Urban Row Photography

I am so excited to share a new source of inspiration with all of you today! My beautiful, talented friend Naomi Cataldo has just launched her new photography site, Urban Row Photography.

Based in Baltimore, Naomi offers fantastic photographs of the city, the people and the environment and design that are such a big part of her everyday life. I highly recommend that you check out her lovely work. If you live in the Baltimore area and are in need of a photographer, you should definitely contact Naomi about her services. I guarantee you won’t find a more pleasant and enjoyable photographer to work with in all of Baltimore!

Congratulations Naomi!

{The above image is the property of Urban Row Photography}

Self Portrait Photo Series

I have been taking a lot of photos lately for my other blog and in so doing, I have discovered how truly difficult it is to take a photo of yourself. To take a good portrait shot, you need the right kind of lighting, an ability to play with angles and adjust your camera settings and focus. When you’re forced to hold the camera out in front of you at arm’s length and just point and shoot, the ability to set up your shot pretty much disappears and you just have to hope that if you take 20 pictures, at least one of them will be good.

This is what I did yesterday and while I didn’t end up with many shots that I felt were either good pictures of me or at least artistically interesting on their own, there are a few that, when combined, make for a nice little photo series.

Today I Love…

Happy Tuesday! It is such a beautiful day here in Baltimore; 70s with a wonderful breeze. Doesn’t life just feel better when the weather is nice?

I’m embracing this wonderful day and following my friend Jill’s example in focusing on positive things by bringing you a list of a few things I’m currently loving.

So without further ado:

Today I Love…

This adorable bicycle print. It’s a perfect day for a bike ride.

This pretty poppy table.

The thought of packing this bag full of yummy goodies and having a picnic in the park.

Thinking back on the days when my sister and I were inseparable. She’s graduating from college this weekend and I am so proud!


sweetblue Photography

We’ve had a gloomy couple of days here in Baltimore with lots of rain and damp, cold temperatures. It has made for a long and tiring week. But these lovely photographs from sweetblue on Etsy are helping to cheer me up!

Aren’t these photographs so soothing? You can check out more here.

If Only

My husband just sent me this message:

Federal Tax Refund. What up.

Our tax money has arrived! We really stuck it to the man this year after having the man stick it to us and got a pretty nice refund.

I would like to use the money to take a trip to Colombia to visit my brother…

(My mom and dad took all of these photographs during their trip there last year with just a little point and shoot camera. Just goes to show that all you need to take beautiful pictures is a beautiful location!)

…but we really need a washer and dryer, so the money will have to go to that first. I’m going to visit him someday soon, though! I’m determined!

What would you do if you got a little extra cash?

Here Comes The Sun

It’s sunny in Baltimore today! I took the dog for a walk this morning and felt instantaneous joy when I stepped outside into the sun. It’s very windy and still a bit cold, but I don’t care. The sun makes all the difference in the world.

The above photographs are all available for purchase at the following links.
(Clockwise from top left)
Comfort me with apples ~isphotography
Pink flower against the sky ~lucy snowe photography
Why I Get Up in the Morning ~megan rhodes
SunLit ~all eyes open photography
Autumn Flare ~kristybee photography

Those Were The Days

The travel bug has been biting me like crazy recently. I think the generally crappy weather we’ve had this winter is to blame. I am just aching for adventure and warm sand and the feel of sun on my face and shoulders as I explore someplace new. I don’t have anywhere specific that I want to visit right now; I’d be up for going anywhere if only I had the time and money. The constant thought of travel has me reminiscing about past trips. Last night I went looking through old photos of our trip to Europe; those were three weeks of my life that I will never forget.

The pictures above were taken at a flamenco bar in Barcelona. Dan went all wiz-kid with the camera, holding the shutter open so that the dancer’s moves would flow together, which gave her a very ghostly quality on film. I love it. You can check out more of our photos from Spain, France and Italy below.

Me and Dan in an Irish pub (?!) in Barcelona

Pamplona, during The Running of the Bulls

Notre Dame de Paris

La Tour Eiffel on Bastille Day




Say Hello To The Weekend

Every Friday, I’m going to attempt to post some fun links and videos as we transition into the weekend. 

This weekend, I’m waking up super early on Saturday morning to go for a 9 mile training run, then I’m joining my husband at Rosh Hashanah services and from there we’ll be heading straight to an alumni bar to watch the University of Michigan football game. On Sunday, I have eight hours of class. Boo. 

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the links and other fun stuff below!


Brief Interviews With Hideous Men hits theaters next Friday, Sept 25, 2009. You can watch a making of featurette on Hulu. John Krasinksi fans, get ready to get your sqee on. 


In preparation for the return of House on Monday, Sept. 21 (on Fox, 8 pm), check out these old comedy clips of a young Hugh Laurie. 


Prepare to be immensely jealous when you see Joanna Goddard’s (A Cup of Jo) honeymoon photos. I want to go to there


Get ready for some gorgeous fall evenings by adding a few of these wine bottle torches to your backyard porch or terrace. 


Or just spend your weekend being swept away by these beautiful photos from buttonmoOon.

Life Is Funny

There’s a feature on the Life website where you can guess whether a picture is real or fake. This is how I’ve spent most of my workday. 

Some of the real ones are ridiculously awesome. 

Ye Rin Monk Photography

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