Museum of Memories

My friend Molly on the Move and I got to visit the Museum of Memories and WHAT A BLAST. This 5,000 square foot art installation is located in Dallas, Texas and is packed full of all the 90s kids nostalgia.

Here are just a few photos from my visit, be sure to go all the way to the end for my video tour!

 


Austin Day Trip: June 2019

If I ever left Fort Worth (no plans anytime soon), Austin would definitely be my go-to city in Texas. While it makes for a long day, I'm glad that Austin is an option for a day trip to get my fix every now and then. My sister was helping out with a concert so we decided to make a sister trip out of it, which was much needed and a blast.











Noah + Jessica 3rd Anniversary

Wow wow wow! I can't believe that Noah and I have been married for THREE YEARS. Here's a photo of us on our wedding day, on May 20th, 2016. (Wedding photos by Sarah Delanie)

So far during our marriage, we try to have nice portraits done on our anniversary. This year my friend Mollie Hardy took our photos at the Fort Worth Lumen Room and I'm so thankful to have these photos of us! Check out Mollie's Instagram, give her a follow, and check out the beautiful photos she took below!









Las Vegas Highlights

This week Noah and I went to Las Vegas for the NAB Show but we fit some sightseeing into the trip! Due to our time constraints, we didn't get to do everything I would have liked to (I'm looking at you, Neon Museum and Seven Magic Mountains) but I'm very happy with some of the spots we did get to see.

I think it goes without saying that the classic Vegas sights (aka the strip + casinos) are not my scene, so we mostly hung out in downtown, Fremont, and the Arts District.

Food and Drinks

Sights

 








AJ Norris // Blogger Photography

Any shoot in the Lumen Room is always a good one! AJ is getting ready to kick off her own (first ever!) blog and we got some fun and vibrant headshots for her to use in on her website and social content.

I'm always a fan of making a photoshoot feel like a party, which is a vibe that confetti and balloons ALWAYS bring!


Monicasmixx // Blogger Photography

I've been doing a lot of blogger sessions lately and they are always a joy to shoot! I love to help other fellow creatives + bloggers build their brand through the images we create. Monica is one of the bloggers I started working with last fall and we work great together because we both have a love for those vibrant colors. Be sure to follow her on Instagram here!





BBN // Branding Photography

One of the highlights of being a small business owner is getting to collaborate and work with other small business owners. I've been fortunate enough to know Nicole of BBN for a few years now and it has been a joy to see her pursue her dream, watch her business thrive, and get to work with her. If any of my Fort Worth friends are ever looking for graphic design, branding, or a website, Nicole is always my first recommendation.

This branding session has provided Nicole with images for her website refresh, social content, and more. We had a blast shooting in the Lumen Room where some of her very own clients joined us to capture the quality relationships she builds during projects.

I'm also blessed with the opportunity of working with Nicole on a monthly basis as she is one of my retainer clients! Here are just a few of the shots I get during her monthly retainer shoots...


Embracing Art Outside of Your Niche

I think most people assume that just because my style is so niche that I don’t branch outside of it at all. That couldn’t be further from the truth! In fact, the majority of my friends (IRL) create art that is very different from my own personal style.

There are a lot of reasons that I (and other creatives) diversify the art that they consume everyday, but here’s just a few…

 

IT MAKES YOU A BETTER ARTISTS

No one likes the person that only likes one specific music genre and is completely closed off to any music outside of it. I think this concept applies to all art mediums. Limiting yourself to a specific genre or style of work will prevent you from growth and get you stuck in a rut. PLUS, it will make you much more engaging in conversations.

(P.S. - Speaking of music, follow me on Spotify!)

 

IT HELPS PREVENT YOU FROM COPYING SOMEONE ELSE’S WORK

Intentional or not, it’s easy to consume art and replicate aspects of it in your own work. This is especially easy to do when you are only surrounding yourself with a certain style. We all know the classic fashion blogger poses or coffee + book flatlay on white bed sheets. While recreating popular looks within your niche might temporary get you more likes, it will fail to set you apart from the crowd and stunt long term growth.

 

IT SHOWS SUPPORT FOR ALL ARTISTS

Every artist needs all the support they can get. Even if you wouldn’t buy someone’s art or hire them for a project, you can still appreciate the time and skills that were put into their work. While artists need paid projects to pay the bills we also desperately need encouragement, affirmation, and support.

 

IT’S HELPFUL TO BRANCH OUT FROM YOUR DIRECT COMPETITION

While I don’t think you should view similar artists as competition (there is room for everyone out there), there is something to say about consuming and collaborating with artist who have a completely different market than you do.

 

SOMETIMES YOU JUST GOTTA MIX IT UP

While I absolutely love my style and it comes naturally to me, it is sometimes helpful to just take a completely different approach to your work. Whenever I’ve been a creative rut I have found it helpful to edit in completely new ways and explore new artists.

 

SEPARATION OF BUSINESS AND PERSONAL CONSUMPTION

There are a lot of business and artist that I follow because we would be a good partnership professionally. But just because someone wouldn’t collaborate or work with you, doesn’t mean you can’t personally enjoy their work. Some people like to have completely separate accounts for business and personal consumption, which I think can be very helpful.

 

YOU WON’T KNOW WHAT YOU LIKE UNTIL YOU EXPLORE IT

When it comes to art, the opportunities are endless. You will never know what type of work you will love and embrace until you give it a chance.  When I asked my followers why they follow accounts that are different than them, one of the responses I got was “If you don’t choose to follow people different than yourself, you’re missing out on BEAUTY!” and I couldn’t agree more.

 

IT GIVES YOU A NEW PERSPECTIVE

One of the many bittersweet aspects of the internet is our ability to curate and filter what content we receive. When we only consume people who think like us, look like us, and create like us, we are setting us up for some major blind spots.

 

Convinced you need to diversify your creative consumption? I love a good challenge to put a concept into action in your own life!

Take some time to…

  • Grab coffee with a local artist who works with the same media that you do but in a very different way.
  • Follow someone online who looks different than you do.
  • Listen to an artist or playlist with a music genre that you don’t typically listen to.
  • Follow someone online who thinks and talks differently than you do.
  • Follow someone who has a different aesthetic than you do.
  • Go to an art exhibit that you otherwise wouldn’t normally attend.
  • Collaborate with a creative who is different than you and exchange services (take portraits of each other, paint for each other, etc.)

Craft Made Goods // Branding Photography Mini Session

One of my goals for this year is to start blogging more of my photo sessions, so I figured that March 1st would be the perfect time to start!

Meet Chelsea, the fabulous creative behind Craft Made Goods (and her cute pup, Lemon). I first met Chelsea at an event in the Foundry District where she had a little pop up shop. While we primarily focused on her embroidery work on this shoot, she is talented in many mediums (which you can see on her Instagram).

I've been wanting to shoot with more local artists who create physical products so I reached out to her and we grabbed coffee to brainstorm what kind of shots could help her promote her creative business and side hustle. Chelsea, Lemon, and I met up at the Fort Worth Lumen Room shootout to shoot some branded photography that represented the vibrant, kindhearted, and talented creative she is.


Fort Worth City Guide: Date Ideas

One of the reasons Noah and I love living in Fort Worth is because it’s packed full of things to together. Whether you’re looking for a free (or budget friendly) option or are planning a high end Valentines Day date, Fort Worth has something to offer for every couple.

FOR THE COUPLE THAT LOVES THE CITY

  • Visit Sundance Square
    • Sundance Square is packed full of great restaurants, you can find a comprehensive list here.Visit Sundance Square
  • Visit the Fort Worth Water Gardens
  • Visit West 7th.
    • Restaurants in the area located here.

FOR THE COUPLE THAT LOVES THE OUTDOORS

  • Go on a hike (and maybe bring your own picnic)
    • Definitely recommend Airfield Falls, it’s a short walk with a beautiful view! There are also some nice picnic tables and a shady area at the trailhead.
  • Rent some bikes and ride along the Trinity
  • Visit the Fort Worth Nature Center
  • Go canoeing or paddle boarding in the Trinity
  • Visit the Fort Worth Botanical gardens

FOR THE ATHLETIC COUPLE

  • Go to Top Golf
    • Enjoy some golf, drinks, and food at Fort Worth’s Top golf!
  • Go to Leonards Golf Links
    • If you’d like a more low key range option, Leonards Golf Links is a beautiful range in west fort worth. Their top notch short game area and lit driving range is the perfect date night for any golfer.
  • Go rock climbing at Summit
  • Take a fitness class together
  • Go bowling at Pinstripes
  • Try axe throwing at the Fort Worth Axe Factory

FOR THE ANIMAL LOVERS

  • Visit the Fort Worth Zoo
  • Volunteer together at one of the local animal shelters
  • Bring your dog(s) to ZBonz dog park
    • Note that they are closed on Monday. If your dog is a swimmer, be sure to pack a towel for the car
  • Bring your dog(s) to MUTTS
  • Have dinner on a dog friendly patio

FOR THE COUPLE THAT LOVES THE ARTS

FOR THE ROMANTIC COUPLE

FOR THE COUPLE WITH SWEET TEETH

FOR THE COUPLE WHO LOVES A GOOD DRINK