Monday, October 25, 2010

Fall has arrived!

I spent the last four days in Yellowstone with my sisters and I have some great photos to upload. Most of them are of my niece. Apparently other things happen in Yellowstone also, it was just had to tell with that tractor beam of cuteness always around.

Today is really gray and cold here. There is snow on the mountains and, if it gets any colder, there will soon be snow on our lawn. Sadly, I'm not sad. I was really looking forward to this fall. I have no logical reason for that. How could I? It's crazy talk. But true.

Anyway, for the next few months this is where you'll be finding everyone...

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sometimes I get so proud of a photo

It took me nearly an hour to get this one this weekend. I loved the subject and I'm so happy I got a picture of how I experienced her spirit.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Self plus tech

Today I spend nearly all day shooting a wedding at the Salt Lake Temple. It was the first time I've been down there as a photographer getting paid and it was an interesting experience. The wedding was nice and after the luncheon we had a break. I walked across the square and sat for a bit talking to Amber on the phone. While we were talking I snapped this picture. Typically I hate self-portraits or even pictures of me. I'm going to change that, a weekly posted snap at a time.

As we were talking Amber mentioned that she didn't have a picture of the chapel where she attended church for nearly two years. I offered to snap a photo for her. It's not revolutionary but it is a token of my love.

And, just for fun and the people who may not have a clear visual of where I was today, here's a shot!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Kitchen, continued.

I'm almost embarrassed that the next photo shows my very 'little girly' kitchen motif. I haven't bothered to change it because I'm still amused by the containers I bought when I was 22. So, I'll just live with the mockery of my pastel insects.

The picture is really of the shamrock. Long ago in a land called Montana, my Mom had a friend give her a shamrock and, to all our awe, it lived! And does to this day. It sits beside her sink in Virginia. Somewhere along the line my sisters and I got some too. And, of course, they sit beside our sinks.

Speaking of sitting, these two have taken to doing this together every time the door is open. Yes, the cat does outweigh the dog by about fifteen pounds.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Daily work with my camera

That's on of my goals. I haven't been vigilant about it over the last few months. I've decided that I'm going to spend the end of this year boiling down my priorities--trying to figure out where to spend the copious amounts of time I now find on my hands. I know that photography will loom large in those priorities so I'm choosing to devote myself more heartily to it now. And to unabashedly share the images I capture. That last part? That's the hard part for me.

So! Today we have 'Things you'll find in my kitchen.' The rose is one of three miniatures now in the house. Two are down in the television room and one sits in the corner of the kitchen on a chair I fell in love with in my apartment. While I like roses for all the typical reasons, I mostly love the way they play with light. It never becomes old for me to look at them. Yes, Michael. That is a hint.

The herbs sit on what is now my favorite table. It will be our table forever! It is a gift from Michael's parents and it's prefect. But I'll tell you more about it later. The herbs are part of my quest to have the kind of kitchen where everyone hangs out. The kind that is always warm, has a pot of hot water on the stove and inspires conversations about daily events and life choices. Some of my favorite books are written about Cornwall and they always seem to have a cozy kitchen filled with life. That's what I'm cultivating. One Ikea herb pot at a time.

Monday, October 4, 2010


I am a Gleek. And I'm seriously in love with the latest episode. I feel like a gawker on the freeway and I'm unwilling to stop myself.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Canines and Candids

That's what has been governing my life. My photography work for a Salt Lake studio has started to occupy about 10-15 hours of my week in shooting and about 95 more hours in working on my editing and technique. I'd share some of the work but my agreement with them is that the work is not available for online distribution. I have, however, finally decided on a name for my own photography company, have the domain registered and am well on the way to launching the site. Now I just need to get some more people in front of my camera.

It's not surprising that I'm having trouble finding time for people when I have all of these yahoos in my life...

Yes, there are currently three dogs, one cat and a background husband in the house. Mikey, the black and white, is just a visitor while his Mom is on a month-long trip. Blackie, the brown/black chihuahua, is a tiny new addition to our foster family. Last Monday her family tried to surrender her to the shelter but didn't have the money to do so. The shelter called us and here she is. She's hilarious and I'm sure she's going to find just the right forever home soon.

I'd update you about Michael and I but if I share too many quotes it starts to sound like "Bob and Ethel Do Marriage." We're ten days away from eight months and I can honestly say that no period of my life has flown by faster. It boggles the mind. Which is clearly the best excuse for not blogging.