China Part 3 : Xing Ping

It took an entire day of traveling by bus, boat and hiking to get to Xing Ping, and it was worth every minute. Our first night was spent watching the sunset and enjoying wood fired pizza on the roof of our hostel. The town is surrounded by the Li River and Karst Mountains, which made for incredible views. 

Meet Montrell

Lately I've been diving into the world of photojournalism, which gives me a chance to meet new people and get a small glimpse of their lives. I love learning what people are passionate about and documenting that for them. 

Meet Montrell Adams, the first Oklahoma School for the Deaf (OSD) athlete to be selected to the All-State cheer team. He spends his weekends learning professional carpentry, which he hopes to make into a career. 

China Part 2: My First Day in Beijing

Less than 24 hours after I got off the plane in Beijing, I was climbing the Great Wall--and I'm not using the verb "climbing" lightly--at times we were basically rock climbing up broken parts of the wall. We enjoyed an amazing meal following our hike at a restaurant where I (of course) snuck into the kitchen to grab some photos. We ended our day in an art district called 798. Needless to say, it was an interesting and beautiful start to the trip! 

China Part 1: Longji Rice Terraces

A few days after I arrived in China we traveled to Guilin. I really wasn't sure what to expect from our travels, I just knew I had to be open for any journey we were going to take. The Longji Rice Terraces were more than I ever could have imagined. We spent an entire day traveling to the mountains and hiking to the top. In the single day we were there we experienced so much. The rich air, the bamboo rice, the local farmers and the breathtaking views. 

The Parish

When I graduated college I don't think food photography had ever crossed my mind as something I'd be interested in. Now I find myself spending hours looking through food magazines and Instagrams. Photographing food has become something that I truly enjoy because it allows me to slow down and take time to be creative. Plus it's really fun working with local chefs and showing off their beautiful dishes! Below are a few favorites from a recent shoot at The Parish Food Truck next to Hodges Bend. 

Surprise!

This event had all the qualities I could ask for in a photoshoot! A surprised birthday girl, beautiful flowers, delicious food and lots of hugs. I loved capturing all these joyful moments!