Post 97, Ladies Literary Club, continued…

I want to apologize to all of my blog land buddies for my absence. I have been trying to juggle a whole lot of craziness lately. I thought today I’d post another photo from the Ladies Literary Club I took back at the end of May. The first photo got a very positive response from all of you. I hope, hope, hope to get out more in the next week or so to resume my daily(ish) posting from around my fair city of Grand Rapids.

Also, we are only 3 more posts away from my 100th blog posting! That means you still have time to leave me a like or a comment on any of my pages (facebook, twitter, wordpress, tumblr, web site) and I’ll enter you in a chance to win one of my photographer’s field notebooks and a set of my snazzy fabrikate pin trios. If you haven’t yet seen these items, check out my web site at The winner will be announced at the beginning of my 100th blog posting.

An adventure in self publishing

My recently published field notebook for photographers.

Over the winter I had been feeling a strong lack of personal identity. Like many people my age, I work full-time and raise a child, which leaves little time for my own personal projects. That is how fabrikate came to be. I needed to do something that was selfishly just for me. I wanted to be able to nurture my ideas, think about them, change my mind if I wanted to, or make a quick decision all in my own head. I have to say that starting work on fabrikate has really made me feel a great sense of accomplishment.

Just this week, I got the first printed copies of my new book. All through college I took detailed photography notes for all of my classes in a lined notebook. I still have it. It is like a peek into my past, and to look at it shows my growth as I learned more about photography. My favorite entries are the ones where I not only took my technical notes, but wrote about other things that were happening when I was out photographing. It is really amazing to be able to not only refer to the way I made an image, but what I was feeling and what was going on around me at the time I took the photo too.

That is where the inspiration for my field notebook came from. I designed it for any photographer to be able to not only take the technical notes, but write other thoughts in it as well. As all photographers know, creating an image is so much more than walking around and pushing a button. Personal feelings often affect how we want to show our subject.

I encourage everyone to start thinking about these things when they are taking their next photo. You’ll find that it really brings the magic back to image making despite our instant, digital age.

I have this book for sale on my etsy site: