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I recently had the opportunity to do some head shots for one of my favorite people.  I haven’t had the chance to be very creative outside of creating an awesome little human for the last year, so I jumped at the chance to do a session for Kendal as she prepared for her third year of auditions as a Phoenix Suns Dancer.  We met at a historic home in Phoenix that had a jungle of a backyard.  It was an incredible place to shoot with multiple locations for some interesting shots.

Kendal is a veteran on the team and she’s quite a fan favorite.  She was recently selected to represent the NBA on a trip to China.  She’s an incredible dancer and a quick wit with fiery red hair; quite a stunner!  But the best part about Kendal is her down-to-earth nature and kind heart.  Connor adores her and she’s made a special effort this year to spend time and take some sweet photos with him.  She’s definitely the type of girl that we want representing our team and community both on and off the court!

Check out her head shots below and vote for her everyday HERE until Wednesday August 28 when the team is revealed.



As a child I loved lying in the grass (yes, I did go outside once in a while) and daydreaming as I watched clouds go by.  Imagining giant bunnies and whales floating along, imagining where that tiny airplane was going, and of course secretly hoping for rain.

I’m 15 weeks along anxiously waiting for Baby Thompson to arrive.  Of course, we’re dying to find out whether it’s a boy or girl, but in the meantime, I have always dreamt of the nursery having a happy little sky for the baby to look up at.

We’ve been watching a lot of Bob Ross lately on 8 Create before we go to bed.  On a side note, we’ve also decided due to his positive encouragement and soothing voice, that our child will watch 30 minutes of Bob Ross everyday, but I digress.  On Saturday, feeling inspired by his encouragement to make happy little clouds and trees, I set about turning the ceiling of our nursery into a sunny little sky I think Bob would have liked.

Bobby applied a base coat of Valspar “Clear Blue Sky” last weekend.  I started out first by drawing a diagram of the room and mapping out where the clouds would go.  Mixing part bright white with some of my blue, I set about laying in the base of the clouds with a 4” chip brush and blending with a longer natural brush.  Using 3”chip brushes, I added shadows with a mixture of “Lavender Escape” and blue and then highlights with pure white.  Then everything was blended in a circular motion with the natural brush.  4 Hours later, we had clouds!  I also think I have carpel tunnel, but I think it was worth it!


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I recently had the splendid opportunity to photograph one of the coolest chicks around, and one of my best girlfriends, Daynalyn. You may have seen her recently grace the cover of Phoenix Bride and Groom magazine in a Marie Antoinette inspired confection to die for!  Totally worth clicking that link, if you ask me!

We’ve been wanting to do a creative project together for quite a while. After returning from NYC Fashion Week thoroughly inspired (more on that later), we got together one afternoon at Chateau Charleston in Scottsdale to see what trouble we could get into. We had just 2 hours of sunlight to work with, so it was a crunch to get 4 looks done, but we pulled it off and the results were fantastic! I’m looking forward to our next go-round when we tackle some more ambitious art-inspired shots. Below are our favorites from the shoot!


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Proof that decency isn’t common anymore:  I had a lovely day today with a friend.  As we were walking out of a restaurant, a group of men on the patio started oogling us and one of them looked at me and said, “Hey ladies, come join us!  I’ll f**k the fat one!”

His stinging words hung in the air as I kept walking towards the streetlight stunned and mortified.  My friend walked back and told them off before rushing to my side, hoping I hadn’t heard them.   We crossed the street and got about a half a block before I caught my reflection in a restaurant window.  The damage was done and I stopped abruptly on the sidewalk.  Hot tears began to stream down my cheeks. Why would anyone say something like that?  I couldn’t make sense of it.  Burying my face in my hands, I broke down.

