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For those of you in the midst of planning your 2010/2011 wedding, come by and see me at Cline Cellars in Sonoma on:

Saturday, February 20th  .  11-3pm

I’ll be there along with many other talented event vendors and I’d love to meet you!  I’ll have a small table setup with some of my work as well as have my camera ready for a fun (and complimentary) photo op with some unlikely photo props that I’m certain will be a big hit!

Three words:  Vespa.  Goggles.  Wine!!!

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PUG Spotlight

I’m blushing a bit from this attention, but I’ve been putting in the work so it’s nice to get a little nod from my peers.

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There are some exciting new things brewing with Megan Clouse Photography and I’ll give you a hint…. well, I’ll just tell you since I can’t think of any hints!

Amazing Images [now] + Updated Website [coming soon]

I’ve been working with some lovely new editing software and I’m crazy in love with some of the unique results; especially this vintage-style!  As much as I love it, I will say that I’m very particular about keeping these vintage images for just a select few when editing an entire wedding, but when I do, I feel they give such a unique touch and add a beautiful element to the story.

Here are two of my new favorite images from a wedding that I photographed back in 2006.  I feel like these images stop time…

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A few photos from my window sill on this wet & wintry day .

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a PUG and a Camera

With 2010 in full swing and a renewed energy for ticking off those New Year’s resolutions, I decided to partner up with Pictage (my photo lab) and take on the leading role of a new networking photographer’s group here in the Sonoma/Napa region called PUG: Pictage User Group.  Our PUG group is a monthly gathering for local photographers to meet, share, learn and build relationships.

This new year has invigorated a lot of renewed energy and goals in all of us, and I’m very excited to add this new project to my repertoire!

Here are a couple photos from our first gathering.  Mind you there were many more of us earlier on, but leave it to photographers to scatter before I could take the group picture!  🙂

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With our inland home socked in with fog & clouds for days upon days, me and the Hubby thought we’d try some reverse psychology and drive out to the Sonoma Coast in search of the sunshine.  I was so hopeful that this bait and switch would work, I even lathered up with SPF 30.  The sun never made a full appearance, although at one point I felt like a groundhog, when I shouted out that I could see my shadow, all be it faint.  Even though the sun didn’t join our beach walk, the ocean stepped up by flaunting some beautiful Mediterranean-like colors, that we normally don’t see.

Having grown up on the Russian River, spending squelching summers swimming and canoeing, it’s always fascinating to actually see the very, very end of the river.  Here it is reaching towards the ocean.  The mouth of the river is a living entity, always opening, closing and changing and as I stood there I felt compelled to grab some driftwood and dig a trench to help it out.

Is it just me or is there anyone else out there that would NEVER dream of picking up a seal, even if it was injured!?  They might be cute, but their teeth are not.

Here is a set of old railroad tracks that are disappearing into the sand.  A reminder of a long-ago era that is literally deteriorating into only a memory.

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I don’t take New Year’s resolutions that seriously, but one area of my life that I vowed to improve as the clock striked midnight on Dec. 31st was to expand my adventuresome spirit.  So to stretch my comfort zone I took a drive into San Francisco last Thursday to see my friend’s hip, urban loft, despite all of the – or should I say my issues; The address is south of Market St. which somewhere in my head I drew the imaginary line to never pass; second it’s in the heart of the Mission District which they tell me is an area that is filled with respectable citizens sprinkled with crack addicts and prostitutes; and lastly as I made my way down Hwy 101 with my printed Google directions resting on my lap, a 4.1 earthquake struck the Bay Area, just to add to the “adventure”.

I understand that you’re probably reading this with a perplexed look on your face and your adventure meter would never even flinch with this day trip, but you have to understand that I grew up in a town with no traffic lights and it’s just the way I am – I mean used to be!  But in my defense, I handled the city like a pro.  I zipped around Muni buses, squeezed between pedestrians in the crosswalk, and I even honked at the car in front of me who wasn’t yielding to my liking.

With that big intro, this now leads me to the loft…

It’s amazing and I instantly felt like I had cinched up my “hip belt” a few notches just by visiting my friend who is a very talented painter and is taking this new year to expand her other talents; floral and organizational design.  It was a nice treat to escape and I enjoyed seeing another side of our beautiful state.  Thanks sweetie for having me over!

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