Monthly Photo Project – August

As a part of this year’s Yearly Bucket List, I decided to challenge myself to do some sort of a photo project. I ended up deciding to do a monthly photo project (maybe someday I’ll be able to push myself to actually stick to a daily project…), and I also decided to make the photos be of my two girls.

By the way, it’s still a little surreal to say “my two girls.”

Anyway, the first two months will have to be self portraits of sorts so that I can get photos of Peanut with my bump. Now this poses a challenge in itself as I’m just starting out with self-portraits, and I have a long way to go on getting good at them. Add in a busy toddler, and the challenge just gets that much harder!

Nacogdoches photographer self portrait of daughter and baby bump for monthly photo project

We may have had a moment involving shoes and some dog poop, a little bit of rain, a dog photobombing the back of most of the photos, and lots of corralling Peanut, but it was fun anyway.

Nacogdoches photographer self portrait of daughter and baby bump for monthly photo project

I’m really looking forward to continuing this project throughout the year, and pretty soon, it won’t have to be a self-portrait!

The Yearly Bucket List – Year 1 Recap

Nacogdoches photographer's yearly bucket list project

Well a year has come and gone, and another birthday is here! I didn’t cross every item off the list (missed it by 3 1/2), but I’m happy with how the first round of this personal project turned out! Some of the items that didn’t get done will probably make an appearance on future Yearly Bucket Lists. Before I move into the next list though, I want to take a second to look back on the moments this list has created this year…

  • Go camping.
  • Write & mail hand-written “love letters” to important people in my life. Done – July
  • Read at least 4 books – two recommended to me by loved ones, at least one non-fiction, and one just for fun. Done


Nacogdoches photographer hosts wine tasting party and completes an item on her Yearly Bucket List


  • Print more of my photography for our house. Done – July 24th
  • Have a picnic. (This should have been a simple one to cross off the list, but waiting until it’s 1,000 degrees outside wasn’t a good idea… this will definitely make it’s appearance on a later list, I’m sure!)
  • Go on a weekend getaway with Max. Done – December 20th-21st

Nacogdoches photographer celebrating her birthday in Houston, Tx

Nacogdoches photographer celebrating her birthday in Houston, Tx

  • Run two 5k races. (I apparently should have gotten on this one early in the year because pregnancy symptoms sure did make sure I wasn’t running much!)
  • Try a sewing project (something other than pillows or burp cloths). Done x 2 (4th of July dress for Peanut & curtains for her play kitchen)

Nacogdoches photographer photos of dress on toddler, completing an item on yearly bucket list

  • Plant hydrangeas in our yard. (This one was kind of done – we planted lots of plants and plenty of flowers, but the flower bed that the hydrangeas will go in needs a major overhaul, so we didn’t get hydrangeas in this year.) 
  • Re-finish or re-purpose a flea market or antique mall find. Done – July 22nd (I’ll share some photos of this project soon!)
  • Give gifts to 2 or 3 people, “just because.” Done x3
  • Go to a museum. Done – USS Lexington, March 18th 


Nacogdoches photographer self portrait maternity shot for yearly bucket list

  • Keep a happiness journal everyday for at least a month. Done – October (Journal updates hereherehere and here)




While it was fun to cross things off the list and all, I truly enjoyed this because of it’s ability to make me remember to enjoy little things. To take time to play. Take time to be appreciative. Take time with the people I love. Take time to challenge myself to step out of my normal day-to-day and try something new. Take time to really live life. It’s helped me to remember to focus on my word of the year – balance.

What have been your favorite bucket list items? What has been a way you’ve made time for living life? 

Yearly Bucket List – Self Portrait

I’m getting down to the wire on the first installment of the Yearly Bucket List, but I’m still crossing things off the list! (Better late than never, right?!?)

I have to thank Max for getting me motivated to get going on this particular item: take a self portrait. He surprised me the other morning with an early birthday present of a remote trigger so that I could get this one done before my birthday on Tuesday. So sweet!

I meant to bust it out on Saturday when our family was in town for Peanut’s birthday, but in the midst of hanging out with everyone I totally forgot. So instead of trying it out then, I broke it out yesterday evening real quick. It took a little while to get the hang of it (and I definitely have a long way to go when it comes to the art of self-portraits), but it was fun to try it out and get a few bump photos! So here we are at 28 weeks…

Nacogdoches photographer self portrait maternity shot for yearly bucket list Nacogdoches photographer self portrait maternity shot for yearly bucket list Nacogdoches photographer self portrait maternity shot for yearly bucket list


It seemed like some rain was about to make its way into town (unfortunately it never quite made it), so I didn’t do too much in the way of trying different angles/shots/poses for the first go around. Even though I just kept it short and simple, I do have to say it felt pretty awkward (and slightly self-centered) to be taking self portraits in our backyard, but I think it’s another great way to keep pushing myself and my photography. It’ll help me to remind myself what it’s like on the other side of the camera so I can help guide my clients, as well as reminding me to stay creative.

We’ll see if I get good enough to attempt taking photos of the 3 (or 4) of us as a family!