Creative Ideas

Just before leaving for vacation I worked on a gift for my sister -in-law. She graduated from her masters program this past year(how awesome?!) and I thought what a better gift than to make her a purse that will safely hold her camera. Many of the purses made to hold DSLRs currently run around $150-200 and if they’re less than that, I haven’t found them all that attractive.
Anyhow I went searching for a do it yourself camera bag; I stumbled upon this blog and her photos were white helpful!
If you’re looking for something a little more fashionable than the common camera bag, you might give it a try. Amanda seemed pretty pleased… perhaps more because she didn’t know I could use a sewing machine; nonetheless she was smiling. 😉

February 6, 2012 - 3:36 pm

Allie@LiveLaughEat - The bag you made for your SIL looks fabulous–I love the print! I hope she enjoys it. Thanks for the shout out.

February 6, 2012 - 3:39 pm

Hodac Photo - Sure thing! Loved your post!! :-)

We meet again

I can’t help but to look forward to every meeting I have with Thistle Confections. This time we spent nearly 4 hours shooting…. With a twist. Hilary let me take some photos of her for her blog. I have to tell you she keeps thanking me for “making (her) pretty” but I didn’t do that; her mother and father did!
As for the food…well if you’ve been following my journey you may hav noticed the progress we’ve made. What works what doesn’t, adding props, and warming up to color. The biggest thing I’ve learned is exposure. Slightly overexposing with in camera meter in food photography makes a world of a difference. 700 photos later these are some of the best of what we came up with:


“I’ll never let myself gain weight when I get older, mom.”
Those are the words I said to my mother time and time again when she would remind me that my horrible eating habits would catch up to me someday. Little did I know that turning 25 would make those words haunt me. Over the past year and 1/2 I have managed to put on noticeable weight which prompted new clothing to fit my body. Yuck!
It wasn’t until about 4months ago when I photographed an event at Company 7 BBQ that I even considered working out. (I hated the thought of droning through the same steps over and over again on a treadmill) That event happened to be for a local Zumba group called The Studio Fitness. Joan and Doug coordinate one of the largest Zumba facilities in all of Ohio. For about 8 weeks now, I have been in their studio, at minimum, 3x a week and mostly for two hours at a time. If you think you’ve done zumba before, you haven’t until you’ve tried one of their classes. It is amazing how I feel after leaving. Most days I go in after a rough day at work or just in a sour mood and I leave feeling like a very different person. I’m not going on about them because it’s to my benefit or for theirs but because I have to tell you that day by day they’re changing me. Not just for my appearance, but for my health and spirit. I can’t wait to get in there. Doug and Joan are like no two people I’ve met before and I’m so grateful to have met a couple so passionate about helping others. Just watch them interact with the people coming though their studio and you can see how engaged and dedicated they are. I cant say enough about them. Thank you for all you do Doug and Joan!



I’ve had the opportunity to visit one of the most colorful places I’ve ever seen, right in downtown Dayton. Front Street. The art is amazing and certainly makes for a nice backdrop.:-)Thanks to a good friend of mine and fellow photographer, it’s actually the place that I started to think I wanted to pursue this hobby/profession. Tonight I re-visited this location to do a shoot of my own and this is what I have to show for it….

Engagement Session

I had my first engagement session this past week. It was amazing. I loved every second of and I feel like it’s such a blessing to have found something that I love doing so much.

Brittany and BJ were such a pleasure to work with!! I found myself often smiling or giggling while editing their photos because I was able to share in the joy with every moment captured… right down to the Eskimo kisses at he gazebo.

I think I’ve found my nitch.:-)Thanks to a wonderful couple for a great opportunity!

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