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I have been surrounded by paper and ink my entire life. A bibliophilic mother who passed the love on to me, a father who worked in a print shop whose hands always smelled of hot paper and fresh ink, a twenty-five year old book collection that currently numbers closer to 1,000 than 500, and journals everywhere.

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I love journals. Beautifully made books full of blank pages and promise. I have never filled one of my journals, but my heart is in each one. The first pages of each of my journals are filled with words. Sometimes the words form poems, other times they become the prose I write that sounds more like poetry than an essay.

Sometimes the pages are just words. Lists of words in no particular order that I hope will one day become a poem. That is often how poetry happens for me. I feel the urge to write something that I have seen or heard or read, and I write the words that feel like the experience. Like a Rorschach test of sound and meaning, the words come to me, vowels singing and consonants dancing around and around each other until I hear a harmony, or an intentional dissonance, that says everything I feel. It’s like a beautiful audition. The list stops as I begin to feel the rhythm that I need, and then the page becomes a chopping block. Scribbled lines are crossed out, mutilated. Punctuation is trashed, dug out, brushed off, and trashed again. Articles are the hardest — take them out, put them back in, whittle them down smaller and smaller until the lines mean nothing (start again), or they mean everything.

In these moments I wish that there were a literary equivalent of the mathematical term, the inclusive or. It has all of the meaning of “or” and the meaning of “and” at the same time. How wonderful that word would be for poetry. This or this, but neither rules out the other. It’s always seemed ironic to me that this concept is an accepted rule in math, the most absolute sector of academia. Art is never simply black and white.

DH

It has, yet again, been a long time since my last post.

When I typed that sentence a moment ago, I said it had been a shamefully long time, but then I remembered this post from last week by a treasured colleague. Words of wisdom that I need reminding of periodically.

The past not-quite-month since I wrapped my last show, I’ve been keeping my work a little closer to home. Between the hours of driving and even more hours of rehearsal and show time from September through November, there had been precious little time for housekeeping. The past few weeks have been a time to catch up on some reading, lots of photo processing, re-connecting with some old clients, and putting together a portfolio site. I’ve also taken time to exercise some domesticity. Explorations in cooking, baking, and crafting have kept the creative juices flowing. The Boy and I had a blast with holiday decorating this year, too.

I suppose this is mostly to get the words flowing again, and to share some updates. Check out the new site (Warning! Under construction!), and enjoy the photos below — snapshots are more fun than words, anyway.

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Holiday card

The furkids are the models for this year’s holiday card.

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Wallace is more photogenic than I’ll ever be.

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Wishing you a simply happy December!

DH

Model: John BurkePhoto taken during shoot for his latest album, Reverie.

Model: John Burke
Photo taken during shoot for his latest album, Reverie.

I used to hate taking pictures of people. I realize now that it was because I didn’t know how. I’ve never liked posed photography, so I always tried for candid shots, which would work sometimes, but the likelihood of getting good shots reliably were pretty slim. I was always so displeased with the results that I avoided photographing people all together. It wasn’t until I discovered Jane Bown that I realized that people weren’t the problem; it was me and the terrifying piece of equipment that hung from my neck.

Cameras are everywhere. People have developed a sort of sixth sense where cameras are concerned and typically have one of two reactions: They hide or they pose. It happens every time someone pulls out a device because we are trained to expect it. (I’ve always been a hider, ironically enough) What’s a girl to do? I want those in the moment, genuine reactions, but the camera senses won’t let me have them! I want to capture those priceless moments when all that hidden personality dances across a person’s face while he tells you a story, or is lost in a quiet thought, but if my subject is hidden, either from the camera or behind his “camera smile”, all of that life is lost to me and my lens.

That’s when I realized that I had answered my own question. Those moments that I want to capture only happen when someone is comfortable and willing to share. Candid isn’t about the subject not seeing the camera, it’s about them not minding the camera. I just had to make people forget that the camera exists. The results were exactly what I had wanted my photography to be.

Portraiture is still a work in progress for me, as are all things, but it has become one of my favorite things to do. These are some of my favorite images — I was lucky enough to really capture my subjects’ personalities in these. Hope you enjoy.

Model: Caroline T.From my Interview Series

Model: Caroline T.
“Interview”

Model: John Burke

Model: John Burke

Model: Ryan B.From "Interview"

Model: Ryan B.
“Interview”

Model: Krystal K.

Model: Krystal K.
“Interview”

Model: Victoria P."Interview"

Model: Victoria P.
“Interview”

Can't resist capturing all that silliness!

You just can’t pose this!

A huge thank you to the models from the “Interview” series and John Burke for allowing me to show off your beautiful faces!

Thanks for reading! As always, critiques are an artist’s best friend.

DH

P.S. If you are in the Atlanta area and would like to work with me, feel free to drop me a line :)

Happy April everyone! I am excited about what this month has in store, but March was pretty awesome, so let’s take a look at some favorites, shall we?

— Meet John Burke, a former university classmate and wonderful musician. He has taken real life by storm since he graduated, recording an original album, Synesthesia, that has been taken on by several radio stations around the world. Check out his website to listen to samples from the album and join his mailing list to receive updates on his new album coming in the fall!

— I promise that one day I will shut up about these cupcakes. Maybe.

— That wonderful day that is mentioned in the cupcake post was made even better by getting to try a new restaurant! If you’re in Atlanta visit Cafe Prego. It is a wonderful little place — great atmosphere, wonderful service (The owner, Gus, took care of us himself!), and delicious food.

— This makes me so so happy. If this doesn’t make you smile then I don’t know if we can be friends anymore. Adorable!

— Oh my goodness. Have I mentioned that I’m a bit of a gearhead? Check out this shiny new fast thing from Ferrari. And here’s a video. That roar makes my heart go pitter-pat.

— This is possibly my favorite funny internet thing ever.

— I really enjoyed this post from a fellow WordPress blogger. Good thoughts all around about blogging and why it matters.

— A sweet post about love and family from one of my favorite food blogs, Lottie and Doof.

So so much happened in March, but those are some things that really stood out to me. I hope you enjoy! Let me know your thoughts on this great stuff in the comments below!

Happy spring, happy April, and a happy week to everyone!

-DH