About

From my earliest memories I was coloring, finger painting, rolling bits of clay into a new form or drawing. My little hands liked to be busy and often kept my mouth quiet.

Tablets and pencils were more readily available so drawing held my interest for years. My dad was the shutterbug in the family even developing his own black and white pictures for a short while. I took up the position as family photog, the one at events that always had some kind of camera to capture a photo of the whole gang which was often an exhausting attempt with comedic outcomes.

In my high school years I started sewing a little. That craft blossomed when I became a mama. All of this to say I identify as a creative. I can’t narrow myself to one discipline.

In the past couple of years I’ve learned about still life photography via online classes led by Kim Klassen. I love her style! Her classes are fantastic. Through that, I was introduced to Lightroom and use that with my still life shots. I’m also learning more about Photoshop. While I use it to enhance my shots I try not to overuse it. A light hand in most art is my preference.

I particularly enjoy street photography and at times get lucky with getting good shots. Lighting is a make or break with it for me. I keep trying. Though, living in South Florida we might call it beach photography.

I enjoy sharing my work and you can get free downloads of many of my images at Unsplash and Pixabay.

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8 thoughts on “About

  1. When you do it just because you love doing it you end up with another kind of best. The years I spent as a commercial photo stylist I worked with/for some of Atlanta’s most talented photographers. They taught me the secret of great photography – light, angle, composition. You’ve got it figured out! I’m smiling! Great work!

    1. Thank you for your words of encouragement. Yes, I do love it most days, especially when the inspiration is flowing. It’s probably more fun when it’s a hobby 🙂

      1. I always loved it more, whatever it was, when there was no deadline or dollar value pushing, pulling, cramping and snapping at it. One hard earned lesson – I enjoyed volunteer work more than compensated work because when you aren’t being paid, your best is always good enough. 🙂 Creatives need the freedom to just do.

      2. True! I have many years of volunteer experience at our kids school and in our church. I didn’t realize it at the time but looking back I see how much my time and efforts were valued. Having dipped my toes into the creative end of things I’m sensing it’s much the same. I’m blessed to be able to pursue this as a hobby. I often find myself giving away my paintings and other things I make because of the joy it gives me. You’ve confirmed some things for me as we approach retirement. I need to remember your words, “Your best is always good enough”. That’s always true though I understand the context you put it in. It’s freeing. Again, thank you. I looked to see if you have a blog or Instagram but found nothing so I’ll just consider you a phantom mentor 😉

      3. Ha! Sorry, I’m Meema – found you from your comment in Perennial Gen! :-0 I go by many names. LOL!

      4. I knew your gravatar looked familiar. And now I remember you saying Meema is your best title. I hope to see you around the blogosphere more. I enjoyed your post on Perennial Gen. Very relatable.

  2. Though I’ve long understood the disparity between what is perceived to be great and not so great based on whether it was done gratis or for pay, I had the opportunity to test this theory last year. I was dragged out of retirement (screaming, kicking and complaining) to format a book for a non-profit. The complex job had been passed from graphic tech to designer over the course of nearly a year. The last person held on for three months before giving it up.

    I was recommended by someone who knew someone. At the meeting with the representative, presented with the files, I instantly knew what the problem was and set the parameters if I was going to do the job. I didn’t set a price though because I had no idea how long it would take. I am retired specifically from doing tough jobs for nothing and practically nothing.

    It took me three months, with lots of hair pulling and fighting against the preconceptions of those who don’t have a clue what the job required. I also went on site to the physical project and took photos, one of which I used for the cover. I had to fight for that too.

    When it was done – actually realized – finished and a printed bound book, based on the profuse accolades, I was pretty sure I’d be nominated for a Pulitzer or something. Then I gave them the bill. I didn’t charge them for the hours spent, nor the years of experience or dollars invested in the software it took to make it happen. I gave them a reasonable price for my trouble. I got a cool email back that a check would be forthcoming within a week. Two weeks passed and I called the rep I had been dealing with. Oh, the secretary must have forgotten. I thought to myself, “Good thing I didn’t forget to give the finished files to the printer until I was paid.” Classic.

    1. Valuable lesson. My mom told me a long time ago that when it comes to the arts most people won’t pay for your time because they don’t understand it. So true. Thanks for sharing your experience and wisdom.

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