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Merry Christmas!!!

December 18, 2010

Here’s a sneak peek of a few of the personalized holiday cards I sent out to full session clients and models this year. For everyone else, check your mail boxes. They should be arriving shortly.

Here’s wishing you a very merry Christmas and blessed New Year.

Kayla

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Holiday discount

November 4, 2010

Get ’em while they’re hot! Now until Jan. 31, 2011, check out Google for a $50 off coupon, valid for any full session.

Snag it here via computer or cell phone.

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Hoof healthcare

August 23, 2010

Equine or human, athletes are often plauged with injuries that can sideline their activities.

The veterinarian world is pioneering the science that is breathing second life into some horse’s careers and testing methods that someday may also be seen in the human medical field.

Interested to know more? Check out an article I wrote and photographed for an August Quarter Horse News that discusses the latest advances in performance horse healthcare.

Much thanks to Dr. Dustin Dorris of Cornerstone Animal Hospital and Dr. Britt Conklin of Reata Animal Hospital for their expertise!

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Check out Quarter Horse News!!

July 15, 2010

I know, I know. Posts without pictures can be boring, so I’ll keep this one short and sweet–especially since it’s not technically about my photography.

If you’re into horses, take a look at the July 15 issue of Quarter Horse News. I have an article about legendary stallion Nu Chex To Cash’s retirement and his owner’s dispersal of their Hilldale Farm in Kentucky.

I feel very privileged to have been able to write about this dynasty and hope you enjoy their story as much as I did.

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Grand houses and grandkids

June 21, 2010

As I said on my facebook fan page, I LOVE historic places. They have such neat atmosphere and are a great location to photograph children. Maybe it’s the contrast of old and new…

Regardless of why I love it, much thanks to Molly Thornton for asking me to catch her kiddos playing at Grandpa’s house. I had a blast and am still in awe of the grounds.

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Wallis Performance Horses

June 21, 2010

Check out Wallis Performance Horses if you are in the market for world-class reining prospects (or just want to see some adorable baby foals romping in the pasture).

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It’s been awhile, old friends…

June 21, 2010

I know, I know. I have been BAD about updating this blog in the past few months. Guess that’s what happens when you’re busy. I didn’t realize who was keeping up with me until I let posting slide, which I suppose is one way to get feedback about readership. : )

Anyway, a lot of my recent shoots are being reserved for my book and some magazine articles I’ve written, so you won’t see them here for a while. However, there are a couple I can share with you. Each involve cute babies, some human and some furry. Both sometimes make funny noises. Enjoy!

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Oh Baby!

April 9, 2010

Happy Birthday Connor!

Capturing this little guy’s first day was a marathon session of no sleep, sneaking contraband soda into Labor & Delivery for Mom and other spy-worthy activities. But lots of fun! So, without further ado, let me introduce one of the newest residents of Dallas, Texas.

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A month of colds

March 7, 2010

I’m so glad last month is finished! It was definitely a month of colds. Not only did we officially reach the mark for the snowiest winter on record during those 30 days, I also came down with the runny nose, fever kind of cold.

I emerged from hibernation in time to do a quick shoot and interview with a leading equine podiatry veterinarian. Interesting guy with a very nice staff who let me take over their clinic for a couple of hours. According to the good doctor, there are only about a dozen specialists that do what he does to keep top equine athletes performing at elite levels. 

I thought I’d share a few of the early results of my morning there.

Kayla

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Art 101

January 31, 2010

Walking back into my old high school was weird. Period. This past week, I returned to my old stomping grounds to be guest speaker for an Art 2 class who were learning about photography.

The first person I ran into was my former typing teacher. Today, she is vice-principal. She walked with me to the office, gave me a visitor pass and sent me across campus to the new art room. Strolling the halls, at first glance nothing has changed. It still has the same funny odor of teenagers and floor cleaner. The decor is still the same odd shade of yellow. But, other things are light-years from what they were.

For example, on the way to the art room I noticed that the old, dark building trades shop had been transformed into what appeared to be a bright, mirrored dance studio. For some reason, that made me laugh.

When I arrived at my destination, the teacher greeted me, then asked the class if anyone had a thumb drive she could borrow. And, on the wall there was something called a Smart Board, which was why she needed the thumb drive. It’s basically a computerized dry erase board and would have been science fiction when I was in school.

Seriously? We did good to have #2 pencils, notebook paper and chalk boards. I know, that statement makes me sound like one of my grannies, but it’s true! And, I haven’t been out of high school 10 years yet.

But, despite the snow and ice storm that shortened my stay, I quickly learned that kids are kids, regardless of what era they are from. The students were enthusiastic about art and asked really great questions. One girl showed me a photo that she was submitting for an upcoming competition. Good luck again!

I really enjoyed discussing photography with them and feel they have bright futures ahead. I can’t wait to be invited back. Who knows what changes and gadgets they’ll have at my alma mater then?