Big News about Love Still Lives Here- It's time for an update!Read more
Love, devotion and commitment- John and Becky attribute staying active to his long plateau with Alzheimer's Disease. Becky has some great advice for caregivers.Read more
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
Have you thought lately, "I'd do just about anything to see that sparkle in her eyes again?" When was the last time you had family pictures taken with your elderly family members? Let's honor them with a gift that lasts for generations! It's a GREAT time too because there is a special going on!Read more
Have you ever wondered if there is a difference between local places to get prints made such as Target, Walmart... and a professional photo lab? I have nothing against the local big box retail stores or pharmacies, but they are only what they are. They use a machine to process prints with little human intervention. I doubt that someone familiar with color, light and photography looks over your digital images to be sure the quality is consistent and beautiful. Many photographers and bloggers have taken their images to local places and compared the images. It was worse than they expected! Each one looks different! Way different!
This is an image from Pinterest and from Corey Ann Photography. Thank you Corey Ann for doing a comparison test. There are so many done, I didn't recreate the wheel but you get the gist I'm sure. Click here to see the Pinterest Board with tons of comparisons.
Once you take the time to get the perfect image and have it perfected in the magical ways professional photographers and many non-pros know about, do you really want to get a printed product that is a different color, out of focus or too light or too dark? NO! Invest in quality professional photo printing. Those of us who value quality products know where to order, who to talk to and how to get the product to look just the way we want. Trust in that with your heirlooms. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PROFESSIONAL PHOTO LAB PRODUCTS.
So, I set out to do a family photo session this week-end. It wasn't your typical family photo session because it involved a pig named Daisy and 2 lovely, furry bunnies. I knew the Cavanaugh family was special, but what I didn't know was that I would get to experience an absolutely genuinely fun, beautiful family too! We did the Family session at their home because, well frankly, how do you take a pig on a field trip? Plus, pictures in the privacy and intimacy of your own home carry special meaning. These pics were taken between the moments with Daisy. Good luck getting a pig to pose, but stay tuned...
Meet the Cavanaugh Family
Family Lifestyle Portraits
I've talked about 'lifestyle photography' before, and this is an example of that kind of a shoot. Some of the shoot was posed, but the expressions were priceless and all their own. I captured some moments between the moments and got those goosebumps (brush with the divine) that I yearn for. When I get goosebumps, I know I'm in the midst of something truly special. So I was!
Family Photo Sessions- What Moments Matter the Most?
What moments matter the most? Those moments between the moments where the personalities shine through. I've found that the still images are incredible for this and to even add more BAM, I create a video/slide show. The video portions are quick snippets but they capture some of the movement and love that still images simply cannot. It's a blend of the best of two worlds. Add music and you've got memories that go on and on. My husband Tim Buck was kind enough to get some video footage for me so this video is definitely a behind the scenes because it shows a little bit of me. It is a memory of a wonderful afternoon family photo session for the Cavanaugh family and for me! It might be the best part, so be sure and take a look and leave a comment for this beautiful family! Oh and PS- Daisy was relatively cooperative, sweet and you'll just have to see for yourself how the posing went...
You want the DIGITAL IMAGES only or maybe a few prints? You can go down to Target, Walmart... and make your own prints a lot cheaper, right? It's the same thing as the expensive ones the photographer offers. Why not just pay a photographer a little for a photoshoot and then make your own prints? I get it! I'm going to explain why. You'll need to think about WHAT YOU VALUE and WHAT YOU WANT FROM YOUR PHOTO SESSION so you can make the best choices.
Benefits of Professional Photo Printing
Please consider your photoshoot and the professional prints as an investment. They are art created for you and your family. I use professional printing services that offer treatments that protect your family art for decades to come. You can choose matte, lustre or glossy. A variety of papers are also available.
Using a professional printing service has several advantages. Professional printers offer high quality prints and services not usually available at retail stores and on-demand printing kiosks. In fact, if you get prints at say Target, WalMart, Costco, CVS, Walgreens etc… you will get a different looking print from each one. They will not look like the image your photographer worked hard to capture and edit for perfection. BLOG POST showing the differences will be posted in the near future. Colors won’t be the same and the prints won’t last when exposed to the light. If you choose not to purchase high quality prints from me (professional photo lab) I suggest you find a local photo lab such as Precision Camera in Austin, TX. It will cost a bit more than the aforementioned stores, but it so worth it.
