Saturday, March 3, 2012

Resting Places

Every once in a while a photo shoot is not planned. 
I was fortunate to take pictures at a Penguin Plunge in new London 
a while back, and on the way some Angels caught my eye.

I made a mental note to try to find them again on the way back.
GPS doesn't always have the same idea as I do, and may have re-routed me a different way back 
than the way I had originally gone.

But...I tinkered with my really bad sense of direction 
(I only know North from South due to moss and you can't see that real well when you are driving.)

As luck would have it, I found myself in the right area, albeit the wrong side of the Angel Road.
I wandered around a stunning Resting Place (hard to call it a cemetery or graveyard)
and practiced some HDR techniques.

Here are some results. Not altered except for the combination of 3 exposures.
Some things appeared that I sensed but not suspected.

I wandered around a beautiful area that went from the 1700's to present day.

I eventually found the Angels on my departure...on the other side of the road.

A different view of history through the eyes of the loved ones that honored the ones passed.


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Lovin' Logos

A logo should give you consistent recognition and "Branding"

Here are a couple of the latest ones I have enjoyed working with.....

Bridges Healthy Cooking School

Executive Director Winter Caplanson
provided the inspiration, font suggestions and elements and I assembled the graphic.
We worked closely with ideas, and what the end "presentation" would be like.
I have a new program that enables live screen-sharing and that was very useful. 
It's nice to look at the same work-screen live, do a conference call and tweak design.
 The program can fit up to 20 attendees, so I see a webinar of sorts could be possible in the future.

Bridges 501c3 is the Non-profit that runs the Coventry Regional Farmers' Market and more.
There are a few variations of the logo. New and distressed or aged.
One is on folded paper but only for demo purposes.
I learned new techniques designing this one.

Color inspiration provided by Winter.

and a "stamp of approval"

Bethany Homecrafts  

MaryLynne Boisvert makes the most gorgeous felted and upcycled items. 
She is a vendor at the Coventry Farmers Market, and I'm thrilled to work with her.

Inspiration comes from her creations!

Visit her Facebook page here:

Visit her blog here:

 Design, Logo, Icon,  Blog Banner, Facebook , labels, business cards, clothing tags and more to come.

If you are interested in redesigning your Logo or Business brand,

Friday, February 17, 2012

Penguin Plunge!

I'll be taking photos at the New London Penguin Plunge this Sunday!

I'll be sure to bring a change of clothes and sneakers too,
because you can only get shots 
like these when you are ALSO in the water! 
Everyone was so busy, I don't think they noticed 
I was standing in the COLD water for over 1/2 an hour!

Great job everyone!


Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Cobbler with no shoes....

 A bit of introspection...

I am SO GUILTY of the words that describe "the cobbler with no shoes" To the point that I Googled to see where the phrase originated. There were many entries,  but here are two...

"Origin unknown; however the essence of this phrase is used to describe the phenomenon where certain 'professionals' in any given area are so busy with work for their clients and their teams that they neglect using their professional skills to help themselves or those closest to them. For example - the painter & decorator who never decorates his own house, the web designer that hasn't finished their website, or the accountant who is late in submitting his own tax return!"

"“The cobbler’s children have no shoes” means that a professional may by employed in helping his clients.  He/she may be industrious and preoccupied with his/her work.   He/she is obsessed and engaged with making his business succeed, but when comes to doing his/her professional work at home, nothing is done."

Or the marketer and graphic designer who does for others before she does for herself.

Yes...guilty...I advocate blogs. I design blogs. I have done well with Facebook because it is a DAILY HABIT. I check it multiple times. I "admin" and design many pages. It is an "instant gratification" media.  But my BLOG?  Sorely under-used and not quite updated. Because like anyone in their own professional field there is the "do as I say, not as I do" challenge.

One of my latent 2012 resolutions is to make some personal and professional changes. Yeah, the treadmill activity is a bit more further behind than the blog activity...but I'm working on it, you know? ( is on my radar. I want one.)

Social Media  expertise takes more determination than people realize. It is not a light and fluffy, casual "'l'll get to it" format. It requires scheduling. If it is your business to market, I suggest a schedule. The kind with a check-off and accountability list. Logging results. Checking stats. Seeing who your recipients/potential customers are.There are so many free "insights" applied to Social Media today you would be adverse not to utilize and embrace them. Hoard them actually. After all..IT's FREE STUFF!

I am teaching some classes soon and I was sorely aware that I had not updated my recent experiences and skills on my web-page information. (bad Sue) Can you say "back-burner"?  which is not as urgent as "meet your clients deadline!"

 My own descriptors of what I "do"  and "Can do" and "have done"were lackluster. I have added skill sets not represented on my website 6 months to a year ago. Mostly because I love to learn. At least a couple/few new things a day. This industry moves fast. If you don't try to keep up with it, it is easy to lose track. 20 years ago change may have occured at a 2-3 year clip. Today it can be measured in months or days. Sometimes hours"You snooze you loose" has been exponentially speeded up. "Warp speed, Mr Zulu" comes to mind. (BTW George Takei recently hit a  MILLION Facebook followers)

That combined with my volunteer opportunities (not obligations) at the Coventry Regional Farmers Market in it's recent state of flux and change, my "day job" in floral wholesale and my Grandma duties with the squeezable little Jacob...would easily explain my absence. Not justify mind you...just explain.

"So , without further adieu"...I  promise that tomorrow I will post for you...what has been happening in my world, in particular the business world of

There are some really awesome graphics about. Collaborations and flat-out inspirations.

You can see some recent updates before I blog them at



PS...I'll leave you with one of my most peaceful mornings. After a day of family medical dilemma followed by P&Z meetings and a stressful snow drive 2 hours home (about a 20 hour day)... I grabbed the camera the next insomniac morning and walked through a snow-dusted orchard. Divine.