My guard is down…

I sit here completely confused about life, friends, relationships and a lot of other things that I thought to be true that apparently are not.  I typically do not take to my blog to discuss my personal feelings like an episode of The Kardashian’s or should I say like Kim Kardashian when she talked to everyone, including a camera, rather than her husband about her true feelings regarding their marriage. Do not get me wrong, I love me some Kim and her fashion style but sometimes we should talk to an individual versus a camera or no one.  Life is a constant roller coaster of ups and downs and all we can honestly do is make the best of the opportunities that have been given to us and/or presented to us.  Some people constantly wait with their hand out, waiting for the world to give them something rather than working for it. I am not one of those people–I am working for it, I will obtain it and once I do I am going to run with it from there!  I have gotten to that point in my life…that I have to truly follow my heart and do what is right for me.  No one will love me as much or MORE than I love myself and we should all know this.  We should all love ourselves more than anything–minus your children if you are a parent!  Here is to new adventures, endeavors and growth.  Hang on and get ready for the ride because it is bound to get bumpy! 😉

I hope that everyone is having a great day and I hope that you are not letting anyone rain on your parade!! 😀  XoRo

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~Marianne Williamson~  Self Portrait of myself backlit at Caddo Lake--loving the lens flare

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Lazy Sunday

I cannot believe how quickly this weekend has zoomed by and that Sunday is halfway over!  I must admit, I enjoy days like today…total bum days! I have accomplished what I have needed to, but there is a great feeling when you can be an absolute coach potato.  I have sat here and caught up with Keeping Up With the Kardashians and listened to Kris Jenner moan like she was playing Anna Kournikova in the final match of the U.S. Open!  It was a hilarious sight to see her get “angry & upset” when her kids started mocking her!  Come on, you are the only person grunting!!  Anyhow, I am getting off subject!  I decided to do a quick half hair style versus letting my hair look like a rag doll!!  Here are a few images of my half hair flipped with plaits & braids that I tried on my own without a tutorial!  I love Hair Romance and it is definitely a blog you should read and follow if you are a hair whore nut like myself!  Seriously she rocks my socks off!! She even put jewelry in a top knot to make it even more chic! Loves it!!  Anywho, here is a quick lovely collage of my creation…trust me it is nothing like Christina’s creations but I think I did good considering I decided to randomly do it!  Image of my crazy creation that turned out cute!  Pinning and braiding your hair is so needed for summertime in Texas

Yesterday I had such an incredibly great afternoon! I got to enjoy dinner with a beautiful view of nature but was glassed so that we could enjoy the air conditioning! Seriously, RiverBend Restaurant was amazing and I highly recommend it to anyone traveling near, through or in the general vicinity of Caddo Lake.  Here are a few iPhone images to show the beauty of dinner and the start of a great afternoon! ImageImageImage

I hope that everyone is having a super lazy and wonderful Sunday evening!! XoRo  “Nobody of any real culture, for instance, ever talks nowadays about the beauty of sunset. Sunsets are quite old fashioned. To admire them is a distinct sign of provincialism of temperament. Upon the other hand they go on.~Oscar Wilde~

A share from my main blog…

When I first found out that Lindsay Adler would be doing her thing on creativeLIVE I was beyond excited. Hearing her speak at WPPI this past February was like a tease into her amazing creativity and the art she creates with her Portraiture. She showed us how using something as simple as a Christmas ornament can change a portrait…dramatically…in a good and unique way!! With that in mind of course I was going to submit for this. At first I was hesitant but for the wrong reasons, so I quickly grabbed my video camera and hit record. I love fashion and the art of it and I want to witness her magic, creative, photographic mind at work in person. Regardless, I will be watching this workshop for sure! Lindsay, continue to inspire us, as well as create and make beautiful work. Good luck to everyone who submitted and thank you creativeLIVE! You guys continue to inspire photographers like myself world-wide, daily. Thank you guys for what you do. XoRo

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” ~George Bernard Shaw~

Oh how I love being a leap year baby!

