What I’m Not Struggling With

Here are the things I'm struggling with right now: How to raise my two boys so they can honor a woman's agency and intelligence, in spite of the fact that they didn't see this modeled for the first 10 and 8 (respectively) years of their lives. How to run a business...

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Look at Each Other

There was a time when I thought I knew exactly how my life would turn out. I was married, I had the two kids, we had a decent home. We were saving for retirement and for the boys' college, not spending too much, but not in want either. It seemed like a comfortable...

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You’re Allowed to Care

When I was a kid, I cared about everything. I was called "crybaby" by my peers and told to grow up. When was a journalist I cared about the people I met. I was told to be "impartial." (What the hell anyway? Seeing someone oppressed or hurting shouldn't make me feel...

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Important

Why take portraits? From the very beginning of portraiture -- one could argue from the very beginning of art itself -- we have created portraits because things were important to us. Since cave man days, these things that were important to us have been celebrated in...

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What I’m Passionate About (and Why)

I am not just a photographer. I am not even primarily a photographer. A few years ago someone introduced me by saying, "She really cares about people." Despite the fact that this person disagrees with me politically and stealth un-friended me on Facebook,...

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One Voice

As of today there is a new blogger at Mariposa Studio. Me. The real me. When I hit publish on this post, as of that moment, it's a different blog. Because, I just can't any longer. When I first started my website and blog, I was cautioned to "keep it...

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Bow Wow-ing!

I'm sure you've heard of Dog Shaming, the phenomenon where you share a photo of your dog with a sign telling what they did wrong. I love these -- not only are they hilarious but they also emphasize how we love our pets, even when they aren't on their best behavior....

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The Biggest Photo Myth Ever

There's a huge myth in this industry, and it's time it was exposed. This is a myth that we photographers have been feeding you for years, maybe since professional photography began. We've based entire businesses on it, we've based our professional organizations and...

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Pets are Hurricane Victims Too!

In 2012, more than a year after the Joplin tornado, I adopted a cat. She was a tiny kitten I found while staying at a church camp outside of town. The shock came when I tried to take her to the animal shelter. They said they were still, more than a year later,...

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You Live the Story You Tell Yourself

If you have for some reason missed the title of this post I want you to stop. Go back up there and read it again. It's been two days and I'm still trying to get my head around it: that not only did I finish the Arkansas Traveler, 100 miles of sometimes very rough...

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