It’s Another Daisy Hill Anniversary

by | Mar 9, 2020

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

In today’s post we veer away from photography tips, tools and techniques to get a little personal…

Other than how to pronounce my name and where do I find my models, people ask me, “where is Daisy Hill?” Our home sits midway up a small hill that I named Daisy Hill as a homage to the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm where Snoopy and his siblings lived before they were sold to their new owners. The Daisy Hill reference first appeared in a Peanuts strip on May 4, 1965  My Daisy Hill is a small, lightly wooded lot that’s located within a 10.4-square mile community, that includes Bingham Lake, were I often make photographs. The community is located about 25 miles south of Denver and according to the 2010 census has population of 10,517, up from 7,253 from the 2000 census.

Nine years ago today, Mary and I moved here from a rural community that was located north of Denver, a distance of about 50 miles from Daisy Hill if traveling via the E470 toll road. The above self portrait of us in our living room was made this same date nine years ago just after we got the keys to our new home. The three tone Mondrian-style paint scheme surrounding the fireplace behind us was one of the first things to go replaced by the light tan color that covers the rest of the room.

One of the many things the new house offered me was a newer, nicer but not necessarily larger office but it has two large windows and a glass-paned door that lets me see the outside world and I can catch a glimpse of the mountains in the distance along with the near tame mule deer that stroll by on their way to eating all of our bushes and plants.

Instead of shooting in an unfinished basement next to the furnace and my model train layout as I did in my old house, I now have a dedicated 11×15 studio space located in a finished basement. Near the studio is a work room that sadly has not been yet been successfully implemented. It was originally conceived as an image, book and magazine archive as well as a place to make fine art prints but the used large format printer that I purchased ended up being more trouble than it was worth. I hope in the future, when “my ships come in,” that I can afford to purchase a new printer and be able to produce fine art prints. Meanwhile, my 28-year magazine archive is slowly being sent to recycling to make space for whatever…

Since many people have written asking about my model train layout that was often featured in my reviews and articles in the former Shutterbug print edition, here’s an update: My previous layout measured 8 x16 feet and I was without any kind of layout in the new house until November 2016. Because of my newfound interest in LEGO, this new, smaller layout features both Lionel and LEGO trains. Shortly after setting it up, I shot a short video of the layout that you can see here on Vimeo. The layout has changed considerably since 2016 both in content and size and I promise to post an updated video real soon now.

If you think that I’m happy living here on Daisy Hill that is an understatement, I am deliriously happy here. But Mary keeps talking about moving to warmer climes (It snowed here the day I wrote this and it’s been cold and snowy—third snowiest February— so ya never know…


 

You can learn some of my portrait lighting tricks and techniques from  Studio Lighting Anywhere, which is available from Amazon.com, where new copies are selling for $12.24 with used copies starting at the bargain price of $2.33 as I write this. The Kindle version is $11.68, for those who prefer a digital format. If you bring this, or any of my other books, to a workshop or Coffee & Camera event I will be pleased to sign your copy.