I finally made it to a meet up with the Atlanta Urban Photo Walkers & it was actually a lot of fun. I didn’t really have a chance to meet new people, even though ironically the event was Worldwide Instameet (#WWIM15) with the theme #todayImet. But I did get the chance to take a lot of still-life photos, which usually don’t necessarily spark my creativity so that was awesome. Also got to explore the Paris On Ponce venue and it was so full of interesting items everywhere you turned. Definitely a lot to keep my eye… & lens… busy.

A few of my favorites:


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14Every winter, as the end of the year draws nearer and nearer, you hear people making resolutions for the coming new year. They may not specifically call them resolutions, but that’s still what they are. THEN, by around the end of January you hear people laughing about how they’ve already failed at the resolutions they set a month ago. Resolutions, IN MY OPINION, are setups for failure.

Google (my trusty go-to) defines a resolution as a firm decision to do or not to do something. While it’s very noble to have such a solid standing point with no room for wavering, I do think it’s a blatant setup for failure. Resolutions are either “do or do not”. There’s no room for acknowledgement of growth. If you didn’t do what you said you would (or vice versa) then you’ve failed, never mind the fact that you’ve taken significant steps, or even strides, towards the resolutions you set.

That’s why I prefer goals. Google define goals as the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result; the destination of a journeySo you didn’t reach your endpoint… where on the map did you land? Is it closer than you previously were? Then that’s a cause for celebration! Every mile traveled on your journey towards your goal deserves recognition. (Write that down somewhere!). I haven’t set any resolutions for 2016, but I have set goals. If by the end of 2016 I haven’t completely reached my goals, I do still look forward to comparing where I started to where I ended and rejoicing in my successes rather than highlighting my failures.

My 2016 goals:

  • grow my relationship with God
  • stick to my new budget and save more
  • upgrade my camera
  • take at least 2 photography educational courses
  • start a business and have a corresponding website
  • blog weekly
  • plan and take a trip out of country

What are your 2016 goals?

I encourage you to write them down, appreciate each step you take towards obtaining your goals and give yourself kudos for every milestone reached along your journey. ♥



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Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We gotta let go of all our ghosts
We both know we’re not kids no more

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My coworker has literally THE cutest baby bump. She’s so tiny and is all belly, even though she’s only about a month out from giving birth. I had seen photos of a dock at a local park and was dying to take photos out there, so we trekked all around the park until we found the spot. Kudos to her for going on an adventure with me (seriously… we were using our GPS & had to stop & ask for directions twice…yes, in a park lol) & not complaining once!

Once we finally found the dock there was a woman meditating there so I found few other interesting spots nearby. It was early in the morning and the light was on our side… not a whole lot of people around other than a few early morning joggers… it was close to perfect. I had SO many favorites from her shoot it’s hard to narrow down to just a few images. So enjoy this overshare 🙂



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Trying something different can always be a little scary, but can end up yielding beautiful results. This was DEFINITELY one of those times. All of my other maternity sessions have been outdoors, more geared towards using nature’s beauty. This time around I wanted to try something different, & my expecting mother was up for it.


During pregnancy a woman’s body goes through so many changes… I think maternity sessions are important not only to document this time in your life before baby arrives, but also as a reminder of just how beautiful you are during this time.

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This mornin I was out walking my dog and noticed these little spider webs full of drops from rain the night before. What I didn’t realize before getting super close to these webs was that some of them actually had inhabitants (SPIDERS!) that did NOT want me that close. I didn’t run off screaming after realizing how close I had come to touching one, so kudos to me… it’s all about baby steps lol. Taking pictures of the web-drops turned into just taking pictures of raindrops, period. I’ve decided to share some of my faves 🙂




(One shot of the drops stuck in the web… they were beautiful)

Definitely have to learn to keep my eyes open for life’s small moments of beauty while I’m out walking my dog more often.

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Made up my mind to make a new start, going To California with an aching in my heart.
Someone told me there’s a girl out there with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair.
Took my chances on a big jet plane, never let them tell you that they’re all the same.


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tmpActivityFileName2015 has been a very rough year for me. At the beginning of the year, my father lost his battle with cancer, and the sudden loss completely blindsided me. My career is not exactly where I would like it to be at this point & that can be depressing. I could comprise a list of things in my life that I would consider “not up to par”. But even though the year has been full of a lot of “downs” and trying times, I try not to see it in a negative light as a whole. Sometimes it’s hard to bounce back when you feel like life is continuously hitting you with blows left and right, but it is possible. 2015 is drawing to a close in just under 2 months (this year flew by like crazyyy), so I wanted to share a few tips on how to pick yourself up when life is trying it’s best to knock you down.

