Tara Stafford: Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn

Last Saturday I had a wonderful shoot with my good friend and former roomie Tara Stafford at Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn. Tara is so comfortable in front of the camera and threw a variety of great poses. Needless to say, we had a lot of laughs and agreed that we collaborate very well. I think her personality really comes through in the photos. Tara just got her Masters degree from Columbia University and is going back to Ghana in a few days for the summer and while I’m sad to see her go I’m so excited for her! I’m going to add more to the set, but here’s what I have so far.

Tara’s websites: www.colorsoftara.com

www.ewiasi.com

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Ground Zero: One Year Ago Today

Today marks the one year anniversary of the death of Osama Bin Laden. On this day last year, I traveled downtown with a photojournalist I was interning for and photographed the scene down at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan.

A slideshow of what I shot from May 2011.

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Some Favorites

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the past year and a half I’ve been in New York.

— Holly D.

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A Birth Story

This is a photo essay I shot more than 2 years ago but I wanted to share it because I’ve been missing my sister and nieces lately and looking at it again is inspiring me to shoot more, not to mention bringing back the emotions of that day.

When my sister went into labor in October 2009, I rushed down to Galveston, TX from Spring ( a 1 1/2 hour trip) on a Thursday night, around 8 p.m. Unfortunately, the next day was the most important day of the week at the newspaper I worked at; it was our production day and all my stories were due. It worked out though, I ended up finishing everything at the hospital on my laptop and e-mailing them to my editor with plenty of time before Elliot was born.

I did my best to capture the birth in a tasteful way (there’s limited blood and gore) but as realistically as possible.

— Holly D.

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New Beginnings

Hello all, this is my introductory post to my new blog. I previously created this blog back in 2008 for a college class and I’ve resurrected it as a new medium to showcase my ongoing work.

I made the move to New York City about a year and a half ago and I finally feel truly settled here in Brooklyn. I’ve been itching to streamline my work and be able to share it in a simple yet effective way, and I knew a blog was the way to go. I’ve set it up so it can be accessed through my website and vice versa, and am also working on connecting it with facebook and maybe even twitter.

I set a goal for myself to shoot a subject/topic/theme at least once a week and tell a story about it through my blog. The plan is to write at least a paragraph that describes the who/what/where/when and what I learned and want to share.

Currently I’m working full-time at a photo studio, doing all aspects of post-production, so I don’t get to shoot during the day per se but I am pushing myself to shoot during my free time after work and on the weekends.

It’s easy to feel intimidated as a photographer trying to make it in NYC, but it’s even easier to be inspired.

Thanks for visiting and check back soon. All feedback is encouraged.

xoxo Holly D.