Here's a little dose of SUNSHINE today! Are you thinking about having professional photos taken but not sure if they'll capture YOUR or your family's personality? I get it! I've got some fun samples and I'm going to talk about JOY and these wonderful hybrid videos on my Tuesday Tell All today at 12N! Tune into TODAY 3-20-17 Carmen Buck Photography 12N CSTRead more
Living well when someone we love has dementia: David and Joan contributed their story about living well with dementia to my book Love Still Lives Here about a year ago. Yesterday, nearly one year after my original blog about them (3/14/17!) I spent the afternoon visiting with Joan and their son Kristan who had very interesting insight from the adult child's perspective. Enjoy!Read more
Tuesday Tell All with Carmen Buck Photography: The Beauty of a Woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is a doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows and the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.
What is street photography? Fun and yes-meditative!Read more
I have a son, who is my heart. He is a wonderful young man, daring and loving and strong and kind. he is a loving husband-a loving man who wants to be his best. He is an Iraq War Veteran of the US Army Infantry. He has been home nearly 10 years and continues to heal. The Lone Survivor Foundation has been a HUGE help. He had the opportunity to spent time at the retreat center with his friends and also with his wife. We are all eternally grateful.Read more
Pedernales Falls State Park- Hill Country Texas-Video
My husband and I headed to Pedernales Falls State Park and it was beautiful! We've had some rainy weather so the water was flowing. We climbed rocks, enjoyed some wild flowers and my husband enjoyed his Personal Portrait Assistive Device (AKA-Selfie Stick).
It's important to capture some memories and find a good way to save them. Taking pics on your phone is not a bad thing and there are some nifty lenses you can get to add to your smart phone. Be sure and keep them in a safe manner. It would be a shame to lose those happy memories.
I was so honored to attend a wonderful fund raiser for Bliss Kid Yoga last night!
20% of the sales from Kendra Scott Jewelry on South Congress St. in Austin, TX were donated to Bliss Kid Yoga and they had a wonderful turnout.
LOVE LOVE LOVE everywhere!
This is what makes LIFE so FULL- giving and receiving. Be sure and read on to learn more about both these organizations.
Carmen Buck Photography (that's me!) donated my time and talent and learned about the wonderful things Kendra Scott Jewelry does. It was an honor to be there! Bliss Kid Yoga is a favorite non-profit organization of mine and I look forward to photographing the cool stuff they do and watching them GROW! You can read more about this HERE on a previous blog post on CarmenBuckPhotography.com.
MUST SEE VIDEO!
Big THANKS to Kendra Scott who is CEO and founder of Kendra Scott Design, Inc. We spent the evening at their South Congress Location in Austin, TX. This happens to be their flagship store! How cool is that! Kendra Scott lives in Austin and is well known for her philanthropy and support of non-profit organizations.
According to Kendra Scott Jewelry website, the company continues to design and operate out of Austin, TX with a focus on Family, Fashion & Philanthropy. In the past 12 months, the company donated $1M and 50,000 pieces of jewelry while working with over 1,000 local and national organizations.
I (Carmen with Carmen Buck Photography) LOVE THIS! Congrats to Bliss Kid Yoga and Big Thanks to Kendra Scott Jewelry!
Show your love by leaving a comment for me and these lovely organizations.
My Favorite Behind the Scenes of 3 Generations of Beauty!
Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful mothers and especially to my own wonderful mother!
April 2016- Getting Bigger and Bigger Every Year!
This was my probably my 10th visit to the Red Poppy Festival in Georgetown, TX. Yes, it's getting bigger and better every year! Here's a little video of some of the experience. You might notice how crowded it was at some times!
Earth Day ATX Video
My husband and I attended Earth Day Festival in Austin, TX 2016. Mueller Park is beautiful and a perfect place for this celebration. I had never been to the park and was just amazed at the oasis so close to home.
Did you know that the community is a redevelopment of the former Robert Mueller Municipal Airport into a mixed-use urban village in the heart of the city. It is a sustainable community that is meeting extensive goals in housing and economic development.
