Being Thankful...

Thursday, November 25, 2010

that if I'm going to spend time from my family on Thanksgiving Day, I'm going to spend it with some very special families.

I started the day with the T family as they move on to their next adventures. I've known them for many years from when my daughter cheered at the same gym as their girls, and their youngest babysat for us. Their youngest is now in college and their older 2 are living the life in the Big Apple after having finished their collegiate studies. Being invited to document all that was special in and around their house and neighborhood, particularly to the girls, was my pleasure and I had a great time!
Following that, I headed out to see the C family again, but with special guests, the Grandparents visiting for the holiday from Atlanta! More photos of Mr. T and this time some candid moments with his Grandparents whom he absolutely adores! And I guess you can see I adore Mr. T!  What a great way to spend my day...and the bonus?

Coming home to a nicely fried turkey and no fire extinguisher required! My husband is an awesome cook and, I'm not. I'll leave that part to the expert and continue to be thankful for my family and those around me who surround me with love and enhance my life! Happy Thanksgiving!


3rd time's a charm!

Monday, November 22, 2010

I have had regular sessions with this family since they came to me a year ago (literally 1 year to the day ago!!!) on a referral. I have watched their son grow over the past year and learned so much about his personality. The first 2 times we met, he started out very apprehensive about this lady with a camera. After visiting their home and seeing him in his environment, I knew that I was going to grab that happy energy in our next session. Luckily, they called me again and I couldn't be more thrilled about bringing this soccer ball (or is it a volleyball?) to start our meeting. He immediately warmed up to me and I got to see that energetic boy full of life and wonderment in all it's true glory---and I don't think he thought I was that scary lady with the camera this time...And as you can see---he OWNED that ball!


Do you recognize this family?

They're actually above, on the banner of my blog. I have done quite a few action photos and family photos for them over the past few years. I was humbled walking into their house and seeing the huge print of the banner photo above. This year, we squeezed this shoot in before the holidays, and in between cheer practice and competitions, and were lucky enough to have a perfect backdrop, their yard! GORGEOUS! I always love it when, at the 'end' of the shoot, the kids are still suggesting places to shoot and poses they want to do---a fun photo session? Yep! Thanks for the opportunity to make more photos for you!


The T family

is another family I met last year during my PTO photography fundraiser I did at his school. I have had the honor of capturing some action photos of their son's action football moments and am grateful that they called me again to do their Christmas photos. I had a great time and I wanted to share a few of the moments I captured from this session with them. Their son and I ran around the playground as he suggested some locations and poses for himself while their daughter, in her beautiful Christmas dress, happily enjoyed her favorite part of the playground, the swings!
I'd also like to add that, if you have a moment, learn a little bit about spina bifida .  This can impose some great physical challenges but I can tell you that the spirit of their daughter is totally inspiring.


The start of a busy weekend

and I loved every minute of it! On Saturday, my son was in a flag football tournament, I helped coach one of our association's cheer squads - we're hoping for a win at Regionals Thanksgiving weekend! and then headed to my daughter's former cheer gym to shoot their family day. What a blast! Brought back great memories of when my daughter cheered for 5 years (before she retired at the ripe old age of 10). Here's one of the MANY photos I captured on their opening day. This gym is located in Jacksonville, FL and you can check them out here here.


The A family SneakPeek!

She called for another session with me! Last year, I offered a photo special at my son's elementary school as a fundraiser for the PTO. This family kept my number and asked for another shoot. I had such a great time with them and catching up with their academic adventures this year since I no longer have children in elementary. I had a fantastic time! Aren't they a great looking bunch?


An honor on Veterans Day

Friday, November 19, 2010

to have a session scheduled with a Naval Veteran and his family.  I've known this family for about a year through our baseball club affiliation. Now I'm sure you can't tell from the photos, but their son is TALL. When I say tall, I mean REALLY tall at 6'+ in middle school! I really enjoyed my time with them and am thrilled with the photos we made!


They really don't like to have their photos taken...

or do they? Mom called to ask about a family photo session in the park but she was concerned that the kids really don't enjoy having their photos taken. Apparently, they just needed to have FUN while getting their photos taken and that's what it's about! Simple, spirited and special!


