What to wear?

What to wear?

Just read a great post from DrewB, a mom who writes a blog on photographing your own children.  Here’s the link.  Her blog is here.

Lots of the points were spot on; dress naturally, comfortably, in coordinating but not identical outfits.  Relaxed is more important than impressive, as far as family portraits go.  Unless you’re Donald Trump, maybe.  Or the Queen of England.  Otherwise, be natural so your photographer, professional or family, can capture natural photos.

Be yourself!

Stage Door deli in Alexandria, Virginia

Stage Door deli in Alexandria, Virginia

The "Stage Door" deli and bar, Alexandria, VirginiaI went to Alexandria, Virginia last week for a class.  We drove all day Monday and I was pretty wiped out when we got there.  After a mini-nap, I went out to look for dinner–on President’s Day.  Most everything was closed, but I found the Stage Door bar and deli open.  I missed his name, but the guy in the window reflection is making me a meatball sub with mozzarella.  He did a great job with the sandwich too…really tasty.  He took his time making it perfect and packed it like it was a baby going out in the cold.  Definitely give this place a try the next time your in Old Towne Alexandria.

Found a review in the Washington Post’s eating guide.

 

 

27,000 photos down to 35

27,000 photos down to 35

I’m working on my portfolio of shots from 2012.  I have 27,000+ photos in my catalog from  last year.  I’ve got the best down to 35.  I need to cull it to 20.  Whew, that’s a lot of work.  It’s hard to pick out your best, although I did a lot of work during the year to make it easier.

It was really interesting to look over the photos.  There are photos from soccer season, our Hocking Hills vacation, portraits and a wedding.  I really like all of the photos, but getting it down to just the best of the best is tough.  I’m going to post some all this week and see what you think…feel free to comment and let me know what your favs are.

Keep watching this space!

Late afternoon winter sun

Late afternoon winter sun

Went out today with Linnea and we scouted a location we’ve wanted to shoot in Tipp City, Ohio.  Tipp was named Tippecanoe until the Post Office was unable to keep the mail straight for the two cities with that name, both in Ohio.  It’s hard to imagine that two cities chose that name, but they did.

Saunders Seed is a great old building.  It’s a working seed store today and has old hardwood floors and giant spaces inside.  I SO want it buy it and renovate it as a studio!  This is a panoramic shot I took today and messed around with.  The B &W conversion is a preset I created back in December.Saunders Seed Co, Tipp City, Ohio

Snow!

Snow!

Sadly, there is no snow here other than what is hiding in the Northern shadows.  Nothing forecasted either.  But, my cousin Bill is in Boston and just got socked in by N’oreaster Nemo and he’s posting photos like mad on Facebook, so I figured I’d pull this one out and brag while I can.  At our house after a heavy snow, in TIpp City, Ohio

This is from January 2009, when we got a foot of snow.  I retired from the Air Force in 2008 and we had been in Thistle House for just a little bit more than a year.  Love the snow.  I have never, ever, ever got ‘too much’ snow.

The Land Rover is parked in it’s usual spot.  Right now I have to figure out where the clutch fluid is going where it’s not supposed to.  Then Babe the Blue Box will be back on the road.