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Friday, October 2, 2015

Back At It

After taking the better part of the Summer off 
from doing photo shoots, 
I'm back at it again with gusto.

I've completed two commercial shoots 
for local clients this past week, and I have two 
more shoots lined up for next week, 
PLUS another shoot for the 
Where Women Create family 
of magazines scheduled for early next week. 
Glad to know I've been missed! 

Here's a peek at the two Fredericksburg, TX 
guest houses I shot last week. 
Many more photos of these darling properties 
very soon.

The first three photos are from 
Cotton Tail Guest House, 
one of the 7 B&B properties 
owned by my friend Melissa Mabery. 
I've been lucky enough to shoot all of 
these properties, and I must admit that 
Cotton Tail is my fave!

Cotton Tail is a two-story guest house, 
has a full kitchen, three roomy bedrooms 
and bathrooms, and sleeps EIGHT! 

Melissa's decorating choices are 
always spot-on. 
Even though it's new construction, 
vintage touches are found throughout. 
Old tin ceiling added, antique pocket doors, 
and vintage doors as headboards. 
Lots of reclaimed wood for the floors and beams. 

So what lies beyond the second floor landing 
at Finch Feather Guest House ? 
Check back next week to see more. :-)

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Published in Where Women Cook

Not much scares me at this stage in my life.
But food photography?
THAT scared me.

I put on my big-girl panties 
and marched right over 
to Boerne, Texas, to photograph 
the culinary delights 
and wizardry of my friend, 
mixed media artist extraordinaire, 
Laura Roberts, aka Hasty Pearl.

Fast forward several months, 
and I am so happy to share mine and Laura's 
contribution to the Autumn issue of 
Where Women Cook magazine.

As an artist, Laura sees food as an expression 
and extension of her creative muscles....
And her artistry is showcased to perfection 
the minute she steps into the kitchen. 

For her feature, Laura chose to share her passion 
for Mexican food, a South Texas staple. 
Down yonder in these parts, 
we use crushed red pepper 
the way some of y'all Yanks use salt. 

I'm just sayin'.

The keys to any South of the border inspired feast? 
For starters:
and let's see...
I know I'm forgetting something here.... 

How the bejebbers could I forget??? 
Serrano, Jalapeno, Poblano. 
Even the names sound festive.

Any self-respecting Texas cook 
knows how to whip up a mean batch of Salsa. 
Laura happily shares her recipe with you 
in the pages of the Fall issue.

Now tell me....does that photo above resemble 
not only a cutting board, but a painter's palette as well?
The beauty of food, indeed.

And the Pico. Never, ever forget the Pico de Gallo. 
This stuff goes on EVERYTHING. 
Chips, Tortillas, Enchiladas, or as a meal 
all by itself. 
Just pass me the bowl and prepare 
to get it back empty. 
Yep, it's that good.

And I don't know about you, 
but here in Texas, we love, love, love to add 
a Tex-Mex twist to just about everything, 
especially any and every type of seafood.

Grilled Shrimp on skewers, 
marinated in a savory green verde sauce. 
Edible art.

 I want to thank my sweet friend Laura Roberts 
for going along on this ride with me, 
along with everyone at Where Women Cook.  
Jo, Brandy, Amber.... always a pleasure! 
If you can't locate this magazine 
or any of the "Where Women" publications, 
click HERE and they'll hook you up.

I hope you'll visit Laura at her blog
and her Etsy shop.
If you think she's a fab chef, 
just wait until you feast your eyes 
on what she can whip up in her studio.

To see more of Laura's feature, 
visit me at my website, 


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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Rediscovering "Us"

It was one of those weird things... 
I had taken my laptop in to be repaired, 
and I just picked it up this afternoon. 

I don't know what sort of hoodoo voodoo 
the computer tech did, but he located a folder of photos 
that I haven't seen in almost 5 years. 

They are the story of us. 
Me and my husband. 
From our very first date, 
until our honeymoon, and a few stops in between. 

We've been married 8 years this Summer, 
and it hasn't been the easiest of paths. 
We've butted heads our fair share and then some, 
but rediscovering these photos reminds me 
of the really, honest-to-goodness, important stuff. 

I'm sharing these with you here... 
none of them are edited, in fact they all pre-date 
my career as a photographer, which didn't 
happen until late 2009. 

So here we are.The story of Anne and James. 
For better, for worse, 
in sickness and in health,
and you know the rest. 

The first date....St. Patrick's Day 2006. 
Dolores del Rio on The Riverwalk. 

Still the first date. Cheesy photo from Dave and Buster's.

From my trips to see him in the Rio Grande Valley....

And from his treks to see me 
in the Texas Hill Country....

Meeting the San Antonio contingent 
of the Lorys clan, pre-engagement. 

Because really,who doesn't want a sister-in-law 
who can lift a watermelon over her head???

Meeting his oldest friends from The Valley. 


And at the Texas Renaissance Festival in Plantersville...

All captured by his younger brother Andrew, 
who was in on the stealth plan.

And a post-proposal, celebratory dinner
with my husband's brother Andrew, ( my now brother-in-law ), 
and his lovely girlfriend Mary who became 
his bride 2 years later.

The bridal shower.
I don't think I've ever been this thin since!

Bridal shower loot and swag!

Hooray, I got the entire 
Antique White Mikasa china set!

And then the day arrived.
July 21, 2007.
Mr. and Mrs.

He put a ring on it.

Off to Hawaii for the honeymoon...

The one thing I most wanted to do, 
fly over an active volcano!
Bucket list...check!

Swing from inside a Banyan tree, 
just because I could.

Go native at a Luau...

{ please note: that armband "tat" was a pre-tat tat. It washed right off }

A view like no other,
Waikiki Beach.

And to just take a minute to realize... 
"holy cow, I'm married!!!"

And then below, a photo of us just a couple
of weeks back with me, my bro-in-law,
and the husband at the Houston House of Blues....

^ ^ ^
me + three dirty martinis later = not even recalling this photo. ;-)

The laughs, the fights, the tears, the unspeakable joy 
of finding your other half. 
Our faces pretty much say it all.

Thank you for sharing in 
our memories. 
Thank you for rediscovering us.


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Latin for "all for the glory of God."

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