Fine art commission for Búccan in Palm Beach

The original proposal was a triptych to fill the space the fourth image was intended to hang elsewhere in the restaurant however putting all four shots together just fit so perfectly on the wall. The VIP opening was great and being able to sit just off to the side allowed Sam and I to really get to watch unnoticed as the VIPs stopped and admired. Of course this camera phone photo doesn’t do the images justice so attached are the shots. Thank you to Piper, Clay & Sam at Búccan for the opportunity and the amazing dinner! If you find yourself up in Palm Beach, you have to go, go, GO!!! I highly recommend the tuna tartar…. mmm… I could eat only that for the rest of my life and still be happy! Check them out here.




Abstract Photography

In Key West, I tried shooting in a very different way to create some abstract photography pairings. These are a few of my favorites.

(2018 Edit: We switched over our website, and are looking for these images, too!)

Key West (part III)

Day two: After breakfast, and goodbyes to our friends who had to head North, my sister and I rented bikes and scouted more locations (with a few stops on the beach).

We formed a game plan of where to shoot and then starred in horror as the thickest fog in 10 years rolled in and covered Mallory Square. So much for that shot of the street performers and tourists at sunset. But reminding myself that this is about intentions and recognizing that because the expect shot was impossible it opened the door for an opportunity, we saw potential in foggy Mallory square. So disappointment turned into a pleasant surprise and we caught some more great shots.

Perfecting the art of riding a bike while balancing a tripod in it’s front basket enabled us to travel a lot further and shoot off Duval Street. The Green Parrot was beautiful along with a few deserted foggy street corners. Into the night we shot and had a great dinner with our friend and host Doug at Pepe’s. Knowing we would have to head out early we opted to finish shooting and call it a night, bringing CF cards of amazing images back home with us.

Key West (part II)

Day one: After a detour in Islamorada to make arrangements to meet our friend Kara later in the night and an amazing lunch at a little place called Castaways in Marathon (just before the 7 mile bridge and after about 5 U-turns because it’s impossible to find) my sister and I found ourselves riding around in the back of a 1953 Ford Pickup Truck with our friend and Key West local Doug, scouting locations.

An hour later we were shooting sunsets from a boat graveyard one key up from Key West with Kara and our new friend Jason (this shot is for you Jason!).

(2018 Edit: We’ve had a few different website hosts since this blog post! We’re looking for this image, too.)

The night progressed by dodging intoxicated tourists along Duval Street, suspending my Canon 5D Mark II off the edge of rooftops, and eventually exploring the abstract. Once I filled up my cards I took it as a sign to relax and join my friends who had already meet up with the Mayor of Islamorada for a much needed glass of wine at The Grand Vino. We had a great time, I made some more new friends from Louis Backyard and introduced them to the Vignette demo app for the Sprint HTC EVO phone. Their sunset photo’s will get even cooler now. By now my friends who agreed to have a drink at every bar I needed to shoot from were feeling great and it was time to head back to Doug’s house on Love Lane.

To be continued….

Fine Art Photography Commision | Key West (part 1)

This week started with a three and a half hour drive over blue oceans, through chains of islands and finishing in Key West. My little sister has been visiting me and hasn’t been there since we were kids. With a furious snow storm heading to her home of New Hampshire we decided to get as far south as possible to end her trip with an adventure. But, January is a very busy month for photographers in Miami and inevitably work was booked to be shot during our adventure.
A fine art commission is always a blast. It gives me a chance to think outside the box and creates opportunity for intentions (and hopefully not expectations which are artistic suicide). So we knew we wanted night photography, and we new we wanted architectural & time-laps elements. Other than that it was open for interpretation.

The results did not disappoint. Getting home and editing the images left me impressed over and over. Now the exciting part starts as the commissioner selects which images will be printed between 3-4 feet and hung as a triptych all hopefully within the next week and half before the restaurant opens. I’ll keep you posted!


Images of the stray

(2018 Edit: We’ve just switched websites, and we’re trying to find these images, too!)

Click on the above images to see them larger.

On my birthday (about 2 weeks ago) my husband and I received a phone call from a neighbor asking us if we would like to possibly adopt a dog. Friends of a friend of a friend had found this dog running around in 3 lanes of traffic and quickly put him in their car and saved his life. Once they got him home their dog did not like this new addition and they had been trying to find a home for him since.

Having already started the process of adopting a dog (getting the paperwork together from the landlady to bring to the shelter, etc) we were surprised by the phone call and agreed to meet him. Needless to say, the next day he started his new life in the Benson/Trotter family.

Lots of calls started coming in from our friends and family, everyone wanted to see the dog. So I snapped a few pictures of him using the window as my light source and a high ISO. He’s just had the bad surgery so he is wearing a cone, which cracks me up! The pictures are retouched, lowered the saturation, threw in a curves layer and some channel mixers for fun but I would go back and match the colors and tones better to each other if I were to do anything with these shots. Enjoy!

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