Mike and I were in the Hamptons with three of our favorite couple friends this weekend. I love relaxing and being with good friends. People always ask me what places I like to go to the Hamptons and what things I like to do. More than anything, I love to eat at places on the side of the road, have BBQs at home with friends, and swim in the ocean.

Things that remind me of the Hamptons: Rose wine. Clam Bar. Shelter Island. Friends. Golfing. BBCs at Cyrils. La Fondita. Mint. Bathing suits. Long car rides through windy roads with the top down. Lobster rolls. Sand. Popsicles. Fresh watermelon juice. The ocean. Cucumbers. Flip flops. Deli sandwiches. Windblown hair. Surfing. BBQs. 

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timmi says:

love these and love the hamptons! looks like you guys had a blast!

(05.31.11 @ 04:46 PM)
Shy says:

It looks like a great time!

(05.31.11 @ 08:51 PM)
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I have been traveling a lot the past few weeks. I photographed two beautiful weddings in St John and Naples, Florida. They are coming soon on the blog. In the meantime, here are some photographs that I took in St. John. I can never get enough of palm trees, boats, water, flowers, and sunshine (and iguanas! of course).

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Beebe says:

I LOVE that photo of the ice! so cool. le sigh, i want to go back :)

(05.18.11 @ 04:30 PM)
Shy says:

Beautiful!

(05.20.11 @ 06:41 AM)
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This week I became even more intrigued by the backgrounds that I so often shoot. The street art. The graffiti. The sculptures. They aren't just words or colors or shapes. They have a story. A background story. An inspiring story. Just like the people I shoot.

I never realized how complex the graffiti scene was until I watched Exit Through the Gift Shop, a movie directed by Banksy (the famous anonymous street artist). The underground scene. The crazy cool names that the artists give themselves. The marketing. The money. The craziness. The art shows. I appreciate the graffiti that I photograph people in front of so much more now. I see it differently. I imagine the artists. I am inspired by their work.

I also never realized that it would be possible for someone who only has use of their eyes to create graffiti until I watched an incredible TED story about Mick Ebling's invention for a famous graffiti artist in the 80s named TEMPT. Tempt was diagnosed with ALS and went from full use of his body to complete paralysis (he could only use his eyes to communicate). Mick met Tempt, recognized that Tempt needed a way to do his art, committed to Tempt's family that he would find a way, surrounded himself with a team of experts, and ultimately created the Eyewriter. Tempt and anyone that is paralyzed can now communicate. The software is free, the code is free, the device is free. Tempt can create the art that inspires so many people. I was forced to see things differently when I watched this talk. This TED story taught me how important this art is to a lot of people, how important self expression is, and how important it is to know people's stories so that if you see something that is not possible, make it possible. Mick Ebling inspires me.

What inspires you? What makes you see things differently? 

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Shy says:

So cool!

(04.20.11 @ 08:19 PM)
Shy says:

So cool!

(04.20.11 @ 08:20 PM)
sam says:

These streets always manage to make themselves new again!

(04.21.11 @ 03:35 PM)
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April 5, 2011
'It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.' - Helen Keller

On the subway yesterday, I read this quote, and it got me thinking about this idea of sight versus vision. My world is my camera lens (and my eyes). My sight. But I push that sight further with my goals for my business, my clients, and my art. My vision.

I see a lot of blind people in NYC, and I think about them a lot. I have a tough enough time getting around in this city, but there are people doing it without their sight. And I am so in awe. Reading this quote from Helen Keller made me stop in my tracks and remember that everyone is dealing with their own issues and problems and that everyone must make the best of what they are working with. Vision isn't about seeing. It's about potential, opportunities, and pushing boundaries. 

What would it be like not to see? Would your vision become stronger? What do you think?
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timmi says:

I think that whether you can "see" or not is irrelevant. It's all about dreaming big, being kind and turning life's roadblocks into something scandalous! :)

(04.05.11 @ 01:29 PM)
Shy says:

What an inspiring and meaningful message!

(04.05.11 @ 02:55 PM)
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April 4, 2011
After London, Mike and I travelled to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. 

It has been so cold in NY, that just the thought of wearing my flip flops again in Mexico made me smile. I love the sun and the water and the sand. We spent most of the time relaxing and swimming, but we did play a little golf and ran a few times. We needed some exercise after all of the pina coladas (my favorite!) and chips and guacamole. 

The resort that we stayed at had a lot of wild life. Iguanas. Some strange animal (see if you can see it in the blog post) that looked like it was part squirrel but much bigger. Beautiful birds. Geckos. 

I feel totally recharged.


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Erica says:

Amazing photos! Which hotel did you stay at?

(04.04.11 @ 12:25 PM)
timmi says:

Fabulous! Were you referring to Mike, or that cute little cross between a mouse/dear/wombat/groundhog-looking thing? Love all of the pictures!

(04.04.11 @ 01:08 PM)
Meg says:

Love both the London and the Mexico photo, Lindsey! You've made me feel as if I were there!

