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kissing shrek

During my time in L.A. last month, a friend and I took advantage of a gap in our schedule and headed to Hollywood Boulevard. Talk about surreal!

It felt like Disney World – a Johnny Depp look a like walking around as a pirate. Add to that Spider Man, Transformers, and other  Superheroes. Saw the Jimmy Kimmel show taping from the street. But, not everyday do you get to kiss Shrek, right? He was hanging out in front of the wax museum with Lucille Ball.

Other than that, my trip went well. I met a lot of very awesome people – we kept joking that it felt like summer camp. Intense relationships and then back to our normal lives. Normal is relative though, considering we are about to start construction on our Menchie’s in the next few weeks!



My life has been quite a whirlwind the past 6 weeks – and anyone with school age children knows what I mean! Summer wound down too quickly, then it was vacation, then it was school shopping, then it was school. Now we are here, looking for a rhythm to our day.

So that’s why I picked this image to post today – time to smell the flowers or at least enjoy them like this little guy!

And time for some studio news…I’ll heading to California from September 17 – October 2. Besides a trip to the spa in the afternoon, it’s more of a business trip. Adding to the plethora of things on my plate, we’ve decided to open a Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt here in Middleton (happens to be a block away from the studio!). So…as the managing partner, off I go to learn all about it. No worries – once I am back in town (and for the long term), I’ll still be shooting and doing sessions.

surf time

My husband and I took a little trip to the West Coast with Lucia this past May. Almost like culture shock, I experienced “kid shock”. Wow, traveling with one kid is so different than being with three!

She was so easy to tote around, didn’t talk constantly, didn’t ask for the iPad, and slept a lot. When we got back home, it took me an hour to reacquaint myself with the realities of my life.

In an effort to avoid L.A. traffic, we left our hotel at 6 am and headed to the beach before our flight. It was so neat to watch the surfers catch some waves before heading to work. Just watching them made me want to surf, but the chances of learning how in Wisconsin are pretty slim.

I didn’t bring my big camera with me for the trip, but I did have my handy iPhone. Since my “lemon project” this spring, I have been pleasantly surprised at most results. Still limitations in highlights and macro shots, but every tool can’t be perfect.

For this surf shot, I was watching this guy for awhile as he stretched and warmed up. I took a series of shots and eventually everything fell together to get to this one. He stood up momentarily and started running into the water.