Monday, September 9, 2013


I am a camera. Well, maybe not a camera, but I am the extension of one. I am a photographer. I am proud to call myself a photographer. But, what does that actually mean?

 I've been taking photos since I was a small child. My grandfather was a photographer and an amazing artist. Through him, I found my love for photography. He encouraged me and mentored me to become the person I am today.

          First photos I took with my new camera. 1974

 When I look around me, I see things that many others might not. I see how they would look through my lens and in doing so, I capture it and present what was going through my head when I took the shot. I've been told I have an eye for photography, whether it is doing portraits or taking pictures of what is going on around me.

                                                     But, when did that become the stone age?

Everyone nowadays has their smartphone via Iphone, Ipad, Android, etc. We are inundated every day with photos on Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter being taken from a phone and uploaded instantly to the internet. From that, more and more people are having their friends take their photos from their phones and shooting their weddings, portraits, graduation cards and special events happening in their lives.

But are they getting the pictures they really want? Their friends will shoot for free so why not?

A photographer understands lighting, shadows, drama, innovative ideas so that they don't have to spend all their time in Photoshop correcting everything.

A photographer has years of learned experience either by schooling or the school of hard knocks. A photographer understands that multiple shots need to be taken to make sure you get that "good" one.

A photographer wants to commemorate that special moment in time with pictures that convey emotions.

A photographer has the love, passion and drive to make sure that what is seen through the lens is what you will receive in your photo.

A photographer has worked and sweated to save and scrimp to get the equipment they want and need to create their images. They spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars throughout their career to perfect their craft.

Those who have regular jobs are paid for the work they produce whether it is the CEO of a large company or working at a fast food restaurant. But there are many people who don't realize that being a photographer is our job. It is our love and passion, but it is also what puts food on the table for our families.

Sometimes we're asked to do something for free. Would you do that to a chef? Would you go into a store and ask that same question?

I am a photographer. I live and breathe in images. I see the world through my lens. I enjoy creating special moments for people.

I am a photographer.  

Yes, I charge for my services, but it goes back to that old adage. You get what you pay for.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Has it Really Been That Long?

Looking back, it seems I have failed miserable in keeping a blog! Well, that's about to change!

Even though January has passed, my New Year's Resolution will be to keep up with keeping a blog!

Now, I know my fellow readers, you are thinking, yeah right. It's been a year!! Well, it's time to stop procastinating and do!

Currently, I am working on the Longoria Wedding Video. Shot at Chantilly Country in beautiful Montgomery, it was the perfect setting for a wonderful evening!

I also did a Bluebonnet photo shoot while the weather was still gorgeous! Did you miss your Bluebonnet photo shoot? No worries, there are still plenty of places around town to take amazing photos of you and your family!

Remember, we also do videography as well as photography!! Call us with your needs! 936-203-3188

Saturday, February 12, 2011

When It Rains It Pours

I just came back from a lovely Indie Cruise with some very fantastic women.

We had tons of fun and stories to tell, but when I returned from the cruise, this is what we found!

Although beautiful, our water pipes didn't seem to care for it much and quit working. Well, technically, they busted all over the place!
We got on the phone with our handy, dandy, fix-it man and he repaired what he could. He at least got it working so we could take a shower. The following day he came back to finish up the work and upon fixing everything caught his foot on one of the pipes and ruptured it!

Now, we had our handy, dandy fix-it man here, but apparently, we weren't the only ones with busted pipes and all the area stores were out of stock on the piece we needed.

At least we did get a shower in! We kind of figured it wouldn't be worth it to look high and low for the part when the temperature was going to drop again into the teens. Yes, Virginia, we are in Texas! So, we waited a couple of days until it was a wee tad warmer before trying to fix the pipe again.

Day 4 of no water and Mr. Fix-It came back. Glory be, he got the water working again and wrapped some of the pipes so this would not happen again.

Around 4am, I heard something really weird happening. We had left the water running in our sinks, but now all we heard was sputtering and spewing. Noooooooo, it can't be happening again!!! At 4am, my wonderful husband put on warm gear and went out to the well house to turn the water off......again.

Day 5. After looking everywhere, we couldn't find the leak, but in looking inside the well house, the fan belt on the compressor was gone. Off to the store we went and got a new belt. This time, my husband took it upon himself to fix the compressor. He did such a good job, but the well tank still wasn't filling up! We looked all around the house and couldn't find where it was leaking. On a hunch, he went in the back to the barn.

Tadah!!! Water was going everywhere from a pipe that hasn't been used in I don't know how many years! Best thing about that was that it was an easy fix. The barn pipe was capped, the well restarted and guess what ladies and gentlemen?

We have water!!!!! At times it felt like we were back in the Hurricane Ike days with the exception that we had electricity.

Top things I have found out about not having running water.

1. It takes at least a gallon of water to flush a toilet.

2. If you microwave water for 2:00 minutes, it will be warm enough to wash your face.

3. Trying to take a sponge bath does not really work when it is freezing outside and you only have 2:00 minute warmed water.

4. Eat out.....a lot. That way you won't have dishes piling up in your sink.

5. Hope you have a lot of clean clothes as your washing machine doesn't do much!

I am now very appreciative of the pipes in our house and having water. So much for global warming!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

What are you doing with your wedding dress?

Wendi Ryan of About Face and I are promoting the newest trend in photography coolness... You may have heard about it- TRASH THE DRESS..ROCK THE FROCK... Its time to take out that old wedding dress you know your daughter will never wear and no one will ever want and rock it one more time in an artistic piece either in the elements, in the water, doused with paint, splashed with fondue-whatever you can dream we can do! Divorced? Even better! What a great way to rock a pair of scissors and mud or black paint! Of course, the glam hair and face!

If you are interested, drop me a line at my email nbrown@wishnikphotography to set up an appointment. Wendi is a fantastic makeup artist with years of experience. Like her page here .

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Where Am I Going?

It seems that I have been MIA for a bit, but not too fear my fellow readers. I have simply moved my blog here! I have blended my After The Rayne Soaps and WishNik Photography blog into one. Please see my new post at my new site.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Whew! Monday's sneaking away from me! Time for POETeam action!

Today's color is GREEN!! It's Spring and the leaves on the trees are growing strong, flowers are blooming and garden's are growing!

Enjoy being GREEN!

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I Wanna Know!

So, I just wanna know, what exactly do people want as photographs?

Is it flowers?

Something vintage?

Maybe they want something big.

Or, something a little country:

What makes you want to say, you have to have it and hang it on your wall?

Inquiring minds want to know!