Lisbon, Portugal

Oh Lisbon. Lisbon was a destination that was never on my radar. And I’ll be honest I went into it having done no research, looking at zero pictures, and have zero expectations. Lisbon is a charmer, let me tell you. The city is full of old cobble stone streets, cable cars, old churches, and beautiful tile. A day trip to Sintra and Parque de Pena is a must, and then head back into the city to explore the Tower of Belem. It’s the “hidden gem” of Europe, and its worth a see if you are looking for an under-the-radar-European-charm. Lisbon is known for four things: Cork, Sardines,Tiles, and my favorite…Ginjinha Shots.

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Cafe605 Branding

Inside the stunning Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt located downtown Austin, is Cafe605. Austin is full of coffee shops, but this one has all the charm. I took some pro photos for them, of their drinks and their merchandise. If you’re in Austin, and wandering the famous Rainey Street, make a pit stop in Cafe605. They have a stellar coffee, and musical themed cupcakes (I’ll buy one just for that reason alone).

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Weems Wedding

Around the holidays I start to feel super sentimental. I don’t know if its the music, the weather, or just the vibe around Christmas time, but I have all the feels. Last January Kristen Giles reached out to my husband and I wanting to take our picture. And when Kristen Giles wants to take your picture, you say duh. Little did we know that upon meeting, her and I would instantly click, and now I’ve been second shooting for her. Talk about a dream! With a few weddings under my belt now, it’s time to share my first with the world. And oh man this wedding. So much love, so much energy. David and Jordan’s wedding day was a pleasure to be around. The love in the room was undeniable, and the dance floor wasn’t the same after we hit it (we broke it down with the bride and groom).

Images were taken while second shooting for Kristen Giles Photography https://www.kristengilesphotography.com

Cheers

-KHD

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Surf Daze

I've always been drawn to surfing.  My uncle grew up surfing the California Coast, and for my birthday one year, he gave me the film "Step Into Liquid". It sparked my appreciation and curiosity for surfing. My family would visit Hawaii every year when I was a child, and we would sit for hours watching the pros surf pipeline. I was mesmerized by it. Watching men and women run into something so much bigger than themselves, without fear struck something in me. I think surfing is almost a metaphor for life. Every surfer falls off EVERY time and they have to get back on the board, paddle back out and go again. What an incredible reminder of life. Very quickly it teaches us to try things and be ok with risk and failure. It teaches us that failure leads to learning and opportunity, which then leads to improvement and success.

Corpus Christi is no Hawaii, but when you feel like Surfing and you live in Texas...it'll do.