Birthday Party!

Surprise!  I got to travel to the beautiful Big Cedar Lodge to photograph an elaborate surprise birthday party.  It was lots of fun, and quite a suprise, since it wasn’t really even the birthday girl’s birthday yet!

Thank you Jeff Houghton and The Mystery Hour for the opportunity!



The Mystery Hour

The talented comedians from The Mystery Hour gave an entertaining improv performance.

Birthday cake presented by the Mayor!

Of course there was cake!

Fireworks display

And fireworks!


Local Late Night Talk Show Photos

Yes, we have our own local late-night talk show!  Isn’t that cool?  What’s even better is that I get to photograph the filming of each show!  The season is coming to a close, but there’s one more show before we break for the summer.  Here are a few photos from earlier in the season.




My New Camera Bag! (I’m so excited!)


I’ve been wanting one of those “fancy, purse-style” camera bags for over a year now.  This past Christmas, I was given enough money from family members to finally buy one!  I spent months researching different styles and brands, reading reviews about quality vs. price, etc.  I finally decided to order a custom bag from Porteen Gear.  Then I had more choices to make!  At Porteen Gear, you get to choose all your own fabric and leather colors.  I chose a “purple flower” tapestry,  dark brown vintage leather, brown waxed canvas and wineberry cloth for the interior.  I LOVE how it turned out!

Shortly after placing my order, we went on vacation.  When I got home, there was a box waiting for me!  I was so excited, and had to open it right then – in the middle of the night.  The bag was wrapped nicely with a Porteen sticker on it. Image

My daughter was almost as excited as I was, and helped me inspect all the pockets and pouches, of which there are plenty.  There are three pouches on the front, a zipper pocket on the front, a velcroed section across the back of the interior, and two padded dividers in the interior.  Lots of room for everything I want to carry!Image

It’s big enough, but not too big.  Isn’t it pretty?  What a great treat to come home to!Image

So much prettier than the black and orange (yet still very functional) bag I used to carry.  The only down side is that my husband balks a little when I hand him my new bag to carry for me!  ImageAs a special bonus with my Porteen Gear bag, I received two thoughtful extras – a zippered pouch (which I filled with tissues, lip gloss and gum), and a leather card carrier. ImageMy battery charger and 50mm lens both fit nicely in the left section, Canon T2i w/ attached lens is in the center section, and the right section is available for another lens, flash, or I usually throw my wallet in there.  I have a USB cord and small zippered pouch in the back velcroed section, but an iPad also fits perfectly.  In the front zippered section, I have my extra memory cards, and there’s room for plenty more.  I use the 3 front pouches (from left – right) for my iPhone (in an Otterbox), business cards and a pen (not shown in this photo).   ImageI got to take the new bag for it’s first outing the next morning to my son’s baseball game.  🙂  I would highly recommend Porteen Gear if you’re in the market for a new camera bag.  They offer several sizes and styles.  There are pre-made bags for purchase at the Etsy store.  Or you can create a custom bag from the website. ImageI’m looking forward to taking this bag with me to many fun adventures and experiences.

Picture It photo contest

When I saw the theme for this month’s Epiphanie Camera Bags Picture It photo contest, I immediately thought of this photo. This is the first photo contest I’ve ever entered. It’d be great if I won! I’ve been wanting an Epiphanie camera bag since I first learned of them. I’m hoping to get one for my birthday this year.


This is the photo I entered the Epiphanie Camera Bags Picture It photo contest.

New Blog and New Business!

I’m so excited to get this blog up and running.  Please be patient while it’s under construction.

I’m also super excited to get my new business going.  By the end of May, I will have photographed 3 birthday parties and a wedding for new clients (not only friends and family).  I’m so appreciative to my loyal friends and family who have been my guinea pigs and my cheerleaders, and have introduced me to these new clients – and hopefully many more to come.  I plan to post a few photos from recent events, and continue to add more as I get more jobs.  Thanks for visiting!