Today my Mom turns 70, she is very active and doesn’t look or act her age.  As I am keeping this a photography blog I feel justified in this post because my roots in photography come from her.  She is the one that gave me my first medium format camera, an older Mamiya 645, she is also handed down to me my first real lighting setup a novatron power pack with 4 heads.  This was way more lighting power than I knew what to do with at the time, I remember the lights would flicker in the house any time all four heads fired.  I also remember every house we lived in my mom would turn the bathroom into a dark room to process her film,  I can still smell the chemicals.  Thanks mom for your creative inspiration and constant support in helping me become the photographer that I am today. Much Aloha Mark



  1. Thank you for the tribute. This is a geat photos of me in my grandma roll. I had a great birthday. Thanks for the watch, it was a perfect gift since mine had died.


  2. Happy Birthday Sister Lee! It is so great to see you on here. 🙂 My mom and I ran into Michelle at the mall the other day. Random, but SO fun. Your son is great.

  3. I found a card that you kids had given me for Mothers Day, probably 15 years ago. Melodie wrote that she hoped we would move to Idaho when we retire and James was 20 years old,(thats this year). you wrote “Thank you for being my mom. I couldn’t do it without you, you are very special” That means as much to me today as it did then. Thanks for being you. Mom

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