New is the New NEW!

I Loves Me Some NEW!

I just finished some changes around here and feel downright ebullient about it!

Hey, I coulda said “zippy”, but that sounded weird. I chose “ebullient” because it means: “overflowing with fervor, enthusiasm, or excitement.” Bingo! That’s what I feel right now, because I just revamped the photography section of my website.

“Why is this such a big deal?” I hear you wonder.
Honey, if you knew what it’s like for me to organize or build ANYTHING… you’d get why I feel like I just remodeled the kitchen!

I celebrate these little things, because I know this for sure: big things are made of interconnected little things. And the little things are like wee mini Tinker Belles; if you want ’em to stick around and multiply, they need love and applause!

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My Top 10 Head-to-Toe Travel Tools ‘n Tips

Ladies, can we travel-chat for a minute?
Gentlemen; you’re welcome to hang out too, but if underwear and lady things make you blush… well, consider yourself forewarned!

I love to travel (don’t we all?). But I HATE to be more uncomfortable than necessary. Admit it, so do you!

I’m betting I’m also not alone in having a few physical issues that can ruin my day if I don’t take a few simple precautions. My mother was a Girl Scout leader… I’m an ex-horse trainer… which means this vital lesson is in ingrained my cells: BE PREPARED!!

For my recent month-long trip to France, I knew I needed to relearn what I had learned, as Yoda might say. So, I spent HOURS before my recent month-long trip to France looking through Smarter Travel dot com’s website for the best solutions I could find (I subscribe to their newsletter – it’s genius!). I watched videos on packing. I revamped my luggage configuration completely. I obsessed for weeks. And I never got tired of checking out how other people succeed at travel.

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The Unbroken View

A World of Panorama

“Panorama” is defined as: “an unbroken view of the whole region surrounding an observer.”

I like this notion. It feels good, generally.
And I’ve always liked panorama photographs. I think alot of us do.
I’ve always heard what a pain in the ass it was to make them though… and how time consuming. It made me shy to try for a really long time.

Well, I’m amending my previous stance because I’m starting to fall in love with the mighty panorama. Making them, I mean.

I’ve been dabbling. First with my iPhone, which I’ve been doing for years. My iPhone 6+ kind of kicked that into new realms… with images like this from France, for example:


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Fans and Friends in France

What Was Your Favorite Part?

People have been asking me what my favorite moment was in France. I just can’t answer that! Honestly, there were so many “favorite moments”; all leading up to some major “aha’s” in my life. (They’re going to take some time to internalize, too.) It’s like the entire trip as a whole was my favorite moment! Plus, the month happened in chapters, each unique and amazing. For instance…

One really super cool thing was traveling about the countryside toward the end of our trip. I LOVED that. That’s the ‘real’ France. Major cities like Paris are awesome. Not-to-be-missed. But if you want to meet the real people, you have to get out into the heartlands. In this case, though – it’s HOW all that happened that was so cool… Continue reading “Fans and Friends in France”

Fuji: My Parisienne Paintbrush

Paris Speaks

NOTE: This is a lengthier post than usual. It’s a summary of how the Fuji gear I took to France and I got along. (Famously!). It’s not meant to be camera “review”. It’s one human’s experience of being on a mission of art and heart; and the gear that helped bring it all to fruition. I’ve had a ton of questions about whether I’m sticking with Fuji after this… I think this will answer them all. 😀 Continue reading “Fuji: My Parisienne Paintbrush”

On Being A-Mused in Paris (or really anywhere)

Walking around the streets of Paris is an open invitation for the inner muse to have her way. She will insist. She will hum, giggle at odd times, make you stop… and make you see things in unusual ways.

Even common (well, common to locals, I suppose) neighborhood scenes will inspire the muse to gasp, stop and instantly re-imagine what you have laid your tender eyes upon.

And this, my friends, is why I treasure my muse so much. When I’m out of ideas in life, for the next move, the next meal, the next idea, the next… whatever… I can always count on my muse to throw something awesome my way. Continue reading “On Being A-Mused in Paris (or really anywhere)”

Street Photography: 12 Lessons Learned

I’m posting this right as I’m ready to run out for the final day of Valerie Jardin’s Paris Photography Workshop, during which I’ve been her guest. She’s a good friend and this whole idea just sounded like fun. I wanted to revisit Paris in the springtime, having only been here at Christmas once… and what better way to see the city than with a native?

This is the first of 3 weeks here in Paris; each completely different. Except for the part where I have a camera Velcroed to me at all times. 😀

Today I mostly just want to share some photos… and some thoughts. 12 of them, to be exact. 12 is completeness and spiritual perfection; which just about perfectly describes this entire week!

(Panorama taken with my iPhone 5, from the Towers of Notre Dame)
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A Would-Be Street Photographer In Paris

So you thought I’d abandoned you? Mais non!
This “prep for travel” thing tends to take over EVERYTHING; my life, my brain, my blog posting schedule! I’m always so glad when I’m finally on the plane and can only look ahead… and not at my list yet ONE more time. Once safely landed and on my feet in a new place like oh, say, Paris… baby, it’s ON!

I’m here in the city of lights for 3 weeks and 3 different adventures. Crazy!

Valerie Jardin’s Workshop

Week 1 is with my most excellent friend Valerie Jardin‘s Paris Street Photography workshop. In fact, here’s one I just shot today:

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Paris, 2015!

French Cravings

Do you ever get a craving that never goes away, no matter how much try to ignore it? It just tugs at your sleeve, clears its throat – loudly, hums a little French tune. No matter how many times you stage-whisper “Sssshhhhh!!”… it just smiles and keeps on humming.

Paris is like that for me.

I went there in 2010 for a voiceover job. I mean, how glamorous is THAT? For once, I can say it really was as cool as it sounds. It was a quick trip, not a lot of photo time… but the hubs and I made it count by staying out REEEEALLY late at night. We indulged in wine and chocolate at a romantic cafe on the Champs Elyssee at 2am one night after 8 miles of wandering – and photographing – our way through the streets of Paris. In December. At Christmas – in the City of Light.  Ahhh, the stuff legends are made of!

Understandably, I’ve wanted to return every minute since. But I’ve had Spring in mind… and wanted another Perfect Moment event. Hey, a girl can dream!

So when my friend, photographer Valerie Jardin (a native of Normandy, knows Paris like the back of her hand!) invited me to come along to her Paris street photography workshop in May, 2015, how could I say no? I mean, really… how COULD I?

You already know the answer…

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The Making of The Grand Dame

We visited Paris a few years ago. It was December, right before Christmas. A seriously dreamy-dream come true! I went for a voiceover job and my darling hubs got to come too, which made it even more dreamy. We stayed a couple of extra days for our own sightseeing… then stayed another couple of days dealing with the airline when our flight was cancelled due to an inch (yes, an inch!) of snow. Another story for another day!

This day’s story is all about the Grand Dame here…. the Notre Dame. I’ve posted this photo on Google+ before… but I never talked about the processing. That’s because I love how it turned out. Why is that a problem? Well, because I replaced the sky.

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