Category Archives: Landscape

Ice Shards

I was driving to Leeland the other day for some beach photography and stopped dead in my tracks on the side of the road, alongside Lake Leelanau.  From the road, I saw little spikes on the ice, like shards of glass.  When I got out and closer, I was simply in awe at the beauty. Magnificent and perfect little ice shards.  And the sound it made on the lake reminded me of wind chimes.

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We live in a beautiful world.

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I’ve been pondering the feel I want to this blog…going between solely blogging about photography gigs to blogging about my personal life to blogging about whatever beauty comes to mind via a photograph.  I haven’t been writing much the past few months, in great part because I feel I have come to a sort of a bottleneck effect.  My lack in writing has not been because of a lack of business, lack of photographs taken, or lack of inspiration. Actually, it’s been quite the opposite.  I have ideas flowing throughout my head all the time, and literally thousands of unedited photos on my computer. I feel at times they are flowing faster than I have time to keep up with.  When something rises to the surface, I hit the “is this appropriate material for my photography blog?” question.  In 2014, I vow to break through the bottleneck, sharing my inspirations one at a time.

Today, I am resting in the place of blog material here being anything that moves me because of a photograph.  I feel it important for prospective clients to know their photographer.  To see their pictures and feel moved by them, but also to know a bit of their spirit.  I can think of no better way to do that than reveal pieces of myself in writing, and non-business related shooting.  Despite the belief of many, it is not the camera behind the photographer that makes the photos, or their lenses, or years of experience or training.  It is the heart.  The heart that speaks to the eye and comes out via the lens.

So for 2014, I will play with using this space as a platform for a wider scope of photography, not just shooting for paid clients.  I hope to reveal pieces of who I am, and what I find beautiful, via blogging and the use of my images.  Before the image for today, I just want to say thank you to all of you who have supported me in any way.  From hiring me for your family shoot, your once of a lifetime experience of a wedding, or the birth of your child, to the moments you don’t want to forget.  I consider it an honor and am continually humbled to do what I do.  And thank you to those who support me in different ways, sharing how an image has struck you, referring me to friends and family seeking a photographer, and following my work on facebook.

I just finished editing the pictures from my solo camping trip through Michigan’s Upper Peninsula this past September.  I’ve never camped by myself before, and it was an amazingly transformative time for me.  I don’t want to fill this post with all words and little photography, so I’ll share more of that experience in posts to come.  For now, I just want to share the power and importance of self-care, of silence and personal retreat, of experiencing and embracing beauty.  I loved the quiet moments of this time, and the unending supply of gifts of beauty.

IMG_1771 IMG_1829 IMG_1920 IMG_2240These and similar pictures available for purchase here.


The camera is an instrument…

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
~Dorothea Lange

IMG_1426You know that feeling you get deep in your soul, that sometimes shakes your being into action, and you go and start something new?  I’ve noticed it this week – the idea came to me yesterday, and resting in this quote has made it feel attainable!  I’ve found that when that happens, and it doesn’t go away, it’s usually something I need to pay attention to.  Stay tuned for a new service by Moments Captured!

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Photography Adventure Along M22

During the slower times of the year, one of my favorite things to do is to go on a photography adventure.  I pack up my camera, and just drive.  Usually alone, the radio off, soaking in the scenery, stopping when something catches my eye.  Just the other day, I stopped en route to Suttons Bay for a group I was leading, drawn to this beautiful old tractor.IMG_5196

Just before getting to Immanuel Lutheran Church, where my group is held, I noticed the ice skating rink in town.  It’s looking like the end of the season!IMG_5199

Once my group was finished, the real photography adventure began! I traveled north to Omena, and then over to Leeland on M22.  Stopping for construction, barns, old vehicles and wild turkeys.



IMG_5272Omena, MI

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Prints available for purchase here.

I completed the journey refreshed, invigorated and ready for the rest of the week.  Thank you Northern Michigan for all your incredible beauty!


Point Betsie

I hope you all had a very happy Easter this past weekend!  My folks were able to drive over from Minnesota to share the weekend with us.  And as is usually the case, the time went by incredibly fast, and was filled with many a memory.  I find myself riding the fence of wanting to photograph every moment of times like this and wanting to soak in the moments minus the camera.  I AM in the moment when I’m shooting, but it is often in a different way that when I’m not.  As I get older, I find it easier to judge the situation and come to the best answer for me.  This past weekend, I focused on documenting our adventure to Point Betsie, on Lake Michigan.

My dad brought his video camera, and lost it to my son – who proudly took over the videography.  I’m excited to see his finished product!

IMG_4312My dad is a Teacher, and a scientist…I love it when he’s here, for all the science type questions my kids come up with can be directed to him!  And in his gentle and patient way, he entertains their questions.  I think he’s talking about the ice formations we discovered where the water meets the wall.

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IMG_4443My beautiful mom soaking up a few moments.


IMG_4515Ah, it’s that rare photo that I am IN!!  With two of the three loves of my life…IMG_4563




IMG_4736As I stood off in the distance, capturing their interactions, I heard the crashing of the waves, the cool breeze, and my son playing his harmonica.  It was absolutely beautiful.
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I went to Eastern Elementary last week and introduced photography to a class of first and fourth graders.  As part of Heroes in the Community, these two classes chose PEACE Ranch to learn more about and help to support.  This truly remarkable program deserves an entire blog series to help explain it, but in this post I just wanted to share about the teaching experience in those classrooms.

Many of the students had never held a camera before, many had.  So I started from the beginning.  Believe in yourself, breathe and see with your heart.  Explore your environment, play with your perspective, get close, and don’t be afraid to experiment.  Hold your camera straight, relax and shoot!  I shared these tips and a few more as I showed pictures depicting each tip.  I had so much fun!

In talking about looking high and low, and at things that people might pass by – I showed the following picture.  It generated quite a bit of conversation – “where were you?  In a helicopter?  Is that a volcano?  A mountain?”  It was really fun to explore the different thoughts that arose just from viewing this photo.  I love the fact that this happens whenever I show this one…I’m drawn to the color, the clarity and the perspective.  What do you think it is?

StumpThis image is available for purchase here.



Living in the Moment

I thought I’d share a little bit about the background image you see throughout my website.  I took this picture on Old Mission Peninsula while on an adventure with a few girlfriends.  On our walk back to shore, I noticed a bunch of seagulls perched atop the rocks.  They were a fair ways away from us, but I remember thinking aloud, “I wish someone would run out there, right into the middle of that flock of birds.”  Without skipping a beat, my friend Amy set down her bag, held onto her skirt, and took off running.  I quickly got over my moment of surprise and just started shooting.  This is my favorite from that moment, and has easily worked its way into just about everything I do in marketing Moments Captured.

I am consistently drawn to the idea of living in the moment and finding beauty right where you are. I admire this friend for her natural ability to do just that, wherever she is.  It’s care-free, nothing weighing you down, breathing in the goodness of life.  I’m so thankful I nailed the settings on this shot – I simply love it!

Amy_LRThis image is available for purchase here.

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