I’ve written before that these are the cutest kids in West Texas – and definitely stand by that statement! I love that they will ham it up for the camera – costumes, smiles, and all!
So, last time I was in Farwell, we did a long overdue photo session with Ryan’s 4 children – Erica, Walker, Casen …. and a Case tractor. Here are a few of the photos:
For this family session, we went from a Brooks Brother suit to fun on the playground and golf course – too cute! Enjoy the photos!
This past weekend, I met this so-very-nice family at the First Baptist Church in Amarillo. What a gorgeous church! There were beautiful arches, lovely landscaping, and ornate details. It was such a great setting for portraits – a thought that about 30 prom-goers and their families also had!
After the prom kids cleared out, they drove their Corvettes up by the church for some photos with the cars. Even though the sun didn’t completely cooporate with us, the Corvettes were a fun addition to the photos!
Here are a few of the photographs from our session:
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Just the words “School Portraits” conjure up some really bad childhood memories of cheesy poses in front of cliche blue backdrops, braces, and a perm in the 90s.
When I was in Austin last week, I took some photographs for a local non-profit school. We decided to take the photos while the kids were in a natural and safe environment – their playground. I love how relaxed and carefree the kids look in these photos. They’re pretty much the opposite of my awkward braces/perm picture from 4th grade!
Hope you enjoy the photos!
Checking one more thing off my 30 before 30 list – No. 17 Go on a Cruise.
For our annual get-away-from-the-cold/Russell’s birthday trip, we went on a Caribbean cruise, leaving from Puerto Rico and going to St. Croix, St. Kitts, Dominica, Grenada, and St. Thomas. We had a wonderful time – snorkeling, hiking, beach laying, shopping, and eating way too much.
On our first stop, we got off the boat bright and early to walk around the island a bit, take some yoga/handstand pictures on the beach, and then go on a snorkeling tour to Buck Island.
We barely saw the island at all – but what a fun day! I shopped for jewelry, then got a massage and facial, and ended the day with lobster for dinner. Talk about spoiled!
Russell and I have been wanting to go to Dominica for a while now – so we were most excited for this stop on our cruise. And, it ended up being our favorite island too.
The day started with some rain – which resulted in a beautiful double rainbow over the ocean. Then, we loaded up in a van to go to a zip line and ropes course in the jungle. And our day ended with tubing down a river.
Most of my pictures from this day are on an undeveloped underwater disposable camera. But, here are a few from my camera and Russell’s phone.
The spice island. And the spices are awesome. As are the waterfalls.
We hiked Seven Sisters Waterfalls – which was way more treacherous than we thought it would be. It had rained that morning, so the paths were all mud. And very steep. But the waterfall at the end was gorgeous. And the swim was refreshing.
When we got back, the pier was very close to town, so we walked in for lunch and some sightseeing.
After our ropes course and hike, we were pretty exhausted in St. Thomas – even with a day at sea in between. So, we just meandered around town and then headed to a nearby beach to get some afternoon sun and a quick nap.
Then we headed back to the ship to enjoy some time together on our balcony, the sunset, and some champagne.
Our trip began and ended in San Juan. We flew in a day early and then had a late afternoon flight – so we got to explore San Juan a bit. I hadn’t ever been interested in vacationing in Puerto Rico but would definitely go back (or, ya know, buy a vacation home someday!)
A few weeks ago, I decided and announced that I am going to resign from the non-profit I work for. It was a long and very hard decision; one that I came to for a number of reasons. After having a few weeks to fully digest the decision, I am at peace with my decision and am excited to focus exclusively on freelance marketing, design, and photography work.
When I made my 30 before 30 list, I planned that I would use my last paycheck to accomplish Number 25 on my list – buy myself a nice piece of jewelry. I originally figured that I would buy a nice watch, since the only one I’ve ever had was a Timex sports watch in 3rd grade. And I hoped by the time I turn 30 that I would be mature enough to wear a watch and maybe even be on time occasionally.
