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My Happy Place

The reasons we become involved with family history vary. I have genealogist friends who search tirelessly for that last elusive proof in a family’s lineage – whether it is for their family or for some…

Thankful for the Holidays!

2020 holiday season sure looks different. Much like the March-October feeling of days/weeks/months blending into one loooooooong day, we find our holidays are doing something similar. Our …

Sharing Stories in a Virtual World

Early on, Tim told me that he wanted our family to camp. He had fond memories of camping trips with his family and he wanted us to create the same kind of memories for our children. The first opportun…

Once Upon a Thanksgiving

Once upon a time, probably 20+ years ago, there was a Southern Living magazine article featuring a Thanksgiving table set in front of an outdoor fireplace. It was gorgeous. I had never seen an outdoor…

Salvaged Treasure

Many months after my father died, my step-mother gave my sister a box of “stuff”. There were pictures of our family we had given Daddy, an ashtray, some odds and ends, and an old Bible. We had no idea…

The Beginning

Once upon a Christmas, Santa brought me my first camera, a Kodak Brownie Starmite. I’m not certain what it was about photography that captured my attention when I was so young, but it has been a lifel…

Sew Many Memories

In the early days of the 2020 pandemic, COVID-19, thousands of people dragged out unused sewing machines or put existing sewing projects aside in the quest to make the facemasks recommended by the CDC…

Happy Fourth of July!

I can’t imagine that Daddy was happy with the composition of this picture. After all, in 1950, this just wasn’t how most people holding a twin reflex camera tried to capture a scene.   However,…

Hearts, Home, and Hope

One of the first slides I scanned is this image of our grandparent’s home.  Built in about 1948, this is the home that served to connect our family members to one another.Cousins, aunts, uncles, …

Illustrated Stories

This is my current project.  Hundreds of family negatives and slides – and only about 15 of them identified.  They were taken in a period between 1930 – 1976 and are in surprisingly good con…

Mutual Sweetness

Nicole and Parker, your wedding was an absolute delight – from start to finish.  Everywhere I looked there were vignettes that perfectly reflected the two of you.  I got teary more than once…

Constant Motion

Constant motion.  That’s what I kept thinking of as we did a shoot for a just-turned-one-year-old.  But what a cutie!I’ve taken this little guy’s pictures ever since he was a newbie.  A…

The Face(s) of Memphis

Some of the faces of last weekend’s “Bellevue Loves Memphis” and “Memphis Starts with Me” projects. Click “Read More” to see more photos.Yes, that’s snow.  Never seen snow in Memphis in March.&nb…

KROC Memphis!

If you haven’t visited the new KROC Center in Memphis, I encourage you to check it out.  I had the opportunity to work as one of the photographers for the Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting ceremonies …

Christmas Surprise #2

Christmas Surprise #2 was crazy-fun! For years, the framed original had been displayed on a table-top, along with other photos.  One of the other photos had blocked the sun, which is what ca…

Christmas Surprise #1

I’ve been eager to post the before/after of Christmas projects I was working on, but have had to wait until after all Christmas celebrations have passed since each of these was a surprise!!Pictures we…

Shoveling Snow

We don’t get much snow in Memphis, and the snow we do get is typically gone within a couple of days if not a couple of hours.  However, we haven’t always lived here.  As a matter of fact, mo…

Tis the Season

Deck the Hall with boughs of holly……and crystal reindeer, and Santas, and lights and you have the most wonderful time of the year with the folks at the Arlington Senior Center.Once again, I had th…

Jolly {Little} Elf

 “…..a right jolly old Elf, and I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.” As if this baby boy wasn’t cute enough the day we shot his Christmas pics, looking back at the photos has brought …

A Truly Good Thing

Good thing I’m a gadget-girl.  Ask my husband.  He’ll tell you that it’s hard for me to walk away from a good gadget.  I also love color.  Especially bright pink.  That’s a go…

Hummingbird Inspiration

August 12 was my mother’s birthday.  It will be the second birthday since her death.  And although the passing of time has reduced that  initial feeling of breathtaking sadness, it hasn…

Perfectly Framed

I always appreciate the thoughtfulness of the folks I get to work with, and this was certainly no exception.  The project was brought to me by this gentleman’s great-great-(great?)-granddaughter-…

Flay Day 2012

To celebrate Flag Day (and just for fun), Sarah and I worked together to create some truly fun, vintage-inspired images.I had borrowed my dad’s Army uniform from my sister who has legal, full-time cus…

Sweet Expressions

The feelings your baby creates in you is something you have to experience before you can fully appreciate it.  I will always remember my husband, Tim, after the birth of our first child, Sarah.&n…

