Itsy Bitsy Imsy - A bold swimwear line

I had the pleasure to shoot with an amazing gal the other day that I had never met.  I have to say Caroline Synnott made my job an easy one!!  Not only did she power through wind, waves, and sand - she made it look effortless in her adorable IMSY bikini.  Self proclaimed to "bridge the gap between fashion and function," my super active model dawned two different style IMSY suits.  Each offered signature prints, are totally reversible, and are handcrafted for an amazing fit.  

Designed by a local Rhode Islander, Katie Imswiler, IMSY swimwear and accessories embody a free-spirited and confident vibe, any adventurous lady would love to wear. 

Summer Loving with Bohemian Bias

Free spirits, tropical gangster's and hippie rock n' rolla's should take note of Bohemian Bias set right here in Newport.  Located near the corner of Mill Street and Bellevue Avenue, this gorgeous boutique is filled with apparel, shoes and accessories that celebrate and empower females through the art of fashion and creative self-expression. 

Shoppers can find brands such as Rolla Jeans, Sugarhigh Lovestoned, and Brixton prominently featured throughout the store, inspired by music, art and the laid back vibes of the West Coast and an era of yester-year...

Anchored in Pink - RI's Lilly Pulitzer Signature store

Located down on lower Thames, in Newport, Rhode - Anchored in Pink is Rhode Island's first Lilly Pulitzer Signature store.  Known for it's bright, colorful, floral print wares, Lilly Pulitzer evokes the feeling of summer no matter the season! 

Set on the docks behind famed IYRS at sunset, all the girls and ladies involved were adorned by the season's latest fashions.  

Swartz Family - Glen Park

The Swartz Family of five are a fun and playful bunch!  With a clear picture in mind, mom Emily really wanted to have a farm-like setting to shoot in.  Just short of cows roaming in the background - I think we nailed it.

Although Newport, Rhode Island is known for it’s amazing sunsets on the water, we made a late afternoon trek to Glen Park in Portsmouth to enjoy the new green grass of summer and countryside feel of its bucolic surroundings.

Newborn Shoot - Baby Lucas

Nina and Nate Longley welcomed sweet baby Lucas into their life just a few weeks ago.  Shot at home - This sweet newborn shoot captured Lucas, his mother and father alongside his newest cousin born just a few weeks prior.  If you plan to hire a professional photographer or choose to take photos of your own, here a few tips to keep in mind:

First, plan to feed your baby right before you try to photograph him/her so he’ll be more likely to fall asleep. Sleeping babes, have such a peaceful look, whether bundled up or posed nude - with their little arms and legs exposed.  Secondly, have backups of everything - outfits, blankets, diapers, food, etc!   You never know who these little guys!!  Thirdly, have fun and take your time.  Expect to take breaks in-between poses to feed, lull your babe or comfort them when needed.  The point is ti create a soothing and loving environment for everyone to enjoy their special moments together.      

 

 

Wicked Tulips

If you haven't been to Wicked Tulips yet this spring - Try to buy your tickets ASAP!  This gorgeous tulip farm located in Johnston, Rhode Island features over 600,000 early, mid, and late blooming tulips spread over 5 acres.  My sister and I returned to our Dutch roots and frolicked among the tulips for an afternoon.   After we completed our haul - we headed over to nearby Crepes Corner for delicious authentic Belgian Crepes & Waffles.

Spring has Sprung

With rising temperatures and blooming buds, it finally feels like spring has sprung here in the Northeast!  Newport, Rhode Island offers an array of outdoor activities and festivals around town that visitors and locals can take advantage of.  Most notable, Daffodil Days highlights the hundreds of thousands daffodils planted yearly by volunteer green thumbs.  Photo shoots can be arranged most anywhere now that hedges are in bloom, and foliage starts to show promise for warmer days ahead. 

Use a color story to create fresh, colorful photos to brighten up an empty wall in your home.  

