I'm a freelance photographer, spouse of a disabled veteran, mother of three adult-aged kids. I dress in garb and go to renaissance faires. And take photos. Because that's what I do.

I do macro, fine art photography, and typical portrait photography. I also have a semi-regular gig doing product photos for a local clothing designer. I've been doing photography in some form for almost thirty years.

I started this Tumblr to follow a band that I like, because I'm lame like that.

Right now- DJ Mike Tessai

Later- DJ Phoole

This is my soundtrack for tonight. 

PETITION FOR GINA TORRES TO PLAY WONDER WOMAN

amgkatt:

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LET ME JUST SAY

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IF YOU DON’T ALREADY THINK THIS WOMAN IS AN AMAZONIAN PRINCESS
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YOU ARE DOING IT TOO WRONG FOR WORDS.

(Source: stacys-mom)

Dear Strawberry Mini-Wheats, Please take a cue from Reese’s Puffs. Sincerely, So Very Tired of Running Out So Quickly. #cereal #megasize #reesespuffs #frostedminiwheats

Dear Strawberry Mini-Wheats, Please take a cue from Reese’s Puffs. Sincerely, So Very Tired of Running Out So Quickly. #cereal #megasize #reesespuffs #frostedminiwheats

twistedflo:

cutepoweredjellyfish:

trekkiebeth:

A Way Into Your Heart | photo by trekkiebeth

'Photo by Trekkiebeth'
BUT WHOSE FLYING THE PLANE?!?!

twistedflo:

cutepoweredjellyfish:

trekkiebeth:

A Way Into Your Heart | photo by trekkiebeth

'Photo by Trekkiebeth'

BUT WHOSE FLYING THE PLANE?!?!

eldanildiel:

battyjuice:

Fun fact- This is my actual wedding dress <3

Yes! Someone actually did it!

eldanildiel:

battyjuice:

Fun fact- This is my actual wedding dress <3

Yes! Someone actually did it!

supersquire457:

pahz-takes-a-tumble:

The squires in a joust are some of the hardest working people I’ve ever seen. They’re out in the hot sun, running on soft sand, lifting armor, lances, shields… they run back and forth during the joust, clearing debris, helping the jousters. And not only do they do all the hard work, they sometimes…

SQUIRE SAVVY IS MY FAVORITE

she’s the coolest ever, just sayin’

Squire Savvy has the best death in the entire tilt yard. Her deaths are so realistic that the bad guys who kill her feel bad about it. 

True story- I was standing by the dais while shooting the Joust to the Death and a little girl was near me. I told her if it was okay with her mom, she could sit on the ground next to me so she could see (because I was stepping forward and back and I didn’t want to block her view). After all the people were dead, she tugged on my skirt and asked me, her eyes all wide and scared: “Are they really hurt?” 

I whispered back: “No, they’re just pretending.” 

She replied: “Whew. They’re REALLY good at pretending!” 

When everyone stood up to take a bow, she clapped and cheered. She was really excited when I told her mom that the jousters stayed out for photos and autographs. 

The Squires from The Jousters Appreciation Post

The squires in a joust are some of the hardest working people I’ve ever seen. They’re out in the hot sun, running on soft sand, lifting armor, lances, shields… they run back and forth during the joust, clearing debris, helping the jousters. And not only do they do all the hard work, they sometimes “die” for it… and sometimes they win. 

These are the main squires with The Jousters (all photos are by me, all taken at the Bristol Renaissance Faire in the 2013 season). 

Squire Gareth (also “Sir Gareth”): Gus Stavrakis

Squire Freya: Lyssa Junek

Squire Savvy: (supersquire457) Savannah Mansour

Squire Anastasia (also Lady Anastasia): Liz Morris

Squire Savvy-

Edgeron's squire- Savvy.

Squire Savvy

Soon, Savannah, soon...

Morik rips out Squire Savvy's eye

Squire Gareth-

Royal Joust (Sunday)

Squire Gareth gets knighted

Gareth and Savvy assist Sir Mauldron (Steve Cowan) after his armor was knocked loose during the full-plate joust. 

Full Plate Royal Joust, Opening Day

Squire Freya (with Sir Morik [Lee Morrison])-

Sir Morik and his squire look on...

