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“As I sat there listening to these mothers, I felt really out of place. One of the women had been coming to the group for about a year, and she just kept talking about how horrible her life was, and going on and on. Some women didn’t want to open up, and others really opened up. But to me, it felt like the women there saw themselves as victims and were [myopic and] unable to see a bigger picture. I didn’t feel that there was any instruction or encouragement [on how to get better], and I ended up feeling even worse when I left. I knew I never wanted to do that again. It shook me awake. I [realized that I] saw myself as a strong person, not as a victim, and I needed to redirect my negative energy into something else. That was the permission I needed to start working again on my business, and to really pour myself into that.”
I didn’t want to be someone who was still struggling a year later, and I decided that wasn’t going to happen.
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Family portraits are a favorite of mine. Every family carries their own unique culture and history, their very own DNA that makes them unique and different. Some families are quiet with an undercurrent of wickedly dry humor, some families are loud and boisterous and laughing, and some are a blend of the two, with each […]
Wait,” I said. “You booked a flight for which weekend?” Post elopement/honeymoon, sometimes things get lost in translation, and my trinity of friends all booked their flights for the April weekend before my wedding reception, following my hazy affirmation of plans. However, in their true Romantic fashion, they turned tragedy into triumph and we enjoyed a […]
On Saturday I had the immense pleasure of photographing the San Marcos Artist’s Retention & Training Orchestra Benefit and Gala. Red carpet and everything. I photographed probably 150 people (some of them multiple times!) before the gala, during intermission, and after the performance – so in maybe an hour and a half? I learned so […]
There’s something about babies. You know? Something incandescent, fleeting, priceless about their little beings. The tiny, stretching hands, the round little bellies, the full trust. The littleness, yet the magnitude. I’m not a mom yet, but someday I’ll get to understand what this it’s like to create magic.One of my favorite newborn sessions was back […]
Amy and I had the chance to meet each other when I first moved to Austin nearly a year and a half ago (!) and I think we both realized we had a lot in common (right, Amy?!) – we were at the same place in life, with similar interests and aesthetics, both artists, both […]
I’m a pretty picky senior photographer – I’m more comfortable in the creative chaos of a wedding, with stunning locations, or teaming up with a friend for a wild, unusual creative shoot. This girl, though, she’s something else. Not many people hold themselves with the confidence and grace that she has at such a young […]