aileenreilly Honored to be featured on Beyond The Margins today writing about photography and creativity and healing through photography and about Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. http://beyondthemargins.com/2014/12/living-at-the-intersection-of-emotion-creativity-why-i-document-infant-loss/ #nowilaymedowntosleep #nilmdts #beyondthemargins #writing #photography 1w

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aileenreilly Sometimes the light comes in just so, and it stops me in my tracks. And all I was doing was picking up a stray sock, discarded after school yesterday. A normal nothing moment. A chore. And yet, there's that light. How can you not stop? 1mon

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aileenreilly I've spent most of today editing all of my Holiday Mini-Sessions from two weeks ago, and my clients have been so excited with what I've been sending them today, that I've decided to open up an additional six slots for mini-sessions next Saturday, November 22nd, 1-3pm. 10 digital images delivered within one week. $300 due upon booking. These will be my final sessions for 2014! Email me at aileen@aileenreilly.com. 1mon

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aileenreilly If you have to be doing dishes, it should always be accompanied with a view like this. #throughmykitchenwindow 2mon

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aileenreilly The evening commute. Inside here but wishing I were outside there. 2mon

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aileenreilly Sunday. Four kids. One photo. Miracles happen. Three crossed legs. One cross child. It could have been two. Or more. Miracles I tell you. 2mon
  •   kelseygerhard and the promise of cheesecake? 2mon
  •   aileenreilly @kelseygerhard Wow. Good guess. How did you ever know that?! I would never pull that from that photo. You're good. 2mon
  •   kelseygerhard ha. i don't know...just recognized that bench. ;) 2mon

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aileenreilly And she says I'm not that funny. Clearly I'm laugh-out-loud funny sometimes. Happy Birthday Megan 2mon

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aileenreilly This girl. This sweet first child. Turns 15 today. 15. I don’t know how that is even possible. Somehow we’ve gone from forced music lessons (“Mom, I don’t like the piano, I don’t want to take lessons, please let me stop, please…”) to weekly vocal and bass lessons and performing in rock bands all year long. Somehow we’ve gone from “scrunchy faces” made at the camera all day long to hand up over the face and “Stop taking my picture!” Somehow she’s taught me more than I will probably ever teach her, and she’s done it all without even trying, while I try and try to teach her the important things I need her to know and hope that 1/2 of it sinks in. Somehow she got 15 years older while I’m convinced I’m still 31. Somehow the clock kept ticking and I didn’t even feel it and all of a sudden 15 years have passed. Somehow I gave birth to this precious soul, and though we are no longer physically tied to each other, me breathing life into her very being, sustaining her, she performed magic and reversed engineered the whole process, and it is now she who brings me life. Happy Birthday Megan. Love forever and always, Mama 2mon

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aileenreilly So proud of my girls going after what they want and doing the hard things. Travel field hockey started tonight (practices). Both girls made the U14 team a few weeks ago. @88keke88 is the only 11 year old on the team and the only 6th grader. All the other girls including @erinreilly_ are in the 8th or 9th grades. Tonight, both girls played super hard, and I suspect will sleep well. After a few more pieces of Halloween candy.... 2mon
  •   julmacinnisrocks Have they done indoor before? Their stick skills will improve sooooo much due to speed. 2mon
  •   aileenreilly First time ever doing indoor. "Everything is so FAST" was all they said getting in the car. That and their legs are killing them. :) @julmacinnisrocks 2mon
  •   aileenreilly @julmacinnisrocks It's an indoor/outdoor league. Right now though is indoor (thank god -- it was cold out today for Keelin's softball!) 2mon
  •   julmacinnisrocks Yea my JV girls were new to it last winter for fairfax indoor league and I told them "your hockey world is about to change". After their first game all I could do is laugh b/c they looked like a deer caught in headlights! I didn't even coach them b/c they needed to get their heads around speed first! But boy did they improve by the end and certainly by fall tryouts. Plus sideboards make it fun and different! 2mon

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aileenreilly My inner-Seinfeld must be shining through today. And I didn't even dance! 2mon

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aileenreilly My favorite part of Halloween. "Take one or I let the dog out..." Hehehehe. #honorsystem #greedatyourownrisk 2mon

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aileenreilly The caped crusader arrives just in time to explain proper Halloween mapping of the best candy routes to the new fireman. #happyhalloween #gimmeallthecandy 2mon

