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Friday Feels

Friday Feels

Happy Friday, friends!! I had a really busy week that seemed to zoom by. How about you? Accomplished any nagging tasks? Have fun things lined up for the weekend? I’m heading to Houston tonight for a photo gig tomorrow and to celebrate an early Father’s Day with the pops.

Enjoy this week’s round up of links that made me feel feelings.

  • I’m half entrenched in the gig economy and health benefits is top on my list of concerns.

  • Speaking of gigs, here are 12 women and their side hustles.
  • This is beautiful and heartbreaking.
  • I can gawk at National Geography photography all day.
  • Currently reading and enjoying American Wife. Thanks Lisa for the rec!
  • Difference between inspiration and imitation.
  • A good-hearted and creative roast is sometimes tickles me. Enter Bow Wow challenge.

  • I only won’t eat one thing off this list. Can you guess it?
  • Was just talking to one of my besties about how breakfast dates make us happy.
  • I was having a conversation with a friend of mine recently. Maybe the question isn’t what makes you happy but what are you willing to suffer for?
  • I love the kinds of people who would fill potholes with plants.

  • A master class on conservation by Jane Goodall.
  • Personal Plugs

  • My favorite cupcakes in Austin.
  • I’ve been spending a lot of time on Instagram. Wanna hang?
  • Celebrating Both the Magical and Mundane Through the 1 Second App

    I started documenting my life in video form, one second a day in 2017 and am loving what the video compilation looks like so far at 5 months. The app I use is called 1 Second Everyday.

    What I love about it is it’s quick and in a unique video format. It satisfies the sentimental diarist in me by giving me colorful, moving slices of my everyday life. Some of my favorite seconds captured thus far is my dad making Bob play the piano, indoor skydiving, riding a Mardi Gras parade float, and Sugarface being goofy. I’ve always thought there is magic in the mundane and love that this is a heartfelt timecapsule I can hopefully keep for the rest of my life.

    I will say the biggest challenge of taking on this documentation project is remembering to film a one second video while I’m out and doing something interesting. There are many days where I get home and remember with bitter disappointment that I forgot to film that interesting thing I did or the people I was with. On those days, I half grudgingly and half lovingly film my dogs.

    So how about you? Are you sentimental? How do you store and archive your memories?

    Friday Feels

    Friday Feels

    Hi everyone! What do you have going on this weekend? I’m driving down to Houston to spend some time with my mom in honor of Mother’s Day. I’m trying to prioritize seeing them more. Time spent with parents gets even more precious when we get older. What are you doing this weekend? What’s been making you laugh these days?

    I’ve been sitting on some of these links for a while and thought it’s time to share them for a round of Friday Feels, a list of pieces of the internet that made me feel feelings.

    Texas Family Portrait Session in Bluebonnets

    Texas Family Portrait Session in Bluebonnets

    It’s Bluebonnet Season in Texas!

    A widely anticipated hallmark of spring in Texas is the arrival of our state flower, Bluebonnets. Their season is short so when you start seeing them popping up on roadsides, it’s time to take note of where the big patches are. They’re perfect for family portraits! I was happy to meet my friend Traci and her darling family in South Austin to capture some precious moments between her and her boys. The last photo made me laugh. Her son saw them kissing (again), turned to me and asked, “Will they ever be done kissing?” I hope not, sweet one, I hope not!

    Texas Family Portrait Session in Bluebonnets

    Family Portrait Session in Texas's Bluebonnets

    Texas Family Portrait Session in Bluebonnets

    Texas Family Portrait Session in Bluebonnets

    Texas Family Portrait Session in Bluebonnets

    To see more of my work and book with me, check out my photography website. You can also follow my portraits on Facebook and Instagram.

    Friday Feels

    Hello friends! I hope and trust you are well. I’ve been trucking along attending events and working small gigs. I want to be better at using my down time to blog more both here and on my food blog! It’s just that Netflix and bubble baths are so enticing. You can follow my daily antics on my instagram. What are your antics as of late? What did you have for lunch yesterday? Dinner? Tell me in the comments!

    Here’s this week’s links that made me feel feelings.

    University of Texas Engagement Session

    University of Texas Engagement Session

    I may be biased as a UT alum, but when Caroline and John told me they were interested in an engagement shoot on the University of Texas campus, I was more than happy to oblige! I loved hearing about their story and their time at UT together. Who doesn’t love the high school turned college turned forever love story?

    University of Texas Engagement Session

    University of Texas Engagement Session

    To see more of my work and book with me, check out my photography website. You can also follow my portraits on Facebook and Instagram.

    Friday Feels

    Hello! I haven’t done a Friday Feels in a while. It’s just been kind of depressing out in the world lately and I don’t find myself meandering on the internet as much. But I’m here now with this latest installment of things from the internet that made me feel things. Are you up to anything fun this weekend? Tell me in the comments! I’m heading to Lake Charles, Louisiana for Mardi Gras with Austin Food Magazine.

    100 Dollars at JORD Giveaway!

    When JORD reached out to me to see if I’d like to host a $100 giveaway to use towards one of their beautiful wood watches, I couldn’t resist. I’ve been in the market for a watch. I was using my smartphone as my only grasp on time when I was on the go. It’s time for me to grow up, and this beautiful piece suited me! They gifted me the Frankie 35 watch so I could personally vouch for the quality. Each wood watch comes in a keepsake wood box with a finishing oil pen to help maintain the wood finish of your band. It would make a lovely gift to yourself or your Valentine!

    Enter the giveaway through this link. One lucky person will win $100 dollars towards a watch and everyone will receive a consolation code worth $25 once the contest ends!

    Contest is open between now and tomorrow (February 9) at midnight CST!

    Houston Baby Photo Session with Itty Bitty Redhead

    Houston Baby Photo Session

    Baby Portrait Session in Houston

    I was instantly charmed by and smitten with Baby Samantha during our photo session in Houston. We warmed up with her introducing me to her favorite stuffed animal and romping around in her backyard. Then we went for an outfit change, where I quickly learned she’s not a fan of wearing tulle. Smart girl! What tickled me was how we bribed her with Cheerios by hiding them in her tutu. She was not a fan of the tutu but lucky for us she’s willing to forgive the offense for snacks!

    Houston Baby Photo Session

    Houston Baby Photo Session

    To see more of my work and book with me, check out my photography website. You can also follow my portraits on Facebook and Instagram.

    Family Portrait Session in Houston

    My first family shoot of the year is in the books! I so enjoyed meeting Ashley’s family! Ashley and I haven’t seen each other since being classmates in high school. I won’t tell you how long ago that was, but I will tell you how taken I am with her grace and beauty as a woman and mother. I love photographing old friends because as I marvel at where they’re at, I also get the privilege of remembering them from many years past.

    Houston Family Portrait Session

    Houston Family Portrait Session

    Houston Family Portrait Session

    Houston Family Portrait Session

    To see more of my work and book with me, check out my photography website. You can also follow my portraits on Facebook and Instagram.