Sunday, February 28, 2010

livin' in the yellow submarine | OKLAHOMA PHOTOGRAPHER

There it was. In the perfect colors no less. I glanced at it, kept going, turned around and then again moved on. I couldn't stop thinking about it. That teal blue T-shirt with great yellow lettering.

I knew as soon as I saw it that I must, absolutely MUST get it and do a photo session of my granddaughter wearing it.
Oh, there were other fun shirts, a black one with KISS (the group) logo and I think one with Bubble Gum, but no, only this shirt would do.

See, my mom was a musician. Not in the way you'd think, but a violinist trained in the classical style. Eventually, children interrupted that career, as this was back in the 30s/40s. By the time I came along in the early 1960s, she was doing other things - like teaching at a private parochial school in the Bay Area. She also had a music studio and taught music. Well there I was in kindergarten and she was creating the greatest kindergarten graduation program. The children and parents loved her programs and she loved the rehearsals and the big "night." But this time, the drama behind the scenes was a story I heard many times growing up. Yes, by now you've figured out it has to do with this song.
She said the directors of the school told her she couldn't teach it to us because it was promoting drugs.

Her reply was I'm sure, one of righteous indignation. Mom loved music, children and teaching. Exposing children to drugs was not in her mindset. They also told her she couldn't teach us Puff the Magic Dragon. Seriously, a bunch of four-year-olds weren't going to sing these songs and go out and get high later. It was just so paranoia-extreme, their reaction to my Mom's choice of popular hit tunes. I can still remember being little and singing along with my mom to both those songs and also Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious!

And I also remember singing to "I'm a little Teapot, short and stout" NOW THAT I BLAME on those paranoid directors of that school! Yes, I'm short and times I battle the stout! going to work out tomorrow!
Anyway, I know my mom would have loved my granddaughter and she definitely would have had a laugh over why I bought this shirt! It just had to be so. Can't wait to print these.
Sometime I'll share a story about the cat and the fiddle.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


One of the many bears that can be found in my home. Basically, none are off limits because what's the use of having a teddy bear that can't be hugged, loved, dragged around the house and into the yard? I mean really, that's what they are for. I don't have dolls in my house, other than what MM has and maybe a couple others. I have three small Dawn dolls from my childhood that are packed away in one of those popcorn tins with a bunch of other leftover childhood things and I have a big doll that is missing a leg, I think. It's packed away too. The only other dolls would be handmade Raggedy Anns from my mom, but as for dolls, nope, not one of those people. I do like the Raggedy Ann dolls.
I think the reason I'm not a big doll fan is that it all goes back to the fact I lost the only doll I really loved. My sister gave it to me when I was like 7, it was made of rubber and had white hair. I saw one similar to it in the Prairie Rose boutique last year, but it wasn't for sale.
I lost mine when my oldest son was about 2 and pretty much swore off dolls. My mom had tons of them, including a massive collection of my large dolls, but I saw no reason to keep them and encouraged her to share with less fortunate little girls. After all, I was a grown woman.
Do I regret that decision? Never, not for one day.
MM wasn't into teddy bears for a long time, then she just decided that they were a good toy to have. She loves this one especially, it's the newest addition. She also has a red bear she loves.
At Christmas, I bought her a big 'Tinkerbell' type doll and a doll that would sing the "I'm a little teapot" song (I sang that at my kindergarten graduation, wow!). She has some other dolls and a huge Dora doll. But she's not overly attached to any of them.
Teddy Bears though. One can never have too many. don't scoff. I'm serious. You see, if you have plenty of teddy bears, there is always one that you can share with someone who doesn't have one. I personally enjoy hunting at the thrift and antique stores for teddy bears. I always give it a good Lysol spray and some Febreze first if I think it won't withstand a quick wash. Most are very clean to begin with, even if they appear scuffed. I think I have a huge box in storage that needs to come out and be aired and shared. Will have to do that this spring.
Do you have a favorite Teddy? Share your photo!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


I spent a very cold afternoon the other day creating some beautiful images of my vintage camera collection. I'm in the process of ordering these as postcards and blank greeting cards. Just one for now. I'll unveil them all within a month or so, and announce it on my facebook fan page.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Mossy Moments

These two images were an unexpected surprise today. I was photographing some of my vintage cameras (which I plan to put in my etsy shop for sale in about two weeks, I want to get them ordered first) but after I finished shooting and started away, I spied the little shell and some teeny red berries.

There was some wonderful moss nearby so I set up the shot. The original shot is so rich and green, but since it's winter, I decided to add some red into the image to enhance the muted browns in the scene. I like this, but knowing my preference for forests and greens and the thought of Ireland settings, I'll probably print them in the green version. After I finished with the half shell and berries, I spied the white rock which was halfway in the ground.

I so wanted to take it, but figured it had a home there since it appeared to be in that hole for some time and the fact that it was on the land of a property that is on the National Register of Historic Places, I felt it was only proper to leave it alone.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Rain never bothers me

Shot these at the Myriad Botanical Gardens last fall. I don't think I posted them to my blog then, but decided February would be a good month to bring out some green.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

OKLAHOMA PHOTOGRAPHER | Happy Valentine's Day!

MM was not in the mood for photos today, but I did manage to salvage a couple shots. She acted like she was in the mood until I picked up the camera. You have to love the independent personality of a toddler.

And I gave a creation attempt

Then I decided to focus on the roses:

Thursday, February 11, 2010

OKLAHOMA PHOTOGRAPHER | in the mood for red

I've not had a bit of time to do any lovely Valentine-type shots this week, including of my own darling grandchildren, but am so loving the red mood. Especially after I saw some gorgeous red tulips today at the Election Board office. May have to snap a photo of them tomorrow. Meanwhile, I found this old tomato photo I had shot in 2008. Will have to do for now.

Monday, February 08, 2010


So the pepper says 'can i be sweet on you dear heart-achoke''s the best I could come up with! My attempt at valentine food shot...

Sunday, February 07, 2010


This is one of my new images and yes, it is available for purchase as a print or canvas. The Bible I used is a family heirloom and I plan to photograph many more spiritual images this year. The image is also available as a set of greeting cards. Please contact me if you are interested in it. I also will consider wholesale orders for established retail shops and boutiques.
I've titled it "Be Close to the Lord"

Saturday, February 06, 2010


Just a quick note to a few people who I think visit my blog but never say much. Laura Kennedy, even though it's been months since we chatted and have seen one another, you continue to be so encouraging. Your sincerity is greatly appreciated and I will definitely find some irises this spring to photograph for you!

Barb J. What you wrote on my facebook, this quote: The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things,
but their inward significance - Aristotle. That was probably one of the nicest things ever said to me in my photography. (And I never would have dreamed it coming from you! ;-) I'm glad we're still friends after all these years. I feel like you are definitely my soul sister. Love ya!

My nephew, Christian - thanks for telling me that I'm the most awesomest best photog you know. You'll inflate my ego, you know!

My sister, you know I still have camera 1.
My kids who are grown and finally came out with the, "mom, can you just put the camera down for once?' Ummmm..still debating that one.
My husband, I know you mean it the most.
And to everyone I've ever photographed thank you. I am looking forward to a very exciting 2010 of photographing many things. Send me ideas!


I'm back in my textured moods.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Wednesday, February 03, 2010


Just two from last weekend when the storm hit. Just now was able to return home this evening...six days no make that 6 1/2!