On Turning 40, Loss, and Moving On

  Something about turning 40 makes one reflective. This seems like one of those milestone birthdays where something important is supposed to happen. In all honesty, I was hoping for something great. Instead, 16 days before the big day, I opened an e-mail from my agent in the teacher’s lounge one awful Monday afternoon. I was waiting to hear back about a couple of [...]

Sunflowers

Weekend Wonder My father in law always shares his newspaper with me when my family and I come up for a visit. This particular visit there was an article about a farmer and his sunflowers. Five acres in bloom. Only a few days remaining for the golden-yellow field. I knew I had to go and see. We follow the route on the GPS to [...]

Monarch Miracle

A couple years ago my daughter asked for some milkweed and a caterpillar. It was a simple request with amazing results. A wonder filled spring.   And now it's springtime again and there's a special kindergarten class I know studying caterpillars and butterflies. So I collected those images and videos I captured from my little girl's wonder filled spring and made this little video to share. I [...]

The Gift of a Dream

This is a story about my brother David. But really it's my story. It's a deeply personal account of faith and praying for miracles and trusting God regardless of the outcome. God gave me the gift of His love and presence in a dream. I've pondered this for some time and although I don't completely understand it myself, I [...]

The Thing About Photography and Beauty

I recently had an assignment to photograph twenty one women. Spending time preparing the images for the client filled my heart with joy. I saw these women on my screen and saw beauty in each of their faces. But I heard something familiar when I photographed the women, "I hate how I look, I never look good in photographs, I hate [...]

The Photograph Keeper

This post is about photographs and a dress and book I recently stumbled across.. The Photographs My Grandma had to clean out her home of more than 50 years to move into a smaller apartment. There were boxes of photographs in the basement and albums on book shelves and photos on the walls. I had a chance to go through some of [...]

Prayers for Children

  A Little Golden Book Prayers for Children Pictures by Eloise Wilkin Western Publishing Company 1974, 1952 Little Golden Book Classic published by Random House, Inc. It's been a tough week for me and my family. One that certainly had us in our own time of prayer. It seemed fitting to share one of my favorite vintage children's books this Thursday. It turns out I [...]

Cliché Photography

I read someone's post on Instagram which stated the biggest cliché  in photography are sunrise and sunset photos. As a photographer I wondered about this statement. I thought about all the photographs that have ever been taken. Photographs taken by masters of photography, like those of Ansel Adam's photographs of the American wilderness or Clyde Butcher's photographs capturing the beauty of the Florida Everglades. I thought about all [...]

For Dreamers Who Dream Big

This post is dedicated to the big dream dreamers– For the men and women who looked up at the sky, beyond the clouds and beyond the stars, and imagined it was possible to live in the heavens. This month, December 2013, marked the 15th anniversary of the International Space Station. Today's book is perfect for such a celebration. A Book of Satellites For [...]