One Great Shot

I love doing styled portrait and branding sessions but sometimes I get asked to do headshots. I have often heard, I just need one good pic for my LinkedIn. So I created this session with those people in mind. It is short and sweet.

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Quince at the Capitol

Brave young women speaking out against SB4.

Cristina Tzintzun and I conceived of the idea on the East side over lunch while prepping for a town hall.  She, along with her amazing team and volunteers with Jolt Texas , took the idea and made it into a national conversation covered by a number of news outlets.  I showed up to photograph the event and help accompany a group of the young girls after their performance and speeches in front of the Capitol to different offices of Legislators offering them a tissue flower for their opposition to the racist law or a copy of an excerpt of The New Colossus poem that is displayed on the Statue of Liberty.  


From the ACLU website:  SB4 is a Texas law that forces local governments and law enforcement agencies to do the work of federal immigration officers. It punishes local officials who choose to prioritize their communities’ safety over the anti-immigrant agenda of politicians, diverts precious local resources away from communities to serve the needs of the federal government, corrodes public trust in law enforcement, and drives victims and witnesses of crime into the shadows, making everyone less safe. Sheriffs and police chiefs across the state strongly advised the legislature not to pass this awful law. Governor Abbott signed SB4 on May 7, 2017.

You can see some of my photos on display at the Mexic-Arte Museum exhibit Fotografia y Nuevo Medios, running through end of May 2018.  They will then be added to the permanent collection.  

Prep Day

Brave young women getting briefed on how the day will go for their protest on SB4 at the Texas State Capitol.  It was a colorful idea Cristina Tzintzun of Jolt and I came up with over lunch one afternoon.  She ran with it and with help of many dedicated volunteers made it happen.  I was in awe of what her team had put together.  


When my darling friend hired me to do her engagement photos I thought it was a little funny that she wanted to have part of her session at a Whataburger.  She told me the idea was to capture her and her fiancee all dressed up scarfing cheeseburgers because that is how most of their fun nights ended.  All she really needed to tell me was, "food", and I would have been up for it.    

The restaurant could not have been nicer, (a huge thank you to our East Austin location, my old neighborhood).  Call time was 5a.m. I grabbed my handsome assistant, Mr. Leandra Blei, and upon arriving saw the most darling couple, ready to go in a suit and cocktail dress.  We had an amazing shoot, although I kept forgetting between bites they actually had to chew and swallow their food  for me to take my next shot.



Hello Tuesday

Last Spring wanting to hone my skills a bit I posted a Craigslist ad looking for a blogger of food or fashion to collaborate with.  This is how I met Betsy, who aside from our metabolism and other physical attributes, could be my little sister.  We hit it off our first meet up and have been shooting together for over a year now and even did a shoe campaign together last Winter.  Here are some favorites from our Anniversary Session we took to Laguna Gloria.  She is not only lovely but the absolute sweetest.  Be sure to check out her blog, Hello Tuesday, here.  

Portrait of a Lady

I am so grateful every day that I get to do what I love; taking photographs of people celebrating cherished events, showing off their styles, their talents, capturing a period of time with their families...Along my journey I stumbled upon a famous photographer's work, Sue Bryce,  and something clicked.  Like discovering French cheese for the first time, studying her portraiture became my new favorite thing.  I have been putting together shoots in my studio, focusing on portraits of women.  One of the reasons this type of portraiture spoke to me came from the idea, not a new idea, but one that Sue Bryce touched on in one of her talks, that we all have that one photo of someone we love that is so special and passed down for generations.  Not "emailed to"  Not tagged on Facebook, but a physical printed and framed image.  I thought, YES!  What a wonderful idea!  So here we go.  This is the beginning of something I would like to do.  A project that is becoming very dear to me.  I would like to bring back the portrait.  

Make up by Ashton Plummer @Ashtondoeshair; Styled by @The Dojo and of course Tierra, our beautiful model is part of a health fitness and wellness team @vtwellness

Mais Oui

Seriously, where does the time go?  Summer is over and I am in full swing getting my Women Project together.  More to come on that later.  But first, some photos of my recent trip to France. The reason for the trip was a personal one.  Some very dear friends of ours got married.  It was one of the sweetest ceremonies I have ever seen.  My heart will always be in the South of France but I decided to take a detour through Paris my last couple of days there.  I arranged a week or two prior to meet up with two Paris bloggers.   Here are some shots from my mini session with Fashion blogger, Naelle, who runs the Once-in-Paris-blog.  She was looking gorgeous in vintage items on a rainy day in what seemed to me to be a quintessentially Parisian cafe.  Enjoy and look for my upcoming post in which British Expat and Lifestyle blogger, Chloe and I, bop around Paris for two afternoons.  

Hello Baby!!!

The more I shoot the more I realize I will focus my lens on anything with two eyes and a nose.  I really just love taking photos of people.  People on the street, people in love, people with a mission.  People who are only a number of days old.  I prefer lifestyle shoots and portraits.  I am not trying to be the next Anne Geddes, adorable yes, but so far from my realm right now.  Newborn shoots are tricky mainly because of all the breaks to umm, clean up.  I did a little reading prior so I was ready but all in all I think she did great.  


Just a good ole fashioned Hootenanny

Although I don't mention it much, I do shoot events.  It is almost a secret pleasure.  I feel like a spy or a fly on the wall, until the flash goes off of course.  I was recently asked back to shoot the 3rd Annual Pie Contest and Hootenanny fund raiser hosted by KOOP Community Radio.  It gave me the warm fuzzies to be asked back.  I took a ton of photos but here are some highlights.  If you would like to see the rest of them check out my KOOP album on my Facebook Page.