• I love capturing that moment.
    That moment when fleeting light attaches itself to an object in a magical way.
    That moment when surprise turns to tears or smiles turn to laughter.
    That moment when you feel you have the world in the palm of your hand.
    That moment when you realize you don’t.
    That moment when you delight in your youthful
    spirit no matter what age you are.

  • It might be a moment I’ve intently planned and
    choreographed or one that I stumble upon as it
    unfolds in front of me. It can be when I am surrounded
    by a world of people or when I am alone with my
    thoughts and wandering camera in hand. I love seeing
    those moments through my lens and hearing the shutter click.

    In that moment I know I have captured something wonderful.

  • LET’S GET SOCIAL!

We started off back in March trying for a Bluebonnet adventure with the Porter family. The weather and our schedules proved unwilling to make that happen. Grrrrr. But another idea came to them. Since Dad is an avid golfer they decided to create some beautiful family portraits on a local golf course. We chose a location near their home that has gorgeous ponds to showcase the sunsets. The weather was ideal and the sun, oh my gosh, the sun. It was glorious for them. I love when the light hits just at the right time when everyone has settled in for the session and the smiles and laughter are flowing easily. The kids couldn’t be more different in front of the camera. One is reserved and doesn’t like to have her picture taken while the other has a new pose for you every 5 seconds. It never fails to surprise me that we fret and worry over nothing. Once they are having fun it is hard not to get a good portrait of them. Can you even tell which sister doesn’t like the camera?

I hope it is a wonderful memory for all of them–their laughter echoing across the ponds, over the sand, and through the trees.

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I know I’ve said it before and will again, but I love to photograph  girls and their horses.  I’ve had the privilege to capture High School Senior portraits for several riders at Augusta Pines Equestrian Center and every session has been a very unique experience. The girls train for hunter/jumper competition and when they aren’t traveling for events, this center is their home away from home. I’m always so impressed with the ease with which the girls handle their horses during these sessions. It is no small task to keep yourself focused for portraits let alone make sure the other (extremely large) model is relaxed and not trampling you.  The horses are very well trained but they are used to their stalls, their routines and the competition rings. 

My sessions give the pair a chance to relax for a moment and savor this time. Years of training and countless hours on the road are winding down as the girls come to the end of high school. They will head off to college but their horses may stay behind. It’s definitely a special time to capture. We can wander into the woods and enjoy the quiet. No lights, no arena noises, no hustle and bustle that comes at events–just a girl and her horse. 

I have to say “Thank You” to all the girls’ moms. They have been a HUGE help during these sessions.  They’ve been there with extra hands for horsey bribes, making gestures or noises to get our equine models’ attentions, adjusting hair / mane / tail / clothes,  and just keeping the girls smiling and laughing.  I’ve so enjoyed seeing the closeness of each of these families. After all, it is truly a family affair to train and travel for competitions, and their special relationships are evident.

NOW…on to this gorgeous duo of Gabriela and her horse Candy. We had a  lovely day of sunshine and light breeze and the pictures just kept getting better and better as we went. Despite another horse that was determined to photo bomb our portraits, Gabi was able to keep Candy relaxed. We did have a bit of a hard time with Candy and her ears. Normally I’m watching eyes, posture, and hands so it’s definitely a different aspect of the portraits for me to focus on. It was great fun listening to Gabi and her mom coaxing Candy to stop giving us the “mule ears”. I loved the casual outfits that Gabi chose to wear and her natural styling really let her beauty shine through. She also had an idea for a location where she spends a lot of time with her friends on the lake so I hope the portraits there will help bring back great memories for her in years to come. Gabi is off to A& M next year and I wish her the best of luck!

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We were 7 moms on a long weekend getaway and we made the most of our time in NYC. Much of it was spent around fabulous restaurant tables talking, laughing and cocktailing–but we did fit in quite a bit of sightseeing too. We had some NY friends supply us with great recommendations (thanks<3) for things to do and places to eat. Since I can’t seem to get away from my Quality Assurance/military mindset some days, I thought I would do a little wrap up (After Action Review for you military types) of our weekend. It might come in handy on future trips. Of course, it’s just the tip of the iceberg as there is soooo much to do and see and the city changes very quickly. Hopefully, these places will stick around. 


