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Self Portrait: March


So it’s almost the end of March. When did that happen?!

My friend Karyn, who photographs babies, kids, and families, took this photo of me when we got together earlier this month to play with some lighting. I went over to her house, set up a background and a strobe and had some fun. I had some ideas for creating images with a certain editorial feeling to them…like what you see in a magazine. Some test shots of our model Ashley coming to the blog soon.

As a photographer, it’s super fun to exercise your creative brain and play around…even if you have no idea what you’re doing. Practice, practice, practice!

Happy Wednesday!


March Madness


I’m talking about both the basketball tournament and my life.

We are half way through the month of March, and calling it “March Madness” seems pretty appropriate. I like having room to breathe, and so far during the month of March, I’ve felt like I’ve been at an all out sprint since the first. And I don’t run. Unless there are bugs or something. But, I’m thankful. I’m thankful for the work, thankful for my clients, and thankful that my little business is doing its thing.

And when it comes to the NCAA tournament, it’s March Madness time! The time of year when I pick my college basketball teams following my non-strategy methods and seeing if my brackets do better than Cent’s. And watching his reaction when they do. Sometimes, at least.

Plus, a little sneak peek at Sam’s bridal portraits I took at the McKinney Cotton Mill last weekend. I won’t be able to share these until April!

mckinney cotton mill bridal portraits catie ronquillo photography

Happy Friday!

What are your plans for St. Patty’s Day weekend?

Who are your March Madness picks?


Exhaustion & Living Simply


What a week and it’s only Tuesday.

On Sunday, Elizabeth of After Yes and I hosted our Fall DFW Shootout. It went great! More on that tomorrow. Although, afterwards, I felt like I had shot a ten hour wedding, and subsequently hit by a Mack truck. I’m blaming the humidity!

Then yesterday, I drove down to Austin to get there by 8:00 (meaning I left at 4:30am!), to attend the WPPI Road Show. It was a great day of learning, although, I’m pretty sure I felt like one of those zombies from the Walking Dead. Thankfully, around 5:00pm, I caught a second wind, or maybe I just woke up for the day after three cups of coffee, and I was able to drive back to Dallas. Safely. Thank God for cruise control. Seriously.

I was exhausted.

Today, I’ve been easing back into the regular pace of life. And from the lessons I’ve been reminded of the last few days, I feel like this poster by The Love Shop in Australia sums it up perfectly. Live Simply. Dream Big. Be Grateful. Give Love. Laugh Lots.

The Love Shop Australia on Etsy
The Love Shop on Etsy

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Announcing: Sugar & Ruffles


Two weeks ago, Heidi of Sugar Bee Sweets hosted an open house at the Shoppes at Brownstone Village in Brownstone Too, soon to be home of Sugar & Ruffles – a wedding resource studio and also the future home of Sugar Bee Sweets’ kitchen! I just love this ruffled cake that Heidi crafted!


I believe this will serve as an available meeting space. Can’t wait to see the “after”.


The space looks empty currently as some remodeling is taking place. I can’t wait to see it complete!


I just love the exposed brick wall.


And here is the lovely and talented Heidi introducing Sugar & Ruffles to the other vendors who attended.


For more information about Sugar & Ruffles, contact Heidi Allison, owner of Sugar Bee Sweets or Laura Heymann, owner of Art by Ellie.

Sugar and Ruffles will be opening in June, so stay tuned for more information!

Happy Wednesday!

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Winter Shootout: The Details


It’s almost Spring, so I thought I’d share some of the fabulous details from the Winter Shootout we hosted at the end of February. These shootouts are networking and portfolio building opportunities for photographers of all levels. It’s a great way to meet some new friends (since we photographers are often sitting in front of our computers!) and practice shooting.

The Dallas Winter Shootout was awesome! Elizabeth of After Yes and Heidi of Sugar Bee Sweets were my partners in crime, helping get all the details together. Heidi opened the doors of the Shoppes at Brownstone in Arlington for us to set up shop for the day, and it went off without a hitch. We had amazing models for the day including Corbin & Dave Baxter of Soulbox Productions, Ebony Peoples and her hubby Jovan of Ebony Peoples Events and Design, and the fabulous Prianna who we got hooked up with through Chelsea of Southern Fried Paper. See how a little collaboration can go a long way?! I’ll be posting the people photos next week!

But for now, the details! One of my favorite things to photograph (besides people) is the details. I love to capture all the little things that brides (and their planners!) put together for their wedding day. During the shootouts, we make a point to have some fun details so our participants can practice.


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