Tuesday, December 12, 2006

graduation day

december 10, 2006

my younger brother, john, finally graduated from appalachain state and i flew down from new york to join in the fun family festivities. it was a wonderful weekend. it's amazing how different north carolina is - especially the mountains - from new york city. quite refreshing. and it was a beautiful day.

graduation looks itchy...

family hug (minus the official photographer, of course) with the new graduate! we're so proud.

after commencement excercises were over, the four of us grabbed a bite to eat at a tex mex joint near campus.

team craven...

and, true to form, there were some beautiful views on the plane ride home. i believe these are all new york city oil tanks. that just gives the beauty an interesting twist, right?

Saturday, November 18, 2006


fall 2006

housing works is a not-for-profit organization that provides housing, advocacy, health care and other essential services for homeless new yorkers living with hiv and aids. i volunteered at their flagship bookstore-cafe in soho making a variety of caffienated beverages for avid readers.

it is a truly amazing bookstore. and orlando bloom made a special appearance for my first day as a barista. he wanted to know what was in a knish.

Wednesday, November 8, 2006


november 5, 2006

the new york city subway. no where will you find a more diverse flurry of activity. lovers of literature, traveling musicians, devout evangelists, studious pupils, make-up artists, pole dancers, break dancers, barbershop quartets, young lovers, rude new yorkers... the list goes on.

i recently realized just how much time i spend on the subway. and just how many people i share the experience with on a daily basis. it's an amazing phenomenon.

the starting line on my race to work each morning:

(the most magical part - you can see the statue of liberty from the stop)

and a smoky corner down the street from work:

Saturday, October 21, 2006

marty + troy

september 23, 2006

it's so nice to shoot weddings in north carolina. there really is something to that idea of southern hospitality - and it's always nice to be back home! marty and troy had a blast on their day...

marty's mom, nancy, and sister, ginger - sharing the love.

it was a big secret that ginger was pregnant. i don't think nancy could hold it in... she told me the minute i walked in the door!

marty and troy's flowers were gorgeous. lots of roses - and orchids were incorporated into the bridesmaids' bouquets.

troy was quite popular with the ladies.

but there's only one he wants to spend the rest of his life with.

george k's was a beautiful spot for the reception...

...and it was quite the party!

Saturday, September 2, 2006

stephanie + tim

august 5, 2006

i flew home in early august to shoot stephanie and tim's wedding. these two were just a few years behind me in college. it's been strange to see so many people my age - and even younger - getting married. i guess that's what happens when everyone starts to grow up!

stephanie's bridesmaids looked absolutely gorgeous.

our flower girl had a little trouble getting dressed.

but after a few pins to the head, she was good to go. as was our mischievious ring bearer!

stephanie's parents MIGHT have been just as excited as the happy couple.

the church was packed out with over 500 guests.

presenting mister and missus...

watch out girls... here comes the bouquet!

the girls were all really good friends. team huddle after the bouquet tossing...

and off they went - a happily ever after story.

Monday, July 31, 2006


july 29, 2006

a great friend of mine, evan markfield, is a multi-talented man. not only is he a distinguished writer of sports stories and a novel-to-be... he's a singer/songwriter as well. some call him by his stage name: drake. currently hailing from north carolina, he played his first gig in manhattan at the knitting factory.

our friend bob, aka deer, was headlining the show with his band, the guppies

Friday, July 28, 2006

under the sea

july 23, 2006

the brooklyn aquarium is probably one of the greatest places i've been in new york city. and it's right next door to all the coney island festivities!

i had fun playing with silhouettes in front of the jelly fish tanks.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

yo la tengo

july 13, 2006

an organization known as celebrate brooklyn sponsors a series of performances in prosepct park every summer. my roomate jen and i would occasionally wander down there together to check out the festivities. we got to see some cool things. we saw philip glass et al. performing the original score to the 1931 version of dracula while the movie showed on a screen behind them. strangely enough, this one got cut short by a pretty intense thunder storm. there were even bats flying around the trees overhead. i kid you not. watching jen try to dodge lighting is pretty funny though :)

one of the other amazing performances we saw was yo la tengo: the sound of science. they played their own score to a series of documentaries on underwater life by French filmmaker jean painlev. it was beautiful.

my favorite...

Thursday, July 6, 2006

independence day

july 4, 2006

my first july 4th in new york was spent with carolyn and max, two great friends who live just a couple blocks away in brooklyn. we took an overnight trip out to the hamptons to take in some sun and cook out. then we headed back into the city for the firework festivities. manhattan had three sets of synchronized fireworks, and we could see them all from our friends' roof in prospect heights.

Monday, July 3, 2006

prospect park

july 2, 2006

there's nothing better than laying in the grass in prospect park on a sunny july afternoon.

unless you add friends, ultimate frisbee, wine, cheese and a bunch of blankets!

Sunday, July 2, 2006

we call him sherbet man

june 30, 2006

on my way to jersey one evening, i found this guy on the subway. he was quite a character- and you can see why he caught my attention. what you can't see is the sherbet-colored cane he was also carrying! we got off the subway at the same stop. i sereptitiously followed him, taking pictures, all the way to the path train.

i still wonder where he was headed.

Saturday, July 1, 2006

manhattan by boat

june 29, 2006

i was invited to try out one of the many cruises that goes around manhattan. this particular cruise involved dinner... and a whole lot of rain. i was unsure what i'd gotten myself into as i ran, in my "little black dress" and black flip flops (it's a trademark. don't mess with it.), onto a rain-soaked boat deck furiously rocking back and forth.

fortunately, the storm died down quickly, and it ended up being a beautiful evening.

while i enjoyed the skyline, the most popular part of the cruise was our momentary brush by lady liberty. she's green and beautiful...

Monday, June 26, 2006

cloud nine

june 25, 2006

since my move to new york, most of my trips home have been to shoot weddings. i've always loved the window seat- and, now that i have my camera with me 9 times out of ten...

Monday, June 5, 2006

the rents visit nyc

june 3, 2006

once upon a time, my parents came to visit new york city. the truth is, it's not really their scene. mom's a homebody and dad's a country boy. the big city isn't on their list of preferred destinations.

so when they did make it up here, we made the most of it...

we took the circle line from battery park to liberty island.

and then to ellis island.

this window looks out onto manhattan from the hallway where immigrants had to wait to be processed, before they could enter the country. the romantic in me loves this one.

then we headed uptown to the most classic of tourist spots, times square.

and we spent some time resting around rockefeller center.

all in all, a wonderful - though exhausting and extremely touristy - weekend. will they visit again? i'm not holding my breath :)