Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Big Bend Beauty: Yucca Blossoms {Texas Macro Photography}{National State Park Photography}

While my main passion is portrait photography, I thoroughly enjoy creating beautiful images of the great outdoors with my 100 mm macro lens.  The 100 mm is a great portrait lens to be sure, but I especially love it for creating macro images of flowers, plants and other elements found in God's beautiful creation.

I spent 7 of the first 9 years of my life living in New Mexico with my family before moving to the Midwest the summer before third grade.  Once in Illinois, one of my school projects involved researching a state in the United States.  I chose to study New Mexico.  It is then that I learned that the yucca plant is their state flower.  Ever since then, whenever I see a yucca plant, I am reminded of my early childhood home.

Though I've been a Texas transplant going on 20 years now, when I saw these yucca plants on our recent drive through Big Bend, my heart was all aflutter.  I just knew I had to get out the macro lens and see what I could create.  The yucca may not be my favorite of all flowers, but this particular desert plant will always hold a special place in my heart.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Big Bend Bluebonnets {Macro Photography}{Travel Photography}{Texas Wildflower Photography}

Our family traveled to Big Bend National Park a few weeks ago for Spring Break.  Though it was "Spring" break, somehow it totally slipped my mind that it was time to keep my eye out for bluebonnets.  We were thrilled to see them - and even more thrilled to discover a new variety!

The bluebonnets in South Texas are a different species than the shorter variety we see up in Allen.  Planted along the roadside winding their way through the expansive national park, these wildflowers grow taller and prouder than they do up north - perhaps in an effort to keep up with the mountainous scenery they inhabit.

Being the photographer that I am, I asked my husband to pull over so I could create a few images.  Risking the roadside traffic to capture their beauty definitely paid off!

I highly recommend a spring time visit to Big Bend National Park.  Not only are the trails cooler this time of year, but you'll enjoy the long scenic drive into and out of the park each day that much more!


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Dallas Arboretum Fall 2016 {Dallas Photographer}{Dallas Macro Photography}{Dallas Pumpkins}

I love to visit the Dallas Arboretum with my 100 mm Macro lens and my Lensbaby Composer Pro to get my creative juices flowing.  These pictures were created just for me.  Not for a client.  Not for a publication.  Just for the simple joy of creating.

As a photographer taking pictures for clients all the time, it is important to take time away to create images just for the joy of it.  Here are a few images taken at this year's Pumpkin Extravaganza at the Dallas Arboretum this fall.  While there are a few pumpkin shots, I seem to be drawn to other elements within the park.

The Dallas Arboretum is a fabulous, ever-evolving oasis giving all who visit a nice respite from the busy demands of every day life.  I highly recommend a visit!  It is beautifully maintained and gorgeous every season of the year!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Magnolia Marget: Lensbaby Style {Lensbaby Composer}{Magnolia Market}{Magnolia Market Silos}{Allen, TX Photographer}{DFW Photographer}(Travel Photography}

I recently traveled to Magnolia Market with my best friend from childhood to visit The Silos and do a little shopping.  Both Kari and I are fans of Chip and Joanna Gaine's show Fixer Upper on HGTV.  It was Kari's first visit to Texas since I moved here 19 years ago.  What a treat!

When I was convincing her to make the trip down to Texas, I promised a trip down to Waco to seal the deal.  We were both excited to see Chip and Joanna's "dream turned reality" in person.  My daughter Alden and Kari's daughter Ellie came along for the adventure.  Kari came all the way from NW Indiana to experience The Silos with us.  We had a lovely adventure down to Waco, Texas from Allen, Texas together.

As a photographer, I'm always striving to improve my skills.  At the end of last year, I purchased the Lensbaby Composer Pro with Edge 80 Optic.  To be honest, the selective focusing feature has given me a run for my money, so I brought it along to The Silos for a little practice.

While I feel I have a little room to improve as far as expanding the range of focus goes, I am quite thrilled with the results.  I think they'd make an adorable little set of greeting cards.  What about you?





If you haven't visited Magnolia Markets in Waco, Texas yet, I highly recommend it!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Milton and Ashley: Amaya Rose {Plano Birth Photography}{DFW Birth Photography}{Lifestyle Birth Photography}

Ashley contacted me pretty soon after she and Milton found out they were going to have a baby.  She had seen Kelly and Andy's birth session on my blog and was interested in hiring me to photograph the birth of their first born as well.  Within a few weeks I found out she was having a little girl.  And a few months after that I was taking her maternity pictures.

I can't believe how fast the time has gone!  I've enjoyed getting to know both of them better during these last few months.  Such a sweet couple!

Ashley and Milton met in college - set up by a mutual friend.  They eventually married and recently moved to the Dallas area from the small town of Brookfield, MO for Milton's job.  Like my husband and I, they do not have any family in town.  So, when their baby girl decided to make an early arrival, Ashley and Milton were on their own.

Or so they thought...

I arrived at the hospital just before 10 a.m. on Monday, October 12th.  In their birth video (linked at the top of this blog post and also below), you will see Ashley Face Timing her parents to let them know she had been admitted into the hospital and was about to deliver her baby.  Ashley and Milton's parents hadn't planned to arrive in Dallas until closer to her due date, which was the 20th of October.  Eager to meet their grand daughter and niece, Ashley's mom and dad and sister quickly booked a flight hoping to at least be in town to help them after the baby was born.

I kid you not...Ashley's parents drove to the airport, got on a plane, landed, took a cab to the hospital and arrived no more than 5 minutes after Ashley started pushing.


Apparently sweet baby Amaya is kind and thoughtful - just like her momma.  She was such a good little grand-daughter and niece.  She waited close to 10 hours to begin her entry into the world so they could be there to enjoy the moment.  Ashley's mom, dad, and sister (who flew on a plane for the very first time in her life) made it just in time for Amaya's delivery - with just over two hours to spare.

What a blessing!

While they were busy traveling, Ashley, Milton and I enjoyed getting to know each other better - and cheering on our favorite baseball teams.  Ashley (though she should have been resting) was also busy booking hotels from her hospital bed and making sure her soon to arrive guests would be well taken care of.  She could have easily run a travel agency from her hospital bed.  That just goes to show - she is one of the sweetest most thoughtful young ladies I've met in a while.

Modern technology kept both Ashley and Milton in contact with all their friends and family.  It would be 12 hours before we'd meet baby Amaya.  In between taking a million detail shots of the hospital room and Ashley's progress, Milton and I were able to keep track of the playoff games.  I followed the Chicago Cubs score on  Milton watched the Rangers game on television.  Sadly, Marty McFly (from Back to the Future 2) was incorrect.  2015 is not the year the Chicago Cubs win the World Series.  My Cubbies blew their chances of a World Series appearance once again just last night.  Milton and Ashley's Kansas City Royals, on the other hand, are still in the running.  Here's hoping they perform better than the Cubs did in their last series against the Mets.

(Ahem....back to the baby!)

Amaya Rose made her entrance at 9:36 p.m. weighing 7 pounds 7 ounces and measuring 20 1/4 inches long.  Bets were being placed before she was born as to how much she would weigh.  Both Ashley and Milton were born at the exact same weight of 7 pounds 7 ounces, so they predicted she'd be pretty close to their birth weight.  Imagine everyone's surprise when Amaya came in weighing exactly their birth weight.  Pretty cool!!!

I praise the Lord, everything went very smoothly and am grateful to God for another beautiful life born to wonderful parents who I know will love their child deeply.

If you haven't done so already, please take a moment to watch the video of Amaya's birth HERE.  (You might want to have a tissue or two handy!  So sweet!)

Congrats, Milton and Ashley!  I'm so very, very honored to have been chosen to document this special milestone in your lives!

Much Love!