Friday, July 31, 2009

Summer beauty

I love moments like these! And I really love it that so many of my fans are loving this shot on my fb! So I decided to share it here too.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

When it clicks!

Several things fell into place for this photo session, the only downfall was it was so hot that she really wasn't enjoying it and her hair wilted. But, the basket and outfit I had just found earlier this week and about two weeks ago, I got permission to use this porch and the house is up for sale. The outside is awesome, but the interior is so dated and the kitchen is barely enough room to walk through. It'd be great if someone could buy it and gut it and redesign the floor plan.
Anyway, the most expensive part of this session?! The flowers! They wilted too only moments into the session. I still think I got some great shots of my granddaughter, who soon will be 2. Course, you all know I will have to do another session in a month. I already have a couple places in mind for her birthday session.

The Fabulous Rummy!

I got a chance recently to photograph a dog! Well, it wasn't planned but I couldn't leave Gay's house without capturing a few of her dog who is just the sweetest, most fabulous dog. I mean really, without prompting, Rummy posed .. and posed ... and well you get the idea! Anyway, I've ALWAYS liked doing dog-ography (dog portraits) and I'd book them every weekend if I could. Especially at wonderful locations with awesome lighting like I had at Gay's home and especially if the dog is as great as Rummy!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Family moments revisited

Every time I look at this photo I smile. It's my nephews children about two years ago when we all were in Fort Lauderdale. It was just one of those playful moments that might have been missed or later in years forgotten if I hadn't caught it with the click of my camera. It's moments like these that make me appreciate family, life and the talent that I've been blessed with. Sometimes I take it for granted, well, not granted, but it's just a part of who I am. Other people look at my photos and seem in awe. Maybe that's the way I feel when I look at the work of other photographers who I'm a fan of.
The other two photos, well, same image, different processing, are of my nephew and his wife, Laurie. They have a third child now that I haven't seen and he's nearing a year old this fall! They sure grow up fast. I'm trying to organize my images and create a family library of books, but it takes a lot of time. Plus, I play too much on the computer when I sit down. Ha!
I posted these because I talked to my sister on the phone last night. Haven't seen her since this visit and I'm going to try and get her started back on the computer so we can stay in contact more.

Friday, July 24, 2009

I've Sold 3!

Yes, three books have sold. Actually, 2 transactions are pending, but I'm on cloud 9!

Go West they said

So to do so, you have to build a bridge into town .... That's the hotel you are looking at.

Monday, July 20, 2009

In the country

I have a friend who has this totally cool "town" he's building, to mimic the 1800s. I drove out there Sunday afternoon to photograph one of the newest buildings, which is actually an authentic 1880s saloon, complete with bullet holes from a shoot out! Here's a couple photos from outside though and some old farm equipment. I shot a ton of photos, and haven't processed them all yet.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Photo Share Wooden Bowl series

Claudia and I have been trading photos for a few months on and off. Our birthdays are very close and we 'found' each other on flickr. We think we might have been separated at birth, except we're a few years age difference.

We both like wooden bowls and that's what started it. I have the first photo she sent me framed on my kitchen counter. Of eggs in a wooden bowl. Interestingly enough, I have a photo of eggs in a blue ceramic bowl on the wall above it. It was a photo I shot years ago, none of that was planned. Anyway, we both find and photograph wooden bowls, amongst our many other interests that appeal to us. Old bicycles, items.

This weekend was our city garage sale. I went to many and found some neat things. I passed up a bowl for $7, but today found one for $3. Claudia sent me these photos this week, which I wasn't expecting and was delighted with the snail mail surprise! I took them out on the porch and used my new "old" bowl and some antique ceiling tin, another find, as basis for photographing the photos. I like the result. I also think that Claudia and I have started something now with this photo sharing. Just keep posted. Never know what we'll do with it.
So here's a link to some photos I sent her as a birthday greeting.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

It's here!

By Collector's Editi...

This is the book I've been working on and now it's ready to buy. Thinking Christmas in July? Well really, you should. This is a great time and I'm shamelessly promoting my book. By clicking on my blurb badge, it will take you to the preview, which only hints at what is in the book.
Today, when I showed it off to friends and coworkers, some of the comments I got I was not prepared for at all. One person said it was some of the best work of mine they'd ever seen and I that I should be very proud. Another very dear friend gave me a big hug and said she was proud of me. I wished I had video taped everyone who looked at the book. It was really fun to see the reactions and how they would pick out a favorite photo.
I am looking for corporate and business sponsors to purchase levels so that I can gift some of the books as I'd like to get this in rural libraries in Oklahoma and provide some of the cowboys with a copy. I happened to meet a Comanche school librarian today at our local used bookstore and she's hopeful to get a copy for the library. If you are interested in learning more about the sponsor levels, please e-mail me at photosbytonih (at) yahoo dot com

Monday, July 13, 2009

Triple Digit Days means fun in the water

Third day in a row that has been 105 degrees and then some! This was over the weekend when my husband was watering the front, which sadly needed it. MM couldn't help herself. She so loves the water. Ever since she was a newborn.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

What's in your bowl?

Instead of what's on your plate! I started to title this 'cheap finds'...the placemat at Wal-Mart for $1, yes, off the summer clearance aisle in the garden section. The bowl I found just a half hour earlier at the Goodwill for 99 cents. I was going to use the photo as my new blog banner, but then got to playing around with some old candy heart photos I shot in February and came up with what you see now up there. I think it's fresh and summery.
Today was so hot. I just checked the noaa for OKC area, reached 105 degrees today and right now is 88d and 43 percent humidity. That's ridiculous. While my husband was watering the yard earlier, we let MM play in the water that was sprinkling. She didn't get too wet, but enough to help her cool down. I shot some photos of course, haven't loaded them yet.
I've been enjoying blog surfing, finding new blogs, charging up my creative spirit. I just checked blurb and see that my book has been shipped and is on its way to me! I can't wait. If you think you are interested in buying a copy (it's the western one on the Chisholm Trail Cattle Drive from 2007), post a comment or use my Web site contact page and send me an e-mail. I'll put you on the email list when I send out the 'for sale' news.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

MMs July 4th photos

Now this is the way to have fun on the 4th! Even if we melted five minutes after going outside. Then it rained tonight, cancelled most of Oklahoma's fireworks shows. Thank goodness for sparklers.

Happy Fourth of July!

This is so cute. The entire house exterior is just so 'neighborhood warm feeling' for lack of a better description. The other day I drove around to see if I could find some patriotic porches. This one is just around the corner from ours. My favorite.
This next one is magnificent - I mean in terms of size. This place is huge and I just love that they took the time to put out some red, white and blue. I can't find my flag this year and that irritates me to no end. Here's a house in Duncan's historic district. This house always looks very nice.
Another view of it, notice the flag pole to the right! American indeed, love it.
Oops, just a tad crooked, but isn't this simplicity just lovely, combined with the architecture, it's just gives a nice look.
So we had every intention of hitting the Marlow Fourth of July parade today, but Miss M wasn't feeling well and we just couldn't get going in time, so we opted out of going. I know, shame, shame. The neat thing tonight is that Duncan's fireworks will be set off like two or three blocks from our home. Not sure if we can see them for the trees, but maybe if we are down on the highway we can. They opted to use the Halliburton Stadium. I just hope that you don't have to be IN the stadium to see them, ha! Later today I plan on doing Miss M's holiday photos. We got her a cute simple holiday dress and some balloons. It should be fun. I'll try to post them later.