more photo fun at Bartram’s gardens

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Eva’s portrait two weeks ago was taken at Bartram’s Gardens. I actually went pretty photo crazy that day, so I’m sharing a few more. The light was so perfect, and I just love photographing pretty plant life with a shallow depth of field. I adore how each year, everything seems to burst into life all at once. Bartram’s is sucha  great place to find that natural beauty I cravein addition to the memories of a very happy wedding day. Pennsylvania in summertime makes me oh so happy. More after the jump…

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happy (frozen) valentines day!

valentinevase Happy Valentines Day AND Happy Friday! I’m normally not one to get all excited about said “Hallmark Holiday,” but something kind of changed after Eva was born. Mr.Stone and I always plan a little special date for the two of us, and I’m particularly excited about this one! We are pretty well snowed in, AGAIN, and the challenge today becomes getting my tiny valentine to her Nana’s house before our evening fun.

Tonight we’ll be attending the valentine’s date night hosted by the clay studio, an awesome organization in Philadelphia that offers workshops and a fantastic ceramics gallery. We’ll be sippin’ champagne and throwing pottery on the wheel. I loved ceramics in high school, genuinely loved it. I’m looking forward to sharing this experience with my husband who has never thrown on a wheel before. The ghost references are almost inevitable, perhaps if we’re really lucky they’ll even be a reference of the ghost reference 

The clay studio is within walking distance of our house, so worst case scenario, we’ll walk. It might be kind of romantic to adventure there in the snow, with my love, don’t you think?

Find those lovely vases from Heath Ceramics here

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autumn family photos

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Hey guys! I’m going through images from a recent photo shoot for our christmas cards, and realized I never shared them with you! We hadn’t had professional photos taken since Eva was 6 months old, and I t’m so glad we took the time to make this happen. I hope we can make this more of an annual thing in the future.
They were taken by the very talented Inna of Peach Plum Pear Photography on a chilly, and very early October morning. We had a great time goofing around; eating donuts and attempting to fly a kite in front of her lens. I love so many of these images, and I’m sure years from now, I’ll look back fondly when I think about 3.5 year old E. Now, the only hard part is choosing one for our family christmas card! Many more after the jump if you care to see!
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featured on design sponge

featured on design sponge blog.cleanlinestudio.com Hey Friends- I’m just popping in to let you know that an article I wrote was featured on design sponge on Tuesday! It’s a travel guide about little old Philadelphia! I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to write it, and include so many of my favorite Philly establishments! You can see the full post here

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urban geodes: coming to philly!

urban geodes project from blog.cleanlinestudio.com geode-2.11 paigesmith-urbangeode-2 I read about this project on streets dept. earlier in the week, and I just had to share it with you guys. Artists Paige Smith, who goes by “A Common Name,” creates these amazing installations with paper and resin. According to the artist herself: “These sculptures come in all sizes and fit in the holes of buildings and pipes found while walking around. The finished shapes represent geodes, crystal, quartz, or any mineral formation that you would normally find in nature, now in our planned out cities.”

I think they’re so visually amazing, and I love the idea behind them. And guess what, urban geodes will be coming to Philadelphia over the next few weeks! I couldn’t be any more excited at the prospect of spotting these little beauties right in my neighborhood! If you’re in the Philadelphia area, keep an eye out and let me know if you see them! Find out more, and watch a really well done video about the urban geodes project at here.

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count the years in apples

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I still remember our first trip together as a family. Eva was about 4 months old, and did not think apple picking was all that awesome. She cried the whole time, but did enjoy the apple sauce we made with our bounty all winter long. Year two, she was a bit more mobile and excited to help. She proudly collected lots of rotten apples from the ground, we didn’t have the heart to tell her those would not be going home with us. Last year, my tiny girl ate at least 6 apples while the rest of us picked and carried. She was such a delighted, sticky person by the time we paid for our mountain of apples. Find pictures of years past after the jump!

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philadelphia homeless: photos by sunny miller

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I realize this is a bit serious for afl, but lately I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this series by Sunny Miller. He takes portraits of Philadelphia’s homeless, and humanizes them in a way that we often forget to. It’s remarkable that he’s able to capture such intimate portraits of the folks I suspect would be most weary of his lens. Study them closely. It’s hard to ignore them once you’ve looked into their eyes. If you’re interested in helping, please e-mail me, or leave a comment below. You can also visit Sunny’s instagram to learn more about the people pictured, as well as their specific needs. Many thanks to Sunny, for letting me share these powerful images with you.

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the beauty of philadelphia

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an old house captured on old film

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When I was ten years old, my parents bought a 40 acre property in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania complete with a farm and TWO houses. It was in absolute shambles, and came jam-packed with the previous owners’ junk (including a neglected sheep). Over the years they’ve slowly fixed up their home, the barnyard and surrounding property, but the larger and more  dilapidated house remains untouched.

I recently found some C41 film that I’d shot in college, and appropriately on that ancient film I found images of “the old house.” This home was built in the late 1700s, and would need to be completely stripped and rehabilitated. Maybe someday. Isn’t it bizarre, mysterious, and kind of beautiful?

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the rodin musuem on femme & fortune

rodinmuseum Good morning, friends! This morning you’ll find me over at Femme & Fortune, describing (and photographing) my love for The Rodin Museum. If you don’t know about F&F, it’s a brand new blog edited by Melissa of Ring the Alam and Celestine of Java Aficionado. It’s all about style, art, food, and Philadelphia. You know, basically all the things I’m into.  So, please give my article a peek and let me know what you think!

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