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This morning as I was praying as I was pinning quotes on Pinterest and reading emails (sounds like they totally shouldn’t go together) , I can across this article from Unstuck in my inbox. The first line really grabbed me because just a couple of weeks ago, I was thinking that I really needed a routine.

I have been going about my days trying to get a “grasp” on things and to try to create a  routine. It’s been a complete failure, might I add. Of course routine has its place and can be very useful, but currently, I am not one who does routine well. I think of myself as a freer spirit than most and I have been looking for ways to get back to that now that I am working a full-time day job. Of course, I throw myself into my day job and do it to the best of my ability, but it has a weekly routine and there’s not much creativity involved (stay tuned for my post on the benefits that I have found on working a “9 to 5” job).

While reading the article on Unstuck’s website, I felt like I was reading my thoughts on the page, just without the actions to go with it. I constantly daydream about traveling the world and seeing all that God has created in this beautiful world, but I’m stuck on how I can do that with a husband and a teenager to take care of. I think that I’ll start small and begin taking local day or weekend trips and see what happens from there.

I hope that you will stick with me on this journey, besides life is always more fun when you share it with others!

Do you think that having a routine is necessary? Do you have a routine? If so, how has it helped you? If not, why?

In my last post about New Orleans, I shared photos from my visit there. I have actually had quite a few opportunities to visit New Orleans to explore all that the town has to offer. I don’t have photos of the night life because I always put my camera up because of the crowds. Maybe on my next trip I will brave the night scene and get some interesting shots. In this part I want to share some photos of one of the famous cemeteries there, right in the heart of the French Quarter.

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Inspiration. It comes in many forms and from various places. Like many photographers, I visit the sites and blogs of other photographers to get inspirations or just to get a pick-me-up. We all have our days when we aren’t or don’t feel as creative as we would like to be. When I feel this way, I visit one of these 3 blogs to read of their latest adventure or to see a recent photo session or to simply see their beautiful images. The 3 blogs are all different and focus on different photography niches. The reasons vary as to why I find them so inspiring, but I hope that you’ll be able to see why.

1. Just-In-Time Travels

Paris © Tracy Zhang, JustInTimeTravels.com

Paris © Tracy Zhang, JustInTimeTravels.com

My husband and I have moved a lot over the past several years. Each region and state offers a demographic that is different from where we lived before we move. This allows me to explore an area of photography that I haven’t focused on before. Since moving to Louisiana, I’m still trying to figure out the best route for me with my photography. More and more I gravitate to travel photography because I have always dreamed of traveling since I was young and what better way to travel and to get paid for it?!!! Granted, this would be a big step and huge endeavor, but I’m ready to do big things this year! I must admit that I’m still dragging my feet a bit and trying to figure out all of the details of how to begin, but I assure you that answers will come soon! I keep feeling the push that I am here to do something bigger and now is the time to act! I don’t know what that will look like or how it will come to me, but I am ready.

What I enjoy most about Tracy is her willingness to go after what she wanted. She began traveling after she “discovered her passion for photographing the world.” Tracy’s love for travel comes across in her beautiful images and her great stories!

2. Ami Vitale

©AmiVitale

©AmiVitale

I am inspired by Ami’s cultural photography because she goes beyond the traditional story to share the stories of others who may never have a voice to be able to tell it themselves. Being a cultural or humanitarian photographer would allow me to find the hidden beauty lies within the people, cultures, traditions and landscapes of others across the globe while bringing awareness to their plight with dignity. I believe that by sharing the stories of those who have yet to have a voice can make the world a smaller place and we can all see how truly connected and close we really are!

3. Jamie Delaine

©Jamie Delaine-jamiedelaineblog.com

©Jamie Delaine-jamiedelaineblog.com

What I love most about Jamie is her genuinely authentic voice and writing style, her great photography (of course), and the fact that she’s not afraid to share her faith and love for God. She is fitly transparent in her writing, meaning, she shares just enough without sharing too much (although she wants to at times).

Who or what inspires you?

It’s been a while since I’ve posted last and I’m hoping to get to a regular posting schedule during the summer while my nephew is away.  I have been getting used to being a “mother” to a teenager and it’s been keeping me pretty busy, to say the least. So, I hope that this fun list makes up for the time that I’ve taken away from the blog these last few weeks.

In honor of my 30th birthday tomorrow (June 2) and to welcome the coming hot summer, that seems to already be here in Houston, I’m going to share with you 30 things that I have yet to share on the blog about myself. I was inspired by Amy Clover’s post on her blog “Strong Inside Out” of her 27 things she’s hadn’t yet revealed on her blog. I thought that it was a nice way to add more personality to the blog and to give you a chance to get to know a bit more about me.

