Sep 9, 2017
DAY ONE | MAINLAND

DAY ONE | MAINLAND

Sep 9, 2017

Upon arriving to South Padre Island, day one of our visit to see my aunt, it didn't take long for us before we headed back onto the main land, Corpus Christi (or just Corpus for us regulars), to check out the boardwalk and part of downtown. A lot has changed since the last time I was there- 2 years ago. They have closed off traffic along the last part of Ocean Drive and turned it into an open walkway. It definitely seems to be more tourist driven with some of their updates which I think was long overdue and much needed.


Although it was short lived we ended up having a nice walk along the boardwalk and through downtown. Seeing the updates and just enjoying the air was a smooth transition into being in town.

Although not pictured, we ran into an art festival in the heart of downtown. Live bands, artists, painted dogs and the like were a welcoming introduction into our much needed vacation.


There's something magical about that salty air, the seagull's calling as you hear waves crash in the distance. There's a reason people sell this sound via relaxation tapes. :P 

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As many of you know Hurricane Harvey devastated the area in and around Corpus Christi. I encourage anyone wanting to help to donate whatever you can, small or large, to an organization of your choosing. Please choose one that helps both far and wide as many more will be devastated by Irma. It's time to come together and unite as one world.

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Jul 20, 2017
ANOTHER STUDY

ANOTHER STUDY

Jul 20, 2017



 It's been far too long since I posted here. It's also been far too long since I've had the opportunity to do some selfish photography...i.e. unpaid work.  It was a hectic, busy and overwhelming six months. Here I am back at blogging, a favorite past-time, photo stills from the Peonies I recently got. Blessed to have friends that text me from stores to tell me when they find some photo worthy flowers. This was a really quick set-up in some spare time to get my creative juices flowing once again. I didn't want these beauties to go to waste, although just having them in my general area of view comforts me greatly.



Hopefully it won't be another 6 months before my next post and maybe I'll have more to say, but until then I'm looking forward to a more still life...


Jan 13, 2017
JOHNATHAN REED

JOHNATHAN REED

Jan 13, 2017
I met Johnny at my part-time job where I sell home decor. The more he came in, the more we got to talking. He's such a lively character, one with a lot of happiness and positivity. and you can't help but feel happy when in his company. We eventually added one another on Facebook where he found out I was a photographer and I found out he was an actor. I'd call that an ideal friendship, yeah?! He needed some new head shots, both for his website (here) and casting calls.  We had a lot of weather delays for nearly a month, but patience paid off and the day couldn't have been any nicer.

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Before heading out to shoot, he took me on a tour of his historic home (well, not the one in these photos, haha). It is, however, a two story Victorian-style home with some rich history. Built by a local doctor who would see patients in part of the first floor -awesomely creeptastic, haha -this corner two story is one I've always wondered about. I drive by the house everyday, living in the neighborhood and just a few streets away, to take my daughter to and from school, so it was an extreme delight to get the full tour. He is currently renovating it and restoring it's beauty after years of neglect. It makes me happy to see such good people living and taking care of it after so many years.





Simply put, sometimes everything falls into place just perfectly; the light, the contrast, the depth- all of it. This is when you get to really focus on the art of it all. If you have some of these things perfectly aligned the only thing you have to worry about is how to conceptualize the thought you have in your head, that is creative freedom and this is what I live for.




Sep 6, 2016
READ | THE UNSEEN EYE

READ | THE UNSEEN EYE

Sep 6, 2016
The day that I received this book happened to fall on a really tough day for Texas, the world, as it was the morning after the sniper attacks on Dallas police officers. One of many tragic days in 2016 alone. Initially, after getting the book, I was going to touch on that topic since some of the photos within are of really historic, not-to-mention tragic, events in our history- like the New York's Twin Towers attack. After flipping through it's pages and reading the collector's notes, ect., it felt more appropriate to stay true to the book and to William M. Hunt's collection.

Diving into the book takes you through this really morbid yet freeing experience. In every photo the eyes are obscured, closed or otherwise 'unseen'. Each of the pictures drawing different emotions from you. Each of the pictures telling it's own story yet leaving you asking so many questions.

I included only a few shots of what you can find in this beautiful collection along with my own interpretation of the book through self-portraits.



Sometimes, I tend to get so excited to create a post that I miss out on the point of it all and this time I wanted to make sure that I took the time to really focus directly on that point; the unseen eye. It was a perfect assignment for me, after all. For those who know me, and know me well, know that half the  self-portraits (selfies) I take are really just 'halfies'. Anywhere from Instagram to Facebook, it's rare to see a whole shot of my face. For me, it's more about me appreciating the parts of my face rather than my face as a whole. Which makes this book, and post, a perfect assignment. I could dive in already grasping what the concept means to me; expressing ourselves in a minimal way with great emphasis on only our parts and how powerful those parts can be when shown individually.



I wanted to photograph the book without the dust jacket because that color of green is by far one of my favorite colors. Without the dust jacket, it's simplicity is something to be admired. On the left is without the dust jacket (obviously) and to the right is the dust jacket cover photo within the book itself. Both make for the most gorgeous of covers.



