Wednesday, September 03, 2014

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Our son is in HUNGARY!

Our son is Competing in the WORLD Jr. Powerlifting EVENT in HUNGARY this week! He is representing team USA. This is his 2nd time to be on the USA team for WORLD. He will actually Lift Sept. 6 at 7 am. Ill post the link so you can watch live!  We couldn't be prouder! Scott is a full time student at TEXAS A&M University majoring in Electronic Engineering, also works and takes care
of his Dog and apartment and still makes time for asocial life too!
We don't know where he finds the 3 hours a day to lift weights also but he makes the time.
Hes always been a hard worker and a dedicated young man, when he gets a goal in his mind he works tirelessly towards it.
Ill post pictures and links soon!
In the meantime say a Prayer for Him to be safe ! 
I hope his dreams come true!
Thanks yall!
Dixie and The Dobbins family

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Sunday, August 03, 2014

Beach portraits with Sallys beautiful family!

I was so honored to be asked to create some Family Reunion portraits this weekend at Galveston Island for my friend Sally!
We met up at 9 Am and it was a beautiful day As a matter of fact the weather man said the night before that it would be a "GOOD HAIR DAY" with Mild temps and it was!
Im not sure exactly how many members of the family there were, but Sally had told me around 75 total. They were dressed in great colors for a beach portrait (i had sent some clothing suggestions via email beforehand) and they definetly looked great!

I am not finished editing yet but i expect to be complete by Sunday or Monday and so I wanted to give just one sneak peek. What an adorable family!
I live about 90 minutes from Galveston so Im looking forward to doing more of these in the future!

Thank you Sally! It was such fun and everyone was great! 
(940) 642-1772 or  email  for your session!

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Monday, July 07, 2014

4th of July... Lake house STYLE!

I love our boat dock, this flag belonged to my deceased Father in law. We were proud to fly it.

WOW! We had a great 4th of July at Lake Livingston, near Houston this Fourth! Our son Scott, his GF Amanda, Friends Nathan and Theresa Joined us for 3 fun filled days! We relaxed, ate, jet skiid, ate, napped, swam, ate, boated, ate and napped some more! We shot off some fireworks off the boat dock and a good time was had by all.
Our sons Dog Zeus was not a fan of the fireworks but he stayed amazingly calm, as he is a SUPER DOG of sorts if you ask me.  Hes so chill and smart. I LOVE THAT POOCH!
I begged and begged them to let him stay this week with us, but his mama Amanda wanted to take him home with her this week so alas i kissed his nose and waved bye-bye. (SNIF)
I swore Id never let another dog into my heart again after we lost our beloved GINGER 3 years ago.
But hes so special. Hes so smart, he MINDS ME and comes when I whistle plus he brings me toys and looks at me cute as if to say, Stop reading those Home Decorating Magazines or put down that IPAD and play with me!
And of course, he WINS EVERYTIME.
It was a lot of fun, We cooked and cooked and I washed a million dishes but it was all worth it. We sent our guests home- fat and bloated and smiling. Just the way I like it.
Hope you guys all had a great 4th of July!
We are so lucky to live in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.
My husband put in 28 years in the USAF and was glad to do it!
Living overseas for a few years really teaches you to 
appreciate the good ole USA even more! Plus
I'm super proud of my veteran.
Now this week Im hoping to help a friend stage her home here at the lake, and finishing up some photography orders, and tracking down some old negative files for some past Brides (shot over 500 weddings in 18 years, thats a lot of negatives and invoice boxes to sort through!)
Maybe it will help me burn off the Peach cobbler, steaks, gi normous baked potatoes and fourth goodies we consumed! Im hoping so.
Have a great week friends! BIG HUGS!!!
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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Photo shoot on the 27th floor downtown HOUSTON!

I really enjoyed photographing this precious couple in their luxury high rise downtown Houston.  What an amazing view. This couple is just so precious, i cant say enough good things about them.

Creating a portrait with Floor to Ceiling Glass walls is a challenge. Also trying to balance the ambiet light outdoors with the indoor studio lighting is a challenge, something I learned my 2nd year of Photography School.
I used a light meter and took an ambiet light reading outdoors first and then set my Studio Lighting strobes to be just 1/4 stop higher.  
Using a tripod as well, for the exposure and ensuring my lighting did not reflect off the glass. I am so pleased with how all the images turned out from this session.
It was a beautiful apartment and this couple was sweet to invite me to stay the night in one of the guest rooms.
I look forward to taking more portraits in the Greater Houston area now that I live here! I never knew this city had so much beauty and such gracious people!  
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