March 22, 2018
I grew up in a teeny tiny town in southeast Missouri and I had this best friend before kindergarten named Stephanie. We went to the same church, were in the same kindergarten class, went to school K-12 and even had EVERY single class together our sophomore year in high school...what are the odds! We went off to different colleges but remained friends through the years. We both ended up in Texas just not the same city. Now here we are YEARS later and she's bringing her daughter who's a senior to Austin so we can do Karissa's senior photos! Eek! We had SO much fun catching up on old times and filling each other in on new things in our lives. And, in the midst of all the laughter we squeezed in one heck of a senior shoot in about 30 mph winds. I have to say Karissa was a REAL trooper b/c these winds were strong and she has very long hair. In many of our photos it looks like we busted out the industrial fans however it was just Mother Nature wreaking havoc on us. ;) I'm so thankful for lifelong friends especially those crazy girls I grew up with from Ironton. There is nothing better than friends who know you inside and out and even when lengths of time pass without seeing/talking to each other you can pick right up where you left off from before. Get yourself a cup of coffee or a glass of wine depending on what time of day it is and sit back and watch this sweet video of Karissa. Karissa is graduating 19th in her class of almost 1000 in Spring, Texas and she's headed off to Texas A&M for college! Like the song says in the video...Go On Girl! #senior2018 #austinseniorphotographer #growingup #lamarunion
I've been photographing these two since they were new borns...yikes I'm getting old! What I love about these yearly photo shoots is that I get to watch these kids grow up right before my very eyes. These two are the absolute sweetest things you could ever imagine. They both welcomed me with a big hug and they're so sweet to each other (at least when I'm around!) and treat each other with respect. They rocked their shoot quickly at Brushy Creek Park and then were rewarded with their Starbucks afterwards! :) Take a look at these beauties! #siblingsshoot #cedarparkphotographer #brushycreekpark #choosekind
March 8, 2018
I was so excited for my trip to Memphis to check out this old, colorful city and to meet up with a cute boy (that I already know) and of course the day before I'm to leave I start feeling like dog doo. Seriously? Whyyyyy? Why right before the trip? Why not the week before or when I get home? Noooooo! It has to happen during the trip...ugh. I still made the trip but I went down hill more once I got there so I didn't get to see as much as I would've liked to have. I still had fun and was taken well care of but I guess I'll just have to go back for a round 2. I did want to share some of the pics from my trip because Memphis has a really old, cool vibe with lots of art and music. We stayed downtown at Hotel Napoleon and it's an old building that has been completely remodeled on the inside and our room was cozy with giant windows looking out onto the city. The service was excellent and everyone was super friendly. The location was perfect. We could walk to The Peabody in 2 minutes, Beale Street in 5-7 minutes and S. Main in 2-3 minutes. The streets are filled with these old, glamorous buildings with amazing detail and a lot of them are sitting empty...could definitely tell this place used to be thriving. I always can dream SO big when I see these places that have such good bones but need a good gut job. They're diamonds in the rough. I have no doubt that Memphis is on it's way back. Beale Street is where the action happens with the live music at BB King's Blues Bar and all sorts of other places. It's sort of a mini 6th Street like here in Austin. You can just walk up and down the closed off road and meander into shops, bars and restaurants and check out the different vibes. No, I didn't make it to Graceland...just didn't have the energy so I'll have to go back to check that out. I do have a photo of me and my sister when we were little in front of Graceland. It was closed that day or maybe that's just what our dad told us. Ha! Who knows! All in all, Memphis gets my vote! If you have the opportunity to go, I say check it out and enjoy the vibe. It's even better if you can meet a cute boy there, too. #travelphotographer #meetmeinmemphis #hotelnapoleon #burnttoast #bestporkribs #Gus'sworldfamousfriedchicken
January 14, 2018
January 8, 2018
It's here like so many other years...the Big Print January Sale! You can order any large photographic prints 16x20 up to 30x40 for half price now until January 31st, 2018! Hop on this deal b/c it's a steal!
I'm starting the new year off just like I always do ... easing into the new year slowly. I do it every year. I'm not gung ho with the new year until week two. That's just how I roll. I'm slow to change (not sure that's a good trait but that's me!). I work my buns off like a mad dog September through December and by the time Christmas rolls in I can barely keep it all together. My norm has become to chill that week of Christmas and then ease into the new year slowly. I like to make a few goals for my business and for myself but look let's not go crazy here. I don't need the disappointment if I can't follow through. Here I am though BLOGGING!!! Yay me! AND...I'm getting my Google Business account set up today and I went to Body Pump at the gym. Heck, I guess I am an over achiever. Ha! I'm going to try and make some fun changes to the business to shake things up. Can you believe I've been a photographer for 19 years? 2019 will be my 20th anniversary. I better get to work and shake it up...gotta keep things fresh. Happy New Year! Here's a few shots from my New Year's Eve!