Friday, April 14, 2017

Spring Flowers





Spring has sprung here in Pittsburgh.  It actually began a little sooner than normal this year, but I am totally fine with that!  My brunnera, in the top photo, may be my new favorite spring flower.  They are very dainty, but now that I have a few of them together in my garden, they are more visible.  My daffodils are also very small in stature (does that make them jonquils?) but as soon as they began to push through the snow-crusted earth my heart began to beat a little faster.  And the violets, that spring with joy from my lawn, have been one of my favorites since I was a little girl.  I just can't choose a favorite.  They all bloom at the same time and usher in my favorite season.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Sleeping Beauty


I've been thinking this Sleeping Beauty portrait over for a few months, and after five sessions, we finally got the shot I was looking for.  My daughter's favorite Disney character, for a long time, was Princess Aurora.  But my child hated pink, and wanted the blue version of Sleeping Beauty's dress.  So my mother-in-law made this exquisite gown, which has seen a lot of good use.  I wanted to take this portrait not only to add to my daughter's collection of character portraits, but also so we would always remember this wonderful, hand-made dress, so lovingly made, even after it no longer fit.  

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Squaw Valley Park in Snow


 







A few days ago the world was white.  I went for a walk in our local little park, Squaw Valley.  I found some little tracks on the trail and followed them to this magical little spot where the branches arched over, making a tunnel.