Vintage Photography Inspires Fine Art

By laura / January 5, 2022 /

Nothing beats the nostalgia of vintage photography albums. Especially when they’re created by loved ones.  While admiring my grandmother’s vintage photography, I can’t help but wonder if my passion for art and travel came from her. I’m drawn to photography because it captures a single moment in time. The photos that hang on a refrigerator…

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Leica M6 35mm Film Camera

By laura / December 22, 2021 /

German engineering attracted me to Leica and convinced me to buy a Leica M6. My Leica M6 never disappoints.  This 35mm rangefinder film camera helps me get back to the basics of why I fell in love with photography in the first place. My goal as an artist is to teach you how to see.…

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Fine Art Photography Degree Is Not A Waste

By laura / December 15, 2021 /

Negative comments about my useless fine art photography degree are nonstop. “Why would you be interested in learning about film photography when it’s on the brink of extinction?” they ask.  This is a question I hear and contemplate nearly every day. Twenty years later, I’m still photographing film. I love it as much as I…

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Dreaded Life Question

By laura / October 20, 2021 /

Three years ago I wrote about my dreaded life question. What do I want to be when I grow up? I realized the importance of that original blog post while attempting to edit it.  That post is part of my story and I can’t change it, so why try.  After reflecting on how far I’ve…

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100 Day Project Begins Today

By laura / October 6, 2021 /

The 100 Day Project begins today! My palms are sweaty and my heart is racing.  I have no idea what I’m in for.  Sure, it’s exciting at first, but aren’t all new endeavors? 100 blog posts in 100 days.  It may not seem like much to you, but this is huge for me.  This is…

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Travel Oberammergau Germany

By laura / September 29, 2021 /

Travel Oberammergau through the eyes of an artist photographer. I am fortunate to have the opportunities to travel the United States and beyond.  The world is a beautiful place.  While each of us sees it a little differently because beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  Travel Oberammergau with me and notice details overlooked…

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Van Gogh Exhibit in Milwaukee

By laura / September 15, 2021 /

We visited the Van Gogh exhibit in Milwaukee during our summer vacation. I hope to attend Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience again, but this time it will be alone.  And, let me tell you why… Family vacations aren’t really vacations at all when you have young children. They’re not relaxing as one might believe…

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Serene Canoe Bay Organic Garden

By laura / August 25, 2021 /

I approach the serene Canoe Bay organic garden with wonderment. Deer roam near the fence as I open the gate.  Walking through the Canoe Bay organic garden is pure serenity.  A true gift indeed.  This garden offers silence, which is a form of therapy and meditation for me.  Creativity is unleashed in the silence. Perched…

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Abandoned Arizona Photography

By laura / August 11, 2021 /

We’re off to Supai, Arizona.  Or should I say abandoned Arizona? I pull out the map from the glove box and open it with excitement.  We’re traveling from Kingman heading east on the open road of Route 66.  “Take a left, we’ll reach Supai in 64 miles,” I say. We drive for miles, thinking our…

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Galena Illinois Hot Air Balloon Ride

By laura / July 28, 2021 /

13 years ago, I surprised my newlywed husband with a hot air balloon ride in Galena, Illinois. A mini-honeymoon road trip led us to Galena, Illinois in 2008.  We knew we’d stop in the small town, therefore, I booked a hot air balloon ride.  This was a new adventure for both of us. The process…

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