Saturday, May 30, 2009

Cape Escape

I am in the Cape with my parents this weekend before my surgery day after tomorrow. A day wandering shops with Mom and this evening, a tick removal party with me, Mom, and Dad gathered around Oliver and removed these bad boys after a walk with me and Dad and Bootsie.
In the hundreds, at least...

Lunch at Mashpee Common...

Bootsie playing (and destroying) a ball that Dad found in the yard.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Wedding Photography

I've been doing wedding shooting research in the form of browsing other photographers' sites. It's been a bit disappointing, really. Much of it looks the same. Then I found Rupert Whiteley's site. I really love his stuff.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

More photos

Because I seem perpetually dissatisfied, I took some more photos of the Brennan kids tonight. I like this one of Lilly...

Open Mouth, Insert Foot

I've been advertising on for a few months in hopes of finding more wedding clients. The Knot is the top resource website for all things wedding. Advertising on the site costs an arm and a leg, but once I did research by contacting other photographers in other parts of the country who advertise on it and heard they found it extremely beneficial, I decided to give it a try.
Today I received an email invite to an online wedinar that The Knot was offering it's advertising photographers. It's a seminar about social networking. I have no idea if it will be helpful to me but I'm going to give it a listen anyway. It's either that or bang my head against my keyboard trying to learn inDesign. That can wait til after breakfast, I think.
At the very beginning of the webinar, the host, the vice president of local strategic solutions, introduced the co-host by saying, "I have Kristi here with me today, and she's the senior editor for marketing managing, and she knows first hand about the topic we're going to discuss because she a bride to be, herself with a wedding coming up. Right, Kristi?"

She answered after a brief pause, "uhhh...not anymore, Alan."


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Awkward Photo

I think this might be my new favorite website...

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Brennan Family shoot...

I went with the Brennan family to Lynch Park in Beverly, MA today to take some pictures of the kids. We got there in the morning in hopes of missing the crowds and finding some good light. When we first set-out, it was perfect overcast, but the sun began to shine and that made it a bit trickier, actually. Still, it was a nice place for me to photograph them while they explored. I did get some standard group family shots, but I like these the best...

Baby Survival Swim

Frightening but amazing, too...

Friday, May 22, 2009

Commitment Issues

I just received a letter from my insurance company informing me that they will be covering my surgery for my shoulder on June 1. Although I don't know to what extent they will be covering it (partial, complete coverage?), I'm relieved to hear something about some kind of coverage.

The note says it will cover,
Osteotomy, Clavicle, with bone graft for nonunion or malunion, 1 time(s).

It reminded me of the visit to the doctor when he told me what was going on and that I would need surgery. He said (something to the effect of), "You have a condition refereed to as nonunion" He told me my bone was failing to join the other bone.

"You mean, my bones have commitment issues?" I responded.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Throw Me Bone

My latest Facebook status update reads, "C.S. would appreciate it if life would throw her a god damn bone! 'Just returned from Mass General. Next stop? A metal plate for my non-healing collarbone."

After becoming frustrated with my orthopedist who, every time I went to see him would look at my unchanging x-ray and say, "Well, you seem to be healing slowly. Come back in a month and we'll see if there is any improvement", I decided to get a second opinion from the man who put my Mom back together again a few times over the years. Broken arm, back problem, etc.

Dr. R Malcolm Smith took a look at my X-rays and my lack of range of motion, three and a half months after I broke my collar bone, and sent me straight to get an MRI and CT scan. He told me he was sure I wouldn't need surgery, but unfortunately, when I returned to him a week later, this past Thursday, he stood corrected. I needed surgery.

So, it would appear that I have a collar bone which never completely reconnected. I was scheduled for surgery on June 5th, then looked at my calender and saw that having the surgery then would mean I would have just hit my six week mark one day before shooting my first wedding of the summer. I called the scheduling department back and asked them if they could help. I'm just dying to essentially break my collarbone again and have a plate put in. Can I possibly be put in extreme discomfort sooner than June fifth? She told me the doctor was performing a surgery on the first of the month, but he only wanted to come in in the afternoon for that one surgery. But she called me back shortly after, telling me he would come in early on the first to do my surgery. Sweet man.

