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I love coffee. Sometimes people try to switch my coffee to decaf when I’m not looking. I can always tell the difference. I also like Pringles, but only the reduced fat kind because they crunch better when you bite into them and they don’t leave grease on your fingers. I’m…

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As part of our quest to support women’s issues, Katana Photography is excited to announce our first ever Celebrating Survival contest!
Having any kind of cancer is frightening and confusing. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Katana Photography is welcoming all survivors from all forms of cancer to participate…

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When I was looking to buy my wedding invitations (back in April), I found a lot of designers on Etsy. After narrowing it down to a couple different designs/companies, I contacted both for their pricing list. One was pretty significantly more expensive–almost $2 per invitation more. Which I think all…

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When talking to people about photography, I hear one phrase over and over again: Kids and dogs are the hardest subjects to photograph.
I, personally, don’t have this problem with my clients…kids and dogs are among my favorite things to photograph. Maybe it’s because I like to have any excuse…

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Last week, Sean and I had our morning coffee on the balcony and watched as the Enterprise shuttle was pulled down the Hudson on a tug boat. It’s on its way to the Intrepid and I can’t wait to see it up close at the museum!

Weekly Coffee

A Fantastic Cause, Spectacular Food and an Amazing Night To Come…

I try not to plug things too often–that is, unless it’s something that I 100% want and believe in. I only review things I love (or hate for that matter) and for me to talk about loving an organization and blog–you know I must really love it!

That being said, there is an organization called THE LAMP. A quick explanation of this organization (as it can be found on their website) is as follows: The LAMP is a non-profit organization creating a grassroots movement to reform and improve media. This is achieved through free media literacy workshops and public events for youth, parents and educators.

I think we can all agree that media is powerful. And with the infiltration of media into SO many aspects of all our lives (which can be both a positive and negative thing), we all need to become more educated on the best way to utilize the tools we’ve been given. But not only this, but RECOGNIZE when we’re being influenced by media. There was a recent statement made by a public figure head about how technology can be a distraction–and I agree. Without the proper education on how to use technology and media, it can be a very negative distraction–it’s all in how you use it.

But, I digress. THE LAMP is hosting a benefit along with a friend of ours (and by friend, I mean fellow blogger whom I’ve never actually met), the stunning Alejandra Ramos of Always Order Dessert.

On Wednesday, June 9 in Brooklyn, some of the hottest, most delectable food bloggers will face off in a dessert challenge. Celebrity judges will mediate AND as an attendee, you get drink specials, an entry into the raffle AND you get to taste all the desserts. Let me say that again–YOU GET TO TASTE THE DESSERTS. It’s a party–where the main focus is trying different sweets. I honestly don’t see how it could get any better. Except–oh, oh…wait a minute–all the proceeds go to benefit an extremely important cause!

Tickets are only $20 and you can buy them here or at the door for $25.

Seriously, guys. Check it out. If you can’t attend the actual event, go read THE LAMP’s blog now and then. It’s a real eye opener…and for some great style, cooking, baking, event planning ideas, check out Always Order Dessert.

A Fantastic Cause, Spectacular Food and an Amazing Night To Come...

The Multi-Cultural Henny

Meet Henny! Henny was born in April (Hm, I think it was April) and you might remember her mommy’s maternity session. Henny is a traditional Norwegian name (Kristin is from Norway) and her daddy is Canadian. But they’re all living in New York! This kid is going to be a globe trotter–I can already tell!

Henny was an absolute doll during her shoot. She was so peaceful. Never cried. Sat in every position we put her in, looked at the camera…she was just beautiful.

The other key part we all noted about Henny–she inherited her father’s hairline! Check out the last photo where we found a way to highlight their similarities. Hopefully, she grows out of that!

The Multi-Cultural Henny

The Multi-Cultural Henny

The Multi-Cultural Henny

The Multi-Cultural Henny

The Multi-Cultural Henny

The Multi-Cultural Henny

The Multi-Cultural Henny

The Multi-Cultural Henny

The Multi-Cultural Henny

The Multi-Cultural Henny

The M Family {New York/New Jersey Family Portrait Photographer}

This is the M-Family–Christopher, their son, was one of the students I photographed in my preschool photography business. They loved their school photos so much that they wanted a family session so that they could capture portraits of little Genevieve as well. I also want everyone to take note of their cat in the last image–their cat (which I think they’ve had for 10 years or so) is named Grey Cat. Like Breakfast at Tiffany’s! Well, that cat was named Cat…but still. It’s similar!

It was such a blustery day that we all had to travel inside…it was just too cold for the kids to even enjoy themselves.

The M Family {New York/New Jersey Family Portrait Photographer}

The M Family {New York/New Jersey Family Portrait Photographer}

The M Family {New York/New Jersey Family Portrait Photographer}

The M Family {New York/New Jersey Family Portrait Photographer}

The M Family {New York/New Jersey Family Portrait Photographer}

The M Family {New York/New Jersey Family Portrait Photographer}

The M Family {New York/New Jersey Family Portrait Photographer}

The M Family {New York/New Jersey Family Portrait Photographer}

The M Family {New York/New Jersey Family Portrait Photographer}

The M Family {New York/New Jersey Family Portrait Photographer}

The M Family {New York/New Jersey Family Portrait Photographer}

A Bucket, A Puppy and Barnwood Flooring

Bebop is officially my test dummy for all new set pieces and props. She’s just so easy to pose! If only all my models would sit patiently while I stuffed them into a bucket–and all for the cost of a small milkbone.

