Senior Pictures for a Bookworm!

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Meet Hannah. She’s a high school senior that is vibrant, full of life, loves to read and was born deaf.

Our photo shoot went very well! Of course we got a number of traditional head shots but she was just as interested in changing it up artistically as I was. We had so much fun! I came home with more photos than I could even dream and narrowing them down called for difficult decisions. Hannah’s confidence and ability to truly relax while devouring a good book is inspiring.

Falling State Dance Film


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I had the privilege to work with Jen Osorio and Matt Luck as one of the videographers for a dance film based on the concept of “falling.” With dancers from Odyssey Dance like Eldon Johnson and So You Think You Can Dance‘s Matt Dorame, it called for a truly exquisite experience. I only used my personal CF card for a few shots so these are all of the screenshots I have for now but I worked on the dances titled: Falling Behind, On Your Feet and Falling Through. Maddi Burg doesn’t touch the ground once in “On Your Feet” and I don’t have any of the footage of my favorite of the night: Matt Luck’s solo “Falling Through” but I’m excited to see the end result and to have been a part of the whole thing.fallingstate-22-2

Timeless Story Series: Vilda

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I have been working and refining an idea I’ve had for a very long time called the “Timeless” story series. It’s a photo essay of beautiful elderly woman set to a recording of them telling a story to an assigned word. The word given to Vilda was “courage” and she shared a story about a jewelry robbery. It’s been a great start to the series and I am looking for more participants. I find that people are aged to perfection, I love when they have grown more confident as the years roll by and recognize how meaningful it is to live each day with love. Let me know if you know someone who would be interested in having a small photo session and would let me collect a story or two. Thanks.

New York Times Bestselling Author Joseph Grenny : Speaker Reel for VitalSmarts

Before I took maternity leave, this project was my main focus at work. They released it and I’m slow to the band wagon of spreading the joy! This video means a little more to me too because it was my debut of a postproduction I had full creative control over. I was so nervous to show the beginning workings of the film to the rest of the video team and thank my lucky stars, they liked it! We tweaked it for quite some time but the main concept and feel to the video stayed the same. It has my “feel” written all over it and the doc style I chose is quite different to what VitalSmarts is used to. If anyone deserves a shout out though, it’s Joseph Grenny. He is so talented, humble and being able to work with the founder of such a worthwhile initiative on multiple occasionshas been so flattering to me.

Expect Delays

You might have noticed that the work has slowed down a bit. Pictures and posts have become less frequent.

Wonder why? For those of you who do not know, today I hit my 38 week mark of pregnancy! Plus, we remodeled a basement this summer, moved and I’m still working a video job full-time. So, I’m not completely ignoring freelance but it is on the back burner. My baby and I are a bit of a high risk so I haven’t taken on new clients since July. Again, thank you for your patience and this is my warning that it still may be some time before I’m back in the game.

Washington DC

20140529-IMG_9652 I found this woman strikingly exquisite, working hard on chiseling into the wall of the Natural Gallery of Art. One of the most famous museum’s in the states and it is because of people like this woman that it’s here. 20140529-IMG_962820140531-IMG_0080 I adored this tiny turtle, he was so wiggly and had so much time to grow.20140530-IMG_9916 I often have a hard time believing I’m in Washington DC until I see the Smithsonian castle. I feel a sense of home when I finally lay my eyes on it again. 20140530-IMG_9900 One of the most impressive things about sculptures to me is when they can make stone look like flesh and blood. You can see this in imprints on the skin, a flow of fabric on some of the greatest works of art or simply the veins of young soldiers marching toward war, like this piece.20140530-IMG_9870 What a view it must have been for Martin Luther King Jr. to stand at these steps, encouraged by Lincoln from behind while beholding thousands of supporters on this strip of land towards Washington. What a sight that must have been!20140530-IMG_9803 I liked the symbolism of a small child touching the names of those who sacrificed their lives for this country. In some ways its a sign of respect that I easily could have missed, just like those who are passing her by.20140529-IMG_9672I’ve decided that rainy days are my favorite days to enjoy cities, the crowds die down, the streets are shiny and this totally would have passed me by if he had been surrounded by a group of tourists. There is more to come from this trip, out of all the cities I would have never thought that DC would be one I always come back for more. I have been to the city several times since I was eleven years old. A lot has changed for me but the city stands stable.

Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

20140525-IMG_9259There is something about the hands of an artist that I find extra elegant, especially in pottery. It reminds me of the world, that even though you can be surrounded by mud, you can make a masterpiece by creating something new with it.

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It was a Sunday stroll we were taking in Alexandria when I came across these two. I’m so happy they let me take their picture, their hats, their easy-going smiles and sitting in the shade says it all. 20140525-IMG_9235

Can you believe this guy’s a puppy? Yep, only 2 months old. IMG_9266

Lucy gave these a stare down, she was demanding their free popcorn.

Rachel and John || Krishna Temple Wedding

I won’t lie, I was pretty cold filming this St. Patricks Day Wedding so I’ve had a long debate in my head on whether I should include some of my very favorite shots even though they are quite shaky. It seemed to be the perfect storm in the fact that everyone was freezing, I accidentally spit on my lens so I only had a lens with no stabilization. I’ve decided that the beautiful shots should be included despite my filming technique but I hope you have patience with them. This video will be an exception rather than a habit. However, what a great place to get married! The Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork Utah holds the Festival of Colors every year and this wedding was performed the Monday before the 2014 Festival of Colors. Rachel called me on a Thursday asking if I would be interested in traveling to Texas in May for her wedding and then called me back on Friday saying that they had decided to get married that following Monday. Considering they only had 3 days to throw this wedding together, every thing seemed to work out like a dream!

Representing Oneonta New York, Buddy successfully completes first two Rounds of Scripps National Spelling Bee

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3:10pm EST UPDATE: Buddy misspelled his word in round 3 but won the hearts of everyone by first asking his mother to take a deep breath while he was on stage. Fox News didn’t forget to mention his comment in this article.


10:45 am EST It’s been an intense week here in National Harbor, Maryland. Though next to the patriotic and scenic city of Washington DC, 281 kids are studying rather than taking a proper vacation. Buddy Noorlander, speller 161, celebrated his 14th birthday this week and has been reading 3 books a day to study for the spelling competition. He just successfully spelled the word “escargot” in order to proceed to round 3 and is more relaxed than all of us cheering him on.  The two kids following Buddy misspelled their words during round two and the difficulty level is definitely rising with each round. By the end of the day, only 50 will  be announced as semi-finalists and tomorrow only 12 will proceed to the finals but we are so proud that he has made it this far. In the end, everyone fell in love with Buddy and we of course weren’t surprised when reporters asked for his interview.

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