Who needs a hat? Its Georgia

For the past few weeks I’ve been in Georgia and Alabama visiting friends and family. I left Colorado looking forward to the “warmer” temperatures and not having to worry about snow. I grabbed a sweater and a sweatshirt thinking I’d be fine. January 9th, the night I was supposed to return to Denver a massive snowstorm decided to hit both Denver and Atlanta. Instead of worrying about being stranded in the Atlanta airport for 3 days I changed my flight to come home the next Sunday. And I am so glad I did! It has been a blast covering this major snow storm in the south.

Ok. Yes. It is a major storm. No, I’m not being a sissy. I’m a Colorado-grown mountain girl. I’ve been in plenty of blizzards, I’ve had to drive to school in a 12″ of snow because they didn’t call a snow day. in the winter, 20 degrees is considered warm.

But it is different in the South. They are not at all equipped to handle snow. Let alone almost nine inches. Nine inches of wet snow. That has two inches of ice on top of it.

Here are just a few photos from the storm. Check out the online gallery at the Athens Banner-Hearld for some more images from the storm coverage.


Three Things Thursday


Three things about… Your Favorite Season


This is difficult. I love all seasons for different reasons. But Honestly, my favorite thing about the seasons is when it changes. It’s so exciting and new. Each season brings a new phase.

But my favorite season would have to be Spring.

1. Spring brings the promise of life. It brings flowers. That first glimpse of green, poking out from the once cold, frozen earth is the best feeling in the world. The Earth awakes from its long winter nap and we get to experience the beauty of it. And I tell ya, the Earth sure is a morning person! I must also say, that my favorite place to be during springtime is not the mountains. When I moved to Denver for school I remember being in complete awe of the trees on campus that actually bloomed! Trees that bloom are truly one of the most beautiful things.

2. Spring brings warmth. Once spring hits, you can feel the warmth in the air. A slight taste of the summer to come. Though it is still chilly, it is a different feel than that of the raw autumn chill. I love warmth, and just that slight change makes me smile.

3. Spring has the most amazing smells. It has the smell of freshly tilled soil, where seeds were just planted. It has the amazing, sweet smell of bearded iris as you stroll down the street. Spring brings the smell of rain (and yes most of the time snow as well). It has the scent of hope, of love, of beauty.


The lights of my life

Winter. Winter is dark. Winter is cold. Winter can even be lonely. But there are so many things I love about the winter time. Yeah, it gets dark early but that just means the lights can be turned on sooner. Yeah, its cold, sometimes beyond cold, but we get to sit by the fire. Winter can be lonely too. But not if you have amazing people who love you.

Winter is a time for candle light, baking, wood stoves, car heaters, friends that knit you scarves, friends who make you laugh, friends who are there late at night and you need to talk, family who supports and encourages you, music, love, and remembering the important things.


I think I was dancing salsa when I took this one. Melinda is in there somewhere.

This Christmas I have not gotten in to the buying at all. And I mean at ALL.

It is not the buying at Christmas that matters. It is the giving.

I’ve been given so much this year. A lot of support. A lot of opportunities. A lot of love. A lot of chances. A lot of adventures. A lot of keys to new doors.

I know I cant possibly find what I need at the mall, or any store. And when was it declared that the time of giving was only during the month of December? One day? To give back all that was given to me this year? No way.There are so many people I am indebted for the rest of my life.


Purple Hippo. I love the purple hippo.

Thank you all for all your love and support over the last year and my whole life. I am truly a blessed person for having so many people who care about me in my life. I don’t take it for granted. I am thankful everyday.

Just a few to mention, though there are tons.

My Mommy, who is my hero and support net in any and all ways possible

My Dad, who has supported and encouraged me throughout my life, no matter how crazy it is

Brother, though he can drive me crazy, it’s a good kinda crazy

Dore, who has taught me way more in life than just how rock flower design

Amie, there are no words.

Jenn, my encouragement, inspiration, and leader of my posse

Cait, my girl talk queen, has been there for me since the high school days

Eric, for giving me strength to reach my dreams

Melinda, the newest member of my posse, who has been there in HUGE ways, which is impressive given the time we’ve known eachother

Chad, our bubbly friendship of 21 years – still going strong.

