Do you see what I see?
It has been said that we each look at the world around us through a different set of lenses. I invite you to take a peek through mine.
Much of my work is shot in south west Florida, although I do roam from time to time.
So, pull up a chair, relax and look at the world along with me.
Anyone who lives in Sarasota has probably heard of Nik Wallenda. The King of the Wire, as he is known, is a seventh-generation member of the famous Flying Wallendas. Although Nik's circus ancestors date back to the 18th century, the Flying Wallendas have been walking the high wire, sans nets, since the roaring 20s. Nik is the guy who walked the wire across Niagara Falls last June. In a few days he plans to do it again — this time over the Grand Canyon.
For the past few weeks, he's been training at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota and has allowed the public to come and cheer him on as he practices. Today, I watched as he walked in the rain while chatting with his staff and onlookers. He put on a show for his fans, lying down on the wire and sitting and chatting for a while before he stood up again and plodded on.
Be sure to watch Sunday, 7 pm EDT, on the Discovery Channel. Circus Sarasota has planned a street party downtown with big-screen viewing of the event live.
Go get 'em, Nik. We'll be watching.
I love weather — the good and the bad. Experiencing the power of nature excites me. And I have to admit I get more than excited when a storm is forecast. Experiencing Mother Nature is an amazing thing. But then, I've always been a sun-in-my-face, wind-in-my-hair kind of woman. When I lived in the Northeast, I marveled at snowstorms and blizzards. I have been known to make first tracks with skis and with tires. Here in Florida, it's the thunderstorms, tropical storms and hurricanes that remind us nature is more powerful than we.
In case you are wondering, I do love a good beach day — and revel in the many sunny days we have here in Sarasota. But I also love the rain, whether it be an early morning drizzle, a hazy mist, or a driving storm.
I ventured out into yesterday's Tropical Storm Andrea, but only after the tornado warnings had been lifted. Although nature excites me, I have a great respect for its force.
Photo at right shows Sarasota Bay kicking up and over the sea wall onto a downtown property.
Photo below left shows small fishing pier on Sarasota Bay. The pier was damaged a bit, but nothing like the damage it sustained from TS Debby last year.
Photo below right, shows the Gulf of Mexico on Lido Key, Sarasota. This water can be as dead calm as bath water on a summer's day. Ah, if only I could photograph the wind.
Have a great day!
I'd like to say that my photography and writing are primarily about the art. And that is partially true. Creativity and curiosity drive me to explore places with my camera and my own mind via my writing. But what I truly love about what I do are the people I meet along the way.
Last week I was hired to take photos of a family vacation - three generations of people - all vacationing here in southwest Florida.
It's work, yes. And it does help pay the bills. But the enjoyment I get from interacting with people I have never met before can't be beat!
In helping them to make their special memories, they become part of mine. Thank you Inessa and family for entering my world.
Here are a few from a fun shoot on Longboat Key.
Have a great day!
People are always asking why the cost of professional photography is so high. Spend two hours at a photo session, snap a few pictures, and that's it, right?
Well, not exactly.
Generally a two-hour photo session requires another four hours (or more) of your photographer's time uploading the digital files to a computer and a backup system once back in the studio, editing and retouching, uploading the finished proofs to a website or spending time printing hard copies.
Unless you live out of town, you will meet with the photographer at least once prior to the shoot and spend time getting to know each other, discussing photo ideas and logistics.
Your photographer will usually arrive at least a half hour or more prior to the event or the shoot to set up her equipment. And she often is the last to leave.
If you are ordering prints or a DVD of digital files she must either print the final photos or spend time burning them to DVD as well as creating your own unique design for your personalized photo archive.
Then it's off to the post office to send your package on its way.
Your two-hour shoot actually takes about eight hours to complete.
And we haven't even discussed the cost of doing business. Or shooting weddings.
Some of us charge more or less than others. Experience and cost of equipment, advertising, and other overhead figure into that.
But we all love what we do! I know I enjoy meeting people from our community, Florida, the US and the world. People from everywhere seem to come to south west Florida for the major events in their lives.
I look forward to seeing you through my lens at my next shoot.