Thank you to The Westin Dallas’s The Second Floor Restaurant for letting me stop by a few weeks ago for a fun food photoshoot! They partnered with Travelzoo for an upcoming release of a great dinner & brunch special. Enjoy these sneak peeks of the space and food! Thank you again to the whole team of chefs and servers for your help and execution of beautiful dishes and company! Thanks!
Hi friends!! First of all, thank you for reading this blog and following my work all these years. To say I’m honored would be an understatement.
I started this work five years ago. I was fresh out of college with the perfect combination of courage, drive, youth and naivety. I left my job in 2009 and ventured out on my own, yet to discover what it was I really wanted to do with my skills. I had a desire to create beautiful things and meet amazing people along the way. Determined and disciplined, I spent my time efficiently working from my little townhouse in Uptown Dallas, without a clue as to what I was doing, but each day getting closer and closer to discovering it.
Along the way, I met filmmakers, artists, chefs, CEO’s, designers, directors, musicians, business leaders, storytellers, producers, editors, publicists, writers, entrepreneurs, creatives, speakers, friends, peers and dreamers.
I learned a craft.
I struggled, a lot .
I got better.
I got scared.
I challenged myself.
I asked questions.
I made mistakes.
I learned lessons.
And more lessons.
I was stretched.
I was humbled.
I was hungry for more.
It was the people that drew me into each project and each story. It was the stories that made me a better photographer. It was the photography that made me a better artist. It was my family and friends that made me believe in myself as an artist. And it was my clients that let me partner with them and produce beautiful things.
Along the way, I was able to create something I love. Along the way, I was able to refine my craft, skill and experience.
Throughout the years I photographed commercial work and weddings, and eventually landed in the world of food. Throughout the years I worked with clients ranging from the west coast to the east coast and everywhere in between, locally and internationally. I grew as a photographer, friend, daughter, sister and person. And along the way, I also became a wife and a mother. My business is my creativity paired with the talent of those around me. My business has shaped my life. It has come with me throughout the years and I look forward to the story that will unfold in the next 30 years. I look forward to my children growing up and peeking into this other world of mine : my creative space; my passion for beautiful food, talented people, and wonderful stories.
To my clients, my followers, my friends, thank you for letting me be a part of your story. Thank you for coming along for the ride the last five years. I hope you’ll stick around. It’s been a pleasure meeting you, working with you and hearing from you. I hope this blog continues to serves as a place to connect with you all, while keeping you up to date on the work I’m producing for my clients and myself! I always love hearing from you.
Cheers to you all. Thank you for letting me do what I love the last five years. I’m forever grateful- as a photographer, but also as a wife, a mother, a daughter and a friend. I’m a better person because of the amazing people I work with and projects I work on. Thank you. I look forward to what 2015 has in store for us and in the meantime, feel free to head over to the website to see new work posted! XO
In 2013, a Texas High Plains grape farmer, a retired oil and gas distributer, and a young civil engineer developed a partnership with a mission to open up a winery in the city limits of Fredericksburg. And this spring I had the great pleasure of partnering alongside them for their photography as they launched their company Lost Draw Cellars. Their vision was to make Lost Draw Cellars a place where locals, tourist, wine enthusiasts, and wine connoisseurs could come together to enjoy good company, an inviting atmosphere, and most importantly, a quality Texas wine. Though the backgrounds and history of each family vary in many different ways, the trio has very unique ties that brought them together to pursue a shared passion for the Texas wine industry.
Here’s there story …
Andy Timmons is revered across the state for his grape growing abilities and is considered one of the pioneers for the exponential growth of vineyards in Texas over the past decade. Andy is a multi-generation farmer from West Texas. Prior to planting grapes, his primary focus was cotton and peanuts. Like many farmers before him, Andy was constantly trying to find ways to grow new crops for the ever-evolving consumer market. Vineyards in the High Plains of Texas weren’t uncommon in the 90’s and early 2000’s. However, many economic and weather related issues inhibited the growth of the wine grape industry in our state. During this time, the common theme amongst High Plains farmers was that the risk of growing grapes outweighed the gains. Knowing all of the risks and despite many fellow farmer’s warnings, Andy decided to research the possibilities and potential upside of adding a third cash crop to his fields.
Around this time, Andrew Sides was a second year engineering student at Texas Tech University. Being Andy’s nephew, Andrew had worked at the family farm throughout high school and in to college. Growing up in a tight knit family, the two had a very special bond. Andrew is always looking for a new opportunity and Andy’s enthusiasm in exploring a new farming venture certainly sparked his interest. In 2006, Andrew helped Andy plant the first five acres of grapes on a piece of family property that is now known as Lost Draw Vineyards. Each year, Andy continued to plant different varieties and started to connect with Texas wineries across the state. Through innovative growing techniques, and learning from experienced grape growers in regions of California and Washington, Andy quickly became a household name in the Texas wine community.
In 2010, Andrew married his college sweetheart, Callie. Her father, Troy Ottmers, is a well-known staple in the Fredericksburg community. Troy is a 6th generation Fredericksburg native whose ancestors were among the settlers who founded the city in 1846. The Ottmers name is mostly known around the Hill Country because of Ottmers Oil, a family company that Troy’s grandfather purchased in 1936. Troy retired from the oil and gas business in 2009, but kept the property for its family history and the dedicated coffee group who have met in the office every morning for more than a decade. Being retired was never easy for Troy and after only a few years of being out of the working world, he was ready for a new venture. Knowing his father-in-law’s growing ambition to go back into business, Andrew offered the perfect opportunity. Troy was already a board member of the Texas Center for Wine and Culinary Arts and had interest in the growth of the Hill Country wine industry. One meeting between Andrew, Andy and Troy and the Lost Draw Cellars brand was born.
Andy’s willingness to break the mold in vineyard development across the High Plains led to him becoming the largest grape farmer in Texas. In the spring of 2014, Lost Draw Vineyards expanded and made Texas history. Andy now owns and manages 500 acres, producing over 30 varieties. In the summer, construction began on the Lost Draw Cellars tasting room in Fredericksburg, TX. Opening this week, the tasting room resides in the heart of Fredericksburg where the Ottmers family business was originally established.
The entire Lost Draw team looks forward to welcoming you this Friday, November 21st when they open their tasting room. And they will continue to strive to produce the highest quality wine that Texas has to offer in the months and years to come. Be sure to stop by and meet Troy, Andrew, Andy and their entire team! Their tasting room is conveniently located a few blocks off of Main Street and they offer wine tastings and wine by the glass or bottle. Plus, join them for Happy Hour Wed-Fri from 3-6pm and enjoy featured wines for $5 a glass!
Plus, if you like their website, branding and design, be sure to take a look at Jenn Sprinkle Design for more!
I had the great pleasure of going down to Austin a few weeks ago to photograph a dear friend’s wedding. Jill and I have been friends for the last decade and she called me last December after Brian proposed, to ask if I’d consider coming out of the food photography world to photograph their wedding. I was floored and honored. Of course!
Fast forward to October of this year and I have a three week old baby in tow and we’re headed down to Austin to photograph this dear friends fabulous wedding!! Every detail of this weekend, from the welcome party on Thursday, to the sparklers that sent them off in style Saturday night, was beautifully stunning. Jill and her mom’s eye for design and beauty is flawless and they made my job easy!
Jill & Brian, thank you for allowing me (and Charlotte) to be a part of your beautiful weekend. What an honor it was to meet & be with your family & friends all weekend, as well as call you a friend, all these years! Enjoy this sneak peek of your wedding images. Enjoy reliving such a magical day and weekend! You are loved sweet friends! xoxo