Another month, another challenge; this month it’s “Water.” I had planned on selecting a fun portrait to submit, but then I discovered the perfect reflection captured in these rain-soaked buds. I wish I could say that this was entirely intentional, but in truth it was more of a happy accident. I was playing with my macro lens and focusing on the droplets, not even noticing the reflection until reviewing the images in Lightroom.


Here’s a close-up of the reflection. I considered cropping the image to highlight just this portion, but find that I much prefer the image as a whole, with the little extra surprise.


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Something Green

This month’s challenge from Rock the Shot is “Something Green.” It’s a pretty broad challenge, basically the image just has to have something green in it. When I started looking through my library I found lots of choices; I could repost my shot of the artichoke or apple cider spheres or post a sneak-peek from an upcoming series I’m planning on my grandfather’s gardens or any number of portrait sessions…just to name a few. But in the end, I keep coming back to a series I took last spring, just before I started this blog. In fact, the series became my first ever blog post. Here’s just one of the images:

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Pesto Pasta Perfection


Over the last year my husband and I have been working hard on perfecting our pasta recipe. We’ve had a few ups and downs…bowls of mush, disintegrating dough…but by golly I think we’ve finally got it! And for once, I seem to be the one with the magic touch.

Beyond the yumminess, I’m also kind of obsessed with the beautiful texture and color of dough. If I hadn’t been so hungry I might have just played with it all day.


A little Winter Romance

Ryan and MelissaIn honor of this day of love, here’s a peek at the beautiful winter wedding I photographed last weekend. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Mushroom Soup

Mushroom soup

Last year for Valentine’s Day, my husband made me some mushroom soup…it was atrocious. Seriously. I love mushrooms, but that soup turned me away from all forms of fungi for quite some time, and mushroom soup even longer. So when he suggested we make a mushroom soup last week I was understandably skeptical. He’s been following the Serious Eats food blog for some time and really wanted to try their recipe. After a bit of hemming and hawing, I agreed to give it a try. Although we weren’t able to get ours quite as smooth and creamy, happily, it was delicious!

Here’s the link to the recipe for Creamy Chanterelle Mushroom Soup. Try it out, and Enjoy!

Frozen Christmas

Frozen Christmas

Last post from our December trip back east…We arrived in Vermont the day after an intense ice storm. It was glorious! Like stepping into a crystallized world. I’m sure I would have been singing an entirely different tune if our travels had been disrupted by the storm, but as we arrived with no mishaps I was able to enjoy the beauty of a world encased in ice.

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The ice and -10F temperatures made for a chilly Christmas outdoors, but that of course didn’t keep the lights from twinkling or the fun from being had.

Not even lego world was immune to the chill

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Pulled Pork Tacos

Last night we made a big batch of our pulled pork tacos for some friends. They were a big hit! Especially when topped with my husband’s delectable chili sauce.

Pulled Pork Tacos

Challenging Myself

My New Year’s Resolution is to step out of my comfort zone and ‘put myself out there.’ I wish I could say this was an easy task, but then, I guess I wouldn’t need to make a resolution out of it. Starting this blog last year was a big step in this direction and amazingly has provided me with a little confidence boost. Now the challenge is to find more ways to share my work.

One thing I’d like to start doing is participating in photography contests. This month Rock the Shot Forum has challenged it’s readers to post their favorite photo from 2013. It took a lot of thought to choose a favorite photo. There were just so many directions I could go! In the end, I decided to post this one that I took of my niece while vacationing in Spain this summer. Not only I am proud of the image, but it reminds me of a special time we spent together as a family.

Here’s to 2014! A new year, full of new (and hopefully exciting) challenges.


Also, check out my niece’s site www.sofiaofficial.com to hear her extraordinary music! I’m pretty proud of her as well :)

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A stroll with old friends

A few months ago I headed back east for an all too short weekend. While I was there, I got a chance to photograph some pretty awesome people. Anna has been one of my best friends since I was assigned as her guide in the seventh grade. We were inseparable for much of middle school, but even though we’ve gone down different paths since then, she has been a rock in my life. A true BFF one could say…if one used such acronyms, which as a general rule I don’t, but we’ll go with it for the sake of the story. Where was I? Oh yeah, Anna…she’s a pretty cool chica and I’m incredibly lucky to have her in my life.

Technically I have known her boyfriend, Greg, even longer. We went to the same elementary school, but as we were in different classes I have no recollections of any specific interactions with him, so really, we just met this year. Seeing how well he treats my Anna, he is quickly becoming one of my favorite people.

Together these two make a pretty stellar couple. It’s such a treat for me to photograph people I love.

PS. Check out Anna’s Blog. She’s a talented comic and artist. And it’s all thanks to her encouragement that I have a blog of my own.


And finally, one of Anna and me, in front of the church where we spent two summers attending a theater camp together.  I have a strong urge to write something about a Lycosa now…


Free Portrait Session in Support of St. Jude’s

Hey Seattle Friends! Please spread the word, there are still a few open sessions at my upcoming event with Pottery Barn kids this Friday and Saturday. Come on down to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and get some great photos before the holidays! Call PBK at the UVillage to sign up (206) 527 5560.

Free Portrait Session in Support of St. Jude's