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Barred Owl at Sunset

I am! What contest you say, The Mason Chamber of Commerce Photo Contest! With this image I won the Overall Best of show. Thank you to the Chamber for running the contest and also to The Commercial Bank of Mason for supplying the award cash for this photo contest. Honestly, there were many great awards given out at the Awards Ceremony on this fun night in Mason Texas BECAUSE there are wonderful folks who call Mason home! Celebrating these people is what the night is all about, the photo contest was a little perk. A few of my favorite winners are The Hall of Fame, Dr. Dave Rosberg, Business Woman of the Year, Natalie Hudson and Businessman of the year Kyle Martin. A very rewarding night indeed!

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texas hill country

It took some wildlife photographer skill to catch this wonderful buck. Mostly patience, patience, patience! He and his family seem to live on our property and they periodically walk up on the road for us to see! This is the beautiful view out our back door. Funny thing, my husband calls this our front door. It is most definitely the view watched daily. The light changes so much depending on the time of day. This time of year the best morning light happens around 7:15 am and the best evening light can be found around 5:30pm. I have created some family sessions in this location and look forward to photographing more. I will continue to perfect my skills as a wildlife photographer as I have a great deal of respect and admiration for these photographers who dedicate their lives to photographing our most precious resource, wildlife. Who knows, maybe one day I will join forces with them?! For now I will concentrate on the tamer? variety, dogs and their families with other pets sprinkled in too.

I am looking forward to a year full of sessions. Maybe you are thinking a family...

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portrait

Just love my kids but it makes me laugh! What you say? They have always gotten frustrated with me that I take so many pictures when I am photographing them. I always have. We had a fun family gathering over Thanksgiving this year. And "Yes!" I got out my camera to get some portraits of everyone, but especially my kids. We have not had all three of them in the same place for quite some time and I wanted to capture that! Well look at these faces I was getting. As I was editing these images I laughed and just thought, "they are such silly kids, thank goodness"! I know, they are not really kids anymore. Meet Hannah, 33, Christopher, 31, and my baby Morgan, 27. I am so happy that I have irritated them over the years because I cherish each and every one of the portraits I have of them! By the way, the first portrait here is the last one taken! With my kids, that is what it takes but that is OK. I have lots of patience!!!!

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Senior Dog Portrait

Duke is a senior American Akita Dog and what a magnificent boy he is! I met his mom at the Old Yeller Days Event in Mason Texas. I was there showing my work and meeting people. It was a fun day!

Corina came to my booth and saw a photograph of Jax, a German Shepherd Dog, and fell in love with his bright eyes. She wanted a portrait of her beloved dog Duke and wanted to highlight his very kind eyes. At this time it was not known how long he would be with us. The loss of our beloved pets, that is a whole new topic and a very difficult experience.

I was able to photograph Duke and I am so happy this family who loves Duke so much will have portraits of him to cherish forever. An honor indeed.

This was my first, "end of life session" as it is called. I think I would prefer to call these "senior sessions". As of today Duke is still with us.

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Mason Texas Portrait Studio

I really loved photographing this family studio session in Mason Texas! Jo, the baby, was very busy. When I brought out the ball, yes it was a puppy dog ball, Jo lit up and had so much fun! The whole family did a super job don't you think?! Serena wanted black and white images and that is right up my alley and an awesome choice for this family session. Black and White photography is one of my long time favorite mediums. Kodak Tri-X and Ilford FP4 were my go to films using my Pentax 6x7 camera. Digital is my main medium now but I do still have my Pentax camera. Maybe I will get that out and give it a shot sometime?!

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Embark Unleashed Education

As a professional photographer continuing education is very important to me. I am a member of marketing groups and various professional groups to help perfect my skills as a business owner, creator and image maker. The courses I am referencing here are called #emergeunleashedchallenges and #embarkunleashedchallenges taught by two amazing photographers, @Charlotte Reeves and @Craig Turner-Bullock. During these courses we are given briefs that we must then go out and creatively execute. These are the first and second of the series of 3 challenge courses.

