Wednesday, October 11, 2017


with a splash of summer!

There are often days when you don't get the choice on timing 
you just know the work needs to get done.  
High noon on a bright, sunny day isn't quite ideal for fall foliage.  
You make the best of it by throwing creativity into the mix
and soaking up a warm splash of color! 



Looking In to my Artistic Zone

As a photographer

I make photos with all my senses not just my eyes.  I have found that I enjoy looking back on my work and remember how I was feeling during the making of each image.  Images made years ago I can tell you where I was, who I was with and what the main subject of that day was.  These small side moments reflect a lot of who I am as an artist.

These particular photos were made while waiting for a soccer game to start.  I noticed the clouds above and took in their wispiness and beauty - it kind of mirrored the day we were having.   My long lens wasn't going to work to create what I was feeling - so I got out my cell phone and made a few quick snaps.

We all go through "stuff"  ...disappointment you could say.   So maybe these clouds were trying to say to me
it's okay "chew" on it for a while longer.....   ;)



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Night to Day

As we
begin each
new day
    .... be awesome!



Saturday, October 7, 2017

Starting With the Back Layer

During a recent workshop with Sam Abell we learned the importance of starting with the back layer in our images. In sports it becomes a challenge due to so many moving parts.  I always move about during a game trying different angles and playing with the light.  In this case harsh, late fall sunlight made the far right of the field fall into full shadow.  Made for a clean background - something I don't see very often on the playing fields.  When I pressed the shutter for this photo I was wishing the single player wasn't behind the girl in action.....

....but once I got home and reviewed the images on my computer I saw that I was given a gift.  The light illuminating that player in the background also illuminated her stick which in turn highlighted the girls braid perfectly.  Next frame - no illumination - resulting in no separation.  

Never disregard that back layer - this goes for all aspects of life really.  The background is as important a component as the foreground and subject.

Chalk it up to more lessons learned.....



Friday, September 29, 2017

A Simple Day Trip

 played like a 

 Bandaloop is a dance company based out of California.  They don't come East often and I missed when they came last year.  Almost didn't go this time - but so glad that I did!

 They danced with grace on the side of the Westin Hotel
 making their every move seem effortless and fluid

It was truly a treat to watch.

Who would have guessed that such a simple day trip would continue into a night to remember...
I have wanted to see Tony Bennett in concert for years and this is 
my year!

Tony Bennett on stage    ...One More for the Road


thanks to the man from Tennessee....



Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Tuck a Little Love in for Yourself

Be sure to tuck in a little love for yourself as you start each day....

kindness isn't just for others
be kind to yourself



Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Finding Balance

Beauty in Living