Safety in Numbers

Do you have a hobby? Do you have a group of people you pursue that hobby with? i am a big fan of my camera club, CLIQUE, because we are all lovers of photography. And when we shoot together, we have a great time. We laugh a lot. And we always top every gathering with a meal. Actually, i think we’re more of an eating club that takes photos than a real photography group. 😉

We met at 7am today. It was cold, and the world was frosty. It was well worth it. Photography is my therapy. i find balance behind the glass. And i find peace sitting at my computer selecting images to work on. Regardless of what i am shooting, i try to find elements of design that excite me, even if i cannot relate to the general location. Today was a mix of both. As a friend said, “There was a lot of junk, you must have been happy.” Am i that obvious?




Today i had the extreme pleasure of volunteering out on the John Ganton’s Countryside campus. The activities directors for the campus hosted a Glam-O-Rama for residents to come get prettied up with Mary Kay Cosmetics, boas, hats, earrings and more. Such a fun dress-up didn’t go undocumented. i spent the day capturing the glammed up residents. i had many laughs as i got to know the residents and hear some of their stories. i enjoyed lunching with my first interviewee for my service project “Everyone Has a Story.” She came down and wanted a natural photo, which i was happy to oblige.

There was a great crew of staff shuffling residents in, dolling them up with hair, make up and accessories. i admired the interactions between staff and residents. There were several inside jokes and moments of pure joy from the residents and the staff alike… and me. i feel so lucky to have tapped into Countryside and share in the love of that community. i look forward to more interactions and experiences!

A former Miss Ypsilanti.

My friend brought a photo to show me herself in her twenties.

My friend brought a photo to show me herself in her twenties.

Helping with accessories.

All glammed up.

Sue, Diana, Tracy, Patti & Megan- the loving staff that put together glam-o-rama!
(Martha not photographed- because she had yet another activity to facilitate!)

Four Kids in Boston

Many times, i arrive at a client’s home without knowing the lay of the land, and make photos happen by choosing a room with ample lighting or finding a corner in the yard. i don’t always know ahead of time what my lighting or backdrop will be. It was not until recently that i recognized this as an interesting challenge at every shoot. It’s always been the way i operate, so i’ve always just flowed with it.

My cousin asked if i would photograph her family before a wedding- when everyone would be dolled up. Great idea! We were at a hotel outside of Boston and had limited mobility, time and sense of location. But, we made it work. The kids looked so dapper and adorable. i enjoyed the far-away portrait challenge. Have camera, will travel. 🙂