Rick and I have moved to Arizona! It was a crazy 5 day drive from NYC to Phoenix, AZ. Our friend Ryan was so awesome and took the trip with us so that we could take turns driving. We didn't get to stop too many times but when we did, we got some awesome photos. Once we got all our stuff from the car and trailer into the apartment, we took a trip north to Sedona for the day. We stayed until the sunset and it was so gorgeous looking over the valley and seeing the Red Rock mountains.  We are finally all settled in and getting used to life in the beautiful, sunny (all the time) Arizona! 

Naples, Florida

Two weeks ago I went to Naples, Fl with Ashleigh to visit her parents. It was a great trip. Her parents know so many cool places to go in the area. Over 6 days we ended up going to 3 different beaches and 3 different boardwalks! They have great names too! Like Clam Pass Beach and Lowdermilk Beach and the Rookery Bay Boardwalk. It was a fantastic, calming vacation. I even got a little tan which is good to keep me looking forward to the summer coming up! Here are a few pictures from the trip! :) 


So my first iPhone was the iPhone 4. I got it the day it came out. It was definitely the most advanced cell phone that I've ever owned. I was a little biased considering I had already worked for Apple for almost a year at that time, so obviously when the iPhone 4 came out, I had to get it. I finally parted from my parents family plan to switch to AT&T (which at that time, was the only iPhone carrier) and was amazed at everything I had available for me at my fingertips.

I usually found all the cool apps from word-of-mouth from my co-workers. They knew all the up and coming apps that I HAD to download onto my phone! From Angry Birds to Words with Friends to Plants vs Zombies, I basically downloaded them all. I played them all until I was blue in the fingers! I had been out of school almost 2 years when Instagram came out. I had gone from being in the darkroom almost 4 days a week to almost taking zero pictures. It had depressed me to think that the passion I had for photography had come to a complete halt. When I downloaded Instagram it had awakened something new with me and my photography! I had the ability to share my photographs with friends and family using a device that I had to have on me at all times - my cell phone.

I immediately became obsessed. Every picture that I deemed somewhat decent, I put into Instagram with a filter that made it even better than I could have ever imagined! Being a film photographer, my photographs in school were all about the whitest whites and the blackest blacks. Now with Instagram, I had the ability to blow out the colors in some places and darken them in others with their filters. Having a lot of choices made it even harder. I would often find myself fighting with my artistic eye about which filter to use. It was terrible. Should I use "Toaster" which puts a great warm yellow hue right in the middle of the image making it cozy? Or should I use "Early Bird" which gives the photo a great antique look? Should I use "Hefe" which darkened the corners and sharpened the subject making it dramatic? It really was a struggle. It opened a world to me that was different to my darkroom printing that I could never have thought about while in school. After time, I became used to the filters and now I can take a picture and almost immediately know which filter I want to use. 

Instagram opened so many possibilities for me to be creative at a moments notice. And because it got me out of my non-picture-taking "hole", I am forever grateful. 

Here are a few of my favorite images I've posted on Instagram.
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Hello! My name is Shari and I am a photographer based on Long Island, New York. I am a portrait photographer who is looking to start a business doing just that. I went to the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, NY and graduated with a BFA in photography. Right now I miss being in the darkroom more than anything. I currently work for Apple Inc. in the Roosevelt Field Mall. The experience I've gained here is irreplaceable but I am ready to move on. I am ready to be on my own and start my dream job! I will post some of my work very soon! Have a great day! :)