Saturday, October 13, 2012

the other place | hudson valley lifestyle photographer

hudson_valley_lifestyle_photography-1 Eveyln and Sharr are creative geniuses.

I knew this before I discovered that Sharr is a playwright. A playwright whose amazing show The Other Place is going to BROADWAY this December.

I knew this before I heard Evelyn reading James Joyce aloud.

I knew this before I saw them dressed up as Mad Men characters for Halloween.
And here's how I know.

They bought a house in my town. (See? Genius! Joking…) A house that I had looked at and written off as a disaster. It had a concrete backyard and an above ground pool. The kitchen was dark and dreary and full of depressing dark wood. Not that I avoid dark wood as a generality, but trust me, this dark wood was indeed dreary. And this couple had the vision to take this home and create something bright and airy with an eclectic mix of traditional and modern and comfortable and funky.

I walked in and Sharr--who had already baked a berry pie (he writes and bakes pie!)--and his kids were creating knightly costumes out of cardboard. As you'll see from the photos, they took this activity very seriously. :) And Evelyn was creating one of her signature cocktails with herbs fresh from her backyard. Cause that's how she rolls. I want to live in this house. But getting to photograph this super-cool family in said house was almost as cool.

PS, the adorable girls in these photos are Evelyn's nieces visiting from Italy. Cause if you're a creative genius, you must have ties to Europe, of course.
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

2012_Rosh Every year, for Rosh HaShanna, we celebrate a sweet New Year by dipping apples in honey. Which is a delicious tradition. Really, everything should be dipped in honey. It's become a tradition in our house to serve different and unsual fruits so we can say the shehecheyanu, a blessing to celebrate experiencing something new. To that end, my aunt has begun scouring Chinatown each year to bring us exotic (to us) treats. This year, she found a dragonfruit, and I couldn't resist a photo, cause it's so darn pretty. Why am I telling you all of this? Well, for one, it's kinda interesting, no? But really, I need to offer an apology. The fall brings a new school year, fall foliage, my busiest work season...and an onslaught of Jewish holidays which muck up my work weeks. So I'm behind. Behind in correspondance, behind in my edits. Just behind. And while the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur have passed, we're still in the middle of Sukkot (a super fun harvest festival!). So please be patient! I've got loads of fun photos to share, and new clients to photograph. I'm super excited and hope to get back into the swing of things soon!