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“A” is Two Years Old! {Dallas Child Photographer}

This sweet girl has been in front of my camera since she was brand new and I’ve loved watching her grow into the precious little two-year-old she is.ย  A bit shy at first, she quickly warmed up to me and we had a beautiful sunset session.ย  Thank you again “P” family!ย  I can’t wait for “A’s” baby sibling to get here and to continue photographing your growing family!

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Weston is One Year Old! {Dallas Child Photographer}

Sweet Weston just turned one and it’s been a privilege to capture his first year.ย  His two older brothers and big sis came along for the fun too.ย  Love this family and so blessed to have had so many photo shoots including wedding, maternity and all three boys’ first year sessions.ย  Thanks again, Berry Family!ย  You are the best!!!

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My Wild West Adventure {West Texas Part 2}

I’ve lived in two other states besides Texas and one thing is for sure – there is absolutely no place like home.ย  I’m one blessed Texan and proud (like most of us born and raised here) to say so.ย  I love that our great state has so many different landscapes, that the people are the friendliest you’ll find, and our history is so very rich.ย  After finally seeing the great plains and desert of the west (you can view part 1 of my Marfa, Big Bend and Alpine trip here), I can say that I’ve experienced every landscape and region of the Lone Star State and appreciate them all.

John Steinbeck pretty much sums it up…

โ€œI have said that Texas is a state of mind, but I think it is more than that. It is a mystique closely approximating a religion. And this is true to the extent that people either passionately love Texas or passionately hate it and, as in other religions, few people dare to inspect it for fear of losing their bearings in mystery or paradox. But I think there will be little quarrel with my feeling that Texas is one thing. For all its enormous range of space, climate, and physical appearance, and for all the internal squabbles, contentions, and strivings, Texas has a tight cohesiveness perhaps stronger than any other section of America. Rich, poor, Panhandle, Gulf, city, country, Texas is the obsession, the proper study, and the passionate possession of all Texans.โ€
โ€• John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

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My Wild West Adventure {West Texas in Polaroids and Instagrams ~ Part 1 of 2}

For years I’ve wanted to explore the west Texas town of Marfa and discover what other artists were being attracted to.ย  So, after God brought someone very special into my life and he was game to explore it with me, I finally made it happen.ย  Except Jason and I tacked a day trip to Big Bend National Park and a couple nights inย  Alpine, TX onto our itinerary and made a wild west weekend adventure of it.

After loading up the pups on the 4th of July, we set out on our eight-hour trek to the desert and celebrated our first 4th together with pit stops and road trip tunes instead of family picnics and fireworks.ย  Andย  I couldn’t go without taking along my vintage Polaroid Colorpack II Land Camera and tons of film.ย  My good friend, Jane, had recently visited me in Dallas and was the catalyst for me dusting off my old collection of cameras and actually using one.ย  For that, I’m thankful.ย  And I now have these beautiful memories.ย  A separate post is coming with my DSLR images.ย  For now, I wanted to showcase our adventure through our “instant satisfaction” images… the Polaroids and Instagrams.ย  Enjoy.

The Polaroids:

Standing in front of the famous Prada, Marfa installation – a must see!

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My sweet road trippin’ companions in our rental jeepmarfa 13

The Hotel Paisano – where the cast of “Giant” stayed while filming there in 1954.ย  We really enjoyed the history and hospitality.marfa 14marfa 15marfa 16marfa 17

The Instagrams:

Off we go!

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Our first 4th.ย  (somewhere on the side of the road in west TX)

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A very appropriate road to travel on July 4th – 1776

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Fueling up in Alpine before a day trip to Big Bend

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Alpine, TX

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Shadow Selfies

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Super cool historic hotel in Alpine – we loved the bar/restaurant!

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Thanks goodness someone else pulled over to take pics:)

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Ray-bans in the desert

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Big Bend

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Date night in Alpine

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My girls were excellent travelers.ย  I love how in the below photo, they are somewhat mimicking the cattle in the mural.

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Enjoyed chatting with this little entrepreneur and trying her yummy product!

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The famous Prada, Marfa art installation

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We discovered the best little dive bar with the most amazing nachos we’ve ever had – Planet Marfa.ย  We went twice because it was that good.

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Siesta

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Planet Marfa pooch

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Adorable little cafe we had breakfast at – I loved all the architecture in Marfa.

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Planet Marfa’s mission:

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Tourist Alert!

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Hotel Paisano at dusk – simply gorgeous!

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I bought us these books (Jason also loves to write) and on our last night we did two of the writing exercises – was fun to see our different takes on the assignments.

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Using my Polaroid

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Quite an adventure for me – hadn’t been on a bike in years.ย  So fun!

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Headed home, sweet home.

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