December and January Instagrams

Here are the last part of December and all of January’s Instagram posts.  It is where I post my portrait business images.  Stuff that you won’t necessarily see here except for when I do these little updates.  Feel free to follow me on Instagram if that is your thing, too.

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My daughter found this quaint little shop with a variety of artisans and vendors selling their wares within. Tucked back deep inside was a tiny book nook.

I had my Sony with me, but my flash wasn’t fired to full power when I hit the shutter. I was in too much of a hurry, trying to get a shot in between the other customers bearing down on us. We waited around a little bit, hoping for it to clear out some, but it never did.

So, I just took what I had and made it kind of artsy. I present to you:

The Bookworm

Winter Joy

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Happy Friday, everyone!  Becky at Becky’s Open Book passed along a friendly award to me which came with an opportunity to answer some get-to-know-me questions.  I am not really sure who cares to get to know me, but I will gladly play along. 🙂

  1. What part of the world are you from?  I am from Missouri in the United States.
  2. What is your favorite movie and why?  My Fair Lady because I love the music, the accents, the humor, the costumes, and of course, Audrey Hepburn
  3. If you find a penny heads up, do you pick it up for good luck?  No, I am too much of a germo-phobe.  If it was paper money however, I could overcome my fear. 😉
  4. Favorite book?  Bible
  5. If money was no object, what would you do all day?  spend it in Italy
  6. Name a pet peeve.  drivers who tailgate and when people don’t rinse out their cereal bowls before leaving them in the sink
  7. What is the most daring thing you’ve done?  rode 70mph on the back of a jet ski (flew off – could have died)
  8. Roller coasters: love or hate them?  hate them
  9. Do you have any pets? two dogs
  10. What is your best childhood memory?  falling asleep to the sound of Jack Buck announcing Cardinal baseball games as his voice wafted through my open window during the summer when my parents would sit out on the front porch listening to him on the radio at night
  11. What was your first job?  Did you like it?  babysitter.  yes.

Thanks, Becky!

Goodbye 2017

It’s been a year like any other.  Many ups and downs, all of us just trying to live life on life’s terms; maybe focusing on our worries more than we should, but often reminding ourselves to look at all we have to be grateful for.

One of the things I love most about taking pictures is they are always of pleasant subjects: people, everyday objects, animals, nature, architecture, food, and so on.  It keeps me focused on the simple, positive, beautiful things in life like my brother’s pets. 🙂

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Happy New Year to everyone and best wishes in 2018!

Winter Challenge

I thought these evergreens looked nice against the pretty blue sky. Winter is here and it’s pretty dreary, but I am going to challenge myself to get out and photograph. How do you stay inspired to shoot day after day?

Catch UP

Where have the weeks gone?  The months?  My goodness!  It has been two (months) since I have been here.  I have been spending many hours volunteering at the Young People’s Theater group my daughter belongs to as they prepare to present the “Nutcracker” next weekend.

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I have also been very busy working on my new portrait photography business. Working with families and editing portraits is something I am enjoying more than I ever could have imagined.





I am hoping it will grow more come spring when the weather warms up since most people don’t think about doing outdoor portraits in the cold winter months. I have had a handful of inquires from strangers, but up to this point all of my clients have been family or friends. Again, I am hoping this changes come spring. I know it will if it is meant to be. God willing, all things happen the way they are supposed to, so I am not worried.

One thing I have been doing is keeping up on my Instagram account.  I post mostly images from my portraits sessions there.  So, I’ll end by leaving you with my last two months of Instagram images.


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Thanks for reading.  Hope you have a beautiful day! ❤


I went exploring last week and found a great new place to take clients for portrait sessions. I am shooting a family there this Friday.  Can’t wait!







Check out my portrait portfolio on my business website, Offshoots Photography.

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