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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?

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Another day, another dollar…

January 31, 2010

Whew! What a busy weekend. Part of the fun was a few hours helping another photographer take photos of some more YMCA basketball kiddos. I learned how to run a credit card machine. Not a big deal to many people, especially those with retail experience, but really intimidating for me. I’m good with technology, but all those multi-colored buttons freaked me out.

But, I soon figured out that a monkey could do that job. You only really need a couple buttons and can ignore the rest. Big sigh of relief! One more talent to add to the resume. : )

There were three of us working the shoot and during the first down time we discovered that we were all photographers that specialized in different types of photography. One primarily did weddings, one studio portraits and myself, who mostly does on-location action and portraits.

It was really fun to “talk shop” with those two guys, who each had been around for more than 30 years. And, although we had different goals for our respective markets, we learned our methods were not all that different. But, I think we all picked up a tip or two from each other.

I had a great time meeting those guys and hope to work with them again.

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Go Mavericks!

January 19, 2010

Last Saturday, I took team shots of a league of YMCA basketball kiddos–all under the age of 10. Yep, it’s now Tuesday and I’ve just now regained the strength to blog about it. They were great, but man it’s tiring. Controlled chaos is the best way to describe the experience.

Try freezing 4-year-olds in the “official” pose. Yeah, right! But, I had fun, and the kids were all adorable and sometimes very funny. And, I only had one child all day who had a meltdown and didn’t get their picture taken. I call that a success!

I also learned a lot. Like half the youth basketball teams in North Texas are named the Mavericks, which makes keeping them all straight a challenge.

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The fashionable family

January 11, 2010

When you are the daughter of a mother that designs and sells accessories for little girls, you never have to go without a great hat or bow! At our recent shoot, little Layla modeled some of her mother’s wares. See the complete line here.

And, the family had good news. These might be their last portraits as a family of four. They’re expecting a new addition later this year. Boy or girl, I’ll bet it will be well-dressed!

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Those sporty Thorntons…

January 11, 2010

Football is king in Texas, and the Thornton clan is no different. They even brought some pigskin to the shoot as a prop. And, instead of “Cheese!” we yelled “Go Wildcats!”

Would you expect anything less from a family of coaches?