Saturday, May 27, 2006

New and Interesting Faces at the Aquarium

Last night Eric, Michael and Gaelen and I went to the Oregon Coast Aquarium to see the new exhibit, 'Claws'. As always, there are some pretty fascinating creatures out there. Here are a few of them:

This is a Tanner Crab. It almost looks like he has human-like teeth, and has a weird kind of evil smile on his face.

This is a king crab. I've never looked at their faces close up, they look like aliens. It's amazing how big they are, too.

This is a Moon Jelly. They are fascinating to watch.

For more shots from last night's aquarium visit, check out the "What's New" link to the right.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Friday, May 26, 2006

The Natural Progression

I was contacted recently by the mother of a bride who's wedding I covered almost 2 years ago. She wanted some reprints from the wedding.

She doesn't live here locally but her daughter and son-in-law do, and she is here visiting them. They just had a baby boy on the 15th. I am so happy for them. It's really gratifying to be able to watch my client's lives unfold and change and evolve. Some of the people in their wedding pictures have either passed on or had stroke events or other life-altering happenings in their lives. So the pictures of them alive and healthy now are very poignant. And suddenly so much more valuable. Things have changed so much in the two years since I met them... both for them and for me.

It made me think about the magic of photographs. How 'every picture is worth a thousand words' is so very true.

How pictures can evoke such emotion in us simply by looking at them. The new grandmother said as she looked through the images, "What a wonderful day that was, it makes me want to do it all over again."

It got me thinking too about how we record the stories of our lives with images.

What a wonderful job I have. It suits my personality to be the observer and recorder of people's lives, including my own.

The Company I Keep

I spend a lot of time here at the studio in front of the computer. I have two studio cats who keep me company. Well, kinda. They clamor to get in the door when I arrive in the morning, head directly for the food bowl and eat their breakfast. Then they both stretch out for their day-long naps.

This is Simon. He has lived with my former neighbor for most of his life. The building that houses the studio is a duplex, and the other unit is a small apartment. Anyway, said neighbor was evicted, and well... arrested, and Simon was left behind and has since adopted me. He spends some time at the restaurant next door as well, sitting outside the door and begging for scraps. So I've known Simon for about a year, and have called him mine for about 6 months. He is very sweet but not really very affectionate. He's not particularly fond of being petted.

This is what he normally does all day:

He recently has discovered a comfy little doll buggy that I bought at a garage sale to use as a prop for babies and little girls. He thinks it's pretty comfy.

Then there's Sissy. She started coming around about 3 months ago. Eventually she worked her way into the studio and into my heart. She is very affectionate, loves to be petted and is fairly demanding of my attention when I'm trying to work. She drools all over the place when she's really happy and relaxed.

They're both about 4 or 5 years old, both neutered, both part siamese, and both nice to have around when I spend lots of hours at the studio, working. They both spend their nights outside, doing whatever cats do all night.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

How It All Started

I get asked about this quite often. Here's the story I wrote about it a couple of years ago:

How It All Started

Someone I hadn’t seen in a few years asked me the other day, ‘How did you get into photography?” So it started me thinking… maybe you would like to know the story, too.

I’ve been interested in photography and pictures since I was a teenager, taking photography classes in high school (Newport High). I still have some of the old black & white negatives that we developed ourselves in the darkroom at school. I have boxes of old slides and photographs of my family, taken long before I was born, and documenting my life since I was a baby.

There have been times in my life when I was actively photographing and documenting my life and travels, and other times where the cameras were stored, kept in the dark for whatever reasons, I suppose because at the time I didn’t feel that the events of my life were worth documenting. Maybe I was just uninspired.

Anyway, I’ve always admired the work of other photographers and have seemed to possess a natural talent for the art of photography. I have always received very positive comments on my photos, even though I’ve always felt I had little or no technical knowledge of current photography techniques.

The summer of 2003 was very eventful for me. I married the man of my dreams on the 4th of July. I was having some serious troubles at my full-time job. Eric’s two boys were with us for the summer, which for a childless person can be very stressful. Eric and I had planned a trip to southeast Alaska in August, partly to take the boys back to their mom in Sitka, and mostly because I had never been to Alaska and Eric wanted to introduce me to the places where he grew up.

Two days before we were set to fly to Sitka, something amazing happened to me.

It was Thursday, August 14th, just another gorgeous summer morning. I noticed my camera sitting on the kitchen table when I left for work that morning around 7:15, but I remember thinking, “I won’t need it”. So I left it.

I got about half a mile from our house in Toledo, crossing the bridge at Olalla Slough on SE 10th Street. Something in the slough caught my eye. The sun was just coming up, there was fog on the slough, and what had caught my attention were two large white birds. I had never seen white birds there before. They were the size of Great Blue Herons, which I’ve seen everywhere. But these were pure white. It was such a beautiful scene. So I drove past it. And I found I could not resist it. It took me all of about 15 seconds to make my decision. I turned the car around and went back to our house to get the camera.

I drove back to the park on the slough and got two shots of these birds before I inadvertently spooked them and they flew to a spot on the slough farther away from me. I took two more shots of them there.

That was a turning point in my life. The more I thought about it, the more I realized where my priorities really were. It was more important to me to turn around, go back home, get the camera, stop at the park and take those pictures than it was for me to be at work on time. It was like a two-by-four had whopped me upside the head. It started me thinking, which snowballed into quitting the job I had grown to hate and starting up my own business doing what I love.

It’s been an interesting trip so far, I have learned so much along the way. One of the biggest things I’ve come to realize is that I have so much more to learn. Sometimes it’s overwhelming. But I just keep plugging along and learning all I can to improve my photography skills and my business skills. My husband has been a godsend - supportive, creative and so very willing to help me achieve my dreams.

The large white birds I saw that day were Great Egrets. I’ve since learned they are fairly common in this area, but that day they were a sign for me that I should be doing something that I love.

Here is one of the pictures I took that fateful morning.

Nancy Lynne
April 14, 2004

Friday, May 19, 2006

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