April 30th/Week 17

This was a busy week for the Klein household.

I managed to pop up to Columbus with Miss Emma to vist some friends, which was pretty awesome.  Besides that,  I had a fabulous date with my fabulous husband at a fundraiser for Stivers School for the Arts, which happens to be right next to our neighborhood, followed by a movie and drinks/dessert at a restaurant overlooking the city.  The fundraiser was pretty sweet – it was for Stivers ceramics department where you chose a handmade bowl, and get it filled with some delicious soups from awesome local restaurants, along with dessert and punch/water.  It was awesome, and we got some super-cool bowls to take home.  Saturday the 28th was the March for Babies, which held a special place for me this year. I’m proud to say that my friend’s team rasied just over $1270 for the March of Dimes this year.

Here are some of the shots I love, but here are the rest (there are seventy-some all-said).

The Emmas (aka Emma the Red and Emma No-Legs)

Date Night:

March for Babies: 


April 23rd/Week 16

There was a little surprise early this week, when a squadron of b-52 Bombers did a fly-over that happened to be in a path right over my office.  It was pretty awesome, and although I didn’t get out there as fast as I’d have liked, I did catch a couple cool shots.  We also had a visit from one of my nieces and my sister-in-law Saturday morning, shortly before an awesome fundraiser for a tavern that a group of fine folks are trying to rehab in my neighborhood.  All said, it was another good week.  Here are a few of my favorites, and here are the rest.

B-52 Fly-By:

Family Visit: 

Paige was showing Emma how to read:

And how to give the puppies in the book kisses:

And then how to give your favorite cousin a smooch on the head (heart explodes from cuteness):

And finally, how to help when there are people smaller than you around (for instance, how to give a baby a pacifier):

Tavern Fundraiser:

And the most awesome photo of all – Emma’s first visit to the St. Anne’s Tavern (not really, don’t call social services on me):

Thanks for the idea, Al. 🙂

March 19th/Week 11

I had a great shooting week.  I managed to find some time to drive around downtown and shoot some really cool architecture, including  couple cool church doors downtown and one sadly burnt pair of houses in the area.  On top of that, Keith’s new band played a show Friday night – a tribute to Duran Duran, and there were six bands total.  Finally, we spent St. Patrick’s Day visiting and tasting beer at my oldest friend’s house.  It was a good week, and I got to put all three of my lenses to good use.  I had sixty-odd photos edited here, but here are some of my favorites of the week.


The show:



Beer and babies:

November 11th/Week 45

Sorry it’s day late, kids.  Had some family things come up!  But here’s what I got this past week – a trip down to Cincinnati with my amazing mom to make fused glass pendants and a fun bowling date with my darling husband.

Not my finest effort, but you can’t win them all! Also, these are the first shots with my new Nikon D7000 – I am still learning it, so be gentle.

It was just GORGEOUS outside early this week.

This was the first pendant I made – we’ll see how it turns out after the kiln!

And this was the one Mom and I made together, for reasons that shall become obvious over the next little while.

This was the one my mom made – she’s very talented! And if you can’t tell, her favorite color is purple. 🙂

Keith and I wear the same size bowling shoes.  But I couldn’t seem to convince him to steal them for me.  Booooo.

We had our choice of some truly technicolor balls (that’s what she said).

And while we only played two games (Keith won the first, I won the second) – he did beat me on pin average.  THIS TIME.

September 23rd/Week 38

So this past weekend, from Friday to Sunday, was pretty great… unless you like short posts with very few photos.

Keith’s parents came into town for the festivities.


Nothing too exciting happened on Sunday – but on Friday, my husband bravely Spiderman-d down a 27-story building after raising over $1K to benefit the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.  That was terrifying to watch, but I’m guessing more terrifying to actually DO.  The same evening, I had 4 of my photos on display downtown for the “Downtown in Focus” competition.  Out of over 200 entries, professional and amateur, three out of my four won Honorable Mentions.  So here are some shots of our Friday night:

This was my initial glance up at the building my husband would be rappelling down.  ::gulp::

And this was my first glance at my husband, over the edge and looking a little nuts.

And now he’s just showing off. 🙂

As he is nearing the bottom, I start to breathe again.

Congrats, Keith!

This was one of my four displayed photos, and one of the three Honorable Mentions – the July 4th fireworks.

Here are two of the other three – one Honorable Mention, and one not – the bridge next to my head, and the fireworks again. Sadly, I didn’t get a shot of the third Honorable Mention.


Now on Saturday morning, we all got up way too early to go watch the demolition of the gigantic smokestack downtown.  Since Keith works for the City, he’s in the know about a lot of these cool events and demo sites.  And because I’m married to Keith, I get the chance to shoot some pretty cool stuff.  Lucky me. 🙂 

Shop talk and gathering excitement…

This gentleman was doing the demonstration and explanation to the button pushers.

Last glimpse of the smokestack that has been part of our skyline for a long, long time.

After the boom, we see the first puff of smoke and debris coming from the base.

And there she goes.

Onlookers seem fascinated, myself included.

Once she hits the ground, the ash and debris start swirling….

…enough to eventually obscure the sun, temporarily.

We all start wandering to the site, once the air has cleared a bit and we’re assured that it’s once again relatively safe.

And the smokestack is no longer.

September 16th/Week 37

Randomness this week, with no particular theme.  And none of these are arty or exciting, so don’t get all wound up when you’re bored halfway through my post. You’ve been warned….

