Fame & Shame #2

I AM SO HAPPY!!!  I finally received my camera back from Nikon and it’s fixed!  I feel complete again.  It’s really strange how incomplete I felt over the last two months.  Who knew not having a “thing” would affect me the way it did?  It’s not like I wasn’t able to live the rest of my life without my camera.  I could have—as peculiar as it would have been.  I just felt like all of this creativity was bottling up inside me with no way to get out.  I felt like all these life events were happening and I had no way to catalog them.  Sure, I had the point and shoot to preserve these memories, but that is like going from a loud, vibrating Harley to a playing card in my bicycle spokes.

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I can release it now!  I can be creative again.  I can preserve the memories… and I can wear leather chaps if I want!

With my camera back and my creativity once again unleashed, here’s the next edition of Fame & Shame:


  • Gas Prices:  They’re starting to creep back up!  Ouch.
  • Mud:  Last week, one of the Shames was “Car Detailing,” and this week it’s “Mud” because my truck is still a mess.  By the time I actually clean it up, it will take me hours… yes, hours.  I am NOT looking forward to this.
  • Wire Hangers:  It’s taken a while, but I have finally rid my house of all the wire hangers.  They tangle easily and they leave little, wicked marks in the shoulders of my blouses.  And, I don’t iron.


  • Sunrises & Sunsets:  They are just plain beautiful!!
  • Delivery  Trucks:  Be it FedEx, UPS, or the good ol’ U. S. Postal System, I love delivery trucks.  They make the world go ’round… AND, they brought my camera home!
  • Family & Friends:  Because both of my parents came from really BIG families (9 siblings in my mom’s and 8 in my dad’s), I have LOTS of family – more than I can even keep up with.  And, I have some really great friendships… some which span more than two decades and some from all over the world.  I am thankful for all my family and friends.  They remind me how lucky I am and how I have been blessed.

Until next time, be positive, be happy, be healthy, and don’t forget to be photographed.


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About Ata-Girl

I am a San Antonio-based wedding photographer and I cater to outdoor-loving couples who prefer to have all the realness captured on their wedding days. I am the wedding photographer for the outdoor adventurers, the romantics, the laid back, the snugglers, and those who wish to capture all their realness.

I am absolutely in love with capturing the kinds of weddings where there are more hugs than handshakes, the dance floor rumbles all night long, and chairs are pretty much rendered useless after dinner. Whiskey bottles are passed around, most of the wedding party has been best-best friends since kindergarten, Grams is likely to lose her shoes and your partner is much more emotional than you are. These kinds of weddings are my jam!

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I started Ata-Girl Photography Co., LLC in 2010. I firmly believe that the unique set of circumstances I have faced in life has prepared me to take a personal and genuine interest in my photography clients. I enjoy documenting the important milestones and captivating moments in people’s lives. I love being a part of people’s journeys and consider myself privileged to document their legacies.

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I am a published author (purchase my book here), a podcast host (listen here) (watch here) and a WPPI-C certified professional, full-time wedding photographer. I specialize in a 10-day image delivery, same-day prints, same-day slideshows, Italian handcrafted wedding albums and I have a mobile meeting space.

When I’m not behind my camera, you can find me hiking, cycling, backpacking, camping, enjoying water sports, listening to music (Elvis and Prince), hunting for arrowheads, reading audiobooks, occasionally eating a few glazed donuts (my only weakness to sweets) and then re-starting my keto diet about every 10 days. The most important things in life are for me to see my two daughters happy and to create a family history my grandparents and grandson would be proud of.