Showing posts from May, 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!

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, "W

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

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 ad

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