Love is...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

this family!!! I LOVED spending the afternoon with the W family. They just oozed love for one another. Their son is so full of spirit and just a FUN boy eager to tell me about his school adventures, hit the beach and throw the football. One thing we DEFINITELY have in common is that we can both TALK up a storm! I had a great time with them and just wanted to get a quick sneak peek to them...more coming soon!


Beach Sneak Peek...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Before I head off to the only NFL game of the year I'll probably actually attend (okay, I bailed on probably the biggest Jag win of the season vs. the Colts), thought I'd share this quick sneak peek of a beach shoot I did last week...Love this family! And, thanks to them, my son has a place to stay while we go out to play tonight!


My first extended family photoshoot

Friday, October 8, 2010

This great family was referred by a customer for whom I shoot action photos. Mrs. B called about my taking photos of her family for her Grandfather's birthday party.  After a full day of shooting football, I rushed to her Mother's home to capture the memory of this special gathering.
I had such an awesome time with this family! The opportunity to join them in this beautiful property on the River, brought excitement about the potential for waterside shooting locations. Unfortunately, it was pretty windy on the river so we took to shooting in their beautiful home and in the spacious and gorgeous front yard. Grabbing every bit of light I could, I made my greatest efforts to memorialize this moment for Mrs. B and her family. 
I had so much fun with them! And kudos to those especially well-mannered and ultra-patient children! I can't thank them, nor their parents enough for the opportunity to capture this special moment.

And great thanks to Loribeth for the referral! I know you're anxious to see your daughter's photos here and those are coming soon! I PROMISE!


End of Summer Mini-Session Special! HUGE discounts and More!

Monday, September 20, 2010

I have been everywhere but my blog lately, it seems! Processing client orders and shooting football action shots as gridiron madness has begun.  It's been rewarding and busy and I love the sound of that camera shutter!
Now it's time to reward YOU!  I am offering this awesome Mini-Session special on Sunday, October 3 at Alpine Groves. With this session, we will be on the river side of the park and remaining on the park grounds and not the dock area due to time constraints, unless you choose to book 2 slots.
Don't miss out on this great deal which also offers a 20% discount on your print purchase! 

And the best thing? I am now accepting credit cards via paypal. Book soon!


Friendships Revisited

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I have really been slacking on keeping up with my blog. It's because I was working on helping plan my 20th high school reunion for Heidelberg American High School in Germany.  Unfortunately, not all of my classmates could join us.  Facebook played an integral role in helping locate classmates and get the word out about our upcoming gathering.  Lucky for me, it's been a place where I've been able to reconnect with friends I have not seen nor heard from in decades.  Ray is one of them.  He is an active duty service member whom I'm proud to say,  continues to serve our country.  He was excited about the prospect of meeting up with old friends and classmates, but was unable to join us because of scheduling issues.
Lucky Me! I live in Florida where he happened to be visiting family - close enough that I was able to meet up with him. He invited me to his parent's house and I had the pleasure of spending the day with his extended family and meeting his wife and daughters. He was a special friend in school (I know, I say that about all of my classmates but it's just about the Heidelberg bond we have!) and it's such a gift to be able to revisit that time and renew our friendship, while welcoming his children and wife to the Heidelberg family.
These are a sneak peek of some of the photos I was able to capture.


Tennis Team Time and Memorial Day

Monday, May 31, 2010

Let me tell you about my friend Ginny (3rd from the left)---she's amazing! She's a mom, a wife, an Officer in the Naval Reserves JAG, a school volunteer, Girl Scout Leader for two troops and the mother of one of my daughter's best friends.  Oh! And in between all of that and the endless other things which fill Ginny's days, she also plays on a tennis team. She asked that I come and capture some group shots of her her team to commemorate the end of the season.  These brightly dressed ladies practice and play matches several times throughout the week and in this crazy Florida heat! How about those great, bright tennis tops?

In honor of Memorial Day, I thank her for her service and am grateful for those who serve, have served, support those who serve and who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Thanks to my twin sister Hilary (Full Time Air Force Reservesin San Antonio, TX), baby sister just promoted to Air Force Captain Pilot Kira Reyes stationed in Ramstein, Germany and baby brother, newly promoted Air Force 1st Lieutenant Kai Reyes stationed in Valdosta, GA.


