Black-Eyed Susans (Richardson, TX, 2011) When the wildflowers bloom, the summer heat is on its way. I try to enjoy every moment of spring, and that includes carrying my camera with me to photograph wildflowers wherever I find them. This riotous bed of black-eyed susans, and this photograph, reminds me to celebrate each beautiful day.
Anime Fest (Dallas, TX, 2014) Two years ago my daughter began attending anime conventions with friends. I take my camera and play photojournalist. These conventions are full of stories, and I love looking for ways to represent them visually.
Bluebonnets (Ennis, TX, 2014) I’m a native Texan and I love bluebonnets. To me, they represent the best of Texas: colorful, tough, with an ability to bloom in all sorts of conditions. And it only takes a few to transform an otherwise monotone landscape.
Monarch caterpillar (My backyard, 2012) Several years ago, I began planting milkweed for monarch butterflies. I begin watching for monarchs in late September as they pass through on their fall migration. Despite my hectic schedule, I take time most days to observe and enjoy my monarchs. Trying to find new ways to photograph them has led to a much deeper appreciation of these unique creatures.
The cousins play cards (My parents’ house, 2014) Some of my favorite photos are from visits with the cousins. One can see the strong bonds – both the pleasures and the pains – even in an activity like a simple card game.
Acrobatic Gymnastics meet (WOGA-Plano, 2013) While I love capturing the athletic achievements of our Texas acrobats, my greatest thrill is capturing unexpected moments that broaden the meaning of competition. Acro is unique in that older athletes are paired with younger athletes, and they form sibling-like relationships. The result is a strong sense of trust and affection between the oldest and youngest athletes.
Acrobatic Gymnastics meet (WOGA-Plano, 2013) This is one of my favorite photos. For years, I’ve looked at that flag, thinking about how to use it in the background of a photo. Most of the time the gym is too crowded to use it effectively. At this particular meet, I looked up and two of our WOGA athletes were warming up skills in just the right spot.
Acro Cup selection event for the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships (Karolyi Ranch, 2014) I was thrilled to be asked to photograph the Acro Cup competition for USA Gymnastics. Since the results of this competition would determine the athletes chosen to represent the US at Worlds, there was a lot of excitement and tension. This trio was poised at the edge of the floor, waiting for a signal from the judges to move onto the floor for their routine. The youngest of the trio couldn’t resist looking back at the spectators.
March-In for Acrobatic Gymnastics meet (WOGA-Plano, 2010) This photo is from my first effort to photograph an entire gymnastics meet. Prior to this, I had photographed WOGA athletes for their parents only twice. When our coach asked me to photograph the meet, I almost declined, very aware of my lack of experience. But I loved the excitement of Acro meets and I loved providing keepsake images for parents and athletes, and decided to do it. Once the meet began, the anxiety was quickly replaced by a feeling of privilege that I was trusted to freeze both big moments of athletic accomplishment and the small ones of looking for one’s mom among the spectators.
Photo shoot (Spot Studio, 2014) For several years, the Acro parents at WOGA had asked me to take studio photos of their children. I didn’t have the studio lighting experience to do that, but I knew that Peter at Spot Studio could help. I brought in one of WOGA’s Elite pairs to the studio, and Peter helped me develop the skills I needed. The athletes and parents loved the results.
Photo shoot (WOGA-Frisco, 2014) Once I had some experience using studio lights, I was ready to try it with another pair. This pair just moved up to Elite status at Nationals in July, and I wanted to document their achievement with some beautiful portraits. We set up the lights at WOGA’s Frisco gym. The girls were perfect models, and I loved capturing their beauty and exuberance.
Little Traverse Bay (Bay View, Michigan, 2012) My husband grew up spending summers on Lake Michigan. We arrived for a visit late in the day, and headed for the lake. The beach was deserted, allowing these friends a private celebration of summer at the lake.
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