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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 other members 
of his clan, pre-engagement...

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.


Ad majorem Dei gloriam
Latin for "all for the glory of God."

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

New from Carol Hicks Bolton....

I've been busy shooting the latest 
swoony goings-on at Gus Antiques & Wonders. 
I mean, how could it not be swoony? 
It's Carol Hicks Bolton, fer crying loud!!! 

So when I say busy, I mean "happily keeping myself 
occupied and out of trouble doing what I love busy." 
Which makes for a lousy blogger, but we've already 
established that I'm sort of a "blog only when you feel like it" blogger. 

Which isn't a bad thing. 

Here's the smallest of sneak peeks 
at what you can find at Gus...

And I will certainly be posting more soon! 
I did want the Bolton's to have a chance 
to get these photos up and running 
on their website before I shared them here. 

I'll also be sharing two photo shoots I did earlier this Spring and Summer. 
All I can say about those two is 
"Thank you Where Women Create and Where Women Cook!" 

Now....back to editing!

Ad majorem Dei gloriam
Latin for "all for the glory of God."

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Thank You, Romantic Country Magazine!

I always love working with Fifi O' Neill 
at Romantic Country Magazine
And I love photographing all my good friends 
at Fredericksburg Trade Days

So it was a perfect marriage of beautiful creativity 
when Fifi wanted to publish a photo of Trade Days 
in RC's "Best of The Fleas" feature 
in the Fall issue!

Above is the photo that made the magazine, 
from Lori Allen of Lori Allen Designs. 
Her space is a complete oasis of beauty.

A few more photos from Lori's Trade Days space....

Although the top photo from Lori's space was the one
chosen for the issue, I wanted to include
others from the same shoot.
Below is my sweet friend Hollie.

Hollie Fairchild just opened a FAB shop  
here in Fredericksburg  called Farm Haus. 
It's the stuff vintage dreams are made of.

And below are the sweet sisters from ReDid.... 

 All these gals are located in Barn 0 at 
Fredericksburg Trade Days, 
and no matter the distance, you owe it 
to yourself to visit only one of the best 
little fleas anywhere!

Next few show dates:
August 14-16
September 18-20
October 16-18

355 Sunday Farms Road
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

And if you're in the area, 
give me a shout! I'd love to leet up 
with my blogger and Facebook buddies.

Ad majorem Dei gloriam
Latin for "all for the glory of God."

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