Saturday, April 25, 2015

POTD 2015 | march 1-15

60. | taco seasoning mix.
60. | taco seasoning mix.
03.01.2015

I'm never buying taco seasoning mix from the store again. Tonight I planned taco night for the family and when it was time to add the seasoning, I couldn't find any. Small little detail when making tacos, no? 

So, when in doubt, ask Google... viola! I had every ingredient in the house. All I had to do was measure, pour and stir. And you know what? This homemade version tasted better than the store-bought kind! 

I've made a few changes, but here is the original recipe: www.cooks.com/recipe/ws2cz0b5/homemade-taco-seasoning-mix...

1 T chili powder
2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. each ground cumin, paprika, powdered oregano, sugar, cornstarch
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 c. water
1 bottle of red wine

Combine all dry ingredients. 
Add mixture to cooked meat. 
Pour in water and stir. 

Meanwhile, drink wine.


61. | behold the giant icicle.

61. | behold the giant icicle.
03.02.2015

Sam discovered this giant icicle in the back of our house. Oddly, it was growing from the ground up. So of course she had to have it.


62. | blog calendar.
62. | blog calendar.
03.03.2015

In researching how to plan and organize my blog posts, I discovered this great idea - small, color coded post-its placed on my calendar. It was the perfect visual planning method! I was so pleased with myself.

Except for one thing.... I couldn't see my calendar anymore. Um...

#fail


63. | doggie heaven.
63. | doggie heaven.
03.04.2015

This is one happy pup, completely surrounded by piles of socks. And I am one happy puppy-mom because she didn't try to gnaw on a single one of them.


64. | bitter.

64. | bitter.
03.05.2015

Bitter cold, bitter that it's cold. Either way.


06. | number's up.
65. | number's up.
03.06.2015

One of my new favorite places to go for lunch (with my laptop) is The Corner Bakery. If I get there toward the end of the lunch rush, I can sit there all afternoon if I want.


07. | new do.

66. | new do.
03.07.2015

The day has finally come: Sam expressed her opinion and she wanted her hair cut. So in we went, anxious mom and excited daughter. And out we came - oh my gosh! I literally couldn't stop looking at her. She looked gorgeous! And GROWN UP.

Sam told me, as we sat there admiring her new hair, that not only did she want to straighten her hair all the time (join the club!) but also that she wanted contact lenses.

Oh boy. Let's do one drastic change at a time. Mom can only handle so much.


67. | that's my name, don't wear it out.

67. | that's my name, don't wear it out.
03.08.2015

Thank you, children.

I love that Siri thinks my name is "Big Fat Freaking Stinky Booty". "Abbie" is so overrated... who'd want to be called that anyway?


68. | streetlights.

68. | streetlights.
03.09.2015

There is still snow on the ground but the temperature was just barely warm enough for me (delicate me!) to go outside for a walk.

Tonight, it was the streetlights that caught my eye. There's always something to photograph.


69. | perfect pairing.

69. | perfect pairing.
03.10.2015

Sometimes you just need wine. And sometimes the cookies that grandma sent home with the kids need to be devoured as well.

I couldn't ask for a more perfect, pain-relieving combination. And I am SO sure this is the pairing that the winemakers had in mind.


70. | hi mom.

70. | hi mom.
03.11.2015

Shadow likes to look in at me through the kitchen window. I can practically hear her saying, "Hi mom! Let me in now!"


71. | thanks mom.

71. | thanks mom.
03.12.2015

You can always tell when the kids want something from mom. Suddenly they follow directions, don't burp at the dinner table and bat their eyelashes at you.

I have now discovered the way to get something from them. (insert evil laugh) Milkshakes. Make them a milkshake and the world is yours for the asking.


72. | her new shoes.
72. | her new shoes.
03.13.2015

Sam needed new shoes. She was complaining her heels hurt in her old ones. So off we went to the store.

I measured her feet. I measured them again. Oh, third time's a charm. No... those numbers don't lie. Her feet grew a size and a half. Well, no wonder her heels hurt!

