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I GLOVE New York

My husband, Steve Cohen, and I are having a joint show this weekend at 5 Walnut, the wine bar where I shot “Dance”, my stop motion video featuring Steve’s band’s music as well as many of our friends, acquaintances and just Asheville “color”.  When one of the owners, Kristie Quinn, asked me if I wanted
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Food Blog Forum is Just Around the Corner

I’m so excited to attend and be a panelist for the Food Blog Forum next week at the Biltmore on Monday August 18th! On top of learning from pros Diane and Todd of White on Rice Couple, we will meet other people in the business as well as food blog enthusiasts from all over the
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Meet My Faux Family

Meet Amie, Tim, Lucie, Kai, Alton and Huxley – our great American family. We’ve cast Amie and Tim for many ads for Gannett Publishing over the past year, and although they each have their own families at home, for our purposes they’re a match made in heaven. With Amie posing as the spirited, athletic, beautiful (albeit demanding)
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You Can Make Chips from THAT?

I had a lot of fun shooting author/food stylist/photo stylist/friend Chris Bryant’s upcoming book, “Chips – Reinventing a Favorite Food”. Chris prepared beautiful batches of chips from foods such as kale (several different kinds), parsnips, tofu, pears, and of course, potatoes that were as tasty as they were pretty. The talented Kristi Pfeffer designed the
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The Light of Spring

SPRING! FINALLY! It was a long winter, and when I see the flowers blooming, the trees leafing out, and the LIGHT shining through all of those, I just can’t believe how good I feel. Yesterday I took a walk by Beaver Lake just as the sky was clearing and the sun peeked through the stormy
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The Beauty of Natural Light for Women

I continue to discover, as years go by, that the  simplest light is the most beautiful – the indirect window light that comes in my studio and bathes faces with the softest light that is sure to flatter anyone. If there are few lines to soften as is inevitable with most of us, then this
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Remembering Easter in NYC

I ran across images from my trip to NYC last year during the Easter weekend, and was reminded of how vibrant spring is and what fun luck it was to stumble up on the annual Easter parade. It’s a “selfie-taker’s” heaven, as people are strutting down the avenue, all decked out in their finery, stopping to
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Simplicity

Again I find that I love photographing people in a no frills style. Maybe it is a follow up to my commercial shoots that involve props, sets, makeup artists, etc, so when I get to shoot how I want, my approach is more like this, with the subject standing in front of a white wall
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Food Blog Forum, Here I Come

I was very excited to be a part of this summer’s Food Blog Forum that was held at the Biltmore Inn August 17-19th. If you like perusing food blogs, then chances are good that you are already familiar with the forum’s presenters, Todd and Diane, of  White on Rice Couple. Todd and Diane were here along with other special guests
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Ocean Soul – A Little Valentine’s Day Special

When I talked to David Wilcox about making a video for his upcoming album, “blaze”, I originally thought of stop motion video of course, since lately that has been my medium of choice. However, when I listened to the song, Ocean Soul, I realized that stop motion was NOT the way to go – this
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The Cure for Holiday Decadence – Rancho La Puerta

I left 2013 in the same location that I welcomed 2014 – the beautiful inimitable Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico. I was fortunate to be able to spend not one, but TWO weeks there – one as  a “presenter”, teaching beginning photograpy classes, and the second as a photographer to capture marketing shots for
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Musical Collaborations

Musicians are great to work with, as I’ve stated before. My approach is simple – I listen, we brainstorm on the “look” and location, and off we go, trying a little of this and that. Here are a few samples of images of singer/songwriter David Wilcox, hammer dulcimer player Joshua Messick, and folk rockers, Acoustic
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Living In “Beer City” – It Makes Sense I’d Shoot a Home Brew Book

While I’m not much a beer drinker myself (I know, sacrilege living in this town where there is a brewery everywhere you turn!), I did enjoy learning the craft of home brewing while I worked on a book for Lark Books documenting the process.  Who knew that hops were so photogenic? After photographing cool glasses
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Working With Kids Again

Back when I lived in Atlanta, I used to shoot regularly (over 10 years) for Egleston Children’s Hospital, now known as Children’s Healthcare. I wasn’t the one in the OR, but rather went to patient’s homes to show how well they were doing as a result of the great care they’d received at Egleston. It
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From Pies to Cakes – Daisy Cakes, That Is…

Last summer I had to pleasure of working with food stylist Beth Buzogany, prop stylist Chris Bryant and client Kim Nelson, owner and creator of Daisy Cakes based in Pauline, SC. Kim was featured on the reality TV show, Shark Tanks, last year as she made her pitch for an investor in her cake baking
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The Asheville Circus

As I covered in a recent post about my shoot for the Asheville Scene, we had a circus theme – a-la-Asheville style – that we were trying to adhere to with the individual shots of the Asheville Scene staff in addition to the group shot. With the help of stylist Chris Bryant, who not only
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Billboards

Right where the Asheville Marathon shot that I did for a billboard on Merrimon Ave last month was hanging is now a shot I did for the Asheville Scene. Very exciting to see these photos around town as I drive around! So far I’ve seen it twice…you?

