(more) brother

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I suppose the benefit of being a photographer-musician sibling pair is that my brother gets to frequently update his promotional photos, and I get to add snaps to my portfolio. We collaborated during my recent trip to Ithaca, and it was such a good time. I really like taking his portraits, mostly because it really pushes my style. He prefers a grainy film-like look, while I usually go for brighter, crispy photos for my clients.

Here are some of my favorites from the bunch. We discovered the roof of a downtown parking garage and took advantage of it. I lived in Ithaca for years and never even thought to venture up there. Needless to say, my wheels are turning for what else I might be able to shoot up there.

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april

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April could not have arrived at a better time. I woke up this morning with a sense of renewal. Much-needed renewal.

March was not my month. I was functioning with this overwhelming feeling that I was constantly trying to catch up with myself. As the days past, I wasn’t completing things that I needed to complete. I was constantly running late and not prioritizing the right things. It was a blur of a month that left a small knot of anxiety in my chest.

While I understand that this is due to all of the change in my life, it is time to turn a corner. All of the change that I am experiencing is vibrant, beautiful and full of potential. I have also been blessed with numerous opportunities to see old friends and soak in everything that they are up to. I found a lovely place to live and will be moving within the next few months. The weather is getting warmer and there are exciting things to look forward to. Life is wonderful and it is time to bring myself back to the present.

April, may you help me do this.

I am such a believer in the moods of the seasons. Summer always makes me feel free and spontaneous. Fall is quietly mature and settling. Winter is silent and pensive. And spring is renewing. I feel this now more than ever. While the weather here is a murky winter-spring hybrid, I am open to sunshine and growing warmth. I am eager to shed my layers.

There is something in the air today telling me it is time for this renewal. April is a holistic refresh. April is a sign to come back into myself — stronger, calmer, energetically sound.

What do you hope April will bring you?

 

warmth

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I’m coming at you live from this Upstate New York snow day. I hope everyone reading this from the Northeastern U.S. is staying safe and warm today. In a way, getting snowed in came at the perfect time. I’ve been been working to balance everything, so it feels good to have a day to reset.

All of this chilly weather has me thinking about a weekend spent exploring one of my favorite spots – the conservatory. The inside of this space always helps me forget my winter blues. It’s warm, full of little animals and most importantly, it’s green. Here are some snaps from the conservatory last weekend.

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stray and return

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Maybe it was the humidity of this conservatory and that dreamy Spanish moss that woke me up. Maybe that was the moment that I realized that a period of change was shifting into something more settled.

I know that the “I have been really busy, so sorry about not posting” line is a classic blogger excuse, but I feel that my situation is a bit more complex than that. The past month, I have been thrown into the full whirlwind of change. A new job, a changing social life and many new adjustments. I am apartment hunting and wiggling around in my routine, feeling where I might fit. I took a brief social media hiatus (and I am honestly loving not being on Facebook still) and wasn’t blogging at all.

And I truly missed it. Caught in all of this shifting, I was not prioritizing my outlets, and my mental health began to suffer. I didn’t touch my camera during that time, and my journal stayed closed. It was not good. After a rude awakening last week, I am back to prioritizing my passions and my own self care.

I also want to emphasize that despite the rapid changes, life is good. Really good. I have now have a full-time writing job that I love. I am meeting new people and learning more about Rochester every day. I’m happy. Everything is full of possibility. I am excited to share what I created during this next chapter with all of you.

So, this is me saying “Hey, I missed you. I’m back.” Not only does this blog hold me accountable to taking photos regularly, but it serves as a point of reflection. I like sharing little snippets of my life with all of you. And I have loved hearing from followers.

Back to that dreamy Spanish moss above – I will soon be sharing more photos from that day. Stay tuned.

I hope you all are well.