September 2011

Our House, In The Middle Of Our Street

September 15, 2011

This is our new house. Well, not the whole thing. See the level that’s level with the roof deck at the right? It’s the fourth level, if you’re counting. Our house – our loft – is basically right in the middle there. Those are our windows. You can see the Empire State building from there. [...]

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Get Untangled

September 14, 2011

Posted by Shalini. Recently, I was packing up my laptop and camera to take with me for a day of hanging out at my parents’ house. I love those days. I just show up with The Boy. He is whisked away from me to entertain and be entertained.  I get to relax, catch up on [...]

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Get A Little Closer

September 13, 2011

Posted by Jason. Here it is. The one thing that will make your next portrait, landscape or holiday snapshot a whole lot better. Get closer. Closer. Zoom in. Walk up. Scootch nearer. Whatever it takes, fill that frame with your subject. Too many picture takers stay too far away whatever they’re shooting. That distracts from [...]

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This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

September 13, 2011

I breastfed both of my children. I breastfed Emilia on park benches and in restaurants and in libraries and on airplanes. I breastfed Jasper in front of a crowd at BlogHer ’08 – while I was speaking – when he was eight weeks old. I breastfed Jasper by Guy Kawasaki’s swimming pool, while sobbing and [...]

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Sh*t My Kid Says (Bathtub Edition)

September 12, 2011

My daughter is something of a storyteller. It’s not that she lies; on the contrary, she is almost unbearably devoted to the truth, such that every single utterance made by anybody within earshot of her is deconstructed by her for the purposes of establishing the exact parameters of its bases in fact. But she does [...]

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Let’s Get Vertical

September 10, 2011

Posted by Jason. People are vertical. Tall buildings are vertical. Vases full of flowers are vertical. And yet, 90% of your photos are horizontal. Sure, I just made that statistic up, but if you’re anything like every other person with a point-and-shoot camera, you’re taught that horizontal is just about the only way to take [...]

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The Story’s The Thing. Also, The Story App.

September 9, 2011

Jasper, as I have noted previously in this space, loves the iPad. Like, loves loves it. He loves it with a passion that is rivaled only by his passion for trains. Which means, of course, that he usually brings the two together, in some cases for a little multimedia train play (set iPad on train [...]

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The Road, Taken

September 8, 2011

Before I became a mom, I was an academic. During my pregnancy with Emilia, I was scrambling to finish my PhD – and teaching, and preparing papers for conferences, and applying for jobs – but even though I was acting as though I was preparing for my future as a Tenured Professor and Professional Smartypants, [...]

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What All The Cool Moms Are Carrying This Fall

September 7, 2011

Posted by Shalini. Hi everyone! What do you use as a camera bag? I have never found a camera bag that was both useful and pretty. It has always been black, ugly but functional. Once we had The Boy, I hated the camera bag even more. It became one more thing for me to schlep [...]

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Back To School

September 6, 2011

It seems impossible that I have cause to write the words back to school in reference to my own children. Up until a few years ago, back to school meant me going back to school. Back to grad school, back to teaching, back to ivy-clogged campuses clutching old copies of Rousseau’s Emile and stacks of [...]

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