Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Resolution for the New Year

I've seen it done before - it's called the 365 day blog (or something of that nature). You post a photo a day for 365 days. I like it. It inspires me. And, well, in a recent bout of reorganizing I re-discovered about 10,000 photos from past journeys that I am not really doing anything with. Surely there are 365 awesome, telling, emotionally charged ones among these. Certainly there are ones worth sharing. At least I hope so! I'm afraid of committing to posting every day though. So let's just say I'll post as often as I can and try to make it worthwhile - at letting you spend some time with an individual photo - as though seeing it hanging in gallery, surrounded by white space, allowing a reaction to the image, rather than being overwhelmed by multiple images at once.

But, as with everything, I'm going to additional modifications:

1) When I travel I will still blog as usual - so that means multiple photos and reflections (though I cannot promise I will post every day when I travel since, you know, it's all about internet availability)

2) when I am not traveling I will post photos as often as I can, with the story behind it or a quote that suits the photo.

3) Once every week or so I will try to blog bigger - a series of photos with a story or something of the sort.

Of course, this is centered around my fine art photography. I will continue to update my new portrait blog with my portrait sessions as well. Be sure to check that one too!

So look for my first post tomorrow. And may 2010 be a fabulous year!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Christmas Cat

In an annual tradition, here is our 2009 Christmas Card that I designed featuring none other than Mordecai the (tolerant, pretty, posey, Russian Blue) cat.

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Christmas Cookie

Tis the season for....BAKING COOKIES. And boy do I love cookies! I have a few favorites - not your traditional chocolate chip for me - no sir! My standbys are butterscotch toffee chocolate chip, oatmeal white chocolate cranberry and spritz. And while I learned to bake at my Baba's knee (side note, Baba means grandmother in Polish) and did things the old-fashioned way (hand mixers, greased cookie sheets, etc.) I've picked up a few personal preferences through the years that make cookie-making yummier and easier (like land-o-lakes butter and parchment paper, respectively).
But though I've experimented, practiced, and made delicious perfection  - I've also made mistakes along the way. Like the time I thought I'd open my own "baking" business and my first client  - who won the cake of the month certificate (the gift that keeps on giving) that I generously contributed to a silent auction - decided to ask for the most difficult cakes each month. Let's just say I called it quits after month 3 because not only were the cakes challenging, but somehow every cake I made for her went Wrong. Yes, that's a capital W. But hey, it's about the journey, not the destination right?
While that particular life lesson was more than 6 years ago - I still make mistakes. Case in point - this last fiasco where I accidentally bought self rising flour and used it for the spritz cookies. That plus the salted butter (which I use even though recipes tell me not too because I just plain think it tastes better) created an awfully salty cookie that, while not inedible, did cause eaters to pause and say hmmmm. And not reach for another.  But fortunately the other cookies turned out just right. And since Christmas Cookie Calories don't count, Bon Appetit!


And, the resulting mess. Hey - I never said I was a neat cook. As long as I kept batter off the camera, I was happy!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Inspired to Capture Valdosta, GA

This time of year it's challenging to find time for just "being." With all the rushing and packing and mailing and traveling and holiday festivities - and for photographers, all the finalizing of orders and sessions in time for Christmas - it's no surprise that a spare minute in the day is hard to find. As I was driving home from yet another air force base function this afternoon, I suddenly saw my surroundings transform around me. I make this drive at least twice a day - to the gym or commissary shopping or to meet my husband for something or other - and because the weather has been mostly rainy I've not paid much attention to what I drive by. But today, partly sunny and 73 with some cool cloud cover (you know you -5 degree snowed in people are jealous), I saw the way with different eyes. And inspired, I pulled into my driveway, grabbed my camera, and pulled back out to travel the same route, this time with intention to capture what I saw. So here's a little taste of rural Georgia...caught in a 20 minute drive to and from the base, along the outskirts of the city of Valdosta. As you're looking, ask yourself this - what do you pass by each day that could suddenly turn into inspiration if you saw it through different eyes?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

O Little Town of Bethlehem

"How still we see thee lie. Above thy deep and dreaming sleep the silent stars go by." Yes, I'm humming to myself as I type this post. See, I had the privilege of growing up in and near Bethlehem, PA. The city is of course named for the Biblical Bethlehem and surrounded by cities of similar significance (like Nazareth) and, as such, it was a very Christmas-centric city, as you can imagine. I spent many school days during December visiting the Christmas Putz, drinking cider and eating cookies at the Moravian love feasts, and browsing in the brightly decorated shoppes on Main street in the downtown stretch, all beneath the twinkle of thousands of "Moravian" stars hung in every window and lit high above the city on a mountain you can see from most anywhere. I often miss home this time of year, because nothing embodies Christmas to me like snow on the ground, a chill in the air, decked halls and streetlamps draped with ribbons, and a general hum and bustle that accompanies it all. Christmas in the south, while still preserving its true meaning, still never feels quite the same. So here's my little tribute to the Christmas City, in photos.

For more information on The Christmas City, head to or and

You can buy Moravian stars locally in Bethlehem from The Moravian Book Shop or online of course.















Tuesday, December 1, 2009

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