The Netherlands: Amsterdam in April

In April of this year, my mom and I took holidays from our respective jobs and met up for our flights out of Dulles airport. This trip to the Netherlands was of course with a pleasant vacation in mind, but we had a specific destination that led us to this beautiful European destination, and April […]

WordCamp Pittsburgh

The WordCamp Pittsburgh conference only had one day of sessions, but one day was all I needed to absorb everything I could from the fantastic topics covered. The organizers behind WordCamp Pittsburgh made the most of Saturday the 9th and I came away with a wealth of information and new connections. My only regret was […]

WordCamp for Publishers 2017

One of the first events of its kind under the WordCamp umbrella, WordCamp for Publishers was slated to bring together ideas from those who use WordPress to share information in media. The website summed it up best: WordCamp for Publishers is a community-organized event bringing together folks who use WordPress to manage publications, big or […]

PressNomics 2017

The¬†couple of weeks leading up to the PressNomics conference consisted of typically busy spring days. I was traveling to speak at WordCamp San Diego, which included my first road trip in my Toyota 86, as well as preparations for a holiday to the Netherlands that would follow soon after the conclusion of the conference. Soon […]

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West

In November 2016,¬†during my dad’s annual Thanksgiving visit to Phoenix, we opted to take a tour of the famous architect’s¬†winter home and architecture school. Having previously toured Wright’s Fallingwater on one of my Pennsylvania trips, it seemed fitting that we could compare and contrast together. On this tour, I also had the added bonus of […]

WordCamp San Diego 2017

WordCamp San Diego is always a fun event to attend, and this year was no different. I was excited to attend as a speaker this year and discussed¬†Why Good Developers Don’t Ignore Multisite.¬†I talked about¬†growing as a developer, and places where utilizing and understanding Multisite can help fast-track your WordPress skills. Diving into #Wordpress multisite […]

Fall and Winter 2016-2017

It was a blur, it really was. Looking at my posts, I am¬†incredibly far behind… but considering the digital life I live sometimes it’s nice to know I was so busy enjoying¬†life beyond the screen that I miss a blog post… or five. I’m going to try to cover¬†through¬†fall and winter 2016 so in the […]

WordCamp New York City 2016

I had a New York City trip on my mind in¬†2016¬†for a variety of reasons: visit FanSided’s parent company offices, attend a WordCamp, and sight-see a bit since I hadn’t¬†been to New York in nearly 8 years. Simply put, there wasn’t just one highlight. Not only was the WordCamp itself¬†a fantastic experience between the people […]

Summer 2016 Travels and Adventures

Because I live in Phoenix year round, I think my perspective on the length of summer has changed. As far as I’m concerned, summer started¬†part-way through May and as such,¬†I’ve still¬†got another month or so¬†before¬†it will be over. I don’t¬†mind the Arizona summers as long as I treat them like I did winter in Pennsylvania: […]

Sonex Xenos Build: A Story in Photos

Last month I¬†got to photograph¬†the finished product of a Sonex Xenos kit airplane build that I followed over several years. My dad had sent me video of its¬†first flight before I made the trip out to Pennsylvania, but seeing his¬†completed airplane in person, with each rivet flush against a silver-painted exterior, was¬†inspiring and exciting.¬†The project […]

Pima Air and Space Museum

Back in March I went on a day trip to the Pima Air &¬†Space Museum in Tucson, AZ. It was fun photo safari day with friends that I would highly recommend if you’re at all interested in planes or history. While¬†all of the photos I liked enough to share here are of outside, they have […]

2016 So Far, Part 2: Arizona Visitors and PressNomics

The first¬†part of this little miniseries took care of my “2015 in review” and included¬†some of my¬†favorite candid shots from volunteering with CANTER Arizona.¬†In this post¬†I’ll move¬†away from the equine side of my life and share some snapshots from adventures with my two-legged friends. Visitors and Adventures February was stressful at work for me as […]

2016 So Far, Part 1: Ponies

Somehow I missed the deadline for a 2015 year in review post. I missed it by a longshot, actually, considering we’re¬†already well into March. I can sum the past year up pretty quickly: WordCamp (San Diego) Speaking at WordCamp¬†(Philadelphia) A third WordCamp (Los Angeles) Officially becoming an employee of TIME (via acquisition) Car adventures (I […]

