This is my mother-in-law, Pinky. She’s a wonderful lady and very beautiful and she agreed to pose for me the other day. I wound up liking the black and white version of her portrait better. There’s just something about black and white pictures. Sometimes color can be distracting and can actually leave you seeing less in the picture. Black and white often just gets you to the essence of the person….


Yesterday I shot my final photography assignment for my studio lighting class. We had to create images using non-standard lighting. I tried using candles, shooting through a sheer fabric, and shooting with a light in back of my model. The resulting backlit shot is above. And if you have read other blog posts of mine, you will recognize this model as my daughter Tracey. She spent probably two hours with me on this shoot.

This lighting set up was challenging! In a lot of the pictures the light on the edge of her face just too blown out (like what you see on her hair on the far side of her face). I will return to this challenge in the future! I have some other ideas of how achieve a similar effect with some daylight balanced fluorescent lighting shop lights rather than my studio flash.

Home Depot, here I come!

Sparkly Tracey

You know when you meet a person that sparkles. They just light up your day. Somehow, other things become less important. You’d rather just spend some time with them and absorb the good feelings they emanate. That’s my daughter Tracey. She is a light in this sometimes dark world. Her positive attitude, her caring and grace for everybody (and I mean everybody)…they are just plain refreshing.

I was in the fabric store looking for interesting fabrics to use for backdrops in my studio and found a sheer blue fabric with silver sparkles. I draped it over a black muslin background and voila! The perfect backdrop to fit the personality of my daughter Tracey.

Have a blessed day! Hope it is filled with many sparkly people!


I was taking pictures at Christmas this year, and Kelly’s hair fell on top of Carlene’s head so that their hair merged together. Many people might think that wrecks the picture. To me, it made the picture and this is why.

Kelly and Carlene are cousins. And whenever they are together they are joined together. They sit in each others’ laps or next to each other with their legs intertwined. They get silly together, they are both getting tall together (like 5’11” tall….). And so this picture is all about the way they connect. And that’s why I like it the best of all of the pictures I took of both of them.


I am taking a studio lighting course to better learn how to use my new studio lights! This week, we learned about hard lighting, and boy does it look beautiful! This kind of lighting was used to light movies stars in the 40s. I am looking forward to playing more with this style of lighting.

Here are some pictures of Anna using this lighting.

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My inspiration

Well, it’s been a year, and I haven’t done much with this site. I really spent most of last year just “being” with my friend Deb, who was battling cancer. She lost that battle in October, but at one point she told me that if she got better she wanted to be a photographer. We only went shooting together once, in Rockport, before she got sick. Kids, commitments. Wish we had made more time for that.

Well, Deb’s dream has also been my dream for the past 5 years. I first picked up a professional camera when my sister-in-law Laurel died at age 49. I just needed something creative to do to feed my soul and all of a sudden the indulgence of buying the expensive equipment didn’t feel like an indulgence anymore. Really, what was I waiting for? So I’ve spent the last 5 years learning and practicing and here I am still loving photography.

Now, with Deb’s death – also at age 49 – I think it’s time for me to live out both our dreams. I am now going to officially call myself a photographer. I’ve spent the last month working on my website, deciding what services I’ll offer, deciding prices (yuck to all this business stuff!). I’m not quitting my day job, but I’m making the jump from a hobby to a side business. And every time that idea overwhelms me – I still have so much growing to do – I think of Deb and her brave struggle against cancer, and feel her with me encouraging me to follow our dream.

My flash photography class

Waaaaaaay back in September, I took a flash photography class given by Neil van Niekierk.  It exceeded my expectations.

It’s taken me until now, however, to process and post some pictures from that day.  I haven’t had a lot of time to work on my photography lately.

The two models are Ashley and Priya.  Very pretty girls.

Here are some pictures from the day:

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I haven’t posted in awhile and I’ve got a few photos accumulated.  These photos are from a senior photo session with Erika, who is the daughter of a dear friend of mine.  Their family is very creative and this photo session was a fun “what shall we do next” kind of time.  I also took this opportunity to play with some new software I purchased to help me make some funky edges and composites.  I could get lost in this kind of creative work….

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Billy and Chris’ Wedding

I shot my first official wedding this weekend. Chris is a friend from work who asked me to do this for her small, intimate wedding – actually, her word to describe her wedding was “organic.” Everything from the official to the musicians to the person who made the wedding cake were all people she knew. And she didn’t want many posed photographs. She wanted captured moments.

It was a wonderful time and I think they are the cutest couple! It was a privilege to be a part of their wedding and I got teary-eyed a few times myself. I wonder if other wedding photographers get like that?

Here are some additional photos from the wedding:

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Congratulations Billy and Chris!!!

Model Mayhem

rhiannondoherty-chrissamoiloff-1I’m part of a local photography group.  One of the events was to go and shoot models at a local park.  Model Mayhem is actually the name of a website where you can find models.  I learned a lot at this event and it was fun to shoot the models, most of whom had done this before.  Here are the stories of Hoai Doan, Linda Tran, Laura Briere, Rhiannon Doherty, Dreena DiMaggio, and Gitte Apotheker.

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