I have not been able to do anything here for quite some time…. Life has been beyond chaotic for me! On January 7, 2012 my oldest daughter, Kelsie, was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia). She was also a high risk. On July 11th she received a Bone Marrow Transplant. She has spent 104 days in the hospital, and after transplant we had to live away from home- 209 total days away from home this year. Her donor was my youngest daughter, Josie. We are finally home, and things are going very well. She is in remission, and 115 days post transplant as of today.
I was able to get out today for some photography fun- at last!!! I just posted a few pictures, along with some of Kelsie when she went to her Senior year homecoming dance- for an hour. But it was so worth it!!!
I can’t wait to get some feedback on my new work! I was going through older posts and I really do feel like I have grown with my photography. (tootin my own horn here!) I still have a huge passion for it. I also recently was able to upgrade to a DSLR- big change for me!!! I am still learning! But I do love it!

I have always loved photography- I got my first camera in the 2nd grade for Easter- I still have it 28 years later. Just a little cheapy 35mm that I used all the way up until about 8 years ago. My dad was an Army photographer in Vietnam and he was a big influence on my love of the art. To me photography shows you how others view the world, it allows you to think out side of the “box”, and show others what you see.

You will probably notice that I have several pictures of skulls and graves. I get most of the skull pictures on walks we take down railroad tracks. A little bit macabre- but interesting to us none the less.

I have 2 daughters who have already shown an interest in photography and I love to see what they can come up with in their snap-shots.

Two of my favorite photographers are Ansell Adams and Georgia O’Keefe. I’m a huge fan of black and white photograhy and Adams work is just amazing- the textures and shadows just pop. O’keefe shows you the character of her subjects- there is always a story to be had.

  • Joined: March 2009
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