Hats & Bacon

What do hats & bacon have in common you ask? Absolutely nothing . . . Unless you are attending the Dreyer family’s day after Christmas Chinese auction. This year’s hot items . . . Bacon candy, bacon air freshener, and of course talking bacon.
And lets not forget the hats . . .

Memory Lane


It’s always fun coming across old photos. I’m guessing I was 3 or 4 here. A true California girl I am, which I am guessing is where these were taken. I recently came across a lot of old photos that my dad took and developed and my mom tucked away. I like to think they were her special memories.

20111127-211404.jpg me and my mom

Diamond Valley

I have been working on a photography project with my sister-in-law, Kristin, to capture a place that is near and dear to her and her family, as well as my own.

For years we have spent Labor Day weekend with Kristin and her family at a place called Diamond Valley.   I have taken hundreds (maybe thousands) of photos over the years.  It has been a great place for me to learn, practice and implement my photography skills and, all in all, I have captured wonderful images.  But these were only the bits and pieces.  I was just never quite able to capture the “feeling” that Kristin and I have come to associate with this special place.  So this year, we took a different approach.  We brainstormed just what Diamond Valley means to us.  And with all the adjectives we came up stuck in my head, I set out and shot all those places she described, the dock, the meadow, the lodge, and those bits and pieces that  made them special to her (and me).  Then, when I got home, I went to work tweaking, blending, texturizing, in essence adding the adjectives.


I delivered the finished prints last Friday and they were hung before we left!

Baby it’s hot outside . . .

I know, I know the lyrics actually go something like “baby it’s cold outside” but when you celebrate Christmas in July . . . well a-whoop-de-do and hickory dock . . .

Christmas jingles like that were being sung last weekend at the Dreyer’s Christmas in July.  Our scheduled family event way back in December was cancelled due to inclement weather and, well, this was the first time everyone could get together since then.  And it is very important that we all be there because nobody wants to miss out on the Chinese auction, white elephant, or whatever you want to call it.  This year was no exception . . . some of the hot items included a do-rag and an itty-bitty stool.   A very fun day with the family and the best part of all, instead of waiting 12 months for the next one, now we only have to wait 6 . . . weather permitting.

More photos here:  http://mariadreyer.zenfolio.com/p815606792#h1fcd9b89

The creative process behind the family Christmas Card

So it’s less than a week until Christmas and I still haven’t sent out my Christmas cards.  It’s been a long tradition of mine to make my own.  I start thinking of ideas earlier in the year, keeping my eyes out for possible photos to use, sayings I hear, but it is not until that creative process strikes does the Christmas card come together.  This year it seems to have hit a little later than usual.  Continue reading “The creative process behind the family Christmas Card”