Friday, March 5, 2010


Chad & Jamie are Famous!

Well, sort of. :-) A few days ago, Emmaline Bride featured the story of Chad and Jamie's engagement and wedding on their blog? How cool is that?! Check it out by visiting their blog!
In other news, I haven't blogged for about 10,323,393 days because it's been CRAZY busy! I'm getting ready to leave for WPPI, a big photography tradeshow and convention in Las Vegas! I will be gone until the end of next week, so I apologize in advance for being slow to return emails. I will do my best! Stay tuned for some Vegas pictures in about a week!

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010


It's My Birthday (a day late!)

Sooo yesterday was my birthday, woohoo! I got some gorgeous flowers, lots of texts and phone calls, and numerous well-wishes on Facebook (cause hey, you know you've arrived when you get lots of birthday wishes on Facebook!) I also posted a question on my Fan Page asking everyone for their favorite birthday memory, and got some good responses! (Go add your own!)

What, you may be asking, is the point of all this?

Well, I also posted that I would be blogging about a birthday here it is! If you pre-pay for a session this year (senior, child, etc), you will get 25% off the session fee! You must contact me and pay for your session by January 31, 2010, at midnight.

Have a happy Tuesday!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009


A Time of Reflection

As yesterday was Memorial Day, I spent some time thinking about how much my family means to me. As I visited my grandfather's grave with my parents, I couldn't believe he'd been gone 10 years already. Time really does get away from us. Recently I've been even more reminded of this. With the onset of an illness and hospitalization of an older family member, it really reminded me to be thankful for the time we have.

So go hug your family and enjoy them!


Wednesday, April 1, 2009


April Fool's!

It's the big day...April Fool's Day! Not much going on around here as far as foolin' goes, but if you are a great prankster, I would love to hear what you've pulled off!

Also...I found this cool place that lets you superimpose a picture onto different mediums..might be good for a mild mannered, work-appropriate funny. :-)

Also, here are some other "clean" pranks:

Have a lovely April Fool's Day...but don't get too crazy! (or at least don't get in trouble!)

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Friday, February 20, 2009


Young Talent

Hi, it's me again. Your long lost blogger. I know I've been unfaithful in my blogging attempts and I'm trying to change. Please don't hit me!

Now that I've got that off my chest (the guilt was just EATING me ALIVE! ;-) ) I just have to say how impressed I was yesterday. I had the honor of being a judge for the Kansas Scholastic Press Association High School Journalism Contest held at FHSU. Mr. Andy Stanton of the Communication Studies Department had contacted me about a month ago, and I have to admit I was slightly nervous. I mean, yeah I take pictures, but who am I to judge the work of others?

I'm so glad I did though. There were some impressive shots, some pulled of perfectly, some were a little rough, but it was so exciting to see the thought and effort that went into the planning. They might not have turned out perfectly, but there's always next time, and it was great to see these high school students' creativeness. It reminds me of myself back in the day, when we walked to school uphill both ways through 4 foot of snow....err, wait, it wasn't that long ago. But it seems like a million lifetimes ago!

Wait, what was I saying? Oh yeah.

Back when I first became interested in photography I took pictures of EVERYTHING. I'm fairly sure I drove my mom nuts shooting roll after roll of film. The Alco film developing counter loved us, no doubt. It may have seemed crazy at the time, but I really think you have to shoot, shoot, shoot and shoot some more to learn your style. This contest helped me get excited again about shooting just for me, just the fun stuff.

So on this fair Friday I leave you with this thought....go out and do something for you. Do something just for the fun of it. It'll be fun...I promise!!


Until next time,



Thursday, December 18, 2008


So I'm a slacker....

...when it comes to blogging! I'll tell you what, between turning in orders, creating cards, delivering product, hanging out at the post office to pick up and mail items, I think I've gone mad. :-) Luckily it all seems to be coming to a slowdown just in time for Christmas.

I really wanted to take this opportunity to send out a heartfelt THANK YOU to all my clients from 2008. It's been a great year and I've had the chance to meet and work with some wonderful people.

I hope everyone has a safe holiday season and enjoys spending time with family and friends at this time of year. Although our loved ones are important all year long, there's nothing like this time of year to remind us of how important they are to us.

Once again, thank you for your support!



Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Turkey Day is almost Here!

Tomorrow is one of my favorite holidays! It's a great chance to see family, enjoy great food and have a good time, as well as to reflect and be thankful for what we have. It might not seem like much at times, but I think it's important to really stop and think about these things.

Okay, enough semi-deep thoughts from me, and a couple of things....

First, everyone who sends me a photo of their Thanksgiving table spread will be entered in a drawing to win something cool. Very a way cool picture frame!!! Send them to, pretty please! I will announce the winners next week, so you gotta get them emailed to me by Sunday night.

