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Posted by rws on December 31, 2007



Note: Way (WAY WAY WAAAAAAAY!) back at the beginning of the year on the very first day of 2007 Kelley and I decided that it would be really cool (rockin’! totally tubular!) to take a picture on both the first day and the last day of the year. ‘Cause we are JUST! SO! VERY! COOL! like that. Or something. And here we are on that crazy day at the beginning of the year in case you’ve forgotten what it looked like.
Note2: Funny how it seems like we haven’t changed at all and yet the year in between has brought so many changes. Some very hard. Some very good. But all affecting where we are now and who we will be tomorrow. Strange how a year works like that.
Note3: Kelley says, “look at you, all insightful.”

Happy New Year Everyone. Wishing you the Best in 2008 – or as my friend Candice said today, “Hooray for 2008! It’s going to be Great!” — she must have been channeling Dr. Suess.

85mm lens


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Posted by rws on December 30, 2007


Complex Creator

Note: She’s so amazingly beautiful, inside and out, is it no wonder that I sometimes fail to see the beauty in myself when I have THIS to compare myself to? 🙂 Oh stop it! I wouldn’t change a thing about her nor would I change a thing about me – because we were made to be best friends. She’s the Ethel to my Lucy, the Laurel to my Hardy, the best Best Friend a girl could have.

85mm lens

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Posted by rws on December 29, 2007


From Behind the Net

Note: Net/Kelley’s legs…whatever….

85mm lens

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Posted by rws on December 28, 2007



Note: I am a bad mother. It was FREEZING COLD and I let them jump in this huge puddle of water.
Note2: I made up for it with two big cups of hot cocoa.

85mm lens

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Posted by rws on December 27, 2007


Self-Portrait Tuesday (on Thursday): But A Shadow of My Former Self Edition

Note: I have to admit it – I tackled the Christmas Season just like I tackle anything else that is really hard — I ignore everything bad, pretend it doesn’t exist and then hope it’ll have disappeared and resolved itself by the time I get to the end of whatever the task is. Unfortunately, when I got to the other side of Christmas, I didn’t wake up from some awful dream, my dad didn’t come back from some long extended vacation, nothing changed…. I made it just fine through the actual DAY of Christmas and even the day after Christmas, and then I was taking the trash out today and I realized that the truth of the matter is this: My dad is gone. He’s not coming back. I’m not waking up. This is not some alternate reality. This is my real life. And it’s going to be like this from now on.
Note2: I miss him so much.

85mm lens

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Posted by rws on December 26, 2007


Belated Ho! Ho! Ho!

Note: Looks like The Jolly Old Man lost some weight and got quite a bit cuter! And also isn’t a man…? hmmmm….something is not quite right here…. wait a minute! That’s not Santa Claus! That’s an IMPOSTER!

85mm lens

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Posted by rws on December 25, 2007

Christmas 2007: Things On Our Heads Edition


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Posted by rws on December 24, 2007


Merry Christmas To You All

Note: While Santa was busy filling some of the stockings, I took this picture of how the tree looked after he had finished with it. Kuska likes posing for Santa since even Kitties know that they have to be good in front of the Jolly Old Man.

Want to see a close up of the image so you can see the perty perty light stars? I KNOW YOU DO!


Same picture, just zoomed in. And this way you can see Kuska doing her “I’m a good kitty” impersonations.

16-35mm lens @ 35mm, 580EX flash, CTO gelled,  fired off camera multiple times in different locations and directions — the shutter was open here for 3 seconds.

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Posted by rws on December 23, 2007


Newest Annual Chore

Note: What? You don’t sweep off your roof? Why ever not?
Note2: That’s my Uncle Dan.
Note3: We trimmed off some Cat’s Claw Vine that was beginning to take over my roof and would have eventually looked like that picture! If you go back and look at my self portrait from 11.20.07 you can see it taking over the upper right hand portion of my house. Cutting it away left a LOT of detritus that had to be brushed off and then raked up. But I just couldn’t resist taking a picture of something that just looked so very silly.
Note4: MANY MANY thanks to my Uncle Dan for all of the very hard and very voluntary work he’s been helping with this weekend. You all wish you had an Uncle Dan like mine, but you CAN’T HAVE HIM! He’s MINE! ALL MINE! BACK! OFF!

