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    I am currently working on personal projects & collaborations. I miss my family portrait clientele very much! If you are looking for a great portrait or wedding photographer, I have a couple faves I love to recommend, so just message me!

  • make time stand still

    These days, we want everything FAST, right now, hurry up already--except for these: the sweet, savory memories of real life & real love. When we're finally facing the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel, we are going to wish we could rewind & play these moments back in slow-mo. So capture what you can today--whether it's a milestone or just the daily, ordinary, no-drama quietness or laughable chaos. Make time stand still--a few hundredths of a second at a time...

gould’s sugarhouse • cooperlane farm • shelburne falls • ma

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I think Max has Grammy’s eyes.

My children are so lucky, because their great-grandparents on both sides have created rich legacies that have touched the lives of their communities & a great many strangers. On my husband’s side, his mother Lorraine’s family have produced maple syrup in western Massachusetts for the better part of 55 years. In addition to the farm, they have also run the Sugarhouse, which makes & serves the most delicious pancakes & waffles on earth. Though Grandpa Edgar passed away ten years ago, Gramma Helen is still, at the age of 90, going strong. She was still riding a snowmobile a few years ago! She & her children, Linda, Launie, Leonard, & Larry, share the passion & expertise for sugaring that produces their amazing maple syrup year after year.

Each autumn & spring, Gould’s Sugarhouse is open & does a brisk business, with locals & tourists alike lined up & waiting to get a taste of the famous breakfasts & to shop in the gift shop. Multiple generations of families have been working for & with the Goulds over these past five decades.

When I told the server that the waffles were unlike any I’d ever had, she replied with a wink, “Well, we’ve been doing them for 50 years. I think we’ve got it figured out.”

I’m not joking when I say they’re out of-this-world good. I’ve had a LOT of waffles in my time. Breakfast food is my favorite, & I think of myself as something of a connoisseur, if there is such a self-assigned job.

We arrived in time for the last weekend the Sugarhouse was open in October 2015, & we timed our meal right at the end of brunch, so we could hang out with Grammy after we ate. We pulled up just as the first snowflakes of the season began to whirl past our windshield. My children were rapt with pleasure at the magic of seeing snow for the first time ever. We wound down the last mile toward our destination, & the red barn appeared on the side of the Mohawk Trail, surrounded by trees on fire with the colours of autumn. The entire parking lot was covered in yellow & orange maple leaves. Disney could not have created a more idyllic scene.

We emerged from the warmth of the car into the brisk fall air, my husband sporting his soft, silver beard & a perfect, picture-worthy sweater (which he never has occasion to wear in Los Angeles). He lifted our littlest one onto his shoulders & made his way toward a place he’s known since childhood & is filled with memories & loved ones.

Auntie Linda met us & as always made us feel like we were at home. She showed the kids all the fun stuff–fruit, pumpkins, corn, & of course explained how the syrup is made. We explored the gift shop with all its maple delicacies (maple cream is heavenly if you’ve never had it), handmade hats, & local products. And then finally we were seated with great anticipation to eat all the pancakes & waffles & syrup we could desire.

Never have I wished more that I could eat a superhuman amount at one meal. Grampa Edgar, we miss you. Grammy Helen, we’ll see you soon!

Gould’s Sugarhouse can be found at 570 Mohawk Trail, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370. Follow them on Facebook! this year, their last day was October 29th, but mark your calendars, because they open for the spring season on March 1, 2018!

 

 

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Passion Project: Sunspots & Spirit

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My husband & I own a small CrossFit gym in Lomita. The “box” is our home away from home, & everyone there is family to us. For a few years, we were a purely CrossFit gym, but soon we realized that our members could really benefit from more mobility coaching–& from a balance in spirit & energy. As the universe will do, it sent us someone who would be a perfect fit for our box family–Julia. Our gym motto is “little box, big heart,” & Julia is one of the biggest hearts we’ve ever met!

Julia is a yogi who teaches all around the Beach Cities. She is funny, attentive, & grounded. She comes each week & gives us an unique opportunity to pause, breathe, set an intention, & pay close attention to all the things that are going on within that we never give ourselves time to observe. She gives us the chance to struggle & to apply to our lives what we discover about ourselves in yoga practice. And she laughs with us when we invariably discover all the little things in ourselves that we are really working on in yoga, things beyond our tight hamstrings & trembling abs.

This fall, Julia & her husband RG were awaiting the arrival of their first baby! I was so honored to be asked to make some portraits for them. It just so happens that Julia & RG got married at exactly the same spot that my husband & I did at the South Coast Botanic Gardens. It’s such a special place with so many delicious nooks & crannies filled with the beauty of nature. So we started our session where they started as a family–in the round where they exchanged their vows.

From the very first pictures, we were visited by beautiful sunspots. It was like the spirit of Baby Clancy just dancing right there with her parents, glowing & twinkling in the warmth. She was there where they said their vows two years before, in the fig tree grove where the trunks grow strong & the roots & branches spread wide, & at the beach where Mama Julia emerges from the frothy waves like Aphrodite.

Wishing Julia & RG & Baby Violet the sweetest time in the newborn cocoon. It’s the best place on earth.

