River Market Fashion Portrait Shoot

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wow, I haven't posted in ages. I've been traveling and living life. I have been documenting my travels along the way and plan to post some of my favorite photos from the past few months.

But today I'm happy to be back with a recent portrait shoot that I did in River Market, Kansas City, MO, with three lovely ladies in June. Shatomi, Shaunie and LaKenya are gorgeous and so photogenic. My job was easy and a treat. Here's a few favorites from their shoot.

Remembering Paris [2010]

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Some snaps from my trip to Paris in 2010 that I never posted. I took all of these photos with a Canon point and shoot. I have realized that I like using a p&s for street photography. It allows me to focus more on content and composition instead of worrying if my settings are right or what lens I should use. Plus, they're easier to carry!

On to the photos...


Such a gorgeous city...it's tied with New York as my favorite.

The food however...can't be beat.


Ah, Paree! I miss you.

Life Lately

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Life lately has been livening up. It was a long, cold winter and though we started March with a snow storm, things soon warmed up. I paid a visit to the World War I Museum and Liberty Memorial with my Meetup group and afterwards we had dinner at Grunauer, a German restaurant in the Crossroads District. It was one of the best meals I've had in a while at a restaurant. I took a photo of my dinner, but it isn't an appetizing shot. So just take my word for how good it was. I wrapped up the month in Hermann, Missouri for Wurstfest with three friends. I enjoyed the heck out of the weekend sipping sweet wines and laughing a lot.

Vintage Photos

Saturday, March 1, 2014

I have this weird fascination with looking through old postcards whenever I go in an antiques shop. I like postcards that have actual messages on them and were sent. You'd be surprised how many antique stores have vintage postcards you can weed through and read. It's interesting to read about people's travels and thoughts about a place from 1967, 1985, etc.

The other day I came across these vintage photos for sale on eBay. These illustrate my favorite thing about photography -- moments frozen in time; capturing joy, sadness (look at that baby!), being fabulous, life.


California Dreamin'

Thursday, February 27, 2014


I have a serious case of the winter blues. Last week we had a tiny taste of spring with temps rising in the 50s/60s! This week is back to the bitter cold and snow is on the horizon. Boo! I spent all day today at my desk at work thinking up places I could move to with warm climates: LA, Jacksonville and Austin made the short list! I even Googled their weather forecasts for the next week...heaven. Thinking about moving really boosted my spirits and so has this bouquet I picked up after work. I was in the grocery store and stopped to admire the blooms. When I noticed this batch was named "California Dreamin," I had to buy them. Well worth the $12 I'd say. They are so pretty and add a little bit of spring to my home office.

Kansas City Bucket List

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Do you ever feel stuck in a rut with your hometown? I'm constantly thinking of where I'm going to travel to next. But I often feel like my day to day life where I live doesn't offer me many new experiences. Let's just say I feel less than adventurous when I'm just hanging out in my home town.

To spice things up a bit, I decided to create a bucket list of experiences I'd like to have in Kansas City. I've lived here pretty much my entire life and I often feel that there's nothing new left for me to do. But as I started compiling my list, I discovered that there are things that I've never done.

Sometimes I dream about moving to a new city. If I ever decide to make a move, I want to leave KC knowing that I did as much that it has to offer (that interests me). So here is my KC bucket list. My goal is to check as many of these off this year as possible. I plan to do updates on my progress. Here's my list!

Attend a Kansas City Royal's home opener
Go to the St. Patrick's Day Parade
Attend the Shakespeare Festival
Try KC's top 10 BBQ restaurants
Go on a KC Food Tour: http://www.tasteofkansascityfoodtours.com/
Shop at City Market Farmer's Market and cook a meal with the food I purchase
Dine at Le Fou Frog
Dine at Michael Smith
Visit local vineyards
Go on a bike ride
Take pictures of the Cherry Blossoms in bloom
Go to an event at Sporting KC
Attend a T-Bones game 
Visit the WWI Museum
Go to the top of the Liberty Memorial (haven't done this in years)
Visit the Airline History Museum/TWA Museum 
Visit the Steamboat Arabia Museum
Really tour the Euro collection at the Nelson 
Host a dinner party at my apartment

Photo: iPhone photo taken last spring in Kansas City. The goal is to capture a lot more of spring's beauty this year. It's a nice thought during these cold winter days. 

Accepting Imperfection

Sunday, February 16, 2014

I haven't posted on this blog in a very long time. As a writer, I think about blogging a lot, but I never get around to actually sharing my thoughts. This is mostly due to perfectionism. I look at other blogs with custom designs, beautiful photography and great prose, and while I find inspiration in that, it ultimately paralyzes me and I don't post anything.

The second reason I haven't posted since last summer is that I've hardly picked up my camera since then. I've snapped a few family pictures at birthdays and Christmas, but my camera is currently collecting dust in a closet.

I decided to post today because something author and researcher Brene Brown said about perfectionism during her Life Class with Oprah impacted me. She said:
When perfectionism is driving, shame is always riding shotgun. We struggle with perfectionism in areas we feel most vulnerable to shame...I call it the 20-ton shield. Here's what perfectionism really is. It's a way of thinking that says this: If I look perfect, live perfect, work perfect, I can avoid or minimize criticism, blame and ridicule. Perfectionism keeps us from being seen.
This sums up my whole creative life quite concisely. I love to write and take pictures, but because I am consumed with perfectionism, I either don't share my work or I don't practice my crafts.

So today, I am posting this imperfect post. My blog doesn't have some awesome design. I can't even come up with a catchy name for my blog. My writing is riddled with grammatical errors. But that's okay today and I hope I will allow it to be okay tomorrow too. And I hope that my willingness to be imperfect inspires everyone who lands here to be willing to be imperfect at something they really want to do.

Brene Brown has a book called The Gifts of Imperfection. When you think about it, accepting imperfection really is a gift you give to yourself. Because then you are free to do your best, but not being too hard on yourself if you don't "measure up."

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