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Weeping cherry tree at Lee Park

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Spring is here!

Almost.

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March 21, 2009 at 5:55 pm

CJ the strong

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CJ is in town, visiting from Iowa!

This woman is one of the most interesting people I know. She spent her growing years moving constantly, as a familial member of the military. As a result, I can depend on her to fearlessly travel anywhere with me on a whim. Our last trip was a quick 4-day jaunt from Charlottesville to London, where we drank champagne in the streets, met some nutty folk, and spent way too much money: all signs of a good trip.

One thing I love about CJ is that each place she has lived has impacted her in some unpredictable way that she carries with her down the line. While in London, the mad cow disease scare rendered her a life-long vegetarian. In California, the high frequency of blonde women caused her to dye her hair brown. While more predictable, Iowa will give her a masters degree in evolutionary biology. But CJ, come back to Virginia! We miss you.

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March 18, 2009 at 7:19 am

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What is a family documentary?

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With much excitement, I have added a “family documentary” package to my list of photographic services, because families do not exist in a studio! Families exist in a house, in a park, playing in the street, and sitting at a dinner table. The purpose of a family documentary is to literally document how your family exists, together – because that is the greatest advangate that photography allows us: the ability to document how life actually is.

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The conventional definition of “documentary photography” comes with the stipulation that the photographer does not interact with the scene, but instead lets events unfold before them. Such an approach allows the photographer to capture exactly what is happening, in the raw, without posing their subjects or their scene. This method is challenging, but often yields photographs with incredibly genuine displays of humanity.

The family documentary it is one part documentary and one part family. It is both an unpredictable stream of events and a series of well-planned moments. For the family documentary package, I follow your family around for up to 6 hours, documenting your day. It could be a family event, such as the first day of your baby’s life, your 3-year-old’s birthday party, or a family reunion.

In the end, you get a 40 page coffeetable book full of photos from the day of photos, with the option of upgrading to a leather-bound keepsake version. I’ve just gotten a sample book made of my own family’s Christmas events, and it’s amazing:

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So check out the package details and let me know if you’re interested!

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March 12, 2009 at 5:48 pm

The Garden in March

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Last year, while living on a farm, I was told by one of my farm-mates to “just throw some seeds in the ground” in March. So, my inexperienced farm-girl self did so, and somehow, by the end of the summer, I had three separate overgrown but bustling gardens full of tomatoes, peppers, squash, cilantro, basil, and oregano. With this, I discovered the easily addictive quality of a garden plot.

This year, I’m hoping to do something more well thought-out – less squash, more lettuce, rotating veggies, etc – I’m even going as far as to plant a few perennials so that it’s much less prep and more product year after year.

About 1 1/2 weeks ago, I sectioned off a sizable plot running along the fence in our backyard, and threw a few seeds in some indoor pots, including tomatoes, peppers, oregano, rosemary, basil, thyme, and sage.

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Last March, it took about 3 months for me to see anything sprout, inside or outside. This March, I saw these sprouts (below)  come up exactly 7 days after planting them! I have no idea what I did right.

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Outside on the same day, I planted lettuce, kale, onion bulbs, spinach, sugar snap peas, some sort of snow pea-type thing, a few flowers, and carrots. I’m not too optimistic about the outside group, as it snowed yesterday:

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The garden is on the far right side of this picture, running along the fence, about 4 feet wide. It extends beyond the bottom-right of the photo to about double the length of what you see here.

So, this is our garden in March. I’m planting some pimentos to make Jim happy, and have plans for asparagus, strawberries, and blackberries.

Spring awaits!

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March 3, 2009 at 7:04 pm

A Fifeville snow day

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My dream warehouse.

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The train station and Wild Wings, a view from the Main Street bridge.

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The edge of Fifeville.

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5th and Dice.

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Dashing Jim!

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March 2, 2009 at 6:06 pm