Biltmore Features It’s Local Artists

Several years ago I was invited to be a licensed Biltmore artist, which basically means they gave their “blessing” to me to photograph the estate and permission to sell my images of it. I created a series of images of the estate that you can find in my studio as well as in gift shops
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Musical Endeavors

If I had to pick a favorite photographic subject, it would be musicians. They typically are open to all ideas, think outside the box, and are used to being in front of a camera. The most recent session I had was with Abigail Washburn and Bela Flek, as we were all at Rancho La Puerta
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Dogs Rule at the Battery Park Book Exchange

One of my favorite businesses near my studio in downtown Asheville is the Battery Park Book Exchange. Not only does it have used books floor to ceiling of all genres that you can peruse, it also has a wine bar with an extensive wine menu and a cappuccino bar. Additionally, they allow four footed humans
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The Asheville Marathon

Just before the holidays I had a memorable photo shoot for the Asheville Citizen Times upcoming Marathon. My job was to capture the feel of the marathon as it goes through downtown Asheville, specifically by the Lexington Avenue bridge, aka art mural. If you’ve spent much time in downtown Asheville during the warmer months, you’ll
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The Asheville Scene

One of the most enjoyable shoots ever was one I did recently for the Asheville Scene, a weekend publication of the Asheville Citizen Times. The purpose was to introduce their relatively new publication’s staff to the community, as it’s a staff they are mighty proud of. Working with stylist Chris Bryant and our client from
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All Things Baby

I feel like I just gave birth. Not to a child of my own – I had more of a midwife position with this one. Together with stylist Chris Bryant, I have been working for the past two weeks doggedly to finish A LOT of shots of food for babies through 3 year olds for
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Working For My Neighbor, the Grove Arcade

After many months of running across the street to the Grove Arcade to shoot this or that, and countless edits, I’m happy to report that I’ve finished (as much as I’m ever finished with these videos) my newest stop motion video featuring the Grove Arcade. The goal was to show that it is a happening
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Two are Better Than One

Thursday October 4th is the opening of Chris McMillan’s new furnishings store in Biltmore Village – Dwellings Inspired Furnishings. Many of you remember the former Dwellings store in the same area, so you know what a shopping treat Chris provides, but this store takes creative furnishings to a whole new level. Not only do we
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Bringing Back Some Old Favorites

Many people have asked me where they can buy the Asheville series images that used to be sold at Mobilia before they were bought out by Four Corners a couple of years ago, so I decided to use my studio, for a while at least, as a “store” for these images. I’ve got all sizes
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A Year of Pies

It’s been a while since I actually worked on Ashley English’s “A Year of Pies” (being published by Lark Books, available soon), but when I saw a pre-order ad for the book today, it brought back all the mouth watering memories of shooting that beautiful book. Of all the books I’ve shot for Lark, I
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The Perpetual Dilemma

What cameras to take on vacation? Finding the perfect balance of convenience and quality in the camera gear I bring on vacation has become my holy grail – seemingly up until now, unattainable. Either I’m lugging around my big heavy camera and feeling resentful of it’s bulk, or being disgusted by the image quality and
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Join me at Hacienda Las Trancas in September!

I am very excited to announce this very unique opportunity! I am hosting a workshop for photo enthusiasts September 20-25th in a 400 year old hacienda in central, mountainous Mexico that Kelley and Stephen Wilkinson (of Asheville) have spent 10 years renovating into a breathtakingly beautiful vacation retreat – Hacienda Las Trancas (www.hacienda las trancas).
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Spain Trip Report

Last week I returned from 10 days in Seville and Madrid, Spain – we went to visit my oldest daughter, Jess, who has been living there since January. What a gorgeous city Seville is!!!! Every direction we explored provided more colorful winding mazes of stone alleyways peppered with bars, restaurants and cafes. There were stores
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