brave love

Like many around the world, my soul has been mourning the horrible shooting in Orlando. I am weeping for the families and friends that are grieving the unimaginable loss of their loved ones. I am saddened for my LGBTQ friends who seem to be in a neverending fight to simply be themselves. I am frustrated…

10 on 10: January

What is a 10 on 10?  For me, it is ten photographs taken on one day and posted on the tenth.  It really is that simple.   This year I am doing this project with a great group of photographers.  We will posting on the tenth of each month and link our blogs together to…

community

I grew up in a large Italian family. That equals loud and boisterous and a little crazy.  I loved it.  You didn’t have a crazy uncle or a crazy aunt because we are all crazy. Everyone was a little burdensome, but with good pasta and good wine, it was easy to carry. We gathered and…

5 on 5: October

Because of a gnarly photography funk, I missed September’s 5 on 5.  The ladies who I am doing this project with are so graceful and kind that they didn’t kick me out.  In fact, they were encouraging and understanding. Because you know what?  Most photographers I know go through a funk now and again.  …

belonging to myself

For most of my life, I did not feel like I belonged. When I was small, I was the first of my friends to have their parents divorce. In junior high I was mercilessly picked on and harassed. It caused a great depression and because I did not have the tools to handle the pain,…

5 on 5: February

One reason I have loved this project is that it forces me to go back and look at my own work. I have noticed a theme. The months I shoot more, I have more fun looking over the month. I am thankful for this group of ladies and how they have encouraged me to just…

Coffee Shop Date, 10 on 10

One way I want to improve my photography this year is to be a better storyteller through my images. I know the only way I can do that is to practice.  Life has taught me that I am horrible at putting deadlines on myself.  I need to be part of a larger whole to keep me accountable….

5 on 5: October

This year seems to be flying by.   It is finally cooling off here in California.  It isn’t cold… but I can start pulling out my boots! Here are my five favorites from October. They are all film.  I sometimes wonder if I should sell my digital camera and buy more film. two are shots…

reflecting light

I was recently given the opportunity to hear Ann Voskamp speak.  Her speaking voice is just as powerful and poetic as her writing voice.  She said many things that moved me that night, but one sentence really stood out to me.  You can’t force out the darkness — you can only reflect the Light — so more…

finding the quiet

Life has been super busy for me lately.  It has been filled with wonderful things and it has been filled with harsh things.  I knew the only way I would be able to restart myself was to find the quiet.  Sometimes, for me, finding the quiet place in life is like finding sexy flannel pajamas. …

5 on 5: july

July was a peculiar month as far as photography goes.  On one hand, I was in a huge photography funk all month-long.  We would go on photo walk after photo walk and I would take one or two photos.  On the other hand, I was in my first gallery.  I know. There is a very…

believing what I read

Over the years I have made many friends online.  Some I have never stood side by side with, and others I have had the great joy of meeting in person.  For some time I had a hard time calling these people “friends”.  After all, what if they were not what they said there were?  How could…