Special Appearance

I am excited to be presenting at Kenmore Camera’s 6th Annual digital Photo Expo on Nov 5 & 6 in at the Linwood Convention Center in Linwood, WA. With over 27 vendors and a dozen speakers it’s going to be a great event. I hope to see you there!

Farewell My Hero

A little girl’s dad is her hero. He provides for her, protects her, teaches her the ways of life and spoils her rotten. My dad did all of that and more. It was my dad who put a camera in my hands for the first time when I was ten years old little knowing that he was opening doors for a shy little girl who gained confidence behind a camera. It was my dad who taught me the basics of photography and in the process a love of nature that would later lead me on the path to a career in nature and wildlife photography. He was my mentor and was so proud when I won awards for my photography. But, my dad wasn’t just my hero. He was a hero to so many people over the years and was known in Salt lake as Mr Photography through all his teaching and his wedding and portrait photography. He taught many a photographic class with students who later went on to become professional photographers themselves. He was well loved and respected in the photographic industry and had loyal clients who would gladly wait for hours for a chance to talk shop with him and get his direction on what new camera, lens, accessory to buy next. I can honestly say that my father ate, drank and slept photography.

My dad was in the Korean war where it became known that he loved photography so, he was assigned to work with the generals to protect them as well as photograph them. He carried a gun in one hand and a camera in the other. I know he was much more comfortable with the camera. He told me so many stories over the years that I took for granted never, thinking about the time when I would yearn for just one more story told in his words and his voice. Unfortunately, that time has come and passed. First with the onset of dementia where he started forgetting his own stories, and later on when he began to forget my mom and me. But through it all he kept a positive attitude and no matter how bad things were for him he always showed concern for others.

My hero, my dad died this morning and I already miss him so much. But, I have the photographs and the stories to carry me through the sad times and to put a smile on my face when I think of one of his jokes. Farewell my hero, farewell my dad! I am so proud to be able to say, I was his daughter!

One Last Whimsical View Of The Balloon Fiesta

With the long hours and many photo opportunities I got behind on posting from the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Then once I got home, life took over and I haven’t had even five minutes to review the last of the images from the Balloon Fiesta until now. We had great weather, awesome ascents, and tons of subjects to choose from both balloons and people…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 24-120mm f4 VR


Nikon D3S with AF-S 24-120mm f4 VR


Nikon D3S with AF-S 24-120mm f4 VR


Nikon D3S with AF-S 24-120mm f4 VR


Nikon D3S with AF-S 70-200mm f2.8 VR II


Nikon D3S with AF-S 24-120mm f4 VR


Nikon D3S with AF-S 70-200mm f2.9 VR II


Nikon D3S with AF-S 24-120mm f4 VR


Nikon D3S with AF-S 24-120mm f4 VR

After several days of photographing balloons it became a challenge to find new compositions. I enjoyed the opportunity to work the Balloon Fiesta in such depth with varying weather and photo opportunities. I’m already looking forward to next year!

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta… When the Weather Doesn’t Cooperate

Ballooning is a fair weather sport and if the wind is blowing, the ceiling is too low or it’s raining they don’t fly. Friday was just such a day but, even with the main event canceled, the balloonists still wanted to give everyone the best show they could so, several balloons inflated while remaining on the ground providing some fun photo opportunities. I always enjoy getting “into” the balloon photographically. I ask if I may move in close and then get down low with an ultra wide angle lens and shoot into the balloon as it is inflating. I find I can capture some outstanding patterns…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 14-24mm f2.8

While photographing the American flag balloon I noticed a disturbance in the side of the balloon and suddenly two men entered the balloon, one with a video camera. I love the scale that adding a person gives. And in this case having a videographer inside the balloon shooting out was a great addition…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 14-24mm f2.8

The sky was amazing and I so wanted to find something to put in the foreground when I saw the mounted police coming our way. I headed them off and asked if they would mind posing for the group which they graciously did…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 2120mm f4 VR

Not only did they pose for us. When I asked the man on the Clydesdale to pose separately, he offered to trot towards the camera adding some action to the image…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 24-120mm f4 VR

I then moved in tight to make an image of Prince’s eye…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 24-120mm f4 VR

A special surprise was the Navy Seals Leaping Frogs sky diving team dropping in on the event. I added plus 1.5 exposure compensation to brighten the divers against the grey sky giving the image a high key look…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 70-200mm f2.8 VR II and TC-14E II

So, while we didn’t get a single ballon in the air, we still had a wonderful time and made some great images. Stay tuned.