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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Farther Down the Road....Joyriding Again

During my Summer long commercial and editorial  
photo shoot break, I've been working on some 
personal projects near and dear to my heart. 

I love urban exploration photos 
which are images shot in abandoned or decaying locations, 
such as homes, factories, really any structure which has 
long since been cast aside and left to the elements. 

I posted one photo from this project entitled "joyride" 
a few weeks back, and I'm back to share a couple more. 

Happy Memorial Day Weekend, 
and remembering all we have lost. 

Ad majorem Dei gloriam
Latin for ""all for the glory of God."

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Published in Romantic Homes, June 2015

I am so fortunate to be able to have photographed
the warm, welcoming and lovely Dyllla Farmhouse
for Romantic Homes magazine, June 2015 issue. 

And it was an honor to be able to write
the accompanying feature story as well.

It was  the childhood home of
Joey "Dixie" Dylla's husband, and the renovation
involved blood, sweat, tears, and passion.
And the results speak for themselves!

Located in St. Hedwig, Texas
{ the far East side of San Antonio/Bexar County }
it is a true farmhouse in every sense of the word.

And now, it is a charming guesthouse,
accepting guests as we speak!

I'm in love with this sweet little farmhouse,
and the Dylla's as well.
If you'd like to book a stay, click here:

Click to Book a Stay at Dylla Farmhouse!

And be sure to get a copy of the June issue
of Romantic Homes!

Ad majorem Dei gloriam
Latin for ""all for the glory of God."

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Off The Merry-Go-Round

Sometimes....actually, all the time, 
it's a good idea to take an introspective inventory.

Why do I do what I do? 
What do I hope to gain from it? 
What are the rewards and the pitfalls? 
And what are my motives? 

I've found myself in such a place 
many times in my life. 
And more than once, I've heeded 
that little voice inside my head. 
But of late, the past few years I would guess, 
I have all but ignored that still, small voice. 

Until now. 

I've accomplished a lot of things that I set out to do, 
things I was certain would leave me feeling 
satisfied and fulfilled. 

I've had the good fortune to see my work 
in print on many an occasion.
I've been blessed to have multiple local clients 
secure my services for their photographic 
and advertising needs.

And not just that, 
but filling my life with material pleasures, 
often to excess. 
Spending ridiculous amounts on clothes, 
jewelry, shoes, camera equipment, etc, etc. 

But still.... 
Did any of it bring happiness? Peace? Joy? 
Sometimes it has. 
But of late, I've recognized that 
the joy and the passion for all of this, 
these earthly pursuits, if you will, 
has left me feeling empty. 

I've looked back over the past 5 or so years, 
and I've recognized that while I've always given 
thanks and credit to magazine editors 
and clients, rarely if ever have I ever 
given credit to the one who gave me 
the ability to pursue these gifts in the first place. 

"For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, 
and loses his own soul?" Mark 8:36

I have neglected to give thanks to God... 
to give Him his rightful place in my life. 
And in neglecting to do so,  
I have felt empty and largely unsatisfied 
in most everything I have pursued of late. 
Every worldly thing, that is. 

Praise and flattery. 
All nothing in the grand plan. 

The scripture haunts me...

"For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, 
and loses his own soul?" 

 It has profited me nothing. 
Certainly nothing of eternal value. 
And so I decided, a break was in order. 
A hop off the merry-go-round. 

While I am not taking on any new shoots 
in the immediate future, I very much 
want to make sure that I 
give proper exposure and kudos 
to those folks who've shoots I have completed 
and have hit the magazine stands. 
These sweet and talented friends 
deserve that much, definitely.

But if I am to actively resume my pursuits
in the artistic world, ( and I want to, very much ) 
I want to do so 
with only the most honorable of motives. 
Always and without reservation 
giving the glory to God. 

Ad majorem Dei gloriam
Latin for ""all for the glory of God." 

Pray for me, please. 
Thank you. 

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Lilacs-n-Calico & Co. Inc

A couple of weeks ago, 
I paid a visit to one of the most darling 
lil' shops I've encountered in quite awhile. 