Making Changes and Updates

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I've found that I am bogged down between trying to keep up a website and a blog. I really would somehow like to combine the two together.  You'll find blank pages here for a while as I make changes to my blog between shoots, edits and life in general.
In addition to sharing my experiences and my day-to-day life on my blog, I will also be providing a page for photographers looking to learn more. As some of you know, I'm self-taught with a love for the craft but I didn't learn it without some great sites and mentors out there.  I hope to help out more people who want learn more about their camera and get it out of the automatic modes. It's not as scary as it seems!
So, look for changes coming up slowly but surely!


My first beach shoot...

Friday, May 21, 2010

and I'm so excited!  The L children were so much fun! His amazing knowledge of cars impressed my 11 year old son. I mean, seriously! He can look at every model and tell you what it is and---oh by the way, even tell you about the recalls!  She posed like the talented dancer which she is and I couldn't get over how much she looks just like her beautiful Mom!  I am anxious to finish their edits and share these photos with their parents. It really was my first beach shoot and I take pride in this one!


The R Family Sneak Peek

Thursday, May 13, 2010

This beautiful family had scheduled sessions with me several times. Unfortunately, illness or weather just wasn't on our side. We finally had the opportunity to meet up on a beautiful Sunday morning. The park was still quiet and we were able to get some fun shots.  Here's just a sneak peek of some of their photos.


He's got the eye...

Thursday, May 6, 2010

When his Grandmother called to request a photo session for her 2nd grade Grandson, I was excited to meet him. Little did I know that Mr. H has quite the eye for photography and a love of art and nature. What a sweet young man I met this afternoon! I hope he got some great shots in the park with his camera!


Little Mr. T...

Thursday, April 29, 2010

I was thrilled when I received an email from this family requesting another photo session at a new location. This one was on a BUSY Sunday afternoon at the beach. It's been about 5 months since I last saw them and was so excited to see how much Mr. T had grown. He's so adorable, inquisitive and head-strong. I'd like to think that's me too! Here's a little sneak peek.


A lovely family...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

This family was so great to work with on this beautiful Saturday morning. Mom was referred to me by another client after seeing some of my photos from a Christmas shoot.  We scheduled this session early in the morning. I am so grateful because I had no idea that there was a 100 year celebration planned at Alpine Groves. It would be packed full in no time at all! I truly enjoyed spending time with this lovely family and look forward to seeing them soon again!


The baby is married...

Friday, April 23, 2010

This is my brother Kai. He's the youngest of 6 kids in our family. He's the baby. He serves our country proudly as an Officer in the Air Force.
By the way, he's also the only boy.
Today, he married the love of his life, Meghan, and we're so happy for him. CONGRATULATIONS Kai and Meghan!
I'm not a wedding photographer and this is my first little go at it. Kai lives in GA, not far from me. I was able to get up there, enjoy the moment, grab some pics and now I'm back home to edit before heading off to Savannah in the morning to watch Kolby play in his tournament. It's a busy busy weekend!


Hey Soul Sister...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Okay, W is not a Sister, but isn't he a cutie? He entertained me today by singing Train's recent hit song and I couldn't get enough of this boy!  I taught him how to 'fist' shake. I didn't do any editing for his boo-boos but did a little de-saturation, just because it's fun. I really enjoyed W and his Mom's hug at the end of the session meant a TON to me! I can't wait to sit down and work with these photos, but in the meantime, I hope she likes the sneak-peek!
Oh yeah! And note to self: Next time you do an hour-long photo shoot, you may not want to leave your car door WIDE open. I guess I was so excited about working with W that I forgot to secure the car. No snakes and nothing stolen! Counting my blessings on that one!


Sweet Shoot!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The J and J children joined me for a photosession yesterday thanks to a referral from my first-ever family photo shoot. I was excited for the opportunity to work with these new customers and provide them with some great portraits of their children who are awesome close friends that LOVE game night! Love the colors that they chose! Each of their personalities are so great and Miss C departed saying "I'm going to miss you"! Hopefully we'll meet again!
In the meantime, I encourage you to educate yourself about Type 1 diabetes. Please visit to learn about this rare form of diabetes which affects the lives of children and young adults.


