Sunday, December 14, 2014

Both Sides Now.

It's hard to wrap my head around...
New and Old.
Life and Death.

This is the miracle.
To watch the twitching, smiling, innocent face of my new sleeping cousin,
And the still and shallow breath of my Nan.

These are right now.
This is Life.

Real and Raw.
The beginning and an end.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Gift

I'm not really sure what happened, or what I think...
But, I know that it's a gift.
Everything is.

To be involved and on purpose
To be IN tune and INtentional
To feel fulfilled and growthFULL

To know...

To know.

Friday, November 28, 2014

I had a dream.

This is my happy place.
Outside, doing farm chores,
troubleshooting goats

Despite the cold and snot dripping from my nose,
garden gloved fingertips that feel the prick and burn of freezing.

I AM in this place.
I AM all of me and more.

Monday, November 17, 2014

A time for every purpose under heaven.

I was reminded of this lately.  Nearly 20 years ago.
Time Flies...
And with it we ride the wave of good and bad, 
We change.
We grow.
We get better.

And, we remember how awesome a time we once had.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Slow Money

Edge of my seat, 
breath held,
knees aching and buckled.
A pivotal moment, momentum carried from momentum before.

This was a game-changer for me.
This is just the beginning.
The start of a new Conversation about Investing in Sustainability.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

I Am

My muse.
In front and behind the lens.


It wasn't always so.
Now I Am.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

More time to myself.

I need
More time to myself.
Both physically and mentally.

That's what I realize today.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


I think this is worthy of posting...
...getting here has been a process.
and downs.

Looking at this image, makes me feel alive.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The perfect muse.

It's official.  Four of my prints are out in the world, decorating someone's mantel, or piano, or dresser, or fridge. A constant reminder of how deeply one can love, how unconditionally and beautifully.

This is Charlie and he is 12.  He was the perfect muse.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Working with less than ideal.

Not every Friday yields a collection of perfect dog shots. This Friday I forgot my 50mm lens and had to work with my zoom, big and clunky, not ideal. I sent my first dog back (ever) having taken no photo-the barking, growling and erratic behaviour turned me off. And the kennel after kennel with poop covered floor, and no cleaner people in sight, seemed to demand more attention than snapping a shot. These are just words, the reality is much gloomier. If you can, volunteer. There are just not enough volunteers.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Two good dogs.

I took him out to play in the off-leash area.  He was good.  He sat and smiled.  I could tell he was smart, that he would be a good dog, and I thought about how good he would be to be mine.

Moments after putting him back in his kennel, he got adopted by a family with a 48 acre ranch.  
He and they both got lucky today.

This guy was my second favourite.  He was good too.  
It was hard to walk away as he watched me through the bars.

They were both Shepherd mixes.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Lessons from a PowWow.

It has been more than a month since this PowWow, and too long to wait to finish a project.  The weight of obligation weighs heavy, avoidance is futile.  Today I will deliver 50 of my best images and hope that they are happy.  I do hope.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


I took this at my friend Sarah's wedding this summer.  It's of my good friend Lara and her wee one.  She posted it to Facebook and received so many compliments on it, and, after studying and studying this shot, I get that.  The composition is good, the subjects are good, the location is awesome, but then I, the photographer, start to look at how it could be better.  

I'm trying to decide if that's good or not.

Lara wrote me to tell me how appreciative she is to have this memory.  To have a picture of her and her son, at this point in her, his and their, lives.  And I'm so glad.

I know this is a good picture for that.  And I know I will get better technically.  Perhaps instead of looking at this photo as an either/or, I will feel proud that I provided this proof and learn from it.

Thanks Lara for being my muse.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

My Nanny.

"I've had a good life."  She said to me.  Our entire trip culminating to that moment, perhaps the last time I will get to see her.  I held on to every word, every story, the veins in her face and in her hands.  

"Do you have any advice for me?"  "No," she said "I think you're doing just fine.

Friday, July 11, 2014

So many.

This is what I do every Friday evening. This is one of two such rooms that I have access to.  There are more but they are for the injured and aggressive and, in a way, I don't want to go there.  This is enough.  This is more than enough.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

11 dogs

I figure it takes me about 10 minutes per dog to get a 'good enough' picture.  At first I would try and try for the perfect shot, despite no interest in treats or toys, despite not wanting to make eye contact.  Now, I recognize when it's not going to happen, when someone is not interested and I just have to move on.  Usually, then, I take the most forward facing profile, as they watch other dogs or distractions.  Tonight I had one of those, an Australian Shepherd who was just happy to be outside.  Can you spot him?

These 2 were my challenge photo.  They are a bonded pair, tiny and shivering, who seemed like they had never been approached with love or kindness.  The trick here was to capture them together, to show their bond and convince someone to give them a go.  I do so hope they get placed together. They seem to be all each other has in the world.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Good dogs.

For every one of these, there are 20 looking away, barking, licking lips, dodging me and my camera...some dogs have so much pent up energy, have done so much sitting and waiting in a smallish kennel, surrounded by walls and barking, not sure of what comes next.  For some my 10 minutes is all the outside they'll get for awhile, precious and fleeting.  Sometimes I put my camera down and just let them be.  The big ones usually want to sniff and run, the littler ones tend to want to sit in my lap, licking and being pet. Some are scared but most are happy.

  All of them are good dogs.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The difference a crop makes.

I have learned in the last short while the difference a crop makes.  One picture that might get discarded for the wrong composition, the wrong lighting,  the wrong feeling, can be entirely changed by a simple crop.  No photoshop, nothing fancy, just cutting out the niggley bits.

A picture can go from this:

To this:

...with a lickity split click .

I think that's pretty cool.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

2 kitties

Tonight is our last night with our foster kitties.  We've had them a month.  There will be tears tomorrow, and perhaps some begging.  It will be hard for me too.