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Today we decided to go to a garden to take pictures. We were going to make Vietnamese crepes and rose lemonade. We started off the day going to the garden. This was amazing to take pictures at. There was great lighting and bright plants. We got a couple of things for our cooking, and then we were on our way to the farmers market. We ended up with carrots, radishes, onions, mild pepper, and a very hot pepper. We started cooking by making the batter for the pancakes. We had to let this sit, so we cut up all the vegetables for the inside of the crepes. I had quite a lot of fun arranging and taking pictures of the vegetables.


After this we started on the lemonade. This was pretty easy, because our lemon was already juiced. We added sparkling water, grated ginger, rose water, and honey.DSC_6568DSC_6571


This lemonade was amazing, but I don’t think I did that well on the pictures. After this it was back to the crepes. The pancakes were pretty fun to cook, but were a bit fragile. When they were done, they were fun to photograph.


They also tasted amazing, and the little spicy surprises were fun. After this, I had a lot of cool pictures to edit and then I had to go, with my stomach full.


Note from Elizabeth: I think Sarah’s photos of the lemonade came out gorgeous! And it tasted sooooo refreshing! The garden we visited was Brie Arthur’s edible garden in Fuquay! She writes and travels to talk and teach about planting edible landscapes and sustainable landscaping.  She speaks internationally on a variety of horticulture topics and is a correspondent on the PBS television show Growing A Greener World

We were super excited to visit and photograph her lovely gardens and hang out with the sweet garden cats!!

Along with using a few things from Brie’s garden in our crepes, we made pretty ice cubes with flower petals from her garden! They weren’t frozen by the time Sarah went home, but here is a photo as well as a few of her in action!


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Jessie, Grady & Hank 2004

Jessie, Grady & Hank 2004 by Elizabeth Galecke


Middle School Madness

These are shots from the fall of 2004, when Jessie was in 8th and Grady in 3rd grade. I had to go back and do the actual math, counting up the years and the grades, as I don’t ever quite remember them in the same way that the photos document.

Grady as a 3rd grader in my mind seemed older, bigger than this. Not as goofy. Weighed down a bit by multiplication tables and cursive writing. Much more interested in being co-captain of the football team, video-gaming and lacrosse. That was an easy year. Grady was in a classroom with two male teachers (when does THAT ever happen in an elementary school?) and there was lots of allowances and room to wiggle. Grady’s organizational and time management skills took a nosedive that year without a female teacher to micro-manage the process, but his self-confidence soared. A fair trade.

Jessie, oh Jessie. Mom, oh mom. Jessie was starting her 8th grade year. She was rocking it academically as usual, but my oh my…the social scene. Can someone please tell me why girls are so mean? Why girls are still so mean?

I remember my junior high years, 7th -9th grades. There was a group of girls that I “belonged” to and we were a mess. We didn’t know it at the time, of course, but as junior high played out, it became apparent to all. We were the “cool” girls—we smoked cigarettes and pot, “made out” heavily and frequently, and had sleepovers most weekends with dubious adult supervision where we oftentimes snuck out to run around on the golf courses with the cool guys. I participated in it all while maintaining my second life as a straight-A student and a good girl.

What precipitated it all was the new girl that came to town, “Lisa”. Lisa had very, very long straight blond hair, reaching down past her waist. She had two older sisters and a younger brother, and parents who, while married, were oftentimes at odds and unavailable. They had lots of money and were busy building a big house on a huge property. She had HORSES, a magnet for teen girls. Her dad was often out of town and we would spend the night at her house, drinking beer, smoking, and making out with boyfriends.

Our group of girls wasn’t really mean to other girls. Well, not that I remember, although I am sure that other girls saw us as wrapped up in ourselves and our own little universe (which we were). Our meanness was directed at members of our own group and the hangers-on. Each week or two, a girl would be the new target of gossip, exclusion, disdain. There would be written notes, whispered stories in the halls at school and nightly recaps over the home phone at night. The girl would scramble madly to get back in everyone’s, especially Lisa’s, good graces, someone would make an allowance that she “wasn’t so bad” and the girl would be permitted back “in”. A week or two later, the process would begin again. I did anything and everything to avoid being the target, walking around with a ball of anxiety in my heart and gut. No wonder I didn’t ever really “get” 8th grade math.

Fast forward to Jessie’s 7th and 8th grade years. The mean girl this time is Jessie’s best friend who has turned on Jessie, rejecting her, talking about her, taking a few friends with her in the defection. And Jessie is devastated. At Jessie’s elementary school, the rule was “Everyone Can Play” and Jessie still, in her core, believed it. Of course, there were the usual friendship ups and downs, alliances and betrayals, but all in all, the elementary school was just too small for kids to be mean for long. So this middle school meanness struck hard and deep, rocking Jess’s sense of herself and safety in the interpersonal world.