And with that, my baby girl is wearing women's shoes. If she's in a 7 1/2 at age eleven, I have a sinking suspicion... we're not done here...


73. | that's a lot of candles.

73. | that's a lot of candles.
03.14.2015

It's a belated birthday celebration for my niece Hayley... and it's crazy to think how fast the years go by.

Quick, before they grow up.


74. | pooped.

74. | pooped.
03.15.2015

After 24 hours at doggy daycare, this is one pooped dog. She came home and pretty much collapsed right there. Goodnight, Irene!

Thursday, April 09, 2015

POTD 2015 | february 15-28

46. | biermosa.
46. | biermosa.
02.15.2015

Nothing beats Sunday morning brunch at Cafe Hollander with a Biermosa. Well, maybe two Biermosas.

P.S. Yes, that's Beer-Mosa: a mimosa with beer.


47. | smoothie.
47. | smoothie.
02.16.2015

My little girl wants homemade smoothies, and homemade smoothies she shall have. I call this one Strawberry-Banana-Pineapple. She calls it delish.


48. | cardio kickboxing.
48. | cardio kickboxing.
02.17.2015

First night of cardio kickboxing and I survived! I know in about 24 hours I will be really sore, but it's what I call a "good sore". No pain, no gain.


49. | my secret.
49. | my secret.
02.18.2015

I have a secret. Sometimes (only *sometimes*) when I have clients over, things happen. Life blows up. I run out of time. Don't tell anyone, but there are times (just *some*times) I have to clean up the kitchen like this. Yes, that's my oven. Yes, those are dirty dishes. No, you will not judge me.


50. | let sleeping dogs lay.

50. | let sleeping dogs lay.
02.19.2015

On a sunny winter afternoon, the dog of the house takes her spot and  takes a nap. Funny thing is, that is where the cat used to sleep, too.


51. | change of scenery.
51. | working at the bar.
02.20.2015

I was meeting some friends at Bel Air Cantina for lunch and I happened to show up a little too early. So, I thought, there's nothing wrong with a mid-day margarita and photo editing. Nothing...at...all.


52. | proud.

52. | proud.
02.21.2015

David's karate graduation was today. He is now in Advanced Class with a big, bad red belt. He worked really hard for it. We are really proud of him.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

But REALLY. Look at those boys and their MATCHING DIMPLES. I could die, it's so cute. Like father, like son. I love them.


53. | mine. mine. mine.
53. | mine. mine. mine.
02.22.2015

Shadow's March BarkBox arrived the other day. Inside we found this adorable plush jester for Mardi Gras. She was very protective of this new toy. I wonder if in her puppy head she was saying, "mine, mine, mine!" like the seagulls in Finding Nemo.

And then, 4.5 minutes later, it was in shreds.

Poor little jester. You lived a bright and happy, albeit short, life.


54. | sewing project.

54. | sewing project.
02.23.2015

I was following this truck today and had the funniest thought - that is one giant spool of thread! I can only imagine how big that sewing project is.


55. | wtmj hallway.

55. | wtmj hallway.
02.24.2015

I was asked to shoot some photos at the WTMJ studios today. There were so many that I liked but this one sticks with me. The hallway, the "on air" sign, the awards.


56. | froyo treat.
56. | froyo treat.
02.25.2015

My little boy and I went on a little after school date to Yo Mama! - the local frozen yogurt place. Also known as "Yo! Make sure you feed your Mama some froyo!"


26. | awestruck.
57. | awestruck.
02.26.2015

What an amazing structure, incredible architecture. Oh, and what a view!


58. | watching out the window.
58. | watching out the window.
02.27.2015

This is another favorite spot for Shadow the dog. She loves to sit smack-dab in the middle of the couch with the perfect view of the birds, the squirrels and the cars passing by.


59. | too much fun.

59. | too much fun.
02.28.2015

Shadow was outside playing with her dog-friend. Running and jumping and racing around sure wears a pair of pups out! This was moments before she closed her eyes and drifted off to puppy dreamland.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

POTD 2015 | february 1-14

32. | sal + me.

