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red stripes {be beautiful}

when i saw this dress in my anthropology mailer, i went ooooohlala! i love stripes, they makes me think of all things summer. blue stripes make me think english, and red sends me to france.
the day we shot this session was anything but a summer feeling (french, english or otherwise) and it was alright
because i loved what i saw once gabriella walked out into the fields.  starting with an idea isn’t ever a bad thing, but keeping an open mind is always a better thing. of course, all i had was 15 minutes to make what i saw happen.  she had ‘plans’ that night and this excersion was not part of it. but gabriella’s a sweetie and played along.  ok, i thought…here we go.  until, her phone alarm went off signaling the end of our session! no! 2 more minutes, a couple more shots, stop! hold on! where are you going! it hasn’t been 15 minutes already? has it?

red stripes







i got out the lens baby…probably cost me 3 minutes, but i’m glad i did.


there she goes….done.


April 3, 2009 - 6:50 pm

Maya Laurent - Love you site and photography Gina! Just beautiful!! It was wonderful meeting you at OSP Indy!

April 10, 2009 - 9:34 pm

Kelly (Daphne Photo Studio) - WOW!!! These pictures are amazing and totally belong in Anthropologie’s catalog!!

my dad {a saint patricks day birthday}

if you look at my family you could certainly say we are…maybe italian, maybe greek or even spanish.
{we’re greek} this is half true.  you may not see it upon first looks, but there is irish in the mix too.
yes. thanks to my father and ‘his side’ of things.
that being irish and english.
the fact that his birth happened to fall on saint patrick’s day further sealed the deal for him.
he was irish and proud of it.
joseph john patrick stonelake.  did i mention a good catholic boy too.
my dad was many things to me. loving, constant, exemplary, steady, involved, supportive, honorable…it doesn’t end.
i was his big ‘little’ girl.
i inherited my father’s eyes. not the colour, i could only wish. mine are dark brown.
his were the most amazing grey.
i inherited his creative eye.  something i didn’t realize until i was 16 or 17 or 18.
being a career military man, he didn’t wear it on his sleeve, but once i ‘saw’ it, i knew it had always quietly been there.
he especially loved his camera and loved taking pictures, lots and lots of them.
he gave me my first camera at 15. he knew the creative streak well and did everything
he could to keep it from going hungry.
he was my first and biggest supporter of anything i ever wanted to be or do. {ok. almost}
i miss my dad. a lot. i would love to hear his voice and feel his arm around me again.
i wish the card that i make him every year could be opened in person, by him.
i know he’s close and i know he can hear me and i guess that will have to do.
i wonder what he sees through those beautiful grey eyes now.
i hope he can see how much i am so grateful and thankful for the gifts he gave me. everyday.

i know these were some of the best years of his life.

young, in love, in greece.


maria and joseph
just beautiful.


here with my yaya (grandmother, in greek) in the background. relaxing in their courtyard.
love the shadows, compostion and simplicity of the colours.  who took this?


always the adventurer.


with us.


i think i have his smile too.


happy saint patrick’s day birthday dad.
love, your big ‘little’ girl.

March 17, 2009 - 9:15 pm

jess@studio3z - oh my…what great a love-a daughter for her father. wonderfully beautiful tribute, and the photos are fantastic. thank you for sharing a glimpse of your *heart* Happy Birthday to your gray eyed Daddy. 🙂

April 4, 2009 - 11:15 am

stonelake - I don’t know you, but we apparently share a name. This is quite touching. It makes me want to live well. Happy birthday to your father and to the family who loved him.

April 9, 2009 - 10:58 pm

Erin Rolf - Oh Gina, your site is simply wonderful. I can’t believe these girls are so grown up, but it’s no suprise they are so beautiful. And to have you capturing them can’t hurt.

You are also gifted with the words. These tales bring tears to my eyes.

Love to you,

March 22, 2010 - 6:18 am

Natalie - Gigi,
You do have his smile!
Love you,

11 {sophia}

today she is 11.
yesterday was the last day i will ever have a 10 year old.  this has always been a magical age to me.
i remember being 10 (even if some people question it;)
mostly, i remember each of my little girls being 10.  there’s just something about 10.  double digits, still little but not.
eyes still big, believing and fully trusting.  knowing just a whisper of things to come, but not too interested in all of it yet.
life still rolls easy, smiles and hugs and back scratches still come easy.  hanging out at home and with mom is still cool.
yesterday was sophia’s (my youngest) last day of being 10.  i reminded her of this every chance i could.
i made her stop for my camera every chance i could.
i reminded her it would be ‘different’ tomorrow.  she would be different.  in a good way, of course.
she was sure nothing would be so different. she stayed up until midnight and showed me she was still the same.
well, ok, of course!  but i know better.
10 is behind her.  behind me.  three 10’s…all done.
but i should be so thankful for all the days of 10 i got. and i am.
but still, holding on as long as i can… yesterday….






and now i have to be ready to go on to 11 too.
happy 11th birthday to you my sophitsamoo.



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March 16, 2009 - 5:24 am

Natalie - Beautiful pictures once again Gigi! Sophia is so beautiful! I love the hat! Don’t you wish we could just freeze them in time!

March 17, 2009 - 9:12 pm

jess@studio3z - almost in tears here…before I can blink I will be there too. she is just beautiful, and you captured her last day as 10/first as 11, just perfectly.