Mueller’s parks, trails and open space weave through the community, establishing a native, local ecosystem and bringing outdoor recreation and education options to Mueller residents, employees and neighbors. Twenty percent of the neighborhood is dedicated to parkland and open space. Isn't that cool? Austin IS a cool place to live!!
Earth Day Festival was at Lake Park within the Mueller Community.
Click on this link to learn just how 'GREEN' the Mueller community is. It is amazing!
- Open air amphitheater and stage
- Interactive playscape
- Picnic peninsula
- Loop trail
- Jogger stretching area
- Public art
Here's something else I didn't know about the area: The Thinkery! That'll be a whole new post though. Very cool! Who doesn't love a place that has big pigs to welcome you?
The Professional Women of Williamson County (PWOW) celebrated their 9th Annual Scholarship Luncheon on April 20, 2016. I'm a new member and was blessed to take some photographs of this wonderful event.
Our mission is to provide an environment for professional women to be educated, encouraged and empowered.
Four scholarships were awarded to incredible young women. After some time to visit and have a nice meal, Lorrie Westberry, President of PWOW, opened the award portion of our luncheon. Susanna Boyer, chair of the scholarship committee, told us about the amazing young women who were awarded scholarships for their college educations. Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott presented each with their certificates. I have to say that Mrs. Abbott is warm, kind and engaging. The pictures are evidence of the spirit of the day- lots of smiles, some tears and plenty of hugs and love to go around! Thank you Mrs. Abbott for taking the time to stay and pose for a picture with all of us! I'll treasure mine.
And the Winners Are...
Celine Morshed of Stony Point High School in Round Rock was awarded the $1500 Nancy Hampton Memorial Scholarship. Nancy's daughter came from Houston area to be present for this. We shared a table and there wasn't a dry eye when Susanna Boyer talked about Nancy and proudly awarded the scholarship in her name. Congratulations Celine!
Karen Rativa of East View High School in Georgetown was awarded a $1000 scholarship. Congratulations Karen!
Devrie Duncan of Liberty Hill High School was awarded a $1000 scholarship for her college education. Congratulations Devrie!
Danielle Christine Buzzard was also awarded a $1000 scholarship. Danielle goes to Round Rock High School. Congratulations Danielle!
PWOW started as a small group of women dedicated to educating, empowering and meeting others around the county. Now, we’ve had outreach projects, shared countless meals, seen members come and go as they advanced in their careers and learned life lessons from one another. Knowledge is power and we hope to build up more professional women as the organization continues to evolve. Times are changing around us at incredible speed, and we will equip you to achieve your goals and dreams.
Our beautiful niece is getting married. I was fortunate enough to take her bridal portraits. Here are a few. These were taken at Carleen Bright Arboretum in Woodway, TX near Waco.
Show some LOVE and leave her some nice comments. She and Bobby are getting married June 11, 2016.
I recently attended a 3 day photography workshop hosted by Precision Camera (Precision Camera University 2016!) It was wonderful! I learned about business management and photography skills and even photoshop fun stuff. I met some wonderful people also. Not only that, it was set at the Inn of the Hills in Kerrville TX.
It's Spring and that means....WILDFLOWER SEASON in Central Texas. I live almost 3 hours away from Kerrville and since we got out at 6pm, I decided to stay one more night, get up early and take some most excellent photos of wildflowers and other beautiful scenery of the Hill Country.
When everyone else left and I was hanging around the hotel by myself, I had mixed feelings about my decision. It's an eerie feeling. I've been counting my steps on my fitbit and opted to go for a walk. After 45 minutes of a brisk walk, I raced back to grab my camera and caught some beautiful early evening shots. I made a little video and hope it captures the beauty!
What about those WILDFLOWERS? Stay tuned- that blog post is coming up soon! They were BEAUTIFUL!! Here's a teaser-
And Happy we were! We planned a photo shoot to honor mothers and daughters. We gathered a wonderful team. We got some balloons for a beautiful little girl to run around with. We let life unfold and had a blast.
Special thanks to Vanessa for her assistance. Makeup and hair by Duane Sevelin with Sevelin Global. Models- Marcy, Sandy and Taylor