I highly recommend this book to any lover of photography, especially those who have a more morbid curiosity. You can get your own copy here.

Aug 13, 2016
BLUSHING BRIDES: of THE FLOWERING KIND

BLUSHING BRIDES: of THE FLOWERING KIND

Aug 13, 2016
I didn't intend to have back-to-back floral posts, but here we are. Not much else has been going on with me since I've been less than mobile (hurt knee), so getting up to photograph much of anything these past few weeks has been too daunting of a task and one I haven't cared much to do.

However, I'm blessed to have friends that think of me when they're out and about. Case-in-point, a friend happened to see these stunning flowers at Market Street, took a photo and sent it to me. I was so happy she did. I haven't seen these flowers before and gasped at how gorgeous they were. How have I not known about these?!! 


The next morning I headed strait to Market Street. I was surprised to see how small they really were and how short the stem was and the price for these little babies was steep, so I only got one bushel (although, I really wish I had gotten 2 bushels. again, that price o.O). They sure didn't disappoint, though.


In the end, I'm grateful for thoughtful friends and beautiful flowers. Life would certainly be a little less sweet without either. =)
Jul 22, 2016
TABLE LILIES

TABLE LILIES

Jul 22, 2016
This morning I woke up and thought to myself, "I need flowers in my life right now!". They always seem to cheer me up when I'm in a funk, or sick. So I got up early, on my day off/still sick, and headed to HEB (our local grocers) to check their selection. These lilies instantly caught my eyes. Like, "Why hello there pretty". They really are striking.
 


*TABLE LILY QUOTED INFORMATION IS QUOTED FROM MARTHASTEWART.COM
Jul 18, 2016
CIUDAD ACUÑA, MEXICO

CIUDAD ACUÑA, MEXICO

Jul 18, 2016
 I'm ALIVE!! June was tough month for me, so I was creatively absent and July has just been busy. I'm posting while feverish, so excuse my lack of eloquence in writing. Most of it will be simply put, but this is a photography blog after all, so writing will definitely be secondary this go around.

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We had a very poorly planned day in Ciudad Acuña, or just Acuña for us Texans, last Saturday. What started out as an idea for some unplanned future date turned into, "let's go this weekend". My husband and I are horrible planners, so we did nothing in the way of actually pre-location scouting for restaurants, shops or the like. We literally packed in the car and drove there...to Del Rio, that is. We parked and then walked the long walk over that LONG ASS bridge to Mexico...in near 100 degree weather (with a fever I didn't realize I had), because we're smart like that. Here's a few shots I got of not only Acuña, but of the of the goodies we came home with.


Numero uno on the list of 'must-gets' was a sombrero for my husband and that's just what we did. We even got a little one for Gigi, which we only tried torturing her a few times to get it on (for all of 2 seconds). I was really excited about the blanket I chose. I've passed up many Mexican blankets because I couldn't find a color variation that I really liked. When I saw this one I knew it was the one. The owner of the shop even tried to convince me of other ones, but my mind was set. All-in-all our shopping, though short-lived, was a really pleasant experience, but next time I will be making sure I find some local artists/artisans for some unique buys.

Until next time Mexico, and there will be a next time!
Jun 16, 2016
A STUDY | PEONIES

A STUDY | PEONIES

Jun 16, 2016
At last, my little city in the middle of nowhere, and just at the very bottom of the Chihuahuan desert, fiiinnnaaally got what my heart has been longing for these last few years...Peonies! I was pleasantly surprised when my husband came home one evening with a bouquet of Peonies in hand. I seriously got overly emotional over a handful of flowers. In all fairness, and in my opinion, they are probably the most delicately feminine flower out there. To me, they encompass all that is eloquent and beautiful of a women put in a flower. A worthy accent to any home. I love them so much I went and bought three more bouquets the next day.


I'm thinking that when I bring my shop back most of these will be making it there. Stay tuned for more on that.



May 2, 2016
BOX FRAME COFFEE TABLE

BOX FRAME COFFEE TABLE

May 2, 2016
Before I get into this new beauty, I have a confession to make...I already have a beautiful coffee table. I know, I know, I bought the previous table at an outlet store, so it was get it or it's gone type of deals. Then when I got into the space I realized how HUGE it really was and how it obviously wouldn't work. Buuuuttt, I love it too much to part with it, so it's now in storage. =P

Back to the West Elm box frame table...

Because of my space & being so limited I had to find something with a small width size. When I saw the box frame coffee table from West Elm I knew it was right for me. It was nice that West Elm provides you with a few options in sizes, so I chose the skinniest one. I couldn't be happier with it!


I had to pack it back up as we had to move 90% of the office/guest room so that my eldest daughter can get a bit closer to turning it into her room. My office knook is next on the list for completion (which is stationed in the living room), so once I can comfortably get my rug down without the worry of stains, paint or mishaps this baby will get to come out again. Until then I'll stare at these photos and daydream. =)