Now comes the challenge of figuring out back-up for the wedding I will be shooting. Fortunately, the bride and groom of this wedding are very laid back and seem more concerned about my discomfort than they do their photos. I do not share the same sentiment, so I am on a mission to find another shooter to join me. I put an email into a Florida friend of mine and am hoping she might be able to help me out if I offer to pay to get her up here and wave a few Benjamins in front of her.

Even if I can hold a camera with no problem in time for their wedding, I doubt I will have the stamina for eight hours of shooting.

Today I was leaving the post office when I heard someone fall just behind me. I turned quickly just in time to see a fairly short guy, in his early forties, rolling out fo his fall and back into standing position. I was pretty impressed actually. "Are you OK?" I asked him.

"Yeah" he answered, sheepishly, "Man, I must be drunk or something"

"Impressive dismount!" I told him.

"So embarrassing" he said.

"Oh, I can top that," I told him, "I fell when I was skiing only I wasn't skiing, I just fell over. Then, I broke my collarbone..." (oh, crap here comes the diarrhea of the mouth. Stop. Stop! STOP!), "and we thought it was fine only I just found out that the bones never actually came together even though I broke it four months ago and now I have to have surgery to have a metal plate put in! So, really, that's much more embarrassing"

He blinked at me, "You win."

Friday, May 8, 2009

Sweet Website Design

Check out the sweet pics on this site. CLICK HERE. Designed by a college friend of mine, DEB PANG DAVIS, the site is a customization for the site I use for when I want to sell my prints. This is what mine looks like. Very different from the one Deb designed for Olson&Farlow!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Wing Issues

My Dad drove me into the city this morning to get to an appointment with Dr. Malcolm Smith at Mass General Hospital. I was in line to check in and have all my paperwork squared away when I heard a man behind me begin to rant. The doctor was running more than one hour behind schedule, and the patient was displeased, going on and on about how every time he comes to this office, he has to wait. The doctor was in emergency surgery, the woman behind the counter informed him.
"But, every time I'm here there's a long wait. He's in emergency surgery every time? I told my boss I'd be back in three hours, now I have to take the whole morning off?"
The woman behind the desk apologized and continued with the textbook excuses. The man continued to rant but not at anyone in particular, just out loud. He'll have to take four hours off next time, he guessed. Or, maybe next time he'll be able to wait all day because he won't have a job.

While I did get what he was saying, and my dad even pointed out how absurd the wait always was in this office (this doctor did surgery on my Mom's broken arm. Twice), it didn't make his loudness less annoying. Without thinking, (and really is there any other way?) I said under my breath but loud enough that the women at the desk could here, "Shut uuuup."

The two women chuckled and then we heard from the man, "Well, I don't think it's funny!"

When I did get to see the doctor, and the wait wasn't too bad because we were running a half hour behind ourselves with the traffic into the city, I was grateful I had come. He looked at the X-ray done there in the office and we talked about my mobility. Or lack thereof.

"You should be completely healed by now" he said, explaining that it wasn't right that I couldn't move my arm this way or that. So, he scheduled me for a CT scan and an MRI tomorrow.

I turned to dad, "I really hope I won't need surgery". The doctor answered that he was positive I would not need surgery, but that he needs to see what else is going on in there to determine what kind of therapy I should get, or if it's just going to take longer than expected.

Meanwhile Dad mentioned something about emergency surgeries this morning and the doctor said, "I wasn't in surgery this morning."

Leaving the office, we passed by a really attractive resident. When we got to the lobby, I mentioned to my dad that he was cute, and then joked in a sorority voice, "Doctor something hurts, can you fix it?"
The girl ahead of me in the sign-out line laughed.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

In The Garden of Ada

With exception to the dogwood, all of these are in my neighbor, Ada's yard.

In the Garden of Ada - Images by Cydney Scott

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Here are some pics from the jewelry shoot I had today. It's a challenge, shooting product. It was interesting to see how some backdrops worked for some pieces and didn't work for others. I shot these for the owner of The Silver Clay, a nice little shop here in Wakefield.
Check it out at

These were some of the ones I was happier with.

Sunday, May 3, 2009


I went with my friend, Maureen to a small art showing in Somerville yesterday. This is a piece by Ben Bray.

Friday, May 1, 2009

May 2009 Masthead

Welcome to Charmingkidville...

Where Ava is Mayor.

Ava Chats from C.M. Scott on Vimeo.