2016 in Review

January 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

2016 was a year of babies, seniors, families, and loved ones.  As I start 2017, I thought I would share a few of the wonderful faces I photographed in 2016.

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“In everything there should be a season, A time to come and a time to go" 


I hope that this New Year brings you joy and wonderful moments with the ones you love.


Good Bye 2016 & Welcome 2017.


Fall Festival at Turin Christian Community Center

November 01, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I had a wonderful time working the photo booth at this years Fall Festival in Turin, NY at the Christian Community Center.  This is just a sample of all the beautiful people I got to photograph!

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Celebrating July 4th 2016

July 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

This year for the Fourth of July, I went for an evening hike in the Adirondacks with my daughter and my brother.  The views were breath taking.

It was a wonderful way to celebrate the Fourth of July, and we will definitely be doing it again.  you can find more Adirondack photo's here.


Finding Me Monthly Project: Playful

May 02, 2016  •  1 Comment


This month has been full of surprises.  To top them all was a note I got from school requesting that I get my daughter's eyes checked.   At first she was upset, but after a friendly visit to the eye doctor she is excited about her new wardrobe accessory.

March 2016 Finding Me Monthly Project: Cozy

April 01, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

This month's theme was cozy, but being struck with a case of spring fever, I could not come up with anything that felt cozy.  So I decided to use a photo from a dance rehearsal instead.  My daughter's dance school, John Hayes O'Neill School of Dance, is putting on a production of Sleeping Beauty this weekend, April 1 & 2 starting at 7 pm at the the Capitol Theatre in Rome, NY.  The kids have worked really hard and it's going to be a great show.  If interested, tickets can be purchased at the door and online here.


This photo was taken between scenes while some of the dancer's were warming up.  It's one of my favorites and feature's two of the lead dancers who are playing Aurora and the Prince.

The Prince & PrincessClick on the photo to go the Sleeping Beauty 2016 Rehearsal Gallery

Be sure to check out Sarah Jastre Photography to see her monthly post.

February 2016 Finding Me Monthly Project: Minimalist

February 28, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

February 2016 Finding Me Monthly Project:  Minimalist

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Minimalist photography was one of last years topics as well.  In that post, I explained the concept of this brilliant genre.  It has become one of my favorite ways to photograph landscapes and I have truly embraced it in my own work.  When it comes to minimalist photography, less is always more.

Please check out Sarah Jastre Photography to see her perspective of minimalist photography.

January 2016 Finding Me Monthly Project: Window

February 01, 2016  •  1 Comment

January 2016 Finding Me Monthly Project:  Window


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This first theme for 2016 is window.  I captured this beautiful snowfall in the storefront of an old building in my hometown.  I have always admired the old wavy glass panes and have photographed this building several times.  I would have loved to have seen it in it's glory days and I find it horribly sad that if now sits vacant.




This image is from an old postcard of Main St. Turin, NY.   The section I photographed is behind the canon.  The photographer may have been H.M. Beach.





Take a peek at some of the other photographers participating in this years Finding Me Project.  Start with Dawn Baer Photography and be sure to look for the link at the bottom of her post to continue on.

Finding Me: Weeks 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51 & 52

January 13, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

This is my final installment in the 2015 Finding Me 52-Week Project.   

The Finding Me project will continue in 2016 but it will be a 12-Month Project instead, featuring a new subject each month.

Week 45: CozyThis photo was done for the cover of my Christmas card this year. There is nothing better then relaxing on the porch with a good book. Week 45


Week 46: ThankfulThere is nothing I'm more thankful for then this wonderful person. Week 46


Week 47: JoyfulThere is so much joy in dance. This was from the annual Nutcracker production that is put on my daughter's dance school. Week 47


Week 48: FoodMy daughter enjoying the no bake cookie dough Week 48


Week 49: WindowSpying on my brothers Week 49


Week 50: PlayfulMy Mom, Daughter, & Brother having a playful moment Week 50


Week 51: GiftChristmas morning at my parents. What better gift then family. Week 51


Week 52: EndingThis was in NYC just days before New Years Eve. My daughter loved spending the last few days of 2015 with her cousins. Week 52


Looking back on  2015, it was a wonderful year and I look forward to what's to come in 2016.


