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Happy New Year, Chasing Light, and the Best Roast Chicken

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Happiest 2016 to all of you!  This post is first and foremost a wish for that, but also a mishmash of recent happenings and things to come.

If you have ever dabbled in photography, then you know what it means to “chase light”.  There is even an Instagram hashtag dedicated to it – which totally makes it a legit thing, of course.  Last month, I spent a lot of time doing that as the skies in Upstate New York turned from a golden fall hue to a blah winter grey.  In fact, I actually shot what I had originally intended this post to be, in early December – but my chicken looked bluish and dull and sad, so I just scrapped it – and all of my food photography projects really – to chase another kind of light instead.

One of my favorite authors/poets/Insta accounts – Tyler Knott Gregson – wrote this:  “Chase the light, whatever and wherever it may be for you.  Chase it.”  It’s so simple, but when I first read that well over a year ago, it resonated with me, and I’ve been thinking about it since.  For me, it means to follow the happy, essentially; do the things that not only keep you afloat, but fill you up too.  So, on this mini-blog reprieve, I’ve been doing exactly that.

 

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In Love with Charleston

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Hello, Friends!  I have just returned from Charleston, SC – which just might be my new favorite city in all of the land.  The Holy City absolutely lived up to its charming reputation; seeped in so much history, and full of pretty details.  I am enamored with all of the colorful facades, and the window boxes, flowers, and winding vines I saw on every surface.  What a truly beautiful place!

In addition to all of that gorgeousness, the food and shopping were spectacular!  It should come as no surprise that I dove head-first into both of those facets of life while in Chucktown.  When I am on vacation, I am always conflicted as to whether or not to whip my camera out.  I want to be fully present where I am, but I think for anyone who is a photographer, or simply passionate about photography, you come to feel even more in the moment with a camera in hand.  It’s almost as if you learn to see things differently and pick up on tiny moments that you might not otherwise.  Can anyone relate?  It’s an interesting phenomenon, for sure.  That being said, I did my best to find the balance, with and without.  These are a few (Okay, way more than a few!) of my favorite snaps, as well as my hit list of things to do and see.  Truth be told, I feel as if I could have been in Charleston for a month and not accomplished everything I wanted to, so I am already in the process of planning my next trip.  If anyone has any recommendations, please feel free to add them, as I am all ears for my next go round!

In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend! ♥

 

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In a New York Minute

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At this time last week, I was in New York City, participating in a photo shoot with Marie Claire [Magazine].  I used to work in the same building where the shoot took place, but this was my first time visiting the onsite studio, or being in front of the camera in this capacity.  The experience was a mixed bag of awkward [as in, I was totally awkward] and unnerving, but incredibly fun too (I hope to be able to share more details with you next month – Stay tuned!).  The remainder of the two days I had in the city was spent running around with my Mom who so kindly accompanied me.  Whenever I go back to New York, I am conflicted on what to do and where to go; visit the tried-and-true landmarks, return to my old Upper East Side stomping grounds, or check out the latest and greatest in food and entertainment.  I think the thing I love most about the Big Apple is that it encompasses all of that for me – both familiar and new, at once.  While we managed to do a little bit of everything, it all seemed to go by in a flash – or as some would say, in a ‘New York Minute’.  Below are a few of my favorite quick snaps from our stay.

{Looking Up in Rockefeller Center and Down in Midtown}

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{In Studio at the Hearst Tower}

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{Subway Riding 101}

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{Shack Burger – Always Worth the Wait}

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{I took an accidental ceiling shot at Eataly while sipping on a Ginger Soda…}

{…amongst the provisions.}

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{Glove Wall – J.Crew, Fifth Avenue}

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{New York Public Library; Whizzing By}

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{The Stylist in me could spend hours – and a small fortune – in ABC Carpet & Home…}

{…especially when looking at vintage glass.}

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{Evening Sets in at the Waldorf Astoria}

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{Draft Kombucha at Pure Food and Wine}

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{Late-Night Cupcake Stop at Magnolia Bakery}

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{Grand Central Station Looming Ahead}