Trying new things

Ocean City, NJ prints for sale at Polka Dot Cottage

I get a lot of nice comments on my photos, and that (of course!) makes me happy! But recently a friend of mine asked to buy a few prints to decorate her newly-painted bathroom, and that made me feel flattered and very happy :-)

It got me thinking about opening a proper photography shop.

I’ve been down that road before, but it has always fizzled for one reason or another, be it timing, a bad match between my style and the venue, or just a lack of word-of-mouth. This time, before going to the time and expense of opening a professional shop, I am running a little pre-sale to test the waters.

For the next few days only I am offering 8×10 prints of the ten images below (all taken this month in Ocean City, NJ). Each art print is $25 each plus shipping. (Click on the images to see them in more detail.)

The unframed prints will be professionally printed on Kodak Lustre paper and mailed to you in a sturdy cardboard mailer. They should take about 2-3 weeks to reach you (given I need to order the prints first, and then send them to you once I receive them).

If you are interested, or you have any questions at all, contact me with your email address and the image(s) you would like. I’ll email you a PayPal invoice.

By the way, I am more than willing to print other sizes (with the cost going up or down as appropriate) or to show you what the images look like in B+W or Sepia, if that’s more your thing. Just drop me a line!

Thank you in advance! If this little experiment results in a couple of sales, I will go ahead and work on getting that new print shop set up 📷

TWiP: Beaches and Birthdays

A weekly roundup of the images I took for my daily Project 365, as well as the slice-of-life things I posted on Instagram.

This was a good week. Two of my favorite things about May happened this week: our Ocean City trip, and my birthday. Yay!

There are a lot of images this week – I tend to go a little Instagram-crazy when we’re on vacation. So I’m just going to let all of those pictures do the talking today :-)

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for my Project 365 (one image each day for all of 2015), plus some everyday-life snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…


Instagram: Good morning, Ocean City, New Jersey! 😎

Instagram: Sun, clouds, beach, quilt, family 😎. PS I can’t see my phone screen. I’m photo-editing blind…

365: 2015 136/365 – Brothers on the beach.

Instagram: The kids have no interest in amusement parks (I know, right??) so I went by myself and spent an hour photographing spinny lights at dusk. 📷😀


Instagram: It was supposed to be a dismal rainy day today, but it’s actually 80 degrees and gorgeous. I hardly know what to do with myself!

365: 2015 137/365 – Under the fishing pier


365: 2015 138/365 – If you get up to pee at 5:15am, you might as well sneak outside and catch the sunrise while you’re up.

Instagram: I’ve walked so much since we got here that this morning my legs are saying, “no thanks, we’re just gonna sit here and drink coffee and do nothing all day.”

Instagram: Ok, so I had to buy a pair of “sun readers” so I could see the words on the page during the brightest part of the day. Shut up. #thisisfortyfour


Instagram: My last morning coffee boardwalk run until our next trip. Sigh. PS. Fog!

365: 2015 139/365 – Well, we packed up the car, visited the arcade, had some lunch, and headed home. Not everyone was happy about the heading home part.

Instagram: In the three hours since we arrived home, our first peony has popped open. ❤🌸❤


365: 2015 140/365 – As much as I love the colors of the shore, I would miss all of this luscious green if I lived there. Spring just seemed to explode in our yard while we were gone.

Instagram: Gotta love those parking lot sunsets.


365: 2015 141/365 – My Thursday night snack: iced coffee and pretzels.


Instagram: I love @starbucks birthday rewards 🎈Free @frappuccino FTW!

365: 2015 142/365 – Birthday cupcakes to share, and a new string of lights.

Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on Flickr.

I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!