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Do you ever wonder why you are drawn to certain images? It’s because every painting, photograph or movie uses light to tell a story. And some stories are more beautifully told than others. Is the light source hard or soft? Is the source positioned high or low? (Light positioned at a low level creates upward […]

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creative floss

I believe that creativity is a practice like brushing, flossing, or exercising. For those who want a refresher, I have created a class called Jumpstart Your Creativity that takes place at my studio on June 8-10, 2012.  It is two-plus days of exploration around the ways we are or can be creative. Everyone is creative. […]

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spring classes

I will be teaching a class called How to Take Better Pictures. It will be held at PCNW in Seattle from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m on Saturday, April 21. No experience is necessary. I will be talking about design, composition, lens choice, natural light and working with people. Good to polish your skills prior to […]

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Here is an upcoming class for winter term at PCNW in Seattle: How to use your dedicated flash (speed light) to take great photos for travel, sports, outdoor portraiture and weddings. This is a three-part class on Wednesdays January 18 and  February 1, 2012 from 6-9 PM and one Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 1-4 […]

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Fall Classes

If the world’s economic problems are getting you down, consider taking a personal journey of learning. It costs far less than a vacation and you will invest in skills you can use for for a lifetime. Here are some offerings for fall: ABC’s of Beautiful Light at PCNW Wednesday evenings beginning September 21. This course […]

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It’s hard to believe that it has been three years since my book was published. So much excitement, the best of which was ABC’s Good Morning America. I’ll never forget the five women selected from the book huddled with me around the television in a hotel room as we watched the airing of the segment. […]

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Happy 2011

Another year gone! My grandmother always told me that things go faster and faster as the years go by. I agree with her. How do we slow down our busy days so we can appreciate those beautiful individual moments that constitute our lives? For example, the sunrise this morning in Seattle: orange outline of the […]

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Adding drama to your point-and-shoot photographs

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timeless beauty

Recently, when I taught a portraiture class at PCNW in Seattle, I put out a call to agencies for models who would like to work with my class. I got a call from an old friend, Pennie Pickering. She said her sixteen-year-old daughter was interested. “And what about you?” I asked. I hadn’t seen Pennie […]

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Happy Birthday Baby!

Yesterday Hazel came to the studio. She is celebrating her third birthday. Three is a great age––filled with a sense of wonder. After a session with her parents, we set off exploring the storage closets in the studio. There were wigs, masks, hats, colorful ribbons. Hazel was especially taken with a box of rose petals […]

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