Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Eve

We had our Annual Christmas Eve Open House and we have a condo full of friends and family.  It is always so nice to have mom and dad and the family all together. Fun catching up with my nieces and nephews and their growing famlies. The only sibling missing was my oldest brother Mark....who is spending xmas at home in NY this year...

During this past year, My nephew Tony and his wife Shannon had the first Great Grandchild for mom and dad.  Meet AJ !  AJ is the official first baby to ever attend our Annual Christmas Eve Open House. It was a little over whelming for him..but his mom was there to comfort him.

We had a wedding this year.. my niece Mary married Shawn.
Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Allen...and their first appearance at our home as a married couple.

My niece Karen completed her culinary program this fall at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.
Congratulations Karen. (Karen is here with her boyfriend, Richard) Karen made some yummy chocolate mint cookies for the open house...Karen can bake for me any day!!

My niece Heather just completed her first semester at Trine University in Indiana. This is her first visit back home since she left in August.  Welcome home Heather...
(Heather and her mom-my sister Suzie) (PS- Heather is wearing the scarf that i just made for her)

Mom and Dad celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary in September.  
Love you Mom and Dad...thanks for providing a Happy Home!

So glad to have my brother Tom, sister-in-law Judy and kids Allie and Mike. 
Allie is in her senior year at college in VT and Mike is home from NY for the Holidays.

And of course it is so nice to have my son, Scott and his girlfriend Mary, home for a month for their winter semester break.  (Scott and Mary celebrated their 7th year of dating this that is something to be really proud of..since they started dating at age 15)

Good Food, Family and Friends...a fun time was had by all.
This year I made 2 salmon pies...since they always seem to be a hit

Friday, December 24, 2010

Fractalius Style

I just recently rediscover a plug-in for my photoshop program called Fractalius Filter.
Fractalius plugin creates unusual, eccentric artworks in a single step. The effects are based on extraction of so-called hidden fractal texture of an image. You can also simulate various types of exotic lightings and high realistic pencil sketches.

Below are a few examples of what I have done with this new plugin on several of my photos.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Jenga Concentration

Kelly, Dan and Andrew play Jenga, which is a  game of physical and mental skill created by Leslie Scott, and currently marketed by Parker Brothers, a division of Hasbro. During the game, players take turns to remove a block from a tower and balance it on top, creating a taller and increasingly unstable structure as the game progresses.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Amylou Goes Aerial

Amylou Photography is now offering Aerial Photography.
Let me photograph your home, neighborhood, business, or an area that is special to you.
Go to for contact information.

St. Johns Prep
Danvers MA
Maple and Locust Streets, Downtown Danvers MA
Showing Lyons Ambulance Service in the Center

Sunday, December 5, 2010

2010 Jolly Jaunt

Over 800 runners participated in today's Jolly Jaunt,
a 5k run/walk to benefit Special Olympics of Massachusetts, at Beverly Hospital at Danvers.

Rad Runners

Danvers Holiday Walk

Went on the Danvers Holiday Walk in Danvers Square yesterday with three Generations of wonderful friends.
Left:  Sally, Julia and Jennifer

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Lights of Love Tree Lighting Ceremony

 "Lights of Love" was launched in 2008 by Gloucester residents Sue Kyle and Shawn Wilson to raise awareness of Addison Gilbert Hospital's world-class cancer care ( and fund life-saving treatment for Cape Ann patients.   "Lights of Love" raised more than $6,000 in its first year and $17,000 in 2009.  This year, our goal is to raise $25,000 to help cover life-saving treatments and keep hope alive for all patients and families affected by cancer.  A volunteer-driven effort, 100% of all dollars raised benefit cancer care services at Addison Gilbert Hospital's Gorton's Specialty and Cancer Care Center.
 Left: Rebecca Imperiali, Sue Kyle, Santa, Shawn Wilson, Dr. Angus McIntyre

Gloucester High School Choir sings Christmas carols for the crowd.

Cape Ann artist, Ken Knowles picks the raffle winner of his original painting of Plum Cove in Gloucester Ma

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Saturday with Friends

Last Saturday, I spent the day with my friend Joanne and her daughter Jolie. First we went to Hunt Photo in Melrose so Joanne could buy a new camera, the Nikon D7000. See Joanne is a fabulous photographer and I have been privileged to partner with her on some photo shoots. She has been using her trusty ol' Nikon D40 for quite a few years now and it has started to act up a it is now time for her to upgrade her camera...I am so happy for her. Joanne is loving her new camera.
After we left Hunt Photo we went to "Fat Cactus" for a yummy Mexican Lunch.  While we were waiting for our food, Joanne let Jolie use her trusty ol' D40. And Jolie was thrilled, taking photos of all kinds of things.
Like mother like daughter.
After lunch I had to get a mother daughter photo in front of this cool wall.

Joanne had a photo shoot in the afternoon at Annisquam Light in Gloucester,

And I tagged along, taking photos of Jolie and the light house.

Me and Jolie had fun making "Shadow People"...

And Enjoyed the Sunset...What a fabulous fun-filled day!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Cape Ann Brewing Company

Cape Ann Brewing Co. is an award-winning, family-owned, microbrewery in the heart of downtown Gloucester on Cape Ann, Massachusetts.  The brewery and brew pub are moving to a new location in Gloucester shortly and I was asked by my friends Jeremy Goldberg - Owner and Head Brewer of Cape Ann Brewing Co. and his wife Mary, to take photos of them in the brew house before they move.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Marblehead by the Sea

It was a grey cool Saturday here in Essex County, but I had a great day with a few photog friends as we did a photowalk in Ol' Town Marblehead. Good friends, Good conversation and Good times. Here are a few of my favorite photos of the day.

Welcome to the World Baby Emily

My friend Jennifer delivered a healthy baby girl, Emily Jean, on November 4, 10:16 AM, 21in. 8lbs 7 oz. 
I got the chance to visit Jen at the Hospital and hold sweet Emily.  Congratulations Jen and Shawn!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Reflections of Umass-Amherst

When I first started to get really interested in photography about 4 years ago (can you believe it has been 4 years already??), I took photos of anything and everything...just immersed myself in photographing "things". I loved flowers, colors, macros, angles ... just things.  Then I started a "100 Strangers" project...which i never finished, but found that I really enjoyed taking photos of people. I love the eyes, the expressions, the smiles, and people in action...I found that my passion was photographing people...candids of people...everyday life. And that is may main interest now.   BUT...If I had to pick a second interest in photography, it would be reflections...I love making Layers with reflections...making the viewer wonder what they are really looking at...wondering what is the real thing and what is the reflection.

Below is one of my very first reflection photos that I took on the campus of Northeastern University in Boston along Huntington Ave. It was taken in March 2008.  What was interesting about this photo, was that i was inside an eatery with  my back towards the Huntington Street side...I took a photo of the window in front of me, which has objects infront of me, and reflections of the things behind me, and also reflections of the window and street behind me..very very complex but interesting;
 The red trash can is in front of me on the other side of the class that i am looking through.  
The People walking are behind me on Huntington ave.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Fall is my favorite Season

I love the fall in New England.
I love the cooler crisp air, and the warm feeling that you get when you put your jeans on again
after having shorts on all summer.  
I love the colors of fall....makes the word so pretty.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


I spent some time visiting an old friend today....

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Kids of Umass Amherst

Went to visit my son Scott and his girlfriend Mary at Umass in Amherst today.
They are both Seniors and will be  graduating in May 2011 so I wanted to 
take some photos of the two of them hanging around the campus. I got lots of fun photos and it is
so difficult to just pick a few here to show....