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fast food nathan


This is my cousin Nathaniel. His birthday is one day after my own Kyle’s, but just over 20 years difference. They are so much alike, in so many ways, except that Nathaniel likes food, LOVES food, will pretty much eat ANYTHING. Kyle’s idea of food variety is different shapes pasta, or different shaped chicken nuggets. Another difference is that Nathaniel can read, and write, and cook, and write about it, in his blog. I suspect he was inspired by my breakfast week (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, ) and by Fast Food Nation – a must read book for anyone who cares about what they eat; not for diet and health reasons, but to understand the effects of fast food on our life, every aspect of our lives and our environment. (Now I am no fast food hater, nor am I an idealist- I am an ex vegetarian and a current notalotofmeateatarian.) SO check out his food blog, where he describes what he eats and cooks (photos included) on most days of the week, and make him continue on his FOODVENTUR…… I can’t wait for his next visit he stays with us and will cook every day – He’ll have better photos, and I will get better food. Actually- I will get FOOD.


And on a side note – Nathaniel was on of my first subjects when I was studying photography many many many years ago- one day I will look through my old photo boxes and find some.

and on a second side note – It seems like I’ve been doing lots of studio shots lately. I guess I have!

it’s my anniversary today!

It’s our wedding anniversary today. So what? No one but my mom cares, and her mom, who left me a sweet message!

Between St. Patrick’s, My aunt’s Bday, my friend’s Bday, and today  just being another regular Wednesday…it’s just another anniversary – and considering we had three weddings (yes, three… the same guy, same girl) we always “celebrate the next one…”  (if you’re wondering- July 28th is the next one…). And what has this got to do with anything, or with this post? on the surface; nothing.In reality, it might be connected, but since this I consider this a kids-friendly site – or should I say, mothers-of-kids-friendly site (AND because I know my dad reads it…) I will leave the connecting dots out of it. (I make sense to myself…)So close your eyes if you don’t want to read the following and skip to the end…………….. in my past, I was a …no, I wasn’t, but I had gone to see  real strippers at work, (why…contact me personally for that, as I said, kid friendly site…) and on top  the fact that they are mostly hot, and mostly naked, and hot…they dance on a pole as if they are superwomen- I mean, it’s a sport, and I saw on youtube that they have competitions, and it is HARD!!!! really HARD!!!! I once went to a friend’s house who shall remain unnamed, but she knows who she is, and I tried to lift my XXX amount of pound body (no pun intended) and realized that it requires strength, technique, courage and sex appeal…all of which I could work on….

POLISTIC is a pole dance a sexy pilates studio, in Studio City, owned by Katie, that teaches you how to be all that, for your own FUN (and health). I got to spend some time in the dark, intimate, modern chic studio and watch as these beautiful amazons connect with their bodies to perform the most amazing feat besides gymnastics…




Dress rehearsal


March 17, 2010 - 9:01 pm

Liora - “GADOL” Did you consider writting for living?

March 17, 2010 - 10:56 pm

Leonie - Wooo. non impact sport…great! I love to think how very very strong these women are!
Oh and your grandmother also remembers this date, (which isn’t as incredible – it being such a celebrated date – as how she knows what the date is) mainly because it is the wedding we were at of the three… A Pole in your office for the July anniversary?

March 17, 2010 - 11:07 pm

Emily Melzer - Gorgeous photos!!!

March 18, 2010 - 6:08 am

Zami - Amazing oictures like usual!!!

March 19, 2010 - 9:04 am

Christa Meola - Wow!!! These shots are incredible Shani! and the writing, as always, is very funny! We should do this together, LOL! not really. Gorgeous work – every shot is amazing!

March 21, 2010 - 8:02 pm

Hannah Skye - Stunning photos, Shani! Love love love the backlighting from the open door. xo

Sneak Peak Paul and Laraine

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The Pier

I know everyone goes to the pier, darn, there were three other couples having their photos taken at the same time…but who cares? Paul and Laraine were so cute, so loving, so fun, that it was the perfect spot, amongst others, and the only one we didn’t get kicked out of…just kidding, sort of… there are many many more photos, but I just couldn’t resist! Their wedding is still awhile away, but watch out, you might be getting a “save the date” very very soon!

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You know I love stripes!

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March 19, 2010 - 9:05 am

Christa Meola - Love these! The first one is incredible.

Time for change

Less sleep more light

TIME goes by so fast- it seems like it was just yesterday I had sent my first time change reminder, but in fact it has been a year ago exactly- and Kyle did grow, it’s just another pair of pajamas….

It wasn’t easy, as usual to convince my kids to participate in my artistic endeavors. One would think that by now they’d be used to it- but the only thing they are used to is Mommy begging and eventually offering bribe, since threats don’t work….so tomorrow I have to get Kyle something- Zoe volunteered to be shot with her B, so she gets nothing….except for an amazing image of her and her favorite bunny of the first 5 years of her life.

once upon a TIME

no TIME like the present

so many kids, so little TIME

TIME of your life

third TIME's a charm

If you want to see more TIME phrases, follow this link- I love the internet…when I was growing up we used to imagine how we could ask a question, any question, and it would be answered- and voila, the internet; I didn’t think I’d live to see such a miracle in my lifeTIME, yet, TIME after TIME, I am proven that it’s only a matter of TIME.

and now it’s TIME for Zoe

Zoe with her Bunny B

B there or B square


to B or not to B

B happy

I'll B back!

film is not dead

But it is very very old.

my Hasselblad hadn't seen the light of day since 2005

I know it’s a contradiction in terms, since I shot this photo with my Digital Camera…..BUT, I did also shoot a photo with Polaroid (and you can see that on my facebook page profile, and while you’re there- Befriend me…. and film, yes F-I-L-M, it is not a four letter word…. Neither is F.I.N.D Film Is Not Dead…I got this T-shirt in Las Vegas, from the AMAZING photographer Jonathan Canlas, who shoots film only, yes, film only. Now, I hadn’t touched film since my second child was born almost 5 years ago….and I am not saying I am converting- BUT what I am saying is that I miss my Hasselblad, I miss working slowly, I miss caring about every frame because each one counts, I miss having to WAIT to see my images, I miss the magic of TIME, time, from what I experienced, to what I expect to what I actually get- sometimes there’s disappointment – wrong exposure, not as sharp as I wanted, not as great as I had hoped)  and sometimes, sometimes there’s a photo, that I knew was IT when I clicked, but is so much better when printed. I miss all that. So I pulled out my camera, the Polaroid back, rolled a film (it’s like riding a bike, and much more exciting than changing a CF card- I don’t know exactly what it is, but there’s something about it…so here I am, playing with film…OK, not so fast- this photos was obviously created digitally, but I promise you, soon enough there will be  some film photos, that funnily enough, will be scanned, on to a  computer…and will end up being…. a digital file…..can you spell I.R.O.N.Y?  I.Rolled.Old.Negatives and got a digital file anywaY ?

Polaroid, unfortunately, is dead.

March 13, 2010 - 10:20 pm

Leonie - I know what you mean. Its like working with clay, the drying period, the firing, the shock or surprise when you open the kiln. Leaving something to intuition, chance, hope and the universe, and so something of a spark is created through loving the process. Yup I see the irony and I love that you have found that “stopping to roll the film” and make each one count, is like stop and smell the roses.

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