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September 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016 9:51PM
September 2016

This month has been nothing short of exhausting. Dallas said it best last night that all of us are physically, mentally, and emotionally drained. Since my birthday on August 31, we have been through hell and back. Sleepless nights, eating junk food except for those sweet souls that make sure we have food, to working from sun up to sun down making sure our jobs aren't falling behind just to turn around and travel back and forth from Lubbock to Roswell.Watching my family go through this obstacle has probably been the hardest thing I've ever had to do. The first night we were in Lubbock was beyond what we was expecting. Listening to the doctor tell us what they had to do and the condition my mom was in... it rocked our world. Nobody saw this coming and nobody could tell us what caused it.And not knowing is the hardest part.My dad has been such a trooper through this whole thing. Not leaving her bedside except to go home, get a shower & food, then head back up to the hospital and do it again the next day. We are now on day 26... Heading into week 5. I know it has been much easier on everyone with Ryan living in Lubbock. He's rearranged his little apartment to accompany an extra air mattress so they both have a place to sleep. Dallas and I have been going back and forth on the weekends due to our jobs. I have now had to rearrange several sessions to make everything work and ...

Oregon Coast Roadtrip
Monday, August 29, 2016 9:17PM
September 2016

A couple weeks ago, my family took a vacation to the Oregon coast to see my grandparents and their beautiful state. We landed in Portland and drove down the coast stopping at overviews, hiking up to a waterfall, and breathing in the fresh air from the salty ocean. We stopped at two lighthouses, Heceta Head & Yaquina Head, the sea lion caves, Thor's Well, Cannon Beach, and ended up in Bandon. The trees and fog were absolutely gorgeous and even though I looked at the weather before I packed, the temperature wasn't what I was expecting at all. It was like fall had come early for us, but in reality, that was their norm. I even got to meet up with an old childhood friend! We ate a ton of seafood, made sure to stop at the original Mo's Seafood & Chowder to taste their clam chowder, and ate at this adorable and super packed ice cream parlor, Salt & Straw. I had their lavender & honey ice cream and OH MY GOSH!! It was AH-MAZING!Here's a look through my camera on our vacation to Oregon! 

Declan Owen
Monday, August 01, 2016 10:10AM
September 2016

It hasn't even been 24 hours after Declan was born did I head over to the hospital to start capturing him on camera. I will be the first one to say that newborns are soooooo not my forte and I get super nervous holding them, but in this case, Xanthia and Leland were awesome enough to let me into their lives for a hour to capture some images I think will be treasured for many years.I have recently been getting more into the lifestyle/documentary style photography where hardly anything is posed and I'm just a fly on the wall. I tried it with The Little Mermaid and I loved seeing how the images came out. One of the reasons I love this style so much is because of the rawness and truth that it holds. In this case, I did direct very slightly, but most of the events unfolded right in front of my camera. I mean, you can't tell a baby when to yawn or smile in their sleep. It just happens.In the end, I LOVE the way these images came out and from engagement to maternity to birth, I love these guys for allowing me to continue the tell the story of their beautiful little family. 

Art is what you make others see
Friday, July 22, 2016 11:30AM
September 2016

“My art, what do you want to say about it? Do you think you can explain the merits of a picture to those who do not see them? . . . I can find the best and clearest words to explain my meaning, and I have spoken to the most intelligent people about art, and they have not understood; but among people who understand, words are not necessary, you say humph, he, ha and everything has been said.” ― Edgar Degas Self-portrait shot on a tripod with Nikon D800, Lensbaby Composer Pro, Edge 50, & 2 Alien Bees. 

What If You Fly?
Thursday, July 21, 2016 11:01AM
September 2016

This morning I logged onto Facebook only to see that my business page had been updated. It is still familiar but that means something else that I have to adapt too. The intrawebs are constantly changing and we learn to adapt to whatever is thrown our way because that is what we know.Taking a leap to try something new can seem impossible. And in the beginning it seems that everything is against you. You will make excuses or find some sort of deviation to procrastinate doing the task at hand. Putting it off day after day because what if you fail and people laugh and stare. They will watch you tumble down and look you right in the face and say, I told you so, or I knew it wouldn't last.But in spite of all those negative words and disapproving glances, one quote always comes back to me: "What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?" - Erin Hanson Taking those chances and adapting to the new could bring great success. The small possibility of knowing you can look back and say, "I did that. I created something meaningful." Why wouldn't you take that leap into the unknown and thrown your whole self into the faith that you will succeed.What will you do today? 

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