal? To show them a glimpse of the powerful amazing person they are.  It's not always easy. And maybe some people still walk away from headshots with me feeling "blah" about themselves. But it's always my goal to empower people. I want you to see what I see when I look into your eyes. I want you to understand the intensity and the beauty of your one-of-a-kind face! Well Susan came up to me and thanked me again for the headshots I had taken. She said

Pining for My Favorite Summer Spot

I have been daydreaming all week about this moment from last summer... my first time trying stand up paddle boarding.  The sun was shining on Mirror Lake and it was my first time viewing the town of Lake Placid from the water. I had bruised my sternum the week prior in an unfortunate hiking fight with a large piece of a granite boulder in Acadia National Park. So I wasn't able to mess around and try my hand at yoga balance postures like my siblings were doing. Besides laughing at their antics, the main memories from that evening are quite moments like in this picture... where I was just sitting down for a rest, enjoying the water and the warmth of the sun.      I've had a heart full of miss for Lake Placid this week. I want to go camping and feel my lungs burn as I haul my tush up a mountain. I want to get dirty and breathe fresh air and try stand up paddle boarding again. What about you? Sick of this crazy March weather, yet? What's