Freya fights with Don Eduardo (Vincent Anthony)-

Squire Freya attacks Don Eduardo

Savvy kills Freya in the final joust- 

Squire Savvy takes out Squire Freya

Joust to the Death

The Squires greet Sir Robert Dudley, arbiter of the Joust to the Death

Joust to the Death

Squire Freya is mortally wounded by Edgeron

Joust to the Death

Squire Anastasia (as Lady Anastasia, Mistress of Arms)

Lady Anastasia took a moment to give me a look.

Lady Anastasia, Mistress of Arms

Lady Anastasia, Mistress at Arms of the Queen's Joust

Lady Anastasia and Cicero

Mistress at Arms

Lady Anastasia, Mistress at Arms

Squire Freya fights Edgeron

Don Alejandro de Valencia was victorious!

Squire Freya at the Queen's Joust

Even without her eye, Squire Savvy wins the joust!

Joust to the Death

Squire Freya resets the course in the Joust of Skill

Sir Gareth struggles after being mortally wounded

Gareth poses for me

wilwheaton:

hunkgame:

aatombomb:

vanityfair:

V.F. Portrait | Neil Patrick Harris
Photograph by Annie Leibovitz. 

God damn.

UM

I have never wanted to be a snake so bad in my life.

I agree with Wil Wheaton. 

wilwheaton:

hunkgame:

aatombomb:

vanityfair:

V.F. Portrait | Neil Patrick Harris

Photograph by Annie Leibovitz. 

God damn.

UM

I have never wanted to be a snake so bad in my life.

I agree with Wil Wheaton. 

flagg0t:

If someone tells you to listen to a song, listen to it.  It may be the worst song you have ever heard but they wanted to share it with you.  That is really special.  If it makes them feel a certain way and they are so adamant about you hearing it, take 5 minutes to hear it.  It shows a lot about someone.  

Reblog if you would date a trans person

slytherin-swag:

I’m being told no one would by a teacher. I’d like to prove her wrong

The Lady Gwendolyn Appreciation Post

Lady Gwendolyn of Fairhaven is the Mistress of Arms for The Jousters. She’s portrayed by the beautiful Tricia Mack. She’s fierce, strong, stunning, and so talented with horses. She also makes the tack used by The Jousters (and many others). Her leather work is “Age of Equus" on Facebook. 

Gwendolyn's beautiful smile

Lady Gwendolyn is FIERCE!

Joust to the Death, Opening Day

Lady Gwendolyn at the Joust to the Death

Joust to the Death, Opening Day

Joust of Skill (Sunday)

Lady Gwendolyn and Tavish

Lady Gwendolyn- Joust to the Death

Lady Gwendolyn and Tavish

Lady Gwendolyn of Fairhaven

Lady Gwendolyn at the Joust of Skill

Lady Gwendolyn

Lady Gwendolyn at the start of the Joust of Skill

An Indiegogo for what is described as: “an unabashedly cheesy horror movie”… so I had to throw some support to it. It looks awful in such a delightful way. And if a movie about a tornado made of sharks can get out there, I think a cereal killer deserves to be out there. 

Janesville Renaissance Faire 2013, a set on Flickr.The Janesville Renaissance Faire is happening on May 17th and 18th this year (in Traxler Park, Janesville, Wisconsin). 
So, I&#8217;m sharing these photos from last year&#8217;s faire. I&#8217;ve been going to the Janesville Faire since it started. In fact, it was how I got my start in actually going to faires. Before, I had friends who went to the faires down in Texas and it was always &#8220;when I have the time&#8221; or &#8220;if I can afford it&#8221;. A new age shop I used to do tarot card readings for called me and asked if I&#8217;d do readings for their tent at the Janesville Faire. They said to me: &#8220;Its the first year, so if you don&#8217;t have a costume, don&#8217;t worry&#8230;&#8221; 
Two things were wrong with that statement and I knew it even though I hadn&#8217;t been to a real faire. 1- they don&#8217;t call it a &#8220;costume&#8221; and 2- if you&#8217;re working at the faire, you need the right clothes. So, my wonderful online friends helped me throw together a passable Gypsy-style outfit. 
My health started to decline during that time and I wasn&#8217;t able to make it to Bristol until after I had my knee replaced in 2009. (that was my first big outing, 5&#160;1/2 months after my total knee replacement). But, by then, I knew so many people on the cast because a lot of them go to Janesville Faire as those same characters. (that&#8217;s also why my friends think I&#8217;ve been going to Bristol for years longer than I have). 
Anyway, this year is my first year not doing readings on one day. I&#8217;d gotten to the point of wanting to see my friends that doing the readings for one day wasn&#8217;t as enjoyable as it used to be. So, I told the shop I wouldn&#8217;t be available because I needed to do photos for the faire. Turns out, they&#8217;re not taking a booth there this year (the owner said: &#8220;It&#8217;s so exhausting and we&#8217;re just getting to old to deal with it anymore&#8221;- she&#8217;s referring to the setup, the working the two days, and the tear-down). 
So, this year, I&#8217;ll have twice as many photos as I do in this year&#8217;s album. But till then- enjoy these photos from last year&#8217;s Janesville Renaissance Faire.
Website info in the descriptionOdorferious Thunderbottom!Captain Hawkyns watching Frobisher doing something unbalancing at the TowerFobisher is using two things to upset the balance of the tower

