Tips for rest

I have found myself exhausted lately, and looking for any ideas to give me more energy. I came across a blog this morning with some helpful tips on how-to gain more energy. And they're all practical! Each can easily be implemented into your life with little to no work. I'm excited to give these ideas a try and see what results will come!  

Check out these 15 easy tips here


Men at work

Here is another great print from this last weekend at Christmas Carousel! I love how the color has such depth and jumps off the page. And these men were great models. Ha! They truly do work hard all day, and it was quite the honor to be able to work along side of them to capture a bit of their world. Thanks to the men in the oilfield and the service you give!


Christmas Carousel Aftermath

We are so thankful for all who came out to see us at this year's Christmas Carousel! There were many wonderful booths this year, and we were happy to be among them all. If you missed this year's show it's not too late to find that perfect Christmas gift!  You can find all of our prints on our website or Etsy store. A few other booths around us this year included The Punchy Pony, True Blue Health, and Get Gussied Up. We recommend each of their products and the wonderful owners! 

Here's one of our tops sellers! 



2013 Christmas Carousel

We are excited to participate in our very first Christmas Carousel this upcoming weekend!  The Junior League of Abilene is hosting their annual Christmas Carousel for local merchants. The weekend will kick off on Thursday, October 31st, at 7:30pm with sneak previews of the merchants this year, as well as live music from local artist, Kirk House. The evening will conclude with a concert featuring Texas Country Band, Reckless Kelly. 

Shopping hours will be Friday and Saturday, 10am-7pm, and end on Sunday with hours from noon til 4pm. The event is located downtown at the Civic Center, and will include various activities and shows for shoppers, as well as pictures with Santa for children. More information can be found on the Junior League of Abilene events page

Come see what JM and Company is offering you this holiday season at Christmas Carousel!


Setting yourself up for productivity.

Michael Hyatt discusses how to have a productive day on his blog with helpful tips to set yourself up for success! 

"In my experience, the best way to ensure a productive day is to set myself up for one the night before."

 Distractions can easily find their way into you're morning and before you know it, you've wasted an hour or two--hours you don't have to spare in the first place. I wake up each morning with the intention to accomplish each item on my list for the day, but I find myself going to bed with the list only half finished. I'm left frustrated and tend to repeat the process the next day. Hyatt set out his daily routine as a model to begin changing your own schedule in the most productive manner. 

Check out his thoughts here!  


Missing the cow

When did that cow appear? I've seen this picture probably a hundred times now but I've missed the cow in the background every time.  I had to of seen the cow, but just never gave much notice to her. She was easily over looked when my focus was somewhere else. Sometimes I wonder how many details I have over looked in my life.  Even worse, how many people have I overlooked? 

Recently I have seen the consequences of being so busy that it is easy to overlook "small" details. My plate can be so full that I forget meetings, engagements, or even the people in my life. The thing is though, I haven't found a perfect solution to this yet. Maybe I should slow down and be more observant. Or maybe I should drop a few commitments from my plate. But, what do you do when neither of these ideas are a practical option. 

We are people who live in different seasons. So yes, I can lighten up my schedule at different times, but what about right now? Well, I'm learning to start with being humble. I mean really humble, and not the "woe is me" kind. I've stepped on some toes with my lack of seeing details, and I've caused offense by not having adequate time to give to every person.  I once heard someone say "it's not about being right, but responding right". Was I right in what I was doing? Well, definitely not always, but that's not the focus.  It's more about how do I respond now.

My response is to go low. My response is to genuinely say, "I was wrong". My response is to give grace as well. I'm bound to make mistake. So are others. I'm bound to let people down. I'll be let down from time to time too. It's about what comes after missing the cow, though. Pride can be my greatest enemy at times. Pride hinders restoration, peaceful living, and freedom to just be. So choose humility. Choose going low--whether you are the offender or one being offended. It will be worth the risk.

And next time you just might not miss the cow at all. 


Engagement Photo Tips.

Everyone wants to capture that fun and unique side of their relationship through their engagement photos session--to really sparkle. And it's a lot easier than you may think! Sometimes the thought of posing in front of a camera is the most uncomfortable scenario one can imagine. How are you supposed to act natural? Talk about pressure to perform. BUT, it doesn't have to be that way. Remember, these are your photos. Bring the creativity, comfort, and character unique to you as a couple. Simple put, be yourselves

Here are some easy tips to to remember with what I call the Three C's


  • Props. These do not necessarily have to "define you". Get outside your box a little if you must. What are some fun props you wouldn't use otherwise? OR, pick something that is common/you would normally use. A few suggestions....set up a picnic scene, use a brightly colored umbrella, ride your bicycles, carry balloons or flowers, fly a kite, or bring something to show your interests. Maybe she loves to read and he's all about sports. Use that. I would suggest not recreating the elementary photos where you hold a basketball with a stiff arm against a blue screen, but maybe lay those objects in the foreground to add a little flair to the photo. Get creative! 

Comfort :

  • Here's where clothes come in. Two to three outfits are ideal to create different looks for your session. But choose outfits that are comfortable. I'm not saying wear sweat pants and a t-shirt, but choose what you will be comfortable wearing. Ladies, you can find a dress that is fitting and flattering that you won't be tugging at or self-conscious in all day. Find what is a good fit and choose that one. You'll be surprised at what a difference that can make in your overall experience. Fellas', honestly, it's not about you. Listen to your fiancé's  suggestions and comply joyfully. You will be more comfortable that way. 


  • Remember, these are you photos. Be yourselves and have some fun! Some of the best shots that come from the day are when the couple is just being themselves, unaware of the camera watching them. This isn't as hard to do as it may sound. Find an experienced photographer and he or she will get those shots without you even realizing it. And you're in love, so don't be afraid to show it! Be giddy and affectionate. Look into your beloved's eyes and forget the camera is even there. And let your quirks show! 

Engagement sessions can be some of the most enjoyable shoots I do. I love when the couple is free and relaxed in front of the camera. Come expectant to have some fun and don't worry about how the final product will look. That's one benefit of hiring a professional. And it'll take the pressure to get a good shot off your back! 

Hope these tips have helped you to look forward to your engagement session! 


brooches or flowers?

There are so many details that go into a wedding. What venue to use, how many guests, what kind of food, colors, songs, dresses, how should the napkins be folded.....and as you can imagine, the list goes on. Don't get me wrong, details can be very important. After all, you want this day to be memorable and catered to you, your fiancé, and your guests. But sometime we can get lost in all the details. We can become consumed with planning an event and forget what is actually happening on the wedding day. Weddings are a celebration. A day to celebrate your relationship and the beginning of your lives together as man and wife with your family and friends. So of course you want the day to be perfect and just as you imagined all your life. But when it really comes down to it all you really need, and truly want, is your beloved by your side and your loved ones supporting you on that day as they will every day. 

This video has been a top hit social media for a few days now. The description may throw you off at first, but I promise the 30 minutes is worth your time. I wouldn't choose this route, but I think you'll see how in the end the couple truly desired that one thing--to be with the one they loved and to celebrate with their friends and family. 

The Surprise Wedding.



waking up for dawn

I love waking up early enough to see the sun rise and the fresh light of dawn. Well, I love the idea that is. The reality of being able to wake up that early and to be able to take time to enjoy the moment is not the most practical thing.   Especially when you love late nights too. Because to me, both early mornings and late nights hold the best moments in life. Mornings are the beginning of new mercies and new possibilities. Nights give you the opportunity to reflect on the day and to dream about what tomorrow may hold. So maybe this will mean less sleep, but sometimes exceptions need to be made to live a little more. 



Utter joy. This is the moment that I most look forward to in a wedding. The moment the groom sees his bride for the first time on their big day. The moment when time seems to stop, and nothing can take his attention away from his beloved. There is typically one of two reactions I see on a groom's face. Either the groom unashamedly let's tears flow down his face from the incredible fact that his beloved is now his bride, or he, like the groom here, has a face beaming with tremendous joy. Both reactions are happening on the inside, but I never know which is going to come across the face. I love capturing these moments. These priceless, beautiful moments. 


Engagement Photos

Engagements shoots are such a fun time to bring out the character and quirks of a couple . A typical day doesn't involve dressing up with a bow tie, going downtown, and twirling around an umbrella (okay so maybe if you're hipster or a trendsetter), but you don't always see someone walking around with such props. These are photos that everyone is eagerly awaiting, and one of those rare occasions when you get to pull out all the stops. New cloths, fun props, and every model pose you've secretly been practicing in front of the mirror (come on, we all do it). These are pictures you're going love to look back on, so take advantage of the opportunity and have some fun with it! 



Hutchinson Oil Patch Extravaganza is an annual event held in Borger Texas to help fund research for the American Cancer Society. This year marks the 26th celebration of H.O.P.E. to find a cure for cancer. Each year there is one H.O.P.E. chair elected to honor their fight against cancer, and to represent those who have battled this disease. Along with honoring the chair, the night consist of dinner, dancing, games, and a silent auction. This year we have been privileged to donate the print shown here as a gift to help continue the search for a cure. Tomorrow night this 60x40 print will go to the highest bidder, and all the profit will be given to the ACS. We are thankful and honored to be apart of H.O.P.E. this year!  


Southern Landscape

We started an online store with Etsy desiring to bring Oil Field Imaging to a new demographic. And we have been pleasantly surprised to see the positive feedback we have been receiving from our customers and followers. We hoped to create a store where not only we were able to showcase some of our products, but to also build an online community with other artists and artisans in the area. We've been blown away by the talent featured by the artists we have made connections with through our store, and we hope to showcase a few of them in upcoming posts!


Made from Oil

Like it or not its amazing the amount of ingenuity and creativity that has come from the oil and gas industry.  There are so many everyday products that truly make life easier and are a direct result of the petroleium industry.  Next time you see a pump jack or talk to someone works in the industry remember how so much of our everyday lives is a result of oil.

A partial list of products made from Petroleum (144 of 6000 items) One 42-gallon barrel of oil creates 19.4 gallons of gasoline. The rest (over half) is used to make things like:

Solvents Diesel fuel Motor Oil Bearing Grease Ink Floor Wax Ballpoint Pens Football Cleats Upholstery Sweaters Boats Insecticides Bicycle Tires Sports Car Bodies Nail Polish Fishing lures Dresses Tires Golf Bags Perfumes Cassettes Dishwasher parts Tool Boxes Shoe Polish Motorcycle Helmet Caulking Petroleum Jelly Transparent Tape CD Player Faucet Washers Antiseptics Clothesline Curtains Food Preservatives Basketballs Soap Vitamin Capsules Antihistamines Purses Shoes Dashboards Cortisone Deodorant Footballs Putty Dyes Panty Hose Refrigerant Percolators Life Jackets Rubbing Alcohol Linings Skis TV Cabinets Shag Rugs Electrician's Tape Tool Racks Car Battery Cases Epoxy Paint Mops Slacks Insect Repellent Oil Filters Umbrellas Yarn Fertilizers Hair Coloring Roofing Toilet Seats Fishing Rods Lipstick Denture Adhesive Linoleum Ice Cube Trays Synthetic Rubber Speakers Plastic Wood Electric Blankets Glycerin Tennis Rackets Rubber Cement Fishing Boots Dice Nylon Rope Candles Trash Bags House Paint Water Pipes Hand Lotion Roller Skates Surf Boards Shampoo Wheels Paint Rollers Shower Curtains Guitar Strings Luggage Aspirin Safety Glasses Antifreeze Football Helmets Awnings Eyeglasses Clothes Toothbrushes Ice Chests Footballs Combs CD's & DVD's Paint Brushes Detergents Vaporizers Balloons Sun Glasses Tents Heart Valves Crayons Parachutes Telephones Enamel Pillows Dishes Cameras Anesthetics Artificial Turf Artificial limbs Bandages Dentures Model Cars Folding Doors Hair Curlers Cold cream Movie film Soft Contact lenses Drinking Cups Fan Belts Car Enamel Shaving Cream Ammonia Refrigerators Golf Balls Toothpaste Gasoline

Americans consume petroleum products at a rate of three-and-a-half gallons of oil and more than 250 cubic feet of natural gas per day each! But, as shown here petroleum is not just used for fuel.


A day we won't forget.

I think everyone remembers where they were this day twelve years ago. It's hard to forget a moment like that. When I was doing this shoot I didn't initially think I would bring in a tribute to America. But the more I looked at this shot the more I saw how this is the very essence of American life. America was built by the hard working hands of so many men and women that have gone before us, and the same is still true today. So we remember those whose lives were lost the day that was suppose to be like any other day of work. We remember, we pray, and we give thanks for a country that stood strong through attack and never forget to honor the lives of our fellow Americans.