Saturday, January 25, 2014

why pictures?

i've never really written an artist's statement or even talked seriously about why i do photography. so, today, i updated the website and did just that. here's why:

when i was 11, i asked my mom for my very own camera and she gave me a Kodak Disc. it had a circular film wheel that looked a heck of a lot like a Viewfinder toy disc (if you're younger than 40, you may be scratching your head right now). the quality of the pictures was really, really bad, but i loved having my own camera (and i still have photos i took with it!). a year later, my father died and i became obsessed wtih photographing my family and friends. i didn't want to lose them, so i caputred them on film and held them on printed images.

at 19, when i was leaving for the Air Force, i talked my mom into getting me my very first fully manual 35mm film camera. it traveled with me to California, Texas, and then to Japan, where i bought a fancier 35mm camera. i've since learned that it takes more than just a fancy camera to make a beautiful image. it takes the whole heart, the depths of the soul, and strong desire.

photography has been my love and my my lifeline ever since i can remember. the temporary nature of life, of a moment, makes me want to capture each face, each beautiful scene, even every painful moment...all of it. i want to remember it all. when i'm too old to hold my camera steady, i want to sit with old photo albums and prints weathered from being handled so much and be grateful for every moment i experienced. even the heartbreaking ones.


photo by Dale Townsend; edits by me

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Vintage Portraits and Bridal in Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Phoenix, Scottsdale, AZ

When my "wifey" stops by, it's just too tempting to not pull out the camera and play. She's just too fun to photograph and we end up laughing hysterically and being complete fools. We always end up with gorgeous photographs in the end, though. While making these, Wifey said they'd make beautiful bridal images. I do believe she's right (but don't tell her that; she'll get a big head). ;)

Friday, January 3, 2014

Highlights from the End of 2013 and on to 2014

Once again i find myself extremely behind on blog posts. The end of the year is always busy in 463 different ways. This year was no exception. The busy was good, though. This was my first holiday season without my daughter, who moved to California over the summer. I missed her enthusiasm from Halloween all the way to New Year's. ::sniffle:: 

Fortunately i got to experience shenanigans with other peoples' kids to keep me smilin'. Here are some highlights from the parting of 2013 and the arrival of 2014.

Two cute and silly girls:

One sassy lass and her prior generations:

A beautiful and kind school teacher:

A gorgeous mom and her pride and joy:

And another gorgeous mom and her pride and joy:

...among other projects and scads of holiday cards and events.

May 2014 bring you much love and laughter!