Monday, August 31, 2015

Winding Down while Gearing Up

 I've been working my way through a backlog of images from this summer.  My workload was good but my "play load" was equally good so I'm finding myself behind in editing and posting work.

The balance of work and play is becoming increasingly important - probably due to the age factor.  My men are fairly self sufficient and the extra time I allow for myself is quite enjoyable.  Recharges my batteries so to speak.

Going through images a while after they've been made allows me to see things in a slightly different light than when I edit promptly on the spot.  I love going out on editorial assignments and trying to "wrangle" a photograph from the experience.   No preconceived notions other than lens choice - letting the event or situation bring a photo to life. 

Photographs make me smile.  Whether they are taken by friends or strangers
new or old - color or black and white.
I like to see how other folks see.  What they present to the world.
I hope the photographs I put out into the world do the same for you.

So as Summer winds down only a small part of me will miss it.  Fall will come quickly on it's heels and bring with it an entirely different view of our world.  I can happily say that I'm ready for the change.
Time to move on - time to gear up - time to make pictures

Looking forward to the next season.



Saturday, August 29, 2015

When Love Is Right

your hearts hold the same wish

you would never think of letting go through the hard times



Friday, August 28, 2015

Break of Day

learn to keep it simple


Sunday, August 23, 2015

What Three Things Would You Bring?

Yesterday I returned home from a week in Rockport, Maine as a student at the Maine Media campus.  It was a privilege to be apart of Elizabeth Opalenik's workshop on The Sensual Image.  Elizabeth's work over the past few decades evokes a desire to learn.  Her photographs are captivating and mystifying in her unique views under water.

Throughout the week our class delved into Elizabeth's world of photography.  Sharing not just photography but so much of ourselves in the process.  Getting to know a fellow student through conversation and a portrait taken of each other was Day one.  Breaking down the barrier of being a stranger and sharing as a group the following morning.

Day two was around and in Lily Pond working with our models using fabrics and the natural surroundings.  Trying new ideas, learning and laughing together.

Day three brought us to the Foundry.  A charming old barn with nooks and crannies of light filtering through here, there and everywhere.  Even an old 1940's Ford to take a spin in photographically.  Venturing down into the basement where the play of light, shadow and props created a darkness to the mood of our images.  This was my day to play with infrared photography.  Something I will definitely be pursuing heartily in the coming months.

Day four was in the boat storage "studio".  We spent our afternoon with four wonderful dancers.  Creating beautiful images with personality through movement.

Day five brought a more personal assignment to work on.  The assignment had us going off on our own.  We could not bring anyone along with us.  Instead we were asked to make three photographs of "things we would bring" for this journey.

Here are my three things:

Gratitude - for each day

My Gut - something I trust the most

A Sense of Wonder - as I venture

Heartfelt - powerful stories accompanied by images from my fellow students came alive within our small, intimate group.  
We've become friends over these six days and will continue that friendship as the journey continues.

The final image of this assignment was to make a photograph of how you would like to be remembered.

                     ~my image~                        a down to earth heart



Coming Home

 Driving home from Maine yesterday I no sooner crossed the border into NH when this note came in

"Anyone interested in a boat ride  swim  sunset thingy?"

The available cast of friends assembled and a plan was made

Oven fired pizza   ~   white clam sauce  ~  italian sausage   
with a dash of truffle oil

Finished off with a sunset cruise and a nightfall swim as the moon was rising.
Watched a few shooting stars dart by while floating on noodles in the water.
Seeing the occasional firework pop up along the shore ~ felt good

…. nice to be home



Saturday, August 15, 2015


One Word Project ~ Arms

Started out with a completely different idea swimming around in my head for this one.

But when push came to shove this is what I ended the day with.

One arm to protect and shield from harm
         and one arm to hold close and to love



Friday, August 14, 2015

The Music Inside

feeds your soul



Thursday, August 13, 2015

Reconnecting at the Sea

Sky and Sea

Sand and Surf



Monday, August 10, 2015

Nice Little Picnic Spot

Driving down the road this morning
I come across what looks like a nice
"little" picnic spot
out in the field

absolutely…. it was!

"Karen In Wonderland" style….  
enjoying my chuckle of the day



Saturday, August 8, 2015

Patience Grasshopper

Once the sun dipped down below the horizon
we were of the mindset that it wasn't going to be
much of a sunset this evening.
 Then thirty minutes later we're seeing this.  Mother Nature was on her game this evening.



DUDLEY ~ One Cool Cat



Thursday, August 6, 2015


are you too lazy      or old?

I love people that make me laugh!



Wednesday, August 5, 2015

In the Weeds

Photography is all about light

Seeing the light 
over a span of time
watching colors change
realizing you can see the light
you can feel the change
but at the end of the day
it will remain to be 
Less than 
20 minutes
to see you've
 been burned
Mother Nature 



Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Leap of Faith

Maybe that's all you really need….



Sunday, August 2, 2015

One Word ~ Protect

One Word project ~ Protect
Had the mindset to create an image as a photojournalist.

First light
down at the water's edge
Protect the vessel
from the dock it is tied to