Week 12 - Inspiration: Trash

"Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right." - Mark Twain

#2019dogwood52 #dogwood52 #dogwoodweek12

#2019dogwood52 #dogwood52 #dogwoodweek12

February Celebrations

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” - Oprah Winfrey

This weekend, we are celebrating a belated Valentine’s Day + an early birthday with a few of my favorite things…

This weekend, we are celebrating a belated Valentine’s Day + an early birthday with a few of my favorite things…

Lake Park Bistro
Pink Tulip
Brunch at my favorite  Lake Park Bistro

Brunch at my favorite Lake Park Bistro

Remember  her ?

Remember her?

MAM After Dark

MAM After Dark

A sneak peak of  Bouguereau & America  at the Milwaukee Art Museum (I’ll show you more in April.)

A sneak peak of Bouguereau & America at the Milwaukee Art Museum (I’ll show you more in April.)

What's New

“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” — Imogen Cunningham

January 1.jpg

Six years ago, I started Project 365 by posting one picture everyday — a quick iPhone snapshot of whatever I found interesting, beautiful, or indicative of my current situation. As the days and years passed, my interest and skills in photography, editing, and blogging grew and I was no longer content to post “whatever” caught my eye each day. I do love the idea of Project 365, but I often struggled to maintain the pace or to find new inspiration. At the end of each year, I wondered if I should reduce or even abandon my project. I mean, I didn’t miss a single day in six years — that’s 2,191 days (365 day/year + 1 Leap Year). That is serious dedication!

Every year, I tried to shift my focus from quantity to quality while recognizing that it is actually the quantity of photos that lead to the quality I strive to achieve. When I lacked inspiration, I found that capturing familiar subjects helped me to experiment with camera settings, lighting, angles, and editing techniques, ultimately allowing me to grow as a photographer. Yes, my photos did get better, but let’s face it, you have seen a lot of flowers, trees, books, pastries, cups of tea and coffee, glasses of wine, critters with wings or fur, and one particularly photogenic beagle! And if I’m being entirely honest, it isn’t always fun. There have been days when nothing captured my attention and nights when I was too tired to be creative or clever. In six years, I posted content while in five time zones, six states, and three countries. I have often wondered if I missed out on truly experiencing the moment by always trying to capture it in words and images.

I know that if I were to stop entirely, I would disappoint a lot of people — especially myself. I would miss the challenge, the careful observation, the creativity, and the learning. So in 2019, I have decided to afford myself the flexibility to enjoy the process rather than hold myself accountable to strict guidelines. This year, I might challenge myself with photo series, themes, colors, and even a Project 52, but I am not going to commit to posting everyday. I won’t be skulking around the yard after dinner desperately searching for something to photograph or browsing through my image archives at 11:30 pm to supplement a less than inspirational day. I want to plan and process, edit and proofread. I hope to write more of my own content rather than simply finding a quote to accompany my images. I am certain that I will have plenty of pictures to post a “calendar view” at the end of each month, but I will only choose the photos that I really love — several of which might be taken on the same day.

Last October, I began building a new platform to share curated photo collections, to archive of all my work since 2011, and to create new blog posts. I also included a contact page for you to offer suggestions and ideas. Although, my primary motivation for continuing this work is personal, I really do appreciate your feedback. In the past, I have posted all of my content directly to social media. Consequently, the number of visits to my Blogger site steadily decreased and the “likes” and comments stopped entirely. I sincerely hope that, by simply sharing links or single images on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, you will take the time to visit my new website and share your thoughts right here (C’est ma vie! aka melindalarson.com). Maybe you could start right now — Please let me know what you think by liking and/or commenting below!

Happy New Year and cheers to a new perspective! XO 🥂


(365/365) “For last year's words belong to last year's language, and next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning." - T.S. Eliot


Week 33 - Composition: Figure to Ground

August 12, 2018 (224/365) •  "Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!" - Dom Pérignon

Week 33 - Composition: Figure to Ground #dogwoodweek33, #dogwood52, #dogwood2018

[Figure to Ground is designed to make the subject stand out. Light on dark, dark on light.]

French Friday: French 77 + Champagne Macarons

 le 22 juin 2018 (173/365) • Le Rêve, Wauwatosa, WI

« Le Champagne aide à l'émerveillement. » - George Sand

French 77 Cocktail: 1 oz. St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, 1/4 oz. Lemon Juice, Champagne, and a twist

Photos du déjeuner avec des amis au Rêve and a treat chez moi:

le macaron du jour - Champagne!

French Friday: 50 ans (bis)

February 23, 2018 (054/365)

Last year, I celebrated my 50th birthday with a cocktail at the Bar Hemingway in the Paris Ritz. This year, I'm once again celebrating a milestone anniversary -- 50 years ago, my parents adopted me. This is my first "Gotcha Day" missing both Mom and Dad, but, as Ernest Hemingway once said, “No one you love is ever truly lost.”

Pink Champagne

February 18, 2018 (049/365) • National Drink Wine Day

“Champagne makes you feel like it’s Sunday and there are better days around the corner.” - Marlene Dietrich

Who can resist pink Champagne? Especially when it comes with its own purse?


January 1, 2018 (001/365) • The New Year should always start with bubbles!

"Approach the new year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day." - Michael Josephson


December 31, 2017 (365/365) • Cheers to 2018!

"Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, 'It will be happier.'" - Alfred Lord Tennyson