Ice Bucket Challenge

Ice Bucket Challenge   Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. To spread awareness, and raise money for the cure, ALSA.org started the...

1 Hour 48 Minutes with Taylor Ahrend, Ace Noguera & the City of Miami Fire Department Aug22

1 Hour 48 Minutes with Taylor Ahrend, Ace Noguera ...

1 Hour 48 Minutes with Taylor Ahrend, Ace Noguera & the City of Miami Fire Department I’m really excited about this post because 1) I finally get to share the images from my first shoot in Miami, 2) There are photos of hot firefighters, and 3) I get to feature images of another photographer showing the different way we each approach taking a portrait of the same model, with the same light, during the same shoot, and follow with different styles of post-processing (our “look”). You’ll be able to see our respective work by looking at the watermark on each of the images. Ace will also be sharing images over on his...

Editing My Social No...

Editing My Social Noise: Choosing To Remove Certain Social Media Apps From My iPhone   Earlier this year, tired of not being able to hear my own thoughts through the “noise” I subjected myself online on a daily basis, I took a two-week sabbatical from social media. So...

Firestone’s “Don’t Sell Your Baby” photo contest grand prize winner announcement and video! Jul02

Firestone’s “Don’t Sell Your Bab...

Firestone Don’t Sell Your Baby photo contest grand prize winner thank you video This February, I found myself in the cab of a truck moving my entire life and all that I’ve known from Seattle to Miami. There are a lot of stories from that trip, but one that I’m excited to share today is the one about vehicle trouble. Our route was a 4,100 mile journey from Seattle to New Jersey where we’d pick up his 6-year old 110-pound black lab mix and rest a day or two, then straight down to Miami where our new home, life, and job awaited us. We had 9 days to make it happen. In the dead of winter. One the 1st day, we drove through the...

Unpacking The Last Box Apr18

Unpacking The Last B...

I unpacked the last box from our move late last night/early this morning. There was an overwhelming feeling to just be done with it and those boxes in the second bedroom/office were looming in the dark, peering at me every day I passed by it and didn’t address them. It was to the point...

Whole Baked Fish With NatureSweet Glorys Tomatoes Apr07

Whole Baked Fish Wit...

If you missed Part 1 of this blog post “Catching the Lesser Amberjack” you can get caught up on the story HERE. The skinny is that Jon caught a beautiful 3+ pound 16 ⅜” Lesser Amberjack fish the other night and I had to figure out how to cook it with only a few ingredients we had in the...

Catching the Lesser Amberjack Apr07

Catching the Lesser ...

Me on the beach at night.   Last week we had a goal to save money by not going grocery shopping for new items, but to use up what was already in our house. This was obviously a challenge designed just for me since I have been teaching myself to cook over the last two years and the...

A New Life

Me at my new home in Miami.   A month ago I found myself moving across the country from Seattle to Miami and can tell you it was one amazing journey getting here (shameless plug: read the photo stories of the folks who helped us along the way over at PhotoSister.com). It’s been a...

Traveling Successfully with Camera Gear Mar26

Traveling Successful...

I am a petite woman and lugging camera gear around can be a big chore for me, especially lifting it overhead in airplane compartments while traveling. You know the scene: a line of tired and frustrated travelers are backed up behind you and you finally heft up a massive suitcase only to find...

Seattle Spring Special Mar14

Seattle Spring Speci...

The Mini Session: Seattle Spring Special   It’s spring and now is the perfect time to do something refreshing, let’s update that brand of yours with a new marketing shot to show off your 2014 look! You receive two wardrobe changes and one high resolution file for $200. Grab an...

Achieve

I love having roots wherever I am at. The first thing I do before being able to work is to ensure that my home is all put in place, clean, and comfortable. It’s only my fourth day waking up in my new home in Miami and although my roots here aren’t complete yet, I’m working...

America: Jean in South Carolina Mar01

America: Jean in Sou...

“Telling America’s stories my way from the highway.” Saturday, March 1, 2014 If you ever pass through Santee, South Caroilina, you most likely won’t see Jean there. She’s a snow bird traveling with her son from New York to Florida and just stopping through to get...

America: Joyce in New Jersey Feb28

America: Joyce in Ne...

“Telling America’s stories my way from the highway.” Friday, February 28, 2014 It’s a privilege to introduce you all to Joyce, known as “Nana” to Jon, all his friends, family, and now to me as well. My very first introduction to her was pre-coffee on our...

America: JF in New Jersey Feb28

America: JF in New J...

“Telling America’s stories my way from the highway.” Friday, February 28, 2014 Meet John, also known as JF to family and friends in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. He is also known as “dad” to my man, so for the sake of keeping names straight, I’ll call him JF...

America: Korine in Pennsylvania Feb26

America: Korine in P...

“Telling America’s stories my way from the highway.” Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Say hi to Korine at the Sunoco off the Pennsylvania Turnpike outside of Plainfield. Better yet, she will probably be the one to say hello to you first! This absolute sweet soul stopped...

America: Morgan in Indiana Feb26

America: Morgan in I...

“Telling America’s stories my way from the highway.” Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Good morning, Morgan! She works at Gloria Jean’s Coffees in the Gene Stratton Porter travel plaza off the Indiana Toll Road. For those of you who aren’t familiar with travel plazas,...

America: Mahnar in Illinois Feb25

America: Mahnar in I...

“Telling America’s stories my way from the highway.” Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Say hello to Mahnar, attendant at a 7-11 station off the Chicago tolls in Belvidere, IL. Mahnar has lived in this area for almost two years and doesn’t rally like it here because...

America: Lyle in Minnesota Feb25

America: Lyle in Min...

“Telling America’s stories my way from the highway.” Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Meet Lyle, proprietor of Heath Auto, and the man who woke before dawn to get us and our truck off the freeway and into his shop where we could all thaw out. The drive from our truck to his shop...