Yearly Archives: 2011

The Columbia River Gorge…

An awesome, if chilly, Sunday in The Gorge with one of my favorite people…

Night Shooting…

Happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  I spent Friday night wandering around my city, bundled up against the chilly winter weather, with my camera in hand.  I love walking around at night and I love being able to photograph it even more.  As a photographer, I’m constantly searching for “good light”…  that perfect golden, sunset light or the early morning light, so soft and beautifully diffused.  At night, all that changes.  It becomes a game to find a way to light my subjects of choice…  headlights from passing cars, streetlights, illuminated shop windows, holiday twinkle lights… even the moon on a clear night.  The colors and shadows are infinitely different from those during the day and it forces me to see everyday scenes in a completely changed way.  Anytime I’m in a creative rut, throwing myself out of my comfort zone is a good cure…  and night shooting seems to fit the bill.

These are from the Hawthorne & Laurelhurst neighborhoods, with a bit of Downtown’s Ankeny street and the Burnside Bridge for good measure.  The bicycle is a Ghost Bike… erected in memory of a cyclist who was killed or hit near that street corner.

So Thankful…

At the close of this Thanksgiving day, I want to give thanks for a few things that have come to mean a lot to me over the last few months…

As this is one of my first big holidays away from my immediate family, I would like to give thanks for the multiple invites to Thanksgiving dinner that I received, ensuring I wouldn’t be spending it alone with a Hungry-Man turkey TV dinner and a Redbox movie.

For my friends and family who have continued to show support and love through grand gestures and small sentiments, even though I moved 1100 miles away… thank you.

I am thankful for hope and continued optimism and opportunities where I least expect to find them.

I am thankful for closing doors, final chapters, and resolution… for without you, I would never be able to look forward to the future.

I am thankful to be realizing my dreams… to be living in a place I love and am excited to wake up to every morning.

And finally, for those of you in my life who make my heart beat a little faster… and those of you who are good for my soul…. I thank you.

Hope you and yours enjoyed a wonderful holiday!  xoxo

November 8-18 // Roadtrippin’

I’ll be on the road again for the next week or two, heading down to San Diego.  I’ve been a bit restless lately and am ready to get back on the open road!

Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man
Trying to make a living and doing the best I can
When it’s time for leaving, I hope you’ll understand
That I was born a rambling man

“Ramblin Man” – Allman Brothers

Catalina Island, CA

In honor of my upcoming trip to California this week, I wanted to share a little bit of a trip to Catalina Island that I took last year with my good friends Sahar and Adam.  I figured some of you could use a little sunshine while I’m on the road again!  Happy Monday!  xoxo