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Friday Feels

Friday Feels

That photo above is from a coffee date I had with a friend this week and we each brought the same notebook. I delighted in that coincidence and had to boomerang it. Happy Holidays, all! I’m heading to Arkansas for the weekend to stay with Sugarface’s family. I can’t wait to take some time off to spend with lovely humans and dogs. What about you? Are you traveling anywhere?

Here’s this year’s last Friday Feels, a round up of links that made me feel things.

  • Very much enjoy Bourdain in this post-election interview.
  • I found a new favorite instagram. It’s a guy and his grandma! Have to enjoy with sound on!

  • The Dalai Lama on what’s behind our fear of be being unneeded.
  • It’s not often I find online quizzes thoughtful, btu this Self-Knowledge Questionnaire is thoughtful.
  • A conversation about prejudice.

  • 25 authors and the best books they’ve ever received.
  • At the time of this writing, I have 4 more books to read before the end of the year to meet my goal. Am appreciating shorter books this time of year. This book of poems was lovely.
  • What 86 burglars revealed about how they cased their jobs.
  • Photography Inspiration

  • Street Photographer Recreates Photos He Took in the 80s in Amazing Reunion Series
  • 40 practical photography assignments to reinspire.

  • Gorgeous photos of fog waves.
  • Personal Plugs

  • I posted a few portrait sessions on the blog. I posted a holiday family one, a lifestyle blogger, and a dreamy newborn cousins one.
  • On our podcast, we had our second live recording and you watch it here. We discussed the Gilmore Girls reboot.

  • In 2017 I resolve to update my food blog more often. Recently I posted about a new restaurant offering “dope Chinese.”
  • Holiday Family Portrait Session in Austin

    Holiday Family Photography in Austin

    Holiday Family Portrait Session in Austin

    I’m a reformed crotchety Christmas-hater. I’m learning to give into the magic of the holidays, and shooting holiday photos is helping me in this winter-time journey! It’s hard to be a scrooge when you’re around family who love each other. I had a blast being the fourth wheel to the Tovars as we strolled around downtown Round Rock. Their little princesa was a natural in front of the camera!

    Holiday Family Photography in Austin

    Holiday Family Photography in Austin

    Holiday Family Photography in Austin

    Holiday Family Photography in Austin

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    Holiday Family Photography in Austin

    Holiday Family Photography in Austin

    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.

    Question: Do you take holiday photos with your family?

    Newborn Cousins Ready for Their First Christmas

    Portrait Session: New Born Babies

    Newborn Cousins Photo Shoot in Austin

    I had my first multiple babies photo shoot in Austin this weekend. Can I be honest about something? I find myself just gazing at these snapshots. These cousins are so stinking cute, I can’t help myself. Born just a few days apart, I have a feeling they’re going to grow up to be best friends.

    Portrait Session: New Born Babies

    Portrait Session: New Born Babies

    Portrait Session: New Born Babies

    Portrait Session: New Born Babies

    Portrait Session: New Born Babies

    Portrait Session: New Born Babies

    To see more of my work and book with me, check out my photography website! I don’t mind a little travel either!

    Portrait Session: Austin Blogger Jane Ko

    Portrait Session: Jane Ko

    One of my girl crushes and heroes in Austin is someone you probably already follow if you live in Austin. Jane of A Taste of Koko writes a very popular food blog. Funnily, sometimes strangers will stop me when I’m out and about, commending me for my food blog and praising me for my work. I let myself be flattered and touched and then the stranger will say something like, “bye Jane!” It cracks me up and I ain’t mad about it!

    It has been fun and inspiring to see her soar through her career as a blogger and influencer. I enjoyed catching up with her as I photographed her in her bright and airy home. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for her and her journey!

    Portrait Session: Jane Ko

    Portrait Session: Jane Ko

    Portrait Session: Jane Ko

    Portrait Session: Jane Ko

    You can see more of my work on my photography site. If you live in Austin, San Antonio, or Houston and wish to have your portrait taken, please email me at linda@curious-notions.net. I’d love to hear from you!

    Portrait Session: Baby Aubrey and Her Many Faces

    Austin Baby Photography

    Austin Family and Baby Session

    A few days ago, I had the pleasure of meeting baby Aubrey when her proud grandfather and my friend Doug, hired me to shoot holiday photos. I was touched to spend time with a family with so much love for each other. It didn’t take long to see that the family dotes on Aubrey. I can’t imagine it any other way since I fell in love with her happy disposition instantly. She gave me the best facial expressions and was a dream to photograph.

    Austin Baby Photography

    Austin Baby Photography

    Austin Baby Photography

    Austin Baby Photography

    Austin Baby Photography

    aAustin Baby Photography

    You can see more of my work on my photography site. If you’re interested in scheduling a session yourself, I invite you to email me! linda@curious-notions.net

    Friday Feels

    Friday Feels

    Hello friends! Happy almost November! Are you ready for November? Are you panicking like I am? I had so much I wanted to do this year and still a lot of it left to accomplish! Oy. So this weekend I plan on catching my breath with Sugarface and doing something that makes us happy. Maybe a hike with the dogs? And I have a barbecue festival to attend. The joys of being a food blogger! What do you have going on this weekend? What have you been reading?

    It’s been a bit since my last link round-up of Internet pieces that made me feel feelings. Some of these links I’ve had in my pocket for a few weeks. Enjoy and happy Friyay!

