The Dog Days of Summer…

I have had the worst case of writer’s block lately.  Seriously, every time that I have tried to start a new post my mind goes blank.  So I decided to not think and to simply let me fingers do the typing and let everything flow out of my brain and onto the world wide web.  I so wish that I was in Vegas at the moment getting hugs from Sue Bryce and listening to that silky, soft & beautiful New Zealand/Aussie accent of hers!  I love her voice and her work…oh her work speaks volumes for itself.  Glamour me anytime Sue!! Anytime! I would love to walk up to Sal Cincotta and say, “Forgetaboutit!” in my faux New York/New Jersey accent and trust me he would laugh not because it was good and would give me a few tips perhaps!!  Alas, I will see these two again sooner rather than later!  Also, a huge shout out to Lindsay Adler (I adore this chick and thank her for opening my eyes to not be afraid to utilize my creativity), The Boudoir Divas & Zach & Jody Gray as they have spoken and are speaking in Vegas at WPPI-U as well.  These Photographers are truly amazing, talented, motivating, inspiring and 100% real and they have helped me SO much throughout my journey as a Photographer. I admire them, as well as their work, and I always wish them continued success.  On another note, I would so love to raid Marissa, Kimberlee & Jody’s closets if I could wear their size but I have too much junk in my trunk! 😀

So I am finishing up my new website and my re-brand. FINALLY!!  It is about ME and is a lot more personal but it truly shows my style in many aspects besides photography!! Yes I am using my name and incorporating everything that I love all rolled into one!  I do not want to spill the beans or give away too much–I must have a cliffhanger like a Friday episode of General Hospital–but I hope to launch my new site this month, if not at the beginning of September.  Wish me luck as I have done all of this by myself with the amazing help of a very talented artist named Kristina Williams!  She completely understood my vision, my style and the direction that I wanted and that I am going in and she executed it with such ease and beauty.  I am so thankful for her.  I got a chance to visit with Kristina before her move to San Antonio and capturing her behind my lens was a grand time! 😀 Seriously!!! I had a blast even though I was attacked by fire ants (my ankle turned into a cankle and is still slightly swollen) and I got bitten by a spider twice!! Did I mention I am allergic to spiders?! Yeah!!!!  It was all worth it and I wanted to share this beautiful image of her!  I made clean edits and this is NOT processed in Photoshop! She is absolutely gorgeous and her beau is one lucky fellow as she is smart, beautiful, talented, hilarious and can burp just like me!! She is good!  I cannot wait to post my session of Kristina on my new site soon!!  She is my own personal Disney Princess! 😉Kristina is an amazing artist who will do great things with her life...perhaps work for Disney!

Some may think that I am crazy for doing my own re-brand but hey I like IT related things, building something and making it mine and knowing that I did it myself.  I created this blogsite all by myself and will be launching another one soon.  As the late Walt Disney once said, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”  I will continue to do just that because anything in life is possible if we set our minds to it.  Never give up, always keep going and moving forward and have faith and know that good things will come your way tenfold.  I have to end this post with a few images of a funny & beautiful family who just added a lovely little boy to their family!  I am still ever so excited for the Woods family on the addition of little GQ, on Mom’s birthday nonetheless!! I hope that everyone is still doing great and that life is continuing to treat you guys grand!!  Julie, you are absolutely gorgeous–regardless if you are pregnant or not.

 I hope that you all have a great week and I plan on blogging more about the dog days of Summer and hopefully some of those posts will be on my new site!! 😀 Until then!! XoRo
“As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.” ~Ben Hogan~
These two sisters were so excited to know they were getting a baby brother!This is one funny, loving & amazingly great family!  Mom had a beautiful baby bump!I love capturing a mother to be in her true essence and beauty and simply showcasing her beauty and her bump!  This mommy is gorgeous!
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An Inspiring Moment

The day had come and I was super excited.  Excited to wake up REALLY early and drive to the WPPI road show.  It was completely and utterly worth it.  It was simply sublime.  To see so many other excited individuals who were amped up for an awesome line up of speakers, all there to learn all things photography just like me.  I was preparing and hyped up to hear Dawn Shields, Joe Buissink and The Boudoir Divas speak.  To soak in all the knowledge and advice they had to share and it was great advice.  🙂 I also got the distinct pleasure of meeting Dixie Dixon.  I love her work and she is amazing–I totally love her style.  The mini-trade show they had was nice, informative and helpful. Special shout out to David Willis at Leather Craftsman and Sean Roach at Pounds Lab–they were very helpful about their products and truly enjoy doing what they do.

I cannot possibly talk to you about the entire road show; I would be typing all night!  It was something great to walk away from.   I did meet a talented photography from the Houston area, Maureen Light.  Her work is one of a kind and I LOVE IT!  Yes it is evident that I love a lot of things–I can’t help it, I have love in my heart.  😉 I would like to share with you some captures from the event.  Dawn Shields gave me major shoe envy!!! 😉

Dawn was insanely informative on tons of wedding information. Things that I had not considered but then again things I had noticed while flipping thru a bridal magazine or booklets that advertise wedding announcement pictorials as well as engagements.  She would know–that is what she does.  😉  She knows exactly what she is talking about and she gave us excellent advice when making purchases, layouts and so many other things.  She is an remarkable photographer, as well as an individual, with a beautiful gift.  A part of her story is almost unimaginable and the piece that she did on the experience is truly remarkable.  I loved hearing her speak and also hearing her story, firsthand…her words.

Dixie has the coolest personality.  It was Dawn who called her up to the stage from the back and I was lucky enough to chat it up with both Dawn and Dixie.  Dixie’s fashion photography pieces are pretty fierce!  She is a talented photographer; they both are.

There are times when you hear an individual speak with so much passion that it ignites a spark inside of you.  It gives you that extra push.  Well that would be Joe Buissink.  The man is beyond talented and his work simply speaks volumes to you.  It literally brought tears to my eyes as well as lots of others that were in attendance.   He has photographed Jennifer Lopez, Christina Applegate, Steven Spieldberg, Christina Aguilera, and so many more.  His work is amazing.  His photographs tell a story.  You get the wedding but you get the story being unfolded in a way that is captured brilliantly.  Anyone who attends a workshop that he is hosting or appearing as a speaker at is in for a treat.  It is a motivating experience.

The Boudoir Divas are downright awesome!  Marissa Boucher & Kimberlee West are two very talented ladies who have literally brought boudoir back.  Their style is classy, sexy and flattering and it is absolutely exquisite.  They continue to bring more and more to the table.  Check out their beach themed editorial shoot.  Love it!  Learning from them, hearing how they shoot their subjects, what lighting they use, their poses and so much more was a treat within itself.  And then to get the opportunity to get onstage and be directed by them was an honor.   These woman are amazing and their business will continue to succeed.

The experience was so worth it and it gave me a small taste as to what is in store for the future. To all of the individuals who spoke, thank you for your genuine words of wisdom, experience and truth–it was appreciated and absorbed.  When you are surrounded by so much positive energy, it is always a great feeling. Until next time, I hope everyone enjoyed this unique dated Sunday!

“I laugh, I love, I hope, I try, I hurt, I need, I fear, I cry. And I know you do the same things too, so we’re really not that different, me and you.” {Colin Raye}