We will miss Julia while she is nesting at home with their baby girl, but if there’s anything we always work on in yoga, it’s patience…See you soon & your whole CrossFit 1440 family can’t wait to meet the new addition!

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Passion Project: The Sisterhood that Will Raise Your Vibe

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There is a muse & sister in my life, Anjalé Perrault, with whom I’ve been collaborating before we even knew each other. Our first babies were born two days apart almost a year before we met. Then we were pregnant at the same time with our second babies, & we went bowling together with our big bellies, surrounded by our beloved mom friends, whom we’d met at that threshold of life when we went from women to mothers. In another life, I always thought, Anj & I would hang out–like really hang out–party, do crazy stuff, have all the fun that people have when they’re not parents yet. But in this life, we’d be sisters in motherhood. And then sisters in art. I always knew we were sisters in spirit, but finally, we had some time to spend together in that just recently.

Anjalé, Christine, Shayna, & Trina are the founders of Raise Your Vibe, a sisterhood of women that hosts life-changing gatherings to nourish the mind, body, & soul. They were launching their very first Intention Circle & asked if I’d shoot the event. The next best thing to doing one’s own Passion Project is to be invited to be a part of someone else’s Passion Project–& when it’s a perfect fit.

Timing is everything, as they say, & in this case, it was perfect for me, as you can tell from my previous post about seeking more time to do things that I’m passionate about. The focus of the Intention Circle was threefold: to shed away that which holds us back, to align our intentions with our selves, & to manifest our intentions into the world. Each part of this event was so eloquently facilitated by the women involved, including also song & meditation, delicious vegan appetizers, & ceremony. I arrived ready to work my cameras & document something beautiful unfolding for the attendants, & I came away having unfolded something in myself. The vibe was so strong, I couldn’t help but be caught up in it, & I woke up the next day a new warrior. Everyday since has been a one-degree shift away from where I was stuck.

The Circle made it possible & safe for us all to do some really intense work. I look forward to the next time I can do it again. Join the tribe & find out more about upcoming events here.

Love & gratitude to all the women of Raise Your Vibe, including Kristin Noelle, Reiki healer; Meredith Klein, chef & founder of Pranaful; Helen Hodgson & Cecilia De Rico, & Ariel, musicians.

Sisters who share these photos on social media: Thank you!

And please give a shout out to @raiseyourvibetribe & @alice_in_mamaland! And tag your other sisters!

 

RAISE YOUR VIBE INTENTION CIRCLE

14 OCTOBER 2017

 

Each guest was blessed by Kristin upon arrival.

Shayna, Christine, Anjalé, & Trina
The Shedding Ceremony
The Alignment & Coronation Ceremony
Something magical happens when a woman puts on a flower crown. Look at these smiles!
The Manifestation Fire Ceremony
We link hands, like the roots of the redwoods that stretch wide & gain their strength by interlocking with the roots of other redwoods.

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October 24, 2017 - 12:48 am

Rose Armand Oh, Alice! Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post. Your photos beautifully captured the essence of the intention circle as well as the energy that was generated and sustained…from tears to laughter, solemnity to joy, blockage to release. As were you, I was profoundly affected and will carry the blessing of my raised vibe within my heart center always. Much love and gratitude, Rose

October 24, 2017 - 3:34 am

Becky Such lovely things to say!! Thank you for capturing this beautiful moment. I am so glad to know you now and to have shared in that with you! Peace!!

Passion Project: Woodland Waiting

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I’d been on hiatus from shooting for quite some time when I was asked by Michelle if I was available to do some pregnancy portraits for her & her husband, Cory. It’s hard to describe how special Michelle has been to our family; I’ve probably never even been able to fully express it to her. She has been the kindergarten teacher to all three of our children. The number of days & hours she has spent over the last six years nurturing our children…*sigh*… I struggle to even find the words! What can you say to thank someone who has had the patience & caring to bear witness to what your children are when they’re five & six years old? Someone who has helped them through tears & fears, guided them from chicken scratch to words on paper, from illiterate to literate? Someone who, even before she was a mother to her own, raised my children & so many others, & taught me how to be a better mother myself? Someone who taught me how to see in my children what I might not see?

I didn’t think I really could thank her in words. So, I hoped to with pictures.

I hoped to capture Michelle’s spirit–her playfulness, her love of nature, her creativity–& the love between Cory & her–the story of who they are as they awaited their daughter. He’s a photographer, & she’s a teacher. But there is always so much more. It is a story that children only know about their parents through photographs & tales told that seem unbelievable. You went to Burning Man?! You went paddleboarding with me in your tummy?! Oh, yes, little Sprout, your mom did those things & more!

Dearest Michelle, may all the love you have poured upon so many children come back to your own many times over! May you & Cory be both comfortable & changed in all the ways that parenthood can bless you. And may you always look upon these portraits & remember who you were & who you are.

With infinite gratitude,

Alice. XOXOXO

 

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October 21, 2017 - 6:29 pm

Your mom Alice, you are the best-est photographer I have ever met!! So glad to see your talent and touch are even stronger after your hiatus. I’m so happy you are back at photography, one of many things you are so good at. I do wish we can see a publication of your work someday. Congratulations to Michelle!