Good News! I will explain the nuances and advantages so you can choose the best presentation for your needs. I typically do this in person so I can show you examples. Meanwhile- read about some options.
Papers Used- Let's Make it EASY!
Fuji Crystal Archive Professional Super Type PD Luster
Vivid color reproduction, brilliant whites, with a semi-gloss luster finish; this paper offers a sharper, crisper image. #1 recommended for any type of photography.
Fuji Crystal Archive Pearl Paper
High quality gloss finish with a distinctive pearl-like appearance. Ideal for professional applications such as commercial, fashion and portrait photography.
Fuji Crystal Archive Professional Deep Matte Paper
True non-reflective matte with warm whites and a super smooth finish. It’s unique lusterless surface provides elegant color reproduction with subtlety and warmth. Great for skin tones, soft images, and black and whites. *Not typically recommend for images with dense shadow detail and ultra rich blacks.
Kodak Endura Metallic Paper
High gloss finish and metallic appearance creates exceptionally unique depth, rich vibrant colors and flattering flesh tones. Idea for commercial, fashion and portrait photography.
Types of Wall Art
Gallery Canvas Wrap
The canvas has superior color rendition, rich blacks and a smooth gloss finish. They are printed on high quality white poly-cotton canvas to ensure that the saturation and sharpness is positively awe-inspiring. All of our canvas is printed and stretched at the lab for impeccable quality assurance.
The lab I use is proud to share that our canvas manufacturer partners with American Forests to help rebuild forests. They do this by planting a tree for every roll of canvas material used.
Metal Prints are waterproof, UV resistant, and made from 100% recyclable aluminum. Images are transferred using dye sublimation processing which makes your image a permanent part of the aluminum sheet to create an extremely durable product. Available in two finishes, various sizes and display options. Metal Prints are a very impressive option!
Give your images a warm, natural feel these beautiful Wood Prints. The grain of the wood shows through the lighter areas of your photographs giving them a unique look. Wood prints come with precut keyholes in the back and are easy to hang. Available in various sizes from 8”x 8” to 20”x 30”.
Canvas Float Wraps
This is the same quality canvas printing as our gallery wraps, only this canvas product is wrapped around a lightweight gatorfoam board. Canvas floats are finished with black paper backing and a foam floater block with pre-drilled holes for hanging.
The manufacturer of our canvas material partners with American Forests to help rebuild forests. They do this by planting a tree for every roll of canvas material used.
Fine Art Prints
Printed using the latest in pigment based, inkjet technology, and archival certified for 100+ years.
Watercolor – 310 gsm, 100% Cotton
Heavy weight with a soft, watercolor matte texture.
Smooth Fine Art – 310 gsm, 100% Cotton
Bright white cotton paper, smooth surface, and great with high contrast images.
Bamboo – 290 gsm, 90% Bamboo Fiber, 10% Cotton
Particularly suitable for warm-toned color and monochrome prints, slightly textured.
What is street photography? Fun and yes-meditative!Read more
Jude W. and his wife Beth are contributors to my upcoming book, Love Still Lives Here.
What defines your love? Is it how you met or what challenges you've overcome? For Beth W., Jude's wife, it is NOT dementia. We met to talk about their love story and how the disease has impacted his life. I'm compiling stories in a soon to be published book to honor the beautiful love stories that exist in spite of and in some cases, because of the dementia.
The Love of Jude and Beth
- His face lights up when he sees Beth. Like many with dementia, he may not be able to tell us who she is to him, but it is clear she is important to him.
- Their love has crossed many BIG hurdles and the commitment is clear. Dementia has altered their 'retirement' plans but Beth is committed to her daily visits, caring for as much personal care as possible, helping him eat, sharing his favorite music with him, walking about and cuddling.
- Dementia has not taken the core of who he is. He has remained kind, loving, genuine, open hearted with a beautiful sense of humor.
