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Monday, February 18, 2013

Magnolia Pearl Ranch...Sneak Peeks

Happy Weekend!
I'm working on a wonderfully challenging,
rewarding and altogether fabulous project
with my friends Robin Brown and John Gray of

Their incredible property in Bandera, Texas
is for sale, and I'm teasing you with a couple of photos from 
one of the charming bathrooms. 
All clawfoot tubs convey, as well as a wealth
of other to-die-for treasures.

I've completed an extensive
photo shoot there, and all the details and photos
will be coming SOON!

Notice the delicate and lovely hand painted
details on the walls.....peacock feathers, birds, trees, sigh....
what an enchanting place to enjoy a nice long soak.

Peace, Love and Everything Good,

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Old Dogs, New Tricks

Have you ever wanted to do something, 
been nagged  told umpteen times that you should do something,
but just didn't feel either the call or the inspiration to do so?
Not to mention the fear that perhaps you just wouldn't measure up?

That would be me.

I laughingly call myself, photographically speaking,
a "commercial hack."
I do photos for magazines and shoots for websites for other folks.
I've never truly considered myself an artist in the purest sense.

After all, these days, most anyone who has a smart phone
or gets a fancy DSLR for Christmas calls themselves a photographer.
But I digress. That's another post altogether.

But this commercial hack is making strides, actually!
I'm even branching out into shooting fashion and { gulp! }
Something I swore I would never do,
and likely never would have done unless
had believed in me and given me the chance.

But little bugs have been planted in my ear
every so often... 
"Hey Anne, why don't you show your photos
in a gallery? "

Who, me? Pssshaw.
Not my thing. Not gonna do it. 
Commercial hack, remember?

But I think I'm finally there.
They finally managed to wear me down.

The pesky little buggers who wouldn't give up,
who kept pushing me into doing this,
have finally convinced me to enter a photo
in an upcoming judged and juried exhibit.

The subject of this exhibit is "chairs",
and I am entering the one below.

{ click twice to super size }
I'm calling it "solace",
and the exhibit is later this month.

Wish me luck, us old dogs need all
the encouragement we can get!

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Well, well.....

What happens when the well runs dry?

I've struggled with this very question for months.
What to write about,
what to share,
whether or not to share at all.
And then it hit me, with such an obvious certainty
that I was amazed I had missed it all this time.

You dig deeper.

I'm not talking about your garden variety writer's block here,
this was something infinitely more complex and messy.

It was, and presently is, the decision of what to share
with the world and what to keep private.
What to reveal and what to clutch closely to my chest.

I've had longtime followers send me messages,
 kindly missives lamenting the fact that I don't blog quite as often,
that I'm not exactly the same carefree, lighthearted blogger
I was a couple of years back.

And they're right.

It wasn't anything quite as simple as blogger burnout,
it was more of a generalized burnout overall.
Too many posts, too many words, too many photos.
And never enough time.

Time to reflect, time to think, time to pray,
 and time to just BE.

And so the digging began.
And so it continues.

Figuring out what to keep and what to throw out,
getting to the core of who and what I am as a person.
Deciding who to surround myself with,
and purging anything that needs to go.
Prayer, soul-searching, friends, 
and anti-depressants come in handy for this task

I've discovered that while I may not like other people
too much sometimes, I find that on average, I tend to like
myself even less.
Digging deeper gets you to places like this.
Funny, that.

I'm in a good place right now.
I have a wonderful husband,
friends who love and support me,
and more creative projects than I can handle.

My well is full.
But the digging continues.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pocket Full of Heirlooms

I've discovered in recent months
that I don't blog often enough
"just because."

It's usually to announce a new photography project
or magazine feature, and I've missed
sharing little moments and treasures
just because.

I have something delightfully enchanting to
share today, the handiwork of a most remarkable
artist, Brandy Evans-Beadle of

 I met Brandy at the Junk Salvation show
I photographed for Romantic Country Magazine,
but it was through her intoxicating Etsy Shop
that I truly fell in love with Brandy's work.

Meet Oscar.

Oscar is but a wee little taxidermy feeder mouse,
clutching a bouquet of blooms.

And he is one of Brandy's irresistible creations, now
perching expectantly on my mantle.
Doesn't he look right at home?

Brandy is an antique dealer,
designs fabulous mixed media, vintage inspired jewelry,
whimsical taxidermy critters, and just generally whips up
magic in her studio.
Just your basic creative genius.

Oscar has found an attentive and loving family
here at the Twig household, but won't you give Brandy's
other adoptables a look-see?

Perhaps one of them would be right at home
in your home.


Happy Week!

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Thank You, Romantic Homes Magazine

I just wanted to extend a heartfelt debt of gratitude
to sweet Jacqueline deMontravel and the entire
staff of 
Romantic Homes Magazine
for featuring me in this months issue as one of
"The Romantics"

It's a yearly feature ( every February )
where, to quote the RH table of contents,

" creative people reveal how they live the romantic life,
as told in candid first-person essays and personal photos. "

It was a joy and an honor to be included,
and I hope you'll grab the February issue.

Have a wonderfully warm and romantic day!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Carol Hicks Bolton-The French Shipment

to see more of my work for CHB as well as
her darling Mama Rose, click these links...

This post and shoot included some
fresh off the container, stellar vintage antiques from France.
I do believe that we captured
some of the best images and vignettes yet,
the simplicity and elegance of each piece
just speaks volumes.
See what you think!

all photos
© Anne Lorys Photography

Styling by Carol Hicks Bolton and Anne Lorys

Feel free to pin anything you like,
I only ask that you credit this blog 
or Anne Lorys Photography.

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