Rockefeller Center
Hanging at The Today Show
St. Patricks Cathedral
911 Memorial
Kimberly Hotel rooftop bar
Battery Park overlooking the Statue of Liberty
 
 
PLACES TO EAT
 
If you’re downtown (911 memorial) …
 
Blaue Gans(German/Austrian) If you’re missing german food, this is a nice restaurant for lunch or dinner.  http://kg-ny.com/blaue-gans?page_alias=blaue-gans-restaurant
 
Petite Abeille(Belgium)  This is a casual place good for lunch or dinner.  They have burgers, sandwiches, salads and lots of different Belgium beers.  http://www.petiteabeille.com/home.php
 
Shake Shack This burger joint is quite popular (can also get busy ) and there’s a location downtown near the “Winter Garden” not far from the World Trade Towers.  I think they serve organic, grass fed burgers if you’re into it.  http://www.shakeshack.com/location/battery-park-city/
 
If you’re in Soho….
 
Balthazar – A fabulous restaurant with a great “Parisian french bistro” vibe to it.  It’s quite busy and lively. You can dress casual for this place, but I definitely recommend reservations asap.  They book up fast, but sometimes you can get a seat at the bar if you’re willing to wait.  Awesome steak frites and other items as well.  http://balthazarny.com/
 
Chobani Bar – I love Chobani yogurt and they just opened up a Chobani yogurt bar where they mix their yogurt with these yummy ingredients.   http://chobanisoho.com/
 
Alex and Ani  http://www.alexandani.com/  Depending on your jewelry taste, you may want to stop here.
 
Molly’s Cupcakes- http://www.mollyscupcakes.com/ny/ 228 Bleeker Street.  This cupcakery is just as good as Magnolia bakery down the street but is the “NEW” place to go for your sugar fix. You can even get your swing on at the counter enjoying your cupcakes on their swing chairs. Their menu is online and will get you drooling. 
 
If you’re in the Meatpacking District…
 
Pastis – This is the sister restaurant to Balthazar.  It’s also popular, but easier to get a reservation last minute.  They are on opentable.comhttp://www.pastisny.com/
 
If you’re in the Lower East Side…
 
Momofuku Noodle Bar  http://momofuku.com/new-york/noodle-bar/   They have really good ramen and this place is pretty hip and busy.  They don’t take reservations.  David Chang…the executive chef has been on “Top Chef” as a judge and he’s got other restaurants in the city if you’re interested. 
 
If you’re around Union Square…
 
Max Brenner  http://www.maxbrenner.com/  It’s a restaurant and they serve lunch & dinner, but their speciality is your favorite….chocolate!  I haven’t been here, so I can’t really recommend it.
 
The Grey Dog–  Casual and good for sandiwiches, salads….http://www.thegreydog.com/restaurant-menu/
 
L’Express– Open 24 hours! Corner of Park Ave and 20th. French Bistro feel with amazing food and cocktails. 212-254-5858
 
If you’re around Midtown…
 
Ess-a-bagel– 831 Third Ave. between 50thand 51st Streets
This is an awesome breakfast spot with great NY style bagels and wonderful coffee. It’s a full deli too so don’t limit yourself to just breakfast.
Carmine’s– 200 West 44thStreet, cross treet Broadway. This is a family style Italian restaurant that won’t disappoint. If you are planning to see a show, then definitely book a table for afterwards and bring your appetite!
 
Carnegie Deli– 854 7th Avenue at 55th Street. 212-757-2245 Open 6:30 am – 4 am Daily. You have to stop here at least once during your trip. Whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner, you will find something on the menu to die for. I can highly recommend the Reuben sandwich and any of the cheesecakes. Keep in mind that they will wrap up a frozen cheesecake for you to take home.
 
If you’re in the Flatiron area…
 
Eataly- http://www.eataly.com/manifesto If you love all things Italian, or even just some things Italian, you have to stop by here. There are 5 restaurants located within Eataly. You may want to make reservations to make sure you get a seat. Shops within Eataly also include Italian specialty items such as coffee, bread, meat/fish, chocolate, wine and gelato!
 
