Sorry to keep you, but the wait is over! I hope you enjoy reading my first blog post about my road trip across America! It’s been a week since I’ve left NC and every day has been fun and exciting; and a bit challenging since I’ve been mastering my stick shift skills along the way. So far I’ve traveled through NC, TN, AR, OK, TX, NM, CO, and now I’m in beautiful Utah! Each state is a little bit different with its own little quirks. I’ve been sure to write them down so I can share them with you. Here are some things I’ve noticed along the way:
- Pretty countryside
- Jerk drivers that are always in a hurry
- Memphis - it’s a sad, rundown town where the cab drives don’t want to give you a ride, and their road system is seriously screwed up.
- Avoiding “mongo” potholes (according to mom)
- Lots of dead armadillos
- Mom likes to randomly start singing the musical the entire time we’re in the state
- Unique good food..Bloody Mary’s to be specific
- Chevy vehicles everywhere..no Ford drivers in this state
- 75 mph on the freeway (hell yes!)
- Not much going on with Route 66 :(
- Only saw one cop
- Every other radio station is spanish music
- Santa Fe was way too touristy
- Taos was really cool
- The Pueblos are extremely polite
- Unrealistic speed limits driving up mountains (65mph)
- The higher the altitude, the hotter the sun
- Not a lot of cell service going on
So here are some photos up to New Mexico..Colorado and Utah will get their own personal blog post:) So, check it out and I hope you all enjoy!
Car is packed full and Maddie is pissed we’re leaving.
Sun Studio in Memphis (where Elvis recorded)
Pueblo village in Taos, NM
Bought a beautiful turquoise bracelet from these little cuties.
Frozen dirty chai and a chocolate milkshake
Earthship Biotecture homes made out of recycled materials..and half way under ground!
Over the summer I received a call from the lovely and talented Miss Becky Parker. She wanted me to shoot the Denhalter wedding with her. I had never shot a wedding; never really wanted to, quite frankly was a little terrified, but I trusted Becky. I knew that if I encountered any problem she would be right there to help me fix it quickly. So, I accepted her offer and was ready to take on the challenge.
I had met half of the wedding party two years prior. The groom and his band were on tour in Florida and during that same tour stop, the band’s van just happened to break down. While they were waiting for it to be repaired, Scott “the future groom” had met this adorable little lady named Kelly. Neither of them expected anything to happen, but it did. Love decided to plant its little seed and grow.
I had a blast shooting the wedding! It was the best experience a first time wedding shooter could have asked for. Good people, good vibes, and lots of love. Not only did I overcome my fear of shooting weddings, but I also learned a few things too..
1. You never know till you try.
2. If it’s meant to be, it will happen.
3. You can’t predict the future…or the weather.
I did a little maternity/family photo shoot for some friends of the family a little while back. I never posted any of the photos due to my busy schedule. So, here they are. Hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed shooting them.
*This is a repost from my old blog but i’ve added a few photos that have never been seen.*
I’d like you all the meet my little cousin Emily. I’ve been living with her since I moved Florida and she has become more like a little sister to me than a cousin. Emily is seven and is easily one of the most creative people I know. She likes swimming, drawing, playing with bugs, and dinosaurs. Her favorite color is pink and she will devour anything that has sugar in it.
When I came home from work yesterday, she was running around in her underwear and had pieces of paper taped all over her body. She was pretending that she was a grasshopper. How could I possibly not pull out my camera? For the rest of the afternoon I decided to follow her around and document everything she got into. There’s never a dull moment with her, that’s for sure. So take a look into Emily’s world and stay posted for more exciting adventures.
So I went to the Turkey Run again this year. Good people, good vibes, and a fun time. Saw some cars that came last year as well as some new beauties. Take a look at some of the ones that stood out to me this year.
No Particular Place to Go by Chuck Berry
I had the opportunity to work with Christina Aleah Madison from Face the Beauty, Dolly Donshey of House of Donshey, and Cherry Von Topp again. We all had the same idea in mind, ‘Let’s blow these looks out of the water’, and that’s exactly what we did.
For the first HOD piece, the idea was to have a very dark, edgy, and contoured look. The second was to be a golden goddess encrusted in gold flakes and glitter. Dolly always has over the top visions to go with her hats and when she works with Christina and let’s her have free range to let her brilliant talent shine through…magic is created each and every time.
It’s always a pleasure to work with these lovely ladies. There’s always so much creativity and good vibes flowing. I look forward to working with them in the future. But for now, check out some of my favorite behind the scenes shots and let me know what you think.
*Blog Title: Golden Years by David Bowie
As far back as I can remember, the way my family and I would spend quality time together would be to go to classic car shows. We would get up super early and start out on our journey. The days consisted of looking…but not touching (something my stepdad embedded into my brain), walking for hours, chatting it up, admiring, and usually getting sunburnt. Since i’ve been out of the house I really haven’t been to one. And I could honestly say I kind of missed it.
Over Thanksgiving weekend I decided to get back to my roots and hit up a car show. My parents were in town visiting and I thought this would be a perfect way to bond again. We went to Daytona to check out the annual Turkey Run at the race track. It was just like old times. Saw a lot of really amazing cars and met a lot of great people. This is something I’m going to have to start doing more often again. But for now, check out some of the images I took during the day and let me know what you think!
Halloween weekend, I received the opportunity to do behind the scenes work for the lovely Christina Aleah Madison from Face the Beauty for SRQ’s Fashion Week. We teamed up with House of Donshey one night and Punk Rock Betty the next. These designers are insanely talented as well as fun to work with. A lot of creative juices were flowing as well as good vibes. The entire weekend was an amazing experience and it’s always nice to do something that gets you a little bit out of your comfort zone. Christina’s makeup styles for these designers are crazy and out there but beautiful and mind blowing at the same time. So, check it out and let me know that you think!
House of Donshey - Makeup Theme: Statues
Punk Rock Betty - Makeup Theme: Vampires, Victims, Hunters