A few months ago I got a phone call from RC Concepcion letting me know that one of my newborn images had been selected as a winner in the Canon From Light To Ink competition. I’m certain I sounded a little crazed on the phone, but I was 100% gobsmacked over being chosen knowing some of the images I was up against. I’m sure you are familiar with that feeling where you KNOW it’s for real but you feel like it won’t actually happen? Those were my feelings as I notarized papers, faxed forms, and dialed in to conference calls about the upcoming gallery show. My husband kept giving me the squinty “are you for real?” look while I kept saying “we’ll see” about the trip actually coming to fruition. Then, one afternoon, my travel itinerary appeared in my email box and BOOM! ish was real!!

My amazing Sister-in-law volunteered to watch our children, making the trip possible- some of you might not know, but we have 7 kids (I know, right? 7!!??). Thanks to her generous heart, early one morning, we were on a plane.

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And not too much later, we ventured onto the subway, clutching or suitcases between our knees as we listen for our stop. Soon we emerged above ground in between the blistering sun and shadows of tall buildings. We walked one way, and then another. Both of our phones were turning us in circles! We managed to find our way despite Siri’s insistence that we should be traveling in the opposite direction. Canon has us booked into the amazing Highline Resort.

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Online, I had read up on some of the amenities but the description did not adequately prepare me for 1) the overall cool factor of the hotel and 2) the peek-a-boo shower. In my mind, I had thought a “peek-a-boo” shower meant that maybe there was only frosted glass or strategically placed glass. I was pretty amused to discover it actually was all peek and no boo.

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The bed was ring side seating for shower time and if one didn’t close the room curtains, so was the building across the way!

Thanks to the Find Me Gluten Free app, we were quickly able to locate safe and delicious food nearby in the Chelsea Market. If you ever find yourself out that way, Friedman’s is phenomenal. We went several times. My favorite meal was gluten free fried chicken on a gluten free cheddar waffle with Tabasco honey dipping sauce.

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The inside of the market is pretty rad too. It was jammed packed and everyone had to stop and admire the light / clock display (including me because honestly? HOW COOL IS THIS).

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After lunch, we rested a bit and then made our way to the Joshua Liner Gallery where my work was the very first thing you encountered coming through the door. Just seeing it made me light headed. Canon did a superb job printing my shot with their ImageProGraf printer. All the tones and subtle nuances of my image were there exactly how I wanted them.

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Is this real life?? eeek!

Dear Canon, Thank you for having a bar. Had it not been for my mint julep, I might have exploded from that befuddling combination of excitement and anxiety. I mean, LOOK AT ALL THESE PEOPLE:

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who were looking at my soul hanging right there on the wall laid bare in all it’s 40×30 glory.

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And further more, look at the company I was keeping

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Are you kidding me?

The rest of our weekend was a little bit crazy but lovely too. We managed to get lost on the subway and decided to take the long way home. The long way being more then 10 miles of walking HAHAHAHAHA! I’m not kidding! It was decadent strolling through the streets of New York holding hands with my husband. I found myself completely enamored with the way light bounced off of and around the buildings.

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I also told my husband this store would have to update their sign to 15,001 some day because I’ll be occupying some shelf space.

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A few months ago I announced my Born On Sunday art series, which is a birth photography project. After a few tricky Monday babies, meet my first official Born On Sunday baby! I arrived at 4am and mom was rolling along in labor. It would be a few more hours until baby made his debut. While we waited, I was treated to a front row seat for sunrise over Lakeland’s Lake Parker- breathtaking!

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Amazing, right?! If you are expecting in the Orlando / central Florida area, check out my Born On Sunday guidelines. On November 15, 2015 I’ll be in Washington DC with some time available to hopefully catch a Born On Sunday. If you are a birth worker in Washington DC with interest in the project, I’d love to hear from you.

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