Capturing Candids for Beautiful Event Photography

Recently, a very close friend of the family asked me if I would photograph her wedding. I instantly felt panicked because I am not a wedding photographer. I consider myself a candid photographer.What does that mean? I'm best at capturing the moments of big events that may could easily be forgotten had it not been captured by a photograph. I am not a big fan of staged photography. Don't get me wrong, it absolutely has its value and there are many photographers who are creative and talented enough to make the most beautiful staged shots. I happen not to be one of them....more
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My First Born Son Is Leaving For Boot Camp And The Tears Won't Stop Falling From My Eyes.

Last night I was at Ethan's basketball practice watching my son run suicide after suicide. I picked up my phone to play a game of Draw Something when I noticed I had missed a call from Andrew. I was about to call him back when a text message from him came through. "Mom, can you please call me right away." I didn't panic, but I was definitely concerned. My mind started to race a bit. Was he in a car accident? Did he get pulled over? Did he run out of gas? I hope everything's okay...He answered the phone. "Are you okay?" I asked. ...more

Would You Let Your Six-Year-Old Walk Home Alone?

Each time she has asked me this question (every day, for the past 14 days, multiple times each day OMG) my answer has been, "no." And her response has always been, "but why not?" And my response is always, "because you're too young." And her response has always been, "but I know that I need to stay on the side of the road and watch for cars and not to get in a stranger's car!" ...more
Good grief, there is a lot of horror stories going on in this thread! To start with, you're not ...more

Getting Over My Insecurities and Writing Through It

I want to write. I want to write something that will make you laugh. I want to write something that will make you cry. I want to write something that will make you nod your head in agreement. I want to write something that will make you shake your fist at your computer monitor in anger. I want to make something that will make you think. ...more

I know it is not very nice to be grateful of someone else's pain, but my glee is not from your ...more

Stand-Up Comedian Jay Mohr Graciously Answers My Questions About Parenthood, Reality TV and of Course, Poop.

One summer night in the back alley of an Improv, I met my Celebrity Crush, my "Free Pass" if you will.    Jay Mohr.  ...more

Love Jay Mohr! Last Comic Standing is one of the only reality shows/contests I ever watched. ...more

I Guess What I'm Trying to Say Is That I'm Tired of Feeling Intimidated to Write On My Own Blog

I still remember the first time I found "blogs."  I had followed a link from a weight watchers chat room. The blog was written by a woman named Melly. Ordinary Morning, was the name of the blog.  It was 2001.  It was the most amazing thing I had ever seen on the Internet. ...more
I used to read Ordinary Morning.  In fact, I got here by trying to google-find any new info ...more

Who's In? Join Me for Karaoke at BlogHer '09!

I have a confession: I used to think Karaoke was lame. I could not relate on any level to people who enjoyed it. Then, one night while out with friends, I decided to see what the fuss was all about. I chose a song from my favorite Boy Band, grabbed the mic and let it rip. It was magical. From that moment on, I was hooked. I got it. I understood why people PURPOSELY PLANNED TRIPS to karaoke bars. All the proof you need that I love karaoke with all of my heart is right here in this video from a night of karaoke in NYC last year: ...more

I want to see videos from the women who braved the karaoke stage!  I'll show you mine if you ...more

My experience with Loreal Bare Naturale mineral eyeliner.

When it comes to eyeliner, I am pretty set in my ways. There is a very specific way that I like to apply it and a very specific type of eyeliner I like to use -- black, inexpensive and easy to apply. I'm currently using one from Covergirl that I got for about $4.00-ish. I recently had a friend suggest that I "really should try liquid eyeliner!" I took her suggestion as a nice way of saying "Girl, it's time to update the eyeliner." And she was right. ...more

I bought this yesterday because I was using liquid and I'm older (59!!!!) and my ...more

So you want flat hair?

At the begining of 2008, I was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease called "Hashimotos Thyroiditis." Most people are not aware of the absolute havoc a non functioning thyroid can wreak on ones body. The first, most obvious sign something was wrong was the unexplained weight gain. The next was the absolute destruction of my hair. That is such dramatic language to use when speaking of hair, but my hair was probably the only thing about my body that I actually liked. And watching it change (in a bad way) and watching clumps of it fall out was a little traumatic. ...more

 Yes you can become addicted to a flat iron to the exclusion of other styling tools. We ...more

If you love glowing, smooth skin, you will love this yummy facial scrub

I've always had a soft spot in my heart for a good facial scrub. I just love the concept of scrubbing away impurities from my impure pores to reveal fresh, beautiful skin. I've never found a scrub that I absolutely love until I discovered C.O. Bigelow's "Brown Sugar Crystal Face Polish."                         ...more

Skin is the most ...more