Saturday, November 14, 2015

A Photographer's Love Letter

  My latest article: Romancing The American Southwest 
is currently featured on The Luminous Landscape 

This article is also published in the current issue of  On Landscape Magazine 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Road Trippin'

I consider myself fortunate to be centrally located and surrounded by hundreds of miles of dynamic geologic land forms, where new discoveries are a mere road trip away.  Each adventure becomes a muse and a catalyst for my next set of photographic expressions, prose and cherished memories.   
The photography serves as the documentation while the writing helps to define and express the emotive. Each road trip becomes a complete love affair. Affair being an apt word as the landscape and nature of a road trip opens up the freedom to dip your toes in then leave.

Autumn In Arizona--2015
Upper Desert

Canyon de Chelly

"As it started to snow, some 300 men, women, and children, perhaps tipped off by a sentry that an army was on its way, ascended to the top and pulled up the ladders. Hoping the evil might pass beneath them, they planned to hunker down and dwell in silence for months.Then one day, as the bleak winter sun slipped behind the canyon walls, a column of American soldiers came marching into the canyon, laying waste to fields and chiseling their Kilroys into the sandstone. Some of their inscriptions are still visible today.  Somehow detecting the Navajo sequestered on top, the Americans camped near the base of Fortress Rock, beside a stream called Tsaile Creek, and attempted to starve them into final submission.

Local Color

Arizona Autumn 2015

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Falling For The Desert Color

“Or maybe spring is the season of love and fall the season of mad lust.
 Spring for flirting but fall for the untamed delicious wild thing.” 
― Elizabeth Cohen

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

“Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn--that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness--that season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.” 
― Jane Austen

Monday, November 02, 2015

“Every now and then one paints a picture that seems to have opened a door and serves as a stepping stone to other things.” 
― Pablo Picasso

Before I was a photographer, I was a painter. Photography changed everything. The joy I felt within the creative processes of planning and executing a painting, I've also found in photography. I still compose my images as though they were to be painted.

I still find that beautiful, creative satisfaction as I explore in and out of my own photographic comfort zones. I love experimenting with different genres and with light, color, lenses and post process. Anything that brings me closer to communicating the mood of a landscape. I want to always be excited and motivated to experiment in finding that connection.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

“Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves are all falling, and they're falling like
they're falling in love with the ground.” 

― Andrea Gibson

Friday, October 09, 2015

Upper West Fork Trail

 This summer I journey far into West Fork in search of Barney Springs.

The desert, when the sun comes up...I couldn't tell where heaven stopped and the Earth began.” 

― Forest Gump

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

 Sussing out a location and lining up the path of tonights "Blood Moon" I couldn't help but notice this exquisite last bit of light on the desert.  I love the very classic look of The American Southwest. 

Monday, October 05, 2015

"Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light"
The Eagles 

Hundreds of hippies of all ages converge to chill among the old buildings, the kind they say have character and could tell stories. A balmy summeresque night in the old phoenix art district with friends.   Art galleries, street musicians, city murals, boho vibes, cold beer and a whole lot of weirdness, but a delicious sense of freedom and expression as well. A place to explore to say the least and a great excuse to practice some street/night photography. I'm hooked!! 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Saturday, September 26, 2015

"I'd rather be in the mountains thinking about God
 than be sitting in church thinking about the mountains. "
John Muir 

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

“I love the way she survived. 

Survival looked good on her. There were no dark marks under her eyes. Maybe deep inside, but I liked the way she looked through them and laughed at life. She did it gracefully. She’d walked over glass and through fire, but still smiled. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

"I do not exist to impress the world. 
 I exist to live my life in a way that will make me happy. " 
Richard Bach

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Published: Outdoor Photographer Magazine, September 2015

Photography for me is about satisfying a creative nature and also about experiencing some pretty amazing sights. I love every bit of the process from the conception of a curiosity, dreaming of a place to experience on a personal level and then finding myself there.  

Each new experience changes me and I see that change as an evolution of sorts. It compels me to "see" more and be more. I use the camera to frame a moment and a place in time. I use the photos to walk you through the story...of the things I love and the days  and places that mattered. 

AlI I ever want from my photography is the joy that it brings to my life.  I don't ask for anything else. 

It's a great feeling to see my work in print and feel recognized by those I admire, but more importantly to share with love and respect how incredibly beautiful our planet is and how much we should cherish it. 

Published; Outdoor Photographer Magazine, September 2015 issue.

