Sunday, December 5, 2010


I took photos of these rings for Treasury, a vintage clothing store in DC the week before I left for Bangladesh. So now here they are :)

Marasigans 2010

The Marasigans are the family that I have babysat for the longest in New York. I met them three years ago when I was just a tiny baby freshman. In fact, they were my very first job in the city. It has now become our tradition to shoot family portraits for their Christmas card. This family has often made me feel at home in NY. This is mainly because Jordan and Justin have unbelievable levels of energy and are often completely nuts (much like my brothers). It has been incredible to see them grow up. I feel honored and blessed to be in their lives.

Jordan's face is priceless.

Remembering Bangladesh

The theme of this semester seems to be BUSY. But here I am on a sunday afternoon, somehow finding myself with a bit of time to just be home. I savor this time to take a step back and let everything I am doing sink in.

The BRAC project is in its final phases and a shortened version (5 stories) will be launched next friday. Hearing these women's stories was an incredibly overwhelming experience. While In Bangladesh, 1e were inexperienced and (quite honestly) unqualified and often found ourselves negotiating the effects of heat, exhaustion, dehydration, digestive problems, large crowds, tons of noise and lack of linguistic communication. On top of these factors we were also hearing unbelievable stories of pain, abuse, murder, rape, acid-throwing, and poverty. Every woman we talked to revealed their profound courage, resilience, and dignity. I remember driving away from recording Mussamat's story feeling inadequate and useless. She treated me as if I were special and important, knowing nothing of who I am. Who was I to be honored with her testimony? Me? A random white girl from the suburbs of California? What could I offer her? Our meeting touched me so deeply, but I felt its weight as well. I felt the strongest need to share her story.

So as we prepare to launch this site, I can't help but feel a huge sense of relief. Patricia, Ruhul and I will not be the only ones who have heard the stories of these women. They will be shared and become part of many peoples' imaginations of Bangladesh. The message I want every viewer to walk away from the site with is that of the unstoppable agency and power of women, shaping their communities and society for generations to come. That the women I met were powerful, strong, complex and most importantly in my view, hopeful.

Here they are:








Rozina aka Tower of Power



Sunday, November 7, 2010

Fall Love

My life runs at a million miles per hour, but today is my two and a half year anniversary with my partner Ethan and since we got to spend all weekend together, I feel unbelievably happy. It is amazing how much more grounded I feel after taking the time to connect and relax. Here is to love and here are a few scenes from the past few weeks

Ethan at the farmer's market

Monster Mash

Grace, age 9, Twihard

Friday, October 15, 2010

Portrait Session- Elyana Goldwater

This past weekend Ethan and I went to D.C. to create a video for Adoptions Together, the largest adoption agency on the East Coast (which his mother created and runs). I will post pictures from our work with them soon, but I want to share pictures from a portrait session I had with Ethan's little sister Elyana who is a senior in high school this year. We had a ton of fun shooting these and we were blessed with gorgeous light. Elyana has had to overcome quite a bit in her 18 years so far and she is a complete inspiration to me. I feel privileged that I was able to try and capture her radiant beauty.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Erin Considine Jewelry

Several months ago I photographed by beautiful friend Erin Considine's jewelry collection, I just realized I never posted them. Here they are a bit late :)
check out her website:

Now one of my most prized possessions