Got Christmas cards?

November 27, 2007

If not, let me point you in that direction!  I recently designed a collection of my most popular Christmas card templates for instant download which is now for sale at  There are 5 designs to choose from in 5×7, 4×8 and newsletter sizes.  Each comes as a PNG file so all you have to do is insert your photos and print!  And hey, since there are 5 designs, you’ll be set for 5 years! 🙂  Enjoy!


depth of field

August 27, 2007

I have been playing lately with my depth of field.   I love images that tell a story, or that have meaning, you know, more than just a flat portrait (and there were way too many commas in that sentence!)   So I’ve been using sharp focus in the foreground at a lower aperatutre setting.  It’s like being sneaky…I’m taking a picture of the flowers or their rings, but the real subject is the quiet moment in the background.  Just another way I am trying to be creative and artsy.  I am still loving my Fuji S5, just cannot beat the color, and cannot beat the way the details stay in the blacks.  It makes it so much easier to shoot on sunny days when you want to keep the sky exposed, but that… another post. 

Wild Horses

July 14, 2007

We went out to Mona Lake and then drove off the beaten path a bit.  We spotted these beautiful horses just wandering the hills.  Everything was perfect about this shot, the sky, the line of the horses, even the big fat bush in the front.  I used my Sony on this one because I didn’t dare take the Fuji to the lake.  As it was my cell phone somehow got wet and died on me.  Electronics can be so frustrating sometimes!  🙂

Early in the AM but so worth it

July 8, 2007

I actually got up at 5:30 in the morning to catch this hot air balloon fest in Provo, Utah.  I think it was my intense desire to capture some beautiful color with my beloved S5.  And it did not disappoint!  This is straight-off-the-camera aside from downsizing for the web.  Enjoy!

More weddings!

July 5, 2007


Oh my goodness it’s been so long since I posted that I almost forgot my password to get logged on to this thing.  My big annoucement, I bought the Fuji S5!  Yes, I went out and did it.  I am so happy with it I could just burst.  I cannot believe the color quality of this camera, outstanding!  I also cannot believe the quality of the ISO settings.  It goes up to 3200 and I tell ya, even at 3200 I am still barely seeing grain.  It has shot my Sony 828 right out of the water.  I am so hooked on this camera! 

I was lucky enough to get to travel to Albuquerque to shoot this wedding.  It was a fantastic weekend, I had a great time and loved every minute of it.  I took over 600 pictures.  I also, with the help of my great lab, have set up a lifepics website where I can post all 600 pictures if I so choose and people can view order and all that great stuff.  I am back to scheduling sessions, I need to put this S5 to work work work!

My, it’s been awhile

May 29, 2007

Wow, life got away from me and some things took a back seat for awhile, like my blog.  I will try to be better.  Don’t I say that a lot?  I’ve been working a lot with and it’s been a great learning experience for me.  Spring is here and summer is on it’s way, time for weddings and family portraits!  The weather is beautiful so I am ready to move on from the snow and get out and get shooting.  Here’s one from a recent wedding, the same couple I did engagements a few months ago.  Cheers!

Chilly snowscape

March 3, 2007

I need to make friends with the snow instead of being such a wimp and not want to get out in it.  This shoot was difficult but turned out great.  As I hiked up to this spot I stepped in what I thought was flat snow and landed up to my ankles in mud.   I made her walk out in my tracks and then photoshopped out later….or I could tell you the truth that I dropped her down by helicopter and that’s why there are no footprints.    I am trying to incorporate more nature in my portraits.  I have found lately that I either do super up close and personal or very wide to include the whole landscape.  I like both, I am not too keen on the medium.  This shoot was only about 15 minutes long because we were freezing and 15 minutes is not much time to get it perfect.  I may try this again with older people.  This was more a test today, but Mom likes it….and I’m the Mom so I know for sure 🙂