I just wanted everyone to know that I found out this morning that one of my black and white photos will be featured in the Delaware Valley Regional  Planning Commission (DVRPC)  “I Love Classic Towns” Photo Contest’s Traveling  Gallery Show!  I do not know if I won any of the monetary prizes as of yet, but I think it is an honor to be part of the show and am very excited!

The shot they chose is one of the thousands I have taken of one of my favorite small towns/main street oriented communities, Ardmore, PA.  If you go to the DVRPC’s page on Ardmore as a Classic Town, they use some of my other photos.  The one of the top of the old movie theater that says “Ardmore” and under the “live” tab, you see a photo I took of the front porch of a friend of mine.  Part of Ardmore off “main street” is a very definite front porch community and there are some really cool houses and wonderful neighborhoods.  I have always found something very welcoming about an old-fashioned front porch.

And the photo above is NOT one entered in the contest.  Took it yesterday in West Chester.


simple shots

Simple Shots  is me, so like my page on Facebook!

I adore photography as an art form.  I am a semi-professional freelance digital photographer whose work has been featured in publications locally as well as nationally.   I began taking photos as a child, and then put down my camera for many years.  When I became a community activist as an adult I picked up the camera again as an adult and haven’t put it down since!

What I am not is a wedding photographer.  I can do small to mid sized events, but weddings are an art form unto themselves. Contact me for things like  an informal family portrait; photos of the kids/pets for friends and loved ones (and the annual holiday card!), photos of your home either for personal use or as a realtor for a listing, flyers, brochures; small non-profits needing photos of their historic sites or event days.

I believe in the magic of ordinary days.

vote now! (check out my photos in the DVRPC photo contest!)

I have several photos in almost all of the DVRPC  categories of the Classic Towns Photo Contest  . Below are links to categories where I am entered.  You can only vote once in each category each day.  Public voting ends May 14th, 2012.
(The DVRPC is the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.)
If you are so inclined, I would love it if my blog readers would consider voting for me.  My name is under my photos.  Just click on the one you like and scroll to the bottom of each page and hit the submit/submit  vote button .
Photos I took of the following Classic Towns were accepted:  Ardmore, Phoenixville and Manayunk.
Yes, this is in the category of self-promotion, but I am proud of my photos and it would be super fun to win this contest and get my photography more exposure.
Category 1: Community

See the social side of the Classic Towns. The events, the festivals, the parades and the pageantry- all the fun things that bring the Class Towns together.

Category 2:History

Take a look into each town’s heroes, milestones, and monuments.


Category 3:  Parks & Recreation

Where do people play? See the scenery, the beauty, the places people escape, and the places they come together.


Category 4: Seasonal

Winter, spring, summer, and fall, in the Classic Towns we love them all. See for yourself.

Category 5: Main Street

Stores, shops cafes. See what makes Main Street so special in the Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia.

 Category 6: Residential

Old homes, new homes, front doors, and backyards. Take a look into the residential side of life in the Classic Towns.

chester county: show the love for your classic towns

Right now you can enter this totally fun photo contest with some fun cash prizes and the chance to be part of a traveling photography exhibition.  Yes, the  “I Love Classic Towns” photo contest. Put on by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

Even I have entered.  Show your town spirit in Chester County and enter some photos having to do with the Classic Towns of Kennett Square, West Chester, and Phoenixville.  What do you have to lose?  It’s fun.

Check out the RULES and PRIZES:

What happens if you win? Lots of good stuff…even if you don’t win.

All photos have the opportunity to be included as part of a traveling exhibition that will tour select Classic Towns. Plus, there’s the chance that your photo will be used on Classic Town’s website, in one of its publications, or in the publications of DVRPC. If that happens, you’ll receive credit as photographer and can tell your friends, families, and coworkers that you’ve been published.

Let’s talk prizes.

Our judges will award one prize in each of the seven categories — community, local history, parks and recreation, seasonal, people, main street, and residential. They will also award a Judges’ Choice Award (Best of Show) worth $500. A $300 Viewer’s Choice Award is also up for grabs. The total value for prizes is $1,500 and breaks down like this:

$500 Judges Choice (overall)   $300 Voter’s Choice (overall)   $100 Best Community   $100 Best Local History   $100 Best Main Street   $100 Best Parks & Recreation   $100 Best People   $100 Best Residential   $100 Best Seasonal

Winners will be notified beginning July 15, 2012 via the preferred contact method and must respond within 7 days. Should the winner not respond, the award will go to the runner up per category. We will announce final winners no later than July 31, 2012. We ask that winners keep their success confidential until a formal announcement is made. Failure to do so will result in a forfeit of prizes…..

Contest Rules and Restrictions DVRPC’s I Love Classic Towns Photo Contest runs from February 13, 2012 through July 31, 2012 with deadlines for Photo Submission (April 14, 2012), Public Voting (April 15, 2012 – May 14, 2012), and Formal Judging (May 15, 2012 – July 15, 2012).

All submissions must be made at contest.classictowns.org using a valid email address. There is no limit to the number of photos entered per person or the number of photos one person may enter into a category. Photos must be of one of the Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia and taken on or after January 1, 2010. Photographers do not need to be residents of any of the Classic Towns to enter the contest. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

West Chester and Phoenixville?  Whatcha’ waiting for?  Especially Phoenixville since it faces the threat of big ugly billboards.  People need to see what Phoenixville is all about in my humble opinion.

Chester County should represent here, so I hope some of you photogs in Chester County enter.