the balloons


Another one of my 100 degree sessions, but you’d never know it with this little one. Even with those long gorgeous locks, she was a trooper in the heat. Me, not so much (I must have downed three juice boxes). Before each session I look forward to getting to know the child I will be photographing — she was so friendly, inquisitive and loved to answer any question I dared ask (some kids sit and stare at me for a least a few questions … which I don’t blame them).

This first image cracks me up! About sums up how I feel about using balloons in sessions these days. I haven’t used them in quite awhile as they are forever in the wrong spot. In all honesty, I’m sure I’ll balloons a chance again soon enough. I find in working with kids, you have to be ready for anything!








Still playing catch up here … I’ll never forget this shoot as it was session number three in a row during our week of 100+ degree temps here in SoCal. This particular shoot was a brutal 103 at 5:30pm and I was without my usual assistant — set up and tear down was intense, to say the least. But, as so many photographers can relate, it’s about the end results – I love the vintage look. Each piece has been bought and collected from various antique stores, yard sales, flea markets and so forth. One day soon I’ll post some shots of how all my chairs are stored (an attempt at organization).

And those of you who have been following my blog for awhile know how much I adore red-heads ….it almost feels like a crime to convert their beautiful hues into black and white format!

First, I must show off my new chair …. a good chair (at a good price) is hard to find in SoCal and I have been looking for well over a year for an upholstered chair to use in my shoots. Living back East I was spoiled by the selection of chairs at bargain prices.




on vacation


Wrapping up an extended, yet long over-due trip to my home state (well, technically I was born in raised in ne Ohio, but …) of Pennsylvania. Aside from being rained out halfway through a Steelers game (which was an interesting experience), the weather has been absolutely perfect. I know when I lived here I was constantly re-scheduling sessions due to rain! Glad to catch a break.

Looking forward to getting back into the swing of things back at home, but I will miss my wonderful family & friends here on the east coast. Not to mention, my clients as well!

I hope you enjoy what is left of summer. There still is time for a smore or two!