Photos taken by Katherine Hemond.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Goodbye Boston, Hello Michigan!

Goodbye Boston, Hello Michigan!

My, oh my, what a year it has been. Last May Chris got down on one knee to ask my hand in marriage. Even though it was just a formality to our four years of dating, there is something really magical about being married. There is a deeper sense of commitment for the long haul and I am so happy to be on this wild journey with someone as loyal, caring, smart, and down right handy as Chris. He brings a stability to my life that I have welcomed so much (the people closest to me will know what I mean by this!).

It wasn't soon after being married that our relationship would take the next step; a baby! Although our little boy is not due until August, he has already rocked our world. At four in a half weeks the nauasea set in and by the end of five so did the frequent vomiting. I had the joy of being sick 24/7 for the first couple months. Thank goodness it has subsided greatly. Although, I still get reminded now and again of what it's like to feel sick and this reminds me to be grateful for all my healthy days!

In the midst of illness we received exciting news, Chris got a job! Hurray, finally!! But wait, the job was in Michigan. For Chris this is returning home to friends, family and familiarity. For me, it is a whole new start leaving all I know behind. Within a month of interviewing, Chris would start his job. Nothing like a speedy move during winter. I was lucky to have the flexibility to take my time to say goodbye. It's bittersweet to love so much, but I feel grateful everyday for all the amazing relationships I have to come back to when visiting Boston. 

If it wasn't enough adjustment dealing with hyperemesis gravidarum, the move, being a pregnant gypsy for three months (so Chris could start his job in Ann Arbor and I could finish my business in Boston), my Big Sis was diagnosed with cancer in the beginning of March. This has rocked my world in more ways than I realized. Looking back I guess my mind could only partially process all the change. It wasn't until I returned "home" in Michigan a few weeks ago from my visit to Utah that I was really able to start unfolding the layers of how I feel. For the past months I have been riding the wave of my sister's courage, determination, and spark for adventure despite all of her trials; this has kept me mostly worry-free. Well you know what, underneath it all I am down right angry, confused, and feel helpless. But it is amazing how quickly her energy and drive reminds me to be mindful not to get caught up in the emotions of fear, but to embrace today for what it is. And today, well today is a beautiful day!

This post is to all my loved ones that I miss so dearly. And to my sister for being my hero. 

Can't wait to share the news of our little guy's arrival! 4.5 weeks to go and counting down each and every day!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving delight!

So much to be thankful for…Like my neighbor running over (literally, running!) bay leaves to me for the missing ingredient in my Thanksgiving soup. Amazing!

 Lots of chopping but totally worth it.

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving Day! 

Thursday, November 7, 2013


It's not often I get to see myself in action, especially photographing macro photography. 
Interesting to say the least :)

I am giving away a box of macro photography notecards to the person who can come up with 
the most creative yoga pose name…

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fresh Friday: It's about time!

Photo taken in Sausalito, CA overlooking San Francisco

Nikon D700, 24-70mm@70
1/5000 sec at f/8.0, ISO 640
B/W development

Friday, August 30, 2013

Super "Fresh" Friday: Grand Canyon

3 nights & 4 days of back country fun from the Grand Canyon North Rim down to the Colorado and back up.
With many incredible stops along the way!



{storm on the Esplanade} 

{canyon acapella}

{water"fall" fun}

{eventually, everyone poops}

I feel incredibly grateful for the role my sisters play in my life. What better way to celebrate our friendship than clearing our minds of time and distraction and being reminded of this world's beauty.

I am still brought to tears thinking about how much I loved being in the Canyon,  meeting new people and being reunited with Tom! I've  been distracted all week replaying memories over and over in my head.

Can you believe it was one week ago that we were half way into our second day? Where does time go?

I hope you enjoy a small preview into the many photo/video memories of our trip...

Now that's what I call multi-tasking!
Unbelievable beauty around every bend. My heart still skips a beat.
Trusty Owl Eyes watching over us!
Of course the macro had to make an appearance :)

1/320 sec at f/6.3, ISO 200
60mm macro
1/800 sec at f/13, ISO 200
60mm macro

Strike a pose.

Miss you sisters!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Fresh Friday: Aug 9

I was absolutely amazed at the camouflage pattern on this Cicada - it looks exactly like military camo! Can you believe Cicada's live under the ground for 13 or 17 years - depending on the type - to then surface to mate and live only a few weeks above ground? This bug is extraordinary! 
1/80 sec at f/9, ISO 1000
60mm macro

Friday, June 28, 2013

Fresh Friday: June 28

Matisse made a friend in the house with a Field Mouse. I can only imagine there are others!

1/50 sec at f/3.5, ISO 5000
60mm macro
1/80 sec at f/1.8, ISO 2000
1/60 sec at f/3.5, ISO 5000
60mm macro
1/80 sec at f/1.8, ISO 2000

Friday, June 7, 2013

Fresh Friday: June 7

This photograph is another example of why I love macro photography in the element of natural light.
It's taking a moment in time and freezing it still. No manipulation just documenting what exists.  

From a distance I thought it was a dried up leaf, on closer inspection I realized it was a moth.
If any of you know the type of species please let me know!

1/100 sec at f/10, ISO 1000
60mm macro

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

"Heartbreak and Resilience"

What a beautiful Memorial day it turned out to be. I had opportunity many times over the weekend to reflect on how lucky I am for so many reasons. Like many, I take my freedoms for granted every day. I go about life as usual not understanding how good I really have it. I know no different. I was born into a life where freedom is a given. Where rights for the individual are the focus of this great nation and are encourage to be explored. It's easy to forget the sacrifices past generations have made for us. And it's hard to imagine that at any given moment around the world there are men and women working tirelessly to preserve our freedoms and to keep the United States of America safe from harm.

The 2013 Boston Marathon bombings were a recent wake up call that even in the greatness of this country unfortunate acts of terror can happen. From that we witnessed incredible examples of courage from civilians, medical personnel and law enforcement at the finish line. Hospitals that worked endlessly under the pressure of being on lockdown while faced with an overload of injured people. Collaboration and endless hours of effort from the state and federal government. An outpouring of support from around the world. And here at home The One Fund was created to collect donations for those most affected by the tragic events surrounding the Boston Marathon. We continue the quest to raise as much money as possible to help cover the financial burdens for those injured in the bombings:

For many of us art is therapy. This has proven true for the students, graduates and faculty at Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts who have collaborated to bring you the photo exhibit: Heartbreak and Resilience: The 2013 Boston Marathon and Beyond. 100% of the proceeds made at the exhibit will be donated to The One Fund.

Please join us for the opening reception this Friday, May 31 from 6pm-9pm 
274 Moody Street
Waltham, MA 02453
781-209-1700 (main)

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I look forward to seeing many familiar faces and meeting so many new people! Coming together and supporting one another is really what it's all about. Thanks in advance and hope to see you there!