It's been a while

Monday, March 29, 2010

I know I really need to update my blog. It's been too long. Sometimes life gets in the way. Spent a long weekend in Ormond Beach at a baseball tournament. Thanks to the emergence of Facebook, when updating my status, a former High School classmate who lives there said he'd stop to visit. He graduated two years before me, so technically it's been over 20 years since we last saw one another in Germany.  Well, we did actually see each other at a reunion in DC in '93 but we were still in a pre-adult haze. It was great to see Mike and amazing to hear his life story. Here's a photo that my daughter snapped of us...and by the way, we remained seated as he's 6'5" and I'm 4'10" and I don't think that Kelsey would've been able to get both of us in frame had we been standing!
One more thing, Kolby's baseball team won the tournament.  They were the number 1 seed and with the bad weather that came in, they weren't able to play the championship game but they had already earned and deserved the title. Great job Storm!!


Spring is here...or is it?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

It's pretty frustrating, this North Florida weather lately, isn't it? The pollen has been flying around, the rain  comes in, the cold and wind and then a teaser of a 'REAL' spring day---then we're running the heat again. Crazy weather!  I'm ready to take the camera out and capture some special moments, get a few cool snaps and take the 400 photo challenge.
What's the 400 photo challenge? Just taking out the camera and snapping 400 photos...even if it's 400 photos of the same person, but taking 400 photos in two hours. I'm up for the challenge but the weather hasn't been cooperating and that's a total bummer! Maybe I can this afternoon. I don't know. Lots on the plate but  I'm going to try.
In the meantime, here's a snap I grabbed this weekend of my friend's children.  Her daughter and mine used to cheer and tumble together years ago. After 5 years of competitive cheerleading, my daughter 'retired'.  Brittney is still competing and she's got mad skills now! So proud of her, and Brandon for coming to support her at the local compeition!


Backpacker's Studio 101

Sunday, March 21, 2010

It's here! All of it! Yeah! learn, practice and use by Kelsey.


It's been a while...

Saturday, March 20, 2010

I talked about my car problems. Well, that set us back a pretty penny and the tax return hadn't been deposited yet AND, to top it ALL off, I had just spent virtually all of my business account on this backpacker's studio that I fell in love with from my and shoot-together. Who expects to end up with $750 worth of work on a car with less than 45,000 miles on it just from hitting a curb?! borrow those well-worn words of uselessness "it is what it is".
I took a few days to mourn (and worry about!) the car expenditures while guiltily (is that a word?) excited about the arrival of my backpacker's studio. Piece by piece it arrived with the FINAL piece being my 'new' (because it's used, but it's new to ME!) speedlight (a.k.a. FLASH!). After UPS saying it was delivered, when it wasn't and stressing and REALLY actually shedding a tear about it...I decided to GOMA and head to St. Augustine. I borrowed this from Zach Arias blog that I read yesterday. Just changed it to fit my needs. I called my friend Kim and asked her to spend some time in St. Augustine to do some street shooting.
I'm not really a SHY person AT ALL. But when it comes to walking up to strangers and just asking to take their photo? Well, guess what? I did it and it worked. A few of them asked for a cigarette. I threw a few quarters in bins for others. It was fun. It was crazy. I'll send one of them a photo or two. I have a soft spot for Vets and he said he has problems downloading photos to his computer. It was really outside of my normal realm of things I do (since I am good at being in my "cave" as my daughter affectionately calls my office). But wow! The photos I got. I don't know how comfortable Kim was as she often walked down the street as I started up the casual conversation and just started shooting. I had a blast and she genuinely seemed impressed with all of it (maybe a little embarassed but I understand!) and hoped that next time we could do this for longer. I hope she'll pull out her camera too next time!

