Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Taking In the Sights of the Harbor

 Sailing along through Boston Harbor soaking up the sunshine with a strong breeze and sea spray hitting our faces.  I enjoyed an easy chat with Sue.  Ends up she knows dear friends of mine through their quilting business in NH.  I do love our "small world".  Friends are all around us and offer surprises that I find delightful and refreshing.  New conversations stitching dear friends and new acquaintances together just as that of a quilt.  

Sue's ease of being on the water was evident and her enjoyment of this day quite visible.  I truly enjoyed photographing her and sincerely hope that our paths cross again down the road.

Beautiful day ~ lovely lady.



Monday, June 19, 2017

When We Feel Uncomfortable

That's when we run......

and we realize
we do have the sense
not to look back.




You've got to love pop up thunderstorms.  Was half way into a walk when the skies opened up and the thunder rolled.  Got drenched in about 2 minutes so decided why not quicken the pace into a run.  I haven't felt like a could run for years!  Nothing like the boom of thunder to put a spark in your steps.  Got me right out of that cardio mode into "peak".

Feeling good...... for the love of running.



Sunday, June 18, 2017

People Are Only Strangers if you Don't Say Hello

One Word ~ Strangers

Everyone is a stranger until you make a connection.  You will remain strangers if you chose not to interact.  

I sat for about three minutes on my own looking out to the view of the lake. 


As I was taking some portraits with the timer I saw Colin and Sarah approaching.

After my brief explanation of our project Colin agreed and I made this photo of him and Sarah. 

From my initial greeting requesting to take their photograph ~ first photo ~ to the final photo of us talking in the chairs ~ was a minute and a half. 

don't be strangers...



Friday, June 16, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Hole the Size of a Pin

That's all you need to let light in.

One of the things we all crave as creatives is exploring new things.  Out we go with the mindset of making something unique.  No other criteria. Go out open.

Always up for a good challenge so the only cameras I brought along with me were infrared and pinhole.

Went visiting.... drove through the frenzy of "bike week"....   ended with a walk to soak up some more sun on this beautiful afternoon.  

Well, the pinhole won for today's challenge.  There are always lessons to come away with from these "down time" shoots.

Today's....     "Don't be who you aren't supposed to be.

Be yOu



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sun Going Down on Me

Elton John - Yeassss!



Thursday, June 8, 2017

Don't Unsee It

 I love seeing the world in color
especially during the spring time.

The vibrance of the greens and
life starting anew all around us.

Remind yourself daily to see
things as they are
"black and white".

If you find yourself always looking
for the "color" you'll overlook
what's right in front of you
the black and white.

Once you see it
Don't unsee it


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Monday, June 5, 2017

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Break It Down

Adventuring through Infrared....

If it's broken down ....why on earth would you want to fix it?



Free Will

Free Will ~ Choices

 We each make
a million decisions
within each day.

Free Your Will!



Monday, May 29, 2017

One Word Project ~ Wish

A wishbone that was hanging from my desk lamp for years happened to fall down shortly after getting the word "wish".  That was my sign that this wishbone had to somehow get itself into my photo.

Our dreams hold a wish       
 that our heart contains

Our backbone             
 makes that wish
 come true

Looking forward to getting back into the groove of infrared photography.  Much to learn and explore through this process.



Sunday, May 28, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

Embrace Youth matter your age



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

What Draws You In....

During my initial introduction to infrared a couple of years back I was drawn in by the delicate, intimate imagery I could achieve.  I'm so glad that I pursued this genre.  

As I was photographing this lily of the valley patch I felt myself wanting to get my regular DSLR.  
I chose to let that feeling go....

pleased with my decision! 



Images that speak to my style - to who I am - to how I see.



Monday, May 22, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

One Word ~ Destination

I had so many ideas pop into my head for a photo on destination.  Most of them included new places I plan to visit for a day trip.  My schedule had other plans so instead I used a work day down in Boston as my "destination" playground.

Took the bus down and started taking photos once I got close to the city.  Nothing really jumped out at me.  I tried some different techniques of panning and slow shutter speeds - but that bag of tricks just wasn't cutting it.

On the return bus back home I snapped this one coming out of Boston.  I liked it  ...but not enough.

Then as the sun was starting to go down and the light was coming in just beautifully....

 I made my photo.

Destination ~ Home

To have a destination in mind is good 
~ but more importantly, at least in my mind, is to involved in the journey
along the way

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

One Word ~ Play

I was giving myself some time to come up with an idea using play in a fun, carefree way.  When I turned my attention to the task my thoughts kept reverting to a deck of cards.  