- Beth wishes to define their love by these characteristics rather than using the dementia symptoms to describe her loving husband. She admits to needing to honor what is rather than mourn what isn't and to look at their life with a wide angle lens. That's photog talk for looking at the big picture but you get it.
What Defines Their Love?
- Patience -certainly in the beginning of their love story and now
- Kindness- he is helpful to the other residents in the memory care facility where he lives- The Cottages Senior Living in Round Rock.
- He is a gentle man
- He is a spiritual man. He has had things happen that could lead him away from his spiritual beliefs, but they did not. He is who he is in spite of what happened.
- MORE, MORE, MORE
There is so much more I could say about this sweet man, but you'll have to wait for the book to come out in November 2016! You'll see many more pictures, too. I fell in love with the animation of is face and his sneaky smiles, but again, you'll have to wait a few more months. You know this blog post is just a super short version, right? His wife shared beautiful stories about Jude before he had dementia, once he was diagnosed and now that he is in a memory care facility. The love is so evident in the images, but you know I can't show those until the book is out! Love Still Lives Here will be published by November, 2016. At it's core, Love Still Lives Here is a book about the love in families and people with dementia. After years of being in reverence of families caring for loved ones with dementia, I realized these stories of LOVE and DEVOTION need to be shared with the world. These are the stories so rarely heard. Love Still Lives Here is about the many expressions of love and will certainly entertain, inspire and open your heart.
As a photographer who enjoys photographing events, I’ve attended and photographed several events over the last few months. I’ve also been to retreats before, but I’m not sure I ever felt such a warm, loving welcome. I was the photographer for the Rise Up Women's retreat, but I was also embraced as a participant. This may have been a distraction for me or resulted in fewer or less impactful images. Nothing could be further from the truth. The comfort level of this warm welcoming group of beautiful women was such that I think I was able to capture much more raw, intimate photographs. I’m grateful for autofocus because my eyes teared up more than a few times! I saw things that I wouldn’t have been able to witness had I not been looking through my camera lens.
This conference was about bringing God and spirituality into our business in the ways we interact with others, how we make decisions and what we actually do to follow our hearts AND prosper. No easy task! Red Corral Ranch in Wimberley TX was the setting. Beautiful!!!
Bea Baylor is the founder of this conference and has a mission to inspire women and help them reach their potential and purpose through teaching, conferences, workshops, networking and building one business at a time. Bea also founded Baylor's Business Consulting Enterprise LLC. This online business institute provides training and education to help small business owners, coaches and leaders with strategies and business development skills to increase knowledge and become more profitable in their business. Leading women on an awesome and delightful journey of healing, seeking, finding and growing in Christ is her true calling. You'll see Bea in the video on this blog post.
I met Bea not quite a year ago. So much has happened since then! We met for coffee to talk about business things. I learned that she's a nurse also. We both whipped out our composition books to take notes. Old school can be good! I was still working full time in my job with plans to make changes and do more photography. She needed headshot and I needed to practice. It was a win-win and more than that- we really liked each other. Since then, Bea has introduced me to people and organizations and impacted my career in big ways. I hope I have given her as much. She is a dear friend of mine. Nothing has quite compared to the experience I had at the Rise Up conference. Nothing quite compares to Bea Baylor either!
As my mind can conceive of more good, the barriers and blocks dissolve. My life becomes full of little miracles popping up out of the blue. Louise L. Hay
Some of you might not know that spirituality and health was the basis of my thesis work yet, like many of us, I struggle to find and keep that meaning and purpose in life because I get caught up in the doing of the things. I’m still having a hard time thinking about what I really want to do. Speak, write, photograph- all the above? (More about the Shiny Penny syndrome in a future blog post) The conference and the speakers were incredibly inspiring and gave me some great info! The topics were meaningful for me because I run my business with heart and soul and hearing others talk about their successes and challenges was perfect. We are more alike than different! The first day, Bea pointed out with a giggle that I was the only ‘white girl amongst black girls for a while anyway.’ Well, to be honest, I hadn’t noticed. I saw beautiful, warm, kind women. After one particular incredible evening with Dr. Brenda Cherry, I was asked if I had ever been to a ‘Black Church’ before. Nope, and it blew my mind- in a good way. There are so many ways to worship and honor one another. I loved the freedom to be myself in a nonjudgemental environment. I watched women openly weep, pray, hug, and support each other in ways we so often don't get to witness in our lives. Oh, but shouldn't we? Isn't that what makes life rich? Surrender seemed to be the word for me. Surrender to follow my own path. I speak with women every day who want to figure out what path to take and then figure out how to follow it. Future blog post…
There is so much I could say about this conference. There is so much I can about the loving women I spent the week-end with. I will write more about the speakers in future blogs. You won't want to miss this- as you probably already have already guessed, the women are incredibly interesting!