The social drama overtook day-to-day life and became the pivotal barometer of well being for Jessie and for me. I would question Jessie each day about any new developments, her take on the situation, what was working and what wasn’t. We read books on relational aggression together, developing strategies for her to cope, helping Jessie understand it wasn’t HER FAULT, that these things were natural, to be expected and could be handled. Inside, I seethed, imagining all kinds of horrible social downfalls that should befall Jessie’s nemesis. I talked with my mom friends, who asked about progress daily. We all commiserated.

Of course, Jessie recovered. So did I. I went on to work at an all-girls school as a psychologist, where MOST OF MY DAY, EVERYDAY, was spent helping girls and their moms work through these very same issues. I designed and conducted workshops and groups for girls and parents on “Why Can’t They All Get Along?: Helping Your Tween Navigate Her Social Life” and “Best Friends Forever: Strategies for Making and Keeping Healthy Friendships”. And girls and their moms lapped it up. Attendance was higher at these workshops than for my other workshops that dealt with sex or drugs and alcohol. Apparently, parents perceive mean girls as a much bigger threat. Or maybe just a more universal one–although I consider that a short-sighted view as even “good girls” will eventually enjoy sex, drink a beer, or smoke a joint. Thank heavens.

So, when does it all end? When will women just learn to be kind to each other? Whether you’re a stay at home mom, a single parent mom, a two-mom household, a “breast feeds in public” or a “bottle-feeding” mom–who really cares? Whether you’re the room parent mom coordinating all the field trips or the mom who sends the nanny to the annual school orientation meeting because she’s traveling on corporate business, why do we measure and label each woman’s commitment to parenting? Sure, we’ve outgrown hair length and bra size as a means of measuring and judging other women. Yet, have we really relaxed? Aren’t many of us still so insecure about who we are as a person of substance in this world, that we must compare, complain and criticize, reassuring ourselves of our own worth? Isn’t this all just another vestige of middle school drama?

I’m done. I’m done with the comparing and criticizing. Jessie is 23 now, married, and teaching 7th grade girls these same lessons. I want her to know that I’ve dropped my armor, that she can too, and that she can teach middle school girls that, without the armor, we are all more free, walking without that ball of anxiety, trusting and liking ourselves, being with others in more compassion and peace.


From Elizabeth: One of my projects starting at the beginning of 2014  has been working with long-time clients, going through their files of photographs from two decades now, and collaborating on ways to use the images with their voice in words capturing intimate moments and life lessons along the way. My first client, Tammy Finch,  is one who has without fail, had her children and sometimes her and her hubby alongside, photographed every single year for the last 19 years.  Her oldest daughter, who was 4 when I first photographed her, was married last year:)This project is just unfolding and has so much potential.  For now, it will be an ongoing blog series accompanied by the photos that inspired her from that year in their life. But who knows what the creative process will bring, I am looking forward to help facilitate the project and give you a glimpse at a way to use photography and writing to document your life and pass down a lifetime of growth and intimate personal experiences to your families.

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I am seriously the most inspired I have been in a long time with photography, I can barely contain myself! I ran into Diana Bloomfield, one of my long-time favorite photographers, at an exhibit opening at the Mahler Gallery for Jon Kolkin. She invited me to be a part of a small photo group that gathers once a month. I wasn’t too sure about committing to a group that focuses on fine art photography during a time where I was really trying to refocus my efforts on my portrait business, but I have been shooting more art images lately, and I have been trying to be open to new experiences and what I can learn from them so I agreed. The first meeting Diana showed work she had recently taken at the Crabtree Jones House and printed with a vintage process from the 1800s called gum bichromate printing. (Click the link for a full description and history) I LOVED the images, and using this process they just felt so soft and dreamlike- and I just knew at that moment, I wanted to try it with some of my work. When I shoot in my off time, I shoot in very quiet, serene places and I just knew printing these in this way would complete the look I wanted to get across with my imagery. Plus, I also imagined how beautiful this process could look on my portrait work, both the candid work as well as the more formal. Soooo, after thinking about it for the next few days, I asked Diana if she offered private workshops. And thankfully she does, so it didn’t take long for me to figure out a way to make this happen! In the meantime, I talked to my student, Rae’s, mom about the whole thing and sent her to Diana’s website. We all agreed that Rae’s images would also be perfect for this process, and that even though Rae is only 11, she wanted to do it, so we signed ourselves up! Rae and her mom and I spent 10 hours with Diana this past Saturday in her gorgeous studio renovated by local builder, Greg Paul. It was such a treat to do work in a space where there was beautiful natural light streaming in, the color of the wood floors and ceiling bouncing off the walls, and great music overhead to keep our energy alive. And to top it off we broke for an amazing potluck lunch:) She is an amazing teacher, so patient and generous, and we had an inspiring day- filled with learning but also sharing stories and lots of laughter. And at the end, somehow Rae, I guess because she is 11, still had energy and talked me into a little delirious dancing:) And then, I went home and slept the best I have slept in ages! I was full of inspiration, excitement, and really sore back and feet! I  awoke at 5:30 am full of ideas and thoughts of how to make this happen. I will give you a hint of this plan… it includes a really cool vintage trailer turned workspace/studio-(Thanks to  Kristen Randall  of MoodSwing jewelry- who makes the gorgeous pendants made from eye glass lenses that we did together- she has been putting this in my head and sending craigslist ads for the most amazing trailers! and a possible career change to photography for her which could include more collaboration), traveling with the studio/work space to different cities for a few weeks out of the year, working on  a mix of my landscape and portraiture. I am about to hit 20 years in business next year, so this is the perfect time for some inspiration, change it up a bit, to keep me motivated for the next 20????PHEW! I was so excited to learn this process and see the images transform before our eyes. It is a long labor of love but completely worth the effort. I can’t wait to create more-so the next step is working out the details to get the equipment and space needed. So I am off to work to start saving! Oh, and one more thing…Rae is having an exhibit opening in June here at my studio! She will be including the prints she made in the workshop but since they were her first and are so special, they will be for exhibit but not for sale. Check out the invite on our blog/website or facebook page! And if you want to see more of Diana’s amazing work, or are interested in a workshop, please visit her website here! www.dhbloomfield.com