Baby Tyler - Newborn Shoot

Christine and Kevin graciously welcomed me to their home to shoot their newest addition baby Tyler.  I tried to take a more casual approach to this newborn shoot.  There was a little posing involved, but my intention was to capture more natural images of the baby, their home, and their eldest son John.  These sessions can be done up to 6 weeks old and usually last 1-2 hours max.  My favorite thing about lifestyle newborn photography is capturing the wonder and amazement between the family members. 

Newborns are incredible but so is the love in the air. Memories of this time-frame often become fuzzy for new and seasoned parents.  This is precisely why I feel these types of shoots are so important.

Lifestyle with Bohemian Bias

Located on at the top of Mill Street in Newport, Rhode Island, Bohemian Bias is a funky boho-chic boutique that is filled with beautiful women's wear and accessories that ooze girl power with swagger.  Each season's collection is carefully curated by shop owner Alexis Souza, an Aquidneck Island native.  Her love for fashion and funky personal style is clearly marked throughout the store's interior.  Pom-poms, dried flowers, retro roller skates, vintage vinyl album covers, and stunning rugs and travel trunks are utilized as the shop's decor and a provide a cool aesthetic.  

Shot over a brisk but balmy February morning, the babes of Bohemian Bias channeled their inner "she-woman" and slayed this super fun photo shoot.  Make sure to follow Bohemian Bias on Instagram to stay up to date on the shop's local happenings.

Ryan Lee Crosby at Sachuest Point

American guitarist, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Boston, Massachusetts, Ryan Lee Crosby is a versatile, exploratory musician with a restless drive to create.  Crosby's unique sound is a fusion of American blues and world music influences, which he performs on 12 and 22 string guitars.  Crosby was looking for a few images to accompany his new album and website  - so we headed outdoors on a super foggy day!  The inclement weather created an allure similar to Crosby's unassuming, folky swagger.  Most of the shots were captured at Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge as well as inside my home.

Follow Ryan's musical journey and stay up to date on local shows and happenings here

Haarstick Jewelry's Next Generation

Throw a pile of Haarstick Jewelry's best vintage pieces onto a bed...Check!  Let your girls do whatever they want...Check!  Watch the magic happen through the lens...Check! 

I have to admit this was my most favorite shoot thus far!  Not only because I was able to spend the day with my daughter and our friends, but because of the whimsy the girls effortlessly created on their own.  I was in awe of how easily they posed and moved in front of the camera as if the vintage clothes they dawned transformed them into little women.  

The Mouligné Family at Sweet Berry Farm

Strolling through the evergreens at Sweet Berry Farm with the new Mouligné family was a treat.  Sweet baby Theo is just two months and all you would want in a babe.  Bubbles, smiles, and an adorable disposition.  We quickly took advantage of the setting sun and snapped a few pics before Theo had a chance to disagree with all the attention.  

Carnegie Abbey Club

'Tis the season at the gorgeous Carnegie Abbey Club.  The premier golf and sporting club has decked their halls to the tilt with all the garland and tinsel one could desire.  This classic backdrop was the perfect location to shoot the Brown Family!  The two-story Christmas tree and spectacular golf terrain with sprawling views of the Narragansett Bay were ideal and the perfect pairing for the two cuties...

Newport's Famed Point Area

Newport’s famed Point area is located across the water from Goat Island and boasts spectacular views of Newport Harbor, The Newport Bridge and beyond.  This neighborhood is well preserved and steeped in historic heritage.  The Winston Family is lucky to call this area their “home” as they love where they live and live where they love.  The waterfront and pier provided a great backdrop for our photo shoot where their adorable two children Charlie and Amelia showed off their cheeky smiles. 

Downtown Charlie Brown

We had the whole town to ourselves on a chilly but beautiful Saturday morning.  Strolling between Banister’s and Bowen’s Wharves in Newport, the Hoffner-Davis family showed off their smiles for the few who were there to see.  I loved the coastal-nautical vibe we were able to capture along the docks – which were decked to the hilt for the holiday season!

