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08 Dec

Slap Shots On Ice

In corporate events,places by / December 8, 2016 / 0 Comments

Those closest to me know that I am a self-described rabid NFL fan. I LOVE football and consider myself very knowledgeable on the rules of the game.  Once the Super Bowl is over, I suffer from withdrawal and find myself longing for the pre-season.  My husband and I share the same passion for football and often don’t know what to do with ourselves on those post-Super Bowl Sundays. All of that changed a few years ago when our nephew, a former high school hockey player, encouraged us to watch NHL hockey with him.

First we followed the Boston Bruins because my nephew and the rest of my husband’s family are from areas just outside of Boston. Living in Tampa though, how could we not watch the Tampa Bay Lightning? I watched them win their first Stanley Cup Championship in 2004. It was an exciting time for our city as their win came a year after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their first Super Bowl Championship. We watched the Bruins win and lose the Stanley Cup (2 goals scored by their opponent in just 19 seconds),  the latter of which was quite the stunner. Regardless though, exciting is what hockey is in my opinion. The pace of an entire hockey game very much resembles the urgency of a 2-minute warning drill, to put it in football terms. The edge of the couch excitement I felt watching hockey filled that post Super Bowl void especially since during that time, the regular season is normally winding down with playoffs on the not too distant horizon. The end of the regular season and the playoffs is a pretty good time to start watching a new sport. It’s “do or die” time for teams and players vying for glory, trophies, rings,  championship titles and of course, bragging rights. How can you not get swept up in the drama and excitement?

When one of my corporate clients, BlueGrace Logistics – an official sponsor of the Tampa Bay Lightning,  approached me to shoot one of their events at Amalie Arena,  I was thrilled! The event, “Slap Shots On Ice”, was a fun part of a multi-day company conference with employees from all over the United States. I would be shooting employees taking slap shots on the very same ice on which some of my favorite NHL athletes play! Taking the elevator down, walking through the players’ tunnel, sitting on the home team bench to slip on the special rubber soled spikes enabling me to walk effortlessly on the ice was surreal. Every now and again during my shoot, I would glance up at the stands, the score boards and ribbons illuminated with the newly unveiled BlueGrace logo, and would try to absorb and remember where I was. It’s still so surreal, I can’t believe I was actually there. But I guess I was, because here are some favorite shots of BlueGrace employees from the ice.



21 Nov

UT Mini Session

In children,family,kids,Mother,Photography,places,portraits,Sons by / November 21, 2016 / 0 Comments

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The minarets of the University of Tampa (UT) are perhaps the greatest iconic symbol of the city of Tampa. Plant Hall, formerly the Tampa Bay Hotel, was a grand 511-room, five story hotel built by Henry B. Plant between 1888 and 1891. Famous guests who stayed there include President Teddy Roosevelt, the Queen of England and Babe Ruth. Today, Plant Hall serves as the main academic and administrative building for the UT, a private university with over 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students. As you step onto the grounds of the campus, your eyes are drawn to the beautiful brick buildings, Victorian gingerbread architecture and the Moorish minarets, domes and cupolas. The lush grounds of Plant Park extend from the Henry B. Plant museum to the Hillsborough River, with downtown Tampa visible just across the river. All that being said, it’s no surprise that UT’s Plant Park is a popular spot for portrait photographers. I recently shot a mini-session for the Martell family there. Here are a few of my favorites from that shoot.

15 Jul

Live Free Or Die

In landscape photography,new hampshire,Photography,places,randolph,travel by / July 15, 2016 / 0 Comments

That’s the official motto of the state of New Hampshire and once you spend any real time there, you understand why it is. I first visited New Hampshire in the summer of 2008 with my then-boyfriend, now husband of 6 years. Every summer for several decades, his family would spend weeks at their summer house in the small town of Randolph. As you drive approximately two hours north from the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, the mountains emerge gradually and spectacularly on the horizon. For those of you who know M83, their song “Outro” is the perfect soundtrack for that moment. For me and my family, Randolph is a place to disconnect from the daily hustle and bustle. A place to take in the fresh mountain air, absorb the breathtaking views and simply reconnect with nature. A place to find your inner peace and hit the mental reset button. A place to bond with family. Sitting on the hammock bench swing on the back porch of the summer house, my eyes are immediately drawn to our spectacular view of  Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams and Mt. Jefferson, which are part of the Presidential Mountain Range. The serenity is interrupted only by the buzzing sound of hummingbirds flitting out of the trees and to the feeder which hangs on the outside of the screened porch. There are trails near the house maintained by the Randolph Mountain Club, and an abundance of wild flowers growing along the roadside. Even though I live in Florida, New Hampshire is the only place I actually fish. Standing in icy cold waters of the tree lined rivers catching brook and rainbow trout is my favorite and almost daily activity while there. The White Mountains region of New Hampshire has so much to offer and I could go on and on about how special a place it is to me and my family. But for now, I’ll just share some pictures from our June 2016 trip.