Green Abandonment

I love taking photos of abandoned or forgotten objects.  There’s something about the natural processes taking over that reminds one of nature’s constant dominance and that nothing lasts.  It’s a melancholy feeling.  I tried a little something different in the editing of these photos.  The first one has minimal editing, just a bit of level adjustment, the second uses Photoshop’s “auto-color” option, and the third uses Photoshop’s “auto-tone” option.  The grass really was a super-vibrant green!  I’m not sure how I feel about intense editing of photos.  For me, I want to be good enough at my craft that editing isn’t needed.  Thoughts?  Which one do you like best?

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Black Lab Day

It’s unseasonably warm here in Maryland, to the point that Garth, the office Lab, leaped head-first into the stream at our restoration site.  Just a couple shots of the crazy pup in the midst of his joy at life.

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October Wedding

Last month I had the honor and pleasure of photographing my mother-in-law’s small and beautiful at-home wedding.  We crowded in front of their Pennsylvania stone house as my husband walked his mother down the path in front of a few family and friends as Bryan anxiously awaited the opportunity to say their vows while identically dressed with the pastor.

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A Morning By the Stream

Long Green Creek is down the road from Boordy Vineyards, where my company recently finished a restoration project.  This is a trout stream that was suffering from bank erosion and cattle crossing. Here are a couple shots from a slightly chilly morning!DSC_0682 Gabriel-M1-02 Gabriel-M1-03 Gabriel-M1-01 Gabriel-M1-04

Stream Restoration

I’ve been lucky enough to be asked to do the photography for my new-ish company, capturing construction, new techniques and post-restoration over time.  It’s a great opportunity for me to get out and hone my own techniques and have my photos used for more than just taking up space on my own harddrive or publishing here for kicks and giggles.  Here are a couple from a site we completed this past summer.

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Summer Kitten

It’s taken me aWHILE to post some photos from this past summer, so here’s a start from August when some friends visiting from California had a picnic in town and the guest of honor was a tiny black kitten, determined to become everyone’s best friend.  He succeeded.

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Working through my photography course, experimenting with just about everything and snapped these pictures laying across my husband on the couch so Trish wouldn’t move before I could capture the light on her fur.  Glamor shots 🙂

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I haven’t been on my computer much in the past week or two, but I wanted to post these pictures from Kacey Musgraves on Valentine’s Day at Rams Head Live.  “Follow Your Arrow” is one of my theme songs for 2015 and Cait and I sported little temporary arrow tattoos for the show.  Since we were up on the balcony without a zoom lens, most of these are wide angle rather than up close, but I touched up the color a bit to give a better idea of just how punching it was.  Of course, now that I’ve started my photography course, I already know at least 15 ways I could have improved these photos, and intend to do so at my next show!


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I love concert photography.  Love love love it.  It combines two amazing things – live music and raw emotion.  Artists let it all out, everything they are feeling, pouring it into their craft and to capture a single moment of it is an exhilarating challenge.  I remember the exact moment I fell in love with the art – some time in the early-mid 2000s, I was taking photos for an ex-boyfriend who had designed the lighting for the summer Arts Fest concert for which Lit was the headliner.  I couldn’t tell you a single song by Lit now, but I will never forget capturing the most perfect moment of the lead singer, wreathed by red and orange light, with his arms extended and head thrown back, completely in the moment in front of the crowd.

Deep Creek in Deep Winter

It took a long time, but I finally updated to a digital Nikon SLR from my old film Canon.  I’m still learning the digital world but I can’t wait to fully immerse myself in it.  Photography has been a passion for as long as I can remember and no matter whether it’s a point and shoot, an iPhone or some other type of media, I still love it.  We went to Deep Creek, Maryland a few weeks ago and it was one of my first opportunities to really play around with the new camera.  Everything here was shot on automatic with minimal or no Photoshop manipulation.  Still a lot to learn before I move to fully manual mode!