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Rain Rain Go Away, But not ye old faithful Canon Camera and Lenses

Every photographer or hobbiest who buys new camera gear makes a decision. What to do with the old and replaced. I use these retired old Canon bodies and lenses on days like today. Heavy misting rain along with blustering winds makes keeping a camera dry impossible. Putting the camera and lens in a plastic bag with a hole cut out for the lens helps. I don’t want to be afraid to shoot on sandy beaches, on dirty, dusty trails, on canoe trips, or in our ever-present rain. The next time someone asks why some of my gear looks like it gone through the ringer, well…

Expressiveness isn’t limited to smiles.

Ellie Explorer.

Just checking in!

Soaked and smiling! Love that girl!!!

This old Canon 70-200 lens and 20D still capture sharp, vibrant color, even when wet, dropped, and near freezing. Hell, I’m not sure why I bought a new one. OK, the image stabilization and faster aperture had something to do with it. With Seattle’s ever wet days, I’m glad to have a lens I’m willing to risk. But I sure wish Canon would start sponsoring me!

There Once Was a Crazy New Mom, Who Now Sees the Bright Light of Dawn

The search for child care for Ellie escalated a long cycle of chaos that had engulfed my life since pre-conception. (More later on fertility issues.)

When Ellie was merely 6 weeks old, my do-it-all former Studio Manager, Francie, left JKP and is now traveling the world. I had planned to take maternity leave for one month, and 3 more months with a highly-reduced shooting schedule. Ahh, the best laid plans.

Covering shoots for two people and caring for current and potential clients was only the beginning. I also spent time writing new employee ads, posting them, interviewing, all while pumping breast milk (while talking on the phone to clients! “What’s that sound”). Twice per day Kathy brought Ellie to the studio, or Tim brought Elle to longer shoots for breast feeding.

Meanwhile I was in the midst of going 90% digital, (I can’t give up my Hasselblad!) and being forced to find a new photo lab. I was climbing the steep digital and PhotoShop learning curve and researching new processes, products and labs, when I made the crazy but inevitable decision to buy new gear and computers. I usually find new gear exploration fun and exciting. But this time, sleep deprivation and craving to spend more time with Ellie exacerbated my stressed system resulting in– you guessed it: an abstract painting of utter CHAOS!

Thank goodness for First Weeks. In addition to the soothing environment, I found our babysitter, Kathy, when her sister-in-law brought her to a First Weeks meeting. (More on First Weeks and Ann Keepler to come). I saw Kathy across the room, read her body language and thankfully trusted my first instincts (though I did check references!). Kathy helped me spot the bright light of dawn, and provided a welcomed sense of calm. She’s been with us ever since July of ’04.

You’re the best, Kathy!

Olympic Sculpture Park, Poop, Pork and Oz

How better to begin my blog than to feature photos from a day with my daughter, 2.5 year old Ellie, and my has-gone-through-it-all Canon EOS 20D?

Ellie licks post

As parents know, planning well your time between oatmeal, poops and naps results in a high Happy-Baby-Meter reading. Ours hit ten today! One day at a time though, as I try (at moments desperately) to balance life: more-than-full-time-photo-job, baby, co-op preschool, adorable hubby and as much exercise as possible.
When asked what she wanted to do today, spontaneously Ellie replied, “Scupture Pork”. We had biked there opening day, but Daddy and I hadn’t done so well with the timing juggle/ Baby-Meter reading that day. Remembering our tense ride home, the Wicked Witch in OZ comes to mind.

Since photographers often are interested in bag-contents, know these contents are rated B (for Baby).


Canon EOS 20D Camera
Canon EF 15mm 2.8 fisheye lens
Canon EF 70-200 2.8 IS lens
Canon EF 28-70mm 2.8 lens
Canon Speedlite 580EX flash
2- 8oz bottles of Rice Milk
1 oz grilled chicken
1 Avocado
1 rice cake
1 clean diaper, changing pad and wipes
Pec Pad Photo/baby snot wipes
1 poopy diaper, wrapped in Seattle Times newspaper plastic bag



Aside from having a blast with Ellie, I handed out one pregnancy postcard to a beautiful pregnant woman (her son is seen through the “bars” above), and a wedding 6×9 card to a potential assistant (gregarious student of the Art Institute of Seattle, Chris Kronenberger). After downloading the CF card, burning a CD and backing up to a second drive, Ellie is finally napping while I write this entry.

Life is good.