Here's just 1 shot from today.
Asked this gentleman what the heck happened to his Gators this year...with their upset to BYU in the NCAA tournament still fresh in the minds of their fans. We laughed over it a moment and then I asked if he'd mind if I took a photo. He only seemed concerned about the cigarette but I think this photo really says what I can bring to my customers within a few moments of knowing them...he was laughing when I took this. Maybe, with the insecurities I have, I use moments like this to remember, there's a lot more to being a photographer than just pressing the shutter button.
By the way, in true Mommy form, the stroller patrol was behind me. A few with double strollers and said something to the effect of "You must be a professional photographer. We were wondering if you would mind taking a photo of use with OUR camera." Sweet Nikon Point and Shoot. I think it's called a coolpix or something. I KNOW my daughter wants one. Anyway, took their photos, made the baby laugh and confidently handed them my business card. I sure hope they call!
AND, my speedlight arrived while I was in St. Augustine YEAH!!! And I realize now that I referred to this as today, when, as I type this it was actually yesterday! See what happens when you get caught up in the  instruction manuals and all of that good stuff?
Bis Morgen Alles! oder?


$288.00 for LABOR?!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Okay, really, I am a good driver but I always drive little, low profile cars so those damned curbs just kind of pop up on you. So, I didn't mention this earlier but when I was in Ybor and leaving the parking garage I must've driven up on the wheelchair ramp while making a too-tight right-hand turn and crunched down on the sidewalk. I told my husband about it but didn't think anything of it until I was driving home from Tampa and suddenly, my car sounded like a 747 taking off! No amount of volume on the music drowned it out!
So, after taking my husband for a spin so he (w/ his non-mechanic skills) tells me "It's not the engine. It's the tire. You must've done SOMETHING when you hit that sidewalk". So, I bypass my dealership and head to Tires Plus where I had purchased my tires less than 10,000 miles ago last February.
Verdict: 2 bald front tires because I hadn't rotated them every 3,000 miles, a nail in the passenger rear tire, a busted ball bearing in the front axle; $886+tax. Oh! And by the way, the axle MAY be busted but we won't know until AFTER we do all the work. Thought I'd have a nervous breakdown. Tax return isn't in. I just spent all of my business spoils on new photography equipment and...NO! THIS CAN'T BE HAPPENING TO ME RIGHT NOW! And WHY OH WHY?...WHY am I driving this car? Yes, German made where I was raised, but my VW fit better into my budget!
As it turned out, the axle was fine, I got a discount on my tires and the bill was 'ONLY' $750.00. Funny how we can put things in perspective! I'm confident it would've been thousands had it been my axle as well! (Am I even spelling axle correctly?!)
So, I peruse the invoice when I get home and notice a $288.00 labor charge. This was barely less than what I paid for parts for the ball bearing issue. hmmm... I'm aggravated and then ...LIGHTBULB.
This mechanic drove my son and I home from the shop in his personal vehicle so we wouldn't have to hang out there. (Now, I know he had to wait for the parts to arrive but still---awful nice, and of course I asked if he needed family/childrens' photos and handed him my business card! ) And then, he uses HIS tools and software, he invested his money and time in educating himself in his craft, probably suffered through apprenticeships, familiarized himself with a plethora of models of vehicles and is ultimately responsible for sending the customer home safe, healthy and happy for the sake of the big box tire store who certainly collects a great percentage of that labor charge.
Our careers and livelihoods ARE an investment. Whether we continue on our journey through college/trade school or apprenticeships---or LIKE ME: taking the time (LOTS AND LOTS OF TIME) researching, finding every avenue possible to gain the's our investment and ultimately, it is worth something.
I don't have any fancy affiliations (can't afford to join those groups...YET!). I haven't been to PPA, WPPI nor do I own Adobe CS program. I'm not formally educated in photography nor the software. I've never used a MAC (really!) I don't have all of the fancy top-of-the-line-tools and toys. I can tell you that I do have long-term goals and strive for all of it. I price myself accordingly and hope to build a following and that entrusts me with their portrait memories the way I entrusted that mechanic with our safety in my car.
Could I afford $288.00 on labor in addition to the parts that were neccessary to get me back on the road? NO. Not at all. But is all that he gave to me worth it? ABSOLUTELY!
I know I underprice myself and my industry but, quite frankly, I just want to take pictures.
But, yeah, labor is more than that time behind the camera, much like that mechanic today. Thanks Ray Torres----I get it! 
Oh! And by the way, I'll look out for those sidewalks FOR SURE!
WHAT a Monday!


Friday Fun...

