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The Girl Who Loved Purple

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who lived in a magical land! Not long ago (oh just days before Thanksgiving 2011) she received a gift…her very own room!

Her mother promised her that her room could be any color she desired (within reason) and the little girl pondered for a few days as to what color her room should be. Finally she came back to her mother and requested that her room be painted in her favorite color…PURPLE!

So those of you who know me, know that I have strict rules on character things. I don’t like Disney themed bedspreads and wall treatments and while we do have some character referenced items floating about, they aren’t the dominant reference in the room. The fact that it looks like Barney walked into her room and exploded is the main reference and boy it makes my eyes hurt but it makes her happy so why shouldnt I deal with a bit of purple for a while!?

The girl is absolutely nuts for purple. Everything from the walls to her backpack to her house shoes, even her tooth brush, hair brush and pajamas are purple!

I had to break things up throwing in a bit of pink and thankfully my mother found a bed set that combined both shades of purples and pinks.

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This post is a part of the round robin blog challenge. Several members of a photo blog and myself are challenging ourselves to blog more by having a month challenge. This months theme was pink and/or purple. Please leave some love and then head in over to Tina Dominguez Photography to see what she has come up with for this challenge!

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FIELDS OF GOLD

I have been very quiet again. A lot has been going on around here form the daughter units 6th birthday party, the hubs heading off to work and my little man getting sick…it just never ends!

And, as you may have figured out, it’s that time of the month again! Another color challenge is upon us. This month’s theme is green and/or gold (yes thank St. Patty’s day for that one! ;p )

So I had been wondering what I could shoot and came across it the other day. The orchard completely dead was the perfect back drop! I know you are probably wondering how that could make the perfect backdrop, it’s dead and brown! That may be true but there was loads of gold to be seen as well as a ton of green! Enjoy my fields of gold!

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Now that you have checked out my challenge piece, move on to the talented Tina Dominguez to see what she has come up with!

Springtime/Easter Minis Are Here!!

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I hope to see you there!!

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Red Hot With Some Blush Baby!

It’s that time again!! Time for another round robin photo challenge.

This months theme was pink and/or red and with me not being all that girlie, I found this to be difficult at first. But with Valentine’s day this month I found something to fill my board with!

So, as my daughter is now in school, I feel it is only right for her to give her teacher a present at all of the wonderful little parties they have. Valentine’s is no different so I made her some chocolate covered strawberries! Only I didn’t use bakers chocolate. I used almond bark and died it red which actually turned out to be pink instead. Oh well not much I could do there without ruining the chocolate!

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I hope you enjoyed my sweet treats! Please continue on to Tina Dominguez to view more on the color challenge!

The Birthday Girl

I had to share…my baby girl turned 6…well yesterday! I hate that she’s growing up on me but at the same time I love watching her learn new things and come into her own.

This is just a little peek at the family fun we had tonight when it was time for cake!

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…Like A Skyscraper

I have been battling with myself over the last week, trying desperately to get down in words how I feel that wouldn’t anger anyone. The fact of the matter is, this is going to anger some and I am sorry if it does but I truly believe that these things need to be said. Maybe these words will actually sink in for once.

First, photography is very competitive. DSLR’s are so cheap now, that it seems like everyone owns one. That’s great! Get one if you can afford it but don’t for one second think that you can start a business the next day! I have been working my butt off for the last six years on not only the business aspect of this endeavor but the learning aspect. I carry my manual around with me, I read it daily, I take classes and workshops and do everything else I can to better myself. That being said, there was no business for the first three years! I did nothing but work, learn and shoot. Once I started the business aspect, you can bet I went legit! I may not charge a lot (according to some) but I can tell you that while I do not make much, I make sure that all of my expenses are covered…like oh paying taxes and things like that. This is not a get rich quick scheme like many seem to think, but rather I have to scrimp every last bit of my earnings to help my family get by.

Some would just say, up your prices! I don’t feel like my work is good enough for me to up my prices, not to mention the economic state this area is in. I don’t think I could get away with it even if I wanted to! So this topic here brings me to something else entirely!

So many photographers are hypocrites. Yes, I said it! I have seen SO much bullying going on in the industry and it makes us all look horrible. You can simply say yes I am going to participate in the Be Nice Campaign but in reality turn around and beat someone else down for something they did wrong in your eyes. I know three personally that did just that and all i can do is hang my head in shame for them as I know none of them even realize that what they did was bullying and bashing someone’s soul into the ground. It’s time to put the professional panties on here people, take a deep breath and suck it up!

It is NOT cool to tell someone they are undercutting the rest of the photographers in the industry just to bring in more clients! If you don’t know the photographer personally, or their situation, you have no business telling them how to run their business. Maybe, like I said, it’s an economic thing that keeps them from raising their prices. Maybe they don’t feel their work is worth that amount of money! I know I certainly fit into both of those categories but mainly that last one!

It is definitely NOT cool to tell another photographer they are talentless because you are jealous of their work, feel they are competition or whatever else might be bugging you about that person and/or their work! How would you feel if someone turned around and told you the same thing? I know it put a hole in my heart and for that split second I doubted myself and my work and thought, “Wow…that’s the second time I have been told that. Maybe I do need to put my camera down.” I then go back and look at my most recent work and realize “I got this!” But the negativity had done its damage; it’s left me feeling vulnerable and insecure. It will always remain.

As an industry full of amazing talent, we need to come together and help each other out. And those of us getting the help need to be gracious about it and accept it and not jump to the defensive end of things.

I leave you with this little tidbit…


You can take everything I have
You can break everything I am
Like I’m made of glass
Like I’m made of paper
Go on and try to tear me down
I will be rising from the ground
Like a skyscraper
Like a skyscraper

Skyscraper by Demi Lovato

Class Of 2012 – Michelle M {Hays County – San Marcos Portrait Photographer}

And the last of the gorgeous girls from last Saturday’s senior rep session!

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I have known Michelle since she was maybe 6 or 7 years old! I worked with her older sister at the end of high school thru most of college days and she was always around! She was the cutest little kid! Absolutely adorable with her chubby little cheeks and curly hair and the manners…the girl had some major manners and behaved better than most adults I knew at the time!

She is now a gorgeous young woman and I suddenly feel very old. She is still sweet and well mannered and I hope she gets everything she wants out of life.

Congrats to all three of you gorgeous girls!

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Class Of 2012 – Michelle S. {Hays County Portrait Photographer – San Marcos}

More from the glamorous girls and the senior session I had last weekend!

Meet Michelle! She is a member of the Jr. ROTC and I read that she has recently enlisted! So thank you Michelle, for being one of the brave and being there to defend our country!

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Class Of 2012 – Kayla {Hays County – San Marcos, TX Portrait Photographer}

I have been busy and I am falling behind again! I seriously hate that sometimes there are just not enough hours in the day and that I am dog tired but it is shoots like these that really make it all worth it for me!

This past Saturday, I borrowed one of my old college friend’s baby sister and two of her friends for a Senior session! We had a BLAST! At least I know that I did! These girls are gorgeous and were so sweet and fun to work with that I really wouldn’t mind shoot them every weekend!

First up in the group is Kayla. So sweet and quite and yet willing to do just about anything! She even crawled into the river in 40 degree weather to play! Trust me I did not ask her to! She wanted to and was determined to go and I am glad that she did because I have some amazing shots of her playing in the water that I will be posting a bit later…I have two other gorgeous girls who portraits need to be resized and uploaded!

And now we have Kayla!