• May 8, 2010

Ever since I bought this bike last summer, I’ve been daydreaming about photographing it among red tulips. My tulip bike has been my friend, my companion– I ride it to the store when we only need celery and popsicles, to the church for meetings or to Cafe Normandie for a cup of soup with friends.

Many evenings I follow Mary on her bike over to the elementary school, turning lazy figure eights while she swings across the monkey bars. It makes me feel young and free; I adore the headlights and the bell, the leather tulip seat and the embellished mud flaps. Every time I walk past it in the garage I smile in delight. All winter long it was my promise of Spring.

And so, when the blooms stretched forth their necks in Claudia’s garden, I called and begged for a photo op. And only Claudia would just happen to have the perfect dress, the perfect daughter (who braved 37 degree weather for this shoot) and a husband who ran to the garage to procure a ladder for me.

Sarah truly is this gorgeous, her skin is truly this white. I actually warmed it up several degrees in Photoshop.


just for fun–this is straight out of the camera



and I love the antique milk-wash, the texture. But always I come back to the sunwarmed, brilliant colors…


because this is how my little bike makes me feel.

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May 9, 2010



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    May 8, 2010

    absolutely stunning!!! Love the shot with the dog in the basket.

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    May 8, 2010

    I’m left speechless by these. I especially love the one where she’s laughing.

    And on a side note…She is as beautiful as Sleeping Beauty!


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    Gabrielle Turner

    May 8, 2010

    Wow, those are beautiful! I must know– how did you create the sunflare effect in the corner of the images? I would love to be able to do that (I am a photographer and know PS pretty well).

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    May 8, 2010

    Love your bike and need to see pics of you riding it! – and, so are you going to give us a PS tutorial? How do you get the sunshine? Don’t leave me hanging here…

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    May 9, 2010

    Oh my goodness! I am dying over these pictures. She will love them! Dorthy and her little dog Toto had me laughing out loud. Beg anytime girlfriend. Too fun.

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    May 9, 2010

    This really makes me miss my bike. Beautiful photos!

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    May 9, 2010

    I don’t even know what to say except that you are so darned talented. I love the bike and I love the pictures. They made me grateful that today actually WAS as lovely as that spring day looked.

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    May 9, 2010

    I think she looks like a modern Snow White. Beautiful! Women will be throwing away their spray on tanning lotion to replicate her her fabulous look!

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    House of Estrogen

    May 9, 2010

    So you put that sunshine in with Photoshop??? That’s amazing! I’m with Tracy… we need a tutorial! It is gorgeous! And the bike… WOW! Everybody needs a bike like that! She is a beauty!

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    May 9, 2010

    those are absolutely amazing, and i agree we NEED a tutorial on the sunshine! LOL!

    and that BIKE! oh my goodness I NEED THAT BIKE! LOL! I adore it!!!!!!!!!!!

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    May 9, 2010

    These pictures are perfection!

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    May 11, 2010

    All the colors are stunning, the yellow bike, the red tulips, and the adorable girl. Geepers… loved all of it!