Monthly Archives: August 2011

I Felt the Earth Move Under My Feet!

By now, you’ve probably heard all about the earthquake that caught the East Coast off guard. One minute I was sitting at my desk and the next, the entire building was shaking. It felt like our office building – a large corporate complex – would collapse right from under us. It lasted for about 30 […]

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August 24, 2011 - 12:11 am

Life with Kaishon - I am jealous that you got to feel it shake. I am so mad that I didn’t. My Daddy said he thought if you were not sitting it would have been harder to feel. I suppose that is why I didn’t feel a thing. I was buzzing all around my job this afternoon with my co worker. When we saw people leaving the building we were like ‘what the heck?!?!?!”

I love your dinner : ) I agree. The earthquake was definitely a good reason not to cook.

Happy Wednesday Maddylicious!

August 24, 2011 - 12:46 am

Chavonne - i havent been cooking at all lately so i know the feeling. And shame on you know who for going home and leaving you to fend for yourself lol.

August 24, 2011 - 7:45 am

Buckeroomama - Earthquakes were ‘fun’ for me and my cousins when we were young… until we learned how devastating they could be. I am so glad to know you are okay, Maddy.

August 24, 2011 - 7:49 am

PvdH - OH my goodness yes I heard! I grew up in Mexico City so I know how scary earthquakes can feel…


August 24, 2011 - 8:22 am

lou - i heard it on the news this morning and can totally understand your panic. would have probably reacted exactly the same. i’m glad you’re safe and sound.

August 24, 2011 - 9:03 am

emily - DUDE!! Longest 30 seconds ever!! We are only 45 minutes from Mineral and it was crazy strong here and so far we have had 5 after shocks. It is just crazy crazy!!

August 24, 2011 - 9:03 am

Cafe Fashionista - That food looks scrummy! But matters of the stomach aside…I’m so glad to hear that you’re okay, Maddy – I cannot stand earthquakes! :/

August 24, 2011 - 9:22 am

Maddy {Mad Hearts Photography} - We haven’t felt aftershocks since, but it was scary! Especially since we’re not used to anything like that around these parts! Working in a mostly financial building, my mind (as well as those of my coworkers) gravitated immediately towards bomb before even realizing it was an earthquake – it just seemed more likely given the circumstances.

August 24, 2011 - 9:57 am

Mindy - I was at my desk, too, and my walls started to shake…it was surreal. and, whats up with the West Coasters poking fun? one of my FB friends (who lives in LA) made some obnoxious comment about how we are all overreacting. hello…..this is exactly why I live in the East Coast, so I dont have to worry about earthquakes!!
your dinner looks fab.

August 24, 2011 - 10:33 am

Amy - It’s unnerving … even if it’s not a devastating earthquake! I’m just so thankful you’re okay … and that dinner looks like the perfect way to celebrate!

August 24, 2011 - 11:04 am

Keeley - We felt the earthquake down in S. Jersey!

That meal looks home cooked! Looks like I need some food photography tips from you! The lighting is perfect!

August 24, 2011 - 11:07 am

Lee Oliveira - You made me so hungry right now.. and its 1:05am sydney time.. :(
lee x

August 24, 2011 - 11:14 am

Maddy {Mad Hearts Photography} - The setup for the shot was simple: stood on a chair looking down at the food. Natural light is always best for food photography, so I placed the plate by the window with the most light. You can tell that the light is coming from the right side .

August 24, 2011 - 12:16 pm

Camila Faria - That must have been so scary Maddy! I’m glad you and everyone around you is safe.

August 24, 2011 - 1:45 pm

Christina Lee - YIKES! Yeah, I felt like I experienced it vicariously through Twitter yestersday. Little or not, still scary!

August 24, 2011 - 4:05 pm

Sabine - I heard about the West coasters poking fun at the East Cos, but I can totally understand your shoock. The thing with natural desasters is you don’t know how bad it will get, plus you’re totally helpless.
Beautiful food photography, Maddy. Always a good reason for a take-out.

August 24, 2011 - 4:54 pm

Sarah - Supposedly it could be felt even down here in Charleston in some areas, but I didn’t feel a thing! Glad you’re okay!

August 24, 2011 - 5:43 pm

Kristin - My bestie told me a similar tale…SO scary!

August 24, 2011 - 7:16 pm

Leia - I’ll take any excuse not to cook, too! ;)

Glad you are all well after the earthquake. Hug.

August 24, 2011 - 9:38 pm

camille - that sounds pretty scary! thank God here in Brazil we dont have earthquakes and such! cant imagine what that must be like!

August 24, 2011 - 11:47 pm

Sandy a la Mode - that is SO crazy you guys had an earthquake on east coast! how unexpected!!

August 25, 2011 - 7:12 am

tinajo - How scary – I´m so glad no one was hurt! The powers of nature…

August 25, 2011 - 12:52 pm

Gloria - Wasn’t that crazy?! I’m SO happy I wasn’t in the office that day (I work at the World Trade Center) – it would have terrified me to the nth degree to experience something like this there, to say the least

August 25, 2011 - 8:33 pm

Tiera - How scary! SO glad you’re okay.

August 26, 2011 - 1:21 am

Maegan - I’m sure it was scary! Even though they are “regular” here in CA, I still get a little uneasy when the earth starts shakin’ Glad you’re okay! :)

August 27, 2011 - 3:50 pm

Nadette - Did you at least go home afterwards? An east coast earthquake is pretty much a good excuse for anything, as far as I’m concerned. Glad you survived, and if we make it through Irene this weekend, we can exchange war stories for years to come :)

August 30, 2011 - 3:01 am

Pink Ronnie - That would’ve been heaps scary. Glad you’re okay. And yes, makes one appreciate life’s little luxuries like takeout all the more, doesn’t it? Great shot as usual!
Ronnie xo

August 30, 2011 - 11:35 am

Alisa - Yes, earthquakes are unsettling! We get far too many of them out here in California. Hope the weather is calming down for you! Have a good week. – Alisa

September 1, 2011 - 2:53 pm

Home Girl - I did not appreciate that little surprise from Ms. Mother Nature, AT ALL. Not only did I shake, but it made me seriously motion sick for a couple of hours. That dinner looks soooooo good. I think I ate a cupcake after the Earthquake and during the Hurricane??? WE had a party with our neighbors, played Kinect, and ate junk food…then when the power came back on, I made comfort food.


You would think that living a hop away from one of the greatest cities in the world that I would have tons of candid street shots in my portfolio, but I don’t.  Even though I absolutely love street photography, the honest truth is that I get very anxious when it comes to taking pictures in public. […]

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August 22, 2011 - 2:49 am

Life with Kaishon - Wow. I love what you captured. Maybe you should just pretend you are a tourist the next time you go to the city.

August 22, 2011 - 5:41 am

Sabine - These are wonderful pictures, Maddy – you sure have a journalist and a street photographer in you. I totally understand what you mean… I’ve got so much respect for street photographers. You’ve got to be bold and daring and very quick. I often feel like I’d intrude in someone’s private sphere if I took a picture of them, plus you’ve got the whole issue of having to ask if you can post it because of privacy laws etc. Also, I notice that running around in London I’m often too much in the midst of it and not observant enough… which fits to the ‘normal’ versus ‘tourist’ mode. But it’s good training… from time to time :)

August 22, 2011 - 7:39 am

Amy - Those photos are awesome and creepy, all at once! :) And I know what you mean about being leary taking pictures in public. People do it all the time, but I would be the one to get in trouble. Sigh.

August 22, 2011 - 7:54 am

Buckeroomama - I love that this whole set is in b/w…. actually lends a very ‘photojournalistic’ feel to the pics. These are beautiful pictures, Maddy. I agree with Becky –you should pretend that you are a tourist when you go out and shoot street scenes. :) I do that and it makes me a little ‘braver’ when shooting photos of random strangers.

August 22, 2011 - 8:21 am

Vanessa - Great pics Maddy… Maybe u should sell them to times or national geographic, lol. Awesome :)

August 22, 2011 - 8:32 am

Charlie - I was just going to say that as well! they have a very journalistic feel about them! A very intimate view of the city during turmoil, brings a whole new light. Excellently captured!

August 22, 2011 - 8:40 am

Cafe Fashionista - The last photograph is such a powerful shot, Maddy; and I love the fact that you shot these in black and white. It seems so appropriate judging from the subject matter. :)

August 22, 2011 - 9:26 am

Sarah - Dodeline Design - These are incredibly moving images. I love that you did them in black and white and they all have such emotion to them. Thanks for sharing!

August 22, 2011 - 9:30 am

The Guilty Hyena - Glorious stark photography capturing the mood and ambiance of a country being torn apart by austerity.

August 22, 2011 - 10:03 am

Mindy - I love these images in black and white…I totally felt the stress and emotion behind them. I read an article once about taking photos in other countries, I’ll see if I can find it for you, it was really interesting and talked about the social rules/norms of various countries & things to consider (ie jail time if you accidentally take a photo of something forbidden!)

August 22, 2011 - 11:16 am

Keeley - I like that these photos are in black and white… it looks sort of eerie… definitely the calm after the storm. You are bold! I’m such a punk that I’d be afraid to go to Greece at all after all the drama!

August 22, 2011 - 12:47 pm

Jo - You are such a talented photographer! And, I agree with the other comments…these photos are both eerie and incredibly beautiful! I’d be curious to know if, as a photographer, you’ve run into any opposition when capturing images while you’re out and about.

August 22, 2011 - 1:23 pm

Julia Lis - Amazing pics!
lovely blog
xoxo brazil


August 22, 2011 - 2:13 pm

Camila Faria - So good! Very pretty and intense pics Maddy.

August 22, 2011 - 2:32 pm

Stephanie Faris - Incredible!!! I say don’t be shy at all…although when you make it big, those people may come after you for not getting a release!

August 22, 2011 - 4:37 pm

Piper - Maddy, that’s so true – I tend to feel the same when I’m in my own city but once I’m traveling it feels much easier to take photos! Definitely a tourist mentality. These shots are so vivid and tell such a great story.

August 22, 2011 - 4:57 pm

Christina Lee - Whoa!!! And the masks are freaky (I second the “selling” idea)!!!!

August 22, 2011 - 5:22 pm

Gloria - These photos are so striking, especially in black & white!

August 22, 2011 - 8:04 pm

Kristin - I wish I could take you on my trip. I know I’ll never be able to capture amazing photos like this!

August 23, 2011 - 12:30 am

Lemonzest - I love the photos maddy.. the black and white add such a dramatic effect..
love them a lot

August 23, 2011 - 8:13 am

Salma @ Chasing Rainbow - Wow, look at that. These shots are like National Geographic…seriously.

August 23, 2011 - 8:33 am

Lee Oliveira - The first shot blew me away..
Absolutely in love it..
Saving that on my laptop as a screen saver (if you don’t mind).
Lee x

August 23, 2011 - 10:21 am

Jennifer - Wow. These are amazing shots Maddy. And I love that you did them in black and white. So powerful! I agree with Becky… just pretend you are a tourist! :)

August 23, 2011 - 10:37 am

Stephanie - I understand what you mean about getting anxious when taking pictures of others outside. These shots were captured beautifully, the black and white really makes them stand out even more!

Eternally yours,

August 23, 2011 - 4:37 pm

Gina - WOW- I have always been cautious about taking photos out in public places like that for the same reasons you mentioned. But given what is happening in the area where you were photographing- it takes on a whole new dimension. Amazing photos with great historical value. I can just picture these in Time magazine.

August 23, 2011 - 11:55 pm

Jade @ Tasting Grace - Wow those are fabulous photos! You’ve got a great style. You should definitely be bold and take more street photos. Just bring that tourist mentality with you. :) And then share them with us so we can see!

August 25, 2011 - 9:08 pm

Tiera - Amazing photos! I love when it’s like I can “see” a photo with all my senses. You’re definitely inspiring me to go out, take more photos, and be a better photographer.

August 27, 2011 - 3:38 pm

Nadette - I really like these pictures because they dare to stray outside of the pretty vacation pictures box. The last picture is my favorite, it’s pretty powerful, and I love the B&W processing. I also have an active imagination, so the idea of taking pictures in the streets of baltimore, even in my tame neighborhood, make me a little uneasy. But I will have to get over that, because I’ve got homework to do for my photography class, which by the way I am LOVING. I’ve got a batch of brownies with your name on them as soon as get my car/apartment situation taken care of :)

August 29, 2011 - 10:41 am

DITA - Beyond SPECTACULAR……….I really have no words…….just awe!

The Summer of Us

Life can get so incredibly hectic and before you know it, days can pass by before you’ve had a chance to sit down and have a talk with your significant other.  For a while there, we were just running from place to place. I was trying to keep up with three jobs and two blogs […]

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August 19, 2011 - 12:42 am

Chavonne - oh Maddy that’s very sweet. We’ve been having the opposite summer but i’m hoping fall will be different (and hopefully a vacation awaits)

August 19, 2011 - 12:47 am

Life with Kaishon - I didn’t even notice any sweat.
I just saw 2 beautiful souls.