Sunday, March 14, 2010

So I decided to head down to Tampa on Friday. My friend Joni asked me to do a photo shoot of her girls and invited my neighbors from our old 'hood to gather for a good ole fashioned Mommy Happy Hour at her house afterward.
For the most part, I am a home-body. If I leave the house it's to drive the kids to school or activities, go to the gym or for a photoshoot. Yep, I opt to email my grocery and Wal-Mart lists to my husband rather than hit the road-and tempt myself in the mall! (We can talk about my endless car accidents later-let's just say my 13-yr old prefers the backseat where she can't see if the wreck is coming our way! Only one of those accidents was my fault.)
Well, the ONE and ONLY day I'm not home, and am happily on my way to Tampa, AND my husband happened to be in Ocala - the phone rings! It's the school calling me to tell me that Kolby's teacher has sent him to the clinic and I need to pick him up. I literally was about an hour and a half away from the house when I get this call. Trying to maneuver my car in the driving rain, while merging onto I-75 while dialing 16,000 telephone numbers to see who can pick my son up from school is a challenge that I don't suggest to anyone! Luckily, my friend Kim came to the rescue and was able to pick him up. Go figure, he had no temperature, was just coughing. FCATS---I hate state standardized testing!---and she thought he was contagious I guess?
So, I arrive in Tampa and meet up with a classmate from Germany, Brandy, whom I hadn't seen in 20 years. Crazy, we meet at the bar in Ybor City where I was 'banned for life' in my crazy wild youth days---The Green Iguana.  Kind of funny. Won't go into the story but after over a decade, I guess it's safe for me to go there now :)
I really love Ybor City! Awesome, Cuban-influence. Very eclectic with too many great locales for shooting than I can count! I so wished it wasn't raining! I would've loved to just walk the streets, reminisce about Heidelberg with my friend and take a ton of snaps but it wasn't meant to be this rainy Friday.  But here is a photo of 7th Avenue I snapped mid-windshield wiper swipes.

Now it was time to leave and head over to Joni's. I knew that we weren't going to be able to get the shots she and her daughters wanted. It was too wet and rainy to head outside. Oh! And I had been stuck in that crazy Friday night rush hour in the pouring rain. Ugh! I hate driving in rush hour!
When I finally arrived at Joni's, it was moments before our old neighbors (no we're not old, I didn't mean it like THAT!) arrived and it was time to play "remember when" and catch up with today's news.  We had a great and fun group in our Pebble Creek neighborhood. I miss those friendships and the cameraderie and those Friday night happy hours. Of course, now we're all busy as our kids are older and I'm surprised all of us were able to clear that night to hang out! I was so excited to see everyone and enjoy a moment sans kinder with my girls from the 'hood.  Here's a photo of Joni and Melinda that I snapped early enough in the evening that it's not blurry.
I look forward to my next visit and actually having the opportunity to get some photo shoots done but, in the meantime...great fun with great girlfriends!


Superbowl Bound...

Can they be a threepeat?  I don't know. Kolby had an awesome game today and the Raiders had an awesome showing. I don't know the score. It was a shut-out. It was a great game. It was another win. Tomorrow his team plays another undefeated team. May the team with the least errors win...They both deserve it. In the meatime, here's my son playing QB=he's not the QB. In fact, today, I'd say he was the PICKmeister. I lost count on the number of picks he had in this playoff game but he had a ton. I was proud of him and happy for the team. They did awesome!

Read more... and sharing...