  1. I love breakfast food any time of the day.
  2. I love spontaneous outings and I’m always up for an adventure.
  3. I love herbal green tea and flavored teas.
  4. I came close to death while scuba diving for the first time in Cozumel, Mexico.
  5. As a kid, I wanted to be a computer animator, but didn’t really enjoy drawing.
  6. People that I meet think that I’m (way) younger than I am.
  7. I try to read the bible daily.
  8. I enjoy baking new desserts.
  9. I’ve never been to New York City.
  10. My newest hobby is knitting.
  11. I love to roller skate.
  12. My husband says that I ask too many questions.
  13. I have been bitten by the wanderlust bug and hope to travel the world (someday soon).
  14. I lived in Kansas City, MO for 6 months.
  15. Two of my favorite movies are “Under the Tuscan Sun” and “A Walk to Remember”.
  16. I observe the seventh day sabbath.
  17. I can see my purpose unfolding daily.
  18. I’ve discovered my immense joy of reading within the passed few years.
  19. I got married when I was 21 and I’ve been married for 8 years.
  20. I’ve lived in 3 different cities in a 2 year time span.
  21. I’m a runner at heart and try to run as much as I can.
  22. I love to sing (and I have a pretty decent singing voice).
  23. I love Italy although I’ve never visited.
  24. I attended a performing arts school from the 4th-12th grade and studied art for 8 years.
  25. Sweet crepes and ice cream are my favorite desserts.
  26. I studied computer engineering for 2 years in college.
  27. My favorite color is blue and I love bright colors!
  28. I’ve had a paper route as an adult.
  29. I would like to have a book of my work published.
  30. My guilty pleasure is watching America’s Next Top Model.

There you have it! I hope that you’ve enjoyed this list and getting to know more about me. I’d love to learn more about my readers also!

Introduce yourself: write 5 things you’ve never told me in the comments below!

Wow, I really need to do better about keeping my blog up to date. I’ll work on it, I promise. Well, I’ve been really busy shooting and editing all of the images that I’ve been capturing. One thing before I continue, I want to share the fact that I would like this blog to be about all of the great and new experiences that I have on my journey in my photography business. I am not here to just be a photographer, but to help and to serve my fellow man and neighbor as Jesus has commanded.

Last week I had the pleasure to attend the Hillsong United Conference here in Houston, TX as part of the media, held at the Grace Community Church. It was such an awesome experience! I also had the great opportunity to meet Shannon Walker of Integrity Music, who, by the way, is a wonderful and helpful person. I just wanted to share some words with you from the press conference that was held and afterwards images (of course) from the concert that followed!

Joel Houston, one of the founding members of Hillsong United, gave a synopsis of what the Hillsong group is all about, starting with the fact that he helped form a local church in Sydney, Australia. The group is about church, people, and praising God. He feels as though “God has birthed this ministry” into them to go out and to show what worship is all about. From this ministry the “I Heart” Revolution was born.

On Friday, August 22, there was a release screening of the DVD “With Hearts As One” and I must say that it was really powerful. People began to worship God right along with the DVD as they watched, I’ve never seen anything like it. It was an amazing experience.

The “I Heart” Revolution is a revolution about serving God and bringing youth with a like-minded urgency to serve God together. Joel doesn’t feel as though they’re called to “Christian Entertainment” and said that they felt burdened to take what they do a step further. He also feels a need to communicate what God is doing and to share the heart behind the songs that they sing.

“We need to look beyond our differences and see what we have in common” expressed Joel. “If we can be the hands and feet of Jesus locally, then globally we can start to see a change. Together we can see that our little piece of the canvas is painting God’s total picture. It’s about the unseen, about charity, about showing God’s love!”

Enjoy!

Joel Houston, Jonathan Douglass (JD), Annie of Hillsong United

Joel Houston, Jonathan Douglass (JD), Annie of Hillsong United

Joel Houston

Annie

Annie

JD

JD

Last month I had the pleasure to shoot an engagement session in Cincinnati, OH with an amazing young couple from. Their wedding was this passed Sunday and I just wanted to share a few images from their session before sharing some from the wedding. Enjoy!


I have a chance to sit down and add another entry! I was traveling a lot last month and preparing to travel some more next week, so I figured that I should update my blog with the goings on of my life and what I’ve been up to (not in any particular order!).

To start I hope you like the new blog design and header!

I’ve been working with the amazing owner of Gina’s Shoe Gallery here in Houston located in the Rice Village for several months now. Since the beginning of summer her ads have been running in GLOSS magazine and have featured my images. I am sooo excited! I’m looking forward to more great opportunities to work with more great people!

Happy (belated) mother’s day to all of the mothers out there! I wanted to share a photo from a recent family session that I did for some good friends. They have 3 boys who were full of energy on the day of the shoot, but they did an awesome job when it came time to take the pictures. Can’t wait for the next session! Enjoy!

Hey everyone! Thank you for visiting my new website and my new blog! I thought that it would be fun to venture out into the blogosphere and give blogging a try, so I started this blog just to keep everyone posted about any specials that I may have and to share pics from new sessions. This is my first blog, ever, so please check back often! Please feel free to post ANY feedback that you may have and would like to share! So, to kick things off, I’ve decided to share a photo from my trip to Mexico a few months ago, it was taken at Chichen-Itza. You can read more about Chichen-Itza by visiting http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chichen_Itza.
Peace & blessings!

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