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Valentine Repost ~ For the Love of iPhoneography

February 15, 2015

A couple of years ago, I was asked to write a piece for Model Life magazine’s Valentine’s Day issue on shooting and processing images with an iPhone. At the time, I was a regular contributor to their Children’s Literature department and the editor knew of my passion for iPhoneography.

I am still very much inspired shooting with my iPhone. I love the convenience, and when it’s cold and snowy outside like it is now, it’s very easy to grab a couple shots and put it back in my pocket. Then, when I get home and warm, I can check and see what I shot, and decide how I want to “play” with the images.

Those of you interested in what apps I use to shoot and process, might be interested in this article which I posted here on my blog. Since then, I have added many new photo shooting and processing apps to my repertoire but I still use many of the ones listed in this piece, as well.

Smooth hearts

Smooth hearts

Feel free to ask me any questions you might have about shooting and/or processing images with an iPhone!

Stay safe and warm out there friends!

Lots of love and happy shooting!


Acting in spite of fear

February 7, 2015

A little writing around “Fear” shared from where I am thrilled to be guest blogging today…Fearless Lines ~ Journey of Inked Stories. 

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone

In doing some thinking about what I wanted to write about this week, the name of our blog, “Fearless Lines,” kept coming to mind.

This past year, has found me pushing my outer limits on my comfort zone. Saying “Yes!” first and then “No” only when I can come up with a good reason why not…Trying to push through the fear of the unknown, the fear of “am I good enough,” the fear of the “what ifs?” Lots of fears. I have come to the conclusion that I am not fearless. I have lots of fears. But this one life is all I’ve got, and playing it safe won’t get me to where I want to go. I want to live this life to the fullest, experience everything the Universe has to offer me. And I have found that the more I push through the fear and say “Yes” to life, the more I gain trust in myself, and the more self confidence that follows. And this helps me to be a little bit less fearful in saying “Yes” to the next thing that pushes my envelope.

Am I fearful? Hell, yes!

But whether in work, art, personal relationships, or new adventures, I am choosing to feel the fear and act in spite of it!

Here’s to fear and maybe one day being fearless. But until then….let’s be brave together.



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Playing with iPhone apps ~ from start to finish

January 31, 2015

I am guest blogging today over on Fearless Line, with the Fearless ladies.  I am sharing a start to finish tutorial on editing this iPhone image from SOP (straight out of phone) ~ to creative and much more interesting.

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Take a peak!

When self doubt creeps in..

January 29, 2015

When self-doubt creeps in, I turn, retreat, and take a of couple steps backward to try and regain my balance. I am thankful to those friends who remind me of the journey I have begun, and that I have so much more to offer the world than “that”….the safe, known-entity from where I’ve come.

Sometimes we need someone who loves us and knows us to be a reflection back to us.

He reminds me not to “play small,” and for that, I am grateful.

One way, most dangerous!

One way, most dangerous!

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

~ Harold Whitman


January 10, 2015

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Sometimes the hardest thing for me to do is to sit quietly with my thoughts. Especially when they don’t feel as good as I would like. To just sit, and wait for them to pass… trust they will pass, and that I will feel better. Try not to drown them out with noise or run away from them.

But with my commitment this year to slowing things down, I must learn patience and trust in myself that this too shall pass.  I once was told to feel difficult feelings like waves, let them wash over me and then let them recede. This is a  visualization that I can feel and see in my mind. I am working on this today.


My favorite image from 2014

January 7, 2015

I was asked over the weekend, what my favorite image was that I shot in 2014. Wow!  That is a difficult question as it’s been a very full year of adventures from one end of the spectrum to another. And a year filled with unexpected life changes. So, I really had to do some searching to figure out this answer because after the question was asked, I became curious about it myself.

After looking through and thinking about the over 40, 000 images I have shot this year, one stood out to me. For many reasons, this is the one that really represents my year in photography… and in life. It was shot while the subject was moving fast, and I was moving a little faster. He, on his bike, and I shooting out the passenger-side window of a moving vehicle. The grit and determination on his face sums up the adventure we were on, The Race Across America. A bike race which began in Oceanside, CA and traversed to Annapolis, MD, west coast to east coast, in 12 days!  This experience for me personally, tested my physical being, my emotion being, my endurance and my ability to perform under pressure with very little sleep for days on end.

Little did I know at the time, I was preparing myself to come home and fight a physical and emotional battle I had not seen coming. But because of my experience on the road, I felt as prepared as I could ever be. I had not felt as physically in shape, and had not tested this in such a way since I was in my early 20’s.  I learned that I still possessed a toughness and endurance I had forgotten I had. Marshall’s spirit, grace and ability to keep moving forward, even when he had little left to give, inspired and encouraged that I could do the same in my “extreme sport” of breast cancer. I learned a lot about not giving up, staying positive, and knowing that even though I was being tested, I could stay in the race and be tough.

For all of these reasons, I am choosing this image I shot of Marshall Reeves, on Day 7 of the 2014 Race Across America, near Jefferson City, Missouri. He had been biking for about 20 out of 24 hours a day, and night. I feel his face says it all.

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I am so fortunate to have had this life-changing experience just before having to face a personal challenge that took a lot of grit and endurance to get through.

What was your favorite image you shot this year? I would love to know which one, and why.

Happy 2015! I wonder which image will present itself as my favorite for this New Year!

Lots of love,


Slowing things down….my “word” for 2015

January 2, 2015

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I am happily writing over here today with my fearless ladies…as we all reveal our chosen word for 2015.


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