A Little Light Please

Yes, it’s been forever since I’ve posted. Tomorrow I’ll begin sharing pictures that illustrate the reason for the long silence, but today I’ll reveal the cause:  There was mold in them there Hill…

Fabulously, Personally Vintage

 I love vintage styled photo shoots.  However, I see so many these days in which the subject is dressed totally in the photographer’s props.  In some cases, the props become the focal p…

It’s About Time

It’s about time I got a handle on off camera lighting.  And this vintage clock was a very patient subject for today’s practice shots.  The first goal was to create an image that shows the de…

Once Upon a Time in Canada

Once Upon a Time, in the faraway land of Canada, this baby boy and his family went camping.  His father comes from a long line of hearty camping folk.  His mother – not so much – as in “not …

Just in Time

These pictures were truly taken just in time.  On a recent afternoon, we met for a quick session of “capture the belly” – nearly 2 weeks before her due date. Within 5 minutes of leaving Town Squa…

Glimpse of Glory

There is a wonderful park close to my house.  It includes a wetland filled with cypress trees which causes my imagination to run wild, expecting at any time to see Hobbits trekking through the wo…

Hinged Book {Tutorial}

If you have never tried book binding, I would encourage you to do so. Handmade books give you the opportunity to choose the perfect size, colors, papers.  You can make a notebook, a photo album, …

Love Is…

It was 1933 and he was 24 when they got married.  That is young by today’s standards when marriages are delayed until we graduate from college, begin our careers, and check a variety of things off ou…

Fabric Box {Toot}

In good conscience, I can’t really call this a tutorial, since so many details are missing.  That’s why I titled this, “Fabric Box {Toot}”.  Get it?  It’s almost a “tutorial”!  Det…

Gala, Indeed

It truly was a Gala in every sense of the word.  And, as always, I learned a great deal by photographing the people that make an event just that – an event.   This one was sponsored by the C…

The Year of Light

 I’ve dubbed 2012 as The Year of Light and this photograph is as good place as any to begin. The afternoon of New Year’s Eve, Tim made a fresh pot of coffee, poured a cup, and set it on the kitc…

Little Ladybug

She wasn’t too sure about me, and I can’t blame her.  Two days after Christmas, all dressed up in her new ladybug dress and then meeting a strange woman (that would be me) with a camera.  B…

Joy and Stuff

Today was simply crazy fun. This brother and sister team are so good about being willing to try some poses that are  just a bit outside “the box”.  And for that, I credit their mom.   …

Katrina

2005.  Hurricane Katrina was one of the five deadliest hurricanes in our nation’s history.  It caused over $80 billion in property damage. This wedding photograph was just one piece of hist…

Tomato Cage Christmas

I’ve been seeing so many Christmas tomato cage ideas on Pinterest, I decided to share how we’ve been creating tomato cage topiaries for nearly 15 years.   I first saw the idea of twisting a…

Sneak Preview

OK…….I can’t resist….our Christmas card is in the works and I had to give you just a little sneak preview.  Jokingly, I claim that we have a fan base for our Christmas cards. Therefore, eac…

Seek the Welfare of the City…

“Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you…”  Jeremiah 29:7 We were involved in a wonderful community service project on Saturday in which churches from all over the city joined t…

Little Picture – Big Job

Some projects are easier than others.  And some that don’t seem to be big are actually huge.  That’s the case here.   The original is only 2″ x 1.5″.  The size, along with …

Something Different

Tim and I just returned from 10 days on the coast of Oregon + Redwood National Park + Crater Lake.  For something just a little different than my regular restoration posts, here’s a link to some…

Soulful Eyes

Some stories are happy.  Some are sad.   Some are silly.  Some  are completely make-believe.  And unfortunately, sometimes, the stories are nothing short of tragic. …

Home on the Range

I wanted to be a cowgirl.  You already knew that.  But my time as a cowgirl was, in reality, just dressing like a cowgirl.  It was make believe.You see, I lived in town.  Even thou…

In the Meantime…

I am working.  Really I am.  It’s just that the projects I’m currently working on are all to be given as surprise gifts.  So I can’t post them. Yet. One post will be entitled, “Home On…

Taste of Chicago

Chicago.  Just got back from a wonderful week visiting what was our home for 6 years.  (Ok, technically, we lived in a suburb of Chicago, but we like to claim the City as our home). We stay…

Like Father, Like Son

 I love days like today.  First of all, after so many days of excessive heat, humidity, and unrelenting sunshine, it rained.  A cool, refreshing rain that was heralded by glorious thund…

We’re Melting!!