Editing Hosts File on an IE Virtual Machine

Note: This article is a work in progress,¬†specifically¬†it provides ¬†steps¬†so I can easily test local sites in IE on my Mac. I’ll¬†be adding more screenshots and updated instructions eventually. In the mean time, feel free to comment with your own notes and helpful tips! Using VirtualBox on my Mac for IE browser testing has been […]

Ghost Town Photography in Arizona

Okay, using the phrase¬†“Ghost Town” might be a little bit of a stretch for¬†the title of this little photo safari. It was certainly a tour of some fantastic old west history and locations, though! Earlier this month my¬†friend¬†and fellow photographer Steve was kind enough to guide me through some of the best spots to shoot, […]

WordCamp Los Angeles & A Few Extras

It’s been just under three¬†weeks since WordCamp Los Angeles¬†2015 came to an end, but¬†life has been crazy lately so naturally I was convinced when I went to write this post that at least a month had passed. Things have been moving with¬†that car I wrote about last month, we moved into a new office on […]

On Being Female and Buying Cars (or Being a Developer)

On several occasions at WordCamps or other similar tech events, I’ve been asked (almost always in a thoughtful manner) what¬†my experience has been like as a female web developer in this largely male-dominated field. My answer hasn’t changed much¬†over the 6 or so years I’ve been doing this professionally, aside from the addition of more […]

From the Archives: Coconino Horse Trials Favorites

In the interest of making some more space available on my hard drive, I’ve decided to start a little “From the Archives” photo series. This¬†second set in my series includes shots from 2010 and 2013. There are a few¬†US Eventing Association recognized horse trials that run each year in the¬†evergreen-filled Fort Tuthill¬†Fairgrounds in Flagstaff, Arizona. […]

Western PA Summer Cars

This summer I was grateful to spend quite a bit of time with my family in western Pennsylvania, and in that time I got to enjoy a lot of quality time with my dad, hanging around the shop where he’s building his Sonex Xenos¬†plane, chatting with friends at the airport,¬†and visiting some of the local […]

From the Archives: La Jolla Favorites

In the interest of making some more space available on my hard drive, I’ve decided to start a little “From the Archives” photo series. This first set¬†includes photos from 2008,¬†2009, and 2010.¬† Over the years I’ve been lucky to spend a decent amount of time in southern California. One of my favorite spots to visit […]

Custom Post Type Basics at WPAZ

Last week I spoke at the Chandler Arizona WordPress Group meetup about Custom Post Types in WordPress.¬†The talk was live streamed and published on the WPAZ Youtube channel, and I’ve also embedded it below. My goal was to¬†provide information to the meetup audience¬†(many of whom already have their own WordPress site at the very least) […]

Aly and Ray

I was treated to some lovely weather today while I visited Carefree Farms in north Phoenix.¬†When my friend Aly let me know¬†her new horse had arrived (all the way from Canada!) I jumped at the chance to see an old friend and to snap some photos of her and the Thoroughbred she calls Ray. A […]

June Pennsylvania Trip In Photos

This June I¬†made a trip back east to Pennsylvania to speak at¬†WordCamp Philadelphia and to visit family in Pittsburgh. It was a whirlwind, as these trips tend to be, but I’m so glad I got to spend some time in my home state visiting old friends and meeting new ones. WordCamp Philly I swear I […]

WordCamp Philly Sass Talk

I spoke about Sass, a CSS pre-processor, and why I love it at WordCamp Philadelphia 2015. Below is my talk that can be found on, as well as the accompanying slides.

