Nutcracker Craft Boutique in Brea, CA

nutcracker visix 16

I will be at the Nutcracker Craft Boutique in Brea, CA this weekend!

Brea Community Center

695 East Madison Way

Day 1: Friday, November 17 @9am-6pm

Day 2: Saturday, November 18 @9am-4pm

My booth is #200 near Randolph Ave.

I look forward to seeing you there!


Debra  🙂

2 Critical Tips for Taking Pictures in Low Light

Happy Halloween! If you’re out trick-or-treating with your family and friends tonight, you may want to remember a few tips to taking the best pictures in low light. Here are a few:

Flash? or No Flash?

  • Yes! Use the flash if your subject is just a few feet away from you/the camera.
  • No! Do Not use the flash when the scene or subject is further away such as, across the street or you want to capture the decorations that have lights. The flash won’t do anything except light what’s directly in front of you and you will lose the effect of the lights you want to capture.
  • See the difference between the images of the zombie. On the left is the flash. This works for your child in their costume. The one on the right shows how menacing the zombie can be in its natural light without a flash.

Halloween 2013 027Halloween 2013 032

To Eliminate Camera Shake:

  • Use a TRIPOD and LOW ISO.
  • If you don’t have a Tripod, set the camera on a counter, table top or other solid surface.
    • Use a Cable Release – this is like a remote control button to take the picture.
    • Use the Self-Timer on the camera.
      • Both of these help reduce fuzziness in the image because you aren’t touching the camera when taking a picture.
  • If you are HOLDING the camera, use a HIGH ISO.

Holiday Boutique this Saturday!


I will be participating in The Holiday Boutique this weekend, October 22, 2016, at El Dorado High School from 9am to 3pm.

Their address is:
1651 N. Valencia Ave., Placentia, CA

I will be selling my book, calendars, greeting cards and other photos. My booth number is #155 and is supposed to be inside the gym. There will be all kinds of crafts and food. Come and walk around. You might get some early holiday shopping done with all of the vendors there, including me!

Thank you for your support!



FRONT COVER  — Large Calendar


I Am In Control of My Time

Mt. Fuji is in the background through the clouds.

My Blessed Home

Hi! My favorite color is GREEN. So, obviously, I love trees and plants and flowers… My favorite flower is the gardenia. My grandmother had a flowering plant in front of her house and she always had one or several gardenias floating in water on the kitchen table. She died 21 years ago this March. When I moved into my house 5 years ago in April, I didn’t know I had a gardenia bush next to my front porch. My mother-in-law came over with a few friends a month or two later that first year and one of them said, “You have a beautiful gardenia bush.” “I do?!?! Where?” She brought me to my front door and just ahead of me before the steps up to the house was my very own gardenia bush! I looked up at the sky and said, “Thank you, Grandma, for blessing our new home!” 🙂



5 Love Languages


The Five Love Languages:

* Words of Affirmation

* Quality Time

* Receiving Gifts

* Acts of Service

* Physical Touch

Happy Early Valentine’s Day!



Flowers - San Francisco Conservatory - 3.7.09 030 - jpeg cropped

“Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson — San Francisco Conservatory



“No bird soars too high if he soars on his own wings.”
— William Blake — Santa Monica, CA

Nothing is Ever as it Seems


To many, this may look like I drew the lion in the grass with Photoshop, but that’s not the case. I did not touch anything in this picture. It is exactly as I took it.

Interestingly, the reason the lion looks like a painting is because the pixels are spread out which makes the details softer. At the time I shot this picture, I was just transitioning from film to digital and had a small point and shoot 5 megapixel camera. If I had a camera with more megapixels, I’m not sure I would have gotten the same effect in the photo. That’s where the magic happens. I zoomed in to frame the lion with the tree in the background, but let the camera focus. This made the lion appear like a drawing or painting because of its natural camouflage in the red oat grass.

Excerpt from: Moments in Time Captured Forever; You Don’t Need a Good Camera to Take Good Pictures.



“Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
— Confucius — Kenya, Africa