Oh Ennis and those Bluebonnets

Ennis,  one of my most favorite bluebonnet spots.

We are our way back to Allen, Texas  after our visit to The Woodlands, Texas.   Near The Woodlands flower fields are everywhere and the side of the highways have wonderful yellow flower fields.   Bluebonnets are popping up all over and we are passing Ennis, so why not stop stretch our legs, and  smell  ahhh  those wonderful bluebonnets.   

We'll also miss a bit or a lot of rush hour traffic, so I say it is a go.

This is taken with my new Fuji XT2 travel camera, that I just love. It's lightweight, easy to carry everywhere wrapped up inside my purse. 

And HERE is where you can go and try to win a Fuji XT2 from Craft & Vision Fuji Giveaway.  Click that link!


My love for Ennis began back in March of 2012.  Our family went on a Saturday evening with a picnic dinner to the bluebonnet fields and my boys met two gals.   My older son met this girl in the field and they spent time wandering around in search of ladybugs.   It was a wonderful family together time, on a beautiful spring evening in a wondrous location.

DO Something to make the world more beautiful - Allen Texas Photographer

Well, it happened.   Even after all our efforts to restore the JCP bluebonnet fields back in 2014, word has spread that the JCPenney bluebonnets are no more, the property has been sold and construction has been happening.  And yes it has, there is a huge mound of dirt and construction equipment  rolling across the bluebonnets as a bank is being built on the spot right now.  

After seven year of shooting on this property, it is one sad sight to see.  Professional Photographers and moms alike, are on the hunt for a new bluebonnet spot.

Today,  some good news!   I was so happy to help do what I can to keep these bluebonnet fields alive.    

"You must DO SOMETHING to make the world more beautiful?" - Mrs Rumphius, The Lupine Lady  

Courtney Blissett and I met with NBC DFW News Reporter Kevin Cokely and the new owner of the JCPenney property and most importantly the bluebonnet fields.  He has grand plans for his newest campus property. It was really wonderful to meet him, learn his background as a arborist and his love of nature and trees.

Our segment will air tonight at 5:00 pm on NBC DFW.   Please watch!

Here is more about our fundraising from 2014:

Help restore the bluebonnet field

Here is a link to the NBC DFW article and video that ran yesterday:

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Down at The Fabrication Yard - Woodlands Texas and Allen Texas Photographer

Come on, and brighten up the winter blues with a big pop of color down at the Fabrication Yard in Dallas Texas.  It's just 30 minutes or so from Allen, Texas.  It's a spot where any artists can come with their spray paint cans and create their art as they see it, wherever they see it.

 I've wanted to visit for a while and my friend Courtney of Bliss Photography invited me along to a fun photographer's playdate. We had beautiful weather, amazing girls, and a colorful industrial location to shoot at.   The Fabrication Yard  is in an rather industrial and quiet area of town, and seeing other photographers there made us more comfortable.  I even saw the teacher whose college class I took on Lightroom 101 workshop back in 2010!

Isn't this girl just great?  What a beauty.   I'd just ask her to do a pose and she was spot on!
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ME? WINNER AT Child Photo Competition!!!!

I'm incredibly honored and incredulous to have my image of my little guy be chosen as the WINNER for Child Photo Competition's contest - Waiting for Santa.  I'm going to find out who the judges are so I can thank them personally.

At the age of 18,  I remember picking up a book about photography and looking at all the confusing numbers (aperture, ISO, etc), and thinking I'll just put that book back down for later.   Through the years,  I keep going with my disc camera (yes, you read that right!), and various point and shoots.  I always had a camera, like many of you.

When the little guy in this image was 18 months old,  I bought my very first DSLR.  It was a couple of months before I took the leap to shoot in manual.   As my photography learning progressed,   I began submitting images to various online competitions.   It seemed I never won, but kept at it, and as years past here and there I placed, and won a couple of canvasses.

The lesson here is whatever you are doing, you are learning - Keep It Up!

T.H.I.S though.   Child Photo Competition.   The submitted images, finalists and winners are always the most gorgeous images taken in beautiful far away locations.   I gaze upon these images and think of their beauty, dream of travel, visiting that little cobble stone street in Spain,  or that old telephone booth in the UK.

 Photographers from all across the world submit images to Child Photo Competition.   One the 20 finales for this competition, we have 4 photographers from the USA, along with the UK, Canada, Poland, The Netherlands, Australia, Portugal, Spain, Hungary, Russia, and Poland.

Amazed and speechless, am I.

Happy New Year to you!

The Treelight Sessions over the years . . Allen Texas and Woodlands Texas Photographer


Falling snow on my Treelight Session! 

This is a "test shot" for 2016, but I kinda love it even though 1 chid is missing.  We are trying to recreate this week with two boys and hoping for high cooperation levels!  :)



It's finally Fall in Texas - Allen Texas Photographer

It's finally FALL in Texas.  The day we shot this session it was 90 - sadly not so much like fall.   But last week, ohhhhh last week, was so glorious.

Don't you remember - if you you had two or more children  - the first time your children spoke and communicated to each other.  It was so amazing to my husband and I to think about these little beings we created and so loved were talking together!   I'm sure ya'll felt the same.  We met again with these super cute siblings for a fun little dirt road session near Allen, Texas.  They were so wonderful, and had fun tickling each other.

I just love to see a brother and sister enjoy their childhood together!

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Finding a new spot - allen texas photographer

There are little spot we drive by many times, and if you look at them closely you can see their potential. We pass this spot many times and often I thought, "I should go by there at sunset".   Under my NOTES on my iPhone, I have a Location note page and as I see spots I want to remember I write it down so I remember to go back and visit that spot again.

The heat broke in Allen, Texas, finally, finally . . . and since we haven't ventured out much to torture my children by taking their photos, they happily agreed. So here they are creating their own handshake and it's my new favorite fall photo of them till the leaves start to fall here and we venture out again.

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