the dogs, Wilcox
it snowed again
loooong wine lunch with Mona.
envelope stuffing party for S.C.L.P. Fundraiser. so sad we can’t be there.
Toby’s gross bunny.
so i bought this carousel for Mona’s birthday and it was full of slides, naturally, which i had planned to just toss. but I’m so glad I took the time to hold each one to the light. Treasures, I say! They are mostly landscapes… from a New England vacation in 1979-80. A lot of historical buildings and even some aerial shots from an airplane. But my favorites are deserted Cape Cod beaches/ocean and one of a horse. I love the charm and mystery that surrounds these. I’m printing some and enlarging, maybe.
It never gets easier coming back to reality after such a fun time at a conference. Especially when you come back to fog, drizzle, and a jam-packed full inbox. bleh. but oh, what great memories I have to make it through! PP of N winter conference in Grand Island was good to me…. I entered a case for print competition and walked away with some awards. I was blessed to win:
*1st Place score for top 10 Non-Masters
* Virgil I. Pitstick novice Photographer of the Year
* Les Hassel Memorial Award for Best Print of show, Non-Master
* Fuji Award for best wedding print
Here is the print that did the best with a score of 89/100: (minus the words)
me with my pretties… (thanks, Whitney, for lending me your lucky dress!)
some of the winners of Top 10, left to right:
back row: Jessica Galaska, Kerri Garrison, Shawna Backemeyer, Sarah Elizabeth Pfeiffer
front row: Corey Rourke, Stacy Ideus, Geoff Johnson
photo by: Jeff Funk
print competition can get intense. very educational, though.
I love working on the print crew.
right after my good score : )
behind the scenes…
what happens in hospitality, stays there.
snapshots from early in the evening…
you gotta have Shane & Sunny!!
taking a break from late night print crew…
mardi gras banquet!
Peter Yu is amazing!
He was one of the judges and was such a fan of my work. so honored to know this guy.
my friends are good looking, eh??
So I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… ATTENTION PHOTOGRAPHERS: JOIN PP of N. You won’t regret it!
this time of year I get to spend a lot of time at S.C.L.P. It makes me feel whole and at peace…the way photography does. so if you’re wondering why I post about the rescue all the time, that’s why. It’s passion No. 2.
Chore times are busy everyday… a typical day consists of chores at:
8am [potty + feeding]
12pm [potty + playtime]
4pm [potty + playtime + baths/medication as needed + cleaning + feeding No. 2]
*this is the main time kids come after school to help with chores
and 8pm for a final potty and securing of the building.
So you can see there is always a lot going on… not to mention the rescue also houses boarders, grooming, and doggy dare care on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We’re planning a volunteer appreciation event soon as well as an Oscar night fundraiser. And while the rescue is all volunteer run and relies solely on donations (we receive NO government financial support), we love getting other things besides money as well. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very sweet when we get doggie sweaters and pet toys donated, but there is such a need for useful items we constantly run low on. things like:
laundry detergent (our machine is HE, fyi ; )
Just some things to keep in mind next time you’re at Wal Mart… and I’m guessing your local rescue would love the same kinds of things left on their doorstep, too. : )
I dreamt last night about my late Grandpa Newton. He was a farmer who passed away when I was 16. I was never old enough to see him healthy (he was diabetic) but in my dreams, he’s always strong and well. For that I’m thankful. But in this most recent dream, I asked him if there were dogs in heaven.
He didn’t want to tell me. He wanted me to be excited to wait and see for myself. He said all he could tell me about were the birds. I asked again, ‘that’s wonderful! but what about the dogs?’
He finally told me that yes, there were.
And that they are all puppies.
What a great dream.
our awesome basement laundry room. self timer. we get to hurl our wet clothes across the room into the dryer. it’s a game I entertain myself with. I’ve gotten pretty good, so when clothes-throwing becomes a rec. league at the civic center, you best watch out. I’ll kick your butt.
Martin Luther King, Jr. day and the men had off. they got to join us for coffee.
special piggies blinged out for upcoming PP of N winter conference.
yoga is on Mondays and Wednesdays.
me and the boy dogs. self timed.
PP of N winter conference…traditional print-naming party night before competition.
a loooooong day of print competition in a room with schizophrenic climate control.
foggy drive home from Grand Island. Platte River. near Osceola, NE.
how was everyone’s weekend?? Mine has been so busy! just got back from PP of N winter conference. OMG. so fun, as always. Any of you Nebraska photographers out there that aren’t members yet, I highly encourage you to join. We’re a very friendly, non-threatening bunch that just loves to have a good time. And there’s no feeling like being surrounded by like-minded people that share the same passions as you. ; )
now onto this pic. It was taken at Joslyn Castle in Omaha last Saturday.
Mona and I shot a wedding and we were gaga for this place.
like puppy dogs in a meat market, we were. and this kid wasn’t even in the wedding. he just dresses THIS good when attending wedding brunches on Saturdays.
…or maybe it’s because it was taken during the Great Depression and all they got to eat that day was a can of Spam and 3 potatoes…
see lots more COLOR pics from the 30′s and 40′s HERE.
Our buddy, Coley, emailed me this awesome article … because he’s sweet like that. Just amazing to see pics from this era in color. And it’s not like watching the Wizard of Oz in color because this is real life. One of the pics was even taken in Lincoln. We forget how far we’ve come as a nation in the last 100 years. Photography has, too. I’ve only shot two rolls of slide film in my life… but I can say that there is no comparison with how vibrant the colors are and how sharp the images can be. Even looking back at slides from my Grandparent’s vacations. The colors are superb and saturated.
Looking at these specific images, though, I can’t get over how grimey everything (and everybody) appears. Greasy hair, dirty feet, and wrinkled clothes. Makes me appreciate soap. And with no air conditioners or deodorant, I bet they were really stinky in summer. Yes, I think about that sorta thing. But I guess they didn’t know any different. And the dance on Saturday night was really something to look forward to. That, and where their next meal was coming from. I promise not to make fun of my Grandma for hoarding and my father in law for saving slivers of bar soap any longer. I get why they do it.
have a fabulous weekend everyone! take an extra shower for me.
I’m off to PP of N winter conference…and I’m speaking. wish me luck!
if the forecast for your photoshoot called for 23 degrees for a high and flurries, you’re teeth may start to chatter.
but not the Kruce family! they were rearin to go at 9am. we had a masterful plan that was executed seamlessly. we had music, running cars with heaters at full blast, and hot cocoa waiting. they trusted and it paid off.
THANK YOU, guys! what a wonderful day!