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Moorestown Community House Wedding

I absolutely love shooting with the incredibly talented Ann Blake so when she asked me to photograph a wedding with her in South Jersey this past spring, I knew we were in for a great afternoon.  The Moorestown Community House is located in the quaint town of Moorestown, NJ.  The building is very stately and has the feel of an estate, but it’s actually right downtown so you get the best of both worlds.  Kellien and Andre are an adorable couple who were totally laid back and ready to enjoy their day!  I love the peacock theme Kellien designed, complete with lots of cute DIY details.  But one of my favorite parts of the day were the emotional father/daughter and mother/son dances…followed by a side-splitting dance routine by Kellien’s dad.  I love getting to capture moments that you know the family will laugh about for years to come.

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moorestown community house wedding

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Exploring Sleighton Farm School

Finally, a sunny Sunday afternoon.  It had been been weekend after weekend of gray, snowy skies, but the cold snap finally broke for one sunny afternoon.  I was so glad that my friends wanted to get outside and go exploring!  Sleighton Farm School is a huge campus of early 20th century buildings that was established around 1910 as a reform school.  The school first housed court-ordered girls for over 70 years before becoming co-ed.  Sleighton closed in 2001 and left behind dozens of buildings that are seemingly stuck on the last day of school.  The campus was sold in 2012, so it probably won’t be around much longer.  It’s a shame because it is a lovely place.   The property was still covered in snow when we visited, but imagine these stately buildings covered in greenery!

Sleighton Farm School Urban Exploration

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Sleighton Farm School Urban Exploration

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Sleighton Farm School Urbex Philly

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Traveling in Tusheti, Georgia

I spent a lot of time thinking about Tusheti last year.  I started off planning my trip to Georgia by my most tried and true method: looking at tons and tons of photos and deciding to go to the most beautiful places I see.  As soon as I stumbled on this flickr photo set by Liam Levitz, I immediately fell under the spell of this place called Omalo, a remote village in the mountainous region of Tusheti, Georgia.  Planning how to actually get there became a slight obsession, one that could never be assuaged.  When you are traveling by hiking boot and backpack, there really is no planning on how to get to Tusheti.  You just have to trust that it will all work out.  Trust that you’ll get in the right marshrutka and show up at the right intersection in the right village.  Trust that you pick the right SUV with the right driver who hasn’t started drinking vodka yet.  Trust that you won’t slide off the only road that leads there which is also impassable for seven months of the year.  Trust that you have enough homemade wine for the trek.  And we did.  We miraculously did all that right, and when we finally got there, it looked like this:

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Traveling in Armenia

I stepped out of the airport in Yerevan on a hot, sunny afternoon last June to start an incredible four week adventure.  Six nights later, I finally slept in a bed.  My plans included pilgrimages to several monasteries, and I anticipated the journey almost more than the destinations.  Some of these ancient sites were near the city and others were deep into the countryside, but they were all surrounded by awe-inspiring landscapes.  There’s nothing quite like setting off for a remote destination with a backpack, a tent, two thumbs, and a halfway decent aptitude for pantomime.  And then trying to get back.  Along the way, were were greeted by some of the most generous and hospitable people I’ve ever met.  I might have had sore feet and a stiff back that week, but I ate and drank very, very well.

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Onward Summit 2013

Last month, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Onward Summit, a two-day photography conference and lecture series that also featured a print competition and exhibition.  I saw some really amazing and interesting work over the weekend and got to meet a few new folks in the Philly photography community.  It was a great way to explore my medium from different perspectives and inspire some new ideas.  Here are a few photos I took for the Onward organizers, enjoy:

Onward Photo Summit Philly 2013

 

Onward Photo Summit Philly 2013

 

Onward Photo Summit Philly 2013

Onward Photo Summit Philly 2013

Onward Photo Summit Philly 2013

Onward Photo Summit Philly 2013

Onward Photo Summit Philly 2013

Onward Photo Summit Philly 2013

 

Onward Photo Summit Philly 2013

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