“In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.” ~Henri Cartier-Bresson

Welcome to my blog.  I’m so glad you stopped by.

I’m a former software engineer, wife, mother of two lovely adult daughters, grandmother of 2, gardener, reader, seeker, lover of life, and a full-time photographer.  I fell in love with photography a couple of years ago – madly, deeply, passionately in love.  As my husband likes to say, “Can you spell o-b-s-e-s-s-e-d?”   My days are full of learning and joy, gratitude and beauty.  I love all kinds of photography (but especially nature and still life), blogging, inspirational quotes, and playing with adding textures and words to photos.  I am also drawn to making contemplative, spirit-filled images.

“I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.” ~ Lauren Bacall

I just started a new project I’m calling “Women of a Certain Age.”  I am making portraits of women 50 years of age and older, showing that beauty is not just in the faces and bodies of the young.  As I make progress on this project, I’ll start a page on my blog that highlights the portraits I’ve taken so far.

“The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.” ~Frank Lloyd Wright

I use a Canon Rebel T2I digital camera.  My favorite lens is my Tamron 18-270 mm.  I also love my Tamron 60 mm macro but don’t use it nearly as much as the telephoto lens.  I occasionally wish I had invested in a full-frame camera instead of my Rebel, but I’m still learning with it and as many photographers say, it’s not about the gear.  Some day…

I have an Etsy shop where I sell photos and photo greeting cards.  There’s a link to my shop on my sidebar, if you’re curious.  You can also email me if you see a photo you like in my blog.

I believe that by doing what I love and noticing and honoring the beauty and mystery that surrounds us I am “being the change I wish to see in the world.”  (Gandhi)

Self-portrait - Guthrie theater exterior reflection

5 Replies to “About”

  1. Hey Marilyn,

    I’m very excited to follow along on your photography journey. Thank you for using this blog to keep us updated.

    I was wondering if you do (or plan on doing) commission work. I would really like to hire someone to take professional photos of my fire dancing and hula hooping but naturally I’m still on a relatively modest budget. If you feel like this would be a good fit for your portfolio and you would like to give me some rates I would be really excited to work with you 🙂 Regardless, I’d love to catch up.

    Congratulations on finding this calling. You are extremely talented and I can’t wait to see your show in September!

    ~ Katherine

    1. Hi Katherine,

      Thanks for your encouraging words. I’d love to work with you and I’m sure we can find a price structure that works for both of us. Let’s get together for coffee or tea sometime soon and discuss your needs. Since I’m still learning I’ll do the location shoot for free and a relatively modest charge for prints or digital rights if you find photos that you like. Since I’m guessing that the best time will be twilight or after dark, I’ll have some new learning on action shots at night. And I would love to display them on my web site as a part of my portfolio.


  2. I’m very excited to hear of your “Women of a Certain Age” project. I think it’s a wonderful idea. I’m only thirty years old, but there are so many women over fifty whom I admire and think are stunningly beautiful. We should see their pictures more often!

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