Category Archives: Sparkle Shoots

Attitude and Gratitude

I have really been struggling lately with how to teach our children gratitude.  I can correct their grammar, how they treat others, and a host of things that Moms and Dads repeat every day to raise their kids.  Gratitude is so much harder. 

I was struck recently by how much complaining I hear in my house.    And then I thought how much do I complain?  How often DO I complain?  How often am I not grateful?  Yesterday as I was carrying on the daily duties of life I said to myself OH, I HAVE to do this?  (which was putting a new bath tissue in the holder).   How silly? how ungrateful?  I GET to put bath tissue on the holder.  I have two hands and the dexterity to do the job.  I have plenty of bath tissue in the house.  Do the job with joy in your heart, instead of anguish (or anger) because you can’t get right back to your ipad surfing, or facebook.  Pleazzzzzzz.

For the rest of the day I substituted GET in place of HAVE when I realized something needed to be done.  I GET to decide what we are having for dinner.  As I stare at a full pantry and overstocked freezer.  I GET to cook for my family.  I have the capacity to cook (not the skill people, ha!).  For my family.   For my family.  Which in my youth I never dreamed of having.

My personal gratitude has improved my attitude.  by.leaps.and.bounds.  And I already had a good attitude.  How was I going to pass on this wonderful knowledge to my kids?

I woke at 4:00 this morning.   After tossing and turning all night.  Attitude.  Gratitude.  The keys to happiness.  I had the perfect idea.  It involves showing not telling.  You can tell all you want, but showing makes them remember.  Now all I have to do is wait for the perfect opportunity.  Of course I’ll let you know when it happens. And YES their will be pictures.

Attitude and Gratitude.  I plan on rockin’ that theme this Christmas Season.

A post is always better with a picture.  Here is one from a reason session.  Love this image, looks almost like a painting.

Sparkle Sessions – But what am I gonna wear?!

The most asked question I receive is “What am I gonna wear?”.    Everyone also wishes they had time to lose that last 10 lbs (a little more than 10 for me).  But don’t worry about those pounds.   If real estate is all about location, photography is all about the pose.

For clothes I always suggest bring a few things you might like.  Something light, something dark, and try to stick with solid colors in muted tones, camisoles in cream, white or black.  Something that will match your eye color.   Silk gown, or teddy.  This isn’t boudoir, the focus will be about your face.   Think feminine.  Try to be monocromatic for the bottoms, for example if you bring a cream camisole wear a cream skirt or jeans. Bring several pieces to choose from.  I will also have some clothing choices that you can wear as is or layer.  I actually have a very expanding “Sparkle Closet”.  I plan to put together a pdf soon to help clients pre-plan their outfits.

Here is the gorgeous Cindy.  Dark hair and eyes.  Looked beautiful in everything.  I simply couldn’t pick a favorite.































 I have a few sessions left for family shoots on Saturday November 17th.  Only four dates left for Sparkle Sessions.  If you need a Christmas Gift for Mom – this could be it!

Austin Sparkle Session : Tennis Player

I had the best time photographing two friends at a recent Sparkle session.  They are very good friends.  They are also a very good competitive tennis team.  Fierce.  They got game, and they also have strategy.  Nothing weak about these ladies!  One of the dynamic duo hasn’t seen her images yet, so I can only showcase the one for now.

 When this girl smiles – it’s an all out smile.  No holding back.  Love that.




















This was my favorite.  Well one of my favorites.












 Happy Tuesday!

What’s new? – Sparkle Session

I’m starting a new photography line.  It is similar to wedding photography because you will have your hair and makeup professionally done.   It is similar to glamour photography because you can get all gussied up.  It is similar to boudoir photography because it will reveal the décolletage.  It is actually a bridge between all three.

                 Introducing Sparkle

Sparkle  is when you plan a few days around yourself.  Get a mani, a pedi.  Get those highlights touched up.  Then come into the studio for your professional makeup.  Enjoy some champagne and strawberries.  Of course bring your Mom, your daughter or best friend, or all three if you like!  This is the ultimate in girl’s day out.  Or surprise your honey.  (I can’t be held responsible for how hot you will look!)














These sessions are so much fun!  I have a new love!