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    So far 2015 has been pretty durn fabulous in the world of photography...

    Got not 1 but 2 -- YES TWO --- international music stars' airstreams to share but not till the summer. boooooo! More to come when they air on Junk Gypsies new season on GAC/HGTV.

    Senior Fever starts earlier and earlier every year I swear! It's all about the boys of 2015 this time! Although there will be some pretty in pink too.

    I'll be shooting till the end of May and then Im off to adventure land with my favorite boy and favorite man.

    I've been able to squeeze shoot in here and there so hit me up and I'll see what i can do :)

THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE

How many times in the past 18 years have i listened to this song?

of course the song has never changed but somehow it has changed.

 Somehow it has always fit into every era of my life.

I just know there is a generation out there that has a similar story.

See I have these “song memories”….

i can recall times of my life based on various songs

and then thereafter I associate those times with those songs.

That’s what’s so profound about music…it become a part of your story.

Well it does if you’re like me.

You remember the song you were listening to when you

had your 1st dance,

1st heartbreak,

 the song at your wedding,

a fun day of dancing in the kitchen with your baby, etc…

Green Day’s “time of my life”….

i first heard it on the series finale of Seinfeld.

I was a teacher then and i made a really cool slideshow for my students.

The kind of kids from an intercity school where 100% of the population is on free lunch

and so many aren’t connected to school.

THIS was the song I chose.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the auditorium.

It was everything to them.

it was everything to me.

I still choke up thinking of that day and the gratitude they showed me.

These words WRITTEN–NOT JUST PERFORMED- WRITTEN

 by international hall of fame rockstar,

Billie Joe Armstrong/Green Day then, and has become a classic

in American pop culture because it touches a nerve fore everyone who hears it.

It’s applied to every genre of my life.

teaching.

family life.

and now as a photographer.

especially for a photographer.

“so take the photographs and still frames in your mind, hang it on a shelf in good health and good time”…

Here i am 12 years later….teacher certificate expired,

standing in a field of longhorns and looking at one fine airstream decked to the 9 by

my soul sisters Amie & Jolie.

WHAT A THRILL it was when Amie called me to talk about shooting this!

I was like, “REALLY? NO SERIOUSLY?”

yes seriously.

B/C of scheduling, taping their show, etc…

Our shoot day fell on opening day of Antiques Week in Round Top.

a HELLUVA day to do this but it had to be done before it was shipped off to Cali

for Billie Joe’s big reveal so we MADE it happen.

Thank GOD we made it happen.

So in the middle of taking a thousand selfies with grateful,

sweet shoppers at Junk Gypsy Headquarters,

these 2 were snagged away to do a little shoot and this is what we did.

these girls just rock my world.

how can this even be called work?

and then we

ROCKED IT OUT

listening to Green Day’s “When I come Around”

on my phone.

IT WAS HILARIOUS.

So C R A Z Y that a certain junker practically gave herself WHIPLASH!

Now that’s dedication.

and that’s punk folks. HA! a term coined by Junk Gypsy themselves…

PUNK GYPSY!

Seriously i relished in these moments.

I adored that in the midst of crazy fun antiques week

we had this behind the scenes crazy fun

and in an amazing airstream belonging to an American Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame icon no less!

 All the incredible hard work these girls do and

to see them have a little punk fun was priceless.

Definitely one of those “times of your life” moments.

This is what is so special about these 2….they aren’t just delivering a product– oh and it’s a GOOD product–

they’re making once in a  lifetime memories together.

It’s never just been about the fame and fortune.

They’re taking ‘still frames and photographs in their minds’.

40 years from now i’ll look back and have those still frames in my mind too

and i’ll laugh thinking of the incredible adventure i had with them and with all of it.

Driving up and seeing this display had me smiling from the go.

Guadalupe on a surfboard? WHAT?!

So more on this tricked out silver bullet….

The airstream is a gift from Billie Joe’s wife, Adrienne, for their anniversary– 20 year anniversary!

in everyday people’s time that’s a pretty great feat

but in HOLLYWOOD world….that’s miraculous and a great deal of love.

You must read the background story on  the Junk Gypsy Blog

and catch the episode of how they did it all on GAC

(which aired last night but will prob re-air again later this season).

She wanted something to hitch to a truck and drive to a beach for surf and sun.

meanwhile in texas….the longhorns decided to give the airstream a proper Texas standoff.

watching over us

in the middle of that….our friend Jessica Robertson stopped by.

REALLY?  sitting in Billie Joe’s airstream with Jessica Robertson?

talk about a crazy good day.

of course a selfie was necessary.

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back to work…

THE BIG WELCOME as you enter:

“BE SILENTLY DRAWN”

beautiful words in their own right….intriguing for sure.

But Amie shared the story behind the story and it was even more inspiring.

The quote comes from a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic

by the name of Rumi.

Here’s the full text. It’s a very deep read so don’t just try to

rush through.  Read it when you have time to really absorb the words.

Very enlighting and something near and dear to Billie Joe’s heart.

NO really — “BE SILENTLY DRAWN” is tattooed on his chest!

the story behind this is truly AWE INSPIRING.

Something about Billy Joe and Adrienne taking a walk and coming across a slip

of paper that read, “be silently drawn”.

They would eventually find the source of this line here:

don’t grieve. anything you lose comes round in another form. friends are enemies sometimes and enemies friends. i was a tiny bug. now a mountain. i was left behind. now im honored at the head. you healed my wounded hunger and anger and made me a poet who sings about joy. if your guidance is your ego, don’t rely on luck for help. you sleep during the day and the nights are short. by the time you wake up your life may be over. let the beauty we love be what we do. let the lover be disgraceful, crazy, absent-minded. someone sober will worry about events going badly. let the lover be. let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love. most people guard against going into the fire, and so end up in it. my friend, the sun is the friend of the resent moment. to say tomorrow is not our way. nightengales are put in to cages because their songs give pleasure. whoever heard of keeping a crow? no longer a stranger, you listen all day to these crazy love-words. like a bee you fill hundreds of homes with honey, though yours is a long flight from here. no mirror ever became iron again. no bread ever became wheat; no ripened grape ever became sour fruit. mature yourself and be secure from a change for the worse. become the light. only the heart can you touch the sky. patience is the key to joy. people of the world don’t look at themselves and so they blame one another. since in order to speak, one must first listen, learn to speak by listening. the intelligent want self-control; children want candy. the middle path is the way to wisdom. the only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart. thirst drove me down to the water where i drank the moon’s reflection.to praise is to praise how one surrenders to the emptiness. we come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust. we rarely hear the inward music, but we’re all dancing to it nevertheless. you think the shadow is the substance. jalal-uddin Rumi

so now it was time to shoot all the little details

that Jolie & Amie worked so hard to put together to make this airstream fit for a rockstar.

every detail has meaning and a special touch.

and truth be told….i set my iPhone to a GREEN DAY fest

jamming hard to my favs and while not being able to fully take in where i was.

It was poetic.

A very zen, masculine, cozy place to hang.

think HANG 10 at the beach, zen, spirituality, comfort, and chic.

beach whimsy

hollywood lighting

exvotos

A lot of cool details masculine and functional like the cool  sconce above.

standard necessity on a vintage airstream…

record player and vinyl.

speaker for an electric jam session

The absolute BEST blanket every.

Got this blanket at Christmas for my little bro who is not a blanket person.

um yeah he sleeps with it like linus every night now.

because every rock no roll hall of famed deserves to have a surfboard anchored in his airstream. duh

LOVE this vignette of this and thats

perfect microwave

this. what a love story.

Billie Joe’s wife, Adrienne really put her heart into finding something that would

blow his mind away. Mission accomplished!

more junk gypsy goodies…

by the way — if you love what you see here

 you can snag some of it for your own airstream (even if it’s imaginary) here

 http://gypsyville.com

PRACTICAL matters…you didn’t think the microwave was just gonna stay put did you?

How about this ingenious contraption? awesome vintage leather guitar strap of course.

Amie said this is one of “daddy gypsy’s” signature things…using a penny to anchor this down. just love that.

no onto the east wing HA!

this pillow!!! I’m in love with this pillow.

more junk gypsy creations available at gypsyville.com

can’t you just see Billie Joe sitting here with Adrienne

writing another killer classic?

simplicity. my favorite.

“ALIGNMENT” yes. cool grunge and vintage quality but isn’t it perfect in the spirituality sense too?

them girls….aways thinking’!

drawer pulls to love and give you some “direction”.

can’t get enough of this quote

These gorgeous people.

Not sure how fair it is to be this good lookin’ and talented AMIE!

Not just one of this duo but TWO sisters this gorgeous. I don’t think

folks make enough of a big deal about this. Prob bc they’re so blinded with all the

way cool projects they put on…but it should be said.

