2010 photographs - black and white

I couldn't end this series without paying homage to the shadow and light that started it all. I've asked my good blog friend Andrea Despot to write up and find the images for this post. You can find her here and here.
Thank you, Andrea!


There isn't much about black & white photography that hasn't already been said. But I will say this: It holds a sort of magic, gently forcing you to look at the things you might not notice if the image were in color: shadows, light, tone, texture. It's hard for me to say that I love black & white more, but I have to admit that sometimes it's true! The photos below are only a few of my favorites taken by other photographers in 2010. There are many others I could've included, but perhaps got lost somewhere in my memory of the past year. They may not be the best or most amazing in someone else's eyes, but for me these stand out and I have my own little reasons for loving them as I do. Enjoy!  -Andrea


Brian Krummel

From Me To You

Josef Hoflehner

m. corkill



White Out

I set the gingerbread latte down on the desk, woke up the computer, and cracked my knuckles readying myself to write this blog post.

Then Santa came riding down the street atop a fire truck.

-20 minutes later-

Oh, Santa. You jokester.

I created a series of posts for next week focusing on my favorite photographs from 2010, then it'll be hasta la vista from me for the rest of the year!

A White Out, if you will.

I intend to enjoy the Holidays with as little stress as possible; to never leave home without my camera. Seriously. Never. Read a couple classic novels, and organize my part of the office (I've begun carrying the laptop everywhere and only entering the office to pay bills.) while also trying to create an inspiration wall.

I hope whatever you do during the next two weeks, you are surrounded by people you love. Drink lots of warm beverages, watch classic movies (don't forget The Twilight Zone marathon on New Year's Day!), and enjoy yourselves!

I leave you with Trill (our new kitty I forgot to tell you about.... sorry. She plays fetch!) and her cool kid mean face.

Stayed tuned for the first 2010 photographs post : photographs found in sapphire and emeralds
on Monday!



Mi familia
L to R:
My dad, brother Anthony, MomMom Crespo, Aunt Marilyn, cousin Eddie
Photographer: My mom

I have been given the most amazing gift by my mother.
A tattered, old box of slides of my family before I was born.
It will taken me forever to scan them all in, and I'm okay with that. Discovering my family in a whole new way has been such a great experience. 
Seeing loved ones who are now passed away, is the most precious piece of this puzzle.

There are photographs that look like art, and memories that are burned into film that I would have never known about. I've struck gold.

Other news:

*gift ideas
*I've got a guest post at City of Blackbirds today - be inspired
*Cayla is spending the weekend with us. I expect a lot of Disney movies, baking,
 and perhaps a trip to The Franklin Fountain
*I know he's not the greatest person in the world (an abomination to Obama's nation, he says)
 but I love this album
*Everything's Eventual begins here

Have a great weekend!


extra bright

-Want you to see all of the lights-

This past weekend was spent decorating, paper wreath making (easy tutorial here! be wary of the glue gun. blisters!), and spending time with my 2 favorite ladies. We walked with our cameras (which seems like forever since we all shot together!) into valley forge and got lost.

It was freezing. Frosted. Chilly.
20 jumping jacks helped, though.

What was your weekend like? Did anyone see Black Swan?

P.S. The last shipping date for my print shop is December 15th.
The Holiday Sale is still going strong.
Don't delay! Buy a print today!



I couldn't help myself, I went back to the trees last night.

You can too.