It was truly exciting – not the melting part, the photography part!  Recently, I had the opportunity to be a “second shooter” at a wedding at the Brooks Art Museum.  The venue was absolutely…

Volunteer Orange

 Volunteer.  It can mean “one who enters into or offers himself for a service of his own free will”.  It can also mean “growing spontaneously without direct human control or supervision…

Fabulously Fun

 It’s fun to pretend.  Seriously.  It’s also fun to be the one behind the lens.  Truly seriously. The best part of these shots is that I didn’t stage them.  We had done some …

Welcome Back, Baby

It’s pretty amazing how much a photograph can change over time.  It’s also amazing what you can do with patience and Photoshop.  In this case, this little baby girl has practically disappear…

Happy Birthday

First, it was The Home Show.  Now it’s HGTV and Food Network.  It would be fair to say that I’ve spent more than a few hours watching TV hosts who are capable of instilling in the unsuspecti…

Oh, Beautiful!

We’ve had a wonderful week celebrating our nation’s freedom. Each year, our party begins the last Sunday in June with Starlight Spectacular.  The estimate is that  this year, 15,000 people …

Let the Celebration Begin!

I absolutely love Fourth of July celebrations! Maybe it’s the parades.  (I am a fan of streamers, flags, marching bands, patriotic music).  Maybe it’s the food. (Seems like Mama always made…

Hawaii Circa 1970

This turned out to be quite a project.  I merged three images taken in Hawaii over 30 years ago.  The color was so distorted in the originals that I had to decide on an artistic direction.&n…

Try, Try Again

My great-grandmother always used to say, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”  Regarding the topic of successfully utilizing on-camera flash, I’ve tried and tried, but up till last we…

Trash to Treasure

It was $15. The perfect size and shape.  You know you either have a great vision or that you’ve lost your mind when the woman at the check out counter looks at your newly found treasure, then at …

Welcome Guests

Finally.  Done.  Seems that there was always something that claimed priority over this project, but finally it is complete.  We made the headboard using scrap lumber, batting and foam f…

Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer

This year there were about 3,000 children and 800 workers.  Whatever happened to the lazy part of the Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer? So far, this summer has plenty of hazy and crazy, but t…

Happy Retirement

This is just one of the faces in town last weekend to celebrate her granddaddy’s retirement.  I hadn’t met the family until just a few minutes before the banquet began.  But what an incredib…

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Lots of rain then.  Lots of rain now.  Lots.  The year was 1979. I had  purchased my first SLR (Pentax K1000) and was in a photography class at Bellarmine College in Louisville.&n…

When I Grow Up

Somewhere I read that when we are toddlers, we interact in our world in a more genuine manner than we do as we get older.  As a toddler, we don’t hesitate to laugh, to cry, even to have a tantrum…

Freshness

I’ve been painting.  First was a guest room.  Was in the mood for a blue ceiling.  So I did it.   It’s a Benjamin Moore paint:  Spring Mint.  The walls are a soft ye…

What’s the Point?

 When you look at this image, it’s hard to imagine it began as….    …..the picture with the dark, harsh background.  It’s a matter of personal taste, but this baby’s family …

Before and After: The New ‘Do

The big reveal for the haircut was Sunday afternoon.  She was at our house for her brother’s birthday dinner and after cake, I snapped these pictures of her new hairdo.  As soon as I uploa…

Grandpa’s Cream Route

The original picture is from the late 1800’s and was printed on a postcard.  It has been stored in one of those “magnetic” albums, but fortunately, there was no adhesive on the face of the image.…

Sweet Smiles

I’ve had the opportunity to meet some really wonderful people through my business of restoring vintage photographs.  This little baby with such a sweet smile is now a mom whose son who has a pers…

Color Adjustment (2)

Like my last post, the greatest challenge in this restoration was the color.Moderately simple changes in tone and contrast began to reveal details lost in the original. The best surprise in these deta…

Color Adjustment

Honestly, I find color to be the single most difficult element to restore.  I’ve tried one technique after another, but recently developed a combination that works for me. So here’s a tip: tr…

Horses, Carriages, and the Derby

I have a special affinity for horses and carriages.  Maybe it comes from my little girl dreams, fueled by Saturday morning westerns, of becoming a cowgirl.  Or maybe it comes from growing up…

I Recently Learned

Lessons learned in making an oversized birthday card: 1.  Think about how you will ship it.  Not only think about it, but check to see what size boxes and/or shipping envelopes are actually…

Something Creative

If ever there was a phrase that reminds me of my mother, this is it.  To say she was creative is a bit of an understatement.  She was a talented musician, a gifted artist, and I like to thin…

Happy Valentine’s Day

Thanks to Jessica for a great Valentine’s photo and to Florabella for the Valentine’s Card download.