I did some model calls and worked with some super dog models and parents! I filled in with my dog Redd and she did a great job. She is my studio assistant, always happy to get in the proper spot so that I can perfect my lighting for my clients before coming in for their photography session.

Learning from Charlotte Reeves and Craig Turner-Bullock is a wonderful privilege. They are so kind and really look at the work submitted for any possible improvements that can be made. The other students are super...

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Studio Portrait

A great way to get through this hot Mason Texas summer is a Studio Portrait Session! My fun daughter Morgan came to visit us from Tuscon and we created some fabulous portraits during her visit. We had so much fun being creative and thoroughly enjoying our time together! Our dog Redd loves her Morgan, I think Morgan is the only person in the world Redd loves more than me!, and she got to pop in too! It has been way too long since I have had the pleasure of photographing my young daughter who is now 27! I use to photograph all of my kids all of the time when they were living at home, fun pictures along with studio portraits. I cherish them all so much now. Even the one's that at the time the kids did not "cooperate" and I did not love so much, now they are some of my favorites. Taking the time to have special professional family portraits done is one thing that will always give the feeling, "I am so glad I took the time and now have these portraits of my precious family". Many of these portraits are hanging in our home so I can look at them every day. I am excited to be able to...

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Mason Texas

Next week is the beginning of lots of fun events in Mason Texas, Round Up Rodeo! The rodeo begins on July 6th with team roping, then all through out the weekend there will be lots of fun things to do.

The rodeo will run for two nights, Friday the 7th and Saturday the 8th. Some events are aimed toward kids and then there will be lots of adult activities too.

One of my favorite musicians, Justin McFarland, will be playing at Peters Creek Vineyard from 5:30 to 8:00 on Thursday. The Square Plate will be serving Italian food to go along with the wine, or vise versa! To make reservations for dinner call The Square Plate at 325-347-1911. Folks can either go to the tasting room or eat in the restaurant. The two venues are located right next door to each other on the lovely Mason City Square.

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beagle dog portrait

I had the pleasure of photographing this super fun Beagle mix pup in the bluebonnets recently. Bluebonnets do not last long here but I found this wonderful field at a nearby park on a Texas Spring Day. I had my gorgeous model Dolly and the help of her Mom Havana too. I love so many of these images, and Dolly's Mom does too! We were out in the evening light which is one of the two times I have my outdoor sessions. The other is early morning, only a select few of my clients choose that time! The light is much softer and gives the recipe for creating beautiful outdoor portraits of pets and their families during these times of day.

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Pepper has to be the most expressive little girl! I really do love photographing children around the age of 3. They are so full of wonder. As with pet portraits, capturing the expression is "the thing". It is not about posing, although that does play a part, it is about capturing.

A few tips with photographing young people.

1. Keep it fun

2. Be prepared and have your settings ready

3. Make sure they are comfortable in both their clothing and their environment

4. Patience and laughter

Please enjoy these special portraits of my little friend, Pepper!

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portrait

Family gatherings here in Mason Texas and the Texas Hill Country are the perfect time to create some awesome portraits that will be in your family for a lifetime. What an extra special way to remember family adventures! Sessions at my studio, both inside and out, are super easy and where all of these portraits were taken!

I do travel to different venues too. One of my favorites out here is Red Sands Ranch on the Llano River!

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This is my very first blog post so I am not sure how, or where, to begin! February 1st seems like a good day to start something new. Some might think January 1st but January 2023 has come and gone!

I want to tell you about an awesome visitor we had a few days ago, a Barred Owl! He was sitting on a fence post as we arrived home and he has been around for a few days. As I have read about this owl I have learned that they are uncommon here in Mason County. Barred Owls normally like wooded areas. We do have some Oak and lots of Mesquite but no extremely large trees as in other parts of Texas. I will be reporting this Owl to ebirds.org as suggested by Lee Kothmann with Explore Texas!

Our property has a wildlife exemption so bringing in different species of birds is very exciting. I love keeping the environment natural for the wonderful animals that stay here and for my photography clients too!

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