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Here's what I've been working on the last few months! I have created a coloring book that will take you back to some of the fun things of the 1970s! The 1970s were my "growing up" years. I loved all the artwork in bright colors and the bold designs. I spent many hours creating colorful doodles on my blue denim three ring binder, my brown grocery bag book covers, and my folders. My favorite medium was Flair markers, but I also used colored pencils and pastels. If you're a child of the '70s like I am, I think you will enjoy some coloring fun and de-stressing with my coloring book "Memories of the 1970s". It's available on Amazon here. Let me know what you think of it. If you love it, I'd appreciate you leaving a positive review on Amazon.
Art for Your Heart ™....what is that you ask? Art for Your Heart ™ encompasses my photography, painting, and other projects that make your heart happy. I am still doing traditional photography of people and pets, plus I'm also offering digital drawings and painted portraits, fine art, and even coloring books!
Capturing your story and creating Art for Your Heart™ that will take you back to a special moment in time is my goal. Art for Your Heart™ could be a family portrait, painting of your pet, a fine art piece for your home, or a coloring page that takes you back to your youth. Memories and smiles will be the results!
Commission your own Art for Your Heart ™ by completing the form on my "Contact" page. I look forward to working with you!
Here's a few more photos that I took this past weekend at the "Not-a-Workshop" hosted by Joshua Gull. Maryland wedding photographer Annabelle Dando and her husband Patrick were kind enough to model for us.
This past Saturday I was honored to be able to hang out with and learn from some other great photographers at the "Not-a-Workshop" hosted by
. Josh's idea was to get a bunch of photographers of all skill levels together and demonstrate techniques and how-to's. We had a great morning shooting and spent the afternoon talking workflows and business. Other speakers included
, wedding and portrait photographer from New Jersey,
, wedding photographer from the Baltimore/Annapolis/Washington, D.C. area, and Nashville's own wedding photographer
. We all had a great time, learned a lot, AND got to witness
. :) Here are a few of the photos of Andy and Kayla I took.
Sugar lump is now nine months old. She recently competed in the Mutt Strutt Prettiest Dog contest and won runner up (she was robbed! she should have won!....not that I'm partial...) She is such a smart, sweet little girl. She can do all sorts of tricks. Her human mom, Lori Beth, is really proud of her!
Today at 7:55 a.m. one of my daughter's best friends had her second child, a beautiful baby boy named Lennon. He weighed in at 10 lbs. 2 oz. and was delivered by a scheduled c-section. He wasn't due for another week! Mom, baby, dad, and big brother are all doing fine. I took a lot of photos to help document Lennon's birthday. Here's one of my favorites.
This is Big Ben, a beautiful solid black German Shepherd. He competes in agility and herding events. His human "mom" had lots of action shots of him from competition, but no portraits showing his big brown eyes. He is the best behaved dog I have ever worked with. My dog could take some lessons from Ben! :)
Ok, I'll admit I didn't take these today. It's been a long, long day and I'm really tired......not a good excuse, but that's my story! Since I didn't have a new shot (that I liked) to post today, I thought I"d treat you to some remarkable cuteness. Sugar Lump is now six months old. I did a portrait session of her when she was three months old, and she has grown a lot for such a little puppy! Here is a sample of her six month portrait session that I recently shot. [gallery link="file" columns="2"]
Here are the photos of the two wonderful families I had the privilege of working with at Photos for the Flood. The summer heat didn't stop a fantastic turnout of both photographers volunteering their time and talent and families supporting the flood relief efforts (and getting new portraits in the process)! Altogether, just under $3000 was raised to help with the flood relief efforts. We had a great organizer and great turnout all around. I'm happy that I could be a part of this! [gallery link="file" columns="2"]
After the flooding in our wonderful state, I'm sure many of you want to help those affected by flood. Maybe you have already, or are unable to roll up your sleeves or you were affectedd, too.
Please join me, my favorite ice cream shop- Pied Piper Creamery and my fellow photographer friends in a benefit for the victims of the flooding.
There are NO rules for this shoot- take advantage of the talent, folks- this could easily be your engagement photo, 1 year pictures, updated family photo, senior picture, pet portrait... Just know that you have 20 minutes. :)
Bring some props, bring a friend, bring a giving attitude!!!
Pied Piper Creamery will be donating 25% of their profits from this weekend to these organizations as well. So grab a homemade waffle cone and a homemade icecream for the road, for bribery, whatever ;)
Here are a list of the incredible talents donating their time:
Abby Gray www.abbygrayphotography.com
Alisa Whitley www.alisawhitley.com/blog
Allan Williams www.awilliamsphotograph.com
Amber Vongsamphanh www.lotusblossomphotography.net
Donna Butler www.photographybydonnalee.com
Erin Lee www.doveweddingphotography.com
Jessica Winn www.jessicawinn.net
Heather Latimer www.frogsandfaeriesphotography.blogspot.com
Kate Crafton www.katecrafton.com
Kreslyn Ruckman www.kreslynruckman.blogspot.com
Kristen England www.kenglandphotography.com
Kristen Steele www.kristensteelephotography.com
Marcia Truitt www.inarastudios.com
Margo Keene www.margokeenephotography.com
Matt Dudley www.mattdudley.com
Megan McGee www.meganmcgeephotography.blogspot.com
Melanie McLellan www.mclellanstyle.com
Phil & Mindy Thorton www.phindystudios.com
Sara Rose www.saraerosephotography.com
Sarah Richmond www.averystory.com
Shane Irwin www.shaneirwinphotography.com
Shea Halliburton www.byshea.com/blog
Summer Hillesheim www.whitehillphotography.com
Wendy Cunningham www.wendycphotography.com
Whitney Carlson www.doveweddingphotography.com
When the water receded the cleanup began. This isn't the dump....it's some of the debris from one house that was flooded two weeks ago in the worst flood in Nashville's recorded history. 13 inches of rain fell in two days causing the area rivers to rise as much as 13 feet above flood stage. This is the sight on many streets and some entire neighborhoods around Nashville. Several houses on one side of this street were flooded. All are in the process of cleaning up, making repairs, and getting on with life. From the road, you can see construction dumpsters filled to overflowing behind these houses. On the roadside, awaiting pickup by the garbage trucks, are the remnants of people's lives. I'm proud to live in the Nashville area. People here pull together and get things done, even when faced with disaster. Neighbors helping neighbors, doing whatever it takes. That's the way we do it here.