rhode island

Somewhere Warmer with Ali

If there's one thing I can't stand, it's the cold. Living in Massachusetts during the winter proves to be difficult for me, especially when I want to shoot! Luckily, I discovered the Roger Williams Botanical Garden in Providence, Rhode Island and invited Ali along with me to forget about the cold and pretend we're somewhere tropical. Neither of us had been there before but we were pleasantly surprised. This place is like a hidden paradise underneath a pile of snow and glass. Most importantly: it was WARM! Check out our shoot below and maybe you'll feel a bit warmer, too.

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Rainy Day Newport Adventure

Hi, I'm still here!

If you check my blog regularly, first of all, thank you for that! Second of all, you may have noticed there was not a post last week. Last Friday was the launch of the iPhone X and I was so swamped at work that I forgot to schedule a post. But, I have a brand new one for you here! I finally got a weekend off and decided to go on an adventure with Deane and Jake to Newport.

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We hit the beach first, but as you can see, it wasn't exactly the best day for relaxing by the water. It had been cloudy in the morning, but it got worse when we got there. We decided to check out someplace new this time while we waited for it to clear up: the Newport Audrain Auto Museum. It had amazing classic cars and there was so much history behind each one. They allowed photography, so of course I had to shoot!

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After we left the museum, it still hadn't cleared much, but we went for a "sunset" beach walk anyway to round out the day. I love spending time with these two and going on nature walks, especially since winter is right around the corner. Remember, there's no better gift than the gift of memories. If you're interested in booking a shoot for your loved ones for the holidays, send me an email! See you next week!

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Sunset-gazing at Brenton Point State Park

I've been itching to do some astrophotography lately, so my boyfriend and two of our closest friends went to Newport, Rhode Island to catch some stars. I've been studying light pollution maps to see the best places for long night exposures and the Newport area is surprisingly low! Unfortunately, we picked a day with a crazy amount of cloud cover, so stars weren't an option, but the sunset was incredible. We packed up a cooler and brought some dogs for the grill, then stayed to watch the sky.

Keep scrolling to see the beautiful sights we saw!

Shell-searching at Colt State Park

As the maid of honor of my sister's wedding, I had a very important task: collect big seashells for the placemats! To do this, my mother and I took my dog, Lucy, for a beach day and hunted for shells at Colt State Park in Rhode Island. It was a beautiful day, so I had to document it! Enjoy some pictures that make it feel like summer.

Then Vs. Now: Photography Progress

When I first started practicing photography, I would see these amazing photographs from famous photographers and think that I could never get to that level.

I get a lot of comments on my photos that go something like, "Wow! I could never do that!" As much as I appreciate compliments, this is super untrue! Everything comes with practice. I've been working with photography for over 8 years now and I'm still learning, growing, and improving my work. I think it's important for people to see the drastic changes in people's work to prove this point. Clay Moss, an amazing photographer from Texas, has a thread on Twitter that's full of progress photos from photographers around the world and it's so inspiring. 

I'm going to embarrass myself a bit (but it's all for you guys!) and show some of my own progress photos in my own version of Then Vs. Now!

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Moral of this post is: never doubt yourself! With enough practice and passion, you can achieve all your goals. Just keep working and pushing yourself to try new things. Trust me, these "before and afters" are only within a couple years of each other so as long as you push yourself, you can do it!