Monday, July 14, 2014

Zeppe's Giveaway - Winner!

UPDATE: The winner of the gift card is Charlotte!  Thanks to everyone who participated.

Because it's Monday...

Because it's hotter than hades outside right now...

Because Gaelic Storm tickets go on sale tomorrow and that puts me in a good mood...

Because I will never make it to Providence to use this gift card...

I'm giving away a $25 gift card to Zeppe's in Providence by the Stadium 8 movie theatre, across the street from Macey's.

To enter leave a comment listing your current favorite local Cache Valley restaurant and which new local restaurant you want to try next., along with your first name and an email address, by 10pm on Thursday, July 17th.  Winner will be notified by email and announced here on Friday.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Caffe Ibis Street Dance

No plans this Saturday night?  Do you want to help homeless pets AND shake your tail feather at the same time?  Check out the 7th annual Caffe Ibis street dance and silent auction to benefit Four Paws Rescue.

Monday, July 07, 2014

4th of July

Who else had a busy 3 day weekend?  I'm exhausted and need a vacation from that holiday weekend.  Most of the time I didn't have my camera with me, but Saturday night (or as I like to call it: The night Cam's friend almost killed us all.) I took my camera to a friend's get together.  We each brought fireworks and then lit them off together.  I thought I'd practice getting fireworks shots on my digital camera since I've never done that before.  I got closer than I bargained for when I was setting up my tripod and one of the fireworks tipped over when someone lit it and it started shooting right at me and a couple of my friends.  We all survived and enjoyed the rest of the display relatively singe-free.

It was supposed to say: "USA!".  But someone drove up and their headlights over-illuminated the scene and the shot got way over exposed. 

Beauty In Unexpected Places

A couple of months ago I noticed a beautiful graffiti mural on a cement retaining wall in the area behind Top Of Utah Archery (formerly the Logan Art Cinema), and I've been trying to find someone to do a portrait there before someone makes the horrible mistake of painting over it. The area that we were shooting in used to be a trailer park but it has been an abandoned lot for years now.  It was refreshing to see this unexpected flash of color and beauty amid the cement, weeds, garbage, and sadly neglected trees

Yes graffiti on someone else's property without the owner's consent is wrong, I don't condone illegal activities.  And yes the property owner has every right to paint over or otherwise remove any graffiti they don't want, but I sincerely hope that whoever owns this wall will consider keeping this mural intact.

There was a really cool graffiti mural on the South wall of the Grizzly Station by Logan High School.  I made 2 portraits there before the owner discovered the graffiti and painted over it.  I really wish I could find the talented artist(s) behind these murals and hire them to do some large board backdrops for me, or better yet find a property owner who would interested in having a mural done on their wall/garage/shed/whatever and leave it up permanently where people could appreciate it.

This past weekend I had a chance to do portraits at the "Love" mural in the Bridger park area with the adorable G family.  I'm so happy I got a chance to document the mural on film before it disappears.

Where are your favorite spots to take photos?

Monday, June 30, 2014


I saw this while I was out and about this morning.  I took a quick photo of it with my phone and moved on, but I kept thinking about it.

No one planted that flower there, the seed was dropped or blown by the wind until it found that crack.  No one tends it or shelters it or cares for it, and yet it thrives.  We don't always have a lot of control over where we end up and a lot of times we find ourselves out in the big bad world, fending for ourselves.  We can choose to wither on the vine when we are in challenging situations, or we can choose to thrive and bring beauty into a hard place.

What's your choice?

Friday, June 27, 2014


Today I got an unexpected and really awesome gift.  I just found out that Gaelic Storm is going to be playing a show at the Cache Valley Center For The Arts.  The gig is the second Friday in November, 11/14/14.  I expect to see you all there!

Don't know Gaelic Storm?  If you've seen the movie Titanic you've seen them in action.  They were the Irish band playing in the steerage/third class scene where Jack and Rose ditch the dinner party and end up dancing below decks.  Check out their website:

I haven't seen them live in years because they haven't been back to Utah on tour for a while.  Now they are playing a show at Kingsbury Hall in SLC on November 13th, the Cache Valley show on the 14th, and then a show in Idaho Falls on the 15th.  I was so excited when I found out that I was jumping up and down and squee-ing like a little girl just work.

Here's the official announcement:

You can buy tickets here:

Need more convincing?  Patrick punched Russell Crowe, then they wrote a song about it:

Now if only we could get someone to talk the good Dr. Wehmeyer into flying out to join them on stage for one night.  Hmmmm...

Meet Lucy

I am not an artist...but I know many talented artists.  They constantly amaze and inspire me.  I've always wanted to be able to create at their level, but sadly, I was not built like them.  I was built to appreciate and occasionally instigate, but sadly not to be the creative genius behind great art.

There is a very long and very boring story behind this and I won't numb your brains with all the vapid details, but when I was 25 I promised someone that I would do something just for myself by the time I was 35.  That thing was to get a guitar and learn how to play it.  I had 8 years of piano lessons as a kid, so you'd think it wouldn't be that big of a deal, you'd be wrong.  I've thought about it from time to time over the last 10 years, but many things held me back, the biggest thing being my own fear.  I am my own worst enemy.

A couple months ago I received a not so gentle push towards my goal and a huge helping of inspiration from yet another talented person in my life.  Long story short, today is my 35th birthday and I am the proud owner of this beautiful guitar, her name is Lucy:

With just shy of 2 months of lessons under my belt, it is safe to say that I still suck and will suck for a good long time.  But that's O.K.  The important thing is that I am improving and I love it!  It is a wonderful thing to have an instrument in my home again, and to be able to make music of my own choosing, any time, day or night.  I practice every day, although my teacher, Nick Manning at KSM Guitars, probably won't believe that.  Speaking of which he deserves a medal for not strangling me by now.

When I brought Lucy home I started thinking about a way to show my appreciation to everyone who helped make it happen.  There were so many people who helped, whether they knew about it or not, that I felt like I would never be able to reach them all.  But I had an idea and with the help of even more crazy talented friends (both new and old), I took a picture in my head and made it a reality.  I story-boarded a photo shoot that I wanted to do and then enlisted a great team of people who helped make it happen.

So for everyone that has ever encouraged me to learn, supported, listened to, inspired, talked to, helped, lifted up, put me in my place, gave constructive criticism, offered unconditional love, didn't laugh at my goals, gave lessons, loved me for who I was and didn't want to change me, helped me find myself again in the last two years, and basically gave me the courage to do this seemly small thing...THANK YOU!  You might not know who you are or how you helped me, but I know and I will always be grateful.  These photos are for all of you, you helped create this.


Photography: Christie Heywood Photography
Haircut & Color: Jolene Merrill
Makeup: Perfection by Ashley Professional Makeup Artistry
Hair up-do: Whitney @ Kutting Edge Salon
Custom denim jacket: Gena at G.E. Deszignz
Car: My dad...the batmobile is definitely the star of the show.

PS - One last thank you.  To all of the kind strangers who stopped to check on us while we were shooting because it looked like we were stranded, thank you for restoring my faith in humanity.