Other places that are around the city for drinks, tapas, dinner….we weren’t able to check these out but they all came highly recommended.
 
Dos Caminos – trendy, mexican restaurant  http://www.doscaminos.com/  (good guacamole)

BaBBo Ristorante e Enoteca- 110 Waverly Place. ph 212-777-0303 http://www.babbonyc.com  Opened by Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich in June 1998. Babbo Ristorante e Enocteca is an exuberant celebration of the best of Italian food, wine and lifestyle. Make sure to book reservations well in advance. The bar is gorgeous here.

John’s Pizza- on 44th & 8th
Juniors- Times Square (cheesecake)
Five Napkin Burger- 9th & 45th
Uncle Nick’s- 9th at 50th (Greek)
Panna 2- 1st Ave (Greek)
 
THINGS TO KEEP YOU ENTERTAINED
 
Dangerfields Comedy Club– 1st Ave and 61st212-593-1650
http://www.dangerfields.com/ We had so much fun at the comedy club. There were 4 comedians to take the stage and each was funnier than the last. Drinks aren’t great but you’ll be laughing so hard you won’t care. If you get there early you will be seated up front–just a warning. You might want to have seats further back to avoid being part of the comedy act. 

Highline – If the weather’s nice, you may want to take a stroll on the highline  http://www.thehighline.org/   It’s a public park built on top of a historic frieght rail.  The park is above the street and starts in the Meatpacking District (Gansevoor St) and ends at 30th.  There are entrances and exits along the way, so you don’t have to walk the entire distance, but it’s scenic with some great views.

Chelsea Market  http://chelseamarket.com/retail/  If it’s raining, you may want to stop here, because it’s enclosed and there is food and some shopping indoors. 

Brooklyn Bridge park-  http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/  They have great views of the bridge and Grimaldi Pizza is nearby in case you want to have a pie. 
 

Brooklyn Flea-  http://www.brooklynflea.com/ Founded in April 2008, Brooklyn Flea has grown into one of New York City’s top attractions, operating flea markets every weekend of the year that feature hundreds of top vendors of antique and repurposed furniture, vintage clothing,collectibles and antiques, as well as a tightly curated selection of jewelry, art, and crafts by local artisans and designers, plus delicious fresh food. Locations rotate so check out the website.


PLACES TO STAY


The Benjamin Hotel- 125 E 50th St  ph. 212-715-2500.  http://www.the benjamin.com 
We had great accommodations here. The rooms were spacious as NYC hotels go. Our suite’s kitchenette had a full size refrigerator! The bar was lovely and the location was fabulous. 

Kimberly Hotel- 145 E 50th St ph212-702-1600. http://www.kimberlyhotel.com
While we didn’t stay here, the lobby and building were gorgeous and it’s right next door to The Benjamin. The Kimberly Hotel has a fabulous rooftop bar that has both open and enclosed sections. The decor is cool and the bar is very big so there is plenty of room to sit and chill and just admire the views of Manhattan.

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It’s funny how small the world is. I remember getting a new client call when I was in LA on a family trip and after speaking with Lindsie for a bit and discussing her portrait session, we come to find out that her parents live in the same neighborhood that I do! Serendipity! Lindsie is (as of yesterday, I believe) a new Stephen F. Austin University graduate. She and her mom met with me here in The Woodlands to capture some portraits of Lindsie to commemorate this special time in her life. We had a great time travelling around and were lucky that the foliage worked in our favor:) I hate when I plan a location for it’s wild natural beauty and then The Woodlands maintenance crews come through and clear cut it all down to nothing. That didn’t happen to us this time though (whew!), especially since that location was one of Lindsie’s favorites.

Her portraits turned out amazing and I’m really happy she has them as wonderful momentos of her big accomplishment! Congratulations Lindsie!

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That line still makes me smile even after all these years. Anyway, it seemed appropriate for my initial foray into the blogging world. I really have no idea how to blog but I’m sure I’ll find “my voice” as they say and hopefully you’ll be entertained in the process. 

I have one quick thing to share which is this adorable little camera logo that I just had customized with my double S symbol. I can’t wait to use it in my marketing pieces. 

Be sure to check back to see how this whole thing evolves!

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