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aileenreilly Some days you realize that what you most need is an October afternoon hour on your front porch with the sun and the dog, hot apple cider, and Spotify's Landmark Led Zeppelin IV (interviews and previously unreleased material) and a journal. Led Zeppelin has been a soundtrack in my life and it helps to go back to where it all began. This morning it was a TED talk on creativity. Yesterday it was a podcast on "story" and the reframing of story and the importance of story. And in between all that it was 4 loads of laundry, a Halloween parade, receiving a possible fatal diagnosis for our pet bunny, signing up for travel field hockey tournaments, getting all the gear, fixing Halloween costumes which have inexplicably fallen apart three days before the big event, getting screamed at by a teenager who might be the slightest bit ungrateful (maybe), birthday shopping for another teenager, downloading 5 cards of photos from NILMDTS and holiday mini-sessions, planning the next direction of my work. You can see how in the midst of all that, as we all are, it's easy to lose the direction of your story. To find yourself simply moving on from one thing to the next to the next, seemingly creating a line of events that is your life, but if you do that, those events don't go anywhere, and at the end, you're simply at the end. Story over. And you think "eh." So today I'm pressing pause. And I'm making some deliberate decisions about the direction of my story and how my life is going to make a difference beyond the mothering of my four children (which I recognize is no small task). But I need more, and I need them to see me doing more. Because I expect more of them. 2mon

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aileenreilly It's been two years today since Hurricane Sandy hit. I spent a weekend in the Rockaways one month after Hurricane Sandy hit, and what has stayed with me over the past two years isn't the complete devastation I witnessed (and it was incredible -- the power of nature is unbelievable - water, wind, fire), but rather the resiliency of the human spirit. What I saw in that community was neighbors opening their doors to each other, coming together to help wherever it was needed. Residents who had lost everything were stopping and talking to me on the street and offering ME coffee and donuts, ME who had a home to go back to. Everyone was pitching in everywhere. There was never an attitude of "It's time to leave this place," rather all I saw was "How long will it take to rebuild?" The community of Belle Harbor is filled with generations of families who have known the sea, and all that the sea gives and takes. Leaving is, and was, never an option. I've long since wanted to return to finish my story on Lenny Sardella, who owned two stores in the flood zone, without flood insurance, who was using his whole life savings to rebuild. Maybe I will. Someday. PS. This is not Lenny. This was another homeowner helping the Fire Department bring in safe bottled water to other residents. One month post-hurricane and there was still no electricity, no plumbing, no heat, nothing. 2mon

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aileenreilly So excited to have my work featured on @museumofcityny today. Thank you! You can see more of my work on the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on my website (link in profile) under "The Rockaways." 2mon

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aileenreilly It is here that I catch her, by herself in the dugout, getting ready for the game. Collecting her gear, her thoughts, a fence between us. I observe from the outside. She of the freckles that come out in the sun seasons. She of the hair that wisps at the edges like her mother’s, that curls and fights against attempts to make it go straight. She of the mind of her own. She of strength and grit and independence. She of loyalty and wit. Her. On the other side of the fence. Too far for me to brush that wisp back or to try to rub that speck of dirt off her nose, which is really only a freckle that has been there for 11 years no matter how many times I try to rub it off. I want to reach out and touch her, but the fence is there and she has a game to play. I follow her with my eyes and try to memorize these moments, thankful for the times I have my camera with me.

Day 5 of the BW challenge, tagged by @pineear42, now tagging @jmcclurephoto b/c I got lost in her portfolios on her site last night - such beautiful soulful work.
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aileenreilly Day 4 of the BW challenge. Tagged by @pineear42 and I'm tagging @jhnfong. Post a BW photograph every day for 5 days, tag the one who tagged you and tag someone new whose work you love. Nephews and big marshmallows. What can I say? They're cute. 2mon

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aileenreilly My days are all running together. I'll say this is Day 3 of my BW challenge, nominated by @pineear42 and in turn today I'm nominating @zoeicaimages. This photograph was shot in November 2012 on Rockaway Beach, Queens, one month after Hurricane Sandy.
Shown in the @museumofcityny Museum of the City of New York's Rising Waters exhibit 2013-2014, and in an exhibit with the International Center of Photography in 2013, last month this photograph became part of the Museum's permanent collection which pretty much made me jump up and down and yell excitedly when I received the email (and later the official letter).
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aileenreilly Now booking holiday mini-sessions for Sunday October 26th. 8 slots remaining. $300 includes 10 digital images for printing/cards. Oakton/Vienna area. Location will be sent in a separate email. Contact me at aileen@aileenreilly.com. 2mon

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aileenreilly Day 2 (well yesterday was) of the 5 Day BW Inspirational posts. Nominated by @pineear42, and in turn I nominate @_amy_grace. This is an old photograph but one of my favorites. TriX double exposure on my Holga. 2mon

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