What does a photographer do in her spare time?

I swear, this isn't a riddle! 

So what does this photographer do in her spare time? I go places and do things where I get to take more pictures. It's true. I'm wondering if there's a support group I should join?

Seriously though, when I'm not work for my clients, I get to try different things and photograph objects that are out of my norm. For example, when we travel, I get to photograph more landscapes and wildlife. I can try more action shots, more candids, more shots of buildings and urban settings.

This past weekend we went to the Chicago Botanic Gardens. This is the view my family had.

Photo courtesy of Abbie's dad.

Photo courtesy of Abbie's dad.

I normally don't put my feet up like that but it was a show of courtesy so that people could walk by me if they wanted. Turned out, I guess no one wanted to. At one point I turned my head and saw a CROWD had gathered! Gulp.

So here was my view... and the reason I had to lay down in goose poop to get it.

Stories Framed Photography | bird looking for food

Oh, and these wild species were in attendance as well... 

Stories Framed Photography | wild animals | family

P.S. If you haven't been to the Chicago Botanic Gardens, GO! Make a day of it. It's so worth it, such a beautiful and peaceful place. When you do go, call me - I'll join you! :)

Winter scenes in photos

I love taking pictures of winter. I hate winter. But I love what the light, airy snow does to our environment, converting the view out our window into a creamy, dreamy wonderland. Sadly, the next day our world converts back to slushy, icy, ugly mess... but for that one day, it is so beautiful. I often catch myself gazing outside into our backyard or out the car window (when I'm not driving!) at the wondrous white world. 

I captured these winter scenes within the last month. (AKA those few times this winter it actually snowed.) I thought I'd share them with you today, on the first day of MARCH. As it is snowing. Oh the irony is thick in here. I'm moving to Arizona. (No I'm not.)


Three things catch my eye in these photos --  

1. Starkness and simplicity rules. 

2. They seem timeless to me. 

3. I like paths and roads. 


Now that I've gotten these winter scenes out of the way... here's to Spring -- coming soon

Have a great weekend! Happy March!