Wednesday, December 26, 2012

white Christmas!

This is the fifth year I have gone to Mary's home to photograph her family around the holidays! It almost didn't happen this year as David, her husband, was gone over Thanksgiving, our traditional time to take pictures. So when her family was all together this past Saturday to celebrate Christmas I finally had my chance. We managed to spend a few moments outdoors too as it was sunny & calm. We always take pictures by the evergreen in the corner that blocks the setting sun. I think this is the first year there's been snow in the pictures!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

I wanted to include the dogs, Jack & Zeke, in this year's Christmas card. Jack is 15 years old now & I'm not sure he'll be around for next year. So we assembled in the living room over the Thanksgiving weekend & I put the camera on a tripod & gave Don the remote control . . .

May you have a wonderful Christmas with your family!

Friday, December 21, 2012


I was driving down South street last week & noticed these red Christmas ornaments hanging from the branches of a tree. Something simple. They sparkled in the sun light. I tried to talk myself out of bothering the home owner (whom I've met before) but I kept thinking how fun it would be to photograph them. So I finally listened to my inner voice & stopped by this week & asked if I could take a few pictures. He graciously said yes. I might try this myself next year . . .

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

all I want for Christmas is you!

It's been awhile since I've posted a youtube video. Enjoy . . .

Monday, December 17, 2012


Last weekend Don & I dined at a local hole in the wall that serves great soup. The owner has an eclectic collection of stuff in this place. Lots of
hippie1960's memorabilia on the walls & counters. That is part of the restaurants appeal I guess. The table we sat down at had this Spiderman sprawled across the center of it. It reminded me of Austin & Daniel in their younger days. There were super heroes always underfoot. Spiderman was maybe Austin's favorite. If he wasn't playing with Spidey he was drawing pictures of him. So since I had my camera/smartphone in my pocket I took a picture. Not too grainy either for an indoor shot. And we left Spiderman as we found him.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

nap time

One of my grainy phone photos but still a worthy shot.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


I treated myself to a smartphone for my birthday so I've had one since the beginning of October. It has a camera but I don't use it much. I have found that if I use it indoors or with low light my photos are very grainy. But still, I don't mind having a camera on my phone. Dad & I had lunch yesterday in Dick's Place & he found several people to visit with. A good photo op.

Saturday, December 8, 2012


We've been incredibly busy at work this month & last so I haven't had much energy for picture taking. But I attended a baby shower today for Lora, my niece, and her month old baby daughter, Emma. It's hard to take bad baby shots & she is so adorable wrapped in all that pink . . .

Saturday, December 1, 2012

more calendar photos

Don's family calendars have been ordered. I took all of these photos except for five of them. It's fun to see the variety of jobs & the environments everyone works in. I was ready to give up the calendar this year & was prepared to tell Rex that when he came for a summer motorcycle trip with Don & Terry. But he had sent me a photo before he arrived (that I had missed in an email) so I was inspired to finish it with that bit of encouragement. And I do love this collection along with my family's photos.
Daniel. Auditor.

Don. Engineer & manager of product development for a manufacturing company.

Yizhi. Graduate student working on genetics research.
Austin. Graduate student working on research related to cancer.

Jean. Nursing instructor.

Liz. Event planner for an information technology company.
Lois. Nurse in outpatient surgery.

Louie. Manager of a sporting goods store.

Matt. Works for a construction company; mostly drives a bulldozer.
Pris. Administrative coordinator at a university.

Rex. Engineering program manager.
Sharmin. Post doctoral teaching instructor of college chemistry & biology.

Terry. Insurance agent.
Amber. Paraoptemetric assistant.

Cheyenne. High school student. Selling shoes in a department store. (We weren't allowed to take any photos in the shoe store.)

Calendar cover.