Last spring my wife surprised me with an early evening airplane ride over Charlottesville. We flew over Carter Mountain where the apple trees were in bloom, past Jefferson Vineyards and Monticello, and then over to Pippin Hill and Bundoran Farm. It was amazing! All this snow is making me wish for spring again.
One year ago we adopted Sid! He was being fostered locally, but originally came from a small shelter in Pulaski County. Hence, his formal name, Sidney Pulaski Radifera. Other than some very intense guarding instincts which we have yet to manage, he has been a great addition to our family. The girls adore him and he is a loyal, playful pup. Now if we could just get him to let people into the house we’d be all set!
This past Christmas we spent some time in NJ with my in-laws. As we were admiring the beautiful Christmas tree, my father-in-law grinned and asked if we liked the okra icicles. I had noticed them but had no idea they were actually made from dried okra. My in-laws, amazingly resourceful and crafty, actually grew the okra, dried them, painted them and rolled them in glitter. I didn’t get a photo of the entire tree but there were about a dozen “okra icicles” and it looked really beautiful. So for you crafty gardeners out there, here is a project for you!
One of my favorite shots I took of the Eiffel Tower during our trip to Paris in October.
Last spring Robert was working in DC for much of Eden’s spring break. Feeling guilty that not only were we unable to go away for a fun trip, but also that Robert was going to be super busy, we decided we needed a change of scenery for a day before he left. Part of the great thing about living in Central Virginia is that there are so many things to do. In the end we decided on a simple day of feeding the birds at Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton. If you have young kids, and you have never been…go! Go this weekend. Our kids (ages 8 and 4) could have stayed all day feeding the ducks, geese and the huge carp in the pond.
After lunch in town we headed over to the Camera Heritage Museum. If you are a photographer, amateur or professional, this place is a must see. Robert had a great time talking to David Schwartz, the owner of the museum, and an amazing source of knowledge. When Willa put herself to sleep in the corner we knew it was time to go.
It’s going to be another gorgeous weekend folks. If you are looking for something fun to do with your little ones, head over the mountain to Staunton. It’s an inexpensive trip and the kids will amuse themselves for hours.
I’m very excited to have been published for a second time in Romantic Homes magazine, along with writer and stylist Charlotte Safavi.
Last week I opened a package full of Home and Design Magazines featuring the DC Design House, a fundraiser for the Children’s National Medical Center. I was really honored to be this year’s official photographer and am really excited that 16 of the 23 images they used for the article are mine! Take a look.
I have been nominated as best photographer in the Cville Weekly’s Best of Charlottesville contest! In a town where there are so many talented photographers, this is truly an honor and I am so grateful for the support I have received over the past year. If you have a moment please vote for all your local favorites and especially #19, the best photographer category:)
This is sure to be an amazing experience. Jen and I have invited Katie Stoops to join us for a 2 day workshop on July 19th and 20th. We have collaborated with some of the best local vendors to ensure this workshop creates wonder and inspiration for our participants. Please click the link below for more information.
I just wrote the check for the final donation to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in honor of Ryleigh Katstra and her amazing volunteer work for this great organization. Thanks to the support of many local families and their super jumpers, the Jump for Joy event on February 4th raised $468 for the food bank!
Many thanks to Sherry Taylor of 95.1 for taking the time to talk to me about the Jump for Team Talia event this Sunday at Explorations Play Studio.
My family has belonged to Fry’s Spring Beach Club for several years and it is one of our favorite places to be come summertime. It has an amazingly relaxed atmosphere, a great staff and is very charming in a vintage pool club kind of way. This summer, as a way to raise a little extra revenue for the club I’m offering a Jump for FSBC portrait event. I just finished up the June sessions and will be looking forward to photographing more, excited jump enthusiasts in July (17th and 18th). Here are a few of my favorites from the June sessions!
The Spring Short Session Special (can you say that 5 times fast) is gonna happen! Click the photos for details.
Hi everyone. I wanted to let you know about an upcoming photography event. Jen Fariello and I are putting together a Photography Learning Series for photographers of all levels. Please see the link for more information.