(04.04.11 @ 01:17 PM)
Nicola says:

We saw those weird little animals when we were there too! I can't remember what they were called, but we were told!

(04.04.11 @ 09:49 PM)
Efrat says:

That sea gull is flying away with your Pina Colada pineapple topper!!!

(04.05.11 @ 01:23 AM)
LINDSEYBELLE says:

@ Erica - We stayed at The Royal Hideaway Resort.
@ Timmi - Haha
@ Nicola - I knew what it was called at one point too. It was the weirdest looking animal.
@ Efrat - Good catch! Wasn't mine but it was someone else's! Those birds were stealing everyone's food.

(04.05.11 @ 08:52 AM)
Efrat says:

That sea gull is flying away with your Pina Colada pineapple topper!!!

(04.05.11 @ 12:15 PM)
Shy says:

That water looks so refreshing! Love the shot of the chips and dip!

(04.05.11 @ 03:00 PM)
Anonymous says:

You look recharged too woman! Beautiful photos, showing off nature, really sensual and inspiring....

(04.06.11 @ 02:35 PM)
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April 1, 2011
"Speaking of new experiences... I ate at an Indian restaurant. I had Naan!" -- Hank Hooper, Jack's new boss on 30 Rock

Yes, it's true, I too had a new experience. And I actually felt like I was bonding with Hank on 30 Rock for a millisecond when I heard that quote the other day. I had Indian food (and Naan!) for the first time EVER while I was in London. I am deathly allergic to all nuts, peas, beans, and lentils and am always nervous about eating Indian food. Since London is known for its Indian food (and it's Mike's favorite food), we went to an awesome restaurant. I LOVED it.

And I love London. I love the people. I love the fashion (trenches and leopard print scarves were everywhere!). I love the architecture. I love the way they do things. 

*We did lots of sightseeing and hanging out with my sister Jennifer who lives in London and Mike's sister Emily who was there for work.
*We ran in Hyde Park and loved watching all of the yellow vested people cycling and running to work with large backpacks on. 
*We ate fish and chips with the skin still on the fish and vinegar on the chips! I have never seen that before.
*We had high tea service at Brown's Hotel. I loved the clotted cream and strawberry jam on the warm scones.
*We rode the London Eye.
*We saw Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Covent Garden, Buckingham Palace, and Trafalgar Square. 
*We rode Tube and loved reading all of the names of the lines and stops. Much more fun to have a line called 'Baker Loo' than 'the red line'. 
*We toured Kensington, Nottinghill and Portobello market. I would like to live in Kensington.
*We looked at the Picassos and the Van Gogh paintings at the National Gallery and Tate Modern.
*We walked across the Millennium Bridge.
*We walked on Drury Lane and didn't see the muffin man! 
*We rode on a double decker bus. 
*We shopped at Harvey Nichols and Harrods.
*We drank Pimms, flat whites, and Shandies.
*We ate a Gordon Ramsey restaurant and were completely 'wowed' by the food and the service. 

London, I already miss you and can't wait to come back. Such fun!!!

Note: Most of these are taken on my point and shoot! ;)

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John Lynch says:

What a great set of photos! They really capture what it's like to live in London. Don't you love the blue plaques like the one about Chopin that you captured?

(04.01.11 @ 12:24 PM)
Timmi says:

Such fun! Such fun! I have to admit that I was hoping that you would have "bumped" into Miranda!

(04.01.11 @ 01:18 PM)
Anar says:

I just loves these!!! Looks like you guys had the best time!!! xoxo

(04.01.11 @ 06:54 PM)
Shy says:

Your trip looks like it was so fun!

(04.03.11 @ 12:11 PM)
Tala says:

Great pictures of London! I can't wait to go back... I love the one from the Lodon Eye!

(04.04.11 @ 03:56 AM)
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Here are some of my favorite shots from my recent trip to Switzerland. I just love to ski. I started skiing at Whister Blackcomb when I was three, and I have been hooked ever since. It is so thrilling and relaxing to be up on top of the mountain skiing down fast, listening to the sound of the snow, and breathing in the fresh air. Every year I go on a ski trip with a group of my friends. This year since I was photographing Lotta and Anton's Wedding in Sweden, we decided to do our annual trip to Verbier, Switzerland

Skiing in the Alps was incredible. The snow capped mountains. The raclette (cheese) served apres ski with little pickles, potatoes, and pearl onions. The vin chaud. The sun. The powder. The fondue. The fresh air. The french language. There is nothing like a ski trip with amazing friends.

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trent says:

JEALOUS!!!!!!!!!!!

(03.23.11 @ 12:50 PM)
Efrat says:

WOW - those pictures bring back great memories. You guys must have had an amazing time! Wish I could have been there with you. xoxo

(03.23.11 @ 03:25 PM)
Shy says:

I love these pictures. You all look great!

(03.24.11 @ 04:44 PM)
GEORGINE JEFFRIES says:

SUPER DUPER CUTE!!

(03.31.11 @ 04:37 PM)
John Lynch says:

Love the pic of the whimsical sign for the ladies loo!

(04.01.11 @ 12:21 PM)
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