Letter from the Cape (Part 1)

While the world spins madly, I am taking a much needed break from the regular schedule for the next two weeks. I am giving myself the time to revising a novel I’ve been writing for the past three years. I mention it here because between photographs for clients and projects, the novel demands attention, it needs to be finished so I can move onto to the next one. Writing a book requires time and care so the story can develop and take its own course. 

I had a french teacher in high school who used to quote J.D. Salinger whenever we asked how long our essays had to be. This is what he would say,”How long should a man’s legs be? Long enough to touch the ground.” I think of him and Salinger’s words often as I write. 

The length of a person’s legs are exactly as they should be, not according to standards or expectations, but a natural progression of practicality—in other words, the story will be exactly as it needs to be, if we learn to listen to what it’s telling us. I think this deep listening is required for the creative arts, writing especially.

So as I’ve been writing and rewriting and revising and ready to throw the book away, I remember my french teacher. He taught me to follow an idea through to the end, to not give up before the surprises happen, and to find the joy in the process. This, I, share with you, whatever the dream, don’t give up.

Daily Photo Journal Project—May Highlights

As an artist, I believe in practice. Working with my camera and writing daily. 

This is an ongoing project that I want to share here to give you a glimpse into my life as an artist. I am at my best when I create daily—that means photographing and writing for me—making photographs, editing my novel, and teaching my children how to dream big. 

Here are the highlights from May’s Photo Journal.

I also share images from my daily photo journal on my Instagram feed. You can follow along over there as well. 

Meaningful Gift Ideas for Dad

This year it seems more important than ever to let our loved ones know how much we care in a meaningful way. Here are 5 gifts for Dad to show him how special he is. Happy Father’s Day!

1. Write a handwritten letter to Dad, including favorite memories spent together. Bonus points for also mentioning the qualities you love and admire about him.

2. Spend an outdoor adventure day with Dad. Plan a scenic hike everyone will enjoy followed by a picnic after. Don’t forget to bring your camera/phone to document your day together. Need some camera phone tips? I have ten days worth of tips on the blog. Start here: Tell A Good Story and work your way back through all 10 tips.

3. Camp out with Dad in the backyard for a night. Break out the tent, sleeping bags, and pillows. Be sure to bring popcorn, Dad’s favorite book or movie (to read or watch on a phone or tablet), and chocolate for dessert. 

4. Surprise Dad with a portrait session, featuring Dad and the kids then the whole (immediate) family together. Remember, Dad’s need to be in photos too.

5. Chose a charity close to Dad’s heart and make a donation in his honor. 

p.s. Need to help Dad and the kids prep for a successful photo shoot? I created a complimentary guide to help. You can get the guide along with my news and updates. Sign up here.

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