Personal enrichment… self-help, motivation, encouragement, inspiration… whatever you want to call it, I LOVE IT! Memorable quotes, impactful books, entertaining audios, and overall life-lessons are very valuable to me. So I would love to share the little treasures I run across with you – and please feel welcome to share your favorites with me!

My First Venture into Online Courses

Since the end of 2018, I’ve been slaving away (and procrastinating… then slaving away again) at my first online course in partnership with a friend and colleague, Carolyn (I’ll introduce her at a later date). My regular “marketing” has been suffering because of this new venture (though this may just be a convenient excuse for slacking). This first attempt at … Read More

Video Production with Adam Stultz at Bright Ideas Studios

Yesterday I joined Adam at Bright Ideas Studios in Pikesville, Maryland, for a video project that he is doing in partnership with Joshua & Gabrielle Rystedt of Rystedt Creative Services. As a gear lover – this was extreme play-land for photographers and videographers. I’ve always wanted a space with a cyc wall (an infinite-wall is two walls constructed with the … Read More

I might sound like a First Grader…

Sometimes I feel like the initial ‘interview’ portion of my photography consultations are “The Annoying First Grader Phase”. Why you ask? (Good, you’re a little like me, CURIOUS!) Your grade school teachers always told you to answer WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, and WHY. SOOOOO important. I wholeheartedly believe that we to think about all these elements for a successful photography … Read More

My Snowy Engagement Photo Test Shoot On The Ice

I’m not a fan of the cold, but when I have a vision of what I want to create, the temp doesn’t matter and I can endure just about anything. And good thing, because it was about 17°F, snowing, and we were standing on the frozen surface of Piney Creek. Brrrrrr!! But YAY for remote triggers and intervalometers, because we … Read More

He Proposed… I Said YES!

I’m engaged!! Just wanted to share a little piece of my life with you. Adam surprised me by setting up his proposal at my house while I was out at a business event today. He hand-drew six note cards all with a cohesive message and funny puns (hand-drawn cards is something we do together in free time) – simple and … Read More

Voted Carroll’s Best 2018 – Best Photographer in Carroll County, Maryland

Carroll County has voted, and the results are in! Carroll County Times hosts the annual “CARROLL’S BEST” voting, and I am so pleased and honored to be voted Carroll’s Best PHOTOGRAPHER of 2018! This past year has truly been the best ever, and it’s all thanks to the wonderful people around me… my family, friends, business colleagues, neighbors (shout out to … Read More

Voted Carroll’s Best 2017 – Honorable Mention

Carroll County Times‘s CARROLL’S BEST 2017 winners are announced, and I’m beyond grateful to be voted in as an Honorable Mention for Carroll’s Best Photographer next to two fantastic fellow photographers, Karen Rainier Photography and Fine Portraiture by Michele. I’m also pumped to share that fellow Taneytown entrepreneurs RUST by Justin Staudinger, Taneytown Dance Center, Antrim 1844, and Thunderhead Bowl share in my joy, … Read More

Good Reads | The Happiness Project

I just finished The Happiness Project (Revised Edition): Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin, per my sister’s recommendation. I love that Gretchen took on this self instigated project, already a happy person, thinking that she could be happier. It makes you … Read More

Ignite Carroll 2017 – Posing Dos & Don’ts: A Photographer’s Selfie Guide to Hiding 10-20 Pounds

I presented to a live audience a couple months ago!! This being my second appearance at Ignite Carroll, I decided to talk about a topic we can all appreciate: how to look your best in photographs. And I don’t think I disappointed my audience! I gave several bits of advice that the audience could apply to every day photo ops, … Read More

Good Reads | The Traveler’s Gift

The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success by Andy Andrews was much like the other Andy Andrews books I have read. Centered around a fictional story is a great set of (7) lessons taught through historical events. It was a great story about how your life can completely turn around, even when you feel there is no hope, … Read More

Good Reads | The Civility Solution: What to Do When People Are Rude

The Civility Solution: What to Do When People Are Rude by P. M. Forni was an interesting read that was split in half between a regular non-fiction section and half real-life scenarios. What I walked away with was great suggestions on how to detach emotion from the response, and how to be assertive in response to rudeness. “Think of all your contacts … Read More

Good Reads | The Greatest Salesman in the World

A friend of mine, Todd Burrier, shared the books he read in 2016, and I quickly added many to my amazon wishlist. The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino was my first choice, as Todd has read this several times over. It’s a small book and an easy read, but does require a great deal of time to read it as … Read More

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