Second, due to the fact I was out of town last weekend, I'm extending holiday card deadlines to December 3rd. We need to have a final design settled on by then to allow for time to get your cards back from the magic place that makes the cards appear on paper, and, *gasp* to allow time for any mistakes! (surely the mistake wouldn't be mine though, I never make mistakes! ;-) ha ha! )

Third, have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008


A Few Things About Me

I decided to change gears a bit and post something a bit more personal about myself....I've seen several other photographer friends post this on their blogs, as well as received it in an email, and I find it very insightful!

I AM … lucky.
I WANT… to live life to the fullest.
I HAVE … the best support system in the family and friends.
I KEEP …everything! (No seriously, I'm a packrat!)
I WISH I COULD … stop worrying about things I have no control over.
I HATE … turmoil.
I FEAR … losing those close to me.
I HEAR …my dog whining because she wants a treat (Okay, we couldn't get too deep here, gotta keep the mood light!).
I DON’T THINK … KU is going to win another national title. At least I hope not.
I REGRET …burning bridges in the past with those I shouldn't have.
I LOVE …meeting new people and helping them capture great memories.
I AM NOT …a petite person. At all.
I DANCE …quite fabulously, if I do say so myself!
I SING …when the muse strikes me.
I NEVER …go a day without thinking about my family.
I RARELY … turn down a pair of shoes or a purse!
I CRY WHEN I WATCH …animals suffering.
I AM NOT ALWAYS ….the most fact I can be downright cynic. :-)
I HATE THAT …sometimes I don't take myself seriously enough.
I’M CONFUSED ABOUT … religion.
I NEED … a vacation!
I SHOULD …be myself.


Thursday, May 29, 2008


Florida Vacation - No Boys Allowed!

It was a tiring but fun 5 days/6 nights in Florida, and we just got back! My mom, grandma and myself decided it was high time we spent some quality time together, so we hit both sides of the Florida coastlines. We flew from Kansas City to Ft. Myers, Florida, and drove out to Sanibel Island for a few days. From there, we drove across Alligator Alley (which we didn't see any alligators on!) to Fort Lauderdale for another few days, before flying out from Fort. Laud back to Kansas City. We were able to collect lots of beautiful seashells and other cool finds!

Just a few pictures of us ladies:

My grandma Louise and I on Sanibel Island at our hotel

My mother Lindy, myself, grandma Louise

My mom enjoying the surf!

This trip was truly one I will never forget, and I feel incredibly blessed to be able to spend so much time with my family.


Wednesday, April 30, 2008



So I have a fascination with old things. Old houses, old barns, old rusty vehicles.... so this past weekend I decided to have fun with it! My supportive father and mother helped me out by brainstorming of a few places near home (their home, my old home, home, you know what I mean!) to shoot around at. This is my first experience of shooting structures and not people, so go easy on me, I'm still learning. :)


Thursday, March 20, 2008


4-Legged Friends - Take 2

This week I headed back out the HSHP for some more furbaby pictures. I met some wonderful animals that I hope find a home soon! If you are planning on attending the Ladies Fair at the Holiday Inn coming up shortly, stay tuned, you will probably be seeing some images at the HSHP booth!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008


A Family Project....

I find families absolutely fascinating. A little nutty, sometimes interesting, but always loving (hey, in my family that's how it is :) ). I also find old family photographs interesting, along with the history that goes with them. I have grand plans to design a coffee table book containing images and past stories of and about close members of my family.
So, after hitting up my grandparents, I scored some great older photographs of their childhood, teens, and early adulthood. Check these out, aren't they great?

My grandpa George and his mom in Grant's Pass, Oregon, around 1947.

My grandma Lousie and her way cool GTO in 1967.

-Until next time!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008


4-legged friends

For the past few months, I have been searching for a way to "pay it forward", or give back in some way. There are many different organizations in existance that allow fellow photographers to do just that...such as Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep , which offers bereavement photos for grieving families, The Heart Gallery which offers portraits of children waiting for adoption, etc. etc. I decided to take off with the Heart Gallery idea, but put my own twist on it..I believe there is a need for good images of animals awaiting adoption. This is something that has become some important to me I'm not sure I can put it into words. These animals deserve just as much of a chance of finding happiness with a new family as purebreds bought from a breeder.
Once I decided what my project would be, I contacted our local Humane Society, the Humane Society of the High Plains After speaking with Betty, the lady with the answers, we decided to give it a shot.
I had a wonderful time meeting the animals in the shelter, and although it was emotional at times (I'm such a sap when it comes to animals!) I am so glad I've come upon this amazing opportunity to, in my eyes, make a difference.
Enough of my rambling, here are a few of the furbabies I met!

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