The Holiday Family Photo: Keep it Real

On a pre-Thanksgiving dinner beach walk on Thursday, I passed a man wearing a Santa hat standing in front of a chair full of Christmas-themed props. Mistakenly thinking that he and the woman he was with were trying to take their own picture, I offered, as I will sometimes do when I see people in this situation, to take one of them."I'm the PHOTOGRAPHER," he snapped, and I kept on walking after a brief apology.Then I went inside and told Twitter about it, as you do. I even used the hashtag #holidaybeachphotos gone wrong, yes I did....more

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Holiday pajamas, a picture-perfect tradition

Let me set the scene for you. It's Christmas morning. The kids excitedly wake their parents with squeals of "Santa came! Santa came!" The family heads to the Christmas tree to open presents. Mom grabs the camera to record the memories forever when she realizes her kids are wearing mismatched, ragtag pajamas. The moment is not so picture perfect anymore. It doesn't have to be this way though. With a little foresight, you can get adorable (and even green) holiday pajamas well before the "Kodak moment." ...more

It has long been a family tradition that we get pajamas on Christmas Eve.  This makes ...more

Life in an Antarctic Research Station

It is the Austral Summer. It is travel season for those making their ways to Antarctic research stations. There are a number of scientists, students and even an artist or two who have recorded their experiences. Yes, there are bloggers in Antarctica. You think you have a shaky Internet connection? Try blogging from Antarctica. Making the Journey ...more

I live in Rabat, Morocco, since 18 months, married, mom of three girls, expatriate. We have also lived in China, France and Switzerland. I was born in the Netherlands....more

Things do happen for a reason…sometimes you just have to wait…

I haven’t posted in a while. I have been incredibly busy with work and school and family-but that is not the topic of this post. I recently made a tough decision. I have decided to go a different direction in my educational career, a choice that will ultimately change my entire life....more

Who's On Your Fridge? On Your Desk? In Your Heart?

I was standing in my parents' kitchen eating cereal and staring into space, as I do, when my eyes landed on the refrigerator - and more specifically, the pictures on it.And the magnets, and the invitations, and the um, business card for a particular blog that no one reads because I think they still think there's a secret password to get in and hey, who am I to correct that notion? But mostly it's the photos....more

A beautiful photograph of your grandmother's hands.


Polaroid week!

I will admit in recent years, I had become very lazy when it came to photography:  with digital cameras as versatile and powerful as they are, I'd gotten very comfortable with adjusting just a few of the settings that my camera was capable of, but for the most part, I left it alone and just let the camera do its thing.  So recently, within the last two weeks, I've switched to photographing in fully manual mode -- adjusting everything from shutter speeds to manually focusing the camera, and it's been eye-opening....more

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The South Dakota Cowgirl: Life on the Ranch

Join me in my journey as I venture through life as a girlfriend, step-mom, professional horseman, barrel racer, cowgirl, sister, and aunt.  There's photography, cows, horses, goats, chickens, cats and dogs.  I share my cooking and always creative recipes; keeping the pantry stocked when you live 65 miles from town and what you do for fun and love and money out here. ...more

final project proposal brainstorming

boundaries/environments/public v private/physical presence of peopleI want to explore all of them but how and where do i begin---as far as my project for my black&white class goes -- i have to shoot 15 rolls of film and come out with 15 prints -36 exposures per roll-I want to show through the objects that we interact with a presence a sense of history -- and very possibility a time lapse would be best suited ?...more

People Powered Movement Photo Contest

I'm a big walker. Because of where we live, I can walk to the grocery store, drug store, post office, gym, library, doctor's office, and the BART, which will take me into San Francisco, where I can walk some more.Consequently, I was pretty excited when the Alliance for Biking and Walking asked me to spread the word about their People Powered Movement Photo Contest. ...more