first beach day . . .

“The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.” ~ Harriet Ann Jacobs

I typically photograph still life and flowers, but the weather was nice and I needed to get out and feel the sun, so this week I wanted to share some of the photographs I took in Ocean City, NJ with you.  I hope you enjoy them.  Continue reading “first beach day . . .”

inspiration . . .

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”  ~ Helen Keller

Inspiration is an amazing tool in any artists life, it’s where we get our ideas from, where we feel what we express to others.  Inspiration can come from many sources, close friends and/or family, something seen on TV, in a magazine or from friends in a community such as Instagram.  I’ve written before about the amazing group of friends I’ve come to know while on Instagram, most I’m sure I’ll never actually meet in person, yet I feel as though I know them so well.  Continue reading “inspiration . . .”

the gift . . .

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”  – Pablo Picasso

Many years ago a family member said she did not understand why anyone gave flowers to another, “all they do is die, such a waste” she said.

This is very true, but all living things eventually die, and what a waste if we do not take the time to enjoy them, even a flower.  God put living things on this earth so they could be nurtured, loved, and yes, enjoyed.

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I find the solitude of photographing flowers to be very therapeutic and inspiring.  It’s a time when I don’t think of the worries in my life, I am in a carefree and worry-less place.  So, flowers have an important purpose to me and I would imagine to many others.  It is one of the first items on a bride’s list of wedding to do’s, visiting a florist for their bouquets, flowers are given to your love on Valentine’s Day, and sadly, they represent a life lived, which has come to it’s physical end.

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For me, I just enjoy the colors, the shapes, the textures and how they smell, some are pungent but most have a heavenly scent.  This week, I bought three beautiful orange tulips from Jennifer at Lilies, I love visiting Jen for uplifting conversation and also her beautiful flowers.

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As the week progressed, I took various photographs of the tulips, noticing the difference in their texture, color and shape. I noticed how as the days went on, and one of the flowers perished, the remaining two flowers became intertwined.  Their stems began to bend toward each other, almost as if they were hugging. I wanted to share those photographs with you, as I took notice of how the flowers changed during the 5 or so days, it reminded me of how people change.  We come into this world so new with soft skin and wide eyes, as time goes by our skin begins to wrinkle and our eyes may droop, maybe we don’t see as well as we once did, but we are still beautiful just as the tulip was beautiful in it’s end stage.

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So you see, everything lives and eventually dies, it may not be physically here with us, but it sure left its mark.

Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to our visit next week, until then . . .

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landscape or portrait?

“a good photograph is knowing where to stand” ~ Ansel Adams

I was asked for photographs for a large collage frame my daughter was hanging over her couch in their living room.  The frame called for portrait format photographs.  As we looked through the many photos I’ve taken, I realized that I very seldom take photographs in a portrait format.  I am prone to taking photographs in a landscape format, I guess because it just looks more natural to my eye.  Continue reading “landscape or portrait?”

Just Breathe . . .

“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” ~ Wayne W. Dyer

Breathing comes natural to all of us, however slowing down to actually breathe is completely different than breathing to take in oxygen.

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In today’s world life is busier than ever.  We are bombarded with various types of social media, cell phones, text messages, our jobs and possibly parenting.  I thought when my daughter was grown and I wasn’t taking her to and from places anymore, life would slow down.  Not the case at all! Continue reading “Just Breathe . . .”

Know Light . . . Know Photography

“Light makes photography.  Embrace light.  Admire it.  Love it.  But above all, know light.  Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.” ~ George Eastman

This past week or so, the light on the east coast, particularly NJ, has been quite awful.  There has been so much cloud cover, rain and a Nor’easter this past Friday.  We are expecting to be hit with yet another Nor’easter this Wednesday.  March has come in like a LION!  Continue reading “Know Light . . . Know Photography”

A Letter to Me . . .

“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” – Voltaire

While listening to the radio the other day a song by Brad Paisley began to play.  The song is called “Letter to Me” it talks about writing a letter to your seventeen year old self.  It made me think about what I would write if I wrote that letter to my seventeen year old self.  Many thoughts started running through my mind.  Once I arrived at work I tucked the thoughts away for later in the day when I could really think about what I would write. Continue reading “A Letter to Me . . .”

Cupcakes & Macarons

I crave a life filled with magic in the smallest of things.

Life is short, so why not eat dessert first?  I am taking a food photography workshop through  2 Lil Owls owned and run by Denise Love.  I’ve followed her for some time on Instagram and when she advertised that a food workshop would be offered in January I was eager to sign up.

It’s been quite interesting to see how she makes such beautiful images in such a small space.  The magic of her images is created in a small area in her dining room by a large patio door/window.  What I am truly loving about the workshop is her practicality about how she purchases her props and also about how she thinks about the arrangement of her designs.  Her method of teaching is easy to follow and very informative.  She explains where she purchases certain props and why she has chosen them.

Food evokes many emotions, it is often a first date for a new couple, it is something we crave after a night out dancing, it is what a first birthday cake smash is the center of, and let’s not forget, it’s what all married couples feed each other at their wedding.  Food is more than just nourishment, it is a feeling, an emotion, and what better way to express your feelings than with cupcakes and macarons? Both are comforting and simply fun to eat!

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I love flowers and when I came across these peonies, I knew they would be beautiful with the cupcake.  They fit perfectly next to this simple yet elegant cupcake, don’t they?  Two very romantic items, paired together for the perfect LOVE.

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As always, it was so nice catching up with all of you.  Have a fabulous week ahead. Until next time . . .

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A Snow Day

“A snow day literally and figuratively falls from the sky, unbidden, and seems like a thing of wonder.” ~  Susan Orlean

This past Thursday the East Coast in the USA was blanketed by a blizzard.  While snow may look romantic and magical in photographs, it’s a completely different story when those beautiful white flakes turn into a blizzard.  If you are not familiar or have never been in an area that has harsh winters, snow can often times not be fun and it’s for absolute certain a blizzard is not fun.  For those who have never experienced a harsh winter let alone a blizzard, here is the definition of a blizzardContinue reading “A Snow Day”