You can find my original post at http://www.blogging.lifebehindmylens.com

I guess sometimes during a leap year we all feel more determined, more focused, we have more goals and we shoot for so many stars! 🙂  I am no exception!!  Here I am again I know vying for a spot in the live audience for Creativelive & Bambi Cantrell’s Posing Masterclass.  Oh it would be so divine to be there laughing with Bambi, learning, posing, understanding the light with certain poses, etc.  I swoon at the thought.  That’s just it, a thought at the moment!! 😀 I have faith and with my legal birthday being tomorrow, I am optimistic that things will work out for the best and I wish every photographer that submitted the best of luck.  If you do not know who Bambi Cantrell is or Creativelive, please crawl out of your whole and do a search on Google and you will quickly know who they both are!  I am so excited to learn more things, learn more about posing and light and how to form the body so it is absolutely flattering!  Creativelive streams the workshop live so you do not have to be in the live studio audience to learn from Bambi.  Just go to their website and enroll in the course and/or go ahead and purchase it for $99 while the promotion is still running!  It is worth the investment.  Okay I ramble when I am nervous!!!  Wish me luck!  Until then, I hope that everyone has a wonderful week and Happy Birthday to all of my Pisces!!  It has been a great month!  
XoRo
“You have to learn the rules of the game; and then you have to play better than anyone else.” ~Albert Einstein~

It’s a leap year so I might as well take a leap…right

My original post can be found by visiting, http://www.blogging.lifebehindmylens.com/2012/01/03/its-a-leap-year-so-i-might-as-well-take-a-leap-right/.  I wanted to put this post on both blogs!

Well most of my friends now that I am a leap year baby and with being said...I am taking a huge leap!!  I am putting myself out there and hoping to be one of the six finalists chosen to attend the Zach and Jody Gray’s Wedding Weekend creativeLIVE EVENT!!! Yes I am super excited that they will be on creativeLIVE and that we will all get to stream and watch this for free–yes free–but I would SO LOVE to be there!!  I have wanted to learn off camera flash from these two for almost two years and it is SO hard getting into their workshops.  Not all of them fit with my work schedule and when one does, BOOM, sold out. Seriously, there plus class sold out instantly at WPPI 2011.  I was bummed.  They are amazingly talented, humble and down right awesome.  I enjoyed meeting them while I was in Vegas but I would love the opportunity to learn from them with a hands-on experience like this!  Wish me luck guys!  2012 is a big year for me, as I am developing and finalizing a new brand, new website and so much more.  My fingers are crossed and I would love some of Zach’s coffee but if it’s not meant to be me, I truly hope those six individuals realize how AMAZING of an opportunity this is and are truly grateful!! I would like to give a huge THANK YOU to Nancy Dodich for her wonderful graphic skills! She made this cool coffee photo for me and I love how it turned out! She is a woman of many talents! 🙂 Thank you again creativeLIVE, as well as Zach and Jody!  XoRo

“The happiest people are those who think the most interesting thoughts. Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good company, good conversation, are the happiest people in the world. And they are not only happy in themselves, they are the cause of happiness in others.” ~William Lyon Phelps~

♫Merry Christmas to You♫

First and foremost, Happy Birthday Jesus.  Thank you for allowing us with this wonderful day to be spent with friends, family and loved ones.  With God’s continued love I can say that I am always and forever grateful for this day and for every day that I am blessed to see.  A day of togetherness, love and faith.  Knowing the beautiful reason for this beloved holiday would be the ultimate sacrifice of him later giving his own life.  I am and will always be forever grateful and thankful for his sacrifice.  I hope that everyone has had a wonderful, safe, blessed, happy and enjoyable Christmas day.  ♥

For those of you that need a little hope to go along with your faith…here you go! 😀

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”  {Mother Teresa}

≈Time flies≈

Wow I cannot believe it’s Christmas Eve. With the rain pouring and the lights glowing, it is starting to feel like Christmas. I hope that everyone has had safe travels to their destinations, wherever you may be headed for the holidays.

I am sitting here reflecting back to when I was stung on the inside of my upper lip by a honey bee. Oh wait, I didn’t blog about that. 😀 Well yes I was stung by a honey bee that was inside my can of Diet Dr. Pepper. Ouch yes! Huge swollen upper lip…YES!! I looked like Taylor from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills!! Well recently I went on a bee farm where there were dozens of honey bee houses (well that’s what I’ll call them). I got out and took photos. Quietly and in a calm manner, I stepped closer towards the honey bees–not too close–and captured beautiful images of a pretty cool process of how honey is made. It was amazing, I felt my honey bee fear lifted! 🙂 Anywho, here is an image of the bee houses and a few holiday shots!

Happy Christmas Eve everyone!! Have a safe and wonderful holiday. ®

“And a couple things impressed me, I’m a person of faith and I love this country. I’ve seen more flag-wavers here and more people that are God-fearing than any part of the country.” {George Shinn}