Sunday, June 28, 2015


The graduation ceremony yesterday was bittersweet. It was amazing to see Aurora walk with all of her classmates. They have all been through so many things together over the years. I dont remember being able to decorate my mortarboard. VERY cool to see an orca show up on Aurora's.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Graduation is Tomorrow

Today, Aurora had her rehearsal for tomorrow's graduation. She came home with her cap and gown... which meant we had to try it on and have some fun. Even Georgia Rose got in on the fun, although she couldn't quite figure out what the business with the tassels was. Tasty though.

Tomorrow I will pack my camera alongside my handkerchief. Perhaps after the big day is over I will be able to collect my thoughts and words into something coherent. I wish I could explain away my emotional state by blaming it on jet lag from Texas. If you had seen the look on Aurora's face after she finished her job interview this afternoon it might make more sense. 

So much is coming together so fast right now. It feels like that last heavy, empty glide in the  jet plane just before the wheels touch down... so fast, so loud and then WHAM! You are on the ground and rolling. Or maybe it is the surge down the runway just before takeoff? 

Who says Doodles can't go to graduation ceremonies? 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Kara! Kara! Kara!

Last weekend, Aurora and I went to Austin, TX to meet Kara. Matt and Maggie Spangenberg are the luckiest parents anywhere! Kara is the coolest! Relaxed and calm, hard to ruffle... Kara is amazing. Here are a few images from our way-too-short visit to TX. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Loss for Words

Today Aurora got on the school bus for her last day of high school. I didnt photograph her first day heading off on the bus, back in second grade because ... well, because there was going to be another day just like it a day later.

In her hands today, she has three gallon bags full of cookies for her teachers. She baked these yesterday morning. This morning, I made toasted coconut pancakes for her. I never make breakfast for the family on a school day.

Watching the bus roll on down the road, I am filled with feelings and a dearth of words. Time to give the feeling room to roam. Maybe the words will come later.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Prom and Graduation Season

It is the best part of the transition from Spring to Summer... the onset of Prom and Graduation Season. I know it isn't on everyone's calendars, but if you have a teenager in High School, this is the season they have been looking forward to all year. While HS seniors get ready for their graduation day photos with their family, juniors are calling to make sure they can get their senior photos made during the cross-over from Summer into Fall... right as school resumes. It is a wild and exciting time. Seeing all these great faces I have come to know over many years, all getting ready to fly the coop. 

We do have a few remaining available dates for portrait work in both May and June. Yeah, I know... availability in June? We decided to cut back on our wedding schedule this summer and there are still a few slots available for location portraits this summer! Now is the time to call and reserve a session. Fall dates are already booking. 

Lastly, while we are not scheduled to photograph any of the local proms this year, we are available on a very limited basis to create images of individuals and couples before prom. Call asap to reserve your date!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

New Features of Lightroom Creative Cloud

Yesterday's big news all across the interwebs, was Adobe's latest release of Lightroom CC. Up until about a year ago, I would purchase LR whenever it went on sale (usually in the late fall)... and I would enjoy it until the newest features of the latest release compelled me to upgrade. I joined the CreativeCloud subscription service so that I could skip the waiting for the latest release. Now whenever there is a new feature being added, it automatically upgrades. The monthly cost was initially met with resistance, but now I just chalk it up as one more cost of doing business.

So what was the big deal with yesterday's release? Lightroom now can see faces!

Yeah, I know Facebook and Google have been identifying us for quite a while now. The difference with LR doing it is that now it takes that facial recognition and makes it into a searchable keyword-like function. In the first image, with Kyoshi Robin and Aurora, I can search my entire database of hundreds of thousands of images... just for Kyoshi Robin... and it will go and find them (assuming of course, that I turned on facial recognition and let LR go find them all). It is not perfect but it certainly is a huge step in the right direction!

all of the images of Aurora in this collection... even the blurry images of her face!

One of the best aspects of this new facial recognition is that (much like in FB) you can add folks manually. Granted, you could always keyword people's names into your keywords in LR, but now you can actually select their faces specifically... and then when sorted by names you can see them ALL at a glance.

Today there is a class on CreativeLive where all these new features are discussed in incredible detail!  Apparently CreativeLive will keep this as a free class indefinitely. This will be hugely helpful for folks who choose to upgrade to LR-CC.

After I do some more work with panoramas this week, I will post my thoughts about the Panorama Stitching and HDR possibilities in LR-CC. I am super excited to see how these new features with this latest release affect my workflow and the image possibilities.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Textures and colors of Spring

Spring is finally here. Our crocuses bloomed fast and furiously this year. They turned over the show to the daffodils a few days ago. The iris reticulata came and went in a heartbeat. The scilla are blooming left and right.

It's a heck of a time to be photographing flowers!