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Welcome to the Shoot Y’all Photography blog. This is where I will reveal ‘Through My Lens’ sessions, and keep you up to date on the latest news.

James Carothers – Country Music is Alive

During my last visit to Nashville, I had the opportunity to take in some James Carothers, while he was performing at George Jones Museum. If you ‘ve never heard him sing, you’ ve got to give him a listen!! ‘I Must Be Alive’ is one of my favorite songs. You can purchase it on iTunes from his album Honky Tonk Land.

 

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Don’t Blink

It was February, 2014, when the “C” word was uttered. My sweet daddy was diagnosed with Stage 4 Follicular Lymphoma. His Oncologist attributed this awful disease to Agent Orange exposure in 1969, while serving his country in Vietnam.

My daddy ‘s story is not an ordinary one. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1956 as a non-commissioned officer. While serving in Morocco, he was commissioned to the Officer Corps. The day he received his commission was one of the happiest times of his life. He was most proud of the hard work he applied daily to obtain his goal to become an Officer in the U.S. Navy.

Fast forward to June, 2014. My daddy rang the bell that hung in the infusion room of the Oncology Center. It was a proud moment and we just knew that daddy had kicked cancer to the curb. Smiles and clapping from all the other patients was a moving experience.

August, 2014, blood tests revealed the cancer was back, and more aggressive than his doctor had expected. What a enormous blow to my daddy. To my mother. To me. To our family. We do what we always do. We pushed the bad news aside and focused on the next steps.

After several stays in the hospital, my daddy told me that he would continue to fight. Even though he was emotionally and physically drained, he had the strength to keep fighting. Just another reason why my daddy has been such a huge role model, even at my age. My daddy lived his life, accepting of all, no matter their social class or color. He believed that life was black and white; no grey. Choices you made were either right or wrong; no in between. He always told me that you are only as good as your word and the true character of an individual would shine through with how they treated people and animals. So true!

My daddy cried at the movie “Terms of Endearment”. He was fluent in sarcasm, had quick wit and was happy with the smallest of things. His love for my mom, me and the family was shown. He was a man of action, not words. He believed in equality and told me and my siblings we could do or be anything that we wanted. He encouraged success. He loved tending to his landscaping and was a master at creating rich compost.

My dad taught me what a real man is. My dad and mom showed me what true love is. My parents did everything together. They enjoyed each others company. My mom spent every day and night with my daddy while he was hospitalized. I’ m so very thankful to have found the same kind of love my

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Stacey’s Dash Lives On

I was looking at old pictures the other day trying to find an image of a friend who was turning 40. My plan was to find a funny image that was suitable to have appear in our local newspaper. I was planning a monumental pay back for an image that appeared in the paper

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Available on Society 6

I ‘m so thrilled to announce that my work is now on Society 6!

You can purchase the following products, that feature some of my favorite work.

prints
laptop & iPad skins
stationery cards
iPad cases
iPhone & iPod skins
throw pillows
tote bags
shower curtains
rugs
t-shirts
duvet covers

If you don’ t see your favorite images available, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I will be adding images daily, so please check back often.

Pop on over to my Society 6 page and take a look at what is available.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Photography Product Deals

Shoot Y ‘all Photography belongs to an affiliate program. I will be passing along the great deals that are offered. Whether you are looking for Save-the-Date cards, wedding invitations, party invitations, prints or custom printed merchandise, the following merchants have a little something for everyone! Check out these photography product deals!!

To redeem the offers from the following merchants, please click the image to be directed to their website.

Wedding Paper Divas

Offer expires 8/26/2014 at 11:59 pm (PT). Enjoy 30% off save the date orders using the code 30SDAUG at checkout. There is no minimum purchase required for this promotion. This offer applies exclusively to save the dates from the Signature Collection and Signature Letterpress Collection and is not applicable to previously placed orders, shipping, taxes, rush processing charges and excludes items from our Thermography collection and our Professional Printing Service. This promotion code cannot be combined with other offers. Offer is only valid on Wedding Paper Divas and is not applicable to third party or partner websites. To prevent fraud or abuse, we reserve the right to discontinue or modify this offer or cancel any order.

Shutterfly

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Enjoy 25% Off Holiday Card or Invitation Orders!

Offer expires 8/26/14 at 11:59 pm (PT). Save 25% off all holiday card orders

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Senior Session – Ali

Had a wonderful senior session last week with a beautiful young lady. Her love of life and horses shined brilliantly! Tailoring sessions indigenous to the individual, I feel, is the only way to truly show who they are.

 

 

 

 

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{Blank} Doesn’t Define Them

I ‘ve been slowly working on a project that is near and dear to my heart. It all started with my passion to share the lives of women dealing with breast cancer. After the diagnosis of prostate cancer of a dear friend, I decided that I couldn’ t focus on just breast cancer. I realized that I had many friends dealing with a variety of health issues.

I ‘m doing a photography book that shows beautiful, passionate people that are fighting a diagnosis with grace, faith, determination and strength. I meditated on the title of my book and it hit me. _________ {blank} Doesn’ t Define Them. Why _______ {blank}? Well, it represents filling in the blank. After talking with people who agreed from the beginning to be a part of my photography project, it dawned

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Southern Roots Salon & Spa

On a sunny Sunday afternoon, I spent some time with the ladies of Southern Roots Salon & Spa. Brandy Cromley, the salon owner, wanted commercial images to use for marketing and promotional purposes. I absolutely love how these turned out. So full of attitude and beauty!
Southern Roots Salon & Spa offers a wealth

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Texas Photo Session – Everything’s Bigger in Texas

cowboy with his dog and horse

We ‘ve all heard the saying that everything’ s bigger in Texas. Well, that got me to thinking about branching out. I ‘d like to plan a visit to Texas to do a wide variety of photo sessions over an extended period of time.

Horses are my second love and they are absolutely magical to photograph.

If you live in Texas and are interested in a photo session with your horse, please complete this form. Choose “Texas Session” under the reason for contact tab. I haven’ t set the dates yet. I ‘d like to have an idea of how many are interested so I can plan the length of my stay.

Sessions can be tailored for personal and/or commercial use. I’ m ready to do BIG things  in Texas while capturing the beauty in your neck of the woods.
Looking forward to hearing from

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