City By the Yarra with No Fixed Address

Last month, I got to photograph a tour by No Fixed Address. Their mission, from their website:

“We are offering competitive, world-class walking tours, delivered by experts who are considered homeless or living in supported housing. As our guides are from the streets, they’ll be able to comment on not only the history of the city, but also delve into the
impacts of historical events that affected our society.”

Our tour guide, Pete, showed us parts of Melbourne I didn’t know existed! It was a great time and I highly recommend it as something different and interesting to do in this city.

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Car Shows

I met up with a photography group to go check out some classic car shows this past Saturday. These were taken at the Souvlaki Hut Charity Car Show and Rockabilly Rats, Tatts N’ Pinups at the Waltzing Matilda hotel. There were a lot of American cars that were good to see. I was extremely happy to learn that rockabilly music is popular here and people know how to swing dance!

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Queen Victoria Market | Melbourne

One of the greatest things to do in Melbourne is visit the Queen Victoria Market. It’s the largest outdoor market in the southern hemisphere, and it has absolutely everything you could think of. From home goods and clothes, to all kinds of fresh foods, to live chickens.
These were taken on two different days: a busy Saturday and a Wednesday winter Night Market. We plan on doing all of our grocery shopping here 🙂

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Road Trip – Brisbane to Sydney

We rented a campervan to travel from Brisbane to Sydney. It was a week of camping and exploring the coast in the best way possible! We actually went up north to Noosa and Sunshine Coast before heading south. We saw so many beautiful places. I can’t wait to go on another road trip in the same style!

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Noosa

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Wild Horse Mountain Lookout

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Byron Bay

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Cape Byron Lighthouse

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Japanese Curry at Byron Bay

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Forest Sky Pier

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Coffs Harbour

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Bago Vineyard and Maze

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camping 🙂

North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island is a quick ferry ride away from Brisbane. Another short bus ride brings you to Point Lookout, where the North Gorge Walk holds some absolutely amazing views. It is currently the height of whale season, and we saw at least 3 humpback whales. We also spotted a pod of dolphins, some adorable wallabies, and kangaroos.
We will definitely have to come back here someday!

Brisbane – Food & Festivals

It’s winter in Brisbane, and I swear there’s still at least one festival every weekend. Everyone here just loves to be out all of the time having fun. Just how I like it! We have gone to the Teneriffe Festival and the French Festival, as well as Eat Street Markets.
We have gone out to eat way more than we probably should, but it has been completely worth it. We have simply never had a bad meal. Every international cuisine you can think of is here, and it’s all authentic and wonderful.
There’s also free live music to be found every single night of the week. That’s heaven for this Texas girl.
We’re on vacation so I’m having way too much fun and probably not taking enough pictures, but here are a few, and there’s more of Brisbane to come!

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chicken yaki soba at Eat Street Markets

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Teneriffe Festival

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Halloumi

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cheese plate at the French Festival

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the French Festival at South Bank

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wine tasting at the French Festival

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baguette!

We’re Moving to Australia!

Today my husband and I start our new and biggest adventure yet:  we’re getting on a one-way flight to Australia! We will be starting in Brisbane and making our way down to Melbourne, looking for the right spot for us. We have no jobs lined up yet, but we have a 5 year visa and big dreams. I’ll be posting our adventures on this blog! My camera can’t wait 😉

 

The picture is of Bondi Beach when we went to visit 3 years ago. Many more sunrise/sunset pics to come, I’m sure 🙂

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Beauty Revived | Meet Lissette

The Beauty Revived magazine featuring 50 Beautiful Mothers is out!! You can learn more about it and purchase it here.
I am so honored to be one of the 50 photographers featured in the magazine! I photographed my friend Lissette with her daughter. Here is her story, with some of the pictures!

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Lissette Barril was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico and moved to Texas in 1995. She joined the United States Air Force when she was eighteen. “When September 11th happened,” Lissette recalls, “I made up my mind then and there that I was going to serve my country.”

Lissette worked in an Aircraft Maintenance squadron, where she directly aided the command section. She also worked with Boeing to assist with the aircraft maintenance software with the F-15E and F-15C fighter jets. “My proudest moment was when I was lauded by Boeing for being an extraordinary airman. I transitioned all software for 850 personnel within two weeks.”

After Lissette left the military, she had a beautiful daughter, Tatiana. Then she began to experience the struggles of transitioning to civilian life. “I got married and ended up in a physically abusive relationship and became homeless and an alcoholic.” She found herself living out of her car with her daughter. Tatiana became her inspiration to keep moving forward and pursue a better life for them both. Lissette recovered from alcoholism and always made time to volunteer for veterans’ organizations. “I fought through all the adversity and finally moved into a nice townhome and started going to school.”

Lissette is now a full-time student, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Biology. “I want to eventually find alternative treatments for vets, other than medication.”

Her passion for improving the lives of veterans is a major part of her life. “I try to help out as much as I can. If there are opportunities to do something that will directly impact a veteran’s life, I am down for it.” Lissette is an events coordinator for Twenty-Two Until None, a non-profit organization that aims to end veteran suicide one step at a time. An average of twenty-two veterans commit suicide every day. This group supports struggling veterans by offering emergency financial assistance, VA benefits help, advocacy, wellness services, camaraderie, and a 24/7 crisis hotline. “The reason I stand for the 22 is because I don’t want any other veterans, especially females, to go through the same horrible transitioning experience that I went through. My oath did not end when the uniform came off. I will continue to strive to help veterans each and every day, in any way I can.” She has found joy in working with veterans and has made many great friends along the way.  “I love coordinating events that bring veterans together. It brings the sense of camaraderie that we used to have in the service.”

When Lissette is not studying or advocating for veterans, she spends her time with her daughter, who is now six years old. “My daughter is a firecracker who loves to have adventures. She zip-lined at the age of three and still looks for more thrills. She takes gymnastics and is very good at it.” Lissette hopes that Tatiana will fulfill her dreams, no matter what they are. “Happiness comes from moments and doing what you love to do. I will be there for most of those moments.”

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50 Most Beautiful Moms

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SO excited to announce that I have been chosen to be one of 50 photographers for the 2016 Beauty Revived Beautiful Mothers campaign! One deserving mom will receive a free session from me and will be featured in the Mother’s Day issue of the Beauty Revived magazine.
I am passionate about showing the REAL beauty in people, and now I need your help! Do you know an amazing, beautiful mom who deserves to be celebrated? Nominate her by telling her story here.
Go to beautyrevived.com to learn more about this great organization!

Shelby | SHSU Graduation Senior Portraits

Shelby is about to graduate from Sam Houston State University with a degree in journalism! We took pictures all over campus. She brought all of the school papers she was published in (very impressive!). She dreams of one day moving to New York and writing for a magazine.
Good luck, Shelby! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!

Isabelle – 4 Years Old

In case you haven’t noticed already, my approach to portrait/family photography is a little bit different. I like to let kids be kids, and capture their real personalities. This is Isabelle, who recently turned 4! We did some typical posed shots first, but then we let her do her thing. And these are the pictures that I really love.
Sweet, crazy girl… keep being you 🙂

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Whitney + Will | Cypress Falls Event Center in Wimberley, Texas

It was a beautiful day in Wimberley! Whitney was the sweetest bride, constantly smiling and laughing. Will lit up when he saw her walk down the aisle. Every detail of this wedding completely captured their personalities, and you could definitely feel their love for each other. I am so grateful for the opportunity to photograph this perfect celebration!
Congratulations and good luck, Mr. and Mrs. Powell! I wish you many adventures!
Cheers!

Venue : Cypress Falls Event Center
Wedding Planner: In Her Shoes
Hair Stylist: Rachel Monahan 

Caterer: Pink Avocado
Officiant: Let’s Do It, Sarah Reed
Florist: Thistle & Blooms
Cake: Sweet Treets Bakery