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Wednesday, February 5, 2020


Self love is not selfish; you cannot truly love another until you know how to love yourself “

Week 5 Lightbulb Project: Self-Love

For my self love photo I wanted to highlight my positive attributes and personality traits, things that are to be celebrated about myself. So many times we focus on our faults or shortcomings. When I heard the theme I knew I wanted to do a piece about all the things that make me who I am. So I wrote many things down immediately in list form (which FYI loving lists is on a post-it note just under my right arm). However, I will be honest (also on a post-it note) that this was quite a process. I wanted to look up traits and see if maybe I wasn't thinking of everything I am. I knew I was loyal and dependable, but what else was I? As I googled lists of traits, I found myself not finding any that really pertained to me, there was a moment where I felt a little down. Wishing I was more charismatic, witty, or brave. I'm not the life of the party or a type A over achiever. Everything I was googling seemed to really focus on outgoing or strong types. And worse yet I have some bad traits that seemed to come up on a lot of negative lists. (I'm indecisive, loud, and jealous to name a few).  But then I found some more traits that fit and once things got started I was able to roll with it much easier. I also started to also write down my accomplishments and things I do for others. I then included things that weren't current. I realized that many things I accomplished before having children still made me who I am today. So I went back through my entire life and filled out post-its for things I accomplished or did before 18. The board then came fully together and is a great visual of all the things I am and have accomplished.

A few notes:
* I have more things listed behind me, that don't show in the photo. Looking back I wish I had left a "hole" where I would be standing so more of the notes would have shown.

* A version of this is in my idea book. I've had the idea to write various things on post-it notes for about 3 years. Although I think the first version was to basically show how many things I do at any one time. All my roles in life and the notes were going to cover me. It was more about being bogged down. One version was a sequel to my SAHM photo from 2011.

Friday, January 31, 2020


"If you can't wake up from the nightmare, maybe you're not asleep."

Week 4 of the Lightbulb Project...Nightmare.

There are many images I could have created for the theme Nightmare. I found this week easier with the idea of creating something darker. I even love the idea of a nightmare series. Maybe something I can explore later. I already have a fear/phobias series and many of those ideas would have fit for this theme. I also have a ghost series that would have worked too. However, I wanted to create an idea that didn't already fit into something else I was working on. I wanted to pull an idea from my idea binder, something that might have sat uncreated for awhile.

I've had this particular idea written in my idea binder for over a year and never got around to creating it. 

I like to think of this theme and image in two ways. The obvious creepy nightmare factor of being stuck in a mirror or seeing someone else stuck in the mirror. I mean that has horror movie written all over it! But also of the idea of being stuck. Being stuck in anything; your job, your lifestyle, a relationship, your finances, anything that weighs you down or makes you worry. The mundane things of day to day life that makes a person feel stuck and can be a personal nightmare

Check out my Instagram story....Lightbulb BTS for additional images and thoughts on this image.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Happy 20s New Year

Happy 20s New Year
A recreation of "Happy New Year", originally created in January 2014. I will post that at the bottom :)

This image is part of a new 2020 series.
I've had this idea for a few years knowing 2020 was coming. I am going to "redo" 20 of my photos this year. Some will be like this where I just redo it with a new idea/theme relevant to 2020, others will call attention to how we have aged/grown, and some will just be downright laughable  
Fun notes about this image:
1.This dress is from 1995 when I was on drill team and we did a flapper/20's routine. So not looking for this photo to be era specific, this was just a fun creation, and seriously you had to know I'd do a roaring 20s photo right?
2. Also the confetti is black, silver, and gold, but then I changed the image to full black/white, a little bummed that detail was lost.
3. This was the third photo I took....and I ended up taking 53...without a remote....running back and forth...53 times...for me to choose frame 3! lol
4. I made a You Tube video about this image. Check it out here. And I will post it below :)

Friday, January 24, 2020

Happy (40th!) Birthday to Me!

Happy (40th!) Birthday to Me!
"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate." - Oprah Winfrey

Can you guess this weeks theme? I may have just a little of it ;)

The theme this week was IRIDESCENCE. Showing luminous colors that seem to change when seen from different angles.

At first I had no idea what I wanted to do for this week. I thought I might use some iridescent cellophane and wrap myself in it. (Still not a bad idea if I want to do it again to have it be more "fine art" and I might do that if I get some time this weekend to shoot). So I went to the dollar store to search for anything that was iridescent. I found the little box right away. I thought ok, I can always use a box in some sort of way. Then I found the little cellophane iridescent confetti. I still wasn't sure what I wanted to do.

So I went to Target. At Target I found the jacket, but it was a little more than I wanted to spend. But after walking around the store I could not get the jacket out of my mind, it was just too perfect. Then I went to the party aisle where I found the most inspiring item of all.....the Happy Birthday headband. Then BAM I knew what I should do. The idea as you see it popped into my head. I should do a birthday iridescent explosion. I could be coming out of the iridescent box that was filled with iridescent confetti, while wearing an iridescent jacket and iridescent headband. So I went back and grabbed the jacket. Last stop was Hobby Lobby for the original item I went for...the iridescent cellophane!

I turned 40 three weeks ago and was on vacation and got a few great shots that week, but nothing that was creatively special. I had hoped to come home that week and create some sort of fun birthday photo, but life got busy and I did other things. So I am very excited to have the inspiration to create this image :)

Saturday, January 18, 2020


"The only way out of a hole is climb out." - Cheryl Strayed

This weeks word is Emergence, which means, "the process of coming into view or becoming exposed after being concealed". What a perfect word for me right now!  I was not able to create a lot (barely anything) in 2019 and want to get back at it. I have so many ideas!  I feel like 2020 is my time to come back out and create more of my art. 

I am climbing out of 2019 and into 2020 ready to for a fresh start! 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020


I joined the Lightbulb project for 2020. I needed something to get back into editing and creating. Since taking most of 2019 off, I am ready to start 2020 and love the idea of a weekly challenge.

Today's image was shot back in June at the Seattle Promoting Passion, but I never got around to doing anything with those images. When I saw the first week's theme of "Exploration", I immediately remembered I took an image with a magnify glass and thought it would be perfect to go back through those images.

I also usually do self portraits, but it is nice to change things up every once in a while and not feel as though every photo this year has to be a self portrait. But don't worry there will be plenty of self portraits this year too :)

So here is my image for the 1st week....

"She always had that about her, that look of otherness, of eyes that see things much too far, and of thoughts that wander off the edge of the world." - Joanne Harris

Saturday, July 13, 2019


"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be." Lao Tzu

This is the newest piece in my new series. This will most likely be the last piece in the series, but since I was done editing it, I thought I would share it. This image is about strife and conflict like the others but more about the final realization of letting go and finding peace.

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