Words and Images
I'm a writer, a photographer, a blogger, a videographer, a mom...
...a bookworm, a black sheep, a reluctant existentialist, a magical realist, a champion of underdogs, a collector of absurdities, a gadfly, a birthday candle wisher, a bliss-follower and a long-winded rambler. I was born and raised in Austin, Texas but headed west right after college. Los Angeles is home.
After a brief dalliance with film and TV, I have enjoyed working for over 25 years as a freelance writer in advertising, marketing, internet content, journalism, branding, copywriting, professional blogging, ghostwriting and short fiction. As a street photographer, I exhibit my photographs and license them for commercial use. I also make videos.
I make all kinds of cool things with my photographs . Some of them are here.
I co-founded Allee Obscura, LLC -- a company developing creative, amusing, magical things -- with my husband Jon Allee. We have new creations to share coming in 2021.
It's no longer archived but I had a weekly multimedia column for over 2 years published at Patch called Views From the Front Porch.
I don't have a Medium or a Substack, but I like to fancy myself the Charles Foster Kane of my very own old-school blog empire. (Sans Xanadu and, alas, no Rosebud, but definitely with high contrast noir lighting...)
I'm a passionate blogger and street photographer, and still believe the Internet can democratize art, film and literature... if people will just get off social media long enough to make it happen.
I regularly post street photos of greater Los Angeles at my blog Glancing About.
From 2008-2018, I wrote articles and shot photos and video for my award-winning daily blog, Glimpses of South Pasadena. I consider it a love letter to my chosen home town. At the very least, it's a time capsule.
From 2016-2018 I covered ethical style and slow fashion at my blog Chic Contraire.
Look here for links to my other blogs. I have a new passion project in the works for 2021. Maybe even a podcast.
Someday I'll finally finish my novel.
I live in Los Angeles with my husband and daughter. (And a shaggy, little dog who makes it hard to work because he thinks the purpose of life is playing fetch. Who knows? He may be right.)
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