Archive for April, 2009

0939074-r5-e0462A few weeks ago I wrote about my trip to Dallas to see my family. Here are my favorite photos from the trip. Seeing the photos makes me miss them so much!
I asked my nephews to try out my Rollie- a twin lens medium format camera where you look down into the viewfinder and the image is backwards, it was hilarious to watch, but this one of me with Jacob was great!
I asked my nephews to try out my Rollie- a twin lens medium format camera where you look down into the viewfinder and the image is backwards, it was hilarious to watch, but this one of me with Jacob was great!
Jacob took this one of Sawyer and I, I love the composition!

Jacob took this one of Sawyer and I, I love the composition!


Sushi for the first time-whoohoo!
Sushi for the first time-whoohoo!


posed, my sister, her kids and the dog!
posed, my sister, her kids and the dog!

and this is REAL LIFE, my sister, her kids, the dog!

and this is real-life…my sister, the kids and the dog!

ice cream at Brahams
ice cream at Brahams


twins at home


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The Walk for Women to Benefit the Women's Center of Wake County

The Walk for Women to Benefit the Women's Center of Wake County

I am so excited about an event I am co-hosting with my friend, Allison Beale, who owns George Public Relations. We have been working on sponsorships, marketing(we will be in the next issue of Midtown Magazine), and logistics. Allison has been amazing at getting people involved already. I am working on it! Planning events is one of my favorite volunteer activities- especially ones which benefit women/children in need. It is so important for me to work on projects like this- I have learned so many new skills, I have made amazing friends, and it is so rewarding organizing something, and seeing it succeed! This is a call out to get you involved…We are looking for Sponsors at levels starting at $100.00 as well as we want to have lots of walkers! Please check out the website for more info, to sign up to walk, or to become a sponsor… and for up to the minute updates, check out our facebook page, the links are both here. Thank you!!!



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I am so excited to see this exhibit. I worked with children a few years ago- using photography and writing to help them cope with illness and document their experience. I think it is a wonderful way to help them see and share their experiences in life. This would be a great exhibit to take children to- and you could start your own project at home.

Tuesday, April 28, 5 – 8 p.m.
Through This Lens
303 E. Chapel Hill Street, Durham, NC
On display through May 2, 2009
Presented by the Literacy Through Photography program at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in partnership with Club Boulevard Elementary School, Durham, North Carolina.
The Literacy Through Photography (LTP) program challenges children to explore their world as they photograph scenes from their lives and use their images as catalysts for verbal and written expression. The scenes are framed around four thematic explorations–self-portrait, community, family, and dreams. LTP promotes an expansive use of photography across different curricula and disciplines, building on the information that children naturally possess and connecting them with broader perspectives and ways of communicating. Students furthermore gain new ways of viewing themselves and their communities.
LTP was launched in 1990 by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, working in collaboration with the Durham Public Schools. As part of the program, LTP staff members teach a multidisciplinary undergraduate course that includes a semester-long internship in the Durham Public Schools. During the spring of 2009 fourteen Duke students, along with nine teachers at Club Boulevard Elementary School, carried out classroom-based LTP projects. More than 170 third- through fifth-graders participated. On display in this exhibition are their self-portraits, dreams, family, and community photographs, and their writings.
Participating Durham Teachers: Denise Baynham, Diana Lisle, Sinead Hogan, Lisa Lord, Jennifer Medley, Stephen Mullaney, Joey Nix, Jennifer Triplehorn, John Utz
MORE ABOUT CDS: http://cds.aas.duke.edu /


Participating Duke Students: Marissa Bergmann, Rachel Blum, Veronica Bustabad, Michael Cappetto, Anne Clark, Ghisly Echezuria, Emily Hadden, Andrew Hibbard, Esther Jeohn, Emily Nuckolls, Rali Peneva, Emily Robertson, Maya Robinson, Nicholas Wiesner


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nbf_logo_hirezNancy was a wonderful client of mine. Her friends and family loved her so much and want to honor her memory by doing something positive to make a difference for women. They are trying to raise awareness and funds for domestic violence victims and asked if I would pass this on.


