Personal: Our 'Staycation'

Last week, my partner and I went back to basics with a 'staycation' in the Poconos for some much needed rest and relaxation. Not only was it a greatly appreciated break from the constant hustle and bustle of the city, but also served quite well as an excuse to hike/location scout more potential spots to work on my Natura series. It was lovely to get back into the vibrant and incomparable lush green of the forest, and the misty, cloudy forecast made it easy to capture some really great images. I'm not sure if there's anything I love more than being out in nature with nothing other than my camera and my partner/photo assistant, and this trip was exactly what I needed to get my creativity gears grinding again. It's easy to get burned out in the city that never sleeps, so I was immeasurably grateful for a long week of unwinding, and I think I found some really spectacular locations to shoot next. Hope I get to go back out into the forest soon!

PDN's Photo of the Day!

I am so thrilled to share with you all that last week I was fortunate enough to be featured on PDN's Photo of the Day along with my fellow YPA mentees, which you can see here. It was truly amazing to not only have my work shown on such a prominent and reputable news source for photography, but to also have such a positive response to the work I submitted. While it may seem a small thing, this has always been a goal and dream of mine since I began pursuing photography professionally. I can't believe how far this organization has helped me come, and I have so much gratitude and respect for our mentors Andrew Hetherington and Steve Giralt, as well as the photo editor of PDN, Amy Wolff, for all of their encouragement, support, and enthusiasm about our work.

I got a wonderful little reminder of this step forward by seeing it in a weekly PDN newsletter email I received today. It's so surreal to see my photo on such a mainstream news source, but I am forever grateful for it, and couldn't help myself but instagram it. It's so validating to see how hard work pays off.

Focus Philadelphia Book Release!

A few days ago, I was able to attend the book release party for the Philadelphia chapter of ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers), to celebrate the new Focus Philadelphia book! An honor as always, I was one of the photographers who was selected to have an image in the book, and couldn't wait to see my photo in print!

My photograph,  Strength , in this year's book!

My photograph, Strength, in this year's book!

With so many outstanding photographers (and over 400 individual photographs!) submitting to the competition, I wasn't sure if I my work would make the cut, but I'm happy to know that my images can compete with such a group of talented artists. To learn more about the competition/book, click here, and hopefully I'll have more good news for you all soon!

The cover of this year's book, straight from my Instagram.

The cover of this year's book, straight from my Instagram.