Deconstruction of a Tulip

A rogue ball went flying into one of my flower beds the other day while we were playing in the backyard and snapped one of my yet-to-bloom tulips in half. Instead of tossing it into the compost pile right away I decided to take a closer look at the tiny bud. This is what I discovered.

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I love abandoned buildings. You never know what you might come across inside. Like a creature keeping his eye on you or some lovely vines creeping across the ceiling.

*Taken hastily in downtown Toledo with my Droid 2*

Why yes, we did wear fake moustaches for our family portrait

I picked up fake moustaches as a silly little stocking stuffer for JQ, G-tot, and me this Christmas. They were just 25¢ apiece and as soon as I saw them I thought they would make an awesome prop for a family picture. Last night we finally had the opportunity to try them out.

They were spectacular.

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Awesome, right? You can see the rest of them in my Flickr stream.

3 Yellow Roses

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I shot this back in the beginning of September. The roses are from one of the bushes I planted this spring.

Somehow it sums up exactly how I feel today.

Fall Flip Side

Kicking back in a big pile of crunchy leaves makes me want to scoop Fall into my pocket and carry it with me all the time.

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Happy Halloween

Every year before Halloween I take G-tot out to photograph him in full costume. It is one of those tips I would recommend to all parents. Photographing them before the big trick-or-treat night makes for no fuss and stress when your children only have eyes for a bucket full of candy. Plus you can choose the when and the where instead of snapping a few shots off in the dark on your front lawn or in the middle of your living room. What you end up with aren’t snapshots but frame worthy photographs you and your kids will treasure for years to come.

So if you haven’t yet, throw your kids into their costumes and take a few pictures before trick-or-treating rolls around.

Oh, and have a Happy Halloween!

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Turns out crime fighters dig chocolate

This week was the Toledo Zoo’s Little Boo at the Zoo event. The zoo hosts this mini trick or treating event complete with treat stations, bounce houses, toys, and all sort of goodies. This is the first year we attended and G-tot had a blast. I have a feeling this will be one of those things we find ourselves doing annually from here on out.

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Argus Seventy-five

Do you ever take pictures of yourself? You should. Turn the camera around and shoot. Set the timer. Find a reflective surface. Just get in the frame every once in awhile.

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I shot this while photographing cameras for this piece.
For fun while taking a break I decided to turn the camera around.
Capture the old technology with the new.

I love the way it turned out.

The unexpected crop just below my eyes. But they aren’t gone—just reflected in the lens.
The way you can just see my dimples poking out so you know that smile is genuine.

Or the fact that I’m not wearing any pants. I mean, pants are really overrated anyway.

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Give us the greens of summer

Tonight is the opening for AIGA Toledo’s The Always Summer Show. The idea behind the show was to design a poster around one of your favorite summer songs. On opening night the songs will be played to go along with all the posters. Sounds fun, right?

Here is my entry.

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The song I chose was Kodachrome by Paul Simon. I love that song. It reminds me not only of summer but also of my roots as a photographer who shot with actual film. And it’s just a catchy tune. Oh, and I got to dig out some of my favorite old cameras from my collection to use in the poster. I think that Argus is my favorite.

But…my entry was not chosen to be a part of the show. Which can only mean that the 25 that were picked must be pretty kick ass.

So, if you are in the Toledo area between 6 and 9 tonight you should stop into the Madhouse Gallery at 1215 Jackson and check out the show. The show runs through October 15th if you miss the opening.

Support the arts. It will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Plus there is usually wine at these events. And cheese.

Mmm…cheese and art. Delicious.

Did I mention I was on the news?

A couple of weeks ago I was interviewed by Rebecca Regnier from our local ABC news station. Rebecca interviewed me and Heather Bellian from Pink Stripe about our Etsy shops—mine is Bird Doodle. You should absolutely go buy something from us. The piece was shot for Rebecca’s weekly People, Places, and Things segment. The whole thing happened really quickly with Rebecca contacting me via Facebook (thanks to Amy) on a Monday afternoon and me in the studio on Tuesday morning for the interview. The piece aired Friday, September 3rd on the 6 o’clock news.

Many thanks to Rebecca for the opportunity.

Here’s the clip if  you missed it and want to check it out.

And in case the video doesn’t work, here is the link to the story.