My great photography

Brenizer Fun

August 9th, 2014

I have recently been teaching myself how to shoot using the Brenizer Method. If you love jaw-dropping depth-of-field and lots of environment in your images, I highly recommend learning about it. (I will put a link to Ryan Brenizer’s video at the end of this post.)

Our recent trip to the Pacific Northwest was a great opportunity for me to take advantage of the tall, tall trees and lush ferns that just don’t exist where I live. Brenizers were the perfect way to capture some of that beauty. And as part of her birthday gift to me, my lovely girl volunteered to be my model – yay for me!!

If you’re interested in the video tutorial, you can find more information about it HERE.


Oh, this girl….

June 5th, 2014


Free Spirited

June 5th, 2014

Every spring we do a fun photo shoot, and last year we had SO. MUCH. FUN. with this! She loved all of the bracelets, necklaces ¬†and her favorite boots¬†(and the comfortable clothes, lol!). When I first started thinking about this shoot, I knew I wanted to edit these images with a colorful, bright and slightly funky 1960’s vibe. I taught myself how to create light leaks, and while the colors on these might not be realistic, I love all of the wild colors going on. I also had the chance to shoot some of my favorite backlighting, and she got to experience her inner hippie. It was a win-win situation for sure!

And even though I “saw” these in color as I planned, I sometimes love to play around with an antique BW conversion, which harkens back to my early love of antique photographs.


Magical Disney

June 3rd, 2013

I have a friend who is going to Disney World for the first time later this summer. Molly, these are for you!


A beautiful senior

April 1st, 2013

I had the good fortune to photograph this lovely senior a few years ago. These images ended up being some of my favorites of all time. I hope you enjoy them, too!


Sweet Owen

December 10th, 2012

I had the pleasure of photographing Owen, my niece’s 3rd baby. He is perfect in every way! He was so good to me – happy and calm when he was awake and peaceful and beautiful when he was asleep…all despite having a broken clavicle! It is always a privilege to be able to capture images of my niece’s babies so early in their lives. And wow, she and her husband know how to make the most beautiful, sweetest babies ever. And we managed to get the elusive “3 Siblings in One Photo” image…whew! Grant, Owen’s sweet big brother, is already completely smitten with the new baby, and Ruby now has two brothers to defend her without question. What a lucky girl! (If you scroll down a bit you can see her when she was about 7 months old…such a beauty!)


They are official!

May 25th, 2012

I’ve been working for months on a project that started out being just for myself, but as I worked on these, I realized I wanted to dip my foot in the Etsy pool. And what started out as a desire to do “a little bit of embroidery” turned into these 3 cuties! I had such fun designing them. My daughter even contributed some ideas, including what to name them, and the fact that they each have an embroidered heart.

You can purchase the PDF patterns, supply kits and finished dolls at my Etsy site:

Lolli Dolls Etsy shop

First is Ellie….

Next up is Grace…

And lastly, Rosie….

I hope you enjoying seeing them as much as I enjoyed making them!


Coming soon…

May 21st, 2012

Here’s a sneak peek of what I’ve been doing lately. All the details to come soon!


Lovely Reader

March 19th, 2012

What makes this photographer happy? Why, a field of purple flowers and a little hill of soft green grass, of course! And what makes my daughter happy? Books, a flowing antique skirt and the chance to “play a part.” The part here being, “Fashionable Young Edwardian Lady Reads in a Field of Flowers.” All of these things together made for one of the most fun and happy photo shoots we’ve ever done together.

The ever-so-proper aforementioned Young Edwardian Lady started out very demure…

But then the siren song of the breeze in her hair and the urge to run just couldn’t be denied….

And her true exuberant nature showed itself…

But then the evening was over, the light was fading, and it was time to go home. The end to a lovely, perfect evening.


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March 18th, 2012

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