Why I’m excited to turn 40


To be honest, I had these thoughts and strived for most of these things in the past. I pursued relationships that were unhealthy just to see if I could get the right “box” checked, I tried to be someone who wanted kids or someone who should be running marathons. But that’s tiring, trying to be someone else when I’m just me. It’s better to just be me. 

Truths & Travel: Part 4


My brain stopped working I guess, and I felt stuck like I didn’t know how to explain to her. I started to “mime” what I thought made sense, the word “flow” by sweeping my arms from my head to my feet and saying the word “flow” like she understood any of it, it was the most obscure thing I’ve ever done. Just after that,  I noticed that the tampons were behind her, and started to point to them, and finally, she understood me, pulled them off the shelf, and rung me up for them. I felt like an idiot. I mean, I “mimed” the word “flow” and I still can’t get over it. Every time I tell the story to people I’m laughing at myself. So the lesson here kids, learn some words in the language of the country you are visiting, and at least use the phone, that has a translator! 

Truths & Travel: Mexico, Part 2


“You are just as worthy, deserving, and capable of creating and sustaining extraordinary health, wealth, happiness, love, and success in your life, as any other person on earth. It is absolutely crucial … that you start living in alignment with that truth.” – Hal Elrod, The Miracle Morning My first Mexico Motivational Morning I first…

Footprints of Peace/ Poetry for Peace


PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 2014—This International Peace Day, the Penn Museum in Philadelphia, in collaboration with City poet laureate emeritus and peace advocate Sonia Sanchez presents FOOTPRINTS OF PEACE. In a city, a country, and a world where violence is too often in the news, FOOTPRINTS OF PEACE brings together a multigenerational lineup of concerned poets, musicians…

Peace Day, What can you do for Peace?


  The International Day of Peace is in one week! What will you do on Peace Day? How can you help to make the world a Peaceful place to live? This year’s theme for Peace Day is Right to Peace. We all should have the right to live in a peaceful world. The reality is,…

Our Lady of Angels Chapel in Charlestown


Click here for the FULL photo gallery Our Lady of Angels Chapel The 100-year-old Chapel is inside Charlestown Community, which is located in Catonsville, Maryland. When Our Lady of the Angels Chapel was built and dedicated in the early 20th century, it was surrounded by the rolling hills and open countryside of a farm that served as…

Peace Day Countdown !~


International Day of Peace is less than 2 months away! How will you celebrate? I’m going to be part of Peace Day Philly again this year and to get ready for Peace Day, a group met at the Philadelphia Ethical Society. Below are photos from our meeting. I discussed the project I’m working on, Images…

Peace Sign Photo Challenge!


In connection with Images for Peace, I’ve initiated this photo challenge to inspire you to find images that inspire you! Snap a photo of any sign you say that says PEACE or has a Peace Message! Here’s some images to give you ideas, and this is some of the signs I found around me that…

Peace Day Philly 2013 Video


Last year I participated in activities during International Day of Peace, and I wanted to document events during Philadelphia’s event that day, Peace Day Philly.  I attended “What Can You Do for Peace?” on Friday (Sept. 20) evening. The event was held at Hawthorn Park in Philly. Several people spoke that night, encouraging the crowd…

Shakespeare In the Park, Antony & Cleopatra, More Photos and Video


Photographs ©Debra Schell/ 2014 – Share my images, don’t steal my work 😉 All photographs are FOR SALE! Go to my WEBSITE to purchase photographs. I’ll be donating 50% of print sales to Gamut’s Capitol Campaign!  Photographs from Harrisburg Shakespeare Company’s 21st season at the Levitt Pavilion in Reservoir Park! This season HSC is proud to present…

Harrisburg At Night


After Artsfest was over, I documented the empty streets of Harrisburg on Sunday evening. Go to my website for more images of the Harrisburg area.

Artsfest, Day 3


I enjoyed the jazz music today and just relaxed, taking in the moment without documenting it (for the most part), so I didn’t create many photographs, but here are a few. Make sure to check out Artsfest Day 1, and Day 2 photo blogs. Click here for full photo gallery from all three days of…

Artsfest 2014, Day 2


Here’s photos from today’s adventures at Artsfest! Click here for yesterday’s blog post about Artsfest. Today I volunteered again, traveling from booth-to-booth, meeting artists briefly, and viewing their work. Click here for full photo gallery. Artists: Iva Vranova, Iva’s Whimsical Children’s Art, Bangor, PA Endless Adventure Glass Art, Edward & Carol Zeuch, Richmond, VA One…

Artsfest 2014 !~


This is my second year volunteering for Artsfest! (Click here for last year’s blog about volunteering) and I brought my camera, photographing the artists, artisan work, musician, food, and people who attended the event today. I’ll be at the event again the next two days, so more photos to come, but here’s some from today….

Washington D.C.


Travels around Washington D.C. on May 3 & 4, 2014. For more photos, go to my website.  

Melody & Dan, Engagement Photos


Today I had a special client, my sister, and her fiancee. We decided to do engagement photos in the City of Harrisburg. Locations include the Pennsylvania State Capitol, Downtown Harrisburg, City Island, and the Market Street Bridge. For more photos, go to my website.  

Long’s Park, Lancaster PA


Photographs of Long’s Park in Lancaster, PA. I had planned a photo shoot there with a client, but the weather didn’t quite work out so well, so we ended up doing them in her home. Check out more photos on my website.

Midtown Harrisburg


Beautiful day today to make photographs so I headed out to shoot some scenes of Harrisburg. I’ve focused on downtown in the past and I wanted to do some shots in Midtown. Here’s a few shots, check out my website for more images from the Harrisburg area.    

2014 Harrisburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade


The 2014 Harrisburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade started at 2 p.m  on March 22. The parade traveled from Walnut Street and Commonwealth Avenue and proceeded south on Walnut to 2nd Street and then onto North Street.The Parade ended at North Street and Commonwealth Avenue. Go to my website for more photos.

Eastern State Penitentiary


Eastern State Penitentiary is a “gold mine” for any photographer. I had been wanting to get there for a while and finally decided to travel to Philly to create images of this cold, dark place. Brilliant light streams through the small cell windows, illuminating the chipped paint and debris left from a time long ago….

Radisson Hotel Harrisburg Artwork


In 2014, Radisson Hotel Harrisburg purchased my artwork for their renovated rooms to hang above the bed. The project was for 125 rooms, specifically 50 double bed, and 75 king bedrooms. Above each double bed are two 8×10 images in an 11×14 frame and one 5×7 image in an 8×10 frame. The king bedrooms have two…

The Wedding Singer


THE WEDDING SINGER takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. It’s 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party, until his own fiancee leaves…

Jim Thorpe, Pa.


I spent last Sunday in Jim Thorpe, Pa. with a photo friend. It’s a charming small town with interesting architecture, friendly folk, and great landscapes. Met an awesome photographer and new friend, Thomas Storm.  Not only a photographer, but also a musician. Here’s a photo I made of him while walking around town. For more…