THESE ARE SOME GORGEOUS GIRLS!

so what a day.

i will take those photographs and still frames and tuck them very deep in my heart.

I’m so appreciative of these girls

both on a professional level and on a personal level.

Being a fan first— seeing them reach new heights and new places — places

i know they’ve never dreamed of — and still going….it’s surreal.

and then to get to have a little bitty PART of that?!

My heart could burst.

Hall of Fame Rocker and Hall of fame folks.

Love it all.

be silently drawn.

 

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Ode to a Cowgirl’s Heart

 

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I really think i deserve a medal,  a trophy, SOMETHING

for keeping this under wraps since last December.

A secret of epic proportions!

But sometimes secrets can be a good thing.

My good friends at Junk Gypsy,

Amie & Jolie got together with their good friend Miranda Lambert

(secretly she’s my good friend too…she just does not know it yet)

for a mama-lovin’ airstream.

a project near and dear to a cowgirl’s heart for Miranda’s mom Bev.

I know— I had you at airstream — but an airstream with “homemade curtains”…

well that’s a whole nother thing all together see.

And see you did if you tuned into Great American Country tonight for

the 1st episode of season 3 of Junk Gypsies.

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photo of Amie, Miranda, & Jolie courtesy of junk gypsy

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So let’s go in for a closer look….

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no closer

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let’s look at the details that made this such a fun and special project of the girls.

Can’t you just see Miranda, her mom Bev, Jolie, Amie, & Janie all sitting around fire sipping cool drinks

and letting their imaginations go wild?

Preferably listening to Miranda croon my

favorite Miranda song…airstream (not a coincidence).

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a crossly record player for when she needs a break….

candles for ambience and roses b/c she’s performing on a little fireside stage and all!

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so i obsessed about this little vignette….can you blame me?

all the elements of a perfect night with friends.

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a peacock chair fit for a queen…because all moms deserve to be treated like queens.

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Spy any familiar name?

The kind of details that Jolie & Amie are known for and adding that special personal touch.

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Virgin of Guadalupe painted by Miranda and the gypsies!

Step inside and you’re BLESSED!

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super comfy and cute daybed/sofa

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because horses are pretty special

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fringe lamp as seen in Junk Gypsy’s Pottery Barn line

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extra pretty paper plates

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keeping it classic with more personal touches and a shot of magic.

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more cold ones in a cute bucket

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there’s a story behind this fine piece of art but i’ll leave that to Jolie & Amie to tell

it to you when they blog about this!

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Carol King Tapestry album…an inspiration piece near and dear to Bev’s heart.

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little personal momentos for good memories

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A Miranda Lambert original.

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HOMEMADE CURTAINS!

THE infamous homemade curtains woven together like a tapestry and

made from fabrics special times/places for the Lambert family.

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Oklahoma !

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a good place to lay your head and think of all the well behaved women who rarely made history.

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b/c every gypsy cowgirl needs good lighting when they’re camping

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chandeliers are not out of the question.

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That’s a wrap folks!

I know you loved the season premiere and i hope you love seeing all the little details up close and personal.

As for me,

how many times will I get photo a superstar’s personal pet project?

Ok so 3.

The number is 3 times LOL.

First there was Dierks,

 Miranda,

and last month Billy Joe Armstrong (Green Day) coming next week.

Just love how i get to know these celebs thru the personal touches

Jolie & Amie put into each project.

April Pizana “AIRSTREAM PHOTOGRAPHER”?

Sure! why the heck not!

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OPENING DAY ON THE RANGE

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you’ve heard me tell many stories about Round Top Antiques Week

over the past 4 years.

Every season it’s the same….

junk, antiques, lost and found treasures LITERALLY as far as the eye can see.

Although I personally did not get to see the one of them this trip.

Nope, I was too busy having fun out back doing this.

Surfboards and Longhorns…oh and pretty girls.

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but more on that next week 😉

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back to the people watching…

of course gotta do some snaps with the prettiest gals in the junkin’ biz.

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smart beautiful people coming from all 4 corners…

including this gorgeous babe from Louisiana from a little family we’ve met a few times or 2

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Took a break from airstream fun to say hi and catch a couple smiles…

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and more beautiful peeps like Marti Agassi and super adorb daughter Carter.

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shabby talk with the local shabby expert Rachel Ashwell.

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First ever front porch series with crooner Gabe Wootton.

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resident water boy/entrepreneur/junkin prince  Cash Baker

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think there must be a prerequisite that all Junk Gypsy employees must be attractive…just sayin’

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hmmmm….coincidence? maybe not.

But Ernestina’s the perfect smiley face to welcome you to the land of up cycled WOW!

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another attractive employee..see what I’m sayin?!

I have serious hair envy Kelley. I don’t know that we can be friends.

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so if you’ve enjoyed all Junk Gypsy is about till now–

have we got a surprise for you (in my best veggie tales voice).

got paint?

how about really cool paint?

not paint from the local big box stores.

how about paint that rocks your socks?

paint that says WOW! it literally stands up and yells WOW!!

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forget picasso and monet…

amie & jolie have teamed up with the cutest little girls from way up North

Bungalow 47

to bring you luscious strokes of plenty in shades sure to breathe new FUN life into

those junky finds you know you love.

Chalk and Clay paint in fun colors like buttermilk biscuit, american dream,  granny’s cornbread, free spirit and more.

Find more info here!

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Chantelle and Jill are the genius behind Bungalow 46 and rocked antiques week with paint demos.

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Even the littlest junker cradled in the arms of her sweet granddaddy

need some rest after all that fun.

Till next time junkers and junkettes!

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PURE NECTAR

a changing season seems to creep up on me

all too often.

Knee deep in Spring, bluebonnets, wildflowers, magnolias…

all blooming in God’s glory with abundant rain.

Funny how nature mimics us busy people.

Busy.

Busy making plans.

Busy growing up.

That’s a perfect word for this cuter than cute family.

We go back many seasons this cute family and I.

They’ve only got cuter.

Thank the Lord they aren’t too busy to stop and freeze time for a few seconds.

So so adorable.

If you can say no to this face….your soul is broken.

Every dad’s dream.

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This worked out fabulously. Nicole just happens to have a traffic related job.

She needed an updated profile pic so wah-la!

This.

After some artsy fun we continued on for part 2.

A little something more sophisticated.

something GQ.

Something that yells

WE ARE T H A T FAMILY.

THAT PERFECT SWEET FAMILY.

yes we are.

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be still my heart.

it wouldn’t be fair to just give mom an updated profile.

Coach C striking his best vogue.

So pretty

Mr. Personality.

i mean really. heavenly

these moments right here.

there will come a season when a lady bug isn’t so exciting.

when booboos can’t be fixed with a kiss or a trip to the ice cream shop.

but that day is not today.

so SHINE ON and SOAK IN EVERY SECOND my cute little C family!

STRENGTH & WILL

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The PERFECT quote for this day and this girl.

This beauty who endured 2 hours of unexpectedly taller grass,

unbearable, unyielding mosquitos, and i won’t even get into the

possible snakes we couldn’t see.

Although my “snake stick” i used surely kept us safe:)HA!

So yes “stronger will” was a necessary part of the plan to get her senior session done.

But like with everything else in life — the harder the task – the bigger the reward!

Meet Class of 2015

Senior Chloe Harper.

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Strong in character and as i would learn…strong in WILL.

While some kids are dreaming of which name brands they’d like to wear fro their shoot,

Chloe was looking forward to featuring this sign for her session

to highlight her love and passion for her missionary work in Zambia among many other interests in her life.

Crossing an ocean to be inspired by and help children takes a pretty strong will and an even stronger heart.

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Strong is one thing but there’s also looking good.

This is a girl who can pull off wedges and a sunhat

or pony tail and tennis shoes

and be equally as gorgeous.

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STUNNING

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I asked Chloe, if she’d like to do photos with a vintage flag i had…if the flag

had any special meaning to her.

Her response?

“My brother is a U.S. Soldier so yeah the flag means a lot to me”.

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Just one more with her precious sign b/c it means so much.

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Climbing into a broken down house

shattered glass and nails sticking out included.

All in the name of art and photography.

You see where I’m going with this….STRONG girl!

And boy was her mama strong too. She helped her climb in!

These are my peeps.

People who don’t let little obstacles like the possibility of snakes, glass, and tetanus get in the way

of good and unique photography.

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doesn’t she look like a young faith hill?

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HOORAY FOR THE END OF THIS SHOOT!

HOORAY FOR THE END OF THE YEAR!

HOORAY for my last senior of Class of 2015 too!

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If you are anything like your mother–

and i can tell you are—

your STRONG character and WILL will take you so far in your chosen path of life.

I wish you the best on that  journey and this fall at Baylor!

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