A Message to Moms

Back off.

Stop giving us fashion advice. We know you mean well, but you play it way too safe. If you had it your way we would all wear khakis and polos for life. As the wise, Nobel winning poet Bob Dylan said, “the times they are a changin'” and they keep on a-changin’! Fashion has a lot less rules these days and a lot more options (a lot!).

I’m thinking of a few trends in particular that I’ve heard moms across Atlanta complain about. I’m here to set the record straight.

1.Pastel Pink


There is really only one thing you need to hear, mom: IT DOESN’T WASH ME OUT! What does that even mean anyway? What if I’m going for a monochromatic, or as you say “washed out” look? What if washed out isn’t a bad thing? Actually, we all agree it rocks.

This color and others like it (think rusty orange and faded rose) were huge for Fall/Winter 2016 and the runways tell us this pallet ain’t going nowhere for 2017! Pale pink seems to be THE color for Spring ’17 (insert applause emoji).

2.High Rise Jeans


Mom, we all know you used to get high (high risers that is!) and we understand why you have been hesitant to let anyone get back on the high rise bandwagon; your jeans were awful! They sagged in the butt and had no shape throughout the legs (or just the wrong shape). But we learned from your mistakes and now the perfect jean does exist! The high jeans of today are skinny throughout the leg, they lift the booty and accentuate the waist. Actually, you should really try some on. You’re welcome.



Say it with me: athleisure.

You know that feeling you get when you’re almost done with work and you realize soon you’ll  be home wearing your favorite sweatpants? Now imagine those pants look better on you than your black slacks and cardigan.That’s what athleisure is all about. We are busy people! We need clothes that can take us from here to there while feeling comfortable and looking cool. You’d be surprised how chic sweatpants can look with a layered button up and blazer. And do you even know how many dope fashion sneakers there are to choose from?

I hope we all learned something today. Fashion, style… it’s supposed to be fun! It’s like grown up playtime! Go out and try something new.

To shop my favorite looks, click the links throughout the post.


Photos on Fabric

It always amazes me how quickly the months fly by, especially after summer is over. Once the fall hits things start happening so quickly! We definitely had an Indian summer here in Georgia, but now the temperatures are cooling down and the days are getting shorter.

I’ve been keeping busy in the studio these past couple months, in part because I’ve been inspired, but mainly because I can control the temperature in here and pretend we’ve been having that crisp autumn weather I love so much. One of my (creative) dreams came true last month; I successfully printed cyanotypes on fabric! Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m obsessed with denim, so naturally, I sourced some nice raw white denim from a local fabric shop for my prints. I also sampled a cotton/poly blend because the texture is more flat and even, but I settled on raw denim because I love the lines in the fabric and the frayed edges.

If you want to print cyanotypes on fabric, I would suggest using a cotton fabric with a low, even weave so that you can get as much image detail as possible. I am going for a unique collaboration of the two mediums I’m using here (cyanotype prints + fabric) so I don’t mind the loss of image detail I have on my prints. As always, for me, it’s all about the process.

LED UV Light Box

So, clearly I’m way into cyanotypes right now. But the process requires sunlight- and that’s not always feasible for me because I do a lot of my work at night. To make cyanotypes at home with a constant, reliable and controllable light source, I would need a UV light box.

Light boxes are priced in the thousands, even used ones can be quite expensive. There is a lot of information out there on how to build your own light box but most tutorials require bulbs. I wanted my light box to be as sleek and easy to build as possible. I discovered that a few people had successfully constructed light boxes with UV LED light strips.

There still isn’t a lot of information about this very specific topic out there so today I’m going to show you how I constructed my LED UV light box.WARNING: this process requires the use of a soldering iron and some electrical wiring. If you’re going to attempt to make a box like this one and you don’t know how to solder or anything about electrical wiring please get help from a pro.

If you are seriously serious about building a light box like this, please visit the following links. This thread on LargeFormatPhotography.info gives a general breakdown of how the box is made and this post on Greg Brophy‘s blog goes into much more detail. These are the sources I used to build my light box.


  • Two 20×24″ wooden boards
  • Two 4×24″ wooden planks
  • One 4×20″ wooden plank
  • Two reels of 5 meter 5050 LED UV lights 300 SMD 12V DC
  • 12 gauge speaker cable
  • 20 gauge copper wire
  • Soldering iron and solder
  • Power supply box
  • Power cord
  • Hammer and nails



I started with two 20×24 wooden boards, two 4×24 wood planks and one 4×20 plank. All of these were purchased from my local hardware store for like, $25. I sanded them all really well and made sure they were clean.



I took one of the 20×24 wood boards and measured in 2 inches all the way around. This created a 16×20 rectangle (the size of prints that I will be making). On the two shorter sides of the board I drilled a hole at the middle point on each side where I would later run the speaker cable through.



