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blonde (i)photos & other news.

i’ve been busy.

me, on stage for Mortified DC – School’s Out for Summer, 2012
photo by Mary Kate McKenna Photography, LLC

in fact, the last 16 months have been straight up tumultuous. exciting to say the least, and downright harrowing at times. but good – all very good.

i know, i know – moving to kenya, shooting weddings & photo projects all over the states, mexico & africa, becoming a kenyan resident & starting a kenyan business, then narrowly escaping somali pirates, leaving my beloved lamu island, kenya, teaching in india, falling in love, traveling some more, becoming a storyteller, becoming an innkeeper, and taking up woodworking are not excuses for ignoring my blog for over a year…but there are some things you just can’t plan for. sometimes life takes over, and really, i blame my iphone. it’s true – i love having a camera with me all the time that fits in my pocket and takes great images. and i love uploading those photos directly to facebook and sharing them with friends, family & fans. plus, it has helped me begin to separate photography work & photography fun, since that line was starting to blur (in a bad way) after working so hard the past 7 years.

just so you know, all of my recent work from the last 16 months (weddings, portraits, travel, documentary) can be found on the blonde photo | facebook page. if you aren’t a fan, and you want to stay up-to-date on everything i’m shooting & doing, then you should go ahead and click here.

sometimes i miss blogging, but it’s no longer part of my workflow, and i’m not yet sure if i will get it back anytime soon. more so, i’ve been working on my personal writing lately, turning some of my crazy stories into performances, and yes, you can see some of those on my new youtube channel. and blonde brouhaha site! i’m also dreaming up a new website to highlight all of my crazy creative endeavors, but still figuring out how to combine my three loves:

blonde photo | blonde brouhaha | blonde voyage

…and i was serious about everything i mentioned above, especially the fact that i am running a beautiful, historic bed & breakfast, so if you are interested, you can find out more about that here.

and now, for your visual delight, here are some of my favorite blonde (i)photos from the past year.


iphone :: kenya – key west – dc – india – eastern shore – puerto rico



July 19, 2012 · 9:52 pm

trotline crabbing in broad creek.

crabbing in september.

johnny gowe scoops up a crab from his trotline in broad creek — neavitt, md.

at the end of september i ventured out into broad creek to photograph the local watermen working their trotlines — fall crabbing! i spent most of the morning aboard dreamer with captain johnny gowe. once again i was so impressed by the dedication of the watermen, and loved watching them scoop up the blue crabs and fill their bushels!


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…more from my on-going watermen project…

oyster recovery partnership :: ORP project – le compte bay, choptank river.

environmental matters committee :: SB 342 :: eastern shore watermen rally in support of senate bill 342.

choptank to the railway :: neavitt to tilghman aboard the dreamer.

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crabbing in september.

johnny gowe scoops up a crab from his trotline in broad creek — neavitt, md.

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summer sunset.

i love my backyard.

sun setting on the warm waters of the eastern bay of the chesapeake.


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wednesday night racing.

sailing under penniless’ spinnaker at sunset :: wednesday night races – st. michaels, md.

last week i had the awesome opportunity to join the incomparable janet buck and her crew aboard the sailboat penniless for the first wednesday night race of the year in st. michaels! i’ve been looking forward to checking out the races and was beyond thrilled to view the action from one of the competing boats!

the crew departed out of higgins yacht yard with a new sail and great energy. the weather was gorgeous and the wind was mellow – perfect for my maiden voyage on a legit sailboat!

and best of all penniless finished 2nd in their class! woo! (race results HERE).


2nd place = happy skipper!

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friday night races :: oxford, md :: 050710


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friday night racing.

the view from zoo’s cabin :: friday night races – oxford, md.

talk about a racing week! on friday evening i headed over to oxford and jumped aboard the race boat zoo!

unlike wednesday’s race, it was wildly windy and i took serious refuge in the cabin while the crew kept crazy busy on deck. we whipped around the course and i snapped away while trying to maintain balance and keep myself together! i even shot a few seconds of video before we keeled over and i was doused with spray! talk about exciting! in retrospect it was a fun experience, and the crew was amazing – i’m in complete awe of their dexterity and nimbleness on such a wild ride!


the zoo crew!

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wednesday night races :: st. michaels, md :: 050510

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