Sunday, February 21, 2010


We stayed in a hotel downtown after our annual Chinese New year celebration. Each year we beg my parents to watch the younger kids, leave the house to the older kids, and enjoy a feast with some good friends who we sometimes only see this one time every year (see previous day's lobster platter!). Without children to worry about, or the dog, or something in the house breaking, or work, or emails, we have the luxury of sleeping in this one day. Of course the building next to the hotel has to catch on fire at 7:00 in the morning. We tried hard to ignore the many sirens, but for fear of the possibility of the building we were in being on fire, I had to get up and see what was happening. At first it just looked like chimney smoke, but soon the smoke was coming out windows and lingering in the alleys. I took a few pictures and tried to go back to sleep, to no avail. Oh well. It looked like the fire got put out without too much damage, and we got an earlier start to our day than we planned.

Friday, February 19, 2010

OCT. 8, 1948

I thought I had found all of the interesting things in my basement already. Today I found tucked in a corner, wrapped around one of the heater pipes, and tied with rope, an extremely brittle newspaper from 1949 (I think). I wanted to see more of the paper, and figure out why it was tied to the pipe. but when i touched it, it just began to crumble. It was probably there to keep the pipes from rattling, but there are many stories, and hopes of hidden treasure which could surround an ethereal clue such as this.

Sharpen Your Shooting Skills This spring!

Monday, February 8, 2010


I have spent many days recently working on albums. Reliving weddings from years past. I always have people contacting me, who got married many years ago. They are just hoping that I still have their images, or in some cases negatives. Fact of the matter is that I still have every negative and file I have ever shot. I could never get rid of such important images. Life happens, and the wedding pictures become .... not the frontmost thought on people's minds. For some reason many newlyweds buy new homes and have children, and get involved in their lives. Eventually they find themselves wanting to finally have an heirloom of their wedding memories to hand down for generations to come. I was working on Cassie and John's album today, and enjoyed reliving their wedding day, which was almost 4 years ago. A lot has happened in 4 years... moves from state to state, a new home, and a couple of beautiful children, and if you know Philly, the skyline has changed a bit. I am happy to be able to finally wrap up my part of that day, and hopefully I can be part of their lives in the future documenting slices of the lives of their growing family.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Forgive me here. Not my proudest photography moment. Driving home from teaching a photography class, and pushing the benefits of shooting every day, and carrying your camera with you at all times, I realized I had not taken a picture all day. Actually, I did take a few pictures during class, but I don't think my students would appreciate me posting the "this is how it looks when you shoot someone in the wrong light" shot. Sooooo, driving home very slowly around midnight, in a heavier than expected snowfall, I fought to keep up my 32 day streak of a picture a day.