This new set piece is the Barnwood Flooring from The Savvy Photographer and I LOVE it! This bucket is also a prop that I found on Etsy which I thought would be cute for babies to either sit in or on top of or simply play with during shoots.

A Bucket, A Puppy and Barnwood Flooring

A Bucket, A Puppy and Barnwood Flooring

A Bucket, A Puppy and Barnwood Flooring

A Bucket, A Puppy and Barnwood Flooring

A Gift From Me–To Me.

I bought myself a gift…because I’ve been so busy and so booked the past few months that after my last wedding, I decided to treat myself to some boots that I’ve been drooling over for a couple years. And not only did I buy the boots, but I went with Frye boots, which according to sources (and their price tag) are the best quality and should last me a lifetime.

I kept seeing girls in the city walking around with boots similar to these…wearing them over jeans, with summer dresses, in the rain, in the heat. They go with EVERYTHING! Or at least, that seems to be the trend. So, I got mine…in a distressed brown leather. AND I LOVE THEM. The only place I don’t wear them, is the gym. And believe me, if it didn’t scuff the damn Pilates room floor, IWOULDTOTALLYWORKOUTINTHEM!

A Gift From Me--To Me.

A Gift From Me--To Me.

A Gift From Me--To Me.

Towels and House Guests

It was a sweaty, hot day in NYC. I stepped off the train in Brooklyn, blocks from my home. After having to transfer 3 times because of construction on the MTA lines. And before that, having been on a train for 2 hours traveling from Philadelphia. Where it was standing room only—FOR TWO HOURS.

It was a miserable trip. The number one thing I wanted to do was hop into the shower and scrub the smell of train off my body. Yes, “train” is its own scent. I slid the key in my lock expecting to be greeted by my dogs…but instead sitting in my family room was a group of 5 people–and Sean standing there with a beer.

“Isn’t it a beautiful day today!?”

I gritted my teeth, nodding and forcing a smile.

I said my hello’s to the guests, asking them not to get too close to me…I didn’t want to be an ungracious host. I just really, really needed a shower.

I slipped into the bathroom and peeled the damp clothes from my body. It felt like taking a layer of skin off. The steam from the shower filled my nostrils and I immediately felt better. I noticed 4 different used towels hung up around the bathroom. Unsure at which ones were used by Sean’s dad (who had visited for the weekend while I was out of town), I grabbed the towel that I had been using before I left. It needed to be washed, but one more use wasn’t a big deal.

After cleaning up and hanging out a few hours, the guests left. I wandered around, grabbing random bits of pieces that needed to be laundered. Approaching the bathroom, I yelled to Sean: “Which towels did your dad use in here?”

He came up behind me. “Why?”

…blink…

…blink, blink…

“Because we need to wash them.” It seemed so obvious to me.

He paused again. “I don’t know. Just wash them all.”

Breathe, Colleen. “What do you mean, you don’t know?”

“I mean, I don’t know. He probably just used whatever was in there.”

“…but…but, my towel was also in there. The towel I just used today as well.”

“So?”

“So?!?!?! It’s my towel! MY towel! I DO NOT share my towels…particularly not with your dad!”

The conversation went on like this for about 30 minutes. Me: BECAUSE IT’S GROSS! Him: But, why? It’s just cells. Me: BECAUSE IT’S GROSS!

He couldn’t understand why it was a big deal..but I was really disgusted that he really didn’t get why it was considered so gross. In my experience and opinion…if you go to someone’s house, you either bring your own towels, or you expect to be given a clean towel that you will use for the weekend. YOU DON’T JUST USE WHATEVER TOWELS ARE AROUND AND HAVE BEEN USED ALL WEEK.

Apparently Sean doesn’t know how to be a good host. A host launders all pillowcases and sheets after a guest leaves. All towels given out should be clean and folded.

We finally came to the agreement that “because of social rules, we need to give guests their own towels, pillowcases and sheets” but I could not get Sean to admit that not doing so is disgusting. He claims that the couch is more disgusting than a used towel.

Anyone else have thoughts or opinions? I always believed that this was just proper etiquette when it came to house guests.

So basically, if you come to stay at our apartment, make sure I’M home when you come for the weekend. It’s the only way to ensure clean towels.

Playa del Carmen Wedding!

I’m finally getting around to blogging the January destination wedding I did in Playa del Carmen, Mexico! I photographed Julia and Patrick’s engagement photos back in July. They soon after asked me to be a part of their wedding down in Mexico.

I didn’t know quite what to expect–I had never been to Mexico and I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a crazy Cancun-esque party place or if it was going to be a resort-ish area. It was neither…and yet, sort of both. It had the party scene (which I did not partake in until AFTER Saturday evening =0) and it had the resort scene…but it also had this village feel to it. It was like a warm, small community where everyone knew each other and helped each other out. It really made me want to forget life in NY altogether and move to Mexico permanently! That is, until I remembered my puppies stuck in their kennel.

In any case, a special thanks to Julia and Patrick for kicking off 2010 with a bang!

Playa del Carmen Wedding!

Playa del Carmen Wedding!

Playa del Carmen Wedding!

Playa del Carmen Wedding!

Playa del Carmen Wedding!

Playa del Carmen Wedding!