Something Beautiful

Something Beautiful

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” –Albert Einstein

For no other reason than I thought it was lovely and I wanted to share something lovely with all of you.  I have my surgery tomorrow morning and I will likely be a bit engaged in recovery for 2-3 days.

I have my nerves, but looking at this was calming.

I dedicate this to +April Hill since she recommended using my 100mm with the Raynox extension.  Thanks girlie!


Week 43: Came Back Haunted

Not Another 52 Project?!?!?!

A 52 Week Project | Monochromatic/Achromatic/Color Portraiture

Week 43: Came Back Haunted

{Everywhere now reminding me
I am not who I used to be}

― NIN ― Nine Inch Nails – Came Back Haunted

So, for this week, I was driving back from a doctor’s appointment and heard this song.  Once I starting singing it, this idea popped into my head.  A pure crazy, delirious sociopathic character was the only thing that would do for it, too.

Two of my favorite ladies that came to mind were Harley Quinn and Pris from Bladerunner so they became my make-up inspiration.

This had a single flash set-up with a reflector to knock out some of the shadowing from below.  Overall, it was pretty simple since I am still not tip top and trying to get everything ready before Wednesday.

So, without further ado, here is my submission for Week 43 of this project.

The rules I have laid out are simple – 1) these portraits can be of myself or another model, but cannot be the same image as my other project; 2) There must be a lighting element – whether my studio lights or a consciously planned shoot using natural lighting from the golden hour, etc. The key being consciously planned – no “on a whim”, point the camera at someone and call it complete. These will be portraits per the definition:



1. A painting, drawing, photograph, or engraving of a person.
2. A representation or impression of someone or something in language or on film.

picture – likeness – portraiture – portrayal – effigy

My goal is to expand my portraiture abilities and processing as well as direction I give others while also working on my creative muscles and my own personal style, which I believe to be shooting what I like to see!


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Joyful and Shameless Spirit

“Joyful, joyful, joyful,
as only dogs know how to be happy
with only the autonomy
of their shameless spirit.”

― Pablo Neruda ―

This is Miss Tenshi, we rescued her just about 2 years to the day.  She was found in our front yard with worms, malnourished, covered in flea and bug bites, and looking for a home.

Immediately, I was in love with this little 3-4 week old underdog, and we got her back to health rather quickly.  She has been a part of our family since that day.


A Walk Full Of Delights

A Walk Full Of Delights

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
— John Muir

Today was a day of going out into the fresh air and trees to enjoy the cooler weather and the changes going on in nature.  During this walk, I happened upon this busy little bee and could not resist capturing him/her while hard at work!


Project 52 B&W Week 43: Emotion

Project 52 B&W
Week 43: Emotion
#P52BW13 | +Project 52 B&W
Curated by +Tisha Craw, +Susan Porter, & +Lauri Novak

One of my favorite things about portraits and portraiture is capturing emotion.  This week, I was happy that it was slightly overcast so I could get some nice diffused sunlight to make a very fitting Emotionshot for this project.

Having the recent gall bladder issues, I haven’t been outside a lot and with the upcoming surgery, I felt an outside day was completely necessary.