Sandy Point Beach

With Christmas right around the corner - you can't help but be abuzz with holiday spirit.  These two sweet sisters embody all the love and adorableness one would hope for during the holidays.  Santa is still real in the eye of these two, and it shows!  Sandy Point Beach in Portsmouth was the backdrop for this super cute photo shoot…

Haarstick Jewelry - A life of a rock-n-roller mom

Haarstick Jewelry is a growing brand, locally made here on Aquidneck Island - Known for bold pieces that feature gold and brightly colored accents.  These statement pieces are all designed and created by a hard working mom of three!  This "mompreneur" - who prefers to stay behind the scenes - is just as bold as her amazing jewelry line.  Her rock-n-roller vibe and L.A. style shines glitter through.  Recently featured in Vogue, Nylon and British Vogue, and Spirit and Flash Magazine to name a few – her jewels are quickly becoming a go to favorite of stylists and fashion editors around the globe.

I had a chance to work with Haarstick recently, and put together a montage of lifestyle and branding pictures that showcases her work, as well as the designer herself.  For more about this super cool mom and jewelry designer - check out her lux Instagram or Facebook Page!

Ireland - The Emerald Green Isle

With non-stop flights direct from Providence to Shannon, Cork or Dublin with Norwegian Air - Getting to Ireland has never been easier.  Norwegian Air offers comfortable, new planes with airfare at a fraction of the cost from rival airline carriers.  My husband and I were thrilled to be in Ireland within four and a half hours.  

Stationed in the surfer town of Lahinch in Country Clare - we explored the surrounding areas during our whirlwind 3 Day/4 Night stay.  I found the most impressionable areas to be the Wild Atlantic Highway, famous for the Cliffs of Moher and County Clare's area named "The Burren."  The Burren is dominated by a karst landscape of limestone.  Its geographical expanse reaches from the uplands of north western Clare, bounded by Galway Bay and the Atlantic extending well into the Gort plain, encompassing Coole Park and the lakes around it.

Free from children, we stopped at almost every church, prehistoric monolith and geographically significant vantage point, all while enjoying the local pub fare along the way.  An amazing location for fresh Irish gastronomy is Monk’s Bar & Seafood Restaurant, in Ballyvaughan.  Set on a picturesque harbor overlooking tidal flats and coastal islands beyond, we dined on the best oysters we have ever had.  Followed by a delicious seafood stew accompanied by brown bread and the most amazing dessert, we left fortified to contiue our travels.  

The Island Art Spot

For those who might not be familiar, grab a pen and paper and write this down!  The Island Art Spot, located in Wyatt Square on East Main Road in Middletown, RI - Is a magical place where kids big and small can come and craft to their hearts content.  Proprietor and creative master-mind, Jennifer Gee weaves seamlessly from one project to the next, keeping everyone's attention and assisting those when needed.  

The space is bright and ever changing, from one season to the next, with beautiful inspirational quotes adorning the walls, mason jars filled with candy-colored goodness, and paints lined up in a row.  

Whether you are looking for a fun afternoon for the kids, or for a place to come and relax with friends for an adult evening - The Island Art Spot is a gem worth visiting.  

Saying Goodbye

I was recently asked to photograph clients and friends of a colleague from work.  For those who might not know, (my day job) is working as a marketing and social media consultant for Gustave White Sotheby's International Realty in Newport, RI.  As the eyes and ears of the office, I love to see the relationships each realtor curates and nurtures with their clients.  As you can imagine some of these relationships turn into special friendships through the years.  

One such friendship was developed by Michelle Drum  and Kim Fleming and their clients that are leaving for a new adventure in Iceland.  As a goodbye gift, I came in to photograph special details of their extraordinary home, the lovely couple themselves, and their enigmatic companion "Topaz," a 25+ year old blue and yellow Macaw.