Phew! It's been quite a while since I posted in this space. To be honest, this past spring I was feeling pretty burned out and creatively empty. In part it was because I lacked the focus necessary to move forward with the direction I wanted to take my business. One of the things I'm learning to embrace is the ebb and flow of creativity, and how to handle the times when it's not flowing. Luckily my recent travels to Portugal, Spain, Boston and New York CIty (more on that later this week) were just what I needed to refuel my creative energy and get the ball rolling again. It feels pretty great to be writing here in my new, refreshed space. It finally feels like home around here. The new design of my website symbolizes how solid I feel in the direction of my business and my voice, and I'm looking forward to developing this space into a place of creativity and dialogue about the world of art, freelance business, and life lessons along the way. So! Welcome to my new space - I hope you make yourself right at home.


Photo from my instagram feed.

Life Lately | Winter Madness

Life Lately-Winter Madness | High Fives for Everyone
Life Lately-Winter Madness | High Fives for Everyone

This winter has been a particularly rough one, at least mentally. All these grey days have really sucked the motivation out of me, but I'm pushing through it as best as I can. Winter has never been my favorite, but I've been challenging myself to see every grey day in a new light through my photography and art. The other day on a particularly frigid morning walk, I happened to look over and see two swan lawn ornaments popping their heads out of the snow. These are my favorite moments: the little unassuming ones, the ones that remind you of the light at the end of the tunnel. This snow won't last forever, the temperatures will start climbing soon, the damp Spring air is just around the corner. It was just the reminder I needed to get me through these last few weeks of winter. Photos from my instagram feed. You can follow along @highfivesforeveryone.

Life Lately | Holidays

Life Lately January 14 2013 | High Fives for Everyone  

One of the reasons I adore Instagram so much is because - as a photographer - it allows me to see on an overall scale what I'm subconsciously attracted to when I'm not on a specific assignment. Photography has always been a way for me to find the extraordinary in the everyday, in the little details that often go overlooked. That is always the challenge (and the blessing), to find something beautiful and exciting every single day; whether it's the way the light hits a scene, or a beautiful combination of colors or, if you're exceptionally lucky, a moment where everything lines up just how you'd hoped. As I try to reconnect with photography, one of the things I've been focusing on is finding ways to see my surroundings in a new light, rather than waiting for rare extraordinary moments; I can only hope I find more ways to make that happen! There is always something exhilarating about that moment of recognition.

Of course I still find myself obsessed with the sky, especially while flying, but I've also managed to find those happy moments just outside my bedroom window (like in the first photo above).

Looking at these photos, I realize how wonderful the last few weeks have been, celebrating unexpected moments - and golden light, which I can never resist. Cheers to building a new vision!

If you're on Instagram, you can follow me @highfivesforeveryone. What's inspiring you lately?

Cold & Sunny

There have been quite a few days where the morning sun is so bright and perfect, offering a certain harmony that you almost forget the biting cold weather. Photo from my instagram. You can follow me @highfivesforeveryone.

What's Goin' On

summer 2012 chicago us cellular fieldJust some little tidbits of this summer from my Instagram. I've really been getting into photographing with my iPhone to play with composition and shape when I don't have my camera on hand. I've also fallen in love with Snapseed and VSCO Cam for editing my photos, it gives me a lot of freedom to play around with style and create my own signature look. I'm generally not that into filters but I really do like the options that VSCO offers in their app. It's worth a look. You can follow all of my Instagrams at @highfivesforeveryone or here.