Lisa R. Howeler

Freelance Writer & Photographer

It isn’t unusual for me to hit a creative funk in the winter. Days are short, the sun hides behind clouds and it’s too cold to take the kids anywhere to explore. I still try my best to take photographs inside the house, or whichever building we have sought shelter in from the nasty cold …

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Sometimes I don’t mention all that God stuff to other people or in a blog post because I want to fit in with other people or other photographers. Ooh.   Yikes.   And …   ouch. Did I really just write that? Did I really just admit that?! Knowing some of my Christian friends or …

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Sitting in our homes in rural Pennsylvania we often watched the news and thought to ourselves, “Whew. Glad that’s not happening here.” We watched children being killed in their schools by children their own age and drug dealers being arrested and drive by shootings and little babies being killed by their mother’s live in boyfriend. …

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 Sometimes my dad writes little stories about growing up and that’s when I realize I must have got the storytelling bug from him. This is something he shared this week on Facebook. Story, photos and captions by Ronnie Robinson.  ”Windy, Your Ears Are Freezing” It was a calm but frosty minus zero morning; one of …

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About four years ago I suffered a very early pregnancy loss. The ultrasound technician told me he couldn’t see a baby, a heartbeat, anything that should have been there at 12 weeks gestation. The midwife suspected I had a blighted ovum, or an empty gestational sac, which happens when a pregnancy doesn’t progress beyond the …

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Out of the two of them I worried about telling my 11 year old son the most. I dreaded it, in fact, but then I dreaded more the delay in being able to tell him; a delay caused by his spending time with a friend and then unexpected weather. My daughter is only three so …

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There is usually at least one big blow up from me at bedtime on school nights and it’s usually directed at the 3-year old who thinks bedtime is playtime. I know it’s my own fault for trying to put two children with an eight year age gap to bed at the same time. I know …

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I recently joined a Facebook documentary group and right before I joined they had a challenge to capture scenes in the evening, after the sun set, at a higher ISO. For non-photographers, taking photos at a higher “film speed” (ISO comes from the day when photographers used film) can create a lot of grain, dots …

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I often find myself over looking an image in my archives and it’s usually related to where I am in my photography journey.  Sometimes I toss it aside because my focus that week is stock photography and I think, “That’s not going to sell.” Sometimes I file it away because I think “That’s not what …

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