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Hi and Welcome!! First and most important I am a mother to 3 very inspriring (and quite energized) children who remind me each and every day about the beauty that surrounds us all...and they keep me on my toes! When I'm not working at "the day job" I try to fit in some learning and growing time to practice both nature and portrait photography. Ever since I was a young girl, I have loved art of many mediums. My ultimate goal would be to move solely into a day filled by using my creativity - whether that be painting, nature photography or custom portrait photography. Hope you'll follow along!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

It's only Tuesday?

So, it's been quite a while since my last post/update.  Things have certainly been busy so far this spring.  I've been adding LOTS of new spring themed pictures on facebook, but haven't had the chance to add them to the Etsy shop, just yet. 

The last 2 weekends I have been busy photographing my little ones, and what joy that has been!  It is always amazing to look back just a year and see the dramatic changes they have each undergone.  My youngest has become a toddler, when did that happen?!  I loved how each of the 'sessions' turned out:

12 years, 7 years, 23 months

Their personalities couldn't be anymore different, and they shine through in each shot!  They each have a different, yet equally beautiful, shade of blue eyes which looks great in natural lighting.

Now, we have a Birthday celebration around the corner, my youngest will be turning 2 on April 1st!! We have the cutest pink tutu all ready to go, and I can't wait to capture these moments :)  I've also been super busy outside building two new flower gardens, for which all the new plants arrived today!  My 7 year old has a 'green thumb' and enjoys planting flowers and vegetables.  She's helped me pick out some of the most beautiful rose trees, rose bushes, butterfly bushes, flowering shrubs and hydrangeas.  I cannot wait share photographs when all of these bloom this summer!!

Some new(er) photographs in moods of spring:

From Top: Striped Pink, Silver Ocean and Abstract Dandelion Yellow

From Top: Trouble Ahead, Fly Away With Me, In Fields Of Green

and with spring rains I was able to capture these inspiring moments:

"Beneath The Petals"

"Fade In Fade Out"

Lastly, is it Friday yet?? 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

It's almost....SPRING!

Things here in NC are beginning to look a LOT like spring!!  I couldn't be more excited.  Spring is probably my favorite season.  It brings along new growth, soft sunlight, gentle breezes, light rain showers, flowers, flowers and more flowers!  I have certainly been taking advantage of the warmer mornings to capture some flowers 'glowing' in soft sunlight.  
Here are a few shots from the past two weeks:
"Afternoon Resting"

"At Ease"

"Outward Shine"
"Daisy Explosion"
This week I ventured out early on Monday morning to photograph some gorgeous Tulip trees which have begun to bloom.  I cannot wait to process these photos.  The morning was near perfect, with bright sunlight shining through the bare brown branches to highlight dramatic deep pink and white blooms! Last week I had photographed the buds, which were beautifully unique with a creamy velvet appearance:
"Spring In Wait"

Some shop news...There's soon to be a MULTITUDE of prints in 8x10 and 5x7 sizes with a lustre finish - these should be in and listed in the shop within the next 2 weeks.   I've also recently ordered some 16x20 sized prints with a lustre finish, to test quality with a new printing company.  If all goes well, I will be listing these new sizes available in the shop soon!

Can't wait to get outdoors this weekend and photograph more "spring" images...

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Spring, Renewal, Changes

Something exciting has been happening around here lately...new growth and warmer weather!  I could not be more excited that the majority of the winter is behind us, and now we look forward to more sunlight, warm nights, flowers - flowers - and more flowers!  We planted so many beautiful flowering plants last fall and my daughter and I cannot wait to see them bloom between this spring and summer (and I to capture some great shots). 

Like spring, I have been busy with new things...new flower photographs, sampling new textures (which has been FUN) and some new Florabella Luxe II actions (LOVE THEM!).  I've migrated to mainly utilizing PSE9, which is growing on me day after day.  There's been some new accessories (filters, hoods, etc) added to the equipment inventory... and a few more (lenses and battery grip) in the works for the future.  I'm challenging myself each week at least once - with both new ideas, composition, lighting, subjects and my 52 Photo Project.   Below is one of my favorite shots from this weekend.  You can see them all on my Facebook page, in the Coming Soon album.

"Outward Shine" Photographed 2.19.11

Shop Announcements:
*Newly added:  On Sale Now section, including 30+ photographs currently 50% off!
*Also added Add-On matting for 5x7 prints!
*Lots of new prints have been added in 2011 - check the shop to see what's currently available!

So very thankful for these wonderful Treasury Curators who included my photographs:
2/6 - "Stretch" was included in Purple Spring Garden, curated by ColorfulPixelsByLife
2/7 - "Blue Ice" was included in Shine On Me, curated by TheRubyNeedle
2/6 - "Birds of Southport" was included in Pics of/from a ferry, curated by StevesPhoto
2/6 - "Daisy In Pink" was included in Spring Fever, curated by greygirldesigns
2/9 - "Arch n.4" was included in Silence and Movement, curated by ArtByAmarose
2/8 - "Blue Ice" was included in icicle creek, curated by SugarRococo
2/12 - "Perfectly Paired" was included in I Like Purple, curated by cowboygoods
2/12 - "Stretch" was included in Pink Lavendar Dreams, curated by widgetsandwhatsus
2/15 - "Stretch" was included in Lavender Wonderland, curated by Calibead
2/16 - "Fall Mum" was included in Two Sisters and Their Pet Cheetah, curated by lunalove
2/17 - "Bee Simple" was included in Feel It Coming ???, curated by rafya
2/17 - "Sunset From The Pier" was included in I'm singing in the RAIN, I'm singing in the RAIN..... WATER AND CLOUDS, curated by trinitydj
2/17 - "Daisy Explosion" was included in Spring a licious, curated by dditta
2/19 - "Daisy Explosion" was included in SERENITY, curated by YESTERDAYONCEAGAIN

Hope everyone has a wonderful week - remember it's the small things that make memories forever!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Thankful for these Treasury Curators!!

It has been a very busy 30 days for Treasuries.  I am so very thankful to have been chosen by these wonderful and creative curators.   The previous two Sundays, I woke to find out that I had been on the front page of Etsy.com - Woohoo :)

I'm going to try to list these in order, starting with most recent:

2/5-Icescapes:  featured "Ocean Ice", curated by lestroisfleurs, beautiful handmade jewelry in this shop!
2/5-Lovely Amethyst: featured "Stretch", curated by mirthmarket, wonderful rings in this shop!
2/5-I Heart Purple: featured "Stretch", curated by hiyapapaya, lovely photography & recycled accessories!
2/5-Warning Black Ice Ahead: featured "Ice Webs", curated by CelticKettle, Earth inspired shop!
2/5-Oh So Cherry: featured "Afternoon Cherries", curated by mackesty, all things vintage shop!
2/5-Ladies In Blue: featured "Blue Ice", curated by LuthienRising, amazing photography shop!
2/3-Winter's Not So Bad: featured "Winter Shine", curated by photomcgee, wonderful photography shop!
2/3-Aqua Ice: featured "Ocean Ice", curated by lapisbeach, unique jewelry shop!
2/2-Busy As A Bee: featured "Bee Simple", curated by AppaloosaDesigns, jewelry, photos & paintings!
2/1-It's A Snow Storm: featured "Winter Shine", curated by fabricfreak43, awesome fabric shop!
2/1-Whelp, It's Starting: featured "Frost Queen", curated by Jaclyn1423, beautiful jewelry shop!
2/1-Blooming Tea Party in Amethyst and Pink: featured "Whispers In Pink", curated by happyhound, wonderful handmade soaps and gifts!

I'm so greatful and thankful for all these wonderful shop owners who chose to feature my photography in their creative and beautiful collections!  Please click and visit!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

2011 So Far and Some New

--I just realized, it's been over a MONTH since I last posted!  Since I'm newer to the blogging concept, I guess this isn't too bad.  A lot has occurred since December 13th.

We traveled to (and from) Saint Louis amidst the most difficult snow storm(s).  It was an ordeal, but well worth the struggles.  We enjoyed visiting with family, I even managed to make a visit to Tower Grove Park, Forest Park and downtown/Riverfront before we had to leave.  There was just enough snow on the ground to capture some really unique and wintery shots!  I've posted many of these on my facebook page and in my Etsy shop.

Some exciting news:  The 5x7 matting has arrived!  I'll be matting some 5x7 and 8x10 sized photographs over the next week and listing these options in the shop soon!  My "Winter Sparkle" photograph was featured on the front page of Etsy this week!

I was so excited! It was my first time making front page - and I can't wait for future features.

I've been featured in lots of treasuries recently and will post a separate blog this weekend which includes all the links of the treasury and curator's shops.

There's so much in store for 2011 - we've already experienced some beautiful and stunning snow and ice storms.  I've began a 2011 52 Photograph Project (will detail the first 4 shots on the next post!)  New ideas, more trips in the future and spring is quickly approaching.

Stay tuned, I should be back to weekly blog posts,  hopefully!