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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Learning From The Best ...

Photography by Kristine Jan 2018


As I sat sipping a coffee while watching Annie Leibovitz's MasterClass, I decided to take out my camera and shoot the photo above. Just so you know, the blur was intentional. It captured the moment as it felt to me. Present. Real. 

I wanted to document this moment. I wanted to remember learning from the best. I have followed Annie's work for many years, but learning from her experiences has been eye opening. This class was down to earth, creative not technical. Sure, she speaks of the technical side of the craft, but mostly what moves her. What inspires her. This is what motivates me. She speaks of the composition outweighing all else. 

I will take away many thoughts from this class going forward and use these techniques in my own work. 

What inspires you? 

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Another Year ...

Photography by Kristine 

Another Year

Coffee mornings & wine nights
Kid-like highs & heartbreaking lows
Many conversations & great belly laughs
Family moments & lasting memories 
Enjoyable movies & page turning books
Unexpected moments & baffling disappointments
Different hopes & revised dreams
Wide smiles & lifelong tears
Adapting to new schedules & late dinners
Busy days & quieter evenings 

Dec 2017 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Happy Holidays To All ...

Photography by Kristine 

Merry Christmas To My Family & Friends 
Wishing You Health & Happiness, Always 

Looking forward to writing more in 2018 ...
Until Then ...

Much Love,

Sunday, October 1, 2017


Photography by Kristine 


A season that arrives each year
One I never tire of 
Like an old friend returning
Leaves dancing across the street
Crisp cool air across my face 
Layers of clothing to wear
Opening the door to the scent of comfort food
Football games to watch
Enjoying time with family and friends
A time that never lasts long enough 

Kristine Dubuque Ortega
October 1, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

We Will Rise!

For those of you who know me, you are  aware that I am not one to speak of politics. I have my opinions, but they are not vocalized often. 

When I came across this quote, I was reminded of the negativity of where the world is headed. How the Government is run. The state America is in.

I find solace is knowing previous generations have also had their uncertain times. They have risen above and so will we! 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Appeal of Sea Glass ...

Photography: Beach Lust 

As each Summer passes I find myself researching the beauty of Sea Glass. What is about these colorful pieces of frosted glass that are so appealing?

There are very few beaches along the New England coastline where you can find these rarities. I hope to visit a few beaches I have researched between now and the upcoming Fall season.

I would love to have a few pieces to call my own.

Does anyone else find these finds engaging?

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Summer Switch Out ...

Photography by Kristine 2017 

The Summer Switch Out ... 

Hot chocolate for ice cold lemonade
Winter boots for stylish sandals 
Long sleeves for tank tops 
Shoveling snow for raking the yard 
Silence in the early morning to birds chirping 
Bare trees to colorful bushes 
Dark colors to bright hues 
Short days to longer evenings 
Comfort food for ice cream sundaes
Moisturizing before bed to pedicures
Warm socks to bare feet

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Meet Frida ...

Meet Frida! 

She is a Blythe doll. She has a short purple bob hairstyle, four different colored eye choices (you can pull a cord and change the color of her eyes - aka eye chips!), she has a simple skipper style body. Most of her doll clothes I have found have been vintage clothes from doll collectors! 

She has been my latest photography experiment. She has been teaching me how to catch the best light, has gotten me outdoors and has given me great joy to capture and dress up for these photo shoots! 

Most of these photos have been taken on my day off. She brings me back to the days of "play". 
She has reminded me to slow down, and do what I love ... Create! 

As a child I was never into dolls, but she is different. Unique. Fun. 

What have you done strictly "for fun" lately?