Ripples

"Each time a person stands up for an idea, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, (s)he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."

- Robert F Kennedy

People's Climate March, NYC

"That is one of the reasons numbers matter: they build on themselves, speaking to the part in each of us that doubts change can really happen. But numbers also say something to the larger world; they are the basic currency a movement relies on. The fossil-fuel industry represents the one per cent of the one per cent; lacking scientific arguments, its advocates use their only asset, an unparalleled pool of cash, to maintain the status quo. If the rest of us are going to shake up the planetary gestalt, our equivalent currency is bodies—and the passion, spirit, and creativity they contain." - Bill McKibben, Among the Marchers - The New Yorker


Lady Liberty

One of my favorite touristy things to do in New York is taking the Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty and the skyline at night. The ferry is free, frequent, and huge. You can buy beer and food at the terminal to bring on board, which is pretty great. There is little else as wonderful as leaning over the railing with the wind whipping through your hair and breathing in salty, fresh air. Seeing the statue is incredibly powerful too. It's not one of those real-life letdowns like some famous attractions are (looking at you, Mona Lisa). It fills you with awe and pride and a closeness to history. As soon as you land in Staten Island, you just hop off and hop on the next boat back. If you time it right, you'll see the city skyline sparkle in the darkness on the way home.

Jackie and Jarrett's Rehearsal

I love wedding rehearsals. They are fun, intimate, and brimming with anticipation. Jackie and Jarrett's rehearsal was just such an occasion. It was truly a celebration of joy, love, friends, and family. I am so excited for them as they begin this new journey together!

"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate." 

Gabrielle and Brent

It's a wonderful thing to witness two people you love fall in love with one another. Brent and Gabby are the type of people who radiate happiness wherever they go, and their shared sense of adventure is contagious. I am so thankful that they found each other, and I wish them all the bliss in the world! 

Listen

“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”  - Shel Silverstein

Isabel and Richard

I met Isabel when we were both corps members at Teach For America almost four years ago. I have truly enjoyed getting to know her over the years, meeting her beautiful family, and watching them all grow together. I was so thrilled when she and Richard announced their engagement, and then again when they asked me to take their engagement pictures. I absolutely loved doing these photos; there is such a deep level of love and warmth between these two that it is palpable. It is clear by the way they look at each other how much love and respect exists in their relationship. These qualities are reflected in their children as well; they are sweet, precocious, and joyful.  I couldn't resist taking a few pictures of the kiddos too. I felt so inspired by this wonderful family! 

The pictures were taken at The Goat Farm in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Rosy Smiles

My parents have an affinity for adopting lab mixes from the local animal shelter. They scooped up this bundle of joy two years ago. As a baby, Rosy suffered from parvovirus and pneumonia and most likely would not have survived in the pound, had my parents not taken her home when they did. Today, Rosy is one of the happiest and love-filled dogs that you will ever meet. 

Daffodils

My favorite flowers are blooming! I especially love daffodils because their sunny yellow heads start to appear at the same time that spring weather does in Georgia. Even though it's only February, the sunshine is warmer and the evening air has lost its chill. I am ready for it!

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Banana Pancakes

Can't you see that it's just raining
Ain't no need to go outside...
But baby, you hardly even notice
When I try to show you this
Song is meant to keep ya
From doing what you're supposed to
Like waking up too early
Maybe we can sleep in
I'll make you banana pancakes
Pretend like it's the weekend now

-Jack Johnson

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Driving

“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese

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The Tesars

The Tesar Family - Buddy, Karina, Eliana, and Joseph. 

It has been incredible witnessing the Tesars' journey. From dancing at their wedding, late nights in their apartment, playing with their new puppy, beach trips and camping, to visiting them in their first house, meeting their little girl and a few years later their little boy, I have loved being a part of this family's adventures. My husband and I have been friends with the Tesars since college, and now, with so many life changes, our friendship seems to become even stronger and more valuable. Thank you Buddy and Karina for letting me capture some special moments with your beautiful family!

Models at The Goat Farm

Photo shoot at The Goat Farm Arts Center. Atlanta, Georgia. February 2014.

Sunday was my first Meetup, and my first time photographing professional models. I was a little intimidated, but the other photographers at the event were incredibly supportive, and the models were so sweet about my awkwardness when posing them. It was an interesting and helpful experience!

Oliver's First Birthday

Oliver Shearrow's first birthday party.

What a joyous day! It's hard to believe that already a year has past since my friends brought life into the world. I am so happy to have been there to celebrate Oliver's first birthday. One of the best parts was watching his face light up when everyone sang to him, and then light up even more with his first bite of cake. I love the monster theme!

Snow Day

It snows in Georgia maybe once a year, and it sticks even less frequently. On Tuesday Atlanta got hit with the winter storm Leon, which brought two inches of snow to the city. This might seem like a laughable amount to those accustomed to trudging through several feet of snow for weeks on end, but the South isn't prepared. Twenty minute commutes turned into twenty hour ones, cars were abandoned on the highway, kids spent the night at their schools, police could not respond to all the wreaks, and a child was birthed in a traffic jam. 

Despite all the stress and chaos, the fallen snow was beautiful, but what was even more beautiful was the compassion that radiated throughout the city. People took to Facebook and Twitter to offer food and beds to those unable to make it home, braved the ice to push strangers' cars out of ditches, and rode ATVs to rescue families stranded on the highway without gas or warmth. I am grateful that we were reminded this week of the innate goodness that humans possess.

The Shearrows

John, Amanda, and Oliver Shearrow make up one of the kindest, warmest, and cutest families I know. They are also some of my dearest friends, and I've loved being a part of their lives and witnessing all of their exciting changes over the past seven years. It was a joy to take pictures of the Shearrows at their beautiful new home in Atlanta this past Sunday. Oh and with those doe-eyes and huge grin, Oliver is definitely a little heartbreaker