Wednesday, November 6, 2013

My two Girls

Here is a shot of my two favorite girls on our local bike path. This is one of the first shots I took and I was so excited about the light until a giant cloud came out of no where and blocked all the sun. It became so dark and cold that we had to head home which depressed my dog Lucy greatly since she had already scouted out a chihuahua about a quarter mile ahead and was intent on going to say hello. It looked like her mischief would have to be saved for another day. No worries- she made sure to eat the garbage when she got home. For her, a day without causing trouble is a day not worth living ;) is a great source of photography tips and tutorials as well as contests. Check it out!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Disney Dreams....

My son's baseball field has a large hill behind it. I don't know if this area attracts more than the usual amount of beautiful sunsets or if baseball games are the only time I sit still enough to notice sunsets! My daughter has come to hate watching her brother's games and I can't blame her because she does get dragged to way too many. By the 5th inning or so she is usually looking for something to do. Never one to miss out on a willing model, I use this time to capture silhouettes. The top of the hill is perfect for a clean horizon line. I am always looking for new shapes and ideas for the silhouettes since you can only do so many jumping pictures! We are both Disney fanatics so we pulled out Mickey and our mouse ears and went to work. 

I absolutely love this photo, but I must admit it also has some negative memories attached as well. Right after the picture she stood up and went to run down the paved path on the hill. Her flip flop tripped her up and she  fell and broke her arm :(  She and I still agree that it is one of our favorites despite the cast and trip to the hospital. Thank goodness it hasn't stopped our trips up the hill, but we now make an effort to take our time going back down :)

There is a great contest by Rock the Shot this month for silhouettes! 
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Friday, June 8, 2012

All Boy- I Heart Faces

All Boy!

This is one of my favorite pictures of my son. Being a typical boy, he hates to pose for portraits for me, but will spend an hour helping me get the right action shot. Remarkably this one was taken on the fly (literally)! He was swimming out to a raft to clean debris off of it so he had the broom and he couldn't resist doing a little air guitar on the way. I just happened to have my camera ready! Some of the best shots are taken without planning! When I Heart Faces announced their All Boy theme, I immediately thought of this shot! Check out their great photo challenge as well as wonderful content for photographers:

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


There is nothing sweeter than a child's laughter. I was excited to catch this happy moment, especially because it is so much more real than the scripted smiles that are so common at this age. It is hard not to smile at this moment of pure joy :)
So it is my entry to the weekly photo contest: Bust a Gut!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Bucket List

This is my entry in the Just Ask Bucket List Getaway Giveaway. Just Ask offers a breast and ovarian cancer screening and is encouraging people to share 15 things that I want to enjoy in my lifetime as a reminder to be aware of my health. Want to enter? Head over to to get the details. 
My bucket list:
Travel to Greece
See my kids graduate from college
Get my photography published
Travel to the South Pacific
Teach a class
Run a half marathon in under 2 hours
Plant a beautiful garden
Have a clean house!
Teach my dog to follow my commands
Do a pull up
Do a proper push up
Make my business profitable
Watch my children get married
Enjoy a glass of wine in napa valley
Live near the beach

Wow! that was really, really hard. I better get working on this list now.....

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fierce in Pink!

My Lizzie is a girly girl. Until she enters a competition. Then you see that twinkle in her eye and you know, she is ready for battle. It is one of the things I admire in her. I have confidence that she will do well in this world due to that instinct to hang in there and fight for what she wants.

This week's theme for photo challenge is "pink". This photo is a favorite of mine because it shows the two contrasting sides of my daughter- her pretty pink girly hat & coat and that gleam in her eye ready to take on the competition. It always makes me smile.