Although I was hired to come and take pics 
for commercial purposes, I also discovered 
a new favorite shop.

Located in the sweet little town of Mason, Texas, 
I present to you Lilacs-n- Calico & Co. Inc....

Please visit Jennifer at 
Lilacs-n- Calico & Co Inc 
112 N Live Oak St. 
Mason, TX 

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Glamping! Published in Flea Market Decor!

Even though I'm deep into editing 
multiple photo shoots, I absolutely, 
positively, had to shout it from the rooftops 
that my bestie, Theresa Cano of 
is featured in the brand new issue of 
Flea Market Decor magazine! 

To be more specific, it's Theresa's 
swank Glamper / RV that is featured, 
and it has Sweet T's sweet stamp 
all over it!

Even though she sets up at 
Fredericksburg Trade Days here in Fbg, TX 
every month, you can also find her at 
numerous other shows throughout Texas 
year round.

But if you want to see this little slice 
of glamping Heaven, you have to head 
on down to our neck of the woods 
and pay her a visit to Trade Days,
held the third weekend ( Fri, Sat, Sun ) 
each and every month. 

   Nobody incorporates vintage and natural elements 
in such a seamless fashion. It's just her thang, ya know?

  How great is that "lunch room" sign, I ask you??? 

I want to thank Flea Market Decor magazine 
for featuring Theresa's story and my photos,
but most of all, huge thanks and gratitude 
to Theresa herself for her friendship 
and trust in me. I love you, girl!

Grab this issue today!

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Food, Glorious Food!

Just a quick one today.
I completed a challenging photo shoot today...

Pin It!

Major, super-duper props 
to food photographers and stylists....
this stuff ain't easy!!!

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Published in Where Women Create Business

One week ago, I shared a little 
sneak peek from my photo shoot 
at Timeless Menagerie / The Shopkeeper's Inn 
for the current issue of 
Where Women Create Business

The subject of the feature is 
my wonderfully talented and beautiful friend, 
Lori Smithers. And Bitsy. Mustn't forget Bitsy... 

First I'll share the photos from the 
gorgeous upstairs B&B ( The Shopkeeper's Inn ), 
followed by some shop photos ( Timeless Menagerie ). 

Many thanks to Jo Packham, Brandy Shay, 
and Lori herself for making this project 
a joy from start to finish! 

Right on West Main, here in Fredericksburg, Texas. 
Shop downstairs, lodging upstairs.
You can find Lori's shop HERE.

One of the gorgeous bedrooms.
Lori decorated The Shopkeeper's Inn with 
a mixture of antiques and new pieces and linens 
from Rachel Ashwell's collections. 

Who doesn't love a transom window?

Each room has a distinct character all its own.

Many of the antique pieces have been 
refinished and painted using Annie Sloan Chalk Paints, 
which Lori stocks in the shop downstairs.

Above, a fab example of a grand old piece 
given new life via Annie Sloan paint. 
Lori and the gals at Timeless Menagerie 
teach Annie Sloan workshops on a regular basis. 

The living room and common area 
at the B&B.

Above, Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture napkins. 
Nothing but the best! 

You know you're in Texas.....

And then some photos of Lori in her office 
downstairs inside the shop.

CEO of all things magical and wonderous, Bitsy. 

 A typically "wow" shop vignette.

So much beauty!

And speaking of beauty....

Lori's precious Frenchie, Bitsy. 
And nobody but nobody ever made a Rachel Ashwell 
sofa look this darn good. 

Your one-stop Annie Sloan HQ!

 So thank you for taking a peek 
at the latest issue of 
Where Women Create Business! 

I've completed two more shoots for Stampington, 
another for Where Women Create Business, 
one for Where Women Create, and an upcoming one 
for Where Women Cook. These are all exceptionally 
high quality publications, produced with love by a group 
of folks who genuinely love 
seeing women succeed and shine.

Back soon with news about another magazine feature, 
this one in Flea Market Decor!

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