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this one is for stacey

Leo and I had a short photo session while you were at work.

my kitty nephew

At least I’m someone’s favorite auntie!

Stacey D - May 4, 2012 - 10:30 am

He is soooooo cute!! Tina, Can you order me this picture like the one you made of Grandma on the stand? The bigger one. Let me know how much and I will pay you!!

Tina - May 4, 2012 - 11:57 am

I’ll take care of it this weekend, I promise!

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creative block, mean girls & personality types


Over the last couple of years, my blog has changed. I have become guarded in my writing. What began as “pulling back” to respect the privacy of others in my life, morphed into [what feels like] total withdrawal. But after some recent soul-searching, I see that things run much deeper. Nasty emails, backbiting, and hostility are at the root of this “blockade” and detachment has been my way of stepping back to refill and reevaluate.

Knowing my personality type, helps me to understand why I behave the way I do at times. (Tony and I learned about the importance of personality types from a therapist several years ago. It was one of the first things she wanted to know before moving forward.) And that understanding often leads to solutions. That being said, authenticity is extremely important to me and being up front about my creative block is a necessary part of me moving past it.

I’ve also been journaling again. DAILY. And not just daily, a minimum of three pages daily. Even when I don’t feel like it.

So if you’ve noticed a change in my writing, you now have insight as to why. I am currently working a 12-week program to unclog the pipe, using The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron.  t borders a titch on the new-agey side (if you’re coming at it from a biblical worldview, you’ll notice the spiritual dance) but comes highly recommended.

One of the more “interesting” requirements is a weekly artist date. Taking a bit of time each week for yourself to do something on purpose and alone. This could be a photo walk, watching a movie, getting lost in a used bookstore – pretty much anything that floats your boat. I am really having trouble with this one… mainly parting with the time! I’ll share more about it in the coming weeks, along with ideas for those of you also looking to explore your creative selves.

Have a great afternoon!

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

 – Joyce Kilmer, “Trees,” 1914

mom - May 3, 2012 - 5:42 pm

…..is that my tree???

Tina - May 4, 2012 - 12:13 am

It’s Stacey’s tree. 🙂

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stepping out of my comfort zone

beautiful momma-to-be

In an earlier post, I mentioned I’d be stepping into a session this weekend without my usual bag of tricks. Pushing myself out of my comfort zone BIG TIME by shooting the entire time in manual mode – with a client I’d never met and in a home I’d never seen.

And to push things even further, it was pouring rain for most of the day!

But we went forward with the session anyway and I was able to capture many wonderful shots of this momma-to-be and her husband. I’ll be posting more soon but couldn’t wait to share the above image. There is something about the silhouette – and light spilling into the room from behind – that reminds me very much of the miracle taking place inside.

So beautiful. So precious. So lovely.

I’ll be back soon with more…

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discovering light all over again


Still having a blast experimenting with my new camera settings, testing out different shutter speeds and light. I’ll be stepping things up a notch by going into a session tomorrow without my usual bag of tricks. With someone I have never met before. In a home I have never seen.

Purposely placing myself out of my comfort zone. To strengthen weak muscles. To lean on God. To trust the gentle nudge I so often ignore.

I’ll fill you in on details next week!

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