Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A Day at Disney

One of my favorite places to visit in Orlando is Disney World. I love to wander around the parks and of course my camera is usually with me.
Recently we brought some friends to Animal Kingdom to enjoy the day. We started out on the safari... I love the animals and on this day the elephants were out for photo ops. There is something about elephants that draw me to photograph them maybe it goes back to my elephant ride in the jungles of Thailand years ago or my many visits to the area and seeing the elephants work. I am fasinated by them
I really like the black and white image I included in this series. It was taken on the safari ride... it is in the area where you can see lions. I like the starkness of the rock... I don't know the photo just talks to me.
The other image reminds me of the exotic locations that I would love to visit and photograph. It is one of my favorite views and I find myself drawn to this site to re photograph it each time I visit the just says so much about the remoteness... primitive... but at the same time artist idea of maybe Nepal or somewhere in that region. I always yearn to visit that area of the world when I see this image.
I would travel the world to photograph people at work and play or the beauty of the country and its people. I know I have said this before in my website but for me photography is more then a hobby it really is a passion...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Race Around the World

Jenn has been running for years and one of her favorite races is Minnie's Race Around the World which takes place in May. Getting up early to drive over to the start line... waiting for the beginning of the race... and then taking a bus back over to the finish line at EPCOT to see Jenn cross it is all part of enjoying the race day.

I discovered early when Jenn started running cross country in high school that I would be bored if I didn't have something to do between the start of the race and the finish... I decided to bring my camera to the races... many many races later I am still bringing my camera to Jenn's races.

This is one of my favorite photos from this race. Jenn is holding her medal and you can see the top of Spaceship Earth in the background!

Friday, April 18, 2008

I Spy Cake!

I truly enjoyed photographing the baby shower and was delighted to discover these two captivated by Clara cutting her cake. I didn't notice them as I was photographing Clara but on closer inspection who did I see but these two clearly waiting patiently for some cake. It was a delightful surprise to find them in the photo. I have to admit this is one of my favorites from the baby shower. I have always wanted to capture children looking at a wedding cake but have never had that opportunity so discovering these two spying the cake at the baby shower was a treat to me. I love photoshop... I was able to crop the original photo and enlarge the two little girls looking at the cake!

Baby Shower

It was so much fun photographing Clara's baby shower a few weeks ago. It was nice to see all of the ladies that I photographed months earlier for their Dusty Divas portraits. The husbands have been gone for several months now and everyone is eagerly looking forward to their return this summer. It brings back wonderful memories seeing this next generation continuing the military lifestyle. Some things never change...

Clara with her puppies

new venture ... Maternity Portraits

Once again my daughter has opened up a new area of photography for me by introducing a friend of hers who was expecting her first child this month... actually Ava was born this morning! I hope to have the opportunity to take some baby portraits very soon! In the meantime here is my first attempt of doing a new and exciting area of photography that is expanding rapidly. Mothers now celebrate their pregnancy and want portraits of this time. Clara was my first model and I had a great time photographing her. I included a portrait with her two dogs. I hope Brian, her husband, deployed with the Navy enjoy the portraits we took that day.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Saying Goodbye ...

It is never easy to say goodbye to a loved one when they have to leave on deployment, knowing that they will be gone for months at a time. I faced it for 20 years while my husband was a Marine. It never gets any easier. I saw it this past October when my daughter had to say goodbye to her boyfriend and watch him fly his helicopter off to Norfolk.

I accompanied Jenn to keep her company immediately after Andrew left and to drive back to Orlando with her the following day. Of course mom is never without her camera so I captured the entire goodbye in photos. I have since created a slide show accompanied to music for Jenn to send to Andrew. It must be good because it has brought tears to the eyes of everyone who has seen it. This is one of the photos from the day.