Friday, April 27, 2007

Vote for your favorite old photo!

Thanks to everyone who submitted an old photo for the contest! Here are the entries. Vote by leaving a comment with the number of your favorite (YOU CAN LEAVE A COMMENT BY CLICKING HERE). Voting will be open for ONE week only, so forward the link to all your friends so they can vote, too! The winner gets an awesomely cute bracelet from Jessica Hughes. You can see the original contest post here : (CONTEST)


Submitted by Jennifer : "This is my father as a kid, it makes me giggle to see him this small but I love his little car and his facial expression just rocks."


Submitted by Lisa: "This is a copy of my Grandma (Juana Castro, front row, far left) from 1933, when she played banjo in a big band. Even though she never smiled in photographs (unless we could catch her off guard), and we never saw her in the vicinity of a musical instrument, she was the most delightful and generous person I've ever had the privilege of knowing."


Submitted by Donna : "The attached picture is of my Grandma and Grandpa on their wedding day. My Grandma died when my Mom was 8 so I never met her but if she was half the Mother my Mom is...She was a wonderful lady! My Grandpa raised my Mom (8), and two aunts (5 years old and 2 months old) by himself in the late 40's and early 50's. I think this image was probably taken late 1930."


Submitted by Teresa : My Dad has held all kinds of jobs throughout his life, he was a photographer for the army and then for General Dynamics, he was a sign painter for over 20 yrs, he currently installs septic systems. This picture is from when he worked for a fake old western town. The gun is loaded w/ blanks and he had just come from a fake gun battle.


Submitted by Courtney: "This is my Naunie, Frances Lee Berry, when she was a young woman. She and I share a middle name with her father. I just think she was so beautiful in this picture. It's actually a photo I took of the original, which is hanging in my mother's house. Naunie died when I was 8, but I remember her as a very loving woman. And my mother is so much like her it's scary! They're both wonderful grandmothers, artists and gardeners."


Submitted by Dorinda : "It's me and my brother playing at Hemisfair Park. My mom used to make our clothes. Notice my slick striped pants."


Submitted by Christin : "this is my grandmother. I live behind her. It just makes me wish I knew what she was really like back then. When I was in 7th grade I did a biography on her and blew this picture up real big for the cover."


Submitted by Catherine : "Who's in this photo? We're not sure. This photo is from my great-grandmother's photo album. The photos had been glued in a black paged album and a lot of them were torn out several years ago so the back of the photo is just black paper, the place that might have had written info! We think it's my mothers', mother's, father's friends... =) It was taken in the early 30s in western Oklahoma. I was given a rather large stack of very old and battered photos in hopes that I would be able to restore some of them and this one is by far my favorite.
I love it because it's real and sweet and reminds me of a simpler time. The baby and mother smiling at each other is so cute. The dog looks like he's going to pounce on something in the dirt. The clothes on the mother, the little bear feet of the baby..all reasons I like it. What we can see of the house also reminds me of my paternal great grandfathers simple country home."


Submitted by Katherine : "Here's my favorite photograph of my Grandfather Gerald Shipley, he was a photographer and lived in Nicaragua, Cuba and Panama before he married. He was the first photographer in the family and traveled around documenting his world with an old Graflex. My Aunt got the prints but my Mom got the big negatives (3 x 5) so I've been busy scanning and re printing them. Here he is modeling for a friend drinking out of a coconut!"


Submitted by Mariah : "My dad and me when I first came home...I love it because my dad actually has hair :)"


Submitted by Kristin : "Here is one of my favs. It's a picture of my fraternal grandmother on her confirmation. I love it because she just looks so young and beautiful."

Thanks again to everyone who entered! It was GREAT hearing from all of you and a joy to see all your favorite old photos! Keep visiting the blog for more contests soon!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007


Okay, here are the details on my upcoming photo art show at Blue Star. I hope to meet LOTS of new friends at the opening! Anyone who can make it, please, please come! :)

Here's the flyer (front and back). CLICK on it to make it BIGGER!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Kristel's Senior Session

Some of my favorites from last weekend's senior session at the McNay ...

Thanks Kristel! You were a GREAT model! :)

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Jesh Inspired

I have a new favorite photographer ... Jesh de Rox. He's AMAZING with texture and light and emotion. I told him I'd pay him a thousand dollars for him to take just ONE picture of me and I totally meant it. Check out his work here : Jesh's Site

So my art show at Blue Star is next month! I'm so excited. After spending hours looking at Jesh's stuff, I decided to do a textured photo for the show. Here's what I've done so far ... I'd LOVE some feedback on these. I think I'm definitely gonna get the first one printed up. Not so sure about the second one. Is it toooooo grungy?

Leave me some comments and tell me what'cha think! It would be much appreciated!


Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Other Kai :)

Last week I got to take pictures for my good friend Nichole and her family. She has two SUPER CUTE kiddos - Kea and Kai. Yep! She has a Kai, too. And her Kai is almost exactly the same age as my Kai.

Here's a few of my faves :)

This is Kea and Kai's cousin, searching for bugs.

Found one!

Alissa & Bret!

Congratulations Bret & Alissa! They were married in one of my favorite places in Austin, Chapel Dulcinea. Their wedding was GORGEOUS! Thanks you guys for letting me be a part of your day :) :) :)

So here's a few of my favorites (yeah, it's getting a lot harder to narrow it down!)

The beautiful bride, Alissa ...

This nifty decoration Alissa's friend Thomas made ...

Looooove these lights in the trees (even though they put off about ZERO usable-for-photography-purposes lighting) ...

Alissa and her sister ...

Bret gave Alissa the sweetest gift - a new pair of pearl earrings! She was sooooo happy :)

The groom :)

Alissa and mom ...

Something blue ...


I LOVE this picture of Alissa with her dad ...

Wind is waaaaay better than rain!

Tears of joy :) The officiant asked Bret and Alissa to turn and look at all the people who love them. Even I was almost crying!

The cutest little chapel ever ...

Alissa's grandparents ...

Mr. and Mrs!

A few of my faaaaavorite black and whites ...

Mmmmm ... GREAT CAKE!

The first dance ...

Dance with Dad

Now THAT was a COOOOOL car!