Noritake Behind the Scenes, Colorwave Photoshoot

by Jamie Sanford on January 24, 2017

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We recently held a photoshoot for the very popular Colorwave collection, as we have recently added a new color. Here’s a look at our shoot day. Images taken with the Sony NEX-6. (The previous link is an affiliate link, which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase using this link.)

The real images were created by James Ransom.

In the final images, you cannot see how in “photo fantasyland” that the shelves are not actually real shelves.

Another look at the reality of things.

Piles and piles of dinnerware.

Creating the Colorwave rainbow to perfection was NOT easy! I commend our stylist, Alexis Anthony, for her seemingly never-ending patience and attention to detail.

You can just catch a glimpse of the wax used to mount the dinner plates. This is one of two versions of the Colorwave rainbow that was created.

Not exactly the final, but it gives you the idea. The final images are stunning. You can get a peek at some of them at




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2016 Instagram Roundup

by Jamie Sanford on December 30, 2016

As always, I can’t believe it’s time for year-in-review posts!

Let’s go over the best in my Instagram for the year.

Estate sailing was in full effect early in the year. It’s a good way to keep busy on grey winter Saturdays.

It snowed, a lot.

Another estate sale, this time with handpainted garbage cans.

Estate sailing with the boys. Not sure how I would survive without my partners-in-crime.

More estate sale decay.

We had this amazing visitor at my office.

We spent a lot of time in the park system of Bergen County. It was colder this day than we planned for.

You know things are changing when part of the party consists of trying to make the babies smile in unison.

The beginning of warmer weather means more opportunities for Flatiron Building photos.

We located some more of my ancestors in local cemeteries!

We escaped the room!

I planned another random adventure, this time to Penn’s Cave in Pennsylvania.

I made my first flower crown and we went to the NYC pride parade.

We went on a ferry boat in Lake Ontario to a wonderful wedding!

I got to wear one of my favorite dresses EVER.

I visited my friend Wadee’ah and watched her make cake for her custom cake company, Terry’s Heaven-Lee Bakery.

We went to Florida for Nan’s 90th birthday. One day, Will and I invaded her house and we made Pistachio-Rose Clouds, which are super delicious.

Nan’s birthday party definitely had a theme. Mom had been talking about it for 2 years.

We stayed at a house with this view in early August, in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

We caught some lightning outside of our window. I think this is the best lightning photo I have ever taken! The Sony NEX-6 has served me well.

We took a few trips to the Met, one in particular to see Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

Still regretting not buying what we called the Chewbacca painting at one of the oddest estate sales that we’d ever been to.

When the light looks like this, you have to take a photo.

I was already obsessed with the Snapchat bee filter, so I had to try it again once I decided to go with turquoise hair.

Will accompanied me to the Martha Stewart Weddings Bridal Market party, where he then indulged me by trying all of the photobooths.

Here’s our family photo at the pumpkin patch/apple farm.

Halloween look number 1 was a complete success. I took an existing headband with battery-powered skulls and turned it into a gothy flower crown.

I fully embraced any and all 90s style throwbacks that I could.

Cooler weather and changing leaves put us back on track for long walks in the woods and on trails.

We went to Las Vegas with 28 other people and renewed our wedding vows for our 10th anniversary.

The Bellagio fountains have the same level of picture-worthiness as the Flatiron Building.

I created a number of travel detritus still-life photos. They are one of my favorite ways to create memories of our trips that are really fun to look back on.

Still trying to be a little bit of a photographer, and then being surprised and mildly annoyed when my subject turns on me and then I accidentally make a photo that is WAY better than what I intentioned. It feels like cheating.

I surprised Will with a trip to New Orleans for our birthday weekend!

Here is Will in the Napoleon House, our new favorite bar.

We got to spend a few minutes with Jason after a dinner at Sylvain, a new favorite in New Orleans. I’m going to collaborate on a New Orleans guide with William in Q1.

Back home and back to estate sailing. We ended up in a top 5 weirdest house, with an OBGYN’s office in the basement. Brian’s face says it all.

It was exciting to be home for Christmas and to be able to have Christmas Eve with Brian and David, who just recently got engaged! I love nothing more than adventuring with these 3 men, and spending a quiet Christmas Eve with them was the best. We ate some delicious Honeybaked Ham and extravagant side dishes, played Bucket of Doom, and exchanged gifts. It was relaxed and amazing.  (The previous link is an affiliate link, which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase using this link.)