Us eating breakfast at Second Street Market:

Our nursery is close to done – just need the bedding!

So HOW COOL are these decals!?  I had trouble deciding which ones I loved the most, but ended up with a bird and tree theme in the room.

So the bird decals were carefully chosen and lovingly placed on the walls in order to complement the canvas of my birds in a tree photo from this past winter.

We also love the furniture.  It’s nice a solid and a very pretty cider color. 

Quite simply the most comfortable glider/ottoman EVER.  And the stars and moon cast a very soothing glow when the overhead lights are off.  Perfect for reading to our kid. 🙂

This is the other canvas I ordered of one of my first shots with a nursery in mind. 

Lastly, this blanket is one I designed on Cafepress and ordered.  Perfect for our situation.  Our baby will be LOVED like no one else.

And finally, I collect things:

Now, ask me if I paint my nails.  Sure I do.  Like twice a year.

I also like to smell good. 

Chuck P. is the BEST WRITER.  I have all of his books.  And all of Stephen King’s, too.  And Dean Koontz.  And lots of others. 

And I have LOTS of Converse.  I have lived a lot of life and walked a lot of miles in these shoes.  And guess what?  They make baby Converse.  I’m sure I’ll have a collection of those, too. 🙂

September 9th/Week 36

This past weekend was glorious and busy.  Gloriously busy, you could say.  We attended an adoption shower for some friends on Friday, a 50th wedding anniversary party for my step-Grandparents Saturday, worked around the house Sunday, and went to our last season baseball game on Monday.  I didn’t take photos of all of those things, but I did manage to shoot the two parties and get some shots that I was pretty happy with! 

Adoption Shower:

Because our friends are all kind of awesome, the shower was thrown at the stadium of the Dayton Dragons, our local minor league baseball team.  It was pretty awesome. 🙂  And our friends looked SO happy.  Hopefully someday…

50th Wedding Anniversary Party:

And you guessed it – Crabcake was in the house, and as cute as always.  My older niece, Taylor, is growing up to be such a beautiful young lady!  But the awesome thing is that she is not only so prettty – she’s also smart.  And athletic.  And a KIND person, and an amazing big sister.  I’m so proud of both my nieces!

The happy couple!

If my sister-in-law and niece weren’t so freaking sweet and easy to love, I’d resent them for their sheer gorgeousness…

Doug (Mom’s husband), and his dad seemed to covet the Crabcake…

And seriously.  How lovely is my mom?  I hope I got those genes…

Doug’s mom was having a Janet Jackson moment while opening the gifts.

I got a more traditional family shot, but frankly –  I think this is a much better representation of the Mossbarger clan.

And the aftermath of any good party… empty cans and plates.

And finally, I’d like to present my Crabcake in action, with a handsome little dude at the party:

August 19th/Week 33

This past weekend was great.  We hung with friends Friday night, met up with lot of people Saturday, also got to go disc golfing and then visit my Crabcake girl Saturday, and had a baseball game to attend Sunday.  Here’s a mishmash of shots.  Not all are technically great, but I’m learning to enjoy the shots I’m taking instead of stressing if they don’t turn out perfectly.  I think sometimes the capturing the eye contact or emotion of the moment is more important than the composition…

Anyway, here’s a weekend snapshot!

Disc golfing with our friends and their adorable son:

Visiting with my brother and his gorgeous family (starring the Crabcake, of course):

And this, my friends, is what a homerun looks like:

July 15th/Week 28

This week’s blog is in honor of my most awesome spouse, Keith. 

I was feeling uninspired this week.  I was trying to figure out where I could go to get some inspiration to photo-blog since the goal is one post per week all year long.  After thinking, and driving, and finally giving up and going home – I sat on my couch and wondered how other people found inspiration to be creative.  Then it hit me.  I know where at least ONE person finds their peace, creativity, inspiration – whatever you want to call it.  And that person, my friends, is my husband.

You see, I live in a very musical house.  Between the antique piano, the plethora of guitars and basses, the drum kit in the basement – it’s often a noisy place to live.  I tend to give Keith a hard time for having so many instruments laying around.  But the truth is that he is skilled with all of them, he loves playing them, and I love that they make him so happy.  There’s beauty in what he does with them, there’s beauty in seeing Keith so happy and relaxed, and there’s actually beauty in the lines of the instruments. 

So, honey, this one is for you!

July 8th/Week 27

This past weekend brought the Cityfolk festival in downtown Dayton on Friday night, a tour of the famous Westcott House in Springfield (by Frank Lloyd Wright) on Satuday, and another visit to the Cityfolk festival for fireworks on Sunday.  I got a kind of ridiculous amount of fireworks photos, and I will be posting every one that I edited.  So, prepare for about 30 total photos this week! So either A. Sorry, or B. You’re welcome!  All shots posted in the order they were taken.




This was taken about 2 or 3 hours before the fireworks started, when I staked out a spot down by the river.  But I wasn’t in a van down by the river. 🙂

In contrast, this was how nuts things got about 1 hour before the fireworks.  They started swarming and I had to really protect my spot since we all know that people, generally speaking, are pushy jerks. 🙂

Fireworks – all of these were taken at low ISO (100), narrow aperture (usually between f/16-f/22), and long exposure (anywhere from 6-25 seconds):

But by far, my absolute favorite shot of the night is this: 

I’m pretty happy with it… I love that you can clearly see the people on the bridge enjoying one awesome thing that Dayton has to offer!

Thanks for looking!