Monthly Archives: April 2011
A recent vacation – a Mommycation- was much needed and long anticipated. I took a trip back home to North Carolina to visit my parents and my family and friends and I had a blast. Just me, no kids and no hubby, and it was just what I needed. I loved the spring, the flowers, the warmth and beauty, and all the things that New Hampshire is just completely missing at this point this year. I ate a lot of junk food and slept late (till 8am!!!) It was a great week spent to recharge my batteries and escape my reality for a little while. I came back refreshed and rejuvenated!
One day, an afternoon treat at Ganache in downtown Greensboro: Red Velvet cake, Key Lime pie, and lemon bars.
The dogwood is the state flower of North Carolina and it’s been years since I was there in April to be able to see them in bloom. I was SO happy that I got the timing right this year, and I anxiously looked for them from the plane as we descended into NC.
A quick lunch one day at Fincastle’s in downtown Greensboro…. had to make time for a green drink (an old timey lime/pineapple soda) and a Fincastle burger! Walking around downtown is always a beautiful treat, and with a camera it’s even better!
It’s so much fun to find a juxtaposition everywhere you look of old and modern. Personally I prefer the quirky but I suppose the ritzy corporate is what pays the bills. 🙂
A different evening in Chapel Hill with my best girlfriends provided another round of awesome memories….. Franklin Street got a little sweeter since I lived there 10 years ago with the addition of a bakery and a Krispy Kreme.
Sugarland Bakery in Chapel Hill was delicious and filled with gorgeous pastries and gelato.
I’m so in love with these photos I took of my brother Derek and his wife Jill. If this isn’t compelling proof of why you should have your portraits made in the evening, then I don’t know what is! You’d never get this amazing light in the mid-afternoon.
Lately I’ve had the absolute pleasure of hanging out with some local women photographers from all different places in southern NH, and we’re calling ourselves the “Southern New Hampshire Photography Club.” The whole point has been to network and get to know other like-minded women with similar experiences and interests so that we can inspire, learn from and teach each other all while enjoying hanging out and doing cool practice shoots and having discussions. I’m so happy to be a part of this developing group and I’ve been so inspired by the women that I’ve met so far.
This week we had our second meeting, which was an urban themed shoot in downtown Concord. We just wandered around all those cool alleyways and back behind the buildings where all the peeling paint and awesome rusty fire escapes are. It was fantastic, the weather was gorgeous and it was just at the time in the evening when we could capture some awesome sunflare coming over the buildings. I’ve been dying to do a shoot like this, so I was thrilled to just wander and envision doing a portrait session in an environment like this.
Keep in mind when planning your portrait session that you can think outside the park!! Think about color, texture, light and shadow, and personality. I would love to do portraits in downtown Manchester or Concord. Just let me know! 🙂
You can see more photos from this shoot in the album on the Erika Follansbee Photography Facebook page. And while you’re there, become a fan by clicking “Like” and get all the latest updates.
So the calendar marches on, even though the weather can’t seem to keep up. It is apparently spring, according to the month! Somewhere, right? It’s definitely slow to come to New Hampshire and we are ready. I had a blast shooting The Black Forest Cafe’s new springtime offerings and I was so inspired by the beautiful colors: the pastels of the babycakes, the earth tones of hearty beef bourguignon, and brilliant jewel hues of fresh berry tarts and strawberry rhubarb pie. Ahhhhh.
Not to mention some fantastic new breakfast sandwiches which are right up my alley. I’m not someone who can eat a bowl of cereal for breakfast because I’ll be shaking and dizzy in about 2 hours flat. I need the heaviest, most filling protein bomb I can get my hands on to get me through my morning workouts, and these sandwiches kept me going for hours. Impressive!
And a quick note regarding behind-the-scenes: I used my new tripod for about half of the shots in this project. I’m not really enjoying working it with it…… more than two or three times I ripped my camera off the tripod in exasperation (thank God for a quick-release head) and took matters literally into my own hands. It’s just not how I work to stand there and tweak every little movement minutely. I like to work fast, and fluidly, and organically and just move my whole body as I look for the right angles and the right light. So I’m finding the tripod to be really constrictive and slowing me down. Although I definitely see the benefits of it and will continue to try to get to know it better and make it fit into my style of shooting.
Also, I can’t even tell you the perils of shooting around little kids. It’s a whole different level of crazy when my “studio” is right in my living room. We drag the kitchen table over into the living room next to the window and I have dishes and platters and napkins (freshly ironed) all stashed anywhere that’s out of reach of little toddler hands. And then of course I can’t leave the camera on the tripod unsupervised for any length of time. I have visions of……CRAAAAAASH! One funny thing that happened that I did NOT plan for was this one time when I had finished up shooting the strawberry rhubarb pie and I left it on the table in the window and took Parker outside to play for a little while. Standing outside in the driveway, I look up in the window and there is one of my cats chowing down on the PIE. Seriously??? Since when does this cat like fruit pie???? She was mad, too, when I ran inside to grab it away from her.
My son Drew always likes the look of the cookies. This time he kept going after the box of cookies and asked to have one. I kept telling him he could have one after I took pictures of it. So he ran off, got his little camera, came back and opened the lid and took 2 photos, and said “Eat?” He said that the sheep ones were his favorite. 🙂
You can check out even more spring menu shots at The Black Forest Cafe Easter Holiday page!