Instead, I fell in love with this ring… So much for maturity…
It seems this year that resolutions really got a lot of bad press. So many people had terrible things to say about resolutions – why wait until January 1st to start something, no one follows them, they’re completely forgotten by March… I asked so many people if they set resolutions this year – and only one person reported that they did.
I’m kinda sorta overly obsessed with setting goals, but I’ve never really been into New Year’s Resolutions. I like to reflect and goal-set around my birthday instead of the calendar year. My birthday just has more meaning to me than January 1st. But, given the bad rap resolutions were getting, I couldn’t help myself and came up with 13 projects I want to complete in 2013. And, since I think writing down and sharing goals helps you stick to them, here they are:
- Organize my office closet
- Clean and organize my garage
- Work out 3 times a week
- Take a daily multivitamin
- Complete a photo a day challenge
- Organize my closet
- Frame and hang art from my travels
- Create a Hawaii photo book
- Stick to our family budget
- Improve my front flower beds
- Try container gardening
- Finish discs 1 and 2 of Rosetta Stone
I thought there was nothing in the world I wanted to do less than move again – but then I visited Maui over Thanksgiving and I haven’t stopped dreaming of moving to Hawaii. It was, simply, paradise. Perfect weather, beautiful scenery, great food, and equal amounts of relaxation and adventure.
I think I could go on for days about all we did and saw and ate – and how wonderful all of it was. But, since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll stick to mostly photos!
Around the hotel
We stayed at the Ritz in Kapalua. It was gorgeous. The food was amazing. The spa was divine. But, I spent almost no time in my room, so the ocean view upgrade probably wasn’t worth it.
Old Lahaina Luau
Locals and tour books say this is the best luau – and it certainly didn’t disappoint!
Snorkeling at Molokini
This was by far my favorite snorkeling experience (given that it’s the only time I didn’t have a panic attack, it’s pretty clearly the winner). We even saw some whales during the boat ride back to Maui!
Sunrise at Haleakala and the Road to Hana
The 3 am wake-up call was totally worth it to get to the top of Haleakala for sunrise – even though fog rolled in after about 3 minutes. And combining Haleakala and the Road to Hana into one day was do-able, even though all of the tour books and websites said they weren’t. And, the tour books said there’s no food along the Road to Hana – another lie. There was great fruit, banana bread, tacos, and even Pad Thai.
Gorgeous views of Maui and the ocean. So glad we did ziplining – but not something I’ll do on my next visit to Hawaii.
It was such a great trip – I can’t wait to go back for another visit (or find a job and move there!)
One of the reasons I went to Uganda a few weeks ago was to capture video footage for a Thanksgiving video (click here to watch it!). Since then, as we’ve been editing the video, I’ve had lots of time to think about all of the things that I am thankful for. For starters, I’m thankful for my job(s) that allow me to be creative all day long.
I’m of course so unbelievably thankful for my amazing husband; our marriage; and his love, patience, devotion, and understanding. (And his muscles!)
Our wonderful families. And our animals.
I’m thankful to have a lovely home (even if it is in Dalhart, TX). And, in that house, I’m thankful to have more than I need; plenty to eat every day; and a safe, warm place to sleep each night.
I’m thankful to have the best friends a girl could ask for.
I’m humbled and grateful that I was born into such a blessed life, with parents that believe in me, great schools that educated me, in a country that makes all of the above possible.
And, last, I am beyond-words-thankful to be leaving for vacation tomorrow. Hawaii, here we come!
In addition to the branding work that I’ve done for B. Whimsy, I’ve been taking tons of photographs for them to show off the awesome clothes, floral arrangements, and home decor items they have in the store. (Visit their website or Facebook page for more photos.)
To really show just how cute their clothes are, we’ve had a few photo shoots. It was really fun to think about photography in a commercial way – thinking about how to best show off the clothes, while still trying to capture portraits that the girls would be proud to see online. I’m really happy with how they turned out – and hope they are too!
Here are a few of the photos: