Peeking in on Dracula Rehearsals

This weekend on my trip to Houston I was able to photograph BAHBT’s Dracula rehearsals. I didn’t get to see last years production and probably won’t be able to attend it this year as well, so it was a lot of fun getting to sit in on rehearsals. I’m so jealous of these kids. I keep thinking how much I would’ve loved to do this version of Dracula when I was in the company!

Check out the video from last year! Visit for more information on this years production.



Only in New York Do You Meet Someone Through An Iphone App!

What else do you do when a hurricane is coming? Why blog of course!

If you know me well, you know that I’m wildly obsessed with the photography app, Instagram, on my Iphone. Instagram is kind of like twitter, but for photos. You can either take a photo on your phone or use one from your computer and put all these interesting filters on it and then share it with your “followers.” Now I’ve been instagraming since April and love it. At first I would only take pictures of my day to day life and my followers pretty much only consisted of family and friends who also had the app. Then I started seeing some dance photography from other Instagramers and I thought, “My dance photos are just as good. I should put mine up!” So about a month ago I started instagraming all of my dance photography and putting #hashtags on them. I now have over 200 followers!! I love being able to share my work with people all of the world. Thanks Instagram!

Now if that wasn’t cool enough… There are several Instagramers who follow me that I also follow. They range from photographers, supermoms, and artists, all of whom are very talented and have such an amazing eye for light, love, and life.

One Instagram photographer, cupcakesonstage, contacted me about meeting me at the Crumbs bakery he managed. Wanting to make sure he wasn’t some wacko creeper, I look up his facebook photography page and find his name is Michael E. Mason. Still not entirely convinced, I look his name up on facebook and much to my surprise we had to mutual friends, both who were well established musical theatre friends of mine. So this Michael E. Mason couldn’t be all too bad! So I told myself I would go into Crumbs the next day if I had time.

Well, on the next day I had a few hours to kill while waiting for an audition and decided I would stop by Crumbs. What could it hurt? It’s a public environment and there were cupcakes. Any situation is better when cupcakes are involved. So I arrive inside the crumbs bakery. Two females were at the counter.

Ok. I’ll just wait here a minute looking at cupcakes till I chicken out.

Not a minute later a very tall guy walks out from a back room.

Hmm… That kind of looks like his facebook picture. Tall, scruffy face… Wait he’s staring at me… With the exact same look! BINGO!

We laugh. We hug. We make introductions. And then we sit discussing photography, editing programs, theatre, new york, rooftop views… it’s like we’d been good friends for a long time!

Only in New York people! Now I have a new friend and fellow photography guru.

Please check out his wonderful work on his facebook page. I love his gorgeous shots of the sky and his ridiculous editing talents!

Check it!


Ashes and Snow

“The whales do not sing because they have an answer, they sing because they have a song.”
— Gregory Colbert

My dear friend, Michelle, introduced me to Ashes and Snow, a collection of photographs, films, and novels by the incredible artist, Gregory Colbert. Viewing his work leaves me completely speechless. Never have I have been so deeply affected by any type of art. I’ve found the past few nights when I should be sleeping, I’m instead buried in my thoughts as I peruse the website. I think its the rawness of emotion in each photo that I find so captivating. Please do yourself a favor and view Ashes and Snow. You could easily spend hours there. Make sure your volume is up as well; its a big part of the experience.


Things I’m Thinking

-Some people just don’t know when to stop.

-I’ve found myself in the midst of grumpy people lately. I try to be extra happy but it seems to make the room sadder… Lighten up people.

-I’m on a major blog high. Can’t get enough of Apartment 34, Design Love Fest, my Lens of Love… there are so many brilliant people in this world!

-It feels good to be at the studio again. Different but the same.

-I REALLY need to do a photoshoot. ASAP.

-Anxiously awaiting Valentines Day. Anthropologie’s Wedding Line is being released. Dream come true! (I’m a huge wedding geek…)

-As of this very moment: New York= 30 degrees, Houston=59 degrees. Jealous, slushy New York???

-What was my life like without Ashley Van Pelt? I don’t remember.

-If you slur the words, “It’s Alright” so that it said, “S’alright,” it sounds like “Sorry.”

-I love my family so so much. I must say, I love living with my bro-in-law, Ryan. I never had brothers, so its fun to have some brotherly teasing. He gives the best advice and always provides great conversation. He and Nat are the cutest couple and I love seeing them all the time!!

-Been home for a week now and do you think I’ve emptied my suitcases? Probably should get on that…

-I’m about to turn 19? This year has certainly flown.

-Isn’t this photo just stunning:

have a great week!


Favorite Images from 2010

from personal photos to my photoshoots, here are my favorite photos from last year.

There are so many more images that I love from this past year, but of course I couldn’t put them all up. Can’t wait to see all the images that are created out of 2011.

I’m a proud owner of 10 pairs of Laducas

day 1- recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself

This is my most recent photo. I took it right before a PR event I did with Amanda. I love that costume. I love my job!

1. I’m a huge fan (and addict) of Anthropologie.

2. I despise green beans, pickles, and raisins.

3. I wish I was a cleaner person. My living space is usually an absolute mess. When its clean, I find I’m happier person. The only thing that motivates me to clean is when I know I’ll have company over.

4. I hate deleting photos. I’ll only delete it if its a) blurry or b) unflattering.

5. I’d like to travel more. There are so many beautiful places in this world that I’d love to photograph. Italy, France, Greece…

6. My fashion sence can usually be described as red/black/white, ruffles, has a bow, or polka dots.

7. I’m a proud owner of 10 pairs of Laducas.

8. I love to choreograph almost more than I do dancing.

9. I don’t like walking around in my apartment without socks or slippers on.

10. There are plenty of things that I never learned to do: Dive off a diving board. Driver. Ride a bike. Do a cartwheel. Roller skate/Ice skate. And I’m just starting to cook.

11. I’m a stickler for butter on popcorn. Lots of butter.

12. I’m currently learning the art of layering winter clothes.

13. When I started blogging, I didn’t think it would last long.

14. Things that 99% of the time make me feel better: talking to my best friends, ice cream, and fred and ginger movies.

15. I’m a big believer in “everything happens for a reason.”


New Favorite Photos

I’ve recently become obsessed with a photographer named, Nicole Hill. I’ve been browsing through her blog lately and can’t get over how much I love her work. She is in France right now with fellow Rockstar, Taza, taking lots of lovely pictures! I can’t wait to see the rest of them. Here are three of my favorite little kid pictures of hers.

Make sure to check out her website,, and her blog,!