Roy, for opening a new chapter in my life and giving me beautiful opportunities

David, for listening and sharing his passion for his work

Kenn, for driving me to be the best I can and not letting me get away with any less


Thank you everyone. You are what light up my life and make it worth living. Even on dark winter nights, my light stays bright because of the amazing group of people who I love. I can never give you enough.


My next-next life.



Happy Christmas to you all!



Three Things Thursday

So I have not been on top of Three Things Thursday… Benn a pretty busy last four weeks. Amie was here for two of those and she did not blog (because we were to busy hanging out) and I’ve been busy working away at Stems as well as random other projects I have going on. So yes. There are my excuses. Now on to Amie’s new question:


Three things about… Your Face

I read this and well. I am not quite sure what to say. She said you can be positive or negative but I am kinda indifferent about my face. So here we go.

1: I love my smile. It is my favorite thing about my face. Smiles are important to me on all faces. They tell you a lot about the person in swift movement. Your smile can be the difference in someone’s day. I love smiling at random people on the street and they are always slightly unsure of how to respond to it. But I swear it makes someones day turn around … even for a moment. So there ya go. I love my smile.

Photo courtesy of Jenn LeBlanc

Jenn LeBlanc

2: I have a TON of freckles. Not much to say about it. I’ve had them forever. Probably are never gunna go away. Some people like them, others don’t care, some have even tried to count them. No one has made it over counting 20. They get lost. I don’t wear make-up because it covers them up and I think I look strange with out them (I am also lazy and would rather sleep the extra 20 minutes instead of put on a different face).


Photo Courtesy of Jenn LeBlanc

Jenn LeBlanc

3. My eyes change color from green to blue. Depends on the day and what I am wearing. They also go all squinty when I laugh.

Photo courtesy of Jenn LeBlanc

Jenn LeBlanc

SO there ya have it. My face. Hahahahaha!


Three Things Thursday

I missed last week. It was a bit busy for me. Funny how it relates to Amie’s topic this week.



Three things about… Your Work


There is a lot that I love about my work. Way more than just 3 things. And, I have more than one job (as many people do). The difference? I love all my jobs. Everyone of them. There is never a day that I don’t want to go to whatever job I am going to (ok, some mornings I’d just like to stay under the blankets, but can you blame me?).

1. I love life. I love creating. I love making people’s day. Its what I do. So where do I work? A flower shop of course! Its funny, no one is ever shocked I work at a place that is full of life and happy people. Haha! I guess it just fits. Stems a Flower Shop has been a part of me since high school. My first official job and I still have it. Most people can’t say that. The first time I went in to order a boutonniere for my boy friend I didn’t know more than the standard rose, tulip and iris. Seven years later? … Well I won’t bore you with all the info. Whats another fun thing? I actually have had two weddings this year where I’ve gotten to create the brides bouquet AND take her wedding photos. Networking – its a good thing! Hahaha! I love my job. The only bad thing about it? Rotten flower water. Its is the WORST SMELL in the world. People, change your flower water cuz it is nasty.


A sweet arrangement for fall!



2. My other love (and job) is capturing life. I hope that if you are a regular reader that you already know I’m a photographer, but if you didn’t know SURPRISE! I’m a photographer! 🙂 I own my own business. That is a full-time job. I am still up editing photos right now as a matter-a-fact. But I love taking one faction of a second that tells the story of that day. I love the art of photography but in all honesty, I love the people I work and the stories I am able to tell more. I have made so many new friends and they have let me document some of their most important moments. That is the highest honor for me. I love light. I love shadows. I love everything about photography, but it is the concept of if that I am most passionate about.


