Archive for March, 2011
My last Travel Tuesday post went way back to 2007, for this one I’ll keep it current—a recent trip to Niagara Falls (the Canada side). I have lived in NY for five years now, but this was the first time we took the kids to see Niagara falls, and my first time ever there.
When a job took me close to the falls, we decided to make a weekend trip out of it as a family and take the kids for the night. We even decided to treat them by staying in a hotel with a water park. I was hoping that this would make up for the fact that we didn’t have anything fun planned for winter break or spring break.
It was a dreary March weekend so I was looking forward to going to the water park if only for the extra heat. When I got into the water park I realized that along with the extra heat there was a crazy amount of chlorine to deal with. This sort of nixed my idea of sitting by the rides and reading peacefully since my eyes were so teary. Instead, I decided that I would actually have to ride the rides with the kids. I only got my camera out for like 10min.
Here is Sadie getting flushed–she was the only one to ride this ride because the line was so long.
That yellow slide sort of scared me, and was not to comfy to ride down for grown-ups. The kids seemed to have fun, and I let them get their fill of the place since it will probably be my last visit to a water park.
One of my favorite parts of traveling is eating out. I was not at all impressed with the places we ate in Niagara Falls (too expensive and bland), but I just loved the diner we stopped at on our way there.
And, even though it was cold, we forced the kids to view the falls from outside as well as inside.
I actually thought they would be bigger.
It must be a whole different experience to be there in the summer. There were no crowds for us and it sort of seemed like a ghost town that had just been abandoned. Lots of crazy stores and indoor mini-golf places, huge restaurants, and no one around. The only crowded spot was the water park and the hotel lobby.
Overall, I’m still glad we went. Till next time!
UPDATE!! I AM SO HAPPY TO SAY THAT ALL OF THE SLOTS ARE BOOKED UP. THANKS SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO CONTACTED ME AND DONATED. I AM SUPER PROUD. ALMOST EVERYONE WHO CONTACTED ME HAS ALREADY MADE THEIR DONATION. IF YOU HAVEN’T YET DONE THAT PLEASE DO.
EVERYONE WILL GET AN EMAIL TOMORROW(THE 29TH) WITH THEIR TIME SLOT AND DAY FOR THEIR SESSION.
I am starting something new today and I am really excited about it.
It is the first annual Best Friend portrait project and fundraiser. During the month of April I will be doing portraits of best friends and raising money for Susan G. Komen CNY Race for the Cure.
To be selected just send me an email or a message on Facebook. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and just look to the left to see my Facebook page. I will select the first 30 people to contact me—and I really hope to get 30 of you.
Please, please, please read the the next few paragraphs before you contact me. I want to make sure you understand the guidelines and that you have all the info you’ll need.
What is the Best Friends Portrait Project?
During the month of April I will conduct 30 mini best friends sessions outside at Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville, NY. For these sessions there will be no cost, but I do expect you to donate $25 to my Race for the Cure Page, or join my Race for the Cure Team, “A Cure of Bust”. To learn all about the Race for the Cure and how it is helping in the fight against breast cancer please visit my fund raising page HERE. To read more about the amazing team that I am a part of go HERE. I joined this team last year even though I wasn’t actually able to be there. I will be there this year with my camera and would love to see you there too.
-I can’t pick you if you don’t contact me—so don’t hesitate—send me an email or Facebook me today.
-I want to do something different with this project–something I don’t normally photograph, so your best friend can’t be your spouse or boyfriend.
Your best friend can be:
1. your sister or brother (only if you are over 18–I photograph lots of kid siblings already and most of them are not best friends yet)
2. your mom or dad (mother’s day is coming up)
3. your best friend who is not family (any age!–great fun for tweens or kids as well).
4. your pet!!
5. your aunt, uncle, teacher, co-worker, grandma, grandpa
When are the sessions?
The sessions will be on these four dates:
April 1st between ( 1:30-2:30)
April 2nd between (3:30pm-5pm)
April 5th (5:30-6:30)
April 20th (4:30-6pm)
Each session will last about 10 min. When you contact me please tell me if you have a preferred day for your session.
Some answers to some questions you might have.
What do I get out of it?
In addition to feeling great about donating to a good cause, you will get a professional, fun portrait with one of the most important people in your life–and probably someone that you don’t have many portraits with. I will also email you web and print size files from our mini session (up to 5 files for each friend). *prints are available to purchase if you like, but the files are yours to upload to Facebook, print, frame and treasure forever and ever. I will even do casual headshots during our mini session if you request.
Can I include more than one best friend?
Sorry, due to the short sessions I am going to make you pick one special person to bring along. I am sure all of your other best friends will understand.
What if I am already on the Cure or Bust Team?
You can still donate the $25 and get in on this deal.
What if it rains?
Dress for the weather that day. If it rains–bring an umbrella or plan to get wet. The sessions will take place in sun, rain, snow–all real possibilities in April in Syracuse.
What if I can’t come on those dates?
I will be sad to miss you, but you can still donate to a good cause. I will send you a super nice thank you note. Even better, if I photographed your family in the past year or two and you donate to my page I will send you an “artist choice” 8×10 from your session with my thank you note. So–even out of town folks can donate.
What if I don’t know you?
Perfect! You do not have to know me, or to have had me photograph you in the past to be a part of this. I would love to see former or current clients come with their best friend, but I would also love to meet some new folks.
So, please please please help me out with this. I hope you think that it is a great deal. Once I have thirty people signed up I will update this blog.
I forced the team leader of my Race for the Cure team, AnnMarie to grab one of her best friends for a few shots. These two had no time to prepare and were very good sports.
I will grab a few head shots as well during our mini session if you like.
Your best friend can be your pet and I’ll get their head shot as well.
Or, let your child get a photograph with their best friend.
Maybe your best friend is your grandpa?
I can’t wait to see what we come up with! Thank you so much.
I have started a new feature on my blog and I hope you like it. Every Tuesday I will feature some of my own personal travel photographs. Some of them may be to far off places, and others may be to a local park.
It is a bit selfish of me beacause I am hoping this feature will help me to finally edit some of my own family photographs which get taken often, but looked at rarely. I am afraid if I don’t try to get them organized I will never know where to find them. I will flip about on Tuesdays–sometimes showing photographs from years ago, and other times showing you the hike I just went on.
I feel very lucky to have traveled to many places. It is partly what my family splurges on, but just as often our journeys are for work. I am not always the most adventurous traveler, but my husband pushes me, and I am always happy at the end that I made the trip.
To start off–in honor of the recent St. Patrick’s Day, I will show some images of my trip to Ireland that took place way back in 2007 (see how far behind I am). These are mostly from Ballyvaughan and around there. We did go to Dublin, but this is the Ireland that I enjoyed most.
Setting the scene.
I love that sign.
My little Sadie.
One of my favorite memories from our time in Ireland was from the Inn that we stayed in. One night the owner and a few friends started singing and playing music. They invited us to join in and at the end we were all singing Christy Moore songs. The person below was the Inn owner.
Thanks for letting me share.
I love these two images together.
These two always make me smile.
It was a dark, dreary day for our session, but I guess after living in in upstate NY for 5 years I am getting used to shooting in these types of conditions.
This little baby girl did have an adorable big brother that I have been photographing since he was a baby.
He loved checking himself out in the mirror.
Thanks for having me out again to photograph your family.
When I looked at the weather report this morning I saw a big old sun and the numbers 60 and I started thinking that SPRING may really be on the way. Also on the way this spring will be lots of new babies, including the one in this beautiful belly.
The day of our session was extremely dark, so I was thrilled with these large windows.
I can’t wait to come back and photograph your little one.