Grow where you’re planted.

“People adapt. People change. You can grow where you’re planted.” 
― Sarah Addison AllenThe Peach Keeper

I love this book and I love Sarah Addison Allen.  She has a way of writing that just flows over you and leaves you seeing, hearing, smelling, feeling all of the things she’s writing. I find myself reading her sentences over and over again hoping I can absorb it and keep it with me forever.

My Secret Garden


Flowers go Bloom

Today I went to the Kauffman Memorial Gardens not only to get out of the house, but also because I have been craving flower pictures. Absolutely craving them. I sort of got my fix, there were a lot of people out enjoying the sunshine as well. And while their company really helped me practice my street photography, it didn’t help me get in the zone at all. But at this point I’ll take what I can get. Also I love that it’s all the rage now to take pictures of your shoes wherever you are.  I’ll take that over taking pictures of my lunch any day!

Phlox and Chucks Blooming before your eyes Will pause for art

I’ll send you all my dreams

The dandelions outside gossiped about being wildflowers, the tulip listened intently waiting for her sisters to bloom, even the creeping flocks crept closer to listen in.  They didn’t mind the sprinkles of rain, they actually lifted their faces to the rain loving the way the delicate drops glistened on their petals. They didn’t mind that I came along with my camera either, they all seemed to stretch higher and get that beautiful glow that photographers love. When I was done I smiled and thanked them for their time.

I love Spring.

Sealed with a kiss


Who is this blogger?

I figured since my About Me page (work in progress) is kind of bare I’d give all of you a little introduction as to who I am. Hiiii my name is Amanda <waves> I am a wanna-be photographer and a wanna-be writer and a wanna-be world traveler. I find that posting photography comes easy to me (ok I lied, I do have a very hard time figuring out which pictures to share; more about that later), writing about my photography (or anything in general) is a little bit bigger challenge for me. I’d love to have the words stream from my fingers into these magical sentences that helps people see what I see, or maybe they’ll think “huh, I am so glad I’m not the only one that does that” or even “wow that recipe looks good and I am so glad she posted it” or maybe it’ll just make them smile…I’m ok with that, too. <grin>

For years I kept a personal journal about what I was thinking and feeling and I found over the years that became harder to do, I have somehow bottled up all of this creativity inside me and just let it evaporate over time. I’m not sure why, I know I am my own worst enemy and that I can self sabotage better and faster than anyone I’ve ever met. (there’s where that having a hard time finding pictures to share bit comes in) The goal now is to change all of that.  Now in present day 2014 I am working on my personal journal again. It’s not as easy as it used to be, but the whole point is I’m trying.

In this blog I’d like to write about my photography, my travels and my experiences. I’d also like to share any recipes I find that are good and maybe do a little creative writing along the way.

If you are an aspiring photographer, writer, painter, <insert anything here> I’d love to hear from you…let me know you are there so I can follow you, too. I love to be inspired by others.

My hope is that with this blog I will break out of my shell I have put myself in. I want to stop standing in my own way and I want to share what I can create with the world. I love taking pictures and I love to paint, but I feel like both are wasted if they just sit in my little world without getting out into the big world; after all a lot of people on the Internets have inspired me, my hope is that one day I’ll inspire one of you.

Now, please don’t consider this a bribe instead consider this a “welcome to my blog’ treat.  Thank you for stopping by.

Got Milk


Well, here’s something I don’t post everyday.  But I might like to.  I got to try my hand at boudoir photography and portrait photography this weekend and I loved both.  They were both a challenge for me, I definitely have to keep my inner minions still so I can focus. And I notice I still linger more around the details too, big picture is obviously a challenge for me.

But, being able to add soft and sexy to my portfolio of rusted and bricky is a really exciting thing.  I really am looking forward to hopefully gaining more experience in both boudoir and portraits.

Throes of passion


Urban Spring

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, I fell into the land of books, it’s a place I dearly love.  It was a beautiful Spring day yesterday, perfect for getting out of the house and playing with some portraits and wandering in the West Bottoms. As much as I love wandering the city and looking for details I can’t wait for some flowers. I’m itching for road trips and botanical gardens.

Urban Spring