Cleveland RNC 2016- (That Time I Played Photojournalist)

April 02, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I had no reason to be downtown for the RNC. I'm not a reporter or protester. And certainly NOT a fan of Trump. But I love Cleveland, I find politics interesting, and I believe in freedom of speech. I wanted to see how my town handle the convention. I wanted to see if protesters would be peaceful and police helpful. And I wanted to take photos of ev...
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Where The Camera Takes Me...

April 02, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Photography has taken me many places and introduced me to many people. A few weeks back I found myself with 3 pretty amazing people in my studio. You can read about each of them here: Terrence Spivey Harold Crawford Peter Lawson Jones Terrence is bringing a theatre program to Shore Cultural Centre. He was at karamu House in Cleveland for 13...
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Marianna & Nick's Wedding- Snow In April

September 20, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
I've known Marianna for a few years. We've worked together, gotten to know each other, and have gone through so many personal and professional changes. Nick and Marianna were the first people to buy one of my large canvas art prints. When they got engaged, they asked me to shoot their wedding and I was so excited. They both have large families, an...
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Hendrix

June 23, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
I met Stacy at OSU, randomly assigned roommates, 18 years old. We became close friends early on. I was there when she met her future husband, I was her bridesmaid at her wedding. I moved back to Cleveland for a time, and we lost touch for a year or 2. When I moved back to Columbus, we eventually met up and went right back to being friends. The o...
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Why I Love Weddings....

May 02, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Why do I love shooting weddings? 1. Not for the money. I make more testing software or taking family portraits. 2. I do not love weddings. I eloped. Weddings are stressful and exhausting. I shoot for up to 14 hours. My Fitbit shows 18,000 steps. I am old and overweight. After I shoot for up to 14 hours, I start to edit. I probably edit for anot...
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Walt Neil Project- Inner City Murals

April 06, 2016  •  1 Comment
I lived in Columbus Ohio from 1989- 2007. During that time, I lived and worked in all sort of neighborhoods. On the East side of town, there were these amazing murals, that looked like they were painted in the 1970's-80's. I'd notice them all the time. Signed by Walt Neil. Walt was considered an urban "outsider" artist. I believe there was a show...
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Too Fat To Be In Photos?

April 06, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
This article says it all perfectly! Click here. My favorite part: Your children want pictures with their mom. Your husband wants pictures with his beautiful wife. Your mom and dad want pictures of the happy, successful, amazing woman they raised (OK, and more pictures of the grandkids while you're at it). And if you're thinking that high sc...
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Disappearing Cleveland...

March 31, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
I drive by a little barbershop near work, when it's still dark out. It always catches my eye. The lights are on and there's always someone in the chair. I'm oddly fascinated. So today I stopped my car and snapped a few photos from outside. Then I went in and blurted out, "I'm a photographer and can I take photos of you and your shop!"...
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From Cleveland to Kentucky to New York: Discovering Shelby Lee Adams

June 30, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
DISCOVERING... It was a winter weekend a few years back. Dan & I were watching a series of documentaries on photographers, playing on a new cable station. We wanted to see the documentary about Sally Mann, whose work we love. After the Mann film, there was a show about William Eggleston. After that we were about to turn off the tv, but I was sudd...
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the guy behind the girl behind the camera...

June 20, 2015  •  1 Comment
This guy. My husband. He's incredibly supported of all my crazy photography dreams. He puts up with my crazy schedule, time spent at my little loft/studio downtown. The weekends I'm away shooting weddings all over the state. He's let me drag him around abandoned buildings in bad neighborhoods on weekend mornings, (when most people are thinking abo...
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