52 individual cards to a deck     
13 different cards                
4 different suits                 

So now that I had that piece nailed down was I going to make a deck of cards into play?

Found a dress that made me think of the Queen of Hearts.  Okay, so there's piece number 2.
Quite a few ideas flowed in and out over the next few days.
As with most of our words - after the first week goes by I feel like I've got to come up with "the plan" knowing my window of opportunity for time is short.  I needed to come up with the rest of "the plan" on the fly.  

So I got out that dress, and a new prop to sit on.  Went with a backdrop apparatus that I hadn't tried out yet and set out to make "PLAY".    Put a bit of curl to my hair, some lipstick and had my deck of cards ready.  

The rest just fell together......

Play the hand you're dealt
Play it to the best of your ability  
The rest is irrelevant

The more I delve into these conceptual styled shoots the more I enjoy them.  They release my imagination to a place where
....anything is possible if you set your mind to it.

Techie talk:  collapsable 5x7 backdrop with black fabric on the floor.  One beauty dish with grid and sock on camera right as main light.  Second light small gridded strip box on camera left to fill and lastly small light on floor to highlight shoes and cards.



Good Morning Sunshine......



Monday, May 8, 2017


Last month I had the opportunity to schedule a head shot session with Mr. Tate Aldrich.  I've known Tate's parents for years and it was great to see him come back to his home town and take an English teaching job at Laconia High School.  His energy and concern for the well being of his students is paramount as is his openness and availability to those around him.

In 2016 Tate received the honor of New Hampshire's Teacher of the Year.  He has had a whirlwind year of activity and opportunity as a result of this award.

His latest venture brought him to Washington DC with the other 49 states for "Teacher of the Year".  As I dropped off his photos to him this morning he was describing this adventure as a "trip of a lifetime".  He was humbled by the amount of talent and dedication within his group of educators.  He is genuinely a "Super" young man with a wonderful career ahead of him.  I am sure I speak for all of Laconia when I say we are so fortunate to have him teaching in our home town school.

Continued success to you Tate!



Monday, May 1, 2017

For the Love of Drama

Through Light,

and my lens.



Sunday, April 30, 2017

Beautiful Distractions

One Word Project ~ DISTRACTION

Take time to embrace life's beautiful distractions  
Be gravitated by what resonates within you  

"Ideas flow effortlessly ~
~  but it is not an effortless process."  
                      Joyce Tenneson  



Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I Love My Clients...!!

Through this wonderful  business of photography I have had the opportunity to work with some wonderful clients.  Old friends, new friends we get together we talk about what we're going to shoot.  Nothing is ever etched in stone - we go with the flow and let our personalities gel.  We never know what we're going to come away with and that's half the fun!  I always revert back to the feeling of trust that is built with each and every client.  Not every job out there will be for "me" but I know the ones I chose to take on will bring out the best in all of us.

Lynn and Patte always bring their sense of fun and "character" play during their shoots.  This time was no different.  They raided one of our local theater costume basements and arrived in style to make for some fun vintage portraits.

With a quick change of gears I was greeted by Catrina and her two lovely daughters Samantha and Sydney for the second half of the day.  Catrina said she thought Sam and Sydney would be "adventurous" - and they certainly were!  Not inhibited by my camera at all.  Our shoot flew by - they had a ball trying on different outfits and giving me a glimpse of their personality through our short time together.  It's almost one of those shoots that the "behind the scenes" shots would be just as much fun as the final portraits.

Capturing some classic family moments in the frenzy of sharing an afternoon together with some new friends.

And, I'm learning that not too many of my photo sessions will end without the question " you want to wear the Superman patch?"

I look at this photo of Sydney and I want every single girl to feel this way ~ me included.  My clients make me feel like "Superman" on days like these.

Thank You!



Saturday, April 22, 2017

Three Hundred Sixty Five Plus Seven

 Last year on this day I was seven days in to sitting beside my son Tom in the hospital following a car accident on 16Apr16.

We've been through a lot in this past year and we keep moving - spinning our wheels forward - you could say.

So on this day "three hundred sixty five plus seven"  we brought the dirt bike into the pits and had some fun.

I wouldn't be "mom" if I didn't say "don't do anything crazy for the camera....."  ;)   And Tom wouldn't be Tom without saying "I know, Mom"  ;)

Being "in the pits" has never felt so good!