Update

I’ve spent most of the day today, revising my personal blog.  While I am liking the changes, I do wish my mother could see it…..well…..maybe she can….

Gone Fishin’

One of the best parts of today’s technology is that it allows me to enhance an original photograph, bringing out details and features so that the story is more clearly told.In the original 2 x 3″ snap…

Florabella Valentine

 She’s done it again – and offering such beautiful card templates for FREE!  Florabella:  check it out!

Takin’ It To The Streets

It’s a cold Sunday. Snow in the forecast.  A few flakes have begun to fall.  Have Cincinnati-style chili simmering.  Decided to convert some of my old vinyl albums to put on my EVO so I…

Life’s a Trip

2010 was a trip.  Literally.  Although not a trip on a train. It was a year in which we celebrated events from the past, and a year that brought home the stark reality of the present. First…

Bend, Don’t Break

What a splendid “last minute” Christmas project!  Serendipitous, actually.  I had just finished my last work project and had a couple of days before Christmas when I received a call from the…

Joy to the World…

The Lord is come… We hope that you and your family find much joy and love for Christmas and throughout the New Year. MERRY CHRISTMAS!! PS  Check back on Monday.  I’ve got a wonderfu…

The Night Before Christmas…well, not quite yet

The “Night Before Christmas” book belongs to their mother, who is a dear friend of mine.  I’m wondering if the reason “…not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse…” might be due, at least i…

Christmas – Sneak Peek

From a mini shoot for a Christmas card…..just a sneak peek…..and just maybe peeking is part of the fun 🙂

Little Faces

Here is another project for the assisted living apartment we were setting up for my father-in-law.  The image I was working from was about 3×5 and was printed on an consumer grade ink jet printer…

Coming Home from WWI

  These are scans of a postcard (about 3×5) from WWI.  The soldier, having served in France, returned to the United States on this ship.  I combined the two images to create an 20×30 im…

Sometimes Life is Crooked

I could have straightened this photo. But I like it crooked because it tells an unintentional story.  We had spent part of the afternoon with a wonderfully talented photographer on the North Shor…

On the Move

Monday, September 27, 2010:We received a call that my father-in-law can no longer stay in the independent living facility he moved into just one year ago.   His dementia has progressed and i…

In the Mood

Once upon a time, in a photography class at Northwestern College in Naperville, IL, we were asked what we liked to photograph.  Going around the room, each student was to share their name along w…

Do not Squander Time

Tuesday, October 19, 2010: My mother had a stroke – a debilitating, forever life-altering stroke.  Left without the ability to swallow, speak, completely unresponsive on one side of her body, she…

Lake Barkley

Holiday Discount

Very often I meet people who have pictures they would like to have repaired, but they are reluctant to arrange to have them restored due to anticipated cost.  However, the cost may be less than y…

Hawaii

 Where do you start with pictures from nearly 2 weeks in Hawaii?  Or, with over 800 pictures, more specifically, where do you end?The first pic is of THE BEACH in LOST.  We didn’t find …

Practice What I Preach

We are preparing to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary with a trip to Hawaii.  We are sooooo excited, I’ve already started packing!!   After years of practice, I’ve become  pretty …

Texture-ized

 Here’s what’s crazy about this…..the great-granddaughter, one of my regular clients, looks JUST LIKE HER GREAT-GRANDMOTHER!!!  I wish I had a picture of her so I could post the two of the…

Captured Feeling

Not every photograph that needs to be preserved is a studio portrait – not at all.  Photographs capture the way we look at any given moment in time.  I think the best photographs are the one…

The Final Cut

It was a very hot and humid day.  Wait…..hasn’t every day this summer been hot and humid?  Yes.  Yes, it has.  It was so humid that, as soon as we stepped outside,  my lens …

Making Faces

Ok, first of all, don’t you love his hair?!??  It’s such a great color and then has just a touch of curl.  I suspect he will fight that curl as he gets older, but as a three-year-old, it’s j…

Joy from the Heart

 What a happy little girl!  Unfortunately, the original snapshot, from about 1960, was stuck inside a plastic sleeve from a wallet.  This little girl, all grown up, now provides home h…

Locks of Love

First of all, I love these locks 🙂  I never managed to grow my hair this long.  Sarah wins!However, it’s time for a change.  The record-setting, blistering heat in the MidSouth sealed…

Tough <<<< Love

He had a tough time at first.  He was born with a rare type of diabetes that kept him in the hospital his entire first month.He’s now four months old….blood sugar under control…..thanks to Go…