32. | sal + me.
02.01.2015

At Imaging USA I had the chance to meet several celebrities in the photography industry. Here is the first one - Sal Cincotta from Behind the Shutter. He is a leader and trendsetter in sales and marketing for the professional photographer -- and of course blow-your-mind imagery as well.

Dummy me - not so much a leader in marketing (or posing) at all - here I am, holding his magazine backwards! Doh. Well, there's the back cover of the February '15 issue....


33. | jeremy + me.

33. | jeremy + me.
02.02.2015

Today I was on a mission. I had to meet this man. This is Jeremy Cowart, a creative genius, who has emerged to become one of the most inspiring photographers in the country. His work with celebrities and models has been unique and remarkable, creating special effects IN-camera that rival the best Photoshop work there is. (See Kelly Clarkson's multi-headed album cover.)

I was totally geeked to meet him (plus he's super-cute!). His talk at the Canon booth was amazingly motivational. Even though I shoot completely differently from him, he still moves me to reach in a different direction - just for the fun and creativity of it.


34. | peter + me.

34. | peter + me.
02.03.2015

My long lost twin that I never knew I had. It's a little uncanny how much we look alike (or maybe it's just the hair?). Either way, this guy, Peter Hurley, was at the top of my list. I had to hear him speak. He is the King of Headshots. He is the reason headshots are "cool" again. I wanted to absorb every word out of his brain.

Ironically, aside from basic posing and headshot direction, the biggest thing I learned from him applies to more than just headshots. He said that we (photographers) should not shoot for our clients but we should shoot for ourselves. In other words, if we are happy with an image, it should be good enough to put in our portfolio, and therefore, more than good enough for our client. That simple little concept actually changed the way I photograph my clients.

Thank you, twin!


35. | gina + me.

35. | gina + me.
02.04.2015

Meet Gina. She was one of my roommates at Imaging USA. We totally bonded and had a fantastic time prancing around the conference together, talking, learning and planning our business goals. In fact, we were so busy doing all those things that we forgot to snap a selfie! So here we are, saying goodbye (for now) at the airport.


36. | next year in atlanta.
36. | next year in atlanta.
02.05.2015

The day after the concert, I always wear the concert t-shirt. (Yes, I am that person.) Today I'm wearing the day-after-the-conference t-shirt.

After all that I learned at this year's Imaging USA, I definitely plan to be at the conference next year in Atlanta. If I ever get off track in the coming year, I will just put on my Imaging USA 2016 shirt to remind me what direction to go: up, forward and beyond.


37. | make them laugh.

37. | make them laugh.
02.06.2015

The first thing I do when a client comes in for a headshot (or any shot) is get to know them and make them comfortable. Then I make them laugh.

This little guy was an easy target. I already knew him preeeeetty well (he's my son) and it doesn't take much to make him laugh.


38. | recycling.
38. | recycling.
02.07.2015

No recycling pile is complete unless it contains an empty wine bottle. Or two.


39. | baby socks.
39. | baby socks.
02.08.2015

We moved a dresser today and THESE fell out of the drawer.

Oh. My. Goodness.

My little girl Samantha - who is now eleven years old and wearing a women's size 7 1/2 shoe - wore these little, itty, bitty baby socks at one point in her life. It's hard to believe, look how SMALL they are!

And here come the tears...


40. | bts: studio refresh.
40. | bts: studio refresh.
02.09.2015

While I was away at a photography conference, my husband was - quite literally - behind the scenes cleaning up, cleaning out, painting and reorganizing my studio space.

I still have a lot of work to do on it, like ordering and hanging pictures, ordering and installing light fixtures, painting furniture, etc. etc.) but that will all happen in due time. The thing is, whenever I step foot into that rejuvenated room, I instantly think about what a lucky girl I am. He loves me! He really, really loves me!

P.S. See the grey wall on the left? A week ago it was an ugly, dark brown 1970's wood paneled wall. That extends all the way around the room. And now it's not. Oh, and it just so happens to be the perfect grey: grey-card grey. (He really does love me.)


41. | on the line.

