Fitness is Beautiful

So many of us promise ourselves on New Year’s Eve that we’ll get fit and healthy in the coming year. Then as weeks pass, we find excuses as to why we couldn’t meet our goals. While it’s true, “life” often gets in the way, but it’s a matter of setting our priorities and keeping our focus. It’s so easy to get distracted with TV, Facebook, online games and social events. Sometimes we commit to too many things which causes us to lose focus. Sometimes we are not committed enough to our priorities and then welcome the distractions. Sometimes we are just lazy and want to sit and do nothing.

Make a commitment to love yourself first, eat healthy, and work on having a fit and healthy lifestyle. We all have 24 hours in a day. Make the time to exercise. Switch things up to keep it interesting. Take your dog for a walk. Go to the gym. Go for a morning jog before heading into work. Go for a bicycle ride. Enjoy the outdoors’ Spring air. Go for a hike. Take dance lessons. Find an exercise buddy. Commit to and schedule your exercise. Journal your progress. Set goals and challenge yourself.  Keep on moving! But do so safely.

There are five elements to fitness

  • A warmup.
  • A cardiovascular (aerobic) workout.
  • Resistance (strength-building) exercises.
  • Flexibility moves.
  • A cooldown

Your daily diet is important to your health and fitness. Learn which foods are healthy and why. Learn how to cook healthy. Keep your home well-stocked with only healthy foods to limit temptations.

Water. Drink lots and lots of water. Make a habit of drinking water before eating. Drink a half gallon of water every day. Keep a reusable water bottle with you wherever you go.

Only then will you have the energy and stamina to do all the things in life that are most important to you, and for many years to come. And just look how beautiful fitness is!

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Do Tweens Exist? The “Who I Am” project + Model Call

Tween photo

“Did I not exist as a tween?” I think to myself as I flip the plastic pages of my parents’ family photo album. Absolutely no photos existed of me as a preteen.

Babies are so cute, new and chubby. Toddlers have those big, bright eyes and let’s face it, they just do the darnedest thing. But those tween ages are often forgotten. At ages 10-12, kids aren’t children anymore, but aren’t quite teens either.

I’m making it my personal mission to capture those lost preteen years. The goal is to help tweens look and feel beautiful and have unshakable  confidence in themselves when they hit junior high.

In comes the “Who I Am” project
We are starting the “Who I am” photography project to fill in the forgotten photo years while enriching the lives of preteens. 

Who we’re looking for
We are looking for female models for our photography project, ages 10-12. We will ask the model and their parents a few questions, then combine the text and photographs to create one impactful piece of art.

Why “Who I Am“?
We want to capture the the personality of these tweens and record the last stage of their childhood before they become young ladies. We want them to realize their true beauty so that they are confident in themselves before they hit Junior High. Imagine the impact a single beautiful image can do for your tweens self-image.

How to participate or nominate a friend:
Please email us by Friday, March 1st if you are interested in having your child participate in this project, or if you would like to nominate a friend or family member of yours that you think would be perfect for this. Please nominate people you think would enjoy the boutique experience we provide. The in-studio session itself is complimentary and includes $50 in product credit (a total $200 value) . Our goal is to create a gorgeous group of photos you’ll love and that truly show your daughter’s spirit and soul! Many people like to use these photos as birthday, Mothersday, Mothers Day, and “just because” gifts for their daughter. Our portrait collections are fully customizable and table top prints start at $89 .

After you email us, we will send you specific details and you can decide if this project is perfect for your daughter.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

Just last weekend the weather was very warm – uncomfortably HUMID warm. But that didn’t stop a group of us photographers being a paparazzi to this group of young lady models. They did this for us as TFT (trade for time). Many models when they’re first starting out do this to gain public exposure to their looks and talent. These ladies sure did a fantastic job of endless poses and dress to keep everything mixed up nicely. And they did this for HOURS! And everyone had fun, especially when one of the models decides to play in the water. I hope you enjoy this snippet of the fun we all had together!
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What is STEAMPUNK?

3 steampunk female models

What is STEAMPUNK?

According to Wikipedia, Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrialsteam-powered machinery.[1][2] Although its literary origins are sometimes associated with the cyberpunk genre,[3] steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”, in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has maintained mainstream usage, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. Therefore, steampunk may be described as neo-Victorian.

With regards to fashion, also according to Wikipedia, Steampunk fashion has no set guidelines but tends to synthesize modern styles with influences from the Victorian era. This may include bustles, corsets, gowns, and petticoats; suits with waistcoats, coats, top hats,[56] tailcoats and spats; or military-inspired garments. Steampunk-influenced outfits are usually accented with several technological and “period” accessories: timepieces, parasols, flying/driving goggles, and ray guns. Modern accessories like cell phones or music players can be found in steampunk outfits, after being modified to give them the appearance of Victorian-made objects. Post-apocalyptic elements, such as gas masks, ragged clothing and tribal motifs, can also be included. Aspects of steampunk fashion have been anticipated by mainstream high fashion, the Lolita fashion and aristocrat styles, neo-Victorianism, and the romantic goth subculture.

While I haven’t seen this fashion trend active in Bastrop, Texas, I’m sure many people here will find it as a really cool look!

 

Italian Riviera on Lake Travis

Italian Riviera on Lake Travis

Models Provided as part of MeetUp

I had so much fun at my latest Meetup, “Italian Riviera Shoot on Lake Travis”. The models were incredible to work with and it was held at La Villa Vista Resort in Austin. It has amazing locations to shoot, with its negative edge pool, soothing waterfalls, spectacular golden sunsets and a bit of old-world European charm.
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Just Got Back from Texas School of Photography!

Just Got Back from Texas School of Photography!

What is this and why do I care?

I have gotten my fix to stimulate my creative juices while at Texas School of Photography in April 2017. I spent an entire week studying under two mentors; this year I chose Videography and studied for the week under Mitch Daniels & Billie Welliver.

Talk about experience! My goodness, between the two of them they have over 50 years experience in video production in a plethora of genres, including weddings.

Since then I’ve ordered a gimbal for the iPhone and GoPro cameras to steady the video results. I’m ready to embark on my personal experience working with this invaluable tool. I’ve also got the awesome iPhone 7 Plus on order, awaiting shipping fulfillment. I now have experienced DSLR video production using my Nikon D800 on a monopod. I selected this genre of study due to my emerging drone photography skills and will resume studying for my commercial FAA drone license – my ultimate goal to complete for 2017.

I am committed to continuous photographic learning as part of my Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) certification from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) organization. This is to ensure you receive the most up-to-date, comprehensive photographic knowledge for your chosen photographer. As of today, I am the *only* CPP in all of Bastrop County! To bring you the best in photographic services in our quaint but growing town.