  • How to be a writer.
  • I finished a few good books since the last round-up. Goldfinch was an great read.
  • When Breath Becomes Air and Blankets were also enjoyable reads.
  • I started reading The Nest and Love Warrior this week.
  • There’s been a lot of race thoughts and discussions amongst my circle. There’s this open letter. And our podcast discussed Code Switch, an NPR podcast. (episode isn’t live yet).
  • Ruth Bader’s Ginsburgs advice for living.
  • At every stage of life, you should be a rookie at something.”
  • Dear Michelle Obama

  • Roxanne Gay’s 13 rules for Female Friendship.
  • Kim Kardashian, Elena Ferrante, and the right to privacy.
  • I liked some of these tips about working for yourself.
  • Best Jobs for your personality type. This was uncanny for some of the people in my life.
  • Ultra Rich Man’s letter to his fellow filthy rich Americans.
  • Personal Plugs

  • A few weeks ago we celebrated 50 episodes of I Feel Better Podcast by recording live! You can see the Youtube replay here.
  • I wrote about this awesome boozy ice cream place in Austin.

  • I shared a recipe for Chorizo Quiche with Hash Brown Crust.

  • I also recapped Toronto.

  • Did you see my first newborn photography shoot?
  • Newborn Photography Session: Reyansh

    My Introduction to Newborn Photography

    When my beautiful friend Soujanya approached me about doing a newborn photography session with her son, Reyansh, I was honored. As soon as I arrived at Soujanya’s and her husband Deepak’s home, we entered a state of flow. With patience and teamwork, the four of us, with some support from doting grandparents, were able to capture some precious moments. Baby Reyansh and his adoring family were a dream to capture. I left inspired by their images. Soujanya reported she loves them so much she cried. What a relief! Here are some of my favorite shots.

    Newborn Photography

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    Newborn Photography

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    Newborn Photography

    Newborn Photography

    Newborn Photography

    Newborn Photography

    Newborn Photography

    Newborn Photography

    You can see more of my work on my photography site.

    Weekend in Toronto

    Weekend in Toronto

    I squeezed in a baby trip to Toronto a couple of weeks ago. Sugarface was there for work and even though I couldn’t visit long, I indulged and joined him for just under 48 hours. I worried about whether it was worth the expenditure for such a short trip, but now I know I don’t regret it and would do it again! We stayed downtown and mostly kept our exploring within walking distance from our hotel. Downtown Toronto was just teeming with restaurants. We ate so well but most exciting to me was that we had poutine. I have been to Canada and have eaten poutine but I’ve never eaten poutine in Canada! (Read more about our delicious meals on my food blog.)

    Aside from all the eating, we also walked by the CN Tower, visited Ripley’s Aquarium, where we were mesmerized by eels and jellyfish, and explored Graffiti Alley. During our first night there, I met an internet friend whom I’ve known for almost 6 years. I like how being a blogger has made it possible for me to have friends around the world. I’m also glad I can add Toronto to my adventures with Sugarface. We’ve only been on two international trips together, the first one not too long ago, and each time it becomes clearer how much I love having him by my side when I explore this world.

    So that concludes my weekend recap in Toronto. I already miss it and want to go back. If I ever make it back, I’m definitely going to plan for a day trip to Niagara Falls! Have you ever been to Toronto?

    Weekend in Toronto

    Weekend in Toronto

    Weekend in Toronto

    Friday Feels

    Friday Feels

    Welcome to fall everyone! This weekend I’m hanging out with Sugarface and his mom at Austin City Limits. I haven’t been to ACL in 9 years; so I’m excited to enjoy the cooler weather outside with a couple of my favorite humans. Here’s this week’s list of links that made me feel things. How are you spending your weekend? What have you been reading and watching?

  • I can read and watch dog articles and videos all day. This one is about a smiley rescue.
  • Fascinating read about 5 Love Languages. “The longer you are with someone, the larger the space grows between what you think he or she is thinking and what he or she is actually thinking.”

  • How to tell a mother her child died.
  • Kids say the darnest things.
  • The first act of the ‘One Last Thing Before I Go’ episode on This American Life made me cry.

  • I started this graphic novel this week and cannot wait to have some time to dive back in.
  • I want to make this.

  • Around the world in pancakes.

  • These glitter pens have been making me happy.
  • On mentors and how “to be the person for other people that I want for myself.”
  • Personal Plugs

  • Our latest episode of I Feel Better was about Bridget Jones’s Baby and self-help books.
  • I wrote a piece about one of my favorite restaurants in Austin for Austin Food Magazine.
  • I recapped all the meals I had in Toronto on my food blog.
  • Visit Toronto: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

    Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

    I haven’t finished blogging about Spain, (which I can’t believe was already a month ago), but I just came back from another trip, this one a mini one compared to Spain. Sugarface had a work meeting in Toronto and I joined him for the weekend. Two days were only enough to whet the appetite. I plan on writing a weekend recap, but I had a handful of photos from the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada I wanted to share and thought it deserved its own photographic post.

    It rained all day on Saturday. Staying dry in an aquarium was the perfect rainy day activity! Ripley’s is a moderate size aquarium with a wide array of sea creatures. Most impressive were the long shark tunnel and the jellyfish room, both magnificent in their own way. It’s also located adjacent to the CN Tower, so you can batch those two sights together when you’re in town. We enjoyed watching the piranhas feed on shrimp and the eels being feisty. I included the video of the latter at the end of this post. If you have your sound on, you can hear the bystander’s Canadian accent, which made me smile.

    Later that night, back at our hotel room, we rewatched the “Under the Sea” scene of Little Mermaid. Because of course.

    Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

    Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

    Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

    Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

    Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

    Ripley's Aquarium of Canada