27 March 2015

The Week's End + Online Reccs

I woke up early this morning for an appointment and was almost immediately lulled back to sleep by the rain hitting the window. I've had these past two weeks off from work (the perks of teaching in a private school--spring break for half of March!), and my plan for the remainder of the day involves organizing my closet, laying in bed with a book and cup of tea, and taking an afternoon stroll into town for dinner provisions, flowers and a manicure. Life is rough, I know. :)

I took this photo last week when I was visiting my mom for a few days on the Cape. We were driving home from the store when we--quite literally--stopped in our tracks in order to watch the sky do completely amazing tricks.

The other day, I was visiting my friend Elizabeth and her brand new squishy little baby, Thea. We were talking about blog-reading and offering suggestions based on the various sites we visit on a regular basis. I've been reading blogs for years (nearly the entirety of my twenties) and have whittled down my loyalty to a small handful. I used to be super into design blogs and now only follow one or two. Same goes for food and fashion blogs. I feel like most people read what interests them based on wherever they are in life. At least that's true for me. Here's 20 current favorites below:

Coffee + Crumbs
Camp Patton
Where My Heart Resides
Tulips & Flightsuits
Mockabee 7
Babyccino Kids
Love Taza
Practising Simplicity

Emily Henderson
Yellow Brick Home
Smitten Studio

Wit + Delight
Design for Mankind
Reading My Tea Leaves
Hither & Thither
Cup of Jo
Laken B. Nix
Oh Joy!

Sprouted Kitchen

Making Room

Bonus...10 instagrammers I love: @angelahardison, @ameliamarthelia, @childhoodunplugged, @kaeyelch, @amandajanejones, @mamawatters, @courtneyadamo, @bythebrush, @pobke, @alice_gao

Any must-read online favorites I should check out?

Here's to a restful, fulfilling weekend for us all!

26 March 2015

Yoga in Brooklyn

Emma and I met up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn the other day so I could take a few updated portfolio shots of her doing her thing at one of the yoga studios where she teaches and in the surrounding neighborhood.

I am SO proud at how far she's come and what she's accomplished in the two short years since receiving her yoga teaching certification: she now teaches a variety of Vinyasa and Hot Power classes at four different studios in the city. I try to take her class as often as I'm able and always leave feeling restored. I mean, I know I'm biased, but she's an awesome instructor.

Check her out! She offers private sessions in addition to her regularly scheduled studio classes, so if you want to learn how to do that insane handstand up there, you can!

P.S. She will kill me for saying this, but I am constantly in awe of how she consistently maintains the edgiest personal style without even trying. She is effortlessly cool (and kind and funny and sweet and smart and beautiful and humble and honest-to-goodness, the best person I know).

21 March 2015

Straw & Feather

Spring is coming, spring is coming,
Birdies build your nests.
Weave together straw and feather,
Doing each your best.

Spring is coming, spring is coming,
Flowers are waking too.
Daisies, lilies, daffo-dillies,
All are coming through.

Spring is coming, spring is coming,
All around is fair.
Shimmer, glimmer, on the river,
Joy is everywhere.

Daffodils symbolize the first whispered breaths of spring: they represent hopefulness, joy, new beginnings, warmth, sunshine, rebirth.

Do you know that in ancient herbalism and medicine, the scent of a daffodil was used as an intoxicant? For the over-thinkers, or the anxious, breathing in the scent significantly relaxes and calms the mind. No wonder I can't stop placing little glass jars in every room.

12 March 2015

Alexandra at Seven Months

Alexandra's mama is a good friend of mine. They were both previously featured here when Alexandra was just a brand new squishy little thing. Now, she's eleven months old (we took these shots around seven months last fall) and just as photogenic as ever.

She is such happy and laid-back baby evidenced by her grinning and babbling throughout the entirety of our session. Can't wait to catch up with this cutie again at her one-year-old shoot next month!

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.