Digital Downloads – yes or no?

In this day and age, having one’s photography more readily available thru on-line venues (stock photography, Etsy, photo providers, etc) is essential. Not only does it help boost credibility but lends to expanding the bank account when you least expect it!

Lately I added digital downloading to my photography Etsy account. Even tho my sales show low numbers, I’ve had several requests off-line for my photographic items. The competition is fierce with photography. Some photographers have fantastic work and make lots of $$ selling photo cards, prints and framed pieces. The majority have great items mixed with OK. What I’ve come to realize over the years is that no matter how good of a photographer one is, we all want someone to appreciate our work. But let’s face it, we all can’t have our mother’s buying all of our inventory! All I can do is to strive to improve my images and what I let the camera lens see.

I’ve been posting a lot more to flickr than Etsy, simply because of ease and time. I struggled with the concept of Digital Downloads – was it a sell out to the almighty dollar at hand instead of selling the actual print at a gallery or show? Would I loose inventory control? 


This weekend – June 6th – you can find me down at the Artist Garage Sale in Everett from 9am until 3pm. [This is a FREE event – but a fundraising event is from 8am to 9am with early bird tickets.] Print this post out to receive a FREE Artisan Photo Card from my inventory!

Take a peek at a few Digital Images posted on Etsy. If you see anything you happen to like, let me know. Yes, it can be for sale. Feedback always welcome. ~Enjoy!

Ephesus - copywright Red Door - copywright Stormy Lighthouse - copywright Tree of Life - Venice Cathedral - copywrightBoots and Flowers - copywright ETSY Castle interior - - Split - copywright ETSY Red barn n geese - copywright Masks - Venice - copywright Patriotic Space Needle - copywright Street Carnival Masks - Venice - copywright


Weekend of “Parts Unknown” & thoughts of travel

As the sun sets tonight, I sit in front of the key board to type a couple thoughts – Anthony Bourdain’s CNN show [] in the background.

As I watch several episodes, my thoughts wander to traveling. Oh how I love to travel. Traveling to me is food for the soul. New sights, new smells, new perspectives. And I love to document travel thru photography.

Over the past 30+ years of taking pictures, I can literally catalog thousands of pictures taken all over the world – Europe, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, and all over the United States.  There’s nothing better to catapult me back into the moment. It’s so true what has been said about a picture is worth a thousand words.  Below are a few of my favorite pictures.


Am super thankful for the invention of better cell phone cameras. Now my husband has joined me in the photographic adventures. Our last trip to Hawaii going snorkeling has me thinking about more under-water photography.  Stay tuned for that expansion. Set us loose on the world, baby!

Take a look a the re-launch of the Photography Etsy page and let me know what you think!





The 18th Day… still pressing the button!

Am into the 18th day of my 30 Day Challenge. I seem to be carrying some sort of camera with me everyday. What have I learned so far? To be looking rather than seeing. Hmmm, that sounds so esoteric, doesn’t it? Like something your English or Art Professor would say as he/she assigned you a 500 word paper due the next class!

We do spend a vast amount of our time (at least I do) seeing the world for recognizable items. I found myself looking for shapes & interesting angles of things I ordinarily look at out the window of my car, or in my home, or at the office. Light has a big part of the way we see items, too. Sometimes there’s a fun shadow adding to the size or color of something. Or maybe we miss what’s behind the item because it’s too dark. I’ve also learned that I really like to take pictures of texture… like the round, smooth surfaces of those bottles on April 5th; or the razor sharp edges of the paper petals on April 14th. ZLooking back, I wish I could have zoomed in a little bit more on the wool in Shaun the Sheep. Something to work on, I suppose.

So, you’ve seen one of two images so far. What have you been seeing in these images? Share with us!!


Freaky Friday

Do you remeber watching the movie  “Freaky Friday” as a kid? [They also updated it with Jamie Lee Curtis in 2003.]  The whole premise is wanting to be somebody else so badly that you wake up one Friday morning & you are… and what we learned was that it’s not always what we see that’s what we want. Perhaps it’s just the mere perception of what we see.

I sometimes think of taking photographs that way. What my Artistic eye sees isn’t always what’s in front of the lens. I use cropping methods, lighting techniques, and angles to involve my audience into something they may not have seen if they had been where I was looking. I like to engage people into the scene sometimes. Get them engaged with their senses other than eyes. Invole a response:

“That reminds me of our vacation last summer…”

“Can we go there to see that?”

“Where in the world was that taken?”

** Make sure to check out the 30 Day Challenge photos. At the end of this month I’ll be asking you to vote for your favorite!!

Really seeing your tomatoes!

Examining Passion vs. Goals:

Recently read a blog entry from Mom Drop Box. She explored the differences between passion & goals. Interesting entry. I liked the last paragraph she wrote & wanted to share it with you:

“I think it’s good to assess your life, and change what you can in a way to make your life sync with your goals and passions.  But it’s also good to realize that sometimes, there are trade-offs, and in those times, it’s okay to be at peace with the fact that we really can’t have everything we’ve ever wanted all at the same time. ”

Happy Friday, everyone!



Bottles by AbiznessDigital
Bottles, a photo by AbiznessDigital on Flickr.

Ah, the sights & sounds of a food truck. My husband & I worked a bit late tonight, so a quick stop at the neighborhood Taco Truck was just the trick for dinner.

Thought the contrast between the glass bottles & metal tops was cool. Bumped up the effects for a pseudo HDR look.

Keep checking in and get ready to vote on May 1st for your favorite image!!


On like Donkey Kong!

It’s the first “starts with a vowel” month, April. It’s the beginning of the 30 day Challenge I mentioned last week. Photos will be posted to Flickr daily (times will vary) and at the end of the month, I’ll ask you to vote for your favorite shot!! I’ll even sweeten the deal & do a drawing of all those who vote. Winner receives a “prize”. Stay tuned for more…

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Spent the weekend in Vancouver to relax & celebrate my Birthday. We got a fair share of rain, but that didn’t stop my husband & I from walking 11.5 km (around 7.15 miles) on the Seaside Bicycle route thru Stanley Park & back to our Condo.  See our new founded friend below!




Until next time!