Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Mini Models

These little models were at the LA Shoot This event last Sunday.  
So many photographers - so few children but some adorable shots anyway.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

NILMDTS is a non profit organization of professional photographers who come to the aid of families who want a photograph of their little one who has been "called home"much earlier than expected.  The photographer captures beautiful images of their child and gives these images to the parents free of charge.  Some parents frame these images and keep them as a document to their child's short life, other keep the images in a safe where they can go to honor and cherish these simple memories.

In the training, directed by Madonna and David Nicholson, posing and lighting was a major part of the afternoon session.  Madonna suggested we carry a couple of black pieces of cloth to serve as a backdrop and to wrap around the mother.  Lighting was one light with an umbrella.  A reflector was used when more fill light was needed.  The light stand they used was a  a stand that collapsed when picked up and legs snapped back when the stand was placed in position. They used a bracket that held the Pocket Wizard and the Speedlight.

Practice, practice, practice, thinking about a monolight instead of my Speedlight- so I can see the light BEFORE I press the shutter.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Women of Service

The Orange County Chapter of The Links, Inc.  Presented four extraordinary women with awards this past Saturday. Ruth Graham May Siegrist Ph.D, Thelma Edwards, Gloria Kappe and Sylvia Turner.  The Links are committed to recognizing women in the Orange County Community who exemplify the goals of our four facets: Service to Youth, National Trends, International Trends and The Arts.

My good friend Julietta Williams accepted the award for Gloria Knappe - who could not attend the luncheon.

Friday, April 16, 2010

What a Week or Two

last week I went to the doctor and got the verification that I needed to "watch the plate" - you know - diet.
This week I was at the dentist and got the news that I have TWO cracked teeth - what's going on with the body?

The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.                                                                          Madeleine L'Engle

More tomorrow  - going to bed now.

Monday, April 12, 2010


I should have named this post 3 strikes because there are three parts to this post - but decided "peeps" worked better....

Last week I went to the doctor.  I wanted to check on a couple of little white spots that appeared on my face and discuss the fact that my tremor was getting a bit worse - or at least more people were commenting on it.      Drum roll......the verdict...

The white spots are the result of sun damage  - some folk get dark spots - others get white specks or in my case big white splotches - the doctor didn't use the words - age spots but I got the message.  WARNING:  don't forget the sunscreen no matter how much melanin you have in your skin.

O.K. so on to the other reason I made my way to the doctor's office - the Catherine Hepburn body movements...   the little tremor that reminds me to keep that shutter speed up a bit higher than recommended.  Yep - it's still there - it's not my imagination - and no it's not Parkinson's (thank goodness). "Here is a little pill that should help," he said very calmly - he didn't even blink an eye - I wondered if there was a pill for every thing.....   I filled the prescription but have not decided if I will actually take it - no horrible side effects listed on the information sheet, so I will probably give it a try - we'll see.

Here is strike three - , I jumped on the scale and learned that I had gained a few pounds (to be really honest,  my clothes have been trying their best to give me a little hint ) but now it is more than a little weight, it is a whole bunch of pounds.  It was a throughly depressing morning.  So what did I do to lift that blue cloud weighing me down...

I opened a box of peeps and ate them all...  too good  :D   

This probably more information than you really wanted to know - but stay tuned, in the next posts  it's back to the photo stuff - and boy do I have a lot to share...