December 29, 2010

the BEST of 2010

2010 was a good year. A rewarding, inspiring, breathtaking, thought-provoking, growing year. Looking back, i'm pleased with the work I've created, both for clients, for myself and for the love of this art form.

For the beauty of the form, a girl .

While I documented the growth of E while she was still a hazy, known and unknown being, the strength of the color purple here and here is poignant to me. We didn't know we were having a girl, and looking at the pieces that are strongest from "sizes" , it looks like my art was speaking to me.

Its been awhile since I feel like my social commentary and advocacy work has really been accomplishing much, or even holding much visual appeal. In August , that changed.

If you've been following my work for any period of time, you'll notice I don't photograph men..... pretty much ever. Its extremely few and far between. I guess I should do it more often, because I think I may have nailed it in a way, this year.

There was a lot of client work to choose from. With the variety, I had a hard time choosing favorites, but I feel like these are both pleasing. One for its contrast, serenity, and symbolism, and the other for its absolute truth about being a mom, loving your child, and the beauty of finding a way to laugh at life.

There are things that give me inspiration. Here's what has been good for me this year:

I'm a bookworm. Undeniably, happily, I have my nose in books. One in particular (to the 50+ I've read this year. Yeah, I KNOW, right? Like I said, HAPPILY wormish. ) stood out. I'm on goodreads (are you? Let's be friends there) if you would like to see the rest from this year.

Its been awhile since I've found new music. I haven't been searching. These two albums, one by Grandchildren (who I saw LIVE here ) and the other by The Graduate, found me. And they're on repeat. One in the house, one in the car. For the last two weeks.

Lastly, this quote found by Leslie not only has me recalibrating my domestic and artistic blended life, but gave me the go ahead to start 2011 running.

Tomorrow you'll be seeing resolutions from me. 2011-- here I come. You're never going to know what hit ya.

technical difficulties are great during the holidays...

Not sure exactly what is up with my webhosting account, but for now, please send all emails to alishastamper (at) gmail (dot) com.

Its frustrating. The runaround is the most frustrating part.

But, when I'm frustrated, looking at this helps... so here's one for you just in case you're also feeling a little need for a pick-me-up:

December 24, 2010

Wishing you and yours a

I hope your day is merry AND bright!

Look forward to next week's edition of "The best of 2010" here at my little blog. I'm excited to pick my favorite images from the year and other things.


December 10, 2010

MATTER: jacob

For ready laughs, being a fabulous actor, for looking forward and up towards your siblings. For striving for educational heights.

December 8, 2010

MATTER: Spencer

for being present. for becoming the glitter in the eyes of both of my kids, but especially E. For being my partner in adventures more than a decade ago. For coming back to the family.

December 7, 2010

wednesdays: we're in the silly stage

and he'd laugh all day if i could keep the funny faces going.

December 2, 2010

Class Update

There are only TWO spots left for the class I announced in this post. The portrait class only has 3 spots. So if you're interested in either, you might wanna send me an email quick ( or you'll miss out.