Summer….

I love summer. I love the lack of schedules, going to the pool, sleeping in a little later, time for waffles in the mornings. I love that my job allows this. Feeling so thankful and lucky to have the opportunities that I have from doing something I love so much (being a mom and a photographer).

June took us to Boston to shoot for an amazing non-profit, called the Play Brigade. We got to shoot anywhere we wanted to in Fenway Park…I still seriously cannot believe this. My husband is a lifelong Red Sox fan and he was there helping me that day and got to walk on the field, sit in the dugout, see the Green Monster seats. We also shot all around Boston (Lynn, Franklin, Brookline) to see some amazing girls for the upcoming “Strong is the New Pretty” book. From roller derby girls to violinists…I swear, not sharing these images (gotta keep some for the book!) is so stinking hard!

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Also, headed up to North Carolina to take my daughter to my alma mater, Wake Forest University, for her first ever sleep away soccer camp. Same coach I had when I played there…talk about a full circle moment. So proud of her for sticking it out and dealing with homesickness….here is her coming home. Missed that face. Got to shoot some more amazing girls up in NC…some artists, valedictorians and hikers.

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The best of June…

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Weekly Roundup

Thought I’d try blogging my favorite shots for the week here…on my blog. Not just posting on facebook, but having a bloggy record of them online.

I shoot a lot…see.

E and her favorite preschool friend and future husband saying goodbye. Noah’s moving to PA.
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Yorkshire fog.
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Family session.

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Sammy and a four kid pile up.
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Someone lost her front tooth. The brown one that was injured three years ago…love it.

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Cheerio and Bonjour {European Vacation…and some work}

We had the trip of a lifetime last week for spring break. It was exhausting and some tears were shed (mostly by a jetlagged me), but we made it through and got to see and experience some amazing sites and places.

Carolyn Mendelsohn, (check out her work, so beautiful and very poignant and thoughful portraits) asked if I might be interesting in heading to Yorkshire to teach a day of her Residential Workshop. It was falling during the girls’ spring break, so we decided to make a week of it…and cram every damn thing we could think of into said week as well.

We flew into London, stayed for a few days, took the train to Paris (the 5:40 train, I might add) for 24 hours, then train-ed back to London, up to Yorkshire, taught the class (the girls modeled and Mike pub-ed:), headed back to London and went home. Easy, right?

A few highlights of our trip…
Lion King in the West End.
Getting pictures drawn of the girls in Montmartre.
Climbing the Eiffel Tower with no crowds.
Pretending we were on the Amazing Race when almost missed our train from Paris.
I had zero fear flying over the Atlantic (I am a terrible flyer generally) but my relax-y pills chilled me just enough to make it through just fine.
Indian food in London.
Bread and croissant in Paris.
Gelato.
Gelato.
Gelato.
The amazing and awesome women in the class in Yorkshire.
The moors.
Teaching a class in the same place Wuthering Heights was written.

Some of the images from our trip.

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Cheerio and Bonjour {European Vacation…and some work}

We had the trip of a lifetime last week for spring break. It was exhausting and some tears were shed (mostly by a jetlagged me), but we made it through and got to see and experience some amazing sites and places.

Carolyn Mendelsohn, (check out her work, so beautiful and very poignant and thoughful portraits) asked if I might be interesting in heading to Yorkshire to teach a day of her Residential Workshop. It was falling during the girls’ spring break, so we decided to make a week of it…and cram every damn thing we could think of into said week as well.

We flew into London, stayed for a few days, took the train to Paris (the 5:40 train, I might add) for 24 hours, then train-ed back to London, up to Yorkshire, taught the class (the girls modeled and Mike pub-ed:), headed back to London and went home. Easy, right?

A few highlights of our trip…
Lion King in the West End.
Getting pictures drawn of the girls in Montmartre.
Climbing the Eiffel Tower with no crowds.
Pretending we were on the Amazing Race when almost missed our train from Paris.
I had zero fear flying over the Atlantic (I am a terrible flyer generally) but my relax-y pills chilled me just enough to make it through just fine.
Indian food in London.
Bread and croissant in Paris.
Gelato.
Gelato.
Gelato.
The amazing and awesome women in the class in Yorkshire.
The moors.
Teaching a class in the same place Wuthering Heights was written.

Some of the images from our trip.

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Football to Cotillion. A Weekend in the New South. {Photo Essay}

Gender roles are challenged and accepted all in the same weekend.

This photo essay captures 7th grade girls from Georgia who take on the boys in an otherwise all male flag football league on Saturdays. Then on Sundays, they head en masse to the southern tradition of cotillion classes. Scrapes are covered in makeup, eye black is replaced by eye liner, and muddy cleats are swapped for black flats.

On Saturdays, the girls fought hard for a 1-7 record. Their coach, Steven Sweigart, was impressed with the girls: “Coaching these girls was one of my favorite experiences with the game of football. It’s a demanding sport that requires each player to do their job during every play. Even though the girls didn’t know football when they started and they got pushed around in the beginning, they kept fighting. These girls never gave up and impressed me every week. They are beautiful warriors.”

On Sundays, the girls take out their ponytails and don their cocktail dresses and name tags for cotillion at the local country club. Cotillion is a series of classes popular in the South that offer instruction in manners, deportment, social graces, and dancing.

With the girls cleaned up and blown dry, scrapes and bruises can still be seen on legs and faces from the day before. But today they aren’t blocking and tackling the boys; they are accepting their arms to lead them to the dance floor and following their lead in the cha cha.

The girls seem to revere the camaraderie and challenge of football and endure the directives of cotillion. One emphasizes manners and acting like nice southern ladies and the other completely the opposite.

“I go to cotillion because my mom makes me. I hate wearing a fancy dress and shoes, but it is fun since my friends are all there” explains Logan Speckhart, a receiver on the team.

Parents saw changes in the girls as the football season progressed, “I saw her confidence soar after she saw that she could compete with boys her age who have played football for years.” Jennifer Ford, parent of Gracie.

When asked if the girls had any trouble with the boys playing against girls, Gracie Ford said, “No, but they didn’t think we were going to be as good as we were.”

Well played, ladies.

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