Happy Halloween

Last Halloween I spent a night photographing a local haunted house, Hundred Acres Manor, while they prepped for the night.  Here's some behind the scenes photos of what happens before the magic/horror begins!

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Beach Randomness

Melbourne Beach, FL

I loved this girl reading on her iPad right as night was falling.  That light illuminating her face was just too perfect!

Lightning AND star trails!  WHOA!  One day, when I don't have to get up early every morning, I will be a master of cool nighttime photography.  You just wait.  Mark my words.  I'm going to be a MASTER!  Might take ten years...but, it will happen :)

Scenes From a Balcony

On a recent trip to the beach for a few days, I spent my evenings being artsy on our balcony.  Here are some of my favorites. I love the layers.  Enjoy! 

I Love You, Spring

Spring!  It's here!  And I found this fascinating little spot over the weekend en route to a scheduled shoot.  I am in love with this bridge leading over the stream to this house.  I mean, what year is this?!  Wow. 

After spending some time with my FAVORITE BRIDGE EVER, I walked down to the stream and found some beautiful wildflowers growing along the bank.  Sigh...I love you, spring.

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Hellooooo Snow!

In my world, there is nothing worse than cold without snow.  If it's going to be cold, then it better be snowing.  And that's all I've got to say about that. 

These would be my two favorite photos from our first big snow this winter.  I, for one, will be praying for more snow because I can't get enough of this!


Days Long Gone

Step into the past.  All the way back to elementary school.  The hiss of the radiator in the classrooms.  The quite eeriness of the coatroom when you were the last one to get your boots on before headed out into the snow storm to walk home.  The sound of the old creaking wooden floors.  That one bathroom stall door that went all the way down to touch the floor and always made you just a little bit nervous if you were the only one in the bathroom...or were you?  The hard marble hallway and staircase that cultivated thoughts of tripping and cracking your head open.  The tall blinds that needed a hook in order to pull down once the teacher accidentally lost her grip and they went rolling up to the the top so fast and so loud that the whole class would jump and cringe.  How does it make you feel?  Happy, sad, anxious, relieved, nostalgic, bittersweet?  I think my answer is obvious :)

Printing Press

I recently had an opportunity to tour a local printing press here in Pittsburgh.  It seemed so much more than just that.  The repetitiveness, the symmetry and the colors could have kept me there for hours.  Unfortunately, I only had one.   Hopefully, I'll make it back again one of these days.  I'm dying to get back into that ink room!

Pride

To know that my kids will grow up in a world with acceptance and freedom from discrimination for whom they can love is a gift that so many have never experienced.  As a mother, I'm proud to show them that they can always be themselves and I will still love them no matter what.  

Scenes from a Festival

 

Once a year for as long as I can remember, Saint Rosalia's Church in Greenfield has held it's annual festival.  It still looks just like it did when I was a kid and walking in for the first time each year always brings back a flood of memories.  Carefully scouting out all the booths for the best prizes and the highest chances of winning, riding on scary old carnival rides and eating funnel cakes till my belly hurt.  I'll never forget the day my best friend and I won $50.00 on one of those rip off tickets where you have to match numbers.  I think I was in 7th or 8th grade and we spent the night singing The Pointer Sisters "I'm So Excited" till we couldn't sing anymore.  And now it's time for my kids to do the same.  

Farmer's Market

 

The farmer's markets are back!  I wait for this all year and even though it's supposed to mean I eat lots of fresh fruit and veggies and get healthy, I actually end up eating way too much salsa and Amish cookies.  But they're local and organic, right?  So, who cares!  They're good for me!  

 

 

I'm lucky enough to have one of these awesome markets only two blocks from my house every Tuesday.  So, some of these goodies will be heading home with me today. Happy Tuesday everyone!

Kennywood's Open

The Thunderbolt

 

Finally!  Summer is here!  And nothing says summer like Kennywood here in Pittsburgh.  

I took these photos at the end of last summer during a trip solely for photos.  No riding.  Just photos.  Who knew Kennywood could still be fun without riding on anything?  I will definitely be doing that again this year.  

The Thunderbolt has been at Kennywood as it stands today since 1968 and it's STILL the best wooden coaster I've ever been on.  

By the way, don't worry.  Even though I didn't ride, I still ate fries and a funnel cake :)

One of the Thunderbolt's trains rounding out the bottom of a hill as seen from the Potato Patch.  

Here goes nothing

Well, I guess it's high time I get this thing rolling.  Deep breath...

I've been just a tad bit nervous.  After all my classes and all my critiques, I'm still hesitant about having started a website, and now, a blog.  Yikes.  

So, where to start...

I guess when it comes down to it, I just feel really happy when I can turn my vision into reality.  It's taken a lot of time and practice to be able to accomplish this.  Taking a photo and actually having it's feeling come across the way I want has been more difficult than I envisioned it way back when.  I have finally realized that I just can't snap a photo and produce a work of art (at least the way I'm imagining it).  It takes time.  It takes preparation.  It takes patience. And about a million other things.  But, I've grown to love and appreciate all of those parts of it and I'm ready to start sharing :)