41. | on the line.
02.10.2014

That, right there is Shadow's spot. Right on the border of our property and our neighbor's. Right on the line where her best friend, the Golden-doodle next door named Fiona, often waits for her as well.

Shadow can sit there for quarters of hours, waiting and watching. Waiting for Fiona. Watching for a rabbit or a squirrel or even just a leaf blowing in the wind. And then it's time to chase something.


42. | googly-eyed.
42. | googly-eyed.
02.11.2015

David was getting all googly-eyed thinking about all the Valentines he would receive at school the next day.


43. | oh, dear.

43. | oh, deer.
02.12.2015

There's a deer in my backyard! It was there long enough that I actually had time to get my camera (ok, all I had to do was reach around behind me, but still). What a sight, what a beauty. And oh, my what a vicious growl coming from my dog.


44. | library selfie.

44. | library selfie.
02.13.2015

Listen, I have honestly no idea why I took a selfie in the library. I don't remember doing it. I don't know why I would have done it. It's not like I need to prove that I've been to the library.

But the thing is, it's the only picture I took today. So there you go. It's my POTD Mystery Selfie.


45. | love cupcakes.
45. | love cupcakes.
02.14.2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Aaand... now we eat the props.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

POTD 2015 | january 22-31

22. | socks on strike.

22. | socks on strike.
01.22.2015

The sock union won. I broke down and folded all our socks. ALL. of. them. With no help from the delegates from Wisconsin, thankyouverymuch.


23. | spotlight on the dog.

23. | spotlight on the dog.
01.23.2015

Shadow goes outside and just sits there. I sometimes wonder if, under that spotlight, she's giving some great monologue to other dogs in the neighborhood. Or.... she's watching for rabbits.


24. | put a cork in it.
24. | put a cork in it.
01.24.2015

Another beautiful bottle of wine from Spain, another cork to add to the collection.


25. | sunday evening lesson.
25. | sunday evening lesson.
01.25.2015

Sunday evening and I caught this happening on the couch - Dad learning about Minecraft from Sam.


26. | "hand" me the wine.

26. | "hand" me the wine.
01.26.2015

Another happy bottle of wine. This one with jazz hands on the label.


27. | packing dilemmas.

27. | packing dilemmas.
01.27.2015

I'm going to the Imaging USA professional photographer conference in a few days and I'm reluctantly starting the packing process. I'm already at a standstill. Two extreme opposite choices, I want them both to come with... along with three other pairs of shoes. I will be gone for five days. It only makes sense to bring a pair of shoes for each day... right?


28. | those puppy dog eyes.
28. | those puppy dog eyes.
01.28.2015

While I am hard at work during the day, sweet Shadow makes me feel guilty - for what, I don't know - with one glance at those puppy dog eyes. I don't know what it is, Shadow, but A. I'm sorry and B. you can have it.


29. | she picked the super bowl winner.
29. | she picked the super bowl winner.
01.29.2015

As part of a highly (un)scientific experiment, we had Shadow choose the winner of the Super Bowl. Without hesitation, she chose the Patriots. Needless to say, Daddy is very proud of his super-smart pooch.


30. | nashville photo walk.
30. | nashville photo walk.
01.30.2015

And I'm outta here!

I departed today for my first - but CERTAINLY not last - solo business trip. I could write a short story about my first day away from home. In fact, picking my ONE Photo of the Day was really hard. There are so many stories!

A small group of photographers planned on meeting up for dinner and a downtown Nashville photowalk. After a delicious pulled pork sandwich and some local brews at Acme Feed and Seed (see: Instagram), we stepped out to the brightly lit streets and then over to the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge. It was breathtaking. Especially at night, and even more so in black and white.

And THIS is why I brought my camera to a photography conference. ;)


31. | new photographer friends.
31. | new photographer friends.
01.31.2015

Reason #37 of why I went to ImagingUSA. I met so many amazing, kind, smart, caring, fun people. This is Angela. She is one of the many people who I plan on keeping in touch with through the next year -- until next year's conference.

Going to Imaging was the best decision I made all year.

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