Janesville Renaissance Faire 2013, a set on Flickr.

The Janesville Renaissance Faire is happening on May 17th and 18th this year (in Traxler Park, Janesville, Wisconsin).

So, I’m sharing these photos from last year’s faire. I’ve been going to the Janesville Faire since it started. In fact, it was how I got my start in actually going to faires. Before, I had friends who went to the faires down in Texas and it was always “when I have the time” or “if I can afford it”. A new age shop I used to do tarot card readings for called me and asked if I’d do readings for their tent at the Janesville Faire. They said to me: “Its the first year, so if you don’t have a costume, don’t worry…”

Two things were wrong with that statement and I knew it even though I hadn’t been to a real faire. 1- they don’t call it a “costume” and 2- if you’re working at the faire, you need the right clothes. So, my wonderful online friends helped me throw together a passable Gypsy-style outfit.

My health started to decline during that time and I wasn’t able to make it to Bristol until after I had my knee replaced in 2009. (that was my first big outing, 5 1/2 months after my total knee replacement). But, by then, I knew so many people on the cast because a lot of them go to Janesville Faire as those same characters. (that’s also why my friends think I’ve been going to Bristol for years longer than I have).

Anyway, this year is my first year not doing readings on one day. I’d gotten to the point of wanting to see my friends that doing the readings for one day wasn’t as enjoyable as it used to be. So, I told the shop I wouldn’t be available because I needed to do photos for the faire. Turns out, they’re not taking a booth there this year (the owner said: “It’s so exhausting and we’re just getting to old to deal with it anymore”- she’s referring to the setup, the working the two days, and the tear-down).

So, this year, I’ll have twice as many photos as I do in this year’s album. But till then- enjoy these photos from last year’s Janesville Renaissance Faire.

sad-robutt asked:

I'm sorry if this is too personal but I just want to offer you my support because I am losing my hair because of shitty genetics as well. I'm probs gonna be bald when im 25 it looks like. In the wise words of Danny DeVito, "May I offer you an egg in this trying time?"

davidmichaelbennett:

Luckily people who go bald have no control over it…therefore it’s not a sign of doing anything wrong.

You just don’t get to have a full head of hair for the majority of your life, even if that’s what you really want.

But in all fairness, something like hair shouldn’t be that important in life, and most people, other than yourself won’t care.

We are all so vain… :/

Darn society.

It builds character though right?

It is definitely strange how much importance we put on hair. My husband was 28 years old when he suffered a massive stroke (wow, 19 years ago yesterday, in fact). It left him paralyzed on one side and he has varying degrees of aphasia and apraxia (communication disorders). One of the many medications he’s on causes “excess body hair growth” and another unrelated one “can lead to male pattern baldness” (he also has that in his family- all his maternal uncles have textbook male pattern baldness). 

When he was in rehab for the paralysis, he rolled with it. He learned how to do everything left-handed. He learned how to walk with a limp. He even had to learn how to talk and write all over again. But when he realized he was losing his hair, that pissed him off to no end. 

I have a blog that I write about him called “Conversations with the Disabled Guy” and we can joke about his speech and his “gimp arm” (the name he calls it- which is also a verb in our house: “Watch out, Dad’s gonna gimp arm you!”), but we DO NOT joke about him going bald. You can tell him he sounds like the town drunk in “The Andy Griffith Show” but if you insult one of his carpentry creations or talk about his hair- that’s it, he’ll take it personally and react unintentionally emotionally. 

We don’t joke about his hair. Ever.