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Jill Brown has over 15 years of experience in the field of photography. She has studied photography at Missouri State University and Maryville University, St. Louis. She spent time working on her personal fine art work for many years and in 2003 started her first wedding and portrait photography business in St. Louis, MO. Jill moved to Des Moines, IA in 2005 and has continued her wedding and portrait business along with her fine art photography. Jill currently has work displayed in and around the Des Moines area as well as work in personal collections around the world. Jill uses both medium format film cameras and digital formats to create her images. This is how the artist describes her work: “My work is a reflection of everyday life and places. I chose the medium of photography as a tool to capture the essence of the person or place. I create images to depict the subject as they are remembered in the mind. Not posed or unnatural, but as a window into the intimate world of the subject.” Jill Brown is a member of Professional Photographers of America.

Monday, April 19, 2010

First Family Camping Trip of the Season!

Date:  April 16-18, 2010
Location:  Timberline Campground


A little while ago, a good friend of mine - Becky of Willow Avenue Pottery - told me that I need to write more about me and not just about the photography I do professionally.  She was right... how boring is it that all you folks get to read is me talking about the work I do but hardly ever letting you know who I am.  :)


So here goes... a blog post about me and what I've been up to lately.  


My family and I *LOVE* to go camping.  This past weekend was one of the few empty weekends I have of the Spring through Fall seasons, so we did some camping at Timberline Campground this weekend with friends!  It was a PeRfEcT weekend for camping.  The nights were cool and crisp.  The days were sunny and lukewarm.  Spring flowers were everywhere!


We ate Dave's famous chili, friends came just for a visit (and brought some very needed firewood - thank you!)  We stayed up until 2:30 AM by the fire with our friends, the Seidl family.  


We had such a good time!  


Here are some photos from the weekend:




Puppies sleeping in the camper Saturday morning...
Camping:  April 16-18, 2010

Otis...
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Gracie... she was my "fire starter" on Saturday morning...
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Dave on his laptop (there was wireless internet at the campsite).  He's looking up cool stuff for the camper.  
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The dogs hanging with Hannah...
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Mary and I took Otis on a nature walk...
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Camping:  April 16-18, 2010

We heard something moving under this fallen tree...
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Can you see what was staring at us from under the log?
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Spring flowers were everywhere!
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Even the bees were out!
Camping:  April 16-18, 2010

We did a lot of hanging by the fire...
Camping:  April 16-18, 2010

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Camping:  April 16-18, 2010

Camping:  April 16-18, 2010

Camping:  April 16-18, 2010

Camping:  April 16-18, 2010

Camping:  April 16-18, 2010

Camping:  April 16-18, 2010


This coming weekend I have a wedding and two portrait sessions in St. Louis.  Next week - if the weather hold out - I am going "trucking" for a day with Becky.  :)  That will be blogged as well.  YEAH!  I can't wait for that adventure!


Thanks all!  I hope you enjoyed your weekend as much as I enjoyed mine!


Be back soon!

5 comments:

Gary's third pottery blog said...

Holy cats Jill, a racoon!!! Love your dogs :) And those were some awesome looking mugs at the campsite there...

Becky Jo said...

I'm so glad you did a 'personal' blog post. Now we know all about you... well, some about you. :)

I see the critter! Ahh... nature.

Trucking will be fun. I always like having riders.. it makes it even more fun! :)

Becky Jo said...

P.S. I love your funny little 14 year old dog. It reminds me of a gremlin, you know.. the nice one. :)

Jill A. Brown said...

Yeah! I have to be honest - seeing a raccoon at 11:30 in the morning ... well it kinda freaked me out. I mean, what the heck is the raccoon doing out during the day??!! My thoughts were either (1) it's got some babies under that log or (2) it has rabies. I blocked out option 2.

Yeah Trucking! :) Heehee!

Jill A. Brown said...

LOL... yes, Dave sometimes calls her his little Magwai. :) Sometimes she makes noises like them. She's a funny little doggie.