Use the Force

After 15 months, I finally have a proper photograph of my nerdy Use the Force tattoo. Oh, did you not know I’m a big nerd? Now, you know. Photo taken by the brilliant Ann McGarry, who is also the mama of that darling cat you see up there, George.

Things have been a bit quiet on this blog, haven’t they? To update you lovely reader on a few thingies:

01) I have postponed my Portland to Portland bike trip. I’ve realized I need to take care of one major aspect of my life that has me worrying: moneyz. Which is why…

02) I am restarting my family portrait photography business. It never really went away, but I had forced it into a year-long hiatus for a variety of lame reasons.

03) Little Bright Studio is still going strong.

04) OMG I got interviewed by Kristin Kalp of Brand Camp Blog over on Handmade Success. The interview allowed me to analyze what I do, how I do it, and how I present it to the world.

05) I recently discovered a cocoa-almond spread by Trader Joe’s. My sugar levels are probably wreaking havoc in my body. (mmm so good).

06) I am ready to conquer the world. Or at least make a few more people happy.

A few rolls of Fuji 400H are just chilling out in my fridge, waiting to be developed. Snow in Hood River, OR and low-tide at Haystack Rock are among the images I will soon relive.

Hope you are all having a wonderful beginning to Spring (soon, soon, soon the Pacific Northwest will give way to summertime and I will wear nothing but short pants and tank tops ALL DAY LONG.)



Angelina must be so sick of sandwiches

For some reason, I actually watched the Academy Awards last night AND followed it on the Twitters. Inevitably, when Miss Angelina Jolie stepped up to present the awards for best original and adapted screenplays, the Twitters was all ablaze with suggestions on what meal Miss Jolie, who is a skinny woman, should consume: the often-mentioned sandwich, pies, hot dogs, shakes…I’m sure bacon was on the menu as well (mmm bacon).  My FAVORITE tweet on the subject informed the actress that “Skeletor’s Sister” had a pie with her name waiting to be devoured (har har). Clearly, the Twitterverse is deeply concerned about Miss Jolie’s health (When I am told there is a pie with my name waiting for me, I run as fast as my very healthy legs can take me, and eat that shiz UP! And the funny thing is… I’M STILL SKINNY AFTERWARDS- 118lbs, 5’5″ .).

It is perhaps a sign of old age (I’ll be 30 in a month), but I just didn’t find those tweets to be all that funny. They were not that well constructed nor original. Basically, making fun of skinny people is as bad as making fun of fat people. While I am a big fan of crude humor (holy crap, I finally watched Blazing Saddles the other day – LOVED IT), demoralizing a person for their weight is just so last millennium. Does America have a damaging problem with weight and self-image? Yes. Does it need to be addressed? Oh YES. Do we need to tell a skinny woman to “eat a sandwich”? No, I already had one. And it had Tillamook cheddar cheese and salami. It was delish, but I am quite full, thankyouverymuchasshole.

So I say: LET’S PROMOTE POSITIVITY, not negativity disguised as “comedy”, or worse, as “advice”. Positivity will entice a person to improve their health and live a fuller life. It did inspire ME to eat better, exercise and smile a lot more (Dave Chappelle and Louis CK are two of my favorite comedians of all time).

Can you imagine poor Angelina with her 20 kids (okay, whatever, 5) who are ALWAYS asking for either: A) PB&J; B) grilled cheese; or C) PB&J 24/freaking/7 and then having to endure a bunch of assholes over on Twitter telling her to eat MORE sammiches? That’s a LOT of carbs, man!






My family and I briefly ventured into Zion National Park in Utah, making it my fourth National Park, but sadly, I did not take a photo by the sign. It was beautiful and quite majestic. For odd reasons, I wasn’t in a photographic mood, so mostly I just observed. At times, that is the best decision. Connecting with your subject ranks highest in priority than photographing it. The day was overcast but as we decided to leave the park, a bit of sunshine greeted us and I saw THIS. I knew right then and there that would be the only photograph of Zion I’d need for the day. And it was.

Hope to visit again in the future and explore a few of the trails. I am nowhere near as hardcore to attempt “The Narrows” trail. But it sounds like this shiz.

Have first day of February!

Rainbow Glass

Stunning rainbow glass from Zion National Park, Utah. The textures and the colors. Lovely.


How was your weekend, friends? My mom has been here in town for a few days and we are both heading to visit family in Vegas this week. Ahhh sunshine awaits me. Have a darling day, y’all.

2012 Constellation Calendar Giveaway

Hi y’all! I have one 2012 Constellations Calendar left and I thought one lucky person might be its owner.


Based off my Constellations of the Northern Hemisphere wall hanging, this 2012 calendar features the constellations screen printed with silver ink on indigo Fabriano paper. It measures 13×19 inches. It is a stunning piece that will allow you to dream of the Universe every day.

To enter this giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post by Monday, January 23rd, 2012 at 11:59 PM PST. I will randomly select the winner on Tuesday, January 24th and announce it on Wednesday, Jan 25th.

I ‘d like to thank all who have purchased one of these calendars. I donated $5 off each sale to The Planetary Society and raised over $400.


Giveaway Rules:

– Giveaway open only for residents of the United States of America. Sorry, rest of the world :(.

– Must be at least 18 years of age to enter give away

– No duplicates allowed. There are no extra entries. Only blog comments.

– Don’t forget to enter your email in the email field (email will not be shared with any other parties), otherwise I will not include you in the picking.

– Winner will be contacted via email on Wednesday, January 25th, 2012. If I don’t receive an answer before Wednesday, February 1st, I will pick randomly another winner from the comment list.

– Calendar will be shipped via USPS within 3 business days of receiving your address.


Thank you!


Smitten with Wolf

Really, how could you not be in love with that sweet face.

Mama Alyson knows how to dress her boy. She knows Wolf needs elbow patches. What child doesn’t.