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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Food, Glorious Food!

Just a quick one today.
I completed a challenging photo shoot today...

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Major, super-duper props 
to food photographers and stylists....
this stuff ain't easy!!!

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Published in Where Women Create Business

One week ago, I shared a little 
sneak peek from my photo shoot 
at Timeless Menagerie / The Shopkeeper's Inn 
for the current issue of 
Where Women Create Business

The subject of the feature is 
my wonderfully talented and beautiful friend, 
Lori Smithers. And Bitsy. Mustn't forget Bitsy... 

First I'll share the photos from the 
gorgeous upstairs B&B ( The Shopkeeper's Inn ), 
followed by some shop photos ( Timeless Menagerie ). 

Many thanks to Jo Packham, Brandy Shay, 
and Lori herself for making this project 
a joy from start to finish! 

Right on West Main, here in Fredericksburg, Texas. 
Shop downstairs, lodging upstairs.
You can find Lori's shop HERE.

One of the gorgeous bedrooms.
Lori decorated The Shopkeeper's Inn with 
a mixture of antiques and new pieces and linens 
from Rachel Ashwell's collections. 

Who doesn't love a transom window?

Each room has a distinct character all its own.

Many of the antique pieces have been 
refinished and painted using Annie Sloan Chalk Paints, 
which Lori stocks in the shop downstairs.

Above, a fab example of a grand old piece 
given new life via Annie Sloan paint. 
Lori and the gals at Timeless Menagerie 
teach Annie Sloan workshops on a regular basis. 

The living room and common area 
at the B&B.

Above, Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture napkins. 
Nothing but the best! 

You know you're in Texas.....

And then some photos of Lori in her office 
downstairs inside the shop.

CEO of all things magical and wonderous, Bitsy. 

 A typically "wow" shop vignette.

So much beauty!

And speaking of beauty....

Lori's precious Frenchie, Bitsy. 
And nobody but nobody ever made a Rachel Ashwell 
sofa look this darn good. 

Your one-stop Annie Sloan HQ!

 So thank you for taking a peek 
at the latest issue of 
Where Women Create Business! 

I've completed two more shoots for Stampington, 
another for Where Women Create Business, 
one for Where Women Create, and an upcoming one 
for Where Women Cook. These are all exceptionally 
high quality publications, produced with love by a group 
of folks who genuinely love 
seeing women succeed and shine.

Back soon with news about another magazine feature, 
this one in Flea Market Decor!

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Thursday, April 9, 2015


So I had originally intended to share more
of the current issue of
that I was privileged to shoot,
( featuring Lori Smithers and Timeless Menagerie! )
and which is currently on newsstands.
And I will, pinky swear.
But being smack-dab in the middle
of editing another WWC project,
I need to complete that first.
But in the meantime.....
Every photo shoot is a blast for me,
and every image is like a child,
a little part of me sent out there into the world,
for better or worse.
Most of my photography pursuits
are paid jobs. But every once in a very rare while,
I do something just for me.
A passion project.
There are many more images in this series,
but today I am sharing only one.
If I were able, I'd spend every single day
exploring and photographing abandoned homes
and factories. Discarded and forgotten churches
and amusement parks. This type of photography
is called "urbex", short for urban exploration.
It can be messy and dangerous
and even ( shhhh, don't tell )
even illegal when trespassing is involved.
But aren't the best things in life a little risky?
The reward is worth only the amount of risk taken.
Or so said my fortune cookie.
More from "joyride" and from
the new Where Women Create Business
magazine feature coming soon!
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Where Women Create Project...Sneak Peek!

Late last year, I was overjoyed to be able 
to photograph the shop and B&B of my good friend, 
Lori Smithers, right here in Fredericksburg, Texas. 

The shop: Timeless Menagerie
The B&B ( above the shop! ): The Shopkeeper's Inn
The Magazine: Where Women Create Business

I've loved working with a lot of publications the past 5 years, 
but Jo Packham and Brandy Shay 
of Where Women Create are simply marvelous. 

My passion has always been sharing the beautiful, talented 
women right here in my hometown. 
And teaming up with the Where Women Create family, 
who are ALL ABOUT promoting beautifully talented women, 
has been a dream. 

Here are a few photos of the feature, 
lots more to come next week.... 

The Shopkeeper's Inn, above.

The current issue above!

Lori and Bitsy hard at work. 
Mostly Bitsy. ;-) 

A taste of what you can find downstairs 
at Timeless Menagerie. 

The grand shop and B&B.

And my pinch myself moment, 
found in the "Traveling Companions" 
section in the back of the magazine 
where the contributors are listed....

This is the Spring 2015 Issue 
of Where Women Create Business.
I've completed another shoot for WWCB 
which will be in the Summer issue, 
and have a shoot planned this Saturday for the flagship mag, 
Where Women Create. 

I'm staying busy, and although it's sometimes 
an "aarrgghh, what have I gotten myself INTO" 
sorta busy, it's still pretty darn rewarding 
at the end of the day. 


See you all soon with more from this 

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