Friday, March 12, 2010

So, I had posted a photo from a shoot together I took part in last weekend.  It was my first ever shoot-together which spanned Friday and Saturday. Corey, with arranged with Mike and Andy from an informative shoot together using portable flash units. 
Well, let me tell you, I've never seen a speedlight a.k.a. off-camera flash in use, nor had I ever seen a softbox in my life! I was intimidated about joining this group but figured I could sneak away if I felt completely lost while working with some very seasoned photographers.
Mike and Andy were delayed on Friday, but Corey jumped right in asking about what my skill level is and promptly handing me his camera to start using the softboxes, speedlights and radio triggers that they and other participants provided. We just randomly asked strangers if they wanted their photos taken and easily convinced them that it was harmless and for fun/teaching. They graciously agreed. Mike and Andy arrived with Amber, a Westcott (the company that makes the softbox we used) marketing rep.  She wasn't there to sell or market, just to watch us in action.
So, Friday night was all urban shooting at the Jacksonville Landing and downtown Jacksonville. Luckily, it was a small group and I was able to get great tips and advice from everyone there! I learned so much and couldn't wait to join them again on Saturday at Jacksonville Beach. A larger group arrived but it was still so informative. They added reflectors and scrims to their arsenal and showed us how to use them, talking about catchlights and the pros and cons of the tools.
Mike and Andy LOVE their backpackers' studio.  I do too! I finally found my 1st speedlight and after I'm finished blogging, I'm going to search for the rest of the things that we used. I am so excited!
It was great to meet so many photographers who truly ALL were friendly and helpful.  I had so much fun and was so bummed that my weekend with this awesome group was coming to a close. I am so grateful for the generosity of Mike and Andy (whom, I might add, actually live in Columbia--as in the country!) and Corey to share their tools, time and knowledge to someone new like me.
I truly enjoy natural lighting but I believe that these new tools will enhance my work and will provide me with a great deal of flexibility.
Here are some photos I took from this weekend. Also, some photos others took to show you what a shoot together is all about. The final photo of me with Andy, Mike and Corey was taken by Rebecca Rogers of  Oh! And my new profile picture is courtesy of Benjamin Wilson. 
Here's a video Mikey took from this weekend:
I can't wait until they arrive again next year! I'll definitely let you know!



Thursday, March 11, 2010

I'm offering a Spring mini-session!  Check it out!


I Heart Faces Photo Challenge...

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

This is a snap from my weekend with and I'll explain more about this weekend later but I actually wanted to enter this photo into a photo challenge. This is a photographer I met this weekend, Norman Al. This was the last photo of my 2 days on a photoshootout/shoot-together with these great people. More to come about all I learned and about these great guys but, in the meantime, here's Norman doing what I felt about this weekend: Jumping for Joy.


New Directions...

Thursday, March 4, 2010

I have some plans. I'm trying to grow my business. I want to get out there and capture you and your family's special moments. I'm also learning something new everyday about photography, business, marketing and the wide world of the internet. This blog will start going in a different direction. I am finding what I like as I'm researching about my own business and art. I would like to help others who are looking to improve their photography, links to business sites that I have found useful, as well as other information and thoughts on my journey.  Look for changes coming soon and I hope you join me on this adventure!


Kids being kids...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

is really what this day was about! On President's Day, my son's baseball club came out to the baseball park to meet up with a group of kids from Community Connections, located in Jacksonville.  Initially I thought that this might be a day when our kids learn about those less-fortunate.  As it turned out, they didn't.  There was no distinction between these kids except that the boys from the baseball club played baseball a little bit better.  I can tell you that my heart warmed watching them interact. I can tell you that many of the kids learned that fortune or misfortune is as diverse as all of the children who were there. What a great day to be a kid!


I'm itchng...

Sunday, February 14, 2010

to do some serious photographing today.  Sitting in my husband's truck in a parking lot, using my daughter's laptop to blog my day when I'd rather be shooting is a little boring. So I sat here with my 35mm prime lens, snapping pics of my husband playing on his phone, my son drinking his Gatorade and anything else that was 1/2 interesting while I wait for my son's team to play their game. Why am I not out shooting your family's photo? Today, we're spending some family time together at a baseball field in Leesburg. Lots of opportunity to grab some action shots.  I love that! So, instead of your family's photos, I am shooting my family's photos. It's all good.


Oh the weather outside is FRIGHTFUL...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

and this is Florida?  It has barely gotten out of the 40s today and I can't believe how cold it has been! I suppose I should be glad that I'm not up north where my friends are housebound because of the snowblizzards.  I just wish it was warm enough to get outside and do some photosessions. I admit that I am allergic to the cold. Not really, but after 10+ years in Germany, I traded the beauty of Europe for palm trees and the Sunshine State...I hope it warms up soon!

In the meantime, here's a sneak peek from my session on a mildly cold day. The guys were, as Mom said when she met me at the park, "not happy about being here to do this" but I promised it would be painless. I think Mom will be pretty happy with the results! Stay Warm! 

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