New Family Portrait Session with the Bates Family

Have you seen any warriors lately?

I have! The Bates family is here to protect all that is important to you here in the desert!

See more family portraits at LemonDrop Creative on Facebook or at my online portfolio.

October Specials: 25% New-client Discount, 30% Returning-customer Discount & On-location in Henderson, NV


I've recently adjusted and updated my personal portrait session prices and am happy to announce the following portrait specials for the month of October:

25% New Client Discount
New clients... Book your portrait session or special event photography between now and October 10th and receive a 25% New Client Discount. 
Returning Customers: 30% off with 1 referral
If you are a returning customer, book your portrait session between now and October 10th and receive a 30% discount with the referral of 1 client. Your referral client must book a session between now and October 10th for you to receive this discount.

On-Location in Henderson, Nevada:
I will be in Henderson, Nevada, for a few days between October 9-13th.

If you are interested in a mini-session for some time during that week, let me know via email or Facebook. I will know my availability soon and we can coordinate your personal session. The previous two offers are valid for Henderson residents as well! (Including the 25% New Client Discount, and 30% Returning Customer Discount with 1 Referral).

Need help deciding what to do for your session? See what other clients have done for some ideas!

Know someone who should use these specials? Give them a buzz, send them this link via Twitter or text them. Can't wait to see you soon!

For more information about LemonDrop Creative, visit the LemonDrop Creative photography Facebook page or see more online portfolio pictures.


Ridgecrest Adventurography Excursion: Cerro Coso Community College

I took these pictures back in July and posted them on Facebook then, but apparently didn't share them on the ole' bloggy blog. My apologies. Ridgecrest's local community college, Cerro Coso, probably has the best view in the entire valley. Enjoy a few pics from their south west lawn. I especially like the funky rock garden.


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Pictures from my first-ever "Ridgecrest Adventurography Excursion"

Since moving to Ridgecrest, I've been scoping out spots to either do photoshoots or areas of town that I am unfamiliar with that I would like to explore. Granted, there aren't too many nooks and crannies to explore in this smaller desert town, but that just means I'll get to know the town better than any other place I've lived, right? :)

So, to help me keep my sanity, keep up my photo skills, to get out of the house, and to have fun, I decided to document these little outings. I have aptly named them the "Ridgecrest Adventurography Excursion" series. Basically, anytime I go out and just have photo time around the city, they'll be documented for, uh... posterity's sake and for your's, I guess.

Outing #1 was at Rademacher Hills, on the Sunland Trail. I haven't spent much time doing sunset pictures, so I thought I'd give my hand a try at those. I left the house a bit later than I should have, I didn't really have a destination in mind -- I just decided to drive out towards the local college and see where I ended up.

Here are the spoils from that trip:

From the 'DROID:

An abandoned mine:

I started at the trailhead with the goal to get to the front/west side of the first of two hills. I made it to the south side of hill two and didn't quite get the pics I was imagining, but then again, you can't achieve perfection all of the time. :)

 I have always had a thing for fence posts:

 I love catching natural lens flares from the sun's rays:

Here is the last time I saw the sun before it set, on the south side of hill #2:

There's my car... Waaaaaaayyyyyyy down there:

A view of the west side of Ridgecrest:

Some of the local shrubbery:

Cottontop Cactus... Echinocactus polycephalus
Native Americans ate the seeds and used the plants to treat burns, and the spines were used as needles.

 Neat stuff! 

I grew up in the desert (Southern Nevada), and have seen similar plants to these, but have never seen a Cottontop Cactus until I moved to Ridgecrest. I thought these were really cool. Not to mention a titch fierce looking once you get a good peak at those fearsome spikes.

Panoramic shot of Ridgecrest's southeast end... I think the mountains look great at dusk:

Well, that concludes this week's Adventurography Excursion... If you have location suggestions that you think I should check out, let me know! I'd love to hear from you via a comment below.

Stay tuned for the next one!

I am back!

Has it really been since January that I last posted?! Sheesh... let me tell you, I've missed photographing and it has been way too long. But, since last we met, the following have occurred in my life:

. My college crush/boyfriend proposed to me the night of/morning of New Years (yay!)

. I madly worked on wedding plans at the same time as I finished my graduate school field project through March.

. Got married on Friday, May 6th: a beautiful Spring morning, danced in the cherry blossoms and celebrated with family friends all day long.

 . Danced the night away at a beautiful reception (I had so much fun planning this party... and yes, it was a PARTY! Yay!)

. Moved from my downtown Salt Lake City apartment to Ridgecrest, CA, pop. 30,000, 2 days after the wedding

.And we are... 6 months after my last posting and 2 months after a wonderful wedding and 2 months into a wonderful marriage with my best friend

I have been earnestly searching for full-time (or even part-time) employment, but in a city full of engineers and scientists, there aren't many positions for creative types such as myself. :) I am finally getting around to relocating my photography business here to Ridgecrest. It has taken a while, and has started much too late, but... at least I'm finally doing it, right?

I'm excited to get to know the city more, to get to know the wonderful people here and continue making this our home. I look forward to getting to know you!

Up Next: Photos from my first "Ridgecrest Adventureography Excursion."

Stay tuned!


Temple Square Christmas 2010

I love Christmas. I love Salt Lake City at Christmas.
Especially Temple Square on an evening when it's just dumped buckets of snow.
Pure bliss.

Throughout this entire Christmas season I have been wishing for a good dumping of snow to occur on an evening where I would be available to actually go to Temple Square and take evening photos. I finally got my wish the night before I left Salt Lake for New Years. It was a lovely precursor to an even greater weekend.

Enjoy... And Happy New Year, Merry Christmas -- all year round.

"Oh, Come Let Us Adore Him"