Stronger & Weaker

“There is no such thing as firming and toning, there is only stronger and weaker.” ~Mark Rippetoe

As many of you know, I was a full time certified personal trainer for just under 12 years and I loved every minute of it. I was fortunate enough to train, coach, and advise hundreds of people. I don’t think I could ever put into words how amazing it feels to help someone become and stay fit as well as healthy. Promoting a healthy and fit lifestyle is something that will always be near and dear to my heart. Getting to photograph people living the lifestyle is pretty indescribable as well.

Over the years most of my clients were women who wanted to lose weight. Most had never worked out before and most had no idea what or when to eat. Nutrition is almost 80% of the battle to successful long term fat loss, however, building and maintaining muscle is also paramount.

I often heard something like, “I don’t want big arms. I don’t want to look like a man. I can’t lift that, it’s too heavy.” Convincing women even to this day to not only lift weight, but to lift heavy weight is still a challenge. We all need strong bones, minds, and muscle mass. There is no such thing as firming and toning, only stronger and weaker. I could go on and on, and on and on, but, instead I will share photos of a beautiful, strong, competitor, personal trainer, nurse and friend that I photographed at MetroFlex San Antonio recently.

What I believe…

“Live, breathe deeply, love, laugh, lift, skip, jump, listen to great music, smile, enjoy good food, find peace, become fit and create new memories…One life. One body. One choice.” ~ Tracy McKithern

There is only stronger and weaker.

Frustration & Love

“Frustration and love can’t exist in the same place at the same time, so get real and start doing what you would rather be doing in life. Love is your life. All of it. Even the heavy shit that happened to you when you were 8. All of it was and IS perfect.” ~Jason Mraz

My groom and I have been huge fans of Jason Mraz since we met about 4 years ago. Some of our best memories together include Jason Mraz’s music blaring in the background. For those of you who may not know who he is, he is an American singer and songwriter. We were fortunate enough to be able to travel to see him perform live in Houston this past August. He was incredible.

Photographs and music are an integral part of my life. Art in any form can inspire and sometimes touch our souls. We each live one life, and none of our lives are perfect; we each suffer through hard times and we push on. We must push on. Though I have felt frustrated many times in my life, love has always helped me to see a way through. Love from my friends, mother, family and my groom are the voices I cherish. Their love is my life and art is my life.

Photography for me is an art form. When your memories fade, you can always look back at a photo and remember how special you are and how special the people in your life were and are. Please listen to good music, forget your frustration for love, cherish your photographs, and “live in the moment”…



My groom & me on the lawn waiting for Jason Mraz to perform on 8/12/12.