Archive for September, 2013

Happy First Day of Fall


I won’t lie… I DESPISE Fall!  Everything is cold, the living is dying, and my lips get so severely cracked!  *ugh*  Well, nonetheless I hope these photos will bring you some worth.  This is a personal friend of mine who was helping me test out some lighting.  I just love how he looks in all these photos.  Most of these photos would be great for LinkedIn headshoots.  Also, there is nothing wrong with having some cool photos taken of you just for fun.  I think it’s a great idea for all of use to take personal professional photos so generations after us can see what we looked like at their age.  Plus, it’s always great to look back and have a reminder for how beautiful or handsome you have always been… at any age!

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If you are interested in booking a session with me please contact me at UrbanJungleFashion@gmail.com


Happy Sunday Y’all!


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Urban Jungle Photography


I know I haven’t showed off a lot of my recent work and that’s because I have been unbelievably busy in life as of late.  Here is a session that I did about two weeks ago with an old co-worker Patricia.  She wanted to get these done in time for her 36th birthday.  Doesn’t she looks AMAZING?!  LOL!  I think it’s always a great thing to get professional photos of yourself just for the fun of it.

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The last picture is of Patricia’s beautiful daughter… more photos of her next week!

If you are looking for a great photographer in the Dallas and Au sin area please email at UrbanJungleFashion@gmail.com with any questions!

Have a great Saturday!


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Happy Friday

My apologies for being absent this week!  It’s crazy but I have a lot if work and weekend looks coming up!  Currently it’s about my photography business!  Here is a sneak peek of a recent shoot that I completed!  More photos to come!

FYI… Tomorrow is the last day of summer!  Eat up the sun if you can!

Happy Friday!!!


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LeftOver Studio’s Brit Camera Bag Review

LeftOverStudio Camera Bag

I will be honest with you. Finding affordable, large, leather, stylish, cognac colored camera bag is close to impossible. If you are lucky to find a bag under $125 then I will put money on it that it’s ugly, cheaply made, super duper small, or a combination of all three.

It was time to get rid of my trusty Nikon kit bag that I purchased back in 2009. I love that thing and the iconic yellow strip across the bag, but it was too small for my needs now and is ripping at the seams. It wasn’t a good look, especially when I’m shoots clients for a wedding. I needed something that more versatile and fit my M.O as a world dominating photographer.

I REALLY love the Ona Camera bags and first learned about this brand from Jamie Beck. She picked up the Ona Campus bag and it was ALMOST love at first sight. The bag is $430… and I’m sure after shipping it would have brought the total closer to $500.

Now $500 is nothing to scoff at for anyone part of the 99%. You know what I can pay for with $500?

Half of Rent

Two months of Car Note

5 months’ worth of Car insurance

5 months’ worth of groceries…

You see where I’m going with this. $500 is a lot of money for a bag. Then again Ona is pretty much the equivalent to Fendi in the camera bag world.

After much inner debate I was going to give myself at least three months to find a bag that going to fit my budget and style.  If I couldn’t I would breakdown and get an Ona.  Since I’m on a budget my goal was to find a high quality leather bag for less than $200, including shipping.

Yeah, I know… GOOD LUCK.

I searched high and low for bags. Most camera bags under $200 are either canvas or cloth. I didn’t want that as I desired a classic look that could last  a very long time. Cloth and canvas have a tendency to get dirty and I’m really not in the business of cleaning my bag off after a long day of shooting.

Then I thought…

“I wonder if Etsy has any cute and affordable camera bags…”


Etsy had a whole gang load of camera bags. To sell on Etsy the items have to be handmade or certified vintage. Nothing commercial allowed on this site.

Love Etsy.

A quick search later under “Leather Camera Bag” I came across Leftover Studio.

ALL THE BAGS are stylish, cognac, and UNDER BUDGET.

The Problem?

The dude was located in India.

I had my reservations. How can I be sure he’s honest? Can I really wait over a month for my bag to ship internationally? Do I want to pay for international shipping for the bag?

After about 10 days of going back and forth I decided to purchase from the seller.


Since he opened the shop two years ago he has had over 2000 sales worldwide. In all the reviews EVERYONE stated how he was a great communicator. He (at the time of this review) had over 300 reviews from customers.

Even with international shipping the bag would still be under my $200 budget.

I was able to find his blog and see that he did actually make these bags himself and so it wasn’t going to be a ploy.

So what he’s in India? That doesn’t mean he’s not honest. I once purchased a cellphone off Ebay from a guy in Georgia (United States) who stole it from a waitress at a night club. I was out $75 time and effort.

You can’t make up purchases like that up… and if he REALLY took the time to write over 300 reviews on himself he deserved my $161 just in his efforts alone.

There on August 20th, 2013 I placed my order.


Oz in the owner of the shop and he hands makes everything to order himself. The leather is made with goat skin so it’s water resistant. I was super excited to have purchased a bag that would be completely unique. On the seventh of September I received an email from Oz. He apologized profusely for getting the bag completely late due to an influx or rush orders so he upgrade my shipping for free. He gave me free three day international express. On September 10th I had my bag when I arrived home.

My friend was there and he was just as excited to see it as I was.

In the reviews for this bag many people complained about the smell. Oz even warns about the smell of the bag on Etsy shop SEVERAL times. The smell is just of the hid and it’s something that will fad through time. When I got my bag there wasn’t a pungent smell like others were claiming. In all honestly, the smell was less intense than a leather jacket made of cow. Perhaps I got lucky… or perhaps other people were exaggerating. Then I again I worked in a water disposal plant for two years and now very few smells get to me. However, my friend stated that he didn’t notice anything particular about the smell either.

All the specs about the bag were spot on. To be honest this bag is a bit on the masculine side, but it does match my shooting style perfectly.

If you are an AVID reader of this blog you already know that I am all about quality. When I shop I look for the TINESTY stich out of place. If I see one loose thread I don’t purchase any shirts from that rack. This bag didn’t have one noticeable defect.

The ONLY thing I didn’t like the bag was the length of the strap. I really like how the strap is a buckle design, but he should have include more holes so I could have made the strap a little shorter in order to carry the bag a little higher on my body. However, that’s not a real issue with me as I like my bag to hang below my waist for easy access to my equipment while shooting.

The case cushion for the lens and bodies is perfectly thick so I won’t worry about slamming my bag down too hard and damaging any expensive equipment. The case has sliders that are adjustable as well.

There is enough room and pockets to place small items such as cell, keys, and other miscellaneous items. I really like the fact that there is a slot for a 13” laptop. I will probably use that area for a future purchase of a tablet.

Overall I am happy with this purchase and I would give this bag 10 stars. If you’re debating on if you should get this item I would go ahead and say do it. It’s worth every penