I had the privilege to work with this beauty again last week. I took some photos of her a few months back, and she contacted me again to take her senior photos.
And again, I had a blast working with her!!
I love it when my clients let me also add my creative flare to the photos. The photo above, I held a pair of sunglasses up to the lens. The photo below, I had a piece of brown paper, full of holes up to the lens. I love playing around with different things, holding them up to the lens, getting a different look or feel for certain photos.
This photo above was another cool shot with the sunglasses in front of the lens.
The above shot I think is one of my favorites from this session. This was taken in a tight spot, next to this old storage building, and a tree. I used the tree for my advantage though, holding one of the branches with leaves up to the lens.
Maya, stay cool, stay cool!! You are unique, beautiful and amazing!! I'm so glad I have had the chance to photograph you twice this year and I hope we can work together again in the near future!! You rock!
I finally had the opportunity to collaborate with Sarah from Spring Hill Bakery earlier this week. I first met her and her family last year (I think) at our local farmers market. Ive been wanting to document her baking for a couple of months now, and finally had the chance.
I also did a little Q and A with Sarah, so you can learn more about how she got starting!! Enjoy, and find her on Facebook and give her a like (Spring Hill Bakery). If you are local, check out where her bread stand is weekly and grab some goods!! I highly recommend the chocolate chip espresso cookies and the molasses cookies!!
When did you start baking?
I started baking for fun in high school. Mostly cookies, pies, and cakes, but eventually I found my way to bread. Gramma always made her Aunt Ruby’s ice box rolls for holidays, Aunt Nancy made popovers, and Mom and Aunt Teena really got into the sourdough, so I was always learning by watching or helping.
Who inspired you to start baking?
It was a lot of people. Mostly my mom, gramma and aunts, but also watching food documentaries and visiting bakeries. My great-gramma was a baker during the Great Depression. I never met her, but learning about her story really made me want to bake too.
Who or what is your inspiration now?
I think now it’s just an increasing desire to try new things. I’m constantly reading magazine articles (Food & Wine, Sift, Bake, Bon Appetite, etc.), visiting other bakeries to see how they do things, watching videos on how to improve technique, and trying new ingredients and wondering how it would be if it was a bread.
When did you fall in love with baking?
The second the aroma filled the air the first time I was baking something. That was it for me. And I love sitting in front of the oven and peeking in the window to watch it change. It’s magic. And then you get to eat it. Here’s the thing. I was born on Thanksgiving Day. Cooking and baking has been and always will be my favorite topic. I think it’s inherent. Destiny, even.
When did you decide you wanted to start your own business?
Back when we were in CA, I was making cookies and pies for friends, taking things to parties, and whatever I brought always seemed to disappear quickly. Shortly before we decided to move, I was in the beginning stages of starting a cookie company out there. That got put on hold when we moved out here. About 5 months after we settled in (March/April 2015), I met someone who can the local famers market, and found that it wasn’t really expensive. By this time, I was baking bread every week, so it seemed like a good idea to at least sign up for one season and see where it went. I didn’t know at the time that it would be met with so much enthusiasm. When it was, I decided to keep going and make it a real thing.
What’s your favorite thing to bake?
It’s always changing. I like experimenting with new things, figuring out how to add things to my current breads to make new ones. Also, any time I figure out a family recipe I’ve never made before, I love it. Most recent one I’ve mastered is my gramma’s molasses sugar cookies. They were always my favorite growing up. I hope I never grow tired of them.
Who is your favorite baker or chef?
Alton Brown is the first one who comes to mind. I’m slightly and also completely obsessed with Alton. I watched his show Good Eats starting in high school and I learned a lot about the chemistry of food. The how and the why. I still refer back to his show or blog if I can’t figure something out or want to try something new.
The second is Dominique Crenn. I saw a documentary about her a while back and she is just amazing. She’s so adventurous with flavors and her excitement and passion about food is infectious. If I ever get a chance to go to her restaurant in San Francisco, I’d be thrilled.
What do you find the most challenging about baking?
There are so many different variables that go into being. Even the weather can affect how something come out. Learning how to work with that has been a challenge. It also requires quite a bit of stamina to bake on a larger scale. Baking up to 50 loaves a day wears you out. I love it though. There’s a huge sense of accomplishment when a bake come out of the oven and everything is perfect. I love the challenge.
Sarah, thanks again for letting me come and hang out and take these shots!!! I hope I can come over again soon!!
It’s always so much fun documenting this beautiful family!! I not only get to photograph them, but I get to hang out with them for an afternoon!! We only see each other a couple times a year, so I take advantage of chatting, catching up as well as photographing their lives!!
I’ve been photographing these two adorable boys since they were born. It’s wonderful to see them growing up!! I can’t believe how much they have changed over the past few months, since I saw them last!!
Thanks again Katie and boys, for letting take more photos of y’all!!
I had this idea for Elijah for a while and was happy to accomplish it. I thought he would be perfect for this session, since he’s been on a track team for the past couple of years.
The day we planned to do this session was a beautiful day. We packed the car up and we were about to head to the location spot, and all of a sudden it started to rain really hard.
We waited a while to see if it would let up, but ended up having to wait around one hour. We ended up going to plan b for location, away from the rain. This location worked out just fine for us. It’s always good to have a plan b with your location, when you never know what the weather is going to be like. The weather app said it was sunny and warm, but when we looked outside, seeing the dark clouds and the raining falling, we knew we had to think of another idea, or wait until another day.
The light was pretty good too, right after the rain. But…..we were attacked, literally attacked, by mosquitoes like crazy!!! We were fighting them off left and right. I would snap a few shots and than have to smack my arm, to get them away. We got some good shots…but we had bites on our arms and legs.
I can’t say it enough, I love working with this kid!! He always enjoys being my model in many of my shoots, and helping me see my ideas and creativity come to life in the photos.
Thank you again E for helping out, even if you had to fight off the mosquitos!!! You’re awesome, kid!!
I had the privilege last week to photograph this amazing duo, Lazy Jane!!! I’ve been working with them for a couple years now. They always love my photography style and together with their amazing style, it always works great together!!
"There are many people out there who will tell you that you can’t. What you’ve got to do is turn around and say, ‘Watch Me’”. Jack White
If you haven’t checked out their music, look them up!! You can find them their latest single on iTunes!!
“It’s not out of frustration and desperation that I say ‘I don’t give up’. I don’t give up because I don’t give up. I don’t believe in it.” Johnny Cash
I always love it when my clients love my creative side of things and let my ideas run wild!
Madison and Tristen, thank you again for reaching out to me and trusting me with your photos!!! Look forward to working with you again in the future!! All the best to the both of you!!
Yesterday I had the opportunity to work with Maya. I had been wanting to collaborate with her for a while now, and we finally had some time.
I have known her and her family for a number of years now. And I’ve taken photos of them in the past, but it’s been a while.
I started scouting locations for this session a while back. I wanted to find some new cool places in Franklin, TN. that I’ve never shot at before. It’s always good to find new and fun spots to have your sessions at. I have a few regular places I go to, but for yesterday, I wanted to find new places.
Some of the places we ventured to yesterday will be added to my list of future session locations! And I’m sure I will find more down the line.
One of my favorite places we found was this cool old general store, Davis General Merchandise. About a month ago I drove around and found all these cool old general stores in the area. All were still up and running, except for this one, it had closed down a couple months prior to our visit. It wasn’t until later that I realized, this would be an awesome place for photos.
Another place I found was this white wall, with cool old windows and vines growing all around. It totally makes for an awesome backdrop!
And if you are familiar with my photography, I tend to enjoy shooting through things or holding things up to my lens….pieces of plastic, a piece of broken crystal, a prism, pieces of colored cellophane, etc. I love adding texture to photos this way, I love getting these unique looks shadows in some of my photos.
Maya, thank you again for hanging out with me and getting some amazing photos!! You’re awesome!!! Can’t wait to work together again in the future!!
I finally was able to get over to the local skate park with E and J today. We had a lot of fun!!
I have always loved riding my board since I was a kid. My older brother Caleb got me started when I was around 14. He was amazing on a board!! He's the one that would take all kinds of risks and do pretty much anything! I would just cruise on my board, try to accomplish an ollie (still hasn't happened) but I still had a lot of fun! I remember when I got my first board (a Small Room), and Caleb helped me set it all up, putting it together. I was so excited!!
Over the years I still ride my board (a different one), but just for simple riding and cruising. I usually ride it in the spring and summertime mainly. And now I've recently purchased a longboard, which is amazing for cruising around.
These boys though, they are amazing on their ripstiks!! I tried to ride one and failed. I would need more time to balance on it. I'm used to a board with four wheels though!
Thanks boys for the fun time at the park. We will have to do it again soon!!
I had so much fun hanging with some the Team Nash ninja's out at Bobby's place. They are seriously amazing!! I have had the privilege to even see a couple of them compete.
Thanks Team Nash for letting me hang out with you all!! You are amazing and keep being cool!
I loved getting portraits with this guy!! He was awesome to work with!
Thanks again, Ben!
It was great to work again with this beautiful family!
Thanks again you guys!!
I’ve been going through some personal stuff lately. God has really been teaching me about letting go of things. Things I tend to hold onto that I shouldn’t. Things I think I need in my life, but really, I don’t. I have been struggling off and on with bad anxiety and at times, fear. These are two of the things I am learning to let go of. I don’t need fear in my life, I need to let it go. I don’t need anxiety in my life, I need to let it go. I need to continue to trust God for my future, for my family, for the plans He has for me, but not to let the fear or anxiety cripple me, or stop me from doing what God has for me.
This letting go, it’s not easy, and yes, it needs to be done on a daily basis, but when I start to let these things go, when I start to say out loud, ‘I let go of all my fears’, than I start to feel God’s peace upon me.
I believe that God has some awesome things in store for me this year. And I know that the enemy is trying to attack me. The enemy is trying to pull me down, put fear in me. I have a choice though, and my choice is to fight this fear, to fight this anxiety, because I am a child of God! I will not let the enemy pull me down, or discourage me, or stop me from what God has in store for my future.
Over the past weeks, there have been a number of worship songs that have pretty much been on repeat. Actually, most of Lauren Daigle’s album has been on repeat on my phone. I can’t really think of one song that has helped me, but all of them have been so uplifting and encouraging to me. God speaks to me through these songs. Bringing peace, comfort and life. They help me focus on what is true.
Another song that has encouraged me recently is one of Kim Walker-Smith’s new ones, called ‘On my Side’. One part says, “You tell my fear to run…”. I will not let fear control my life, it has to run in Jesus name. I will not let anxiety control my life, it has to run in Jesus name.
All of this though is a process. It’s a daily battle and struggle at times, but I will fight, I will get through this, I will become stronger, because God is on my side.
If you are reading this, and going through something similar, don’t give up. It’s not easy, but it get easier and it gets better! Keep fighting, keep praying, keep praising Him! He is on your side!
Whenever I'm in my hometown area, it's always a must to spend time with this lovely lady and her kids!!!
I told her I wanted to get a bunch of portraits of her and the kids while I'm in town. They are always down for it!! One day, for Sarah's photos, we drove around Paso, in search of some cool spots.
We would stop, hop out, grab some shots and head to another location.
The location above was probably my favorite one we stopped at. It was the old abandoned Fox Theater in the downtown area.
Sarah, thanks for everything and don't stop being a Princess!! You are amazing!!
It's always fun hanging out with these kids when I'm in town!!! It's a must!!!
And of course I had to take as many portraits of them as I could!!! I've known their mother since high school, we grew up together. And I've been able to see these kids grow up!!
They are all naturals in front of the camera...love working with them!!
Rhema took her braids out while I was there, and of course I had to get some shots of her amazing hair!!
Thanks again you guys for letting me crash and hang out with while I was in town!! Until next time!
Went to Cambria last week for a visit!! It had seriously been years since I had visited this place. It was on my list of places to go on this trip!!
The beach is one thing I miss in a landlocked state. I always try to get to the beach as much as possible when I'm in town.
I could sit at the ocean for hours and be satisfied, it's so calming.
I spent some time over the weekend up on my friends mountain. I usually always see them whenever I'm in California, but I don't always get up to their place. This time, I wanted to make sure that I went up to the mountain!!
These two cousins are best friends!! If you find one you, you will always find the other one close by. I had this photo session in my before coming, and was glad to have the chance to accomplish it.
The boys, along with some other cousins, built this really cool hidden fort. It was made out of mostly dead manzanita trees.
Theron's reaction to this photo: "This. Is. Awesome. He loved it!!
My family and I have known them for over 20 years now, maybe close to 25. We cherish our time together since we don't get out here too often, but always make sure we spend some time hanging out and catching up on life!
Thank you guys for letting me hang out with you over the weekend! Thanks for all the fun together and hope to still see you this week!! Love you guys!
I had the privilege to visit my dear Malagasy friends that are going to school in Texas. I've known Mamitiana since around 2000 or 2001, and I met Toky later, around 2004, before they were together. I even attended their wedding in Madagascar!!
They have been going to Seminary in Texas sine 2014 but it was only this year that I was able to get over there and visit them. The end of February Mamitiana was ordained as a Pastor, so I was able to attend the ceremony. They had invited me last year to come out for that, but I wasn't sure at the time if I was going to be able to make it.
I'm so glad I had this time to visit them, and I hope it's not my last time to visit them! It was just such a blessing and so encouraging to be with them and spend quality with all of them.
I loved hanging out with and playing with the kids as well, they are 3 amazing kids!! Kanto is 9, Nomena is almost 8 and Fita is 4. Fita and I become best buds right off the bat. We were inseparable, he was my little shadow. Even until now, we FaceTime almost every day and he asks me what I'm doing, tells me about his day.
Toky really took some time to really encourage me, invest what she could into me while I was there for those 12 days, and was truly a blessing, she's an amazing friend!
The bond I have with Fita is amazing and of course I had to do some headshots with this sweetheart!! He was awesome in front of the camera, as you can see!!
The Mamitiana family took me around Fort Worth, Toky and I explored Dallas one day, I was able to visit their campus, meet some of their friends, meet more Malagasy people and others from all over the world.
Thank you again Mamitiana, Toky, Kanto, Nomena and Fita for welcoming me into your home, for loving me and blessing me with your friendship!! Love you guys!
It was a lot of fun to hang out with this family again!!! I love documenting them and watching how this family has grown so much!!
I've been able to document both of these boys since they were just a week or two old. Love seeing them grow up!
I love the love and joy in this photo!!
Thanks again you guys for letting me come and hang out, and take these photos!! You are an amazing family!