Big Bend National Park is a true wonder of Texas. If you've never been there and you live in Texas, this affordable weekend getaway is a must. Camping under the stars is the way to do it, although more premiere lodging options exist.
My love affair with Big Bend started a little over two years ago when I visited for the first time. I found myself asking, "Am I even in Texas anymore?"
The stars at night are big and bright... Read More
I've always loved learning about genetics, especially my family's history. I was told by my grandfather there was Native American in my blood, but that didn't show up in my DNA test. How come?
If you've taken a test from AncestryDNA, 23andMe or similar, you've only scratched the surface. If looking to dig deeper and learn more about your family's ancient history, read on to learn how to analyze your DNA test even further. Read More
Enchiladas verdes is easily one of my favorite recipes and has now become a staple dish to bring to dinner for the holidays. I was nervous at first to stray away from the Christmas classics (turkey, green beans etc.) but my family loved these delicious homemade enchiladas. I usually make them with chicken, but you can also do vegetarian! Or if you'd prefer to dine vegan, you can opt out of the cheese and sour cream.
These enchiladas can easily be made in advance — just freeze them until ready to be served.
I decided I'd unveil my recipe here...the secret's in the sauce! I blend a mixture of broiled peppers together with green chiles and garlic. It's the real deal!
So here's how to make this mouthwatering dish... Read More
Have you been struggling with hair masking? This amazing trick will blow your mind! Read More
So I recently got into making earrings. It was actually a year when I started designing "Spirit Animal" earrings. I named the business Unspeakable Treasures but then went on hiatus for months. Read More
I had the pleasure to photograph the lovely Olivia this past weekend. We sought out modern places for an Austin photo shoot. Spots we went to included... Read More
Coming from Texas, it can be intimidating to visit a big city. While Philadephia doesn't necessarily provide the southern hospitality you get in Texas, there's a reason it's nicknamed the city of "brotherly love." People there are insanely friendly and welcoming. Read More
Thanks to the latest innovations in technology, what once was considered solely a device for making phone calls and texting now has the capability to take crisp and clear photos that are wall-hanging worthy.
First we awed over the photo capabilities of the iPhone 5 (because let's face it, 4 and 3 weren't that awe-worthy in terms of photo quality...well maybe 4 was), then iPhone 6, and now with the advancements of the iPhone 7 and its ability to produce a blurred depth of field. Read More
Here are some things you can't miss during a brief trip to Santa Fe, including a visit to Canyon Road, Meow Wolf, top hikes, eateries and more. Read More
I had a fabulous time these past two weekends exploring East Austin and the many wonderful art studios it has to offer. Each year the East Austin Studio Tour never fails to disappoint and is one of (if not) my favorite event in Austin.
Unlike the West Austin Studio Tour where most studios occur in the artist's own home, E.A.S.T. is spread out amongst East Austin's many industrial like warehouses, architectural studios, co-working spaces, corporate offices, and even animal shelters. Read More
I recently wrote a white paper on the best practices for image SEO and thought I'd reintroduce some of the ideas here. While some concepts in the white paper are tailored to WordPress sites, the gist of it can still be applied to using images with most CMSs, including Squarespace. (I will explain some of these differences below.)
With that said, here are several important SEO tips to keep in mind when using visuals in your written content: Read More
I've started getting into food photography. I find this genre of photography enjoyable...I mean c'mon...you get to eat your photo subject!
My friend over at Dine With Shayda has a phenomenal food blog, which has inspired me to snap pictures of my own food encounters.
There are a few things I've noticed about food photography and what it takes to be successful (and by successful, I mean a well-balanced, well-exposed image): Read More
There is so much to do in Thailand and it would take months to explore it all. If you're only traveling to Southeastern Asia for a short period of time, or are looking for some incredibly awesome things to do while you're there, I've provided this list of jewels. Check 'em out! Read More
Applying text directly to an image isn't always the best thing. Readability is important, so either darkening or lightening an image to better suit text is something you should know how to do. Here's how it's done... Read More
Read on for an easy Lightroom trick you can use to decrease vignetting around the corners of your image and fix lens distortion. Read More
Here's an easy photo-editing workflow for making a night exposure pop. Read More
Learn how to "upcycle" old magazines in this DIY recycled magazine bowl tutorial. Read More
Cool off this summer by traveling to one of these swimming holes in the Texas area. Read More