Hi! I'm Elizabeth Dillow. Welcome to A Swoop and a Dart, a blog I started on a whim in 2005. Ten years later it's one of my favorite things in all the world. I write about my family, books, music, places we go, things I make, and a lot of miscellany. I'm never more comfortable navigating the world than when I have a camera in my hand, and sometimes more than one. Here are a few FAQ:
Where are you from?
Part I of my life: Northeast Ohio. Part II of my life: The Air Force. We don't know the answer to Part III and beyond yet, which is equal parts exciting and stressful. I currently live in Wyoming with my husband, three daughters, and Australian Kelpie rescue dog.
Where does your blog's name come from?
From an E.E. Cummings poem I especially like titled 87.
What kind of camera do you use?
My parents graciously let me serve as second shooter from about 1974 on, using what looks like a Kodak Instamatic 124. I've also used a Kodak Disc, Polaroid, and a Kodak Ektralite 10 before I became a Canon girl in 1985 with the purchase of a Canon Snappy. I upgraded to a Canon (film) Rebel in 1991, a Canon (film) Elan in 2002, my first Canon (digital) Rebel in 2004, a Canon 5D in 2006 and most recently, a Canon 5D Mark III at the end of 2014. I cancelled my subscription to Popular Photography in 2001 because of how much digital camera content there was. Ahem. I use a Black Rapid sling strap, which might be the best (camera accessory) invention of all time.
What else is in your camera bag?
I currently have a 50mm f/1.4, an 85mm f/1.8, a 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II and my favorite and best 24-70mm f/2.8L II. I keep an Anker phone charger in my bag, as well as a lot of chapstick and too many pens. And the mangled UV filter from when I dropped my camera in 2011, to remind me to always check the zipper on my camera bag before standing up. Speaking of camera bags, I have two: a Lowepro backpack and a Jo Totes purse bag.
Do you have any other equipment you recommend?
I use Alien Bees lighting and light stands and highly recommend them for function, durability, and customer service/education. I've also been very satisfied with my Square Perfect backdrop stand!
Didn't you used to work for Simple Scrapbooks magazine?
One of my top three career goals when I was little was to work for a magazine, so working for Simple Scrapbooks was a dream come true! I became a contributing writer in 2005 and a contributing editor in 2007 until the end of publication in 2009. During those years I authored The Scrapbooker's Almanac (2007) of which I am exceedingly proud. I've also written for Creating Keepsakes magazine, New Mexico magazine, Nerdy Book Club, Ella Publishing Co, and taught classes for Big Picture Classes from 2006-2014. I have some new writing projects in the works, which I'm excited about. And of course, scrapbooking remains one of my most favorite pursuits.
Thanks for reading!