The Bride

The Bride

We’ve been having the strangest past couple days of weather. It went from freezing cold, you know Winter, to almost 60 degrees. Because the Allegheny river was half frozen, this heat has created the most amazing fog! So, with fog on my mind, or a foggy mind, my Mom and I thought up an idea for a photo shoot! Amazingly enough, my Mom agreed to be IN IT! I know, crazy right? It’s always my daughter. But I was thrilled and so was my Mother. We rushed into the car with gear in tow, a wedding dress, and some flowers, and drove down to the river before the fog subsided.

Left Alone

The Bouquet


Into the water

Her wait will be eternal


It was a lot of fun photographing my Mom! I have plans building in my head for the next time. It makes it so much fun to work with her behind the lens, as opposed to her holding props or reflectors for an Anna shoot. Until the next time!



It’s a really foggy night here; it’s literally rolling over the roads. I didn’t get a picture of it as I’m too lazy and preparing for my son’s 13th birthday tomorrow. But I did notice the garage windows were fogging up nicely, so I grabbed Anna for a quick shot.


The Duaflex II

Shooting the Duaflex

The other day I ordered some film for the Duaflex II and Brownie cameras to see if they still worked. Of course the minute I did, I was reminded of how much I enjoyed TTV pictures and wanted to do some more of those. But anyway, I loaded both cameras with film and decided that I’d take one camera along with each new shoot I thought up. Unfortunately, I forgot the first couple times. I remembered today and decided nothing was planned except our walk along the river, so why not take one of the cameras with us. I took the Duaflex. It’s pretty blah outside, it’s snowy and cold, but not snowing as in amazing snow and ice covered trees that take your breath away. Just snow and brown trees. *yawn* I ended up just taking a couple shots of the trees and Anna, then took a few pictures of Anna with the Duaflex. I had the Lensbaby Muse on (expecting large fluffy snowflakes to fall all around-which they didn’t until we got home. =P)

Duaflex II

Anna & Duaflex
I hope to finish off the roll in the Duaflex, which I think was black and white, and the roll in the Brownie, which I think was color, within the next month. I’m going to ship them off to The Darkroom in California for processing.

The Reader

There have been many times, when I’ve settled in to read a book, that one of the cats decides they want to also share in this time.  I’ve never really confirmed whether or not they like the stories, but that’s irrelevant. =)

the reader

While I was painting this, I was reminded of a picture I took of my daughter reading and our cat Merlin curling up with her.


Anna & Lillian

Her only possession

I’m sure you already know by now that we have chickens, six to be exact! Last year this very small town we moved to were going to make a no livestock ordinance at the end of March. Since we’d moved here, we had talked about getting chickens. Sure we talked about getting chickens while in Portland, Oregon too, but it seemed like something we’d really do here in Pennsylvania. This ordinance was the fire we needed under our asses to get some chickens. The ordinance stated any animals on the property before it went into affect would be fine until their death. The chicken hunt was on! So we got six tiny little chickens from the local Tractor Supply (since no one online would ship before April) and raised them in the basement until it was time for them to go outside. Did I mention we LOVE our chickens? They’re all named, and renamed when we forgot the initial names. There are two white hens, Lillian and Golde, and four red hens, Sepia, Rainbow (Anna’s names), Goldilocks, and Estella. Lillian is Anna chicken, and she loves her so very much, so we did a a little shoot with Anna and her chicken. I edited them both in color and black and white, but couldn’t decide which I liked best. While the consensus among my friends was B & W, I chose to share the color versions today.

My chicken

Anna and Lillian