  • Do something you love. Take the negative energy you may be feeling surrounded by currently and turn it into something positive by re-focusing it into something you love. For me, that’s photography. Whatever your hobby or passion is, turn to that. I may find a picture I’ve had for a while to edit or a project to work on. Finding a way to be productive and investing your energy into something you enjoy can lift your mood greatly.
  • Encourage someone else. When you’re feeling down, lifting someone else’s mood can have an added affect of lifting your own mood, also. It’s hard to be negative when you’re attempting to inject positivity into someone else’s life, rightRight. (Sidenote: if you find it’s easy to be negative while providing encouragement for others, you’re probably doing it wrong haha).
  • Release your emotions. Find a way to let out any pent up frustration you feel. For some people that means writing out a letter to whoever pissed you off and then (this is KEY) deleting/erasing/throwing away that letter. DO NOT SEND IT. I repeat: DO NOT SEND. It’s just a way to get out everything you’ve always wanted to say so it’s no longer sitting on your heart and spirit. For others, the best way to let off stress is to find a pillow to punch or paper to rip up. If that’s your best route just make sure you’re being non-destructive nor harmful to others. The main goal is to let it all out.

Reflecting on 2015 thus far, I can truly say I’m proud of myself and how I’ve gotten through it. It’s important to maintain a positive outlook, overall, and to remind yourself that yes… there will be hard times. But there will also be good times that can’t be overshadowed by the bad and holding onto those good times when the storms come can be what gets you through.

So here’s to 2016 ushering in positive vibes and leaving the negativity behind with 2015 😉


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With Christmas right around the corner, I know many people are brainstorming gift ideas for their friends and family. Me included! So I’ve decided to make your thought process a little bit easier… at least it will be if you have a photographer in the family/amongst your friends. If not, sorry! You’re still on your own lol but good luck! 🙂

So… here are 5 gift ideas for the photographer in your life:


  1. A photography book

There is a whole section of Barnes & Noble dedicated to photography alone. There are books on how to take better pictures, how to edit pictures using Photoshop, ideas for what to do with photos once you’ve taken and edited them… the resources are endless. If you’re overwhelmed about which book would be the best for your photographer specifically, a gift card with a little hint on what exactly you’d like to for them to purchase with said gift card is also a great idea.

2.  Starbucks giftcard

This may not seem like a gift especially for photographers buuuut I mean…. who DOESN’T love Starbucks? There’s nothing better than a tasty coffee to warm you up before heading out for a photo session, or a sweet chilly treat to cool you off and wake you up during the summer before sweating in the summer heat to get that perfect shot. Trust me, you can’t go wrong with a Starbucks gift card.

3. Camera lens travel coffee mug

This cute travel coffee mug is actually on MY wish list (hint hint to anybody reading!) and a great unisex idea for any photographers you may know. There are so many options to choose from on Amazon and most run anywhere from <$10 – 20. It simultaneously falls under both the affordable and thoughtful gift lists.

4. Membership to Clickinmoms.com

I know this may sound weird, BUT you don’t actually have to be a mom to be a member of this website. There are numerous tutorials, workshops, and other helpful information that you have access to as a member of this forum. A year-long membership is $60, but I’m sure with a little searching a discount code can be found and used to make the membership a bit cheaper. This is definitely a gift any female photographer would be thankful for. If your photographer is already a member of the website (or any similar website, i.e. InBeautyAndChaos.com) a gift certificate is also a great idea.

5. A “nifty fifty” lens

This lens has been dubbed “the nifty fifty” because it’s super cheap (runs you less than $150) but takes awesome quality pictures. You want to make sure you’re getting f/1, NOT f/1.4 (which will cost you a little more than the nifty fifty). This is an awesome lens for a beginner or someone looking to take beautiful pictures without shelling out thousands of bucks. This is currently the only lens I own besides the kit lenses that came with my camera, and I’m in LOVE with it. It’s on my camera body 99% of the time and I know it’ll be a lens I always reach for. If you have an extra special photographer you’re buying for, this is definitely the gift you should be looking at.


I hope these ideas are helpful as you head out into the crowds, scouring stores for the perfect gift. I’d be thankful for any of the above gifts and I’m sure your photographer would be too!

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