Nancy’s Butterfly Fund Announced

April 20, 2009For Immediate Release

Friends of Cary murder victim Nancy Cooper announce the creation of Nancy’s Butterfly Fund, a fund that will provide financial assistance to women and their children leaving abusive relationships. Nancy’s Butterfly Fund will be managed by Interact, a renowned local nonprofit agency that provides safety, support and awareness to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Organizers say their goal is to minimize the financial obstacles that may prevent women from leaving violent unsafe homes. The fund will provide financial assistance for individuals and families participating in Interact’s programs and services. Specifically, the assistance fund may help with apartment and utility deposits, childcare, education, food, transportation and other basic financial needs and services . 

“In the days immediately following Nancy’s death, a butterfly, both large and vivid, seemed to be a constant guest in our neighborhood and it came to symbolize our departed friend. We have selected the butterfly symbol to memorialize, honor Nancy and to support victims whose lives are impacted by dysfunctional domestic violence relationships,” said Garry Rentz, Nancy Cooper’s father.

The inaugural event to raise money for Nancy’s Butterfly Fund will be held on June 13, 2009 at Life Time Fitness in Cary, North Carolina. Cooper, an avid runner, was a member of the club. The fundraiser will include a silent auction, live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. It will give everyone who attends a chance to support the cause while having fun, something Cooper would have enjoyed.

Information will be released soon about how to make a donation to Nancy’s Butterfly Fund and how to get tickets to the upcoming fundraiser.

Any businesses that would like to donate goods and services are asked to contact any of the advisory board members.


Interact is a private, nonprofit United Way agency that provides safety, support, and awareness to victims and survivors of domestic violence and rape/sexual assault. Interact has recently opened the Family Safety and Empowerment Center in Raleigh, which brings together nine other community agencies to provide wrap-around services for victims and survivors of violence and abuse. The agency provides two 24-hour crisis lines, group and individual counseling, bilingual counseling, specialized children’s counseling, case management, court and hospital advocacy, professional training, and a full curriculum of violence prevention in the Wake County schools. Interact also operates Wake County’s only confidential residential program for women and children fleeing domestic violence. Visit Interact at www.interactofwake.org

Please continue to reference this site for details, or contact any of the advisory board members listed below:

Hannah Prichard

Susan Crook

Jessica Adam

Diana Duncan







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glassbottles1I am throwing a bunch of stuff into our friend’s yard sale this weekend! I have an abundance of these photo notecards(example above) I had made a few years ago, and am selling them at a bargain- 50cent each!  There are quite a few different cards to choose from.  They are printed on watercolor paper with torn edges- matching envelope. Also making room for some new props, so selling some vintage looking chairs- and whatever else I can dig up before Saturday. Here is the info!

BIG yard sale with tons of fun vintage and other stuff. Thinning out

collections of all sorts, including clothes (levis, retro, poly, etc.),

shoes, knick nacks, kitchen stuff, furniture, records, fine art paint, fun art, photo note cards, frames, and so on. Neighbors also bringing over things so there will be TONS to choose from. 2126 Pine Dr., at the corner of Pine and Medway off of Whitaker Mill.8am-2pm

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I am back after a turbulent flight from Dallas- kissing the ground and so incredibly happy to see my husband and dog and cats again!  I swear I am never flying again.

I spent an amazing few days with my nephews- I played-I let go of my camera, and just had fun. Proof is not only there are very few photographs from the weekend, but also a completely bruised knee, scrapes on my arms, and grass stains on my jeans.  All  of this came from one amazing dive during flag football- I know, you are so impressed. The photographs I did take this weekend were a feat- photographing family is a lot harder than clients. We wanted to do a photograph of my sister and her 4 boys who are 10, 8 and twin 4 year olds… and their dog- This is my daily life, why would it be different? Well, first… there was my mom, “helping”- then the dog- it was all over the place- and one of the 4 year old twins- I am not sure which one because I still can’t tell them apart he kept saying…”I don’t want my picture taken”, in a whiny voice while running away-  while I was chasing him back- he was laughing at the time- he tripped and ripped a hole in his pants- that upset him even more, “he then started crying about the hole instead of the photos– next, Jacob the 8 year old- “when is this going to be over???????” again and again!  It was hilarious once we actually got everyone in the frame- The film is on it’s way to be processed- I can’t wait to see the craziness documented! I will post my favorite when it is ready! I haven’t photographed them all together since the babies were born- I can’t wait to compare the two photos.

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I am heading to Dallas for the weekend to see my family. I can’t wait to see how much my four nephews have grown!  I always have the hardest time being a photographer and wanted to document everything their little faces do, but also wanting to be free from the camera to play with them! I can’t wait to see them, I can hardly stand it.

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