Is usually what I hear when I try and photograph Mac. I was watching 28 days with Sue Bryce over on creativeLIVE trying to figure out if I wanted to buy the complete course or not and she was talking about lighting. Specifically bouncing light. I don’t know why I never thought of this before. I turned my light away from Mac and used my reflector to bounce back softer and not as bright light in her face. She didn’t complain not one time about the light being too bright. And I think the light was less “warm” as well. I am definitely going to try this technique on my next shoot!

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It’s been a very long time since I’ve used the kennel as a punishment. This morning I let both dogs out like I do every morning while I get the kids breakfast. And we’ll just fast forward to the end of the story because what happened in the middle doesn’t matter. lol When Aaron went to leave this morning, the garage door was open and both dogs were gone. Little shits were just gone! I spent easily an hour walking the neighborhood trying to find them. Didn’t have any luck so I headed back home. Almost as soon as I got home, the phone rings. It’s Killeen Animal Control. They had both dogs. I’m thankful they were picked up and not hit by a car or something. Ringo knows better. I was pissed! So, I grounded them today. Mac cleaned out both kennels and in they went. Neither of them is very happy with me. Ringo won’t even look at me. :( Ever since we got Chuck, he’s been off. Won’t listen to anyone and just does what he wants. Anyone has any advice on how to get him back to himself, I’m all ears!

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Just finished up an AWESOME shoot with one of the trainers from Heritage Park Fitness!!! I wanted to come on here and post a quick sneak peek. Enjoy!!

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Finally! I can share some glamour/ boudoir photography with you all!! Most of the time my clients don’t sign model releases allowing me to share images with you, so my boudoir work goes unseen. My clients privacy is very important to me so I have no problem honoring their wishes. Ms. L was awesome enough to go ahead and let me share images from her session. Ms. L rocked it in front of my camera! This is her second time booking a boudoir session and she was such a pleasure to work with. Ms. L said this time around she was doing this session for herself. To make sure she still has “it.” I think it’s safe to say you’ll agree with me when I say she definitely still has “it!!” Thank you Ms. L for allowing to share your images!

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Deena is a photographer at The Boudoir Divas. She was awesome enough to model for us when I attended their workshop in Paris last year. She was AMAZING to work with! She was a great model but also a great mentor too! At the workshop we got one on one time with the models and of course when I’m put on the spot, I get a brain fart. lol Go figure. But it wasn’t a big deal! Deena was awesome enough to take the lead, sorta lol. I put her in my go to poses and then after that I kinda fell apart and didn’t know what else to do for the rest of the time I had with her. She took the lead and was like “You can do this from this pose and do this from that pose.” She not only modeled for me, but taught me a thing or two about posing. She is a master at posing and a great boudoir photographer! I feel so honored to have gotten the opportunity to learn from and work with her!!

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Okay, enough with all the grumpy posts around here. Let’s pep things up with a Flashback Friday! (It’s kinda like Throwback Thursday lol) Can you believe I let these images sit on my hard drive for over a year waiting to be edited? Yeah, me either lol. I shot this last April when I went to Paris for The Boudoir Divas workshop. I’d LOVE to take this workshop again. I need to start saving up for it lol.

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I’m feeling defeated. I’m frustrated. I have scoliosis. I was diagnosed with it when I was in middle school. It’s just now recently started to really bug me. Last time this happened I went to physical therapy and it helped SO MUCH! I figured I could do this again and all would be well. So, I went to my doctor, got a referral, and off to PT I went. Well, apparently I had the awesome pleasure of being seen by a complete jackass who doesn’t know anything about scoliosis or how to treat it. In fact, that physical therapist made it worse and I had to be put on muscle relaxers. Not cool! That shit knocks me out cold! My regular doctor, who is awesome by the way, decided seeing a specialist was probably the best bet. I completely agree with her! We took new x-rays and off to the specialist I went. Yesterday was my appointment and I didn’t leave feeling too hopeful. I know it’s just me. I’ve avoided being  seen because I didn’t want to hear my curve had gotten worse. Sure enough, it did. The specialist read the x-rays and my curve is now at 40 degrees. This is the worse it’s ever been. Funny how the doctor I saw when I was a kid told me once I was done growing it wouldn’t get any worse. Guess he was a jackass too. So, all of this running around going from one doctor to the next and hearing that my curve is worse, is leaving me feeling defeated. It’s a hard pill to swallow.

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  • May 30, 2013 - 8:59 am

    Heather - Sorry, Kim. :( That sucks.ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2013 - 8:07 pm

    Kim - Dangit. Sorry, friend. I have confidence you’ll overcome this though. Because you’re tough and you’re awesome.ReplyCancel

  • May 31, 2013 - 9:52 am

    robin - So sorry, I hope you are able to get treatment to help you feel better!ReplyCancel

  • May 31, 2013 - 9:56 am

    Tiffany Hendrickson - Really sorry to hear about how hard it is to live with your chronic condition. Dealing with pain on a daily basis is life changing. Here’s hoping tomorrow is a better day…ReplyCancel

  • May 31, 2013 - 9:20 pm

    Andrea Lythgoe - That completely stinks! I hope you can find someone who can actually help you, soon!ReplyCancel

  • June 1, 2013 - 2:21 am

    Amber - I’m so sorry! That is really miserable :( I really hope that you can find someone who can help you soon.ReplyCancel

  • June 1, 2013 - 5:26 am

    Abbe McCracken - I’m so sorry Kim. You will find a solution – it just may take patience and trials. I wish it could be easier. I selfishly hate to hear this – my daughter has scoliosis too, but very mild at this point. We’re going for the annual check in a few weeks. Awesome side note – your self portrait above is very cool and dramatic. I can feel your emotion. The X-ray looks painful.ReplyCancel

  • June 1, 2013 - 7:24 am

    bobbijo - powerful post. Thank you for your honestyReplyCancel

  • June 1, 2013 - 12:54 pm

    Barbara - I’m so sorry. I hope the thorough understanding of your condition will lead to well managed and successful care….ReplyCancel

  • June 1, 2013 - 10:35 pm

    Jenn - I am so sorry you are going through this, I hope you find treatment that helps!ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2013 - 10:04 am

    tanja - oh Kim that sucks!!!! I am so sorry!!!
    hopefully you can find an amazing therapist that will at least be able to ease the pain!!!ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2013 - 3:36 pm

    Heather D - I’m so sorry Kim…hoping each day is a better day from here on, and you get a Dr that will help and give you something more positive to focus on from this..ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2013 - 9:59 pm

    Angela L. - That is really tough. My daughter has scoliosis. The doctor says it’s slight and will probably not progress. This post is a good reminder that I need to make her next x-ray appointment to determine if it’ has changed at all since the last one. And also to know what could happen down the road. So sorry that you are dealing with this. Hang in there ((hug))ReplyCancel

  • June 3, 2013 - 10:52 am

    katie - Oh Kim…that’s awful. There are some really fantastic doctors and PT’s out there…sounds like you had the crappy one. I have faith that this will turn around and you won’t be in this pain for much longer. Thinking about you!ReplyCancel

  • June 3, 2013 - 10:36 pm

    Kerri - I’m sorry :(.ReplyCancel