The world around me was frozen, and as I cried, my friend hugged me and said, ”You’re beautiful.”  In a moment like that, when you should be saying thank you for your support all I could do was sob more. Suddenly it felt like all the air had been sucked out of the world and as I struggled to catch my breath, the nasty voice inside my head taunted me. He just said what everyone else was thinking. Read the rest of this entry »

A Helping Hand

When I was about 14, I vividly remember my father coming home from work a little later than usual and sitting me down to tell me a story.  He drove the same route home every night from work, and often times he would see a homeless man resting in front of a church.  That night, he saw the same man and something made my father turn the car around.  He drove to the nearest gas station, bought a sandwich, some water, a pack hostess cupcakes and a carton of milk.  He drove back to the church, got out of the car and walked over.  He gently set the food down next to the man and smiled.  I’m not certain what words were exchanged but remember that he had quietly thanked my father as he walked back to his car and drove away.   After he told me this story, he reminded me that no matter what had happened during my day or whatever I might be upset by, that I should be aware of the blessed life that I had with a roof over my head and a loving family to come home to every night. Read the rest of this entry »

On my way to Atlanta for work. I’m traveling with my boss who is a Gold Level flyer so we get upgraded to first class. I’m giddy with excitement. My first time in first class! I’ll document it for those of you who either haven’t had the experience yet and for those of you whose luster it’s worn off on.

Of course there is a special speedy check in line and we got to board first. I got to experience the full body scanner at Sky Harbor (queue the Jimmy Eat World song) and can I just say to the people who have an issue with these things: Get over it! I’d rather stand with my hands over may head like I’m making a silly face at a 2 year old any day than get a special pat down.

I’m the 10th person on the plane. My boss is talking to another passenger about travel routines. I think to myself, I wish this felt routine.

Seat Pocket in front of you
I sit down and get situated. MY normal routine is a carefully orchestrated maneuvering of personal items. Pillow stuffed in my side while I transfer my iPod, headphones, gummy bears, magazine and lip gloss to the seat in pocket in front of me. Screw the space for the evacuation guide; I need my must haves readily available at all times. I’m sorry. I’m sorry, I usually say to the person next to me as I rustle about. Read the rest of this entry »

Laura & AliOur good friends Kevin & Laura Rupejko came to visit this week for a crazy 4 days of music and fun!  They moved to Colorado a few years ago so it’s always special when we are able to get together.

Laura is one of those amazing women who’s passion and artistry is truly inspiring.  As a songwriter and singer, she can craft a tune that will move you.  As a friend, she is loyal and caring, someone who will always have your back and your best interests at heart.

While Laura was here this week, she stopped in to Royal Jester Studios to record 5 new tracks.  Each was fantastic and I was fortunate enough that she let me record for a bit as well.  The song is called Fantasy Dream.  (Video after the break) Read the rest of this entry »

My husband Bobby has played with quite a few bands since we started out together.  I was first introduced to a few angels back in 2002 and we struck up a chord that would intertwine itself throughout our lives to this very day.  Music has a way of bonding people to each other in a way that can create the lasting bonds of a family.  And although times change and our lives may take us far away from each other, we always seem to find our way back home.

I’ll have to save the entire story of the Wild Angels for another time, as a few short lines here would never do it justice.  But out of that, came a new love and a new incarnation of music.

4321 The WatersThe Waters are the original-based duo, Krystal Baker and Sturgis Waters.  Krystal’s moving vocals are complimented with intricate and soulful guitar arrangements by Sturgis and together they are a dynamic pair.  Tuesday night at the Rhythm Room, they released their latest cd, 4321.  You can buy it HERE on iTunes and check them out at thewatersmusic.com.

It was an amazing show with incredible guest musicians.  Laura Rupejko made a surprise visit all the way from Colorado Springs to show her support and lend her beautiful voice.  Jay Allan shared the stage for a small set after the entire album of 4321 was played.  Then they took it to the next level showcasing new songs soon to be released.   I absolutely love “One Eye Open” and can’t help but smile and sing along.

They closed out the night with a jaw-dropping rendition of Damien Rice’s “Volcano” with every musician in stage.  The crowd went nuts, it was amazing! Such an amazing display of talent and inspiration.  Of course I was there with camera in hand to capture as much of the action as I could 🙂

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