22 February 2015

Warrior For Love

I apologize that this blog is dying a slow death. Not my intention, but, you know, life.

Anyway, I'm fairly active on instagram (my social media outlet of choice--I can't maintain enough mental stamina for more than one), so feel free to follow along there for more real-time updates that you don't need, but hey, that's sorta the point, no?

From top to bottom, left to right:

-A snippet from my classroom: 4-year-old art is the best kind of art

-Love notes around the city made me smile on Valentine's Day

-A supermarket bouquet serving as a reminder that spring is just around the corner (bonus: picked-out by my better half)

-Giant ruby red grapefruits to brighten up these blustery, gray, freezing cold days

-Happy heart-prints which incited a student to proclaim, "Ms. Kayla, you look beautiful in that fancy outfit."

-Sunday breakfasts at home. Because, pancakes. (Also, bacon).


In conclusion, since I'm sure we can all use the reminder every now and again:

"You will learn a lot about yourself if you stretch in the direction of goodness, of bigness, of kindness, of forgiveness, of emotional bravery.  Be a warrior for love." 
-Cheryl Strayed (Tiny Beautiful Things)

16 February 2015

Morningside Park Family Session

January-March is the quiet season for most photographers. I'm currently basking in my weekends of leisure and appreciating having extra time to look back through some of my favorite images from the fall.

The light on this particular morning was perfection, as was little A's gigantic, lopsided smile.

26 January 2015

Kiddo Art

[Easel Painting: neon dot splatters on paper]

[Mixed Media // "The City At Night." Sharpie and watercolor buildings cut & pasted onto black paper. Tinfoil and star stickers represent light]

[Cozy Winter Hats: cardstock, patterned craft tape, felt, pompoms, glue, scissors]

 [Snow People Collage: doilies, construction paper, felt, foam shapes, buttons, clear glue, scissors]

 [Melted Snowman: tempera paint in "hot colors," homemade white puffy paint and assorted collage materials]

["Inside My Imagination" // Pastels & Liquid Watercolor]
 "It's a magical bridge stretching over a giant machine that makes candy. I'm on top of the bridge trying to catch the candy that's flying through the air. My family is at the bottom because I love them."

...A small assortment of recently produced artwork by the creative kiddos in my Pre-K classroom. 

24 January 2015

For Saturday Couch Potato-ing

Thought I'd share a few of the many tabs I currently have open on my desktop...

Parents Talking to Their Kids About Sex For the First Time. Tiho and I were laughing out loud watching this. So awkward, adorable and hilarious.

I know this is everywhere, but I adore it: To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This. (A thought-provoking article from the NY Times Modern Love column). And then, the The New Yorker's awesome response: To Fall OUT of Love, Do This.

The Science of Simplicity: Why Successful People Wear the Same Thing Everyday. It seems like the term capsule wardrobe is everywhere lately. I'm not entirely convinced the concept is for me, but this article provides an interesting argument for drastically simplifying your wardrobe.

I've heard that the wedding footage from Maroon 5's latest music video is at least partially "faked," but I still think it's fabulous. The song is exceptionally catchy, too. I've played it no less than 97 times in the past week.

Why do we put ourselves in [proverbial] boxes? Kate's recent post on the repercussions of labeling really hit home for me. A quality read.

On a related note, I can't get enough of my sister's recently published piece about The Masks We Wear in Crowded Places. (Go Emma!)

The Delightfully Short Guide to Reading More Books. True, all of it. (It also helps when you finally embrace the e-reader and your techie husband happily loads up your iPad with all of your book requests).

19 January 2015

Family Session At Home in Soho

Oh, gosh. I remember leaving this session and thinking "that was totally awesome." Their vision was completely compatible with my shooting style. They wanted me to capture candid "everyday" moments in their home and around their neighborhood in West Soho, and we did just that. It doesn't hurt that they also happen to be ridiculously gorgeous (and nice!) people. :)