August 19, 2011 - 6:26 am

Leia - You two make such a gorgeous couple. And I’m so happy you got to spend some time with him! I hate it when life becomes too busy that it becomes hard to find time to spend with loved ones.

August 19, 2011 - 7:30 am

dana - Oh I´m so Happy you had such a great time together! Hope things will stay calmer for a while so you´ll see each other more :)

August 19, 2011 - 7:38 am

The Guilty Hyena - I think you’re definitely Mrs Multitask, but above all Mrs Kleber to his Mr Maddy… hmm not too sure if that made sense but you know what I mean :)

Enjoy scouting out for idylic neighborhoods! I love just going out for a drive and discovering new places and haunts, I’m sure New York is never short of them.

August 19, 2011 - 7:50 am

Amy - Sounds like you’ve been having the perfect summer! And I’ve been loving hearing (and seeing) all about your adventures … it’s a win-win, really! :)

August 19, 2011 - 8:30 am

Cafe Fashionista - Awww…I’m so glad that you and Kleber were truly able to reconnect this summer – you are such an adorable couple! :)

August 19, 2011 - 8:33 am

Lee Oliveira - Lovely shots… Ps.. I want his sunglasses right now. hahaha
lee x

August 19, 2011 - 10:22 am

Mindy - what sweat? You guys look amazingly happy, all I saw were your big smiles :) bring on athens!!!

August 19, 2011 - 10:50 am

Vanessa - Wow!!! what a beautiful couple!!! So glad u set aside the least important things (lol) to b and spend time with the one u luv. Btw ur post was very beautiful :) luv u guys

August 19, 2011 - 11:30 am

Pris - Awwww….very sweet….XOXOXOXO

August 19, 2011 - 11:32 am

Hannah B - Oh man, I so know what you mean. With Aaron and I it gets so crazy that the only time we see each other is dinner and then at bed time. Especially when he’s in school and I’m balancing several creative projects. It get complicated but we always try to take some time out to just be together and talk…share our hearts, our dreams & visions, and to just remind the other how much they are loved. It’s very important to slow down and do that. Glad you and your hubster have had a chance to do so!

August 19, 2011 - 12:23 pm

Gloria - Yay! Spending time with your snuggle bunny is always priceless :-)

August 19, 2011 - 1:57 pm

Emily - That is the best post!! I totally understand what you mean about getting lost in the world and forgetting to take time with your mister. I hope the 2 of you enjoy the rest of your summer together. XOXOX

August 19, 2011 - 2:27 pm

Camila Faria - You’re both so adorable!!! Cutest couple ever! I love that we can see the reflexion of your hands and camera in your glasses!

August 19, 2011 - 3:16 pm

Sarah - You guys are a good looking couple! I so relate. Robert and I have had the same struggle lately. It’s important to learn to make time :-)

August 19, 2011 - 5:02 pm

Sabine - I know what you mean, Maddy (though I never kept 2 blogs and 3 jobs going). Working in a different city with a long commute was the most stressful time for us as a family ever. Now we work together again and it is SO much better. I hope you can prolong your summer feelings as long as possible…

August 20, 2011 - 6:40 pm

Nadette - I honestly don’t know how you do it. 3 jobs. 2 blogs. and a husband? You’re like a real life superhero! What a gorgeous photo, and you Kleber are a beautiful couple, and I’m happy your making the most of your summer with each other. As far as I’m concerned, summer is for lovers :)

August 20, 2011 - 8:16 pm

Kristin - I can’t wait to have some one on one time with the hubs in Costa Rica in a couple weeks!!

August 20, 2011 - 8:22 pm

Keeley - I know exactly what you mean. Imani and I have had the same kind of summer. It seems people try to cram all of their fun into June, July and August, but we’re trying to make a special date at least once per month. We’ve already made arrangements for September and October. It doesn’t have to be a vacation, just a special dinner or tickets to a great event. We work in two different states and we both have long commutes… we’re definitely trying to invest more time in our marriage these days.

August 21, 2011 - 12:07 pm

PvdH - Oh lazy summer days… I miss those days of my years in uni! Enjoy!!!


August 22, 2011 - 7:50 am

Buckeroomama - I actually love this shot of the two of you, Maddy!

Sometimes life does take over… but it’s always sweet (and very important!) to find time to reconnect. :)

August 22, 2011 - 2:50 pm

Elle sees - Aw! Getting caught up on your posts now, so let the drooling over amazing photos begin!