Hope you don’t mind…


I just want to share this with everyone!
I am so excited!  One of my photos was selected by Fro as the photo of the Day.  Jared Polin, photographer extraordinaire, has an amazing business, website, and social media presence.  He is from right here, in Richboro, Pa!  He has a following of over 50,000 people on Facebook and I have been a fan for a long time.  Every once in a while, I will upload one of my photos to his Flickr group for consideration as photo of the day.  To my surprise, my photo of the white pelicans in Cape Coral, Florida was selected.  My sister, Pam and George took me on a boat ride and George turned around for me to get this shot.  He kept easing the boat closer and closer to the birds until they all started to take off.  I was happy with the shot – of course, it would be hard to get a bad shot with so much beauty everywhere.  
Thanks, George and Pam!

Fro Knows Photo Dot Com!

Chat soon!



By the Sea

This past Sunday, Sharon and I headed to the ocean, just to see.  There were so many people like us who went there – all for their own reasons.  Hurricane Sandy had stressed everyone on so many levels.  Mostly, we all just needed to be there.

As we parked the car near a hotel on Main Street in Ocean Grove, a man sitting there on the porch greeted us and shared his story.  He was from Avon by the Sea and they were hit hard.  He wanted to know where we were from and our story.  Our story?  We are photographers who love the sea, needed to be close to it and record it.

In Ocean Grove, the electricity went on the night before.  People were just coming out of their homes and sharing stories.  We stopped in the bakery for coffee and a croissant.  Most people spoke of their gratitude.  They were grateful to be alive.  They were grateful that their home or their business was still standing.   We sat outside and there were people cleaning up debris in the streets and boarding up broken windows in stores.  Businesses were starting to open – an art store, a hotel, a restaurant.  Someone said, “the sooner we get back to normal, the sooner it will be normal.”

On the way to the beach, there were bulldozers and mounds of sand along the curb.  The boardwalk had been pushed up by water and sand and was broken into pieces in a few spots.  The fishing pier was shorter – the little shack at the end was gone.


Strangers talked to each other to share stories.  One woman with misty eyes told me her husband proposed to her under that fishing pier.  She said she needed to walk on the beach and to feel God’s presence.

One man said that he couldn’t believe how he could look up and down the coast and it looked so different.  The usual structures, the ones that he looked for, were all changed.   What he looked for just wasn’t there.  He had tears in his eyes.

What I was looking for was there.  That beautiful ocean – shades of blue and green – was there with the rhythm of the waves gently rolling over the sand.  This day, the water was so calm.  Everything was so quiet.  The sky had so many shades of blue – it was periwinkle in some areas.  The clouds were fluffy and white with shades of pink.  The light on the beach was beautiful.  Even the seagulls were quiet, standing strong on the ocean’s edge.

Those times in my life, when I have looked for God, I could always find Him here.  Today was no different.  God is good.  He is present and loving and He gives us hope.  There is His promise that he will always be with us. We know that life will go on.  Our beloved Jersey shore will be there and life there will return to normal – maybe even better than normal.  I am so glad I went – just to see and to feel.  Strangers were reaching out to each other, rebuilding had already started –  signs of hope and God’s presence were everywhere.

I was so glad I went to spend some time by the sea.

Chat later.

Snapshots of a Good Life –

This is a photo of my brother Jeff and Gina – at a restaurant on the bay near Fort Meyers, Florida.  Really, this post is about the class that helped really solidify my photography skills and knowledge.  Not only did it teach me so much, I have made some wonderful friendships through this class.

So, if you want to take your DSLR out of auto and really see what you can do, sign up for this class – you will be so happy that you did!

Edited to add:  Karen Russell, the instructor/owner of Snapshots of a Good Life – my teacher added a comment on the blog and said my photo was fabulous!  That makes me happy!  I didn’t even say what a wonderful teacher and all-around good person she is – you will love her!


ImageMary Kate turned one year old!  What a special little girl to celebrate a wonderful day!  Her mom (my friend Katie) and her brother, Brandon went right down the street to the Delaware River and tried to capture just how beautiful this family really is.  Katie wasn’t planning on being in the photos but really, I couldn’t leave her out!


Even when she isn’t “photo ready”, she looks beautiful!

Here are a few more of little MaryKate and her family.


I loved our time together.  I hope to someday live in the nursing home right there on the river – it was such a beautiful area!  Then, Katie and I will be neighbors!

Thanks for letting me photograph your family, Katie!

And, while I was there…I had to capture this beautiful yacht club that was in the background.


My Review of B + W 77mm 6X Cross Screen Glass Filter

Five stars for this star!

By Nancy from Churchville, PA on 9/24/2012


5out of 5

Pros: Easy To Use, Clear Optics, Firm Mount

Best Uses: Image Manipulation, Lens Protection

Describe Yourself: Semi-pro Photographer

Was this a gift?: No

Have used this filter for typical night shots and get great star effect (surprising to me, with a little bit of color) on the lights in the photo. It also seems to reduce some of the blow out that is hard to avoid with some night time shooting. Have also used to it shoot a live show – gave an already artsy production and little more bling. Really adds a a different dimension to your photo. Fun to use.


Amy and Mike


After months of preparation – their’s and mine – the big day finally came!  It was a beautiful day in every way.  I couldn’t have asked for a better couple or better families for my first wedding.  Everything about the day was wonderful.  I even found myself dancing on the dance floor, taking photos, enjoying myself completely!  I received the most gracious email from Amy saying how happy she and Mike are with the photos – it made me want to shoot another wedding!  Soon! (Before I forget everything I learned!)  Here is a little sample from the day.