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off to go fishing, by Elizabeth Galecke

I just returned from a spontaneous trip to see family in Door County, Wisconsin.  I was itching to get away to somewhere with cooler temps, so when my mom twisted my arm to come visit her- and my sister would be there too with all of her four boys, I couldn’t turn her down. Iam just now posting my trip photos from Dallas here as well- I have to budget my film processing-so here they are finally I will have to wait a few weeks to develop the rest from Door County- I shot a lot! Check out many more on my FaceBook Page!    

Sawyer, May 2010 , School of Rock at the Green Elephant in Dallas by Elizabeth Galecke

May, 2010 Elizabeth Galecke Photography

Playing Pool at the Green Elephant, Jacob and friends by Elizabeth Galecke

may 2010,Elizabeth Galecke Photography

My sister, Amy and twin nephew- Hmm, Max or Charlie? by Elizabeth Galecke Photography

max and charlie in their fort watching tv, May 2010 by Elizabeth Galecke

Jacob, May 2010 photo by Elizabeth Galecke

slip and slide, May 2010 by Elizabeth Galecke

may 2010, photo by Elizabeth Galecke

At the Safety Festival- Helicopter Landing- May 2010 by Elizabeth Galecke

Slide at the Safety Fair, May 2010 by Elizabeth Galecke

The Door County trip was so great- nine whole days with family- we saw cousins and aunts we haven’t seen in a LONG time. My mom is the second youngest of 12 kids, (yes, Catholic) so we have a lot of family- and with us moving to Dallas when we were young, and then me to Austin and then Raleigh, I lost touch with many of them over the years. It was so wonderful to reconnect.    

Door County is such a great place to visit. Not only is it scenic with cooler temps being on Lake Michigan, but they completely support local small businesses. There are no chain restaurants or shopping centers, no Walmarts, no McDonalds, or Starbucks within about 1 or more hours from where we were- only wonderful cafes, coffee shops, farmers markets, boutiques, art galleries, anything you could want, all with personal service and support for the local community. One of the kids favorites is Al Johnsons for Swedish pancakes- and they are also famous for the grass roof on their restaurant where goats hang out! They have been in business this year for 60 years- they are packed every time we go- and the breakfast is incredible! It is so easy being vegetarian up there too-  vegetables are in abundance- most of the restaurants support the local farms as well- I had some incredible cheese, raspberries, cherries that we picked, walnut-veggie burgers, peanut squares… the list goes on- not to mention the calories I consumed- getting a gym membership is on my list this week!    

Sooo, I am back and trying to get caught up on work and life. I miss my family, as well as the vacation life, but I have my photos to remind me of the fun we had- I will post the rest in a few weeks! For now, the beginning of my tribute to being a kid in summer-  picking cherries, fishing, swimming in Lake Michigan, meeting new friends,  Box Forts, and a little tv-  a glimpse into a week in the life of my 4 nephews!    

Armed with a Weapon, July 2010 by Elizabeth Galecke

Twins- Box Fort and the Suprise attack- July 2010 by Elizabeth Galecke

Watchout with hand-made flag- photo by Elizabeth Galecke

Long Day! By Elizabeth Galecke

picking, or eating? cherries by Elizabeth Galecke

By Elizabeth Galecke

Jacob, Max and Charlie making a river to Lake Michigan, by Elizabeth Galecke

Sawyer and the girls of summer, by Elizabeth Galecke

by Elizabeth Galecke

reflection, by Elizabeth Galecke

Jacob, Max and Charlie- by Elizabeth Galecke

worms and fishing with Cousin Stewie, by Elizabeth Galecke

by Elizabeth Galecke

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