If you know me or spend anytime around me, you know I’m a huge animal lover. As long as I can remember, I have had pets and have had a soft place for animals of all types. In fact, I remember the first thing I wanted to be when I grew up was a veterinarian. Actually, there are days I look at what exactly it would take to get into vet school… but my math ability, or lack of, probably prevents me from ever getting in.  So, I do the next best thing by volunteering with several local animal welfare groups. Here I can lend my talents and interests in photography, videography, web design, public relations, and graphic design to make a difference.  I’ve been very happy with even just going to the shelter and walking some dogs for the afternoon too. Recently my dog, Roland, and I participated in […]

I’m not one for a lot of Photoshopping of images. I like to get them right in camera but there are times when some post processing is need. As for major overhauling of images, I’m not a fan.  However, there are times when an image just begs for some digital artistry.  When I saw this one from a recent photo shoot, I knew it needed to be enhanced. Since I’m a sci-fi fan, a Doctor Who fan, a steampunk nut, and love time travel this image stood out as something related to time travel.  I added a little steampunk-ness to it and a lens flair on the pocket watch. My model brought the watch, it was his grandfather’s. The scarf is one I knitted to sell, a reverse cabled scarf. Behind him is the Williamstown Bridge which connects Williamstown, W.Va. and Marietta, Ohio. My friend is available as both a […]

It’s Veteran’s Day so I should post about Halloween. All joking aside, I was remiss in talking about my favorite holiday and the makeup I did for a couple of events.  I found out about the Charleston zombie walk a few days before it happened, so I didn’t get much time to plan for it.  I had some leftover makeup from a previous year of doing zombie makeup and I quickly came up with the hippy chick theme. The walk itself, through the East End of Charleston, was pretty fun.  There were all sorts of crazy things going on that night.  I got a selfie with the Zombie Hunter car too.       My other big costume was as the bride of Frankenstein monster and at this rate probably my one and only time to be a bride of any kind.  I did a couple of contests with my […]

It’s fall, which is my favorite time of the year anyway, but even more so for photography. And where I live, fall is spectacular. The mountains and the different types of trees covering them give beautiful views from late September through October and sometimes even into November. Yesterday I was wanting to take a little scenic trip and shoot some of these fantastic colors. Unfortunately, here in the Kanawha Valley around Charleston, the colors are not at peak yet. However, to the south and into to higher elevations the colors are near or at peak. So, it was a perfect day to drive about an hour and fifty-five minutes southeast to the New River area of the state. One of the most photographed, and possibly iconic, images from West Virginia is the grist mill at Babcock State Park.  While the mill wasn’t originally located where it stands today, it has […]

It’s October, my favorite time of the year. I love fall and, more importantly, I love Halloween. I’ve always be big on this holiday. As a kid, it wasn’t because of candy that made me like the time of year–it was the costumes and the decorations. For as long as I can remember, my mom had scary Halloween decorations all over the house and the yard. I even got a skull candle as a gift from my great-grandmother as a preschooler. Yep, Halloween is my time of the year. I never considered myself Goth, although that was big when I was a teenager. But I love things that lend themselves to the Goth movement. Anything Victorian and a bit creepy is all for me. If it looks like it belongs in the Munster’s or the Addams Family homes, then I’ll probably want it. Since Steampunk is also a huge favorite […]

I was expecting that my lack of writing mojo would end my blog a month idea but it was a bug. After attending the Woof Fest in Parkersburg on Sunday, I didn’t feel great. I expected it was my fall allergies but it turned out not to be that and a cold instead. I had planned to write some about the Woof Fest, which Roland won scariest for his Halloween costume. And we won the door prize, a huge basket full of goodies. Also, my Halloween projects are coming along. I have finished my wreath and will post photos later. Oh well, maybe without the pressure of writing I will be able to find my mojo.

Today, I’m going to focus on something that is very important to me at a personal level. Animals. Today, October 4th, is World Animal Day. This is partly because it’s the fest day of St. Frances of Assisi the patron saint of animals. I’ve always been an animal lover. Growing up we had either a dog or a cat or both. Right now I have 2 dogs and 2 cats. My younger dog, Roland, is a very special guy. He was an orphan and had to be bottle fed. I’ve had him since he was one week old and he’s just as close to me as if he’d been a human child. In more recent years, I have been active with animal rescues. I believe strongly in the no-kill shelter movement and spay/neuter campaigns.  Next week, in fact, Roland and I will be participating in a local 5k/2mile fun run & […]

Well, it’s the 3rd day of October and I’m still not too hyped about writing these blog posts. However, I’m making myself commit to the challenge since I need more content on the blog and more importantly I need to get myself back in wanting to write and share on this blog since that’s why I decided to start it in the beginning. Today’s thoughts are on writing in general. Mostly the type of writing I rarely do anymore and the upcoming National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo. I’ve done this for several years starting with a friend who happened to find the book about NaNo while we where visiting the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina. I’ve always loved storytelling. And I went to college with the dream of being a journalist. As my career path has twisted and turned, I still find writing as an important piece of my […]

I’m still having a bit of a writing mojo problem with my idea to have a blog post daily for the month of October. Today I bandied about topics on job searching, corgis, and crafts.  Last night I did make some progress on a few craft projects but I wanted to have a finished item to fully discuss later. I’m sort of burned out on job searching at the moment, so to talk more about it seemed pointless. And corgis, well I shared a photo of Roland yesterday so that wouldn’t be very original. So that’s where I am right now. Thinking of something to write while I’m typing this. That’s always good… right? lol I did want to do some more with the photography side of my website. I’m updating the galleries and trying to create a cool site using Behance since I get that as part of the […]

This morning as I was pondering what to write for the first day of my self-imposed challenge of blogging everyday in October, I have found myself at a loss on what to write. I have several craft projects going but nothing completed to show the end result. I have some things I’d like to talk about in the job search area, but as I started writing that post I felt it wasn’t the right time to discuss those topics.  So that finds me on day one with nothing to write about. Well, isn’t that embarrassing? Here I wanted to get myself back in the blogging swing and I have nothing to say. That’s sorta, kinda, why I stopped blogging before. Oh well.  I could post some photos of my dog, Roland. This is a cell phone photo from Marblehead Lighthouse in Ohio. I went there for a photography workshop in […]