I wish them many, many years of happiness and love.

Walk with me…

in Central Park!

A few weeks ago, our photography group Pa/NJ Photo Tour Enthusiasts (http://www.meetup.com/PA-NJ-Photo-Tour-Enthusiasts/) went to Central Park for a photo walk.  I love Central Park!  Now, don’t laugh, because I really didn’t know that until last year.  I thought Central Park was a dark and scary place – you know, where they find bodies on Law and Order and CSI.  But, it is full of life and rich with photography opportunities.

So…walk with me and see some of the sites I saw.  You can do so much in Central Park…

There is fishing…

Imageand there is a big cityImagethere are friends posing for self-portraitsImageand friends helping with self portraitsImagethere are musicians…Imagethere are comediansImageand musiciansImageyou could be fully incased in a bubble!ImageThere is music that is spiritual…Imagethere are make-up artistsImageand more musicians – and more music…ImageI could continue my pursuit of brides and all things wedding.ImageImageImageI could meet up with a friend from Chicago!  Hi Cristina!Imageon the way home, I was rubbing together my sore feet.  But, I had an amazing and happy day.  I just love photography!  It makes me look for beauty and there is just so much, everywhere.  God is good.Image

The Birth of a Website

It really all began when I realized I needed a business card.  So many times, people would ask me for a card and I would have to say that I didn’t have one YET.  As I started to design my card, I realized it all really had to start with a logo. The logo had to be mine.  I couldn’t use clip art or use something from the internet.  Doing that could lead to copyright issues and legal problems that I don’t know enough about!  So…I went through my photos and found the photo of a waterlily that I took last summer.  It really is one of my favorite photos – it is from a waterlily that was blooming in my pond in my backyard.  There could be no copyright issues with that.  (The photo is the header for this blog.)  I traced the photo in Photoshop and made a digital image of the waterlily that I used for a watermark and for my first business card.
I was pretty happy with it for a first effort.

As I became more focused and serious about my own photography business, I knew I needed a website.  Today, with a visual, artistic business like photography, a website is a must.  I hired someone to develop my logo and soon discovered that the best person for the job was me.  So, my logo evolved and became this:


I used my new logo as the inspiration for my website….thanks to my photography friends at Snapshots of a Good Life for all of their guidance, to my friends, Natasha at NTME Photography (www.ntmephotography.com) and Kelley at Pear Tree Photography (www.kelleywenzel.com) for their help as I authored a showitfast.com website.  Soon, I began to understand that when you have a website, you really need a Facebook page and a new blog all at the same time and they all have to be linked.

Thanks to all of you who showed me so much support and “liked” my Facebook page!  Your friendship means the world to me!!

I am so happy to finally show you my website – http://www.waterlilyphotographybynancy.com.  A website is dynamic – it will take shape as my business grows.  There will be more that I add to it – FAQ’s, locations for shoots, and I will complete the pricing and client pages.  I think it is a good start – I feel like it is me – and I am so excited to share it with you. If you click on my logo at the top of the right margin or waterlily website in the border under the waterlily photo, you will be connected to the website. I hope you will let me know what you think. Thanks so much for looking!!

Chat later!


Welcome to my new blog!  I have to confess, I have been an off again, on again type of blogger.  I aways have good intentions …but THIS time, I really mean it.   I plan to blog on a regular basis – about my new photography business, about Pa/NJ Photo Tour Enthusiasts, and a little about my life.  I can usually talk a person’s ear off so let’s see if I can meet my goals this time.

My photography business had a little push.  A very special wedding for a friend’s daughter is coming up on June 16 and I will be the photographer.  Wedding photography wasn’t really a part of my plans at first but when I accepted the job (and the challenge), I decided to give it my all and spend the last six months getting ready to be a wedding photographer.  I have been talking to people, reading and reading some more, attending webinars ad seminars, attending workshops, and reading a little more.  The last workshop I attended was held in a beautiful photography studio in Manhattan last week.  The photographer and workshop leader, Neil van Niekerk, has written two books on flash photography and held countless individual and small group workshops.  You can find out more about his seminars here.  This workshop was really what I needed and I feel much more confident with lighting – something I realized I had to learn to be a wedding photographer.

This is Neil as he starts class – with one of the models.

A New York cabbie stopped by to see who the celebrity was that we were all shooting. We looked like the paparazzi! When he learned we were a photography class, he brought out two cameras that he happened to have in his cab that he wanted to show us.

Then, he had to have a photo of Neil – just in case he really was a celebrity.

We were shooting in the meat packing district of NYC. Most of the buildings now house beautiful restaurants and night clubs. It was an excellent site for the urban backdrop we were looking for. Here is just one reminder of where we were.

Outside, we were practicing off-camera flash with a soft box.

This model must have jumped 50 times so that we could freeze actions using our flash and get this shot!

Beautiful lighting with an urban backdrop –

This is a pull back shot – that’s Eric, Neil’s assistant, holding a large soft box (not actually in the shot but just pretend).

This was a light moment – (get it?) – one of my classmates was demonstrating a pose to one of the models.

pretty street in the meat packing district.

The models were amazing and real troopers. This isn’t easy work! Not only did they stay beautiful all day, they seemed genuinely interested in what we were accomplishing and so willing to help.

Pull back shot of the class back in the studio.

we tried LED lighting and tungsten lighting – in studio and int he street. It was definitely dramatic and edgy. I am going to have to try it!

I love this kind of drama!!

I am exhausted and excited after this 12 hour day. I can’t wait to put into practice what I have learned.

All in all, a great day.  If you are looking for a great lighting workshop, be sure to check out Neil’s website.

Chat soon!