Last weekend, two friends of mine hosted a swap party at my house. Since it was a first for me, I didn't know what to expect. I figured a bunch of women would bring a big bag of clothes, we'd gather 'round the living room, and dig through piles of unwanted stuff so I was delightfully surprised to see the creativity and organization that went into this get together. We had wine, we had chocolate chip stuffed raspberries, and we all walked away with something in hand. All left over clothing, shoes, and accessories are given to those in need. Happy, happy!
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Deep-fried dough with powdered heaven...that's a beignet. I didn't think I'd have the opportunity in the near future to visit New Orleans again, but when an emergency brought me to Houma, LA I suggested we try this place I'd heard about called Café du Monde. So on our last day we drove 30 minutes out of our way to the famous Café du Monde, an open-air restaurant in the French Market next door to the Mississippi River. We sat at a small round table listening to a lively jazz trumpeter whose true talent seemed to be engaging people in conversation while they stood in line. Beignets is all they have on their food menu, but you'll be happy to have them with coffee or hot chocolate. So good.
What to expect:
The menu is posted on large wall columns
You can pay when they take your order or when they bring out your food.
You will get powdered sugar everywhere.
This is my second year attending White Linen Night in the Heights, a yearly event that showcases local artists, bands, and shops amidst a sea of people dressed in white. As I dodged my way around curious passersby and leashed mascots I found a bunch of curiosities that give me reason to keep coming back every year.
For many of us, pets become much more than just pets. They are companions, exercise partners, therapists, fur children, and the list goes on. There are those that want to share pictures of their pets to their friends and for others photographing their pets becomes a valuable source of income. Here are three simple tips to help you improve your pet photography.
- Find the light. Go outside and play with your fur friend, use window light, or experiment with available light (lamps, flashlights, smartphones, flashes, etc).
- Get low. Bend, kneel, lie, sit, get closer to them to gain better perspective.
- Be calm. They will respond to your behavior. It may take a while for the more energetic ones to slow down however, be patient and try to get some good action shots of them in the meantime.
Try out these simple tips and share them with me on Facebook :)
"Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful." - Sophia Loren
When was the last time you explored your town or city? I found Hogg Mansion a few years ago and I'm always drawn back. It has beautiful natural trails and is filled with native plants and trees. If budget or time does not allow for a marvelous vacation to a far away place, why not search for arboretums, nature trails, or something that you fancy where you live? Who would've thought this stunning scenery would be tucked away in Houston?
My name is Gina. I'm a freelance photographer living in Houston, TX. Feel free to stay awhile.
Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful. - Sophia Loren
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