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PartnerCon: Mike Colon Shooting Workshop // Part 2


About a month ago now, I went to Pictage‘s Partner Conference, in the fun city of New Orleans. While there, I participated in Mike Colon’s PartnerCon shooting workshop. To see more images from the workshop, click here. To read about exploring New Orleans and the quest for the famous beignets, click here.

The photo shoot was brilliantly styled by Brandi Howard from Kelly Moore Photography, Stormie Robinson for the unreal hair, Katie Malone from Pixie Cosmetics did an awesome job on make-up, and the gorgeous gowns, shoes, and accessories were provided to Mike by Camille Russler from Ever After. Tiffani, Amber, Syndey, Lindsey and Jessica were rockstar models and wonderful to work with.

Loved this headpiece:




Earrings with bling!





The models rocking the end of the shoot all together.


Thanks Mike for sharing your process with us! And thanks for hooking us up with an amazing shoot!



My First Southern Thanksgiving


This year, we spent Thanksgiving with Cent and his family just outside of Savannah, Georgia. While I have southern roots, (my mom and auntie were both born in Georgia, and my Granddaddy was a Georgia boy), I’ve never had a real Southern Thanksgiving. Having grown up in California for pretty much my entire life, we didn’t have many of the goodies that the South is known for.


When Cent’s mom started cooking the night before, my eyes widened at how much was being prepared. I asked Cent if there were more people coming. Nope. There would be ten of us for Thanksgiving. And that’s it. I’m used to seeing big meals prepared because Thanksgiving lunch or dinner with my family always consists of at least fifteen people, between aunts, uncles, cousins, and the grandmothers. But with the amount of food I saw my mother-in-law cooking, I was sure there had to be more than just ten. Seriously.

The night before Thanksgiving, we were all up until about 2:30 in the morning. It was crazy. Cent was scouring the Best Buy waiting for the Black Friday sales to start online. I was busy blogging some thank yous. And Cent’s mom, aunt, and grandma were cooking up a storm.


The food was delicious. We had turkey, pork tenderloin, and glazed ham. We had mashed potatoes, dressing, and macaroni and cheese. Let me just say that I’m a BIG fan of Mac & Cheese at Thanksgiving! Back home, we never had macaroni and cheese as one of the side dishes. (Except, apparently this year they did!) And since Cent doesn’t like cheese, I get to have his serving of the cheesy dish. Mmmmm.

So there were a couple of things I wasn’t crazy about. The greens. This is totally a southern dish and I didn’t even know what they were until I met Cent. And I’m greens challenged. Not a fan. So after trying a couple of bites, I gave the rest to Cent, in exchange for his invisible serving of mac & cheese. I also wasn’t into the sweet potatoes. See, I spent one Thanksgiving in France, and “accidentally” had sweet potatoes and was scarred for life. Okay, a little dramatic, but it’s true. I thought they were mashed carrots and they tasted off. So when I tried Cent’s mom’s sweet potatoes, my heart grew no fonder for the food. Thankfully, my mother-in-law is awesome and wasn’t offended by what I didn’t like. And no, there was no talk of offending anyone’s people. Phwew.

After sleeping off the tryptophan-induced coma, I had some dessert. I LOVED the pound cake! Had Cent’s mom not given away half of it to her sister-in-law and family, I probably would have eaten it. All. Because I pretty much at 80% of the remaining half of the pound cake.

I’m thankful to have been able to spend Thanksgiving with Cent and his family and I’m super excited to see my family in a few weeks for Christmas!

Happy Monday!

And don’t forget Cans for Comments is still going on and nominations for Giving is Awesome!



Fun Shoot: Ashley & Tod | Part 1


Practice. Practice. Practice. It’s the way to get better at anything.

And practicing with photographer friends? Even more fun.

A few weeks ago, I had the fun opportunity to join a cast of Dallas wedding photographers for a shootout in Downtown Carrollton. Jared Rey set up the session with Ashley and Tod. They were fabulous! And considering they were being shot by 12 photographers, if they were nervous they didn’t show it at all.Speaking of the cast of characters, if you want to check out everyone’s spin on the shootout, I joined Allison Davis, Amy Karp, Andrea Crosswhite, Celina Gomez, Jared Rey, Jason Huang, Jason Anderson, Magaly Abbott, Stacy Reeves, Josh Littrell and Stephen Brown. It’s fun to see how each of us captured the same couple.

So let’s start it off with a collection of natural light shots.


Who knew there would be such sweet setting sunlight under the overpass? Well, I guess we did since we shot there!

These two got engaged on my home turn, San Francisco!



Ashley and Tod, you guys are. so. cute.



We shot in Downtown Carrollton which has so much character and so many cool places to shoot. Engagement sessions, Bridals, Anytime sessions you name it!




Ashley and Tod were total naturals in front of the camera.



Thanks for not looking at us like we were crazy when we suggested to shoot under the highway.



Thank you Ashley and Tod for knocking it out of the park! You two did fabulously!

Stay tuned for Part 2, rocking some off camera flash work.


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Giving is Awesome.


You know how they say, “It’s better to give than to receive,” ? It’s so true, giving is awesome.

So, in part with my participation in Cans for Comments, I’m excited to announce my participation in this year’s Giving Is Awesome campaign. When I read about Giving Is Awesome, I knew that it was something I wanted to do. To have a chance to give back even more through what I love to do – capturing beautiful moments that will last a lifetime – why, yes, please!

Here’s the deal, I am giving away a portrait session package (a $1000 value) to one deserving person, couple or family.

You know someone. You know someone who’s experienced a tragedy, is struggling to stay afloat, is raising kids while holding down more than one job, or is volunteering selflessly despite extenuating personal circumstances. You know someone who can’t afford custom photography, but who would cherish it this holiday season. You know someone who deserves a year-round reminder of their family’s spirit, love, and beauty.

You know someone. I guarantee it.

I want to know who they are, and I want to give them the chance to experience complimentary custom photography. That’s FREE ninety-nine! Whether it’s canvas or albums, prints for Grandma, or a slideshow to watch over and over, it’s in your power to give them the artwork they deserve this holiday season.

Oh, and the best part? The person who nominates the winner receives their own mini photo session and $100 print credit. What better reason to show some love could there possibly be, people?

The nitty-gritty:

  • To enter, fill out the form below and tell me WHY this person, couple or family deserves this photo session.  The more you tell me, the better, as helping me understand what they have or are going through will increase their chances of winning. The person nominated must sincerely be incapable of purchasing my services. (Being unable to make mortgage payments for a two-million-dollar-vacation-home in Paris does not qualify as sincere financial need.)
  • You cannot nominate yourself. It’s all about GIVING.
  • Those nominated must live within a 50 mile radius of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
  • The referrer (you) wins a mini portrait session, too!
  • Prize is non-transferable. The winner is the winner, yo.
  • The winner will be chosen by me and my panel of judges.
  • Deadline for entries is December 20.
  • The winner will be announced here on the blog on Christmas Eve! Get nominating! I can’t wait to read all of your entries!

Open your heart to someone this holiday season — and thanks for giving me the opportunity to open mine.

Much love,

Looking for a Giving is Awesome giveaway near you? Click here.


Cans for Comments!


It’s that time of year again!

The mornings are crisper. The air a little chillier. The seasonal specials are rockin’ Starbucks. The Christmas music is just about everywhere. The holidays are upon us!

It was so fun to give back to the community last year with this fun project, that I’m doing it again this year! Click here for last year’s post.

Comments light up my day, (well, any traffic to my blog lights up my day), and so to say thanks, I’ve been inspired by other photographers across the country and from our neighbors to the north!

Last year, Chris+Lynn started sharing the love with Cans for Comments! Thanks for the inspiration guys! My friend Amy Karp posted her Cans for Comments post and reminded me it was that time of year again!

For every blog comment we receive anywhere on this site, starting today through December 15th, we will donate 1 can to the North Texas Food Bank. Let’s stomp our hunger in North Texas! You don’t have to be from Texas to leave a comment. Just access to the Internet! Now get commenting blog readers and blog stalkers!

Other blogs you can leave comments for cans:

Think Photographics, Redding Photographers, Andrea Murphy Photography, Kristel Wyman, Chris + Lynn, Lori Miles, The Bebbs, Blue Olive, CJ Scott, Erin Gilmore, Amber Hughes, Jamie Delaine, Tracy Heppner, Michael Wachniak, John Heil, Christine Tremoulet, Amy Karp, Runway Boudoir


Are you a photographer or blogger interested in participating? Visit Cans for Comments for more information.


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