messina cover_posthonored to have co-authored THE SILVER LINING, a heartfelt & inspiring book with my beautiful & talented friend HOLLYE JACOBS – a couple of years ago i began photographing HOLLYE as she was navigating the challenges of her breast cancer diagnosis & subsequent treatment – i wanted to do something for her, but i felt helpless- i offered to photograph her as a gesture of friendship – i hoped that i could somehow capture her memories, honor her experiences, and show her how truly beautiful she was in the most unlikely circumstances – i wanted to somehow ease the intensity of the challenges she faced, from chemotherapy to her double mastectomy, to a cup of tea & a good cry, i was there camera in hand – i approached our shoots with the same tenderness i’d bring to a newborn shoot, and with the same enthusiasm i would at a wedding or editorial shoot – the only images i’d ever seen of a mastectomy were clinical (& to add insult to inury,  with bad light) – i wanted to capture the reality of what her body was going through with an artful eye, beautiful light, film and friendship – all the while HOLLYE wrote on her personal blog to keep friends and family apprised of her experiences along the way – her blog THE SILVER PEN went viral – HOLLYE’s story is also a regular feature on THE HUFFINGTON POST – i shared some of these personal images 2 years ago at my WPPI platform presentation (which left many people in tears) – HOLLYE & i were both surprised by the impact our personal project had on those we did not know  - in addition to HOLLYE’s personal story & our photographs, this book is full of practical & relevant information – HOLLYE is a nurse and an educator with extensive knowledge (she is a Pediatric and Adult Palliative Care Nurse and Social Worker with graduate degrees in Bioethics and Child Development) - THE SILVER LINING is our book, part memoir, part practical information with a melange of beautiful photographs and inspiration - what began as a personal project between friends we are now sharing with the world – THE SILVER LINING is for anyone who has been touched by BREAST CANCER -

THE SILVER LINING is available for pre-order now &
will be out in hardback & paper back in march 2014

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although i am a bit obsessed with pretty shoes…pretty high heeled shoes…i don’t usually think of flats as an option…but these sweet pale pink ballet flats with ribbon are so lovely…i may now become a “flats” girl too…perfect for a wedding or a dinner date or just hanging around the house….j’adore

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flower by TWIGS & HONEY…xoxo

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i am only half joking….

i was photographing a friend the other day…a good friend…the kind of friend who insists on paying me for my work, but who i refuse to except money from….this type of friend is rare & i can count on one hand the number of friends that fit into that category….in any case, after an afternoon of photographs she gave me this beautiful pair of manolo blahnik patent leather nude & white mary janes…that’s right SHOES…beautiful shoes….i blushed…i couldn’t accept…she insisted….and now miraculously they sit in my home, smiling at me every time i walk by…& i had i thought as i gazed at these beauties….i will “work for shoes”….some days exchanging money for photographs takes the air out of my sails…i know i know…i have three children…a mortgage…and so on….this is my job…my career & how i support my family…it’s just that money visits my bank account & always has to leave unexpectedly…some bill or commitment lures my hard earned dollars away…but shoes…shoes linger…they wait patiently in my closet until i take them on a little outing…they make me happy, even on the most uneventful of days….so i am thinking from time to time i will work for shoes…for my sanity…& becasue, well…they are SHOES….so mr. louboutin if you are listening, give me a call…

i’m all yours….xoxo

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wishing eveyone a day full of photographs & shoes

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ONCE WED + ELIZABETH MESSINA


because life is full of love & possibility…xoxo
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this shoot was styled by JOY THIGPEN for ONCE WED….
beautiful florals by MINDY RICE FLORAL DESIGN….
hair & makeup by ERIN SKIPLEY….
cake by ERICA OBRIEN

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“When you love someone, all your saved-up wishes start coming out.”
~ by Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) ~

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Gowns & Shoes by DELPHINE MANIVET
Available @ THE LOVELY BRIDE
Location: THE UKRANIAN INSTITUTE NYC
Styling: Jacqueline Weppner @ MERCI NEW YORK
Flowers: Kathleen Hyppolite @ KAT FLOWER
Hair: Michelle Lo Conte @ PINK COMB SALON
Makeup: Lauren Iavarone @ EXPERT MAKEUP ARTISTRY

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on SNIPPET & INK today

i think rain may actually really be good luck on your wedding day….it certainly makes for beautiful images….jillian & rick were married on a rainy afternoon….jillian the owner of a lovely letterpress compnay GIGI PRESS, was beautiful in her MANOLO BLANIKs & MONIQUE LHUILLIER….please go visit SNIPPET & INK today and see all of the lovely details….including amazing calligraphy by GRACE CONNELL & beautiful flowers by SQUARE ROOT DESIGN…..and so much more…

here’s to true love & raindrops…xoxo

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