Farm Dinners at Beach Plum Farm | West Cape May, NJ

Is it time for a personal update with this photo share? I think so. First, I unpublished my Peach and Port Facebook page. I haven’t been updating it and it wasn’t representative of what I’m doing these days anyway [still very active on Instagram].

When I moved to Cape May I stepped away from family photography and into magazine and marketing photography. It pays well, there is no shortage of work, and it’s rarely boring. This lead to shooting monthly for hospitality groups and restaurants who need marketing photography, especially for social media. You guys, I had no idea this was a thing, but of course it makes sense right?. Social Media is a necessary communication tool for businesses these days and it’s image-driven. While knee-deep in this work I was given an opportunity to join a Communications company, to help with social media marketing for a client that I was already providing photography for. Something clicked for me and I fell in love. Being able to create content, photograph it, work with the Marketing and Public Relations teams on story driven imagery…it feeds my left and right brain. After about a year I took over the social media marketing for the primary hospitality group I was shooting for and that’s become my full time job. I still take freelance work and have a few additional clients, but this is my primary focus and I love it.

All of that to say, Beach Plum Farm is one of our properties and it’s a dream. It’s a working farm, market, kitchen, cottage destination with dreamy seasonal farm dinners. The staff is young, hardworking and full of talent, and I just love being on property and working to help tell their story. These are from a recent farm dinner. If you’re looking for more info you can find it here: www.caperesorts.com/capemay/beach-plum-farm

U.S. Coast Guard Graduation | Cape May, NJ

Last week I was hired by an active duty member of the Air Force to photograph his wife’s Coast Guard graduation. It’s a gig I don’t always accept, but this one felt right. They’re stationed in Hawaii where I was sent after graduating from bootcamp. I always get a little nervous going back to the Training Center. So much of my history is wrapped up in the Coast Guard. Right under the surface is the ever present fear…am I going to get emotional? And the answer is yes, I will get emotional, the same way I do when I see a recruit walking around town or a new graduate at a local restaurant with their family. It feels like going home, like celebrating my family, like honoring the people who helped shape me and who, for better or worse, had the biggest impact on mine and my family’s life for the past 17 years. I’m honored to have had the opportunity to document this couple’s induction into Coast Guard life. They have a great adventure ahead and I’m so excited for them.

Opening day at Beach Plum Farm | West Cape May, NJ

Beach Plum Farm is a 62 acre working farm in West Cape May, NJ. It’s about 4 miles from our home, and one of the more charming corners of Cape May County. We had a busy week and Margo was getting her booster shots later in the afternoon, so I kept the two little ones from school and we enjoyed opening day at the farm instead. The market has the cutest kid’s corner, and while I don’t love dropping $$ on more stuffed toys, they were impossible to pass up. In fact, we’re going back for more. It was adorable seeing Anna cuddle the spotted piglet only to meet the real thing a few minutes later in the field. The kitchen serves breakfast and lunch with ingredients sourced from the farm, and can I tell you, Anna has never ordered and devoured cooked carrots at a restaurant before. Never. We shopped a bit, had lunch, fed the chickens, said hello to the pigs, swung on the tree swing, and when we got in the car Anna said “we had a real adventure today”. And so continues our love affair with all things Cape May.

U.S Coast Guard Training Center | Cape May, NJ

In 2017 I was allowed behind the scenes at the USCG Training Center (TRACEN) in Cape May. I had been there before in 2001 as a Coast Guard recruit. I served four years and met the girl’s Father while serving. He’s still active duty today, as a Company Commander at the TRACEN. I was on base this time as a photographer for a local magazine, which felt full circle in the strangest way. I joined the Coast Guard to become a Public Affairs Officer, but after being stationed on a boat I fell in love with navigation and living on the water. I became a Quartemaster instead and don’t regret the decision.

We’ve chosen to make Cape May our home, and although my time as a Coast Guardsman and Coast Guard spouse is over, this service will always be the biggest character in my story - at least the first 35 years of it.

Not to get political, but let me hit you with some politics. What’s going on in our country right now is disgraceful. This government shutdown and it’s impact on our active duty members and their families is the most tangible piece of evidence, during my adult years, that our leaders are failing us. I’m so proud of the men and women who continue to sacrifice each day, despite the government denying them one of their most basic human rights. I’m so impressed by the spouses who’ve stepped up to take care of each other. I’m so amazed by the outpouring of love and support from business owners and neighbors in Cape May County. Here’s a peek into the beginning of these young recruit’s career in the Coast Guard.

O Christmas Tree | North Cape May, NJ

We very patiently waited until a few days before Thanksgiving to decorate our tree this year. Yes, we still have pumpkins on the front porch and I respect not wanting to rush the holidays, but last year we moved between Thanksgiving and Christmas so the whole season was a bit of a blur. We decided to buy a bigger tree, purge our old ornaments in favor of fresh new ones, and go with a more simple look for 2018. I used to dislike these vintage, arguably tacky, glass ornaments but now they feel like a throwback. Michael’s carries the cutest selection, so we chose a few based on the things we loved this year. We made cocoa, turned on Michael Bublé, and even got a group photo at the end. I’m so thankful to be settled here and can’t wait to share more about life in Cape May, the new house, and these four humans.