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A few days ago I thoroughly enjoyed capturing photographs of Amy and David’s newborn baby boy in the comfort of their Falmouth, Cape Cod home.  I applied a warm black-and-white tone in my digital darkroom, giving a soft, impressionistic look to these precious pictures.  Here are a few personal favorites…

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One of my portrait sessions last week was capturing images of Gisela, Pierre, and their grandchildren at their favorite Falmouth beach. Wood Neck Beach – one of Cape Cod’s scenic treasures – is an enjoyable place for children of all ages. On one side of the dunes its beach stretches out into Buzzard Bay. And on the other side, the shallow tidal pools of Little Sippewissett marsh entice children with squirming fiddler crabs and a natural “water park.”

Here we found a cozy spot overlooking the marsh.

Wading across the warm tidal waters to this tiny sand dune island was refreshing for all of us on this humid evening.

Gisela was interested in a photograph of her grandchildren jumping at the water’s edge. So when they didn’t jump high enough, she showed them how!


And after the sun disappeared over the horizon,  with an ethereal blue glow enveloping the marsh,  it was time to capture a few quiet images of Gisela and Pierre alone.

Well beyond sunset, I continued shooting as the sky came alive with color and drama – another glorious day on Cape Cod coming to a close.

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Some clients are surprised to discover that my family portrait sessions include a variety of naturally posed and candid or lifestyle images to choose from – at no additional charge. And they’re relieved to hear that my style of “posing” is simply to offer guidance so that each individual looks their very best, within an artistically pleasing composition. (Stiff, artificial looking portraits are definitely not my thing!)

I typically begin by posing the entire family – standing or sitting. For example, we began last Saturday’s portrait session at the Sea Crest Resort’s beach in North Falmouth with Gary and Pam’s 3-generation family tucked into a grassy sand dune – all so photogenic!

Then I capture images of smaller groupings based on what each client has told me is important during our portrait consultation call. Besides each family unit, popular choices are siblings, cousins, grandparents with grandchildren and with adult children, and couples.

I move on to capture candids, with everyone participating in the fun. I chose this spot for Todd and Linda’s twins for its ideal backdrop and lighting, and the girls happily played as I captured real life memories. This image will be featured in the 6-image collage for their parents’ wall.

As her siblings and cousins became sleepy, one of the girls was still full of steam as the waves crashed ashore. Here’s one of four photographs from this series that her mom chose to display as a wall collection.

As the sun was about to set, Gary and Pam asked me to capture an image of themselves. Such a lovely couple, it’s hard to believe they’re the grandparents of this 12-member clan!

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As the Featured Artist of the Month, my “Sand and Solitude” photography show is now open at the West Falmouth Library through July 8th. I’m especially pleased to be exhibiting in West Falmouth since the village was my introduction to Cape Cod 40 years ago. As a teenager visiting from Michigan, I became captivated with the Cape during a stay on the beach with my sister’s in-laws, the late Dr. Paul and Dorothy Magnuson of Chapoquoit. Vacations on Cape Cod with friends continued during college days, and later while sailing on Buzzards Bay from Marion with my husband.

“My Secret Place” – captured in Pocasset, Bourne at Four Ponds – won First Place in Photography at the Cape Cod Art Association’s juried May show and is one of the works on display. The exhibit is open through July 8 during regular library hours:  Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10-5;   Thursday 2-8;  and Saturday 10-1. Please stop by!

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One of my favorite places to walk is around Oyster Pond (on which we reside), in the Quissett area of Falmouth, onto the bike path at Surf Drive overlooking Vineyard Sound.  It’s particularly fun on a foggy spring day, when everything is fresh and green, and the summer crowds have yet to arrive. Usually accompanying me is my Canon 5D Mark II with a 24-105 “walk around” lens, or my tiny “just in case” Canon SD700 tucked into my pocket. The point-and-shoot does a remarkably good job under non-challenging situations, capturing all but one of the photographs below. Can you guess which ones?

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On Sunday I gave myself an assignment of playing with motion to create abstract photographs. Here are some favorites images I created at home and during a walk around the Falmouth village green on a beautiful, sunny Sunday.

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One of the many challenges in photography is capturing an image of an all black subject. For example, black cats often appear as a Rorschach ink blot, with no detail and eyeballs flashed beyond recognition. So when Mindy walked into my life one week ago – a sweet 9 month old kitty that I found on petfinder.com and adopted from Cause for Paws – I welcomed the opportunity to create her first portraits. Mindy was ever so patient, and here’s the result from our “carpet series.” What’s your favorite?

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