Showing posts from October, 2012

Fat, Rude and in a Hurry?

I'm getting to the point where I'm "very noticeably" pregnant. One of the perks about being obviously pregnant (and not mistaken for fat) is that strangers spark up conversations all the time about it. I don't ask but people just love talking to pregnant people about their life - at least, that's the impression I get.

If I rub my belly, people ask, "Is the baby kicking?"  "Do you know if it's a girl or boy?" Sometimes people just guess. They point at my stomach and pick a gender. Yes, I correct them when they guess it's a boy and proudly tell them I'm having a little girl. 
It's kind of cute because I find that people just want to share info about their lives with someone. I'm the pregnant one so ... sure, tell me what's up with your kids and how much you enjoy being a parent. If I'm not in a rush, I certainly don't mind a little conversation about what makes you happiest in life. 
Today, after a gentleman f…

Enchanting Italian Travels & Facts (Continued)

It’s Roman artichoke season again (for the record, it’s officially February-May, by IGP standards). You can hardly turn around without seeing one of these seasonal thistles, and there are plenty of places in Rome to try its classic preparations–check out this post I wrote last year for a traditional artichoke itinerary. There are also tons of other ways to eat artichokes this season, here are my top 5 must try dishes (or slices!) and where to find them:

Carciofi alla romana Renaissance style: L’Arcangelo recreates Bartolomeo Scappi’s dish of braised artichokes with mint, granulated cane sugar, and grated pecorino.

Carciofi infarinati: At La Gatta Mangiona, thin wedges of artichokes are rolled in flour and deep fried to golden delicious crispiness.

Pizza con caciocavallo, carciofi romaneschi, e pancetta arrotolata della Bassa parmense: Back at La Gatta Mangiona, this pizza is topped with piquant caciocavallo, sweet braised artichokes and savory pancetta. Magic.

Pizza al taglio: At Pizzari…

A Photographic Journey by Liesl Marelli

A Photographic Journey by Liesl Marelli By Liesl Marelli in Travel & Adventure 56 pages, published 10/22/2012 An international, photographic exploration by Liesl Marelli. Travel throughout the United States, Peru, Spain, Italy and Iraq. Subjects include nature, nature's landscapes, urban landscapes, military photojournalism, architecture, street life and more. All art work in the magazine is available as custom prints.
You may also go directly to the publication by clicking here.

Italian Heritage + Italian Pride through Photography

While traveling through Italy, I was constantly reminded of why Italians and Italian-Americans are so proud of their heritage. It's impossible to not soak up the culture - the food, the architecture, the art, the terrain, the flavors, the smells.

Because I love Italy so much, I am including some interesting facts about Italy - many of which I didn't know so I'm guessing many of you might not know either. I remember in my Italian language class in college, my professor boasted about Italian achievement every single class. He favored all of us with Italian last names and I think that's why I did so well in that class. So, in honor of my professor, here is my devotion of love to Italy & Italians ... wherever they find themselves in our world.

To view the entire collection please click here or go to Custom prints are available.

62 Little-known facts about Italy  The name Italy comes from the word italia, meaning “calf land,” perh…

Change doesn't make progress. It just makes movement.

Benjamin Disraeli once said, "Change is inevitable. Change is constant." I do agree but I'm not confident change is always a step toward progress. Sometimes it's just scattered movement.

Take for example something I photographed earlier this year. It was a Recruit Sustainment Program event by the National Guard. What is the RSP? Quite simply it is a subgroup in the National Guard that consists of people who just signed up for the military and are awaiting a ship date before they go to Basic Combat Training. It's also those who are "split" options which means they don't do Basic Combat Training back-to-back with their job training (called Advanced Individual Training). Until these guys complete their basic training requirements, they can't go to their assigned unit because they aren't fully qualified. So, there you have it - a group of newbies to the military who have many training days ahead of them.
Speaking from experience, I can tell you …

Resiliency: Stand your ground.

Medium: Photography on museum-quality wrapped canvas
Dimensions: 47" x 32" x 1.5 depth
Location: Missouri, USA
Subject: This image was created during the 2011 flooding that affected so many communities along the rivers in Missouri. Families were uprooted, businesses and farms were destroyed and yet this lone tree in the flat, flooded plains appeared so strong and unaffected by the devastation around her. 
Artist: Liesl Marelli
Price:email to inquire

Quotes about Resiliency & Determination
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
“One thing is certain: That is that the power of belief, the power of thought, will move reality in the direction of what we believe and conceive of it. If you really believe you can do somethi…

Redemption: A Deployed U.S. Marine

Medium: Photography in sepia, museum-quality wrapped canvas
Dimensions: 44" x 25" x 1.5 depth
Location: Western Iraq
Subject: U.S. Marine approaching a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter
Artist: Liesl Marelli
Price:email to inquire

Military photography has its challenges. I strive to capture a moment that leads into a story that each viewer can create for themselves. I don't want my photography to answer questions - I want them to create questions in the viewer's mind.

What is the Marine doing?
Is the helicopter coming or going?
Why is the Marine walking with his arms outstretched?
What time of day is it?
Is the shadow created from rising or setting sun?
The only thing I will tell the viewer is that the large-scale canvas wrapped print is so much more powerful. You can see the details in the Marine's body position. You an see a wedding band on his finger. You can see the sun is hitting his body as he approaches the sun's light and the helicopter.

Through …

My Workout Secret: NPR & Ted Talks

Sound is very important to me when I workout. I call it "sound" because I don't often listen to music when I exercise. Instead, I primarily listen to two podcasts: NPR's Wait, Wait ... don't tell me! and Ted Talks.

While I was in Italy with the love of my life, I had my iPod full of Wait, Wait episodes to catch up on. Traveling by train granted the perfect opportunity for my "catch up" time. All too often he would tell me to keep it down because my laughter was so loud that I'd draw attention to us. I never did care - since when is laughter (not directed at someone in a cruel way) ever bad? I think laughter is a lot like smiling & yawning - it's rather contagious!

So it was during that time that I remembered how much I loved and had missed NPR. I was able to catch up on news, laugh extra hard during the one segment that features one true and two false stories that someone has to guess correctly and ... well, each week the episodes are funny &…

Family Portraits: Capturing moments that matter

Family portraits are so important - especially for families with children because they grow so quickly. Here are photos from a recent photo shoot along with some fantastic quotes about families. Certainly, we all value our families differently but how many of us have photos of our relatives who have come before and hold onto those pictures like they are a living memory? To many of us, photos help us carry on our family history.
So, here's to all those family historians out there!

All photos are by Liesl Marelli of Girona Consulting. To schedule your photo shoot please contact via web at or via email.

"Family: Where today's little moments becomes tomorrow's precious memories."

“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”  ― Mother Teresa  “I sustain myself with the love of family.”  ― Maya Angelou  “[Kids] don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”  ― Jim Henson “To be fully seen by so…