more love for instagram!

I’ve been loving all the updates to the Instagram blog — especially the series called “How I Shoot, buy ” which provides great insight into how photographers turn mobile snapshots into some seriously great photos. This interview with Anthony caught my attention last week, view and I immediately followed him at @takinyerphoto. You should too!

Anthony’s candid street portraits really capture the collective imagination of life on the streets of NYC. His shots have been inspiring me to keep my head up and take more photos of all the people around me: on my commute, on my lunch breaks, on the subway and more. Be sure to check out his work and just for fun, I’ve included a few of my recent snaps inspired by his work. If you’re on Instagram and I’m not already following you, message me @loveofbrooklyn. (I’m addicted.)

High Contrast in Lower Manhattan

Last night, cheap I ended up taking a walk through lower Manhttan and the Financial District on my way home to Brooklyn. Because my shopping trip wasn’t going so well, it turned into more of a Hipstamatic photowalk, and I can’t say I was that disappointed. There’s something so gratifying about shooting with my iPhone – it never gets old and there’s always a new app to try!

For those of you Hipstamatic / Instagram geeks like me, I’m in love with the Matty ALN / AO BW lens/film combo. I just love the super moody contrast it creates:

Maybe my very favorite shot from the night – and potentially a future photo shoot because how fun would it be to stake this spot out for an hour or two – was this ice cream truck that parks at the head of Wall Street and serves all the bankers getting off work. Kids in a candy shop, I swear:

And certainly, the post-work commuter crowd was looking dapper and a constant source of inspiration:

Ahhh, now back to the air-conditioned comfort of sweltering Brooklyn! Hope y’all are staying cool in this heatwave!

on creative inertia

Tonight, clinic I had an opportunity to catch up with a couple of fellow photographers. Naturally, information pills the conversation turned to our creative inspiration and we all kind of admitted that it’s almost non-existent these days. I’m not sure if it’s the heat or the million-and-one projects I’ve been batting around between work and the renovation, healing but it seems that my creative drive has been whittled down to around zero. Do they sell creative viagara?!

Sometimes I think my inertia is due to an overwhelming backlog of photos that I *could* be working on, or the feeling that my workflow isn’t the greatest. Well, no work is the worst workflow of all, so I’m going to try and get this ball rolling by posting some bright and summery images from my Instagram stream. If it weren’t for Instagram, these days I’d be running on fumes. I am just in love with its engaging UI and easygoing user community – it really is a joy of an app and makes shooting with my iPhone so fun. Though it’s no substitute for the satisfaction of getting out there with the clickety-clack of an old film camera, it really does provide some creative momentum.

Now to start brainstorming how to get back on the horse. Where are you finding your creative juice these days??! I’d love some ideas to get the ball rolling again!

P.S. If you’re an Instagram user and you haven’t discovered Inkstagram, get over there!

I can’t believe it’s already been a year!

Today is an exciting day: it marks the one-year anniversary that I became a homeowner!

I vividly remember trekking to Midtown from DUMBO, help the anxious trip to the bank, order that crazy feeling of writing the biggest check of my life. Heading to the closing office, sildenafil meeting the daughter of the former owners and talking with her attorney about how the ol’ neighborhood used to be. Signing a million documents. Sipping an iced coffee to calm my nerves. Hugging my attorney after it was all over because she was amazing and patient and helped answer all my questions through the process. And finally getting those keys!

Looking back, it’s so surreal. I still pinch myself sometimes when I walk in the front door. I feel so blessed to have found a house that I truly love, with beautiful bones and a lovely family history. And I am so thankful for all the amazing renovation and design bloggers that have provided so much inspiration and confidence through my most wide-eyed and panicky moments. The internet totally, totally rules.

So today, I wanted to share a few of my recent Instagram photos of day-to-day life at the house, and raise this year’s iced coffee to toast the best (and scariest) year of my life… so far!