Thursday, July 09, 2009


This is to inform you that My Blog has moved.

Please adjust your bookmark as I will no longer
be posting here at Blogger.
My blog and website are both accessible at the
new location.

Thank You.


Wednesday, July 08, 2009

happy birthday blog!

Happy Birthday to my blog!
Today my Blog is 3 years old.
Today also marks the day that I will be moving
my blog over to WordPress thanks mostly to
Marc Fuller! I thank Marc Fuller for working his
tail off in getting my blog moved and helping
me along the way to create a place where I can
continue sharing and have more creative control.

Unfortunately, I have much to do still so
I will postpone my new site for another day
or so...sorry. Life gets in the way sometimes!

When I started blogging I had no idea what
joy I would find in writing and sharing.
It quickly became something that, now, ranks
in the top 5 things that I adore doing.
I have really enjoyed writing (nearly daily)
and keeping you in touch with my world be it
professional or personal.

I have also met some amazing people along the way
through my blog and if life is really about the
relationships we make then my blog has enriched
mine beyond belief so keep the comments coming!

I would like to take a moment to wish my brother,
Tim, a very happy birthday! I love you, Tim.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Rosanne Cash @ Dakota.

(all shot with a Canon 1D Mark 3 and the 85 1.8)

WOW! First of all, we get there and we are sitting
at a table right in front of the stage. Second, we had
dinner there (and the food was outSTANDING!). Third, to
my surprise, they allowed flash. duh.
Didn't know we'd be able to but brought our cameras
along anyway, just in case. I I bring the 50
1.4 or the 85 1.8? I brought the 85. Tonight, as Sandi
purchased tickets for both shows back in April, I will
bring the 50. Tonight, our seats are to Rosanne's left
think a little wider might be nice.

Here's what the Star Tribune had to say about last night's

This really is a terrific place to see an artist up
close and personal. I will watch for future gigs and
hit the Dakota more often!
Thanks, Sandi, for recommending it and coming to Minne-
apolis to share it with me (all the way from DC!).

Seems you never really know what's in your own back yard
until someone comes from out of town to enlighten you! :)
Sandi loves Rosanne Cash and do I!
Watch for her new CD,"The List", to drop October 6th.
I know I'm looking forward to it!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

My Blog is Moving!

This has been on the back burner for a long time.
My good friend, Marc Fuller, has been putting up with
me for a while now and as we get things organized for
the launch on July 8th (my blog's 3 year anniversary!)
you can continue to stop here.

Soon, all of what you've come to know about me and my
business will have a new address, a fresh look and a
FABulous feel. I'll post a link here permanently just
in case you forget and pop by after the 8th of July.

My web site will stay in tact and you will be able to
access all of my previous blogs and site information
by simply wandering over to my new WordPress address.

Some people call it a "Blogsite" as it sort of embodies
both Blog and Website capabilities I'll just refer to
it as my new home. I'd better get back to packing! :)

So sit back and enjoy the transformation. It's certain
to please with more fun than ever before!

Thank you Marc Fuller, for all of your guidance, ideas
and patience!

I'm so excited for you to see it!

Friday, June 26, 2009

So Sad...

King of Pop and Farrah Fawcett pass away.
Now, while Farrah Fawcett's passing away yesterday
after her 3 year battle of anal cancer was,
to quote EVERYONE, "expected" this does by no
means make me feel any less about her passing.
As a child of the 60's/70's I idolized her right
along with the rest of America (I will do my best
to scan in some shots of me sporting the "Farrah"
hair do soon!). I still can't believe that she
only spent a year on "Charlie's Angels". For some
reason it seemed to me to span more time.

The Michael Jackson news was a smack in the face.
This is up there with Diana, Elvis just to name 2.
I watched the NBC Dateline Special last night
and it made me really think. Perhaps because I am
getting older, or maybe just because as we age we
look more closely at our own mortality, our health,
our genes, science...or all of it.
As I watched the piece on Michael Jackson
it occurred to me...Holy Crap! He was only 50!
This can only spur you in the path of righteousness
when you are 47.

When I quit smoking, over 6 years ago (really, no
applause necessary), I knew that I was embarking on a
longer life. A life to be shared with those whom I
love...longer. I, to this day, don't know how much longer
but the choice was mine and I made it.

When we make healthy choices for ourselves they aren't
always easy but with all the research out there and
our family health histories staring us in the face,
these decisions, at some point, seem simple enough, right?

I am a Christian first, and everything else second.
I know that God has a plan for my life and yours and
I also know that I/we am/are responsible for heeding
God's promptings (not to mention the text on the side
of a pack of cigarettes). This does not mean that if I
follow the rules I'll live a long life...that would be
irresponsible of me...history is a great teacher.

Life teaches many lessons, that's God's job. It's our
job to show up, sit up and pay attention.

Yesterday's losses prove that God is in control, nothing is
forever, and to treat everyday as if it was your last.

These two icons (and American historical figures) will
live on in all of us as I plan to grab life, hang on
and pray that God allows me the opportunity to leave
a legacy of my own.

Please do what you can to refrain from the media swarm
of Michael Jackson's children as they are innocent
victims and young lives suffering a loss of a beloved

Thanks for allowing me to ramble....
God Bless and welcome back to the US Nicki & Gemma!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Landmark Center Photoshoot.

Thank you Robin for taking the time to drive up and bring along
your daughter, Brynn and her friend, Ryan! It was a HOT
one but we got the job done. Thanks Brynn & Ryan for being
such willing participants for us! I'll get the images to you soon.

We met up at The St. Paul Hotel but we started at the
Landmark Center. Such a cool place to shoot for a day.
We waltzed on over to the Ordway for a few shots and
once we wrapped things up there, we stopped off for a change
of clothes and a bite at the St. Paul Grill.
Then we crossed Rice Park and headed for the Library.
Here's a couple of shots from the afternoon.

Thanks again, Robin. Let's do this again real soon.

I'm always looking for models. Contact me!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

In my mind and my heart I will always celebrate my father!
It's been nearly 26 years since he took his own life.
This was back when depression and things like Prozac were
not talked about because it might indicate that the rest of
the family might be "nuts". Suicide was a term that we,
as a family, quickly discovered had a badge of shame that
came along with it. I mean, how could you possibly explain
this? What did we do to him? How could we let it happen,
or better, how could you not see this? I was 21.
My mom was 45, Tim was 25, Scott was 23, Anne was 12 and
Mike almost 9. Tough new life for a single mom.We are all
suicide survivors. There should be a ribbon for that too.

We learn in our living that we were not responsible for
other peoples actions....only our own. So how do you move
forward? How do you heal? Family. Everything always comes
down to family. You stick together. Always. Siblings, no
matter how different we are our basic need is to be accepted
and loved. And in my family? We are. I love and miss my dad.
Sadly now I realize that I've lived more of my life without
him than with him. Did I mention that I miss my dad?

Happy Father's Day to all the dads here on earth and in
the Heaven!