Next, I applied my LED light strips! I cut the strips so that they fit in my 16×20 rectangle in a staggered pattern shown above. When cutting the LED strips you have to make sure to cut between the copper pads, there is a tiny image of scissors on the strip to show where you can cut. Each copper plate has a + or a – next to it, it is very important to make sure they are all placed uniformly on the board. Just make sure when you are laying the strips on the board that all of the + signs are on the bottom. The LED strips have tape on the back so they stick easily to the wood. I accidentally bought the strips that came with the water protective coating on top. I had to pull it back and cut off a little to expose the copper plates for soldering.



I’ve got two pictures for this next part. I stripped two separate 3 foot sections of the 12 gauge speaker cable (including the red and black wires that are inside the white one) and ran it through the hols I drilled earlier. I made the black and red wires run in opposite directions (it doesn’t matter which way they go) and stapled them down to the board.



This next part got intense! I cut the 20 gauge copper wire into short pieces and used them to bridge the LED copper plates to the wires that were stapled on the sides. You can see them in the picture above. On the left side of the board, I soldered the little copper pieces to the – copper plate on the LED lights and on the right side I soldered them to the + plate. Then I soldered the tiny wires to the big speaker cable wires I stapled down earlier. Basically, this made the large speaker cable on the left side of my board carry the negative charge and the right side carry the positive charge.

At this point I wanted to see if all of my connecting and soldering was a success! I grabbed my power supply box and power cord. I connected my – and + speaker cables from the board to the – and + segments on the power supply box. Then I connected the power cord to the the power supply by matching the wires in the power cord to their respective segments on the power supply box: black is live, white is neutral and green is ground.

I plugged it in and and POW! it all worked!!!! So, that’s pretty much the hard part. The rest was a cake walk.



I took my other 20×24 board and hammered the 4×20, and two 4×24’s to it to create a three sided box.



So, at this point this is what my set up looked like.



Then I hammered the top of the box on so that the LED lights were the ceiling of the inside of the box. I left one of the short sides open so that I can slide my prints in and out easily. Later I will create a door to cover it, but for now this is cool.



Inside my UV LED light box!


This was a really fun project and I’m very please with how it came out. Hope you enjoyed seeing how I constructed my light box, comment if you have any questions or suggestion!


Hampton, 2014

Oh! Hello.

I have been keeping busy catching up on work. Did you know I shot more film in 2014 then I did last year?

At that time I was obsessed with documenting the towns around where I lived (which was Hampton, CT). That area is known by the locals as “The Quiet Corner” because it is a very rural, somewhat low income pocket in the northwestern corner of CT. These towns used to host mills, factories and farms but now they are mostly residential.

Driving around Hampton made me feel like I was living in an old New England story. I couldn’t help but photograph it.

More to come.

How to make wildflower jam

Last year I began a photo series of portraits of wildflowers. They are beautiful close ups taken with my Mamiya and I love them dearly. My goal with the project was so identify wild plants, forage edible wildflowers and preserve them as jam. Once I finished shooting for this project, the wildflowers were past their prime so I decided to finish the last step of my project here in Asheville! I went out on some lovely hikes and gathered daisies, red clover, honeysuckle and spiderwort. 

I’ve been making jam almost every year since I was a toodler with my grandmother and mother, then I continued to make our famous strawberry jam with one of my sisters every summer as we grew up. I didn’t follow a recipe for the wildflower jam, just used what I already knew about jam making, but I wanted to share the steps I took because this stuff is amazing and everyone should try it! 

First I gathered the flowers, I ended up with about a cup and a half total once the buds were picked and washed. 


 I then picked all of the buds off the stems and washed them in cool water. I put them in a bowl and steeped them in 2 cups of boiling water.  

  The flowers sat in the water for about 24 hours.

Next, I straind the wildflower infusion into a pot (ended up being about a cup and a half). I added one box of pectin and the juice from one lemon. 

I stirred the mixture on and off til it came to a boil, then I stirred in two cups of sugar and continued to stir until the jam mixture came to a roaring boil.

I continued to stir the jam mixture for another minute. While this was going on I boiled a pot of water for the mason jars to process in.

This is the part where you have to move fast. I had prepared heated jars before hand to ladle the jam into. I filled up the jars as much as I could and then I put some freshly washed wildflowers on top. 

*Little side note: technically speaking, jam has little bits of fruit in it and jelly is made from an infusion. I thought that if I put whole flowers into my “jelly” that I could then call it jam. 


I covered up the jars and put them into the boiling water to process for ten minutes. Then I removed them and let them cool over night.


The jam came out exactly how I had hoped! The consistency was perfect, just like any other jam or jelly, and the taste was…well, floral! It was a little sour and delightfully sweet. 

I had so much fun making my wildflower jam! I hope you find my instructions helpful and decide to make some jam of your own!

A true TBT moment

I am not one to participate in TBT normally but while organizing my old hard drive from college I came across some photos that I think deserve to see the light of day. In any case, why let my facebook friends sit back and have all the fun?

My very first TBT… going to see the Warhol exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta in 2011.

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