Choosing Joy

9A1A1927“We have to choose joy and keep choosing it.” Henri JM Nouwen

I’ve been choosing my family which to me is joy. That’s where I have been and why I haven’t been posting here lately. I was beginning to feel swallowed up by all the to do’s and not concentrating on the end of summer and the beginning of the school year. They (who are they?!) say that the first rule of thumb is to stay consistent with blogging well I’ve never been one to follow the rules. So…I will be sharing but I can’t say it will be the same day every week or even every week. I’d love it if you’d stop by though and leave a comment.


Summer nostalgia


A few more days and summer vacation draws to an end. There’s a cool September breeze blowing and that same old feeling is creeping up on me. I’m not ready for the kids to go back to school but I’m looking forward to projects I’ve got planned for the fall. I’m not ready for the summer days at the beach to end but I’m ready for crisp fall days. It’s a bittersweet feeling. I know a lot of you are feeling it too. If you live in the northern NJ, NYC area and would like an opportunity to win a complimentary session and print credit, send me your email address so that I can add you to my subscriber list. The offer is going out tomorrow. Want to spread a little sunshine to all of us? Leave a reply below and let us know your happiest memory from this summer. 

What you know now

I found this on Brene Brown’s site and as always it was well worth watching. It’s based on the thought, if we knew then what we know now. Funny, poignant and worth a few minutes of your time. Not familiar with Brene Brown? She has written a wonderful book called Daring Greatly.

Get a boost from the sun


Debbie’s beauty tip from Chateau Salon. Feeling a little tired? It’s still summer, make sure you get 15 minutes of sun a day to provide the Vitamin D our body needs. Can’t get outside? Take 2000 iu of the vitamin daily.

image by: paige p. photography

Keep it real. I’m tired of hype.

Confident womanDuring vacation we kayaked over to see the wild horses on Chincoteague Island. I was a little disillusioned to find out that they really weren’t wild. A vet visits them from time to time and during the winter they are looked after. Then I started thinking about the fact that hype is everywhere. The VMAs were a perfect example of it. I’m tired of hype which is why it is so important to me to keep it real. Honest, expressive and always personal is how I describe my photography. That is what you’ll get. It’s timeless.


Lots of love

Cover copy


I love doing shoots for this local magazine and then when I get something like this it makes it extra special.



Debbie’s weekly beauty tip from Chateau Salon. Hollywood’s facialists for the stars suggest keeping you skin’s pH at about 7. Start your day with lemon and warm water which balances your pH. At meals combine food low in pH with any food high in pH (green veggies). To learn more about the benefits of maintaining a balanced pH go to beaming.

image by: paige p. photography

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