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Billy Bob Nights


Oh nights in Texas and memories of SWPJC! Billy Bob’s is a place of neon lights, pool tables, country music stars, photo booths, and stylin’ old ladies that have been line dancing forever (hence the red Justin boots…that belong to a grandmother). IT IS THE WORLD’S LARGEST HONKEY TONK. They took all of us little photographers at the Student Workshop there, and it totally cracked me up (in the best way possible). Those people had never seen so many cameras in one honkey tonk.
Whilst being true to Texas, I will give you some Wanda Jackson…
PLAY “I Gotta Know” :





Maybe we should all do a little jig because it is Wednesday; half way there to the weekend! Happy line dancing to you all.

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Shopping Texas Style | Part II


Welcome to Ponder Boot Company!!

This place is incredible, and a gem amongst the touristy-ness of the Fort Worth Stockyards. Just when I was about to give up hope, I rounded the corner and found this outlandish store. I was amazed by all of the…stuff! The materials: anything from elephant to alligator and everything in between (PITA PEOPLE, I HOPE YOU DON’T SEE THIS), were so captivating and hefty. Only the swankiest of the swank can afford leather high top converses…and at Ponder that dream can become a reality!! Feast your eyes upon the world of custom-made boots in Texas….
Today’s song… “The One That I Love Best” by Jessica Lea Mayfield…










I hope every single one of you had a very relaxing weekend! I made sure to get bunches of sleep, go to a Texas Independence Day party, paint Hartland Place Apartment’s laundry room, community center, and office (with lots of awesome volunteers), and eat at one of my favorite Jackson restaurants with good friends. I couldn’t live if weekends didn’t exist. True story.

Happy Monday to you all!

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Shopping Texas Style | Part I


Southwestern Photojournalism Conference. Best conference ever. For one weekend a year, I turn into a super techie nerd (Brad Moore, don’t laugh). Portfolio critiques all day every day! 2 minute show? Sure! Website talk over a meal (or two) at Old South, career conversations at all hours of the night, and dance parties on the way home. The conference is in Fort Worth, Texas, which makes it quite the trek. Totally worth it though!
This year, I decided to do the student workshop, which rocked. I was in a small group with freelancer Stephen McGee (New York Times and Wall Street Journal) and photographer/videographer Garrett Hubbard (USA Today, New York Times, and so on), and they are super news photojournalists. They are not only that, but they are also great men of God who are passionate about storytelling.
During a phone call to check in with Garrett during shoot time, he said to me, “Don’t just take photos of beautiful inanimate objects.” I was like…well…I am toast…can he read my photo radar?? I am not even on the same block as him!!! “Oh yes, for sure not. Definitely not,” (or something like that) I replied. Man oh man. Haha! But it was awesome. It was so interesting to go through all of the shots from the day with them.
So…Here are some of my photos from shooting time. While others were seeking out the cowboys and the cattle, I went shopping! Whoopsies.

Press play: Rockin’ Chair by John Lee Hooker (dedicated to Liza Beck)…





More on the conference later…with maybe some wise words from like, uh, Jeremy Cowart. And shopping Texas style part two. Oh! And I still owe you a post on Ming’s purchase from Nando! Stay tuned.

Much love! Don’t get buried beneath the books and articles and interviews and paint chips like I am! Grief.

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