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Personal Styling

Imagine this: It’s a few weeks before your scheduled photo session and you haven’t a clue what to wear.  Trust me, you are not alone.  We’ve all been there.

If this is a family session, you may feel overwhelmed having to coordinate outfits for a wide range of ages and personalities.  While you want your family to look cohesive, you are hoping to avoid the standard matching ‘uniform’ of white tops and jeans for the whole crew.  So what should you do?

Or perhaps you are a high school senior preparing for your once-in-a-lifetime senior portrait.  You stand in front of your closet staring at a wardrobe that reflects the child you used to be, and not the person you have become.  How can you put together an outfit that reflects your individual style (and makes your parents happy)? Continue reading

Bold, Brave & Beautiful


Bold, brave and beautiful are the words to describe Shannon. Like nearly 6.5 million others in the U.S., Shannon has alopecia areata, a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles. This disease is highly cyclical and unpredictable. Hair can grow back in or fall out at anytime, and the course of the disease is different for each person. Alopecia does not discriminate. It affects males and females equally and can occur at any age.  The emotional toll of alopecia can be just as acute as the physical toll, as its sufferers struggle to accept their condition.
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Kindness is Contagious

(Note:  This is an update to a post I made back in December 2013 about an encounter I had with a panhandler on Christmas Eve 2013.  That post received such attention on my blog and on Facebook, that I decided to update everyone on the incredible happenings to ‘Phillip’ since that time…)


There is a panhandler that has been working a street corner nearby for over four years.  Although I drive by him nearly everyday, it wasn’t until Christmas Eve of last year that I finally introduced myself to him and took some time to find out his story.  The experience was unforgettable and I documented the story on my Project 365 blog.  Some of you may recall this particular post, but for those who are unfamiliar with the background, here’s an excerpt…


December 24, 2013,

I’d like you meet someone I’ve known for years, but have actually never met until today. He spends most days sitting on a street corner not far from my home asking for food, water or ‘anything’ to help. I have driven past him virtually everyday for the past four years, and I kindly return his friendly smile or wave, or offer him some spare change if it is available. His presence has become so commonplace to me, that if he isn’t on the street corner I get a bit worried, and I wonder what has happened to him. Despite this, I have never once bothered to take a moment out of my day to sit with him and ask him his story. Well today I decided to change all that. Instead of simply driving by, I pulled into a nearby drug store and purchased a Santa’s hat as a gift for him. I then walked over to meet him and find out more about this man I see nearly everyday but know nothing about.

DSC_9966.retro.webIt turns out his name is Phillip. He is 56 years old and isstruggling to make ends meet. Because of his disability, he is unable to work so he receives a monthly disability check from the government of $700. Out of that stipend he pays $600/mo for rent, with the remainder going towards heat and electricity. There is nothing left for food or clothing. Years ago, he would dig around in dumpsters for food, or he would break into cars to steal money in order to feed himself. But he says those days are behind him, and now he simply appeals to people’s charitable side by working the street corner every day.

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New Year, New Blog


I’ve always been big on setting New Year’s resolutions… some years I actually keep them.

Last year, I was hugely successful in keeping my resolution.  I decided at the outset of 2013 that I was going to do a Photography Project 365, whereby I committed to taking at least one photo a day all year long.  Yes, folks.   All.   Year.   Long.  That’s 365 days of unwavering dedication.  And I’m happy to report that I actually did it!  [Cue crowd roaring in background.]  The experience was amazing – a fabulous combination of learning, creativity and growth, with just a touch of tedium and frustration to keep things real. Feel free to take a peek at my Project 365 over on my personal blog.

As I quoted in the final post of my Project 365, ‘every end should be followed by a great new beginning’, and with that in mind I have resolved to set another lofty goal for myself this year.  Riding on the success of my personal blog, I’ve decided to start this new blog, which will be directly tied to my photography business, Studio B Photography.   Here you will find thoughts, tips and other ramblings about photography, as well as selected photos from my photography business.  This blog will be geared towards anyone looking to get more from their own photography – whether you shoot with a fancy DSLR, a simple point-and-shoot, or (*gasp*) your camera phone.

Ever since I became really serious about photography back in 2006, I have had countless teachers, friends, family members, and fellow photographers offer help and support so I could learn and develop my photography skills.  I have simply decided that it is time for me to give back.  This blog is my way of doing so.  I hope you’ll come along on this creative journey with me.