Working away at the game reserve in Durban South Africa. Photo Courtesy of Roy Kemp



3. I am so lucky to love my jobs. I know too many people that don’t love what they do. Is it hard? O yeah. Loving your job does not make the labor less. Sometimes it makes it more just because you pour your heart and soul into it all. But that is how you know you love it. I have many other jobs, though most of those are volunteer and very random. They are anything from baby-sitter, to guidance councilor, to wedding planner, to a model, to an errand runner. I love teaching others. My most rewarding job? The photo editor of the Metropolitan. There are so many people I helped and now they are out in the world working for newspapers themselves. I feel like a proud mom! 🙂


Weekly Fotog meeting. Photo Courtesy of Leah Millis



I love my work. I love my life. I love all the people I get to work with. I could not ask for anything better. I am truly lucky to have the opportunities I’ve had in my life.

A time to change

We are never ready for it. No matter what we fight it. Change. It does not matter how big or how small no one likes it. We are creatures of habit and as soon as you knock away routine, we panic. But nature has a totally different take on change. I love the changing of seasons. I love to stroll back on memories each season of the year from moments when you are little all the way to just the past year.

I took a drive up to my hometown this afternoon and the change has almost been complete. Fall has hit and most of the leaves have fallen in the mountains already, but I happened upon some beautiful color that I could not resist. I do love to shoot in the fall. the light is so warm and everything glows.


Colorado's yellow-brick road



I finally made my way to my house and what did I pull up to? Wood splitting. Fire season has arrived.

Three Things Thursday

Hello out there! I swear I am still alive and kicking! I have been so busy with a verity of different projects I have not had the organization to blog. This was brought to my attention by one of my diehard supporters and followers – my mom 🙂

I got a formal complaint that not everyone is on a social networking site. And you know what? She is right. My good friend Jenn LeBlanc and I were discussing this complaint yesterday. Though I have not been as up to speed on my blog, I have been trying to keep my Facebook Page fairly up to date. Facebook is like lazy blogging Jenn and I decided. And I promise to you that I will get you all caught up on my actual blog soon!

Now on to the post:

My best friend Amie has her own blog and she has created Three Things Thursday and I have decided to participate. (Actually, I decided I wanted to a while ago, but Thursday always ended to quickly!) SO basically, she comes up with a theme for the post and then I will answer the questions. I think it is a cool way for you to get to know me, or if you know me well, learn what you don’t know!

So here it is:



Three things about …. Where I’ve traveled.

1. First, I love to travel. It does not matter how far or how close to home. I love it. I am one of those people that does not get tired of traveling. Most people I know are ready to go home by the end of the trip. I tell ya, if it was not for those I love, I would probably still be traveling somewhere. Coming back home is a bit depressing for me. Just because I have to get back into my normal routine and I have to get back to life. Traveling is like becoming someone else completely. You stress and stress till the day you leave town and then you say, screw it. I can’t get anything else done, I’m outta here! Then you are free from your life for however long you are gone.


Albert didn't know that those big bottles full of liquids and gels would not make it through security.

2. Local: I grew up in Colorado, and I have traveled much of the state it self, there are a lot of places to go just in Colorado! And each area holds a fond memory.

I have a small family, and we are the only ones that ventured to Colorado, so I’ve done a lot of traveling to see family in the States. My mom’s family lives down south, (Alabama and N.Carolina) – but I’ve been to all the southern states. That is my favorite area to visit. Just visit, I don’t know if I could live there. They have the most amazing food, the awesome “old south feeling,” and I love the humidity and what it does for plant-life down there. Moss growing on houses? WOW! I spent a lot of my summers in Alabama.  My dad’s parents and my best friend from Elementary school lived in Chicago so I’ve been to Illinois plenty of times as well. That was the first time I took a flight alone was to see my friend. I have taken a ton of different transportation methods across the states. I’ve taken Amtrak, Greyhound, the trusty Subaru Loyal and Ford Ranger, as well as plenty of different air lines. I like all for different reasons. But I do love to fly the most. It is so exciting! I love going through all the different steps. I’ve been to most states, except Pacific North west and Alaska, and the north east coast. I have been to Hawaii, but what I remember most was that they had giant snails and I got to feed the big fish in the fish pond- (I was 5).


