I love my camera. Love it, stroke it, kiss it, hug it, can’t get enough of it.

I sometimes get overwhelmed at how much my camera is capable of. Will I ever be able to do it justice? (This is where some of you sweet people get all “OH BUT CASEY YOU’RE SO GOOD!” and I’m all “THANK YOU! THAT’S SO SWEET!”)

However you must understand I have set my expectations unrealistically high. My mom is an amazing landscape photographer. I grew up watching her take thousands of brilliant images almost effortlessly.


my favorite picture that my mom has taken

Of all the photos my mom has taken, this one will forever be my favorite.

My best friend is an amazing journalistic photographer. I want to suck them dry of all they know, and someday when I can I will.

But for now, I get frustrated with f stops and ISO and RAW and shutter speed and OH MY WHY DOES THAT LENS COST SO MUCH? But then I have to remember, this camera has only been in my hands for four months.

Cody’s been in my hands for almost eight years and he’s still a mess. (Dear Cody, love you. -Red)

So instead of being bummed about the pictures I didn’t get, I’m going to focus on moments that I did.
Lunch with my lady
Like this one, having lunch with my best friend in San Francisco. She is one of my greatest blessings.
Whatever do you mean you didn't do cartwheels in your room?
Who else ditched out on the parties early to do cartwheels in their room just because they could?
My favorite photo from my trip.
This one is by far my favorite. Heather, Kim and I ditched out on a session to go take pictures. Instead of asking someone to take a picture for us we found a shiny window to do the job. We were quite the scene, three giggly girls with SLRs lined up taking pictures of a window. People didn’t quite know what to make of us. But we did, and we were happy.
The token Casey jumping shot

I was happy. The whole trip was one big pinch me high. It’s disappointing that not everyone enjoyed it and feels it necessary to drag out their disappointment and unhappiness. But as I said, it was what you made of it. And to the people who spent it with me, you could not have made it any better for me. Thanks. Thanks to every single person who stopped me to say thank you or hi or good job or nice shoes. To those I didn’t get to meet, I’m doubly bummed. 1,000 women is a lot to meet. Especially when a lot of the time is spent hiding in a corner with nervous bubble gut. (like me! HI!)

If I was a jerk to you, I’m sorry. Chances are I was on my way to a bathroom to, well, you know. I didn’t meet a single person this year that hurt my feelings or that I felt slighted by. Yes, even Sweetney was a doll to me. So please, before you feel like spreading nastiness around the internets about someone who was mean to you, maybe they didn’t mean it, maybe they just had to poo too. Or maybe they lost their favorite nose hair clipping trimmers and were bummed about it at the moment you decided to say hello.

Benefit of the doubt ladies. Benefit of the doubt.

Huh. Well. That was a random post.

Just be nice dammit.

And tell me what you’re working on that gets you overwhelmed too.


  1. Your mother and you are wonderful photographers! Love all of those pictures.
    As for what is eating me alive right now, its organization of my desk, bills, magazines, etc. Basically all things paper. Light a match I say! haha! :0)

  2. What kind of camera is it…can you tell us about it?

  3. I love the pics, but I love the cartwheels even more. You are truly a girl after my own heart!!!

    Zs last blog post..Black coffee and cold rain

  4. Your friend is so bendy. Even her toes are pointed in the cartwheel photo–that’s talent.

    Hippo Brigades last blog post..…and so it goes

  5. I had a GREAT time! And it was so great to meet you. Thanks for letting me hang out and chill when the adrenalin disappeared. đŸ™‚

    Janice (5 Minutes for Mom)s last blog post..Janice Interviews Alice (FinSlippy) On Video At BlogHer08

  6. Girl, every single picture I see of you, you are happy.

    So glad you had a wonderful time. And YES!! Life is what you make of it!

    Kelleys last blog post..Dear ‘Concerned’

  7. Well, i didn’t meet you, did i? But i cried so many tears listening to you at the keynote. It still haunts me. I think you are truly amazing.

    jesss last blog post..juxtaposition

  8. Your mom’s photography is amazing!

    I love all your action shots of cartwheels and jumping.

    I love my camera too. I know I don’t live up to it, but I manage to capture my life and my boys, and for now that’s good enough. :o)

    Rheas last blog post..King Kachi – Camera Critters

  9. These pictures are beautiful. I’m completely amazed.

    perksofbeingmes last blog post..Simply Sunday

  10. Me? Overwhelmed? Everything overwhelms me! I start work tomorrow in a city that I just moved to. That overwhelms me. I have to find childcare in a city where I no nobody. That overwhelms me. I have to call my doctor to tell her how the new antidepressants she just prescribed me are going. That overwhelms me.

    But reading your blog? Pure bliss.

    Mrs. Wilsons last blog post..Duty

  11. You were great. The conference was great. All the bloggers were great.
    Not a one was mean to me or snubbed me – but it *is* what you make of it. I had a good attitude going in, and didn’t feel like I was going to be snubbed. So I wasn’t.

    Your photos are GREAT, and yes, it’s a lot to live up to, but you have to carve your own path – and nature photog. maybe isn’t your thing?? I love your life/people shots.

    Overwhelming me – decided to put Savvy Source widget on my blog (and that means I need to try to post consistently to make the minimum). Also, learning to be a better photog, and most of all, a better MOM and WIFE.

    VDogs last blog post..Weekly Winners ~ Last Week of July

  12. I personally thought that your photos were lovely! You mom’s too of course. But yours show creativity and joy. Nice job!

    Juless last blog post..Don’t ya just love visitors?

  13. Love your photos. I just got my dslr and it’s so much fun to play around with, but sometimes I get frustrated because I’m not as good as I’d like to be and I have to keep reminding myself that it’s only been a few weeks!

    Alysons last blog post..Baby Girl


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