No One is a Stranger
Friday, June 23, 2017
No One is a Stranger

- No One Is a Stranger - I was looking at some of my earlier wedding photography recently while on a search for a specific photo, and I couldn't help but notice how my work has changed over the years. Though the photos were technically fine, and I remembered that the clients were happy with them, they felt kind of impersonal and detached to me. These days, I get right out there on the dance floor, a respectful voyeur with a camera, smack in the middle of a tear, a good laugh, a quiet conversation. My camera is drawn to the heart of a moment like a magnet, and while I take no credit for this (I always say that Spirit is the photographer and I'm just It's camera), it's something that ...

An Unforgettable Night With Debbie Reynolds
Thursday, December 29, 2016
No One is a Stranger

- An Unforgettable Night With Debbie Reynolds - With the recent passing of Carrie Fisher, followed by her mother, Debbie Reynolds, just a day later, I felt compelled to share a wonderful memory I have of Debbie Reynolds from sometime around 1996.I was living in Los Angeles and working part time for the catering company, "Along Came Mary", who catered most of the Hollywood premiers. I was building my photography business and catering was the best way to make some quick money and make a few connections - mostly with people in the arts who were in the same boat as me.The movie “Mother” had just come out, starring Debbie Reynolds and Albert Brooks. ACM was catering the premier ...

Energetic Soulmates
Friday, December 23, 2016
No One is a Stranger

- Energetic Soulmates -  It’s the holiday season and most people feel a variety of emotions, from excitement to joy to depression to anticipation. Coming from a large family that always got together for Christmas, no matter where we all lived, there is some sadness in remembering how the holidays used to be, compared with how they are now. There is still joy and comfort. I’m especially grateful to have my beloved sister to visit with on Christmas Day, one of two siblings I still have - and I can't begin to convey my gratitude for having all the unforgettable Christmases I had with my family. But the holidays aren’t what they used to be, and now with both parents ...

The Last Photo
Saturday, September 24, 2016
No One is a Stranger

- The Last Photo - My sister, Jan, and I have spent the past year since our mother’s passing going through and emptying out our family home.  I wrote about this experience in my blog post “Letting Go”,  a few weeks ago. But now that the house is completely empty,  down to the last dust bunny,  and the official signing is next week,  there is a sweet and unexpected addition to this story that I wanted to write about.My mother loved to take pictures.  I’ve also written about this, as well as my awareness and recognition that she is the reason I’m a photographer.  I grew up with her always having a camera on hand, if not in ...

Letting Go ...
Sunday, August 21, 2016
No One is a Stranger

Letting Go ... It’s been a while since I featured one of my “Musings” blog posts, and there is a reason for that. Since seeing my beloved mother safely to the other side of the dream in October,  I have been in a bit of a bogey hole of loss and transition.  It hasn’t been until the last couple of months that I have been able to crawl to the top of the hole and carefully hoist myself out.  As I dust myself off, I realize I have some advice for anyone approaching, circling, or in, a dark night of the soul.1)  Take a flashlight. There will be some interesting findings and details down there that you’ll only be able to see by shining a ...