16-35mm lens @ 33mm

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In Response to Your Response

Posted by rws on December 23, 2007

Thank you all so much for your very enthusiastic and kind responses to my question about continuing this thing. I realized a bit later that it was a bit of a loaded “pat me on my back” question… haha… but oh well. I just needed to know. We artists are a bit insecure at times. *snort*

Anywho, I wanted to respond to some of your comments —

Several of you mentioned that you would like to see more from my client work.
Yeah, that would probably be a good thing. Except that I have taken a bit of a break and am not booking clients again until March. Good for me. Good for my soul. Not good for posting client image on here. Maybe I’ll go back through and pull some of my favorites from past session. Designate a day of the week to client images — Sunday maybe? Something for me to think about!

Michele Said:
Blog on, Sista! “Clink”–that’s us toasting with two Cokes–straight up!
Thanks Michele! I meant to respond to your comment on that post — when my dad and I would go out to dinner, he would order the Diet Coke and I would order the Full Impact version. About 75% of the time, the wait-person would give me his diet and him my non-diet. haha!

Reeeeeeee-Taaaaah! Said:
Can I drop by over the holidays to see you????
You know, questions like that make all of my students VERY JEALOUS of you. haha
And no, you can’t have five pictures a day. Geez.

Alissa Said:
Perhaps, with permission, showcasing a little of the work your students submit to you as well.

I LOVE this idea! Thanks Alissa! I’m going to most definitely incorporate that in some way. PERFECT!

Donna Said:
If you are looking to add anything, I would love to see more pictures of your home!

Interesting. People always ask for that and I always think “Yes. I will do that.” and then I take one picture and forget because frankly, my home does NOT inspire me to photographic greatness. In fact, it makes me see all of the ways in which my images do NOT capture what I want them to. For some reason, it just doesn’t work for me. But it IS definitely something to work on for the next year — to learn WHY I don’t like pictures I take of my own home, to look at the work of others and see how they are doing it and why it works for them — Maybe I need to study some architectural digest magazines! LOL I’ll try! I promise! It is such a very common request!

Donna Also Said
I don’t comment because…uh, I don’t have anything to say except maybe, “Wow! I wish I could take pictures like that” and that might get old after the first few.

It would NEVER get old. See above about artistic insecurity! haha!

And from a different post but required commenting — Alissa said:
Here is what I don’t understand. You have two kids, yet I never see a mess in your house. HOW can that BE?! It always looks neat. Seriously. You make the rest of us look bad. I haven’t gotten out my camera lately because there is so d@*N much clutter and crap everywhere. What’s your secret?!

I hold you personally responsible for the death of my mom. She just died from the LAUGHING.

A few weeks ago, she came over and just stood there while I tried to find something amidst the clutter and, frankly, disgusting mess that was my house. I believe she muttered something about me not being her child because she would have NEVER raised a child as filthy as me.

What’s my secret? It’s called “The One Arm Sweep”. Basically, I frame the shot and if there is stuff in it that looks messy, I just PUSH IT OVER SO IT’S NOT IN THE SHOT ANYMORE — and VOILA! Instantly clean looking image.

Seriously. The answer is this – I just DON’T have the time. And the first thing I sacrifice is keeping my house clean. Working, time with family and friends, time for just me to regroup – they are all more important to me than if I could perform surgery in the sterile environment of my dining room. (Not to mention that I hate blood, so EWW! not in my house!) If the floor in my image DOES look dirty, I just edit it out! In the picture I posted yesterday of the striped socks, there were bits of shed cat hair and some sort of stain (juice?) on the carpet in the background. About 4 seconds of editing and POOF! Instant Clean! I wish I could get my house clean that way — Mr. Dyson needs to get together with the Adobe people and invent a house cleaning system that works like that. 🙂

Wrapping it all Up
Thank you ALL for your comments, your votes, and the lovely and wonderful things you said. They’ll keep me going for a while!

I think it was elizabeth (notice the small e!) who asked me if *I* liked blogging and the answer is – yes and no. I hate the guilt I feel when I don’t post daily. But I love looking back over the year and seeing the little bits I post here that are true of that moment on that day – of seeing how much each of my kids has changed in only a year. I think that is what keeps me going to most — the push to document our lives, and to capture the little things we do that make us, well, US!

Thanks to all of you who have taken this journey with me this year. Here’s to another year of Picture a Day!

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