Category Archive: travel

A Lovely Parisian Engagement

What better place to celebrate an engagement than Paris.  Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of photographing my friend Kathy and her fiancé Arthur in the city of lights. Rather than opt for the usual iconic backdrops, of which there are plenty to choose from, I really wanted to find a unique and special location.  I don’t know Paris well at all but a quick google search lead me to the 12th arrondissement to a tiny little street called Rue Crémieux.  This tiny little street is such a hidden gem.  It looks like a movie set, too perfect to be real.  The light that falls in the middle of this street was indescribable.  Like nothing I have ever seen.  I can’t imagine what it must be like to live in this little wonderland day after day.  This was definitely a highlight of my trip.  I can’t wait to go back to find more hidden gems like this one.  Congratulations Kathy and Arthur!

Paris // A Glimpse

This past summer, I had the opportunity to visit Paris again.  I had only been once before, over a decade ago, so it was super exciting to come back at this different point in my life and view it with fresh eyes.  One of my favorite things to do when traveling it just roam aimlessly through streets, snapping at the various scenes I happen upon.  I look for the light, the color, the texture, the shape, and the humor in all things.  I take my time and since I shoot predominately film with a manual medium format camera, I am forced to slow down, which in turn, helps me to make better decisions before snapping the shutter.  Here are just a few scenes from my trip.  Enjoy and stay tuned!  Up next on the blog is a gorgeous Parisian engagement session you won’t want to miss! :)

Little Compton


It still amazes me how small Rhode Island is and yet there are still so many places here that I have never seen or spent any quality time in.  Little Compton, located in Newport County, is one of those places.  Quick history, according to 17th century land evidence, Little Compton originally belonged to the Sakonnet tribe, who were led by Awoshonks, cousins of Metacomet (commonly known as King Philip).  In 1682, the town was incorporated by the Plymouth Colony and renamed Little Compton.

Some friends of ours who were renting a fantastic house in this this sleepy little beach town invited us to join them for a few days at the very beginning of the summer.  It was the perfect weekend getaway with gorgeous weather and lots of exploration to beaches, nurseries, and farmer’s markets.  This place is so picturesque and I can’t wait to get back here for another visit next summer.

Round Hill

I was so excited to be able to attend my cousin Timmy’s wedding in Jamaica.  It was beyond spectacular.  The details were amazing, the guests were so lovely, and the staff at Round Hill could not have been nicer.  Complimenting it all was the perfect weather.  My goodness.  I never wanted to leave this place!  Absolutely incredible.  Congratulations to Timmy and his beautiful wife Alexis.  I am so happy for you two.  Wishing you both lots of love and happiness for many years to come.  X M

Guerneville

Where do you go when you want to find a house that can accommodate 11 adults and 6 children ages 3 and under?  Why Guerneville of course!  We recently took a weekend getaway with friends to this lovely area located in the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County.  We had zero agenda and it was so nice to hang with everyone and not have any plans or try to be anywhere.  We cooked up great dinners at night and hung out at the house during the days.  And of course no weekend getaway in Northern California is complete without hitting up at least one winery.  Our friends just happened to stumble across the Porter-Bass Winery on their way to the house so we made a reservation and brought the whole gang. Porter-Bass is a family run vineyard practicing organic and biodynamic practices in wine making.  You definitely need to check them out if you are ever in the area.

Tahoe Donner

Another perfect holiday weekend getaway this time to Tahoe Donner.  I love all the cool places that exist right in our backyard.

Back to Weekapaug

Our trip back east was short but so very sweet.  Summers in Rhode Island are incomparable.  If you have been here, you know.  If you haven’t, you must visit NOW!  You will not be disappointed.  If you can’t make it, don’t worry!  I am happy to bring Rhode Island to you.  Check out these select prints on sale right now!

Off the Grid

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I LOVE wine country.  It is one of my absolute favorite places to visit and we are so lucky to have this in our backyard.  Over memorial day weekend we decided to head to Anderson Valley and rent a house with some friends.  What’s great about this area is that it’s not super touristy or overcrowded like Napa or Sonoma or even Healdsburg.  It’s super laid back with no lines or hefty tasting fees.  Just what we were looking for.  One of my favorite wineries that we visited on this trip was Goldeneye.  This place was ABSOLUTELY  gorgeous!  We sat out back by a picnic table and roamed through the vineyard sipping on the 2011 Goldeneye Vin Gris of Pinot Noir.  So delicious!  The whole entire weekend was pure bliss.  I can’t wait to go back.

White Sands

Ahhh vacation.  It’s the best.  It’s been years since I have been back to White Sands and the thing I love most about it is that it’s just as beautiful as I remember it and absolutely nothing has changed there.  This past March was our first vacation with the twins that did not include family members and it could not have been more perfect.  There were a total of 6 families all vacationing together and we all just had the best time.  The weather was perfect, the food was delicious and the company was stellar.  I feel so lucky to have such great friends in my life even though we live all over the country.  We still manage to make time for each other.  Thank you to each and every person, (big and small! :)) for helping to make this such a wonderful trip for us!

Mt. Shasta

I love exploring California.  They are so many great places to see in this state.  We recently spent a long weekend up here at Mt. Shasta and had such a great time.  We rented this house which was not only super cozy and comfortable, but it had so much great space.  Something we are severely lacking here in San Francisco.  The weather was cool and beautiful.  If you have not been up here, I highly recommend it.  And if you have recommendations of great places to visit in CA, please send them my way!