Cottonwood & Sedona AZ

On a whim this weekend I decided to¬†go on a short trip north to check out an antiques store¬†and to chase the sunset.¬†I wanted a chance to really get a feel for traveling with my Canon EOS M, and of course I love any opportunity¬†to go for a drive on winding back roads. Larry’s Antiques […]

Phoenix Rose Society Garden

It’s been a year that I’ve lived in Downtown Phoenix now, and this afternoon when I decided to go for a bike ride I remembered the roses in the nearby Phoenix Rose Society garden would still be in bloom. I always seem to catch the tail end, where about a third of the flowers were […]

WordCamp San Diego

This past weekend I was able to make the drive from Phoenix to beautiful California to attend WordCamp San Diego.¬†¬†As with every WordCamp experience, the¬†other attendees were really the highlight of the event. I got to catch up with friends and got to meet and chat with some incredibly intelligent, insightful people. I¬†ended up bringing […]

Scottsdale Spring Festival Hunter Jumper Show

This March, I made the drive over to WestWorld in Scottsdale for a morning to watch a couple of classes at the Scottsdale Spring Festival Hunter Jumper Show, run by Collman Equestrian Productions. I spent time practicing close-up style shots, capturing details and angles that go beyond the typical shot a horse show photographer aims […]

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show 2015

Winter in Arizona is a great time to enjoy beautiful weather by going out to spectate at horse shows. In February, I went out to WestWorld in Scottsdale to watch the famous Scottsdale Arabian Show. I caught a few shots I thought were worth sharing:   Please contact Maura Teal if you are interested in […]

Year in Review: 2014 in Photos

I may not have quite made the December 31st deadline with this post, but I thought it was still worth sharing a look into my year with some of my favorite photos. Between traveling, moving, and starting a new job, a lot of things were set in motion in 2014 that I’m excited to build […]

Summer in Western Pennsylvania

This is a bit of a mixed bag of photos from my trip to Pennsylvania. After WordCamp Columbus,¬†I was able to extend my trip and make the 2¬†1/2 hour drive back to the Suburb of Pittsburgh that I grew up in. I spent the better part of two weeks visiting family, taking lots of photos, […]

WordCamp Columbus 2014

WordCamp Columbus¬†was another fun, informative event¬†where I met a lot of great people that are a part of the WordPress community. I got my camera out for some photos of the Saturday sessions (when I wasn’t speaking on¬†an impromptu panel :) )¬†and also snapped¬†a few¬†around downtown Columbus –¬†specifically Goodale Park.

Buffalo Park Sunset – Flagstaff, AZ

Sometimes it’s nice to sit and watch the sunset, and my impromptu weekend in Flagstaff was a great opportunity to grab the camera and do just that. I was a little disappointed by the lack of clouds in the sky, but despite that the scenery was gorgeous, the weather was beautiful, and my friend that […]

WordCamp Seattle 2014

I spent most of the time at WordCamp Seattle learning in sessions, chatting with friends, and meeting a lot of new, incredibly intelligent people that are a part of the WordPress community. I was so busy taking it all in, I didn’t¬†take my camera out until I went out to explore downtown Seattle¬†(and most of […]

Phoenix Rose Society Garden

Shortly after moving from Tempe to Downtown Phoenix, I learned of a wonderful rose garden in Encanto Park cared for by the Phoenix Rose Society. My neighbor mentioned it was in bloom so naturally I had to venture over with my camera for a look. Black & White Gallery Full Color Photos There was also […]

Calf Roping in Gilbert, AZ

Photography from a Tuesday evening practice session for a group of riders in Gilbert, AZ. I even got the chance to sit on a very well trained roping horse (Thank-you, Jerry!) and chase a few cows myself. What a great evening and a very cool experience.

Petrified Forest and Painted Desert

If your impression of Arizona is that it’s made up mostly of arid, hot desert littered with tumble weeds and shuttered ghost towns, you’d be partly right. There is so much desert to explore in this part of the country that it¬†can be easy to assume that it’s all the same. I’m not exactly looking […]

Gonzahra Arabians Equine Headshots

I’ve enjoyed working with the stunning Arabian horses bred by Steve and Laurie Gonzales here in Arizona. They’re such expressive, intelligent animals that really do know how to show off for the camera. Three of their youngsters can be seen in in the shots below: Faith, the dark bay¬†Arabian; Grace, the chestnut half-arabian filly; and […]

A ride into the Grand Canyon

It always amuses me that there are people who have lived in Arizona for years and have not visited the Grand Canyon even once. It’s truly a breathtaking experience the first time you step up to the edge, and worth experiencing at least once in your lifetime. Making the 5 hour trip while my parents […]