Friday, September 23, 2011


i like that the nut doesn't fall far from the tree. 

for years, my daughter has been 'watching' me 
run all my little businesses 
and has heard endless conversations
and thousands of ideas 
about creating, selling, blogging, 
bloggers, Etsy, Tumblr, 
Twitter and Big Cartel.

so it's no surprise that
she now has her own gorgeous blog 
and together, we've started
a very cool, vintage/upcycled shop.

stay tuned...we are crazy thrifters.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011


i honestly can't say 
i'm more 
addicted to 
or etsy.

here's a peek at images from
some of my boards:


a little slice of me
and what inspires me on any given day.

there's something about color...that drives me wild.


images via california sunlight, mermaid child, pink guavas
on tumblr and tenthings on etsy.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

surf check.

johnny checks the surf at pipes.

i grab a few quick shots of the boys.

this is squirrel.

this is alex.

{yes, the boys give me a hard time, too}.

swapping wave stories.

headin' home.

Monday, September 5, 2011

behind every great photo is a great photographer {mom}.

i get many inquiries about my photography.  i am self-taught. 
i know very little. i don't read manuals, i just fiddle around 
until i produce what i see in my mind's eye. 
i am not in a position to give any one any 
kind of advice about the technical side of taking photos. 

i can, though, give you some advice on patience and bribes.

 i seriously work so hard to get the perfect shot, many shots are taken before i get 'the shot' that appears online. one of the things that i find most important is lighting, the other is patience. when i need a model shot, i first have to wait for the perfect lighting, then, the perfect timing, remember i have  a teenager, so timing, i.e., attitude is everything...this sometimes means that photo shoots can not be scheduled, they must be spontaneous...a good mood, a good hair day, etc...means mom gets to book the model for, maybe an hour, usually, i get only a few minutes, between checking texts and snacks. often a bribe is involved...say a promised trip to the thrift stores or cold hard cash.

thought you might enjoy seeing a few behind the scene shots...
this is what makes being a photographer {mom} so much fun.


a great photographer needs: 
and above all, patience.