Monday, November 24, 2008

Indoor Portraits

While nature and travel images are my first love, and I will be posting from Orlando in December and Pennsylvania (and some home made pumpkin pie) between Christmas and New Year, I will be more frequently updating my new portrait blog with the most recent additions. Last night's session with the Koogler family is featured right now. Stay tuned and keep checking for some of my indoor work including a special session at the Arcade (a very cool old building in Dayton where I have a photo shoot tomorrow evening!)

for the full session visit

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

the Comforts of Home

After several months on the road, with only recent intermittent periods of time in Dayton, I am at a comfortable stopping point. I'll be home now for two whole weeks with no intentions to travel and then I'll be in Orlando for four hopefully sunny (and definitely warm) days before coming home for another long stretch before traveling for Christmas back to PA. Being home almost feels like a vacation. Almost. Here's a glimpse of what being home means to me.

C is for the Comforts of Home

Oh, first, of course, Husband (not pictured here, doesn't begin with the letter C either...oh well!)

Coffee (fresh ground, home made, steaming)

Cat (cute, whiny, mischievous...he climbed a tree after a squirrel yesterday. sigh.)

Computer (not a laptop, big screen, fast Internet connection)

Chores (perpetual)

Cold (brrrr. not really a comfort, but a constant)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Wedding Bell(e)s in Virginia

Ahh, wedded bliss in rural Virginia. Culpeper to be exact. This is how I spent my weekend! Above, the happy couple, Adam and Candie. Below, the view from the hotel windows. The hotel was, quite truthfully, in the middle of nowhere and 30 minutes from Culpeper, but as you can see, bucolic and beautiful in the morning sunshine. For a closer look at my favorites from the wedding check out my portrait blog

Thursday, November 13, 2008

mist over Charlotte

Once again I am on the road for ENRICH -but this time for only a two day short trip to Charlotte. I spent the morning with my colleagues and friends hosting a training for the children's homes we work with. And though it was a misty morning, the park where the training was held, very close to downtown Charlotte, was beautiful. I did some fun stuff with filters to enhance the effect, but the color really was that vivid (as will happen in the rain) and the mist really was pronounced over the water. Enjoy!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Lazy DC Days

Playing tourist at the National Gallery was probably one of the most interesting things I'd done in a long time. Living in Dayton has given me a new perspective on fine art and seeing the master's work in living color - Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir, Vermeer - was a real eye opening experience. And of course no visit is complete without an early morning walk to the Lincoln memorial and back (six miles round trip in the 70 degree sunshine) and a stop over at the various war memorials, reminding me of those who served and did not come home, just in time for Veterans Day.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing DC through my eyes. It was a short trip but well worth it - to see Leah, her cat Bosco, to eat at some of the top rated restaurants and of course play tourist for a few days.

In the National Gallery.

Old Towne

we go Greek for lunch.

the airplanes from Reagan airport take off right over your head!

sunset over the monuments of DC

Morning in DC

WWII memorial

white squirrel

black squirrel