Reen Fitz Photography

Lifestyle Photographer: Hudson Valley / Westchester County, New York

Tag: street photography

Out of Hibernation!

Oh hey there! Excuse me while I emerge from my hibernation, save up all the daylight, and embrace the first signs of Spring! Isn’t it such a magical time of year? All of nature is just a big glittering message: “The cold is over! We made it! Let’s play!”

 

Although the weather has been playing some tricks on us this year…if you can recall a time not long before the last 3 BIG snow/wind/rain storms (not even counting the intermittent flurries), we had a real, honest-to-goodness 70 degree day! Where did that go?

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to the last few weeks…

Celebrating another new Mrs. Fitzgerald! It was fun capturing the moments at this bridal shower, and the wedding is going to be a BLAST! (but I won’t be photographing…I’ll be taking that night off, thank you very much!)

 

And taking relaxing photo walks, adjusting my eyes to the bright and beautiful sunlight.

I have been spending a lot of time reading, painting, and doing some creative writing. Exploring my other favorite creative outlets helps keep me inspired to dream up new experimental shoots for the Spring and Summer. Unfortunately, I’ve already had to postpone one of these due to the un-spring-like snow on the ground. But I am so sure that these shoots will be well worth the wait! I get so excited about trying new techniques and creating something entirely new and different. Learning and growing are wonderful, wonderful things.

One of the books I read this winter was ‘On Writing’ by Stephen King. Here are some words of wisdom from it that you can take with you:

“It is, after all, the dab of grit that seeps into an oyster’s shell that makes the pearl, not pearl-making seminars with other oysters.”

YES.

See you next time!
-Reen

Canadian Photo Challenge? Pardon?

Hey, remember when I entered that Canadian photo challenge?

Me neither!

But I found out just this week that the city of Burlington, Ontario featured one of my photographs on their Facebook and Instagram to show off the beauty of their city in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday!

It seems that when I posted it to Instagram, I used a hashtag that was associated with their photo challenge. How about that?

Thanks, Burlington, Ontario!

It’s an honor just to find out that I participated!

Oh Canada!

We just got back from our very first trip to Canada and it was fantastic! So this year we’re celebrating Canada Day along with the 4th of July! Here’s a little glimpse of the awesome stuff we saw in Ontario:

We were both so impressed by the beautiful art everywhere. We took a stroll through the Royal Botanical Gardens, which had an incredible exhibit of Lego sculptures (like this monarch butterfly- YEAH THAT’S LEGOS!) , as well as gardens planted by local children, a garden of medicinal plants, and a gorgeous rock garden.

 

 

We paid a visit to Jen Blackwood at Golden Axe Tattoo in London, Ontario and got some of her beautiful art prints. Local art is always our favorite souvenir, and Jen was so kind! It was definitely one of our favorite memories from the trip. 

 

 

 

I really liked this art piece in Prince Albert’s Diner in London.

 

 

 

We also caught a bit of the Sound of Music Festival in Burlington. The Burlington waterfront is so beautiful and downtown Burlington was a lot of fun too. If you find yourself there, head to Kelly’s Bake Shoppe! It’s a dreamland of gluten-free/dairy-free/egg-free/peanut-free/vegan confections- their treats are delicious and if you have any of those dietary restrictions, it’s overwhelming in the best way!

Of course we took a trip into Toronto and checked out Graffiti Alley there, a free space for expression through street art. 

 

 

And Toronto’s Music Garden, which included this spot called the “Gigue”. This description is quoted from the placard there (and I don’t think I could describe it better): “Giant grass steps that offer views onto the Harbour. The steps form a curved amphitheater that focus on a stone stage set under a weeping willow tree; a place for informal performances.” I thought it also offered a nice view of the CN tower- just look at this cool juxtaposition of cityscape and nature!

Of course, I took far too many photos and have far too many stories for one post, but I will be posting them to Instagram here and there, so make sure you’re following along!

Happy Canada Day/4th of July Weekend!

Bokeh for Days

If you’re following along on Instagram, you may have seen that I was test driving some new equipment last week.
One of my goals for this year is to test out some different lenses and see what I can do with them. The lens I used this time creates a beautiful bokeh effect, meaning that the background is blurred, so what’s in focus really pops.

It wasn’t long before this test-drive blossomed into a photo-journalistic project. I got up close to our house plants, documented a hot cocoa smoothie creation, and even took my camera to the grocery store! I went outside and explored the fog, too, which created such dreamy, ethereal images.

What January lacks in golden sunshine, it certainly makes up for in gorgeous overcast lighting.

And who says you need bright sunshine for beautiful photos? Winter is a great time for photography, too!

I am so excited to continue trying new tools to create beautiful photographs.

Contact me at ReenFitzPhotography@gmail .com to book your wonderful winter session today!

And follow along on Instagram and Facebook

Week 2: Autumn on the Street

This week in my NaPhoPoMo adventure, my photos seemed to take on a theme of “Autumn on the Street”. Most of the photos posted this week were taken while just strolling through town, observing how Autumn decorates the ordinary with brilliant reds, golds, and (my favorite) oranges!

There were curious finds, like this cat silhouette, spray painted into a sidewalk.

And I also happened upon the prettiest sewer grate in town…completely draped in gorgeous colors.

What will catch my lens next week?

Follow along on Instagram for daily photos all through November!