Moss on my Aunt's steps in Alabama


3. Not so Local: I have been to Mexico, South Africa and Lesotho. This list will grow. I love traveling international. I went to Mexico with Amie and her Husband (then boyfriend) and that was one of the best trips I’ve had. Amie has inspired me to travel to many places. Next up on my international list? Germany to see her! Mexico was a “spring break” trip – that did not involve a lot of typical spring break partying (we are not so into that). Instead we went to festivals the locals had, drove around the island of Cozumel (where we stayed) visited the ruins of Tulum and so much more. We were gone for 9 days.


Tulum Ruins, Mexico

I just recently returned from Pietermaritzburg SA. I went down there with my Uncle and BMX team USA for the BMX world cup. Check out my blog posts from Africa to see more of my trip!

Germany! Here I come! (and who knows, Team USA wants me to join them for next years championship in Holland. – oi, better start saving!


Heather + David = Luv

Heather + David = One spectacular day and a beautiful happily ever after.

I’ve known Heather for years. I first met her at Metro in the news room (where a ton of my friendships began). She moved on and I filled her shoes as assistant editor. Now, I wish I could describe Heather to you, but there is no word that sums her up easily. She is Bubbly, spaztic (in the nicest way possible), crazy, fun, loving and will just make you smile with one giggle. Heather and I have been hanging out a lot lately. She has decided to join my team as one of my regular shooters for my biz. So I was more than excited to tag team along with Jenn LeBlanc to shoot Heather and David’s wedding.

I love David too. They are the perfect pair. Ha! Just talking about them makes me want to drive to their house and give them a huge hug! – ok, back to David. He is an awesome guy, who is a little more reserved than Heather, which probably does her tons of good 🙂

Now, since Heather is a photographer, Jenn and I have vowed only to give a few sneak peaks from their wedding – in attempt that Heather will be able to remember her wedding as she saw it and not through Jenn and I’s eyes. (Fotogs tend to remember images very easy and memories begin to fade). But this whole arrangement has been so much harder for Jenn and I than Heather I think! I had the hardest time narrowing down her images to only three.

So here they are. I will put more up on my site as soon as Heather and David get them – cuz their wedding was so fun – We crashed Room&Board of Cherry Creek and went to one of the snazzyest (yes that is a word now) Alley’s I’ve ever seen! So tune back in a few weeks!!!

Congratulations to David and Heather! We love you so much!!!!!

The Studly Groom

The blushing bride

Are we having fun? O I think so!!!

Before their introduction as Hubby and Wife

MMMM! Food!

I must say that being here in Africa is not exactly as I planned. I knew the area that we are staying at and that it was pretty close to home (our hotel is right next to a mall). However, I expected to have tried many different and exotic foods. Though I have not come across anything too out of the ordinary. A popular meat cut here is Oxtail. I have not yet tried it, but I will before I leave. There are a lot of things that have a different name, but they are the same. Tomato Sauce (our ketchup) is a bit sweeter here, with a thicker consistency. They do like to put a mayo sauce on their chips (fries). That is a British influence there. I’ve yet to have some curry, but the meals that I’ve had with an Indian influence have been so tasty! There is a lot of spice and flavor in all the dishes.

I must say that the fresh fruit is to die for. I did get to eat a Guava fruit. It is pretty popular and they have it in juices as well as cut. I’ve had it in mixed drinks, but never on its own.

I have also tried the Malva Pudding, which is pretty unique to South Africa. It is a dense cake flavored with ginger and Apricot. Pretty tasty!

The great thing about being close to the mall is they do have a grocery store attached to the mall, so yesterday my uncle and I spent an hour just going up and down the isles to see the different brands they have. They have an extensive bakery, deli and meat department. The deli actually sells frozen veggies by the scoop. For meats, they have a lot of lamb selections, way more than lamb chops and a rack. Pork and beef also have a lot of different cuts. They do not have a lot of chicken though. Which I thought was odd since we drove by several chicken farms on our way to the game reserve – some were hatcheries, but not all of them.

We had to of course try out the local chips. These were the weirdest sounding flavor. They were ok, not disgusting. Sorta like a salsa verde chip without the spice.I will keep you up to date on the other food we try, but for now, I am not out in the bushes collecting my dinner. Tonight I had delicious lamb chops.