A Walk on the Ranch

A Walk on the Ranch

Last night our kids were staying with their grandparents so the hubby and I took a walk on the ranch. There are some huge changes coming in our lives and it was great to decompress and just chat freely about our emotions regarding these changes. When we got back to the house, I felt so much better. Renewed almost.

I just wanted to share some of the shots I got while we walked last night.

There are a ton of wild turkeys around the house and we did not have to go far before we spotted this little flock.


This cow was grazing with a few of her buddies and right before I hiked down into the creek, I got this shot.


Jackrabbits are everywhere in Brewster County. I did not notice this ones ear until I got these pictures on the computer but it looks like something used him as a chew toy.

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My sweet catahoula loves to go running and she loves to chase. She chases rabbits, deer, turkeys, and anything else that might run from her. I have not ever known her to catch anything but dust.


The creek just west of our house had some really cool purple leaves growing out. I am not exactly sure what they are but it was beautiful!


He’s going to be ONE!

He’s going to be ONE!

Yesterday morning I had the amazing opportunity to shoot a one year/cake smash! It was my very first one and for one of my favorite families!

I was so excited to head down to their house for this job. This little cutie has the most creative momma and she had it all planned out for props and locations. My job was made pretty easy!

I could not wait to get this up on the blog and up for a sneak peek!

Too cool for being one!
He is a real mover and shaker this one!
This is one cute little lumberjack!



He did not care, at all, about the cake. We had no smash.






I loved this session! It was fun, fast, and non-stop! This kid is just a doll and I can’t wait to watch him grow up!!

Softball Pictures 2016

We are doing a team sport this year for the first time. Our oldest is in 8U softball. They use a pitching machine! When she started softball, she had been hitting really well at the house. I would pitch it to her and she would usually hit the ball. When she started machine pitch softball, the ball was moving faster and further away. And accurate nearly all the time. She loves it! I love that she loves it!

So, when we got uniforms the other day, she requested a photo session. It was pretty impromptu but I am really happy with how they turned out!

I am going to offer a mini session this spring for the softball and baseball players. If we have any interest, I will do one every year for the parents.

Here are a few of my favorite shots!







It was a lot of fun to do this session with my girl! I can’t wait for the rest of the season!



Spring Works at Calamity

Spring Works at Calamity

It is spring and here in ranch country that means spring works. This is the busiest time of year around our house and I know chances are unlikely we will get a break until the works are over.

Last week some neighbors to the south of us had their works and hired me to come and document the day with my camera. My husband was day working for them as well so we hauled together. It was the first time I have taken my camera working horseback. Usually I am actually working cows and can’t be distracted by taking pictures. Imagine my delight when I got to go work and just take pictures. It was wonderful! And to make it even more special, I was hired by one of my favorite families!

The day started early with breakfast and coffee at the camp house. We hauled to where we were going to start the gather and trotted from there. I did the best I could to get some fun shots of that but it is big country out here and I had a lot of it to cover to get from man to man. We gathered to the pens where we started the branding. They used a wood branding fire to heat the irons which made for some authentic branding shots. We were plagued by some fierce wind this day and I struggled to hold my camera still. When a big gust of wind would come up, it would grab my lens and pull one direction or another!

Here is a sneak peek from my day at Calamity.

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Top 5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Portrait session

Top 5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Portrait session

This past weekend, I had an engagement session that could not have gone any better. We had fun and captured some great shots. Great portrait sessions don’t happen on accident, though, and here are the top 5 ways to make sure your session is everything you dreamed of.

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I know, everyone is just dying to know all about me. And since I know this, I decided to share ten things you might not know about me:

  1. I had my tonsils removed when I was four years old. And this, as it turns out, is not a very common practice anymore. Our youngest was having sore throats regularly last year. She was the same age as I had been when mine were removed. My mom told me she was showing a lot of the same tendencies I had shown before they discovered my infected tonsils. I took her to the doctor to get to the bottom of it. His diagnosis was allergies. He suggested I try Claritin for kids. I asked about the tonsils and was informed they don’t remove them unless it is absolutely necessary. Alrighty then!
  2. I went to Europe alone. And it was not the scariest thing I have ever done. I regret not taking advantage of my opportunity more thoroughly. Even though it was not as scary as some things I have done, I think being alone was a bit intimidating. It was the trip of a lifetime for me.
  3. My heritage is Sicilian. My ancestors are from Sicily. My attitude is 100% Italian. My emotions, all Italian. I always had to spell my last name out, before I married and changed my name. I can’t keep calm, no matter how hard I try. I am obsessed with pizza. I have a large, loud family. None of us keep calm very well.
  4. I go to bed at night and can’t wait to have coffee the next morning. Sometimes, morning coffee is all I think about. This can make it hard to fall asleep at night. Without coffee, I don’t function well.
  5. I don’t drink. I used to drink and I used to drink too much. I did not quit because I was an alcoholic and I had a problem. I quit because, honestly, I like who I am much better when I am not drinking. I can be hard to get along with when I have been drinking. I get testy and sometimes, mean. I don’t miss drinking, at all. I do break the rules on Thanksgiving and Christmas to participate in our whiskey sour tradition.  My husband does not drink because of his kidney failure so it was an easy choice for me.
  6. My parents are the best! I was raised by two caring and compassionate people. They are my inspiration. They are both hard working and dedicated. They put their family first, no matter what. Without my parents, their love and never ending support, I would not be the person I am today. I thank my Mom and Dad every single day for raising me to be who I am.
  7. I would rather clean dirty stalls than go shopping. The number one best thing to happen to shopping is the internet. I can turn on my computer and order what I am looking for, in my pajamas, with my coffee and without any other people. I don’t stand in line, I don’t deal with traffic. It’s great. Please, don’t ask me to go shopping with you.
  8. I have three tattoos: a ladybug, a celtic symbol meaning “warrior” and a Kokopelli. I don’t regret any of them. I will probably not get another one, probably. I won’t encourage my kids to get them but I won’t throw a fit if they do, once they are 18, that is. None of them hurt enough for me to remember. They all have a special story to go along with them. My kids think it’s funny that a ladybug is always crawling on me.
  9. I am not a match for my husband. A blood type match that is. I was tested a few years ago because I wanted to donate my “extra” kidney to him. When I was not a match for him, we entered into the kidney exchange program to try and match me to someone else. Turns out, my blood type is hard to match.
  10. I am not bossy, I just know what you should be doing better than you do. And this is something I am working on. I have noticed a pattern over the last 33 years, I am usually offending someone because I am too pushy or too bossy. And yes, I am. I am vocal when it comes to my beliefs and my habits. Sometimes this spells trouble for the hubby and me.

There ya have it. More than you ever wanted to know about me.

So, what is a fistula?

So, what is a fistula?

This post contains photographs of my husbands arm during a dialysis treatment. If the sight of blood or needles is something you are not comfortable with, maybe this particular post is not for you!

When my husband and I were still dating he came over to my house one evening after a day long trip to the hospital and showed me why he had been there. He was still living with his transplant although his doctors knew it had rejected and it was only a matter of time before he would have to begin dialysis treatments.

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