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Artist Spotlight Series – Photographer Catie Partridge

catie partridge

I recently came across some photography by Catie Partridge that I thought was great and should be shared with GMG.  

Catie moved to Gloucester in February of this year, but is not new to the city. Her grandparents, both sides, are from Gloucester. Her father, a Hildonen hailing from Lanesville, has family that goes back a few generations in Gloucester and Rockport. On her Mother’s side, she claims her Frontiero heritage and undying love of the sea.

She never lived in Gloucester because her father’s early navy career took her parents away from Gloucester and Massachusetts, but growing up with Gloucester roots was her stability. Christmas times, birthdays and, of course, the Saint Peter’s Fiesta were some of her favorite memories, here in her heart’s home by the sea.

Catie’s passion for photography started at a young age, when her elementary school ran a short program for gifted students that focused on photography. she won her first blue ribbon that year. She is fairly sure almost everyone got a ribbon, but it didn’t matter – something she loved seemed to love her back. To this day she still lovingly blames her teacher for her passion.

The ocean is one of the things she loves to photograph, but when she thinks about it, there are few things she doesn’t like photographing.  She has a special place in her heart for buoys though, perhaps because they bring to mind lobster boats and fishermen, and take her home to a place where she can smell the salt sea air and hear the seagulls cry.

Catie says: “Chances are if you see some silly girl in an odd position on the dock trying to get the right angle on the seaweed stuck to a chain, its me.”  She has photographed weddings, dabbled in portrait photography, and has sold a few photographs to individuals.

Catie is hoping that someday people will enjoy her artwork as much as she does and that she might be able to make her passion for photography into a career. She is happy to share her talent with others and has active flickr and facebook pages she can be reached at while she works on getting a full website up and running.

Above are a few of her favorite Gloucester Photos and you can see more of her photography at


E.J. Lefavour

Snapshots from the Schooner Lannon Cigar and Rum Cruise

Joey Ciaramitaro Alicia DeWolf ©Kim Smith 2014The cruise was wonderful fun! Thanks so much to our host Joey, Captains Tom Ellis and Heath Ellis, Bob and Doug Ryan for their fabulous Ryan and Wood rum cocktails, Paul Giacalone for cigars, which although I don’t smoke were throughly enjoyed by guests, and the always awesome Lannon crew! 

Schooner Lannon Cigar and Rum cruise -3 ©Kim Smith 2014

Schooner Lannon Cigar and Rum cruise ©Kim Smith 2014 -2

Bob and Doug Ryan Schooner Lannon ©Kim Smith 2014 copyBob and Doug Wood ~ Loved the cocktails in coconuts–what a delightful touch!

My apologies to our friends on the cruise that there are so few photos. This morning when looking at the images I noticed a giant black sploge on every photo–a huge goober on my image sensor. Here’s a few without the sploge after photoshopping out.

Today at Hunt’s photo in Melrose, my go-to place for all camera wants, needs, and crisis, Doug showed me how to professionally clean my image sensor, and its not as scary as you might think!

Schooner Lannon Cigar and Rum cruise ©Kim Smith 2014

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