I love these little men. My nephews Roman & Gabriel are the sweetest.
baby so fly
loves his uncle paul…
Kelley & I have been dying for a good storm. Tonight’s storm hits the charts as number #1 in the year 2012, so far. The modeling light we started to use would flash with the lightning sooo we ditch that idea. Came up with some pretty nice ones though… Photos shot by Kelley and myself with 5D Mark III, lens: 50mm 1.2 + 24-70 for the wide ones.
WEST to El Paso, Texas (officially, loudly, and proudly the safest city in the United States) my sister in-law Ashley and brother Aaron invited me to spend some RR with them. Unfortunately I brought along a terrible sinus infection and was pretty much a slug the entire time. It didn’t keep us away from hiking the mountains or driving miles out to explore hidden caverns. Old Mesilla is probably the coolest “old town” I have ever visited.. Indian hand-made jewelry, local wines, and of course ghost stories at large… I didn’t take as many photos as I presumed I would but that’s all thanks to the kleenex being in front of my face 76% of my visit.
Old Mesilla, New Mexico
Aaron Hiking barefoot - El Paso, Texas
Carlsbad Caverns - Carlsbad, New Mexico
Hotel Window - Phoenix, Arizona
A land south four hours in flight that is full of tropical beaches, rainforest, RUM, and US currency. Puerto Rico has to be one of the most interesting places I have ever been. Awkwardly I look native to the US territory of Puerto Rico. Majority of those who I came across would tell me a few things and Spanish and I’d smile not knowing how to say ” I can’t speak Spanish” in Spanish… They’d laugh at me and say, I speak English! Almost like a slap in the face.. so why don’t you speak Spanish?? The short visit was just enough to be sun kissed, swim in the ocean everyday, chase peacocks and wild turkeys, and drink a few of the world’s best pina coladas. Old San Juan is where the second half of the images where taken. The locals where kind enough to let us snap some shots. I would love to go back, but there is so much of the world I’d like to see first. The images from the wedding we photographed there are to follow on the redportrait.com!!!
Yesterday Michael and I were thrilled about a storm coming to Alexandria, but it really was not much more than some showers. Enough to give us some cool lighting with the dark sky.
location: our roof top in alexandria, va
camera: canon mark II w/ canon 50mm 1.2 lens
Through a set of multiple years i’ve learned a thing or two or three or four, but i’ve learned much more things in this past year then the years before… For one… Why the hell did I buy that grey card?? TAKE ONE |The life of Red Portrait featuring behind the scenes…
Real women have mustaches…
Men that hold reflectors are sexy.
Stumps have many bugs…
I’ve learned babies don’t sleep on peaches, apples, window panes, or mossy stumps.. so you have to be quick.
BUT you have to be slow sometimes too…
texting on the job officially has the excuse “Facebook”
Rain drops are better when not man made.
Is it Kelley Daniele? or Anna Riley?
I find that journaling is pushing me to be more creative in my pre and post picture making. I love looking at blogs and creative websites, but I too need an output of some kind. Life is getting full and so much is happening. Blogging is the perfect way to document everything. Also gives me a chance to get out of the client photo world and just have fun.
Y e s t e r d a y, my lovely friend b e a u t y and her man b e a s t spent the afternoon with me in the district. We started the day off with Founding Farmers brunch #bestplaceeverforbreakfast. The cherry blossoms were starting to bloom and the tourist were freshly multiplying. Lincoln gave us courage and we gave him water because the reflection pool is dried up. Following the walk we spent time in georgetown where we tried on dresses at anthropologie and had some cold brew coffee at Baked and Wired #bestcupcakesever. It was such a beautiful day and we ended it with a happy hour of raw oysters in old town alexandria.
D A Y S P E N T P E R F E C T .
i l l o v e t h i s l i t t l e c u b a n n a m e d b e a u t y
In the past two months I haven’t blogged a post or even thought about doing so until now. Inspired again here is photography blog, a foodie blog, afternoon adventure blog, a what ever it wants to be blog and so self titled “ANNA”.
I recently moved to the historically beautiful Old Town Alexandria, Virginia with my partner in crime Kelley Riley and my partner in love Michael Esposito.
Kelley conquered driving our 24ft truck from CT to VA in the middle of the night.
Our beautiful four story home has four bathrooms, a huge kitchen, a fireplace, a perfect office, and complete with a rooftop terrace. I love living here and hope to do so for a long time.
Recently I enjoyed going to Georgetown Cupcake again like I did once upon a time when they first opened 3 years ago. Today Georgetown Cupcake has a line 20-40 minutes long outside and it is still well worth it.
Recently, I reunited with all of my six brothers at my oldest brother Paul’s wedding. This is Aaron and Andrew (he likes looking like a deer) at The Fish Market in Old Town Alexandria enjoying some local seafood!
My Beautiful new sister Denise and Paul are wedded! They took pictures in Georgetown following the cermony. The wedding was perfect. The reception was the first I’ve seen where the DJ left before half the crowd. It was a blast and soo good to have all my family there. Denise and Paul live about 10 minutes away from me so we will continue to have many gatherings and meals together;)
Over the past few centuries, Dad has probably raked enough leaves to fill the trees of the blue ridge mountains. Last week we raked my parent’s yard together, but I wasn’t as excited about the piles of leaves waiting to be jumped in as I use to be. memories<3
Michael and I at gravelly point, a place where the planes fly out right over your head! As our relationship has grown around shutter speeds and f-stops, we have always enjoyed going out and taking pictures together and of each other. We’re going on a year now and I am even more in love with him today than 350 something yesterdays.
I recently, have been sick for 11 days straight because of a sinus infection?? I think not! Just a reminder to wrap your body warm, drink your water, and pop your vitamins. Never trust a doctor that writes more than he talks.
I also dyed my hair dark blonde recently.
An afternoon last week Michael and I took a stroll to one of our favorite places called Duxbury. The beach is a 7 mile strip that divides Duxbury Bay from the Atlantic ocean… To get to this strip you have to walk (or drive) across the nations longest all wooden bridge (it’s only about a mile;) and it seems like it takes forever… In the winter time we visited Duxbury and took some photos but now that things have thawed there is much more ground to explore:)
Experimenting with my homemade way of seeing things…I wouldn’t recommend doing this, considering I dropped the lens in the sand, but I used my 50 mm off the camera for the raw photos.
The photos really tell the story of that day. Michael getting in touch with the kid side of him.. playing with wood and rocks, jumping around, and of course he swims in the freezing cold ocean…but my all time favorite is when he talks to his bird friends
Last weekend Michael and I went to Providence, RI to photograph Andy and Fianna (aka, really fun people). I had never met the couple before but we share a mutual friend named Awesome Peter Chilton I am so excited to photograph their wedding on August 27th:) The sunday of the shoot was rainy and sunny on and off and gave some gorgeous light to work with. These photos are very different from a typical engagement shoot. Nothing was really set up or planned and we just went with it and everything turned out great. Here are just a hand full shots from our the day. Congrats to you two! See you soon!
Thanks to my wonderful assistant/boyfriend and his shadow for all their hard work.