The Dizzying Descent | Shell Beach, CA

The Dizzying Descent | Shell Beach, CA

On a recent visit to the Central Coast of California my mom and I made a point of taking several morning walks on the beach. One morning, in Shell Beach, we climbed down this steep staircase. It is well-built and sturdy, but the descent was definitely steep. Once at the bottom, we walked carefully out onto the slippery rocks to…Read More

Creepy Beach Cottage | Topaz Texture Effects 2

Creepy Abandoned Cottage | Pismo Beach, CA

How do you make an abandoned beach cottage look downright creepy? A bit of texture and creative toning should do the trick. This little cottage in Pismo Beach, CA has fallen into disrepair. Its been a bit shabby for years, like someone quite eccentric lived there; but now it looks like a candidate for demolition. I emphasized the sorry state of this…Read More

On1 Photo RAW Sweepstakes

On1 Photo RAW Sweepstakes

We are only a couple of months out from the launch of On1 Photo Raw! To help build buzz, On1 is hosting a weekly sweepstakes with awesome prizes including copies of On1 Photo Raw, Wacom Tablets, Sony Mirrorless Cameras, both B&H and Amazon Gift Cards, an Apple iPad Pro, and a DJI Phantom4 Quadcopter! Sept. 25-Oct 1: ON1 Photo RAW and…Read More

Sleeklens Through the Woods Lightroom Workflow Review

Dock Albemarle & Chesapeake Canal | Great Bridge | Chesapeake, VA

Recently I was asked to review the Sleeklens Through the Woods Lightroom Workflow. While I don’t use many Lightroom presets these days, I’m always interested in finding new and better ways to work with my photos. After loading up the Develop Presets and Brush Presets, I set to work on one of my photos. This one was captured earlier this…Read More

500px Global Photo Walk | Portsmouth, VA


Last Saturday I led the 500px Global Photo Walk in Portsmouth, VA – my first photo walk in Hampton Roads. I suppose I use “led” loosely as the only attendees for were me and my husband. Still, we had a great time and covered a lot more ground (i.e. more steps for the Fitbit) than we would have with a group.…Read More

Aurora HDR 2017 – Pre Order Starts Today!

Sunrise Long Exposure | Pismo Beach Pier | Processed with Aurora HDR 2017

Aurora HDR 2017 is coming, folks – and it is awesome! I’ve had the privilege of playing with the pre-release and watching a live pre-release webinar with Trey Ratcliff a couple of days ago. I’m blown away by some of the new features in Aurora HDR 2017. One of Aurora HDR 2017’s new features is faster performance, so I thought I’d do a little…Read More

How to Find the Best Places to Photograph After You Move

Brick Detail | Fort Monroe | Hampton, VA

What do you do when you move someplace new and you desperately want to get out and shoot but you simply don’t know where to go? As a military wife, moving is part and parcel to my life. Sometimes it is easy to find the best places to photograph near my new home (like when I moved to Sicily or San Diego), other…Read More

Images of Hampton Roads | Art Exhibition

Spiral Staircase | Old Cape Henry Lighthouse | Virginia Beach, VA | Black & White | Images of Hampton Roads

I’m honored that my photograph of the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse Spiral Staircase was chosen for display in the Images of Hampton Roads juried art exhibit at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library in Virginia Beach! I captured this photo in April of 2016 at f/4, 1/40 second, ISO 640. Initial edits and finishing touches were done in Adobe Lightroom. Noise reduction was…Read More

2 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Got My First DSLR

Sunset at Hearst Castle Outdoor Pool | San Simeon, CA

I remember the day I got my first DSLR. My husband brought it home as a (pretty spectacular) “just because” present. It was a Canon Rebel 300D, just like my mom’s. I was over the moon, and felt like a pro (or that I could at least become one) with that camera in my hands. However, aside from feeling like…Read More

Rosemont Vineyards | LaCrosse, VA

Rosemont Vineyards Winery Tasting Room | LaCrosse, VA

 A girls trip was just what I needed. After being cooped up in the house (it has been too darn hot to do anything outside) I jumped at the opportunity when a friend called and invited me on a day trip to visit a winery. We drove about two hours west of the Hampton Roads area to Rosemont Vineyards. Rosemont Vineyards…Read More