weekly photo challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says

This week’s photo challenge is The Sign Says. In a world full of signage telling us what to do or what not to do (no parking, do not enter, yield), it’s nice to come across a more uplifting message.

Storefront, New York City

sign says 1

Martha Stewart Headquarters, New York

sign says 2

Perot Museum of Science and Nature, Dallas

sign says 3

But the occasional negative sign is fun too:

Marais, Paris

sign says 4

all images: julee dyer

Weekly Photo Challenge: Color

This week’s photo challenge theme is Color, so I thought I would share a couple of colorful images from my weekend:

pink phones

I upgraded my phone and case on Friday, which prompted my daughter to carry her own pink “mobile” phone around much of the weekend.

arctic dome

The weather was nice so we headed out to the Dallas Arboretum on Sunday, where Jason and Jenna played in the Great Explorers houses. My favorite was definitely the arctic dome.


And we caught the last weekend of Dallas Blooms, easily my favorite spring-time event in DFW.

Hope you had a happy weekend too!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved

This week’s photo challenge theme is Resolved, a topic very appropriate for the first week of the year. I’m not one for setting New Year’s resolutions, but it did occur to me recently how much I enjoy reading other people’s resolutions. The internet is full of well-meaning declarations this time of year, and I find it fascinating to learn about what other’s are setting out to accomplish. There’s something very brave about publishing your resolutions in a forum such as this one, as it often involves admitting flaws and setting expectations among your readers that you are, in fact, working to improve on them. While I rarely set New Year’s resolutions, I do spend time at the start of each thinking about what they would be. One thing that stood out to me this year was a desire to make more home-cooked meals. When I returned to working outside the home almost two years ago, I felt that my schedule no longer allowed for cooking dinner each day, and over time we’ve started eating out more and more. This year, our children are a bit older and don’t need my constant attention the second I walk in and the babysitter leaves, so I’m going to stop using our busy schedule as an excuse to eat out. This year, I’m going to cook more. There – I did it. I published my New Year’s resolution, even if it is just the one. Expect lots of pictures of food on the blog this year. Someone has to hold me accountable.

To start, here are a few of my favorite pictures related to cooking:







Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

I’ve been a little delinquent in this space lately, but I couldn’t resist making an appearance today after learning about this week’s photo challenge theme: Geometry. As Quintin Lake describes: “Your goal should be to create an abstract composition so the image is more about underlying shapes than a literal representation of the subject matter itself.” Definitely my kind of challenge!

Here are a few of my favorite geometry photos:

01 Louvre Ceiling, Paris  /  02  Performing Arts Center, Kansas City  /  03 Park Bench, Fort Worth

01 Street View, New York / 02 Wood Floor, Paris

01 Parking Garage, Southlake, TX / 02 Dallas Museum, Dallas / 03 Office Building, Southlake, TX

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban (NYC)

This week’s photo challenge theme is Urban. On most days, this theme would have been a huge challenge, given that I live in a suburb in Texas. When the theme was announced, however, I was in New York to attend Alt NYC.  I can’t think of a place I’d rather be to shoot this week’s challenge than downtown New York. Here are a few of the urban scenes I captured during my visit.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge

The theme for this week’s photo challenge is Merge. Maybe it’s because I’m a designer, I’m really drawn to images that incorporate repetition as a primary element of the composition. For this week’s challenge, I combined – or ‘merged’ – several of my photos that use repetition, focusing on images with a contrasting textures. Definitely a fun visual exercise and one of my favorite challenges so far!