Thanks man!

Monday, August 17, 2015

“Privacy - like eating and breathing - is one of life's basic requirements.” ― Katherine Nevill

What I've come to realize in photography is that the nature of the relationship between the landscape and the photographer is a very private one, sacred perhaps.

Sunday, August 16, 2015


Life is too deep for words, so don't try to describe it
just live it. 
C.S. Lewis

Saturday, August 15, 2015

"Run away with me
Lost souls and reverie
Running wild and running free..."

Thursday, July 16, 2015


"I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions." 
— James A. Michener

Friday, July 10, 2015

"Why are you looking down all the wrong roads?
When mine is the heart and the salt of the soul

There may be lovers who hold out their hands But they'll never love you like I can, can, can..."

Lyrics by Sam Smith

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Sunday, July 05, 2015

This mysterious land of enchantment, a siren song seducing many an explorer, writer, poet, miner, photographer, artist and even those seeking healing of the metaphysical kind. An indescribable allure that promises those of a curious nature to provide endless fascination. For those suffering the ills of industrialized urbanization the open road and vast empty spaces has long inspired romantic notions, uplifted spirits, encouraged self-discovery and delivered an unabashed sense of freedom. Imbued with a magical charm and a tangible presence of ancient people you're entering the realm of 
-Valerie Millett

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Call Of The Canyon

"Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction, but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn't something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you."  HMurakami

The exciting and terrifying thing about life is that it can change direction on a dime or a whim. I pretty much cringe at the thought of change, but can't deny that it's almost always a *gift when it's all said and done. This Summer will be about change. Home and family life... changing, work is changing and more importantly perspective is changing. Moving forward is always good, if not totally chaotic. 

I happen to walk past my cat and the image was just too ironic to not stop and grab my iPhone. We were thinking the same thing, the cat just said it so much more eloquently, I think. 
I love a good storm.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

“One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by.”

― Jeannette Walls

The sense of self awareness, detecting the processes of personal maturation in exciting minute increments.  Maturation of thought, evolution of ideals and an unwillingness to waste time.  Time is precious, life is terminal. Drink it in.  

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Luminous Landscape

I was happily outed by the prestigious online mecca for all things photographic "The Luminous Landscape" in a article called "Portrait Of An Emerging Photographer".  
The site boasts a readership of over 1.2 million hits a month. 

Founded over 15 years ago by Michael Reichmann,  a professional photographer for over 45 years with an impressive background to say the least!  Together with Kevin Raber who also has spent over 40 years in the industry and is now the new CEO of Luminous Landscapes, the place is taking on a bit of a transformation, literally.  The new layout for the site was unveiled recently and is modern, colorful and visually exciting. 
The Luminous Landscape site has been an essential resource for my continuing photographic education from equipment reviews to video tutorials to discovering new and inspiring works from others in the craft. 
I'm happy to announce that I've written my second Lula essay, entitled "Life After Luminous"  and I'll be returning several times a year as a contributor. I couldn't be more excited to be part of such an extraordinary presence in the photographic community.   

If you enjoyed the essay, leave a note: HERE

Thursday, April 23, 2015


I had a couple of hours to come up with a bio and photo of myself for a photography project I was working on.  To be truthful, I knew I had to do it but procrastinated hugely.   I was actually on my way out to hike with my dog and had to turn around when I got an email  to  get it done today.

I'm distinctly more comfortable behind the camera.  Nuff said.  

I completed the task at hand, sent off my bio and photo. My favorite of the self-portraits is this one. To those who have said, 

"Step out from behind that camera!" 

 I say this:  As in life, I've given the camera ( my photography), the spotlight.  

My work says so much more about me than a bio shot ever could.  As in the photo, I see myself as simply the girl behind it all.  I'm not hiding, just content to be quiet, understated and observing, Introspective. 

With one eye, I see the world as it is and with the other, I see the world behind the lens. There are two very different worlds I live in. 

 The beautiful amber light from the late afternoon sun brings forth the element I cherish and seek to capture, the warm glow of natural light. Perfect side light now seen falling on auburn hair, a gift from my mother.  

oh ya, this is a

This is me...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

“My storm is my own...Enter if you dare.
However, bear in mind 
that the tempest of desire is fraught with unpredictability
 from the highest peaks to the depths of the abyss. 
Do not expect a smooth ride, 
but expect a true and passionate one...” 

― Virginia Alison

Tuesday, April 21, 2015