I think that is all for the recap. I am wishing you all the best for 2017.



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Penn’s Cave | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on August 8, 2016

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It was another episode of “Jamie and Will venture out to something random” a few weeks back, when we took an overnight trip to central Pennsylvania. This time, the main stop was Penn’s Cave – one of many caves available for visiting in Pennsylvania. I think I discovered this particular cave while perusing the Roadside America map of Pennsylvania, and said “hey, let’s go to a cave with a boat ride!” #excellentplanning

We arrived at Penn’s Cave and immediately made our way down the hill to the cave entrance, where you get on the boat.

After walking down a steep hill and a bunch of steps, you get to the boat launch.

You can see the steps behind us here.

You ride in a long skinny boat, designed for fitting into tight spaces.

Here’s the view back at the dock from the boat.

Here’s a look at a boat we passed in the cave. You can get a bit of an idea about the scale of things. You can also tell by this photo and others that there are many challenges in photography in a (mostly) dark cave.

The lights are turned off and on, only used when the boats are coming through.

We could have spent hours, days, weeks, or longer examining all of the amazing rock formations.

Maximum drama!

There wasn’t anything about it on the tour, but I would be interested to learn about the process of installing all of these lights in the cave.

We exited the back of the cave out of this hole, took a big loop around the lake and came back. I included video footage from the ride around the lake in this video from the trip.

More beautiful formations on our way back to the cave entrance. Plus, the boat comes back backwards, so our ride in the back had a much better view.

Penn’s Cave is definitely worth a visit. The tour was interesting, and they also have a wildlife tour since the property houses multiple species of deer as well as bison and steer. There isn’t too much nearby – we drove about an hour to Altoona for the night, which happened to also be the location of Horseshoe Curve, which will be featured in a future post.

Happy trails!

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A Night at the Fair | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on July 25, 2016

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I love the fair. The sights and sounds, the weird food choices, the questionable rides, it’s all part of the magic. It’s even better when the fair is in your town! This year, we went to the fair on a weeknight (which felt strange) with David and Brian. It was Brian’s first time at the Meadowlands Fair!

First stop, snacks! We ended up not getting any of these. We have a system, and it generally begins with a corn dog. I almost NEVER want a hot dog, but I can’t resist a corn dog at the fair.

Hi Brian!

The light was amazing as the sun was setting.

Look at the light! There are benefits to going to the fair while it is still light out!

Always, a stop is required for meat on a stick for Will.

I interrupted him for this photo.

I really appreciate and enjoy the fonts and design on the food stands.

I refuse to ride these swings. We left the rides mostly to David and Brian, but I did join them for an AMAZING turn on the Tilt-A-Whirl.

Another successful trip to the fair. Now to look forward to the more traditional (meaning a mix of carnival elements and farm animal showcases) fair in a few weeks.


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Congaree National Park | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on July 21, 2016

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I am dreadfully behind on posting our story and images from Congaree National Park. We drove back from Florida with only Congaree on our official list of places to visit. I booked us a stay in the nearby Hampton Inn Columbia (I was committed to maximizing the HHonors Points on this trip), and we got up early to check out the park.

It turns out that we didn’t pick the best time to visit Congaree National Park, because it is a floodplain forest, and it was very flooded. We had no grand intentions, but were unable to walk the entire Boardwalk Loop trail, because certain parts of the boardwalk were totally underwater.

We spent some time in the visitor center, watching the film about the park and getting a map and some information on the accessible boardwalk areas, we were off on our way.

As we had just learned, it is all about the trees! Congaree National Park is a rare group of old-growth trees in the United States, the largest existing tract in the country. The initial development of the US contributed greatly to a lack of old-growth forests, since many of them were cut down to create early homes and buildings.

It was incredibly humid when we were there, and quite warm for December 29th.

Here we are, taking smirky selfies at the end of the accessible boardwalk. You can see the water right behind us.

I don’t have that many photos, because nothing captures this beautiful place! This picture gives you a small idea of the scale of the trees in Congaree National Park.

As with many other places, we really like visiting things in the off season. While it was unfortunate that we couldn’t walk the entire trail due to flooding, we got to experience total immersion in an amazing old forest. There were only a few other small groups of people around on the trail, which was still long enough for us to split up and feel like we had it all to ourselves.

Congaree National Park is beautiful, and the importance of it as the last remaining old-growth forest in the US is exactly why the National Park system is necessary. All of my photos can be seen here on Flickr.

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