Friday, February 06, 2015

Good Samaritan Benny in Salem, Oregon

I attended a newborn photography workshop in Salem, Oregon last fall with Robin Long Photography which was an amazing few days with a group of amazing women in Robin's beautiful natural light studio. I had the most beautiful surprise the night I pulled into Salem and checked into my hotel. It was evening and I needed dinner, so I just stopped at the Fred Meyer store down the street from my hotel and got the fastest hotel food from the deli - a mac and cheese to heat up in the microwave in the room. Not very healthy but fast and easy.

When I returned to my room, and opened up the mac and cheese packet, I was surprised to find a crisp $100 bill in between the cardboard and the plastic cover. Of course I thought it was fake, but then I looked closer, and then googled it and learned that there's a good person who leaves these bills in food at grocery stores and Walmart stores in South Salem and signs them "Benny." Once I read a few of the stories on the Today Show and Oprah, I realized that they were meant for folks that really need the money so I joined the ranks of paying it forward and forwarded it to a friend that was struggling paying for groceries for her children. Another favorite summary is in this article from the Statesman Journal that they track where the bills have been found and how they have helped folks!

The whole experience just made my day and made me realize what a beautiful community I had just arrived in! It still makes me smile when I think about "Benny" and there are lots of great stories about how "Benny" has changed lives in Salem and around the country. What a difference just one person can make on many many lives! Thank You Benny! Or as Oprah say... "Be Benny!"

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Sunday, February 01, 2015

Photos of the Year 2014 - Portraits Blog Post 2 of 3

Some years you just have too many photos to put in one blog post! This year we just had too many different categories of favorite photos, and favorite images within each category.... so this one is dedicated to Portraits! Other favorites photos of the year are in these posts:

Favorite 2014 Photos - Babies

Favorite 2014 Travel and Nature photos

Portraits are always one of my favorite photos to take - it's the connection with the subject and the capturing of emotion. And I love getting into people's eyes! They say that the eyes are the window to the soul!

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Sunday, January 04, 2015

Photos of the Year 2014 - Travel and Landscapes 3 of 3

Although my paid work is mostly portraits and people photos, many of my favorite images are landscapes and travel photos that just make me happy! In 2014 I was lucky enough to see much of Colorado and a few new places around the country and abroad! I'm a lucky woman! And hoping for even a little more travel in 2015! This was one of 3 blog posts on my favorite 2014 photos - the others can be seen at these links:

Favorite Baby Photos of 2014

Favorite Portraits of 2014

Some of the places I got to see in 2014 were:

Sturbridge, Massachusetts for www.InspirePhotoRetreats.com in February

Ojo Caliente, New Mexico for a girls weekend at www.ojospa.com in March

Interlochen, Michigan where my son Tyler goes to school now

My annual week of school photos in Park City, Utah

A week in Oregon in fall traveling and doing portraits favorite spot Manzanita, Oregon

Tulum, Mexico on a yoga retreat at Shambala Petit Hotel --- ahhhh!

and Quito, Ecuador which will be explained in later blog posts...

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So as my kids get older and are leaving the nest, my options for travel seem to open up. Hopefully I can bring my camera along and make some money while on the road! Here's to a busy happy healthy traveling 2015!

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Photos of the Year 2014 - Blog Post 1 of 3

Each year I try to do a summary of my favorite photos of the year... but it is always a challenge to question my art and my opinions and why I like some photos better than others. This year brings a new class of photos - my iPhone photos! Often I take them in a square format, to share on Instagram, and use some filters and frames so they look a bit different than the other photos. 2014 brought on some new challenges both personally and professionally, but I got a lot of travel time in and even did some portraits along the way! I saw so many new places in 2014 and had so much fun photographing them that I have another whole post on Travel below!

Favorite 2014 Portraits

Favorite 2014 Travel and Nature photos

Personally one of those most meaningful encounters I had in 2014 was meeting and photographing a group of traveling Tibetan Monks in Boulder and Denver. They are visiting the US and Canada during 2014 and 2015 from the Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastary and are traveling to share their culture, practices and paths to inner peace and compassion. One of the monks still emails and is a Facebook friend. I jump up and down every time I receive an email from LG! And so of course my favorite photos of the year involve monks and especially kids and monks!

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As a baby photographer I had the opportunity to photograph many sets of twins this year - some were easier than others, some were younger or older, but it's hard enough to photograph one baby, and that much harder to photograph two! But I love these opportunities, we just have to schedule more time for the sessions!

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so many travel and nature photos this year we've made a separate post:

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but this is my all-time favorite - a Boulder County morning at ten degrees below zero about 6:50am just a mile from our house... but amazingly beautiful and peaceful!

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The year 2014 was an amazing year of ups and downs, breaths in and out, gains and losses, and some really difficult personal times. But through everything I have learned a whole lot more about life and believe even more that we must be present in every moment and accept every human being as ourselves. Our equals - we are one. This I truly believe.

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