giselle ballet :: topeka photographer ::

Posted on March 31, 2011

We have had a fabulous time the past few weeks promoting the ballet Giselle for Ballet Midwest.  If you are not familiar, it is one of the most classical ballet produced.  What a fabulous thing to be able to have it here in Topeka!

Through all of the promotions we have gone into various businesses and thanked them for supporting the arts!  That is where these pictures are from!

From flower stores to old historic buildings to the statehouse to Jazzercize, they sure did have fun!

And acted like teenagers!

a pleasant day

Posted on February 28, 2011

the past few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind. i decided to enter prints in HOA this year. that is the heart of america print competition held through PPA (professional photographers of america). that competition is on april 1 and 2. but this past weekend the kppa (kansas professional photographers of america) had their winter seminar. one of the big draws for this is the print judging and critique that mirrors the print judging for hoa. i was hoping for a decent showing. i got more than i hoped for. the above print received the highest score out of all submitted. much to my shock and excitement.

even though i have had a camera in my hands as long as i can remember, i have a hard time believing in my own ability. i know my clients love my work. i know that i get an immense amount of joy out of shooting and editing. and that is honestly enough.

but i have learned so much the past few weeks. i have had the chance to learn from amazing photographers who have been around the block a few times with this competition stuff. their wisdom and experience has made my photography and my life richer indeed. so wish me luck. competition is coming on quickly!

high school

Posted on February 23, 2011

so it really happened.  i enrolled my oldest daughter into high school.  this plus getting her driver’s permit has about put me over the edge.  i’m not old enough to have a kid in HIGH SCHOOL!  not to mention this has all gone far too fast for my taste.  it seems like just a few minutes ago i was watching over her little premature body in the hospital wondering if she would be ok.  wondering what kind of a person she would become.  i feel like between the fits of being a teenager, i do get glimpses of that person.  she is sweet and tender and caring.  so very self disciplined.  she is quick to laugh and has a serious smart ass sense of humor.  wonder where she got that from?

i remember the days of all of the kids being so small and thinking that it would all get easier as they got older.  easier no.  different yes.  i spend more time in my car now than anywhere else.  god love my ipad.  no more diapers and bottles.  now we just have drama and hormones.  i think i want the bottles and diapers back!  but every so often i get this lanky girl to snuggle in bed with me and watch a movie.  and i will take that any day.

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