| Happy Groundhog Day!




Much to Ivy’s dismay, we never got around to holiday cards this year. Whoops. This glitch aside, I really do love celebrating holidays, so when Alpha asked me to shoot with her, I proposed we celebrate an oft overlooked holiday—Groundhog Day! It’s such a funny tradition, and as a family of summer-lovers we wait with bated breath to hear what fate Punxsutawney Phil will dole out and cross our fingers HARD for early spring. And this year it paid off—BRAVO PHIL! (Thank you, thank you!)

For this shoot, I wanted the shadows to take over the images, and also wanted to play with ombre-colored lighting. Alpha expertly concocted a plan to execute both brilliantly. (The background is actually plain white, we created the colors with gels and acrylic over the lights.) It was a great day mixing colors, crafting tiny sunglasses and hot dogs, and discussing beachy getaways. Brooklyn is eagerly cooperating with Phil’s spring forecast—50° outside!—but in case it’s still cold where you are reading, I hope these photos warm you up and remind you that summer isn’t too far off.

| Happy New Year!


Happy January! (Oxymoron?) We are finally settling back into routine after the holidays, which feel like they happen in fast forward every year! At some point during December, I audibly conceded we probably wouldn’t get holiday cards out this year. This horrified our chief elf (Ivy) who immediately took matters into her own hands. When I saw the amazing illustration she had started, I de-Scrooged and got on board, though clearly she did the lion’s share of the work here:  (Please click to make it bigger.)

This is a family treasure. Its pretty hard to pick a favorite element, but Jane’s Carousel , the “Stachue” of Liberty, and the hot dog stand are high on the list.

The team decided multi-colored enclosure cards, happy face stickers, and a sprinkle of confetti were ALL necessary. Some members were very helpful with the stuffing, and some preferred to crash our piles with lego spaceships. If we somehow missed you this year, please email me your address! (Even if we are only e-friends—I love a tradition that encourages off-screen connection!) Thank you to Rolling Press, a Brooklyn-based, eco-friendly printer (my new faves!) for the speedy printing.

P.S. Last year’s scratch off cards.