Year's end comes on the wings of a chattering jay and a cawing crow, and a wind that rustles the sere oak leaves in the star-glimmered night. The jay chatters of short Winter days, and the crow caws of the long Winter nights. And the wind's song is the song of time, of the years, the endless round of years. ~Hal Borland (1900–1978), "The Song of Time," 1945 December 31st



Finding Me: Weeks 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43 & 44

November 02, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I can't believe I got so behind on this project. 

The last 9 weeks have been full of canning and freezing for the winter months and preparing for my annual vendor fair.  I opened my Etsy Shop, My Story Creations.  My dad finished up my kitchen cabinets, so the kitchen is close to being finished.  My daughter started rehearsals for this years Nutcracker performance, and of course I've been plenty busy with fall sessions and preparing my annual Christmas mini's

I am so excited that I have almost completed this project and have been able to get a photo every week even if I haven't had time to post them in a timely manner. 

Week 36: FamilyI love this quiet moment that was captured of my Mom and daughter. I remember snuggles like this with my picture books. Week 36: Family


Week 37: HalfThis photo makes me smile everytime I see it. Meet Daisy and her crazy way of napping. Week 37:  Half


Week 38: Shoot From the HipShooting from the hip is a technique that is used mostly for street photography. It's when you use a wide angle lens and photograph without lifting your camera. This allows you to photograph without being noticed. This shot was taken at the Fly Creek Cider Mill. Week 38:  Shoot from the Hip


Week 39: StreetI am by no means a street photographer, but I love images of local landmarks. This is a quick shot of the Capitol Theatre in Rome. We spend a lot of time here and this old building is one of my favorites in the city. Week 39:  Street


Week 40: ScaryWhile my daughter was at dance on a Friday night, I walked down to Fort Stanwix National Monument for the Mysteries, Myths, & Mayhem tour. It was so much fun hearing scary stories passed down from Revolutionary War times. Week 40:  Scary


Week 41: OrangeThe country side is a blaze in orange. I think this is my favorite time of year. Week 41:  Orange


Week 42: AnimalI came across this rebel while driving to Lowville after church on Sunday. After posing for this shot he took off down road. I hope his owners caught him before he went to far, Week 42: Animal


Week 43: NumbersIf it wasn't for this weeks theme, I never would have taken this shot. My first instinct was to move in and capture the building and trees, but I love how this turned out with the wire fence and house number. Week 43:  Numbers


Week 44: NatureMy daughter and I decided to do a little hiking on one of the few dry days we've had. I love that we have such beautiful places so close to home. Week 44:  Nature

Finding Me: Weeks 34 & 35

August 31, 2015  •  Leave a Comment


A bit of traveling came in handy for weeks 34 and 35 themes.  Neither are strong techniques of mine but I found them fun and challenging.



During week 35 I was in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on a little trip with my mom and my daughter.  We stayed at The Australian Walkabout Inn and were spoiled with a hot tub in our room and wonderfully made breakfasts. 

We visited amish farms where we purchased homemade goods and colorful fabrics.  The Sight and Sound Theatre took our breath away with the production of Joseph and we squeezed in some school shopping before heading home.

Among the beautiful scenery to be had in Lancaster are the wonderful old barns.  The designs are ingenious with sides that open up for drying the years harvest.  This barn is full of tabacco.




Minimalist photography is a genere that I really enjoyed.  The Webster dictionary defines it as a style or technique that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity.  It usually includes a simple subject or scene with wide open spaces and unusual angles, geometric patterns, or simple lines.

During this week I had traveled to Long Island to visit family and spent a couple of days on the beautiful beaches that grace the shoreline.

I took this photo of the George Washington Bridge shortly after crossing it on my way home.  It's the first time I have ever stopped at the lookout on the Palasades Parkway in New Jersey.  How lovely the city skyline is against the setting sun.