When people look at my pictures,
I want them to feel the way they do when they want to
read a line of a poem twice.

~Robert Frank~

Yeah, I'd really like that.
A lot.
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Photo-editing can be such a laborious task, but it's also chock full of very fun surprises.
Let's just say photo-editing and I kind of have a love-hate relationship.
One moment I want to break up with it and the next moment,
I'm gushing over all it's potential and possibilities.
At it's best, the process feels a lot like Christmas morning, as you open up your files and
one by one
they reveal their gifts to you.
{Really?? For me? Aww, thank you ... you shouldn't have!}

Maybe it's that unexpected burst of laughter that you captured with your lens right before it dissipated into the ether
maybe it's that lovely composition that just feels so right to you
for reasons that not even you can put a finger on
maybe it's that the colors are so deep and vibrant and true that it makes you happy right down to your toes and then some.
{Sounds intoxicating, doesn't it??}

Heck, I'm not really sure, but what I do know is that photo-editing and I will be entangled in this dysfunctional partnership for quite some time to come and
just for tonight
just for right now
I'm in love.

{taken at Community Gardens in Alamosa, CO - the kids were painting garden signs and lovin' every joyful, messy minute of it}

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I thank you God for this most amazing day,
for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and for the blue dream of sky
and for everything which is natural,
which is infinite,
which is yes.
ee cummings

is falling as I type and I'm trying
to see the beauty in it,
as you might have guessed by now, it's
Something deeper inside of me needs
more sun,
more warmth,
more fresh air.
More playing in the driveway with dolls and trikes and sidewalk chalk.
More pink stocking feet running around outside in the late setting sun.
I won't apologize for my

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If I'm honest, I'd say that I wanted a little more from you.
Just a touch more than
a wisp of a cloud.
I had fullness and abundance on the brain.
Soaring and expansiveness
in my heart.
Now tell me,
is it my fault if your milky brilliance against the backdrop of a sea-sky
always leaves me
wanting more?

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Thank you to everyone who inquired about the specifics of my previous post. I'm really, really, really excited about this new Spring adventure! {Did I mention that I'm really excited???} I'm thinking that I'll be adding a little 'to the pot' every week or two just to keep things interesting.

Here's this week's new twist:

Need a new headshot for your online life?

Maybe it's time to update the the stale and tired old FB profile shot you've been sporting
for the past year? {You've lost all that weight, chopped your hair and dyed it red ... why not???}
Maybe you'd like something new and sassy for your blog? {really, who wouldn't???}
Maybe you wanna look sharp in your new eHarmony ad? {you know you're not alone}

Whatevah the reason, THIS is the season!
Here are the deets:

*3-5 fully retouched headshots
*72 dpi for web use
*all for a mere $25 donation to the LCCAC

Act now! Don't delay!
Just think ... you could look this fabulous on your blog/myspace/FB acct and all for a great cause!

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A very special promotion

I am only
But still I am one.

I cannot do everything,
but still I can do something;
and because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something
that I can do.

{Edward Everett Hale}

Ever since I participated in THIS last year, I've been thinking about ways to deepen the ethical expression of my photography.
So, I've done some thinking
and made some decisions
and done some more thinking
and here's what it's going to look like:

All proceeds from my photo shoots from now until May will go to the
Larimer County Child Advocacy Center in honor of their work to prevent sexual abuse.

You choose:
$125 session fee
$75 ownership of retouched images


$125 session fee
$15 per retouched image, any size up to 8x10

*Please note that because the money goes directly to the LCCAC,
all donations are tax-deductible.

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Cole - the once and future Olympian

Let me introduce you to my nephew Cole.
He is determined.
He is a fighter.
Oh, how I love him (and his brother, too, but that's another post altogether).
The two of them couldn't be more 'all boy' than they are, but they both have a head full of blonde, curly locks that would make any girl jealous.to.the.bone.

A few months ago, G-ma Bunny challenged all her grandkidlets to a one mile race. Anyone who could beat her would get a cool ten bucks. Glory!
Cole, who is the second to youngest grandchild (out of nine, mind you!) was the winner. I won't go naming any names or anything, but he even beat one of his older cousins who has played competitive soccer for a few years running.
DUDE, this kid has got some mad running skillz. Nuff said.
However, let it be noted that his win was not without sacrifice,
as evidenced by his war wound above.

I don't have a strong competitive streak in my personality so I'm fascinated by seeing it manifested in others. I've been thinking about this the past few weeks as we watched the 2010 Olympics unfold in Vancouver. Truly, I couldn't be more amazed at the determination and perseverance of the human body and spirit.
Hmmm ... wondering where I could get some of that??
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a big birthday for Bella

I've known her since
she was the tender age of three.
This week she is thirteen.

Ode to Bella | On Being Thirteen

little egg she was
nestled tightly
in the warmth of her mother's wings,


yearning to break free.
A crack and a pop
she emerges
intent on the horizon
grace and possibility
first fluttering then
soaring in her heart
{xoxo, me}

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I'm lovin' it

Call me crazy,
but I felt alive again today for
the first time in
The one, the only, Mr. Sun
his sweet little heart out and raised the temp all the way to an unbelievably
fifty-three degrees.
Don't go changin' your mind now, ya hear?

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1, 2, 3 signs of Spring

Hearing these 3 little birdies sing this morning filled me with hope that maybe,
just maybe
Spring is on the horizon.
A girl can dream anyway.
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