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“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” - William Shakespeare ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Happy Monday. Make it a great week.
It’s hard to imagine that there are people who see this view daily. If I would have turned around and snapped a picture in the other direction you would see a neighborhood. Just behind me is a little “guard” house that marks the entrance to this stunning garden. Just beyond that is an entire neighborhood. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I am not the most extreme photographer out there and I actually hate breaking posted rules. This road is lined with signs that say “no photography” or something like that. I believe in reference to not stop on the street or park on the grass for pictures. I was in a Jeep with the top down, going slow as I stood up and snapped this over the top of the Jeep. I guess that may technically be against the law too 🤷🏽♀️ Oh well. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After looking at others pictures from this IG location I have decided I need to travel with a model so I always have someone to put in my pictures. 😂 Ah Instagram I love looking at gorgeous pictures but knowing what is behind the scenes makes me happier.
#neverforget 17 years seems like forever, but it’s only a blink of an eye. Love more and never take anything for granted.
Happy #medalmonday a week late. I was busy enjoying the Hawaiian islands the last 10 days, but jet lagged and back to the grind today. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As usual the Kauai Marathon was amazing. It was officially my slowest marathon to date, yet I still managed a 3rd place AG finish. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The first 5-7 miles were tough for me. I think I was so emotional going into the race with all that has happened this year. I walked more than I ran early on. And, I cried way more than I care to admit! Having feelings sure sucks sometimes. Good thing I got my 💩 together by around mile 8 and finished running rather than walking. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For anyone who has been following along, I received word when I landed in Hawaii that my dad is officially in remission. I started bawling on the plane the second I turned my phone on and heard the news. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Maybe one day I’ll get my words and thoughts together, but for now, I am happy with the news about my dad and also happy and humbled with my 13th marathon finish. #runhappy #peaceloverun #thekauaimarathon
Since being in Hawaii I have learned that “instagramable” is now a word. I have also concluded that I will never be “instagramable” but, I will enjoy natures beauty! I will never be the star of my pictures and that is just fine!! Sure I will gladly swim in all the beautiful waterfalls, but I won’t fix my hair and makeup for it!! I really wished I captured all the folks I saw trying to be “instagramable” and even all the ones I helped capture. It has been entertaining to say the least. 😂 Here’s a pretty stream I stopped to capture on the way to the big fall that I also captured (more later) and also swam in. Oh Hawaii, you are gorgeous!!
A break in the clouds made for a perfect night on the beach - stars in the sky, palm trees in the breeze and the life guard tower standing watch. 🌴 Camera: 5D Mark IV Lens: 17-40 F4 ISO: 1000 Aperture: F4 Shutter Speed: 20 secs Focal Length: 17mm #longexposure #canonfanphoto
Let the vacation begin! Follow the fun in my stories. 🤙🏼 ❤️🏃🏽♀️#thekauaimarathon
Happy 6th birthday to Jama Pantel Photography! 🎂 🎁🎈🎉 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I felt like giving up so many times throughout the past 6 years. But, we learn from failure, not from success. I have cried, struggled, beat myself up...but in the end, I am better for it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Although I have been a photographer for about 25 years, being a business owner is another beast entirely. I don’t think I was ready when I started and even today and I constantly learning and growing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I am thankful for those who have stuck with me, encouraged me and even given me tough love when needed. But most importantly, I am thankful for my clients/friends who trust me to document your life stories so you can better tell them to future generations. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When my grandmother passed away my senior year of high school and had my family’s portrait clasped in her hands...something I’ll never forget. I will aways share how beautiful and amazing she was and also thankful to have the pictures to prove it! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Our story is our greatest legacy we can share as we get older. 💕
Acceptance- it’s a great thing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I was listening to a debate this morning about the return of the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (yum). I feel like Starbucks is one of those places that people love or hate...or love to hate! But man, they are doing something right!! People talk about them. They have this marketing thing down. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I feel like me personally and me my business are kind of the same. I am not for everyone, and I am learning to accept that. But those that do “love me” THANK YOU! Thanks for talking about me and trusting me. Acceptance- happiness is found there. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Getting the product line up on the new website. Can’t wait to share!
Sometimes you have to stop and smell the....plumeria...and eat the Hula Pie! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Have been chatting with our running crew all morning and have all things Hawaii on my mind...but mostly wanting my Hula Pie fix. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Duke’s and Hula Pie soon! Tell me I’m not the only one who plans travels partly around food...or dessert?!
What sound does the ocean make when it crashes against the lava rocks? #splash . . . 10 more days . . . #canonfanphoto - 5D MarkIV, 17-40 @ 20mm, 4 secs, ISO100 . . . #creativepreneur #lifeofaphotographer #destinations #tlpicks #lifewelltraveled #thediscoverer #mytinyatlas #theeverygirltravels #girlslovetravel #girlsborntotravel #herestothecreatives #wheretofindme #simplyadventure #lovetotravel #darlingescapes #openmyworld #viewfromthetop #traveldiary #abmtravelbug
Have been quiet all week - busy adulting and stuff. I work hard...but play hard too. A little about me this Friday. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Adulting sucks and most days I don’t even feel 40...more like 22 😂 Or maybe that’s wishful thinking. Any other 40+ feel that way? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I run! A lot! Although my newsfeed isn’t full of sweaty images of me like this one, I am totally happy and confident in my sweaty running clothes. It’s like an old familiar blanket that wraps me in joy and peace. 28 years strong on the running front and still chugging along. 16 days until marathon 13. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I love history and politics, but will never talk about that on social media. Wanna chat in person? Absolutely! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I take pictures. A lot of pictures. More than anyone will ever see or know. I could post one a day for 10 years and still not scratch the surface. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But more than taking pictures, I create art! Art for my family’s to love and cherish. That is the legacy I want to leave this world. What legacy do you hope to leave behind? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I live life in color, much like my newsfeed. Life is not all one shade, so why should our newsfeeds be?! That makes no sense to me...but maybe that’s where my age shows. 😂 And don’t get me started on this whole follow unfollow thing! Seriously people!! If you like a feed follow if you don’t don’t. Pretty simple huh?! But I digress. Happy Friday y’all!
Sometimes you just have to dance like nobody’s watching! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Stop worrying about what other people think. They probably aren’t even watching or paying attention...but if they are, who cares?! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Life is too short to not have fun. If they care, they will dance right along with you!
It’s Friday!! I have nothing enlightening to say...BUT, here’s a pretty picture. Is that enough?
Hitting snooze at 5am is easy. Good thing easy is not my thing. Hard is what makes this so great!