The Red Corral Ranch has a most beautiful labyrinth built by the owners’ son as a thank you to his mother after she nursed him back to health following a serious surgery. I’ll write a longer post about this, but suffice to say it was incredibly moving. I photographed the experience the whole time, having already taken some time to walk the labyrinth in meditation by myself the day before. You’ve probably already guessed, but that’s another blog post. Meanwhile- enjoy the beautiful video to see the fireside surrender, our special banquet, the speakers, Shalia Anderson's Praise Dance and so much more. PLEASE LEAVE US YOUR COMMENTS
This is a hybrid video of the Rise Up Women's Retreat. All photos by Carmen Buck Photography
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According to Wikipedia: Lifestyle photography is a kind of photography which mainly aims to capture portrait/people in situations, real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday. The primary goal is to tell stories about people's life or to inspire people in different times. Thus, it covers multidisciplinary types of photography together.
A lifestyle photographer is not only a portrait or people photographer. A lifestyle photographer loves/enjoys photography as ART in the everyday, 'mundane' life. A lifestyle photographer is also talented in other disciplines of photography such as landscape, street photography, fashion, wedding and even wildlife with one's unique vision to inspire people's life. That's really the ticket: the unique vision INSPIRES another's life.
Typically, lifestyle photography is in a 'typical' or usual setting. This might be hanging out at home, going to their favorite coffee shop, sitting at their desk looking dazed or amazed, going for their daily walk with the dog, playing with the kids...
When I take lifestyle portraits, "real-life events" are incorporated into their session. Therefore, lifestyle/headshots (personal branding) might involve pictures taken in a typical workday setting. If you are looking to let your clients know about who you are, you need to show them something real. I can help you choose the best place for these type of images.
This is an image I took at a fundraiser and just happened to catch these two cuties being little girls enjoying some shiny things. That makes it perfect! Can't you just imagine being there?
So how can you achieve the perfect lifestyle session? Here's a couple tips.
1. Consider a hybrid photo session. I'll blog more about this in the future, but a hybrid photo session involves some behind the scenes video and images. Why would you like this? The images we pose for are beautiful and timeless and incredibly valuable. Combine this with some fun images showing our quirky, fun, spontaneous and unique self and you've got some awesome memories. I love the tangible matted images and books and such, but hold the hybrid videos as a media product I just LOVE. I tend to make these for clients as a documentation of the fun we had and it's sure to become a staple product in my studio. I've got several videos you can take a look at on THIS page.
One of my FAVORITE HYBRID PORTRAIT Sessions
2: We still PLAN lifestyle photography sessions. We need a plan, and there might be some posing but as you can see in the video, some of the session are images taken between the images. It's that moment between the moments that leave me with goose-bumps (God-bumps!) which I believe is a brush with the divine. Got to go for it! Those moments are what make life magical.
3: Have FUN! Life is too short to NOT have FUN!!! We love the serious, pondering pictures, but the ones we tend to save for a lifetime of memories- the ones we're laughing and having fun.
4: PSST- here's a secret about this photographer- I'm an observer and participant. When I do a shoot, I become a part of the experience and yet I'm watching through my lens. It's a wonderful place to be and why I love what I do. Sometimes I direct and give guidance- it's a must in photo sessions. Heck, it's a vulnerable position to be in front of the camera. Support and guidance is always welcomed! It's the connection I have with individuals, couples and families that make the sessions so special. YOU WANT SPECIAL since these are images you'll want to treasure forever.
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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!
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Personal Projects- Why THIS is IMPORTANT to Me!
Bliss Kids Yoga
Part of Carmen Buck Photography’s mission is to provide creative services and community outreach. (Read more about my Mission Statement HERE) I have chosen to collaborate with Bliss Kid Yoga. Bliss Kid Yoga is a nonprofit dedicated to providing yoga programs for children, families and educators in order to help nurture physical and emotional health within the community. with a local nonprofit public charity. As you probably know, I specialized in care of dementia patients as a nurse practitioner an now as a photographer. But kids and yoga you ask? Well, YES! I read about this incredible organization, their mission and LOVED it. I contacted the Executive Director and Founder, Katherine Banker and offered my services. I met her at one of their local events, the Austin Earth Festival April 23, 2016 and knew I made a good choice.
Austin Earth Day Video
Yoga is translated as union. Union of mind, body and spirit. It is a moving meditation designed to awaken our blissful nature. Yoga unites the inner and outer you through movements guided by breath, the practice of meditation and self-observance without judgment.
Meditation and Photography
Meditation and Photography have a lot in common. Yoga is a moving meditation designed to awaken our blissful nature. Photography and meditation require us to be in the present moment. Both require a high degree of awareness. Both are attainable when the mind is free from distracting, outside influences. Photography is an art medium that requires a quiet state of mind and patience. Interestingly, when I photograph nature or people, I'm lost in the present moment. I forget about the worries of the day and the aches and pains. Good photographers are truly grounded in the moment. It is in this state that those 'goosebump' moments (brush with the divine) happen. I'll have more blogs about these interesting topics.
About Yoga for Kids
Adults have been practicing yoga for thousands of years as a way to reduce stress, improve physical and mental wellness, learn healthy habits, and live a more mindful life. In recent years, yoga has gained attention and perhaps because at it’s core, yoga simply helps you live a more healthy and happy life. Today’s youth is faced with more pressure to succeed than ever. These expectations are creating arguably the most stressed generation in recent history. This is why sharing the joy and benefits of yoga with today’s youth is so crucial. The mission of Bliss Kid Yoga is to nurture physical and emotional health within the community. By supporting programs like Bliss Kid Yoga you can give children the tools to help set the foundation for a happy and healthy life. I’m delighted to support them with my art-photography.
Classes at Bliss Kid Yoga are designed to nurture a child’s innate bliss by engaging mind, body and spirit. They cohesively combine all of the following elements with story-telling and music to provide a playful and creative approach to yoga in a comfortable and safe environment. Classes are currently offered to Preschool and Elementary age children. Check them out and while you're there, see how you might help them continue to succeed!
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!
Not long ago, I had the opportunity to photograph 4 beautiful and bright professional models at Precision Camera University. This is a wonderful annual event put on by Precision Camera. Once in a while, I work with professional models. I am often asked if it is more fun or easier to photograph models than 'regular' people. The truth is, while they may be easier to model and direct, the excitement of getting that GOOSE-BUMP MOMENT with the perfect shot is the same with any subject.
What's a Goose-bump Moment?
A goose-bump moment for me is when I know I captured that perfect image capturing the essence of my subject. To be honest, it is usually between the perfectly posed shots when the real expressions come out. It's a sense of a brush with the divine- that perfect moment in time. We all feel it! If my makeup artist is there, he feels it. This is the shot that'll bring the subject to tears-it's just that real. It's what I LIVE for!
- It's not about the camera or the lens or even the surroundings-it's about the connection between the photographer and subject.
- At this event where these images were taken, there were about 15 other photographers taking their turns. Yet, not any of our images are exactly the same. We all see with our eyes and our hearts in a different way.
I Feel So.... When I Look at that Picture
Nate's pictures are good examples of the different meanings our images carry-which is a future Blog Post, by the way. In the meantime, notice that each image provokes a different feeling and sends a different message. Messages are sent with the color of the image, whether the subject is looking at you or elsewhere, the expression, the lighting and so much more. Stay tuned for a future Blog. If you are a business person and searching for the right images for your website, tuning into how an image makes you feel (makes your potential clients feel) is VERY important. I meet my clients ahead of time to determine the message they want to send so we can achieve these goals. A pretty picture is so much more than just a pretty picture!
About Nathaniel Ray Goodwin
There are many qualities to a 'good' professional model. A few I look for: Can they follow my direction well? That's not to say that they don't follow directions well- it's to say that they understand MY directions. We all direct a little differently, and power to them for figuring out what is going on in a creative mind! It goes like this: turn a little more that way? This way- no that way... not that much... now look that way-no don't move your head, just your eyes and can you tilt your shoulders a little...no a little the other way... no I don't like that-let's see. Maybe we should start over. WHEW! Not an easy task! Nate and the other models did this ALL day for 3 days with 15 photographers at a time. Another good quality in a professional model- can they laugh with me? I do quirky things and entertain myself. Laughter and having fun is essential. Life is too short to not have fun.
Nate maintained a smile the whole time-even after making him scream for what seemed like about 2 hours.
In His Own Words
My first experience working as a male model at Precision Camera University was a surreal opportunity and I look forward to participating in future events for PCU. I am very fortunate I was hand selected by Tani James because I had the distinct privilege of meeting many talented photographers, make-up-artists, models, and instructors at the Inn of The Hills hotel (Kerrville Texas). I strongly recommend anyone who is thinking about coming to a PCU event next year, to stop thinking about it and just do it because your have fun and learn many valuable lessons with fantastic group of people "The Galaxy is the Limit"
Nathaniel Goodwin is a Business Program Lead at Wright Career College and teaches computer information systems and business management classes at the college. He has recently switched jobs to become an Academic Advisor at Oklahoma State University, so he can obtain his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership in Policy Studies with an option in higher education administration. He wants to become a Dean of Business and a Campus President at a University. He has obtained two master’s degrees from Southern Nazarene University in Business Administration and the Educational Leadership program. He has memberships to Kappa Delta Pi, World Experiences Foundation, Alliance of Emerging Professionals and the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration and is a volunteer wish granter for the Make a Wish Foundation. He is a Former Mr. Oklahoma winner for Cosmopolitan's Bachelor of the year contest in 2011 and the Mr. Caribbean International fitness competition winner in 2012. He has appeared in many magazines including: ESPN, SO6ix, Glass Hat, Bridalifestyle, and The Oklahoman, as a professional male model. He was a judge for the Rhythm of the World show and will be the judge of Asian pageant during the Asian Festival on May 14 at Langston University. Whew! He is also a really nice guy!
Instagram account is Sirhooper2014
Facebook address is https://www.facebook.com/nathaniel.r.goodwin
Twitter account is @NateGoodwin2011
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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?
Autumn Leaves NW Austin 1st Anniversary Celebration
I was honored to be present, celebrate AND take pictures at Autumn Leaves Northwest Austin's First Anniversary party! The theme was Parisian with music, beautiful art, exquisite food, new and old friends and a lot of LOVE! I'm not just throwing that word around...the LOVE was palpable. I enjoyed meeting families and staff members as well as people from the senior care community of Austin. How WONDERFUL to see familiar faces!
Considering memory care is a very difficult decision. There are so many factors and by the time families decide that it is best for their loved one, they've been through SO MUCH heartache. With that being said, I heard over and over how much peace of mind they have knowing their loved one is cared for in a safe and loving environment. So much can be said for choosing the best living arrangements and perhaps that'll be for a future blog post.
Many of you know that I've been a nurse for 37 years and NP for 16 of those. I still can't believe it has been that long! Nurses know how to listen and connect, and this has certainly helped me in my photography career. Many of my years as a nurse and nurse practitioner were spent in care of the elderly and helping them to manage life with dementia. I'm completing a book telling the love stories of these beautiful families in both photos and written word. Watch for that October 2016! If you would consider contributing by sharing your own love story, please contact me.
Autumn Leaves Alzheimer’s and Memory Care Assisted Living Communities are leaders in providing specialized memory care in a home-like environment. They incorporate practices that are specifically designed for individuals living with memory impairment. There are several Autumn Leaves Memory Cares in TX and 7 other states.