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



Monday, September 25, 2017

Stormy Seas ~PI 2

We will all react differently during stormy seas
I choose to channel the storm through a calm eye

the best way to describe this day was "angry" in nature
we didn't bring the anger - it was present
certainly you must defend yourself and stand strong
you also have the ability to see
with a calm and rational eye



Saturday, September 23, 2017

Collateral Damage ~PI 1

Through every storm
there will be
collateral damage.

We may be forced to bury something precious

bury it
with dignity
through kindness.



Thursday, September 21, 2017

I Got It

......Use Your Head

A friend pointed out all the head shots from this game.
Lots of action - great to shoot!



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sunday, September 17, 2017


Sitting at my desk looking at out at the fog early Saturday morning
I was being drawn outside
At first I thought I'd venture out to the front lawn
but no - once again I was drawn out 
my back slider

I've taken many photos of this area of our back yard over the past few years in this fashion.
Slow shutter speeds - panning action
I hope to, someday, put together a book from these photos ~ out the back slider

Caption:  Rooted   Sept. 2017



Friday, September 15, 2017

Strength in Your Convictions

Two photos taken approximately one year apart.  
They were each part of a personal project done with my friend and fellow photographer Cathy.
We call it ONE WORD
We take turns choosing a word and come up with a photo to share.

   Rhythm                                                                  Fierce

We were talking just the other day after sharing our latest photos how this project has turned into so much more than just the photography.  Being a photographer is a great way to express who you are - how you feel - what your convictions are.
You learn - you grow - it's freeing.

The first photo was a result of having Mohs surgery for basal cell cancer.  I have had previous bouts with skin cancer and need to be vigilant in my annual skin checks.

The second photo is more playful in nature.  I had seen a pair of "Wonder Woman" socks while out and about and bought a pair without any plan on how they were to be photographed.  When Cathy picked "fierce" it just fell together with humor.

I am one who is strong in my convictions, to a fault at times.

It's who I am - it's how a feel...
We beat to the rhythm of my own drums and hopefully stay strong in our convictions.



Thursday, September 14, 2017

Blowing Steam

My assignment was to head up to Lee's Mill in Moultonboro for the annual Steamboat Race.
A New Hampshire tradition that's been being bringing this group of folks together for decades.  They come from far and wide; all across the US and from "across the pond".

 Plenty of fuel was seen on and around the docks
 Joe was loading up his boat for the trek over to 19 Mile Bay in Tuftonboro
Kent releasing some pressure....
Dave steaming along the shore
I don't think we could have had a more beautiful day to be out on Lake Winnipesaukee
This copper plated firebox with steam engine on the Phoenix kept us running along at about 6mph
Arrival into Tuftonboro meeting up with other steam boating friends

Second Mate John  kept us navigating on the straight and narrow
First Mate Kristie prepped lunch in the firebox and had it all ready upon arrival at the dock
Captain Clem with a twinkle in his eye and a bit of Phoenix Firewater made for smooth sailing and a purely delightful day....

As a freelance photographer my job takes me to places that allows me to meet folks I may otherwise never have the opportunity to cross paths with.  When Clem, Kristie and John invited me to join them on board their steamboat the "Phoenix" for the trek from Moultonboro to Tuftonboro I gladly accepted.  Certainly I could have come up with a few reasons as to why I shouldn't take the time out of my work day.... but then again I could come up with more reasons to accept their hospitality and go.
Life is meant to be experienced 
generosity it meant to be given
 people all around you are ready to become your friends

Reminds me of a quote from Jay Maisel...
go out open  



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Lookin' Up

with a comical note that something's going down ;)

My most favorit-est color - Blue!



Friday, September 8, 2017

Adam Ezra Boothbay Opera House .... closing out the show

Speaking Words


There Will Be An Answer..... Let It Be 



Thursday, September 7, 2017

One Word ~ Fierce

Once again I found myself in front of the camera trying to come up with a photograph for our personal project "ONE WORD"

The word was fierce    

I had seen a pair of Wonder Woman socks while out on assignment recently, smiled and thought "I need to find a pair of those."  Got to love ~ two days later voila!

When Cathy chose the word fierce the two merged into my concept for a portrait.

I had quite a bit of fun with this one.  Used a fan to give my "capes" life.  Placed a few lights and I was under way.  Certainly not solving any world problems but absolutely throwing in some thought and purpose.

At the end of the day don't think you have to be Wonder Woman ~ use your courage to be fierce in your convictions.



Kick Off Your Shoes....Be Comfortable

...and don't be afraid to show some color.

Together with girlfriends for a "pedi".  This
was a first for me.  We stepped up into our "pedi thrones"
and were soaked and buffed and prettied up!

 Light chatter with laughs and tickles.

Once we were all done we sat and relaxed in the rocking chairs out on the front porch and talked.
We had some "stuff" to "buff" off you could say.

Life is like a pair of shoes.  You do need to wear them
a good part of each day.  They can be restrictive and aren't
always 100% comfortable.  So when you get the chance
to go barefoot -do it- it really does feel good.

Share your colors with those you love...
kick off those shoes
be comfortable



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Island Bound

Another trip back to Monhegan Island 

Waiting for the ferry out of Boothbay Harbor

...a bit of chop as we weave our way through the lobster traps.

Blue skies with the warmth of the sun topside

Arrival at low tide

Great day for hiking the Cliff Trail over to Burnt Head

 First stop Monhegan Brewing Company for a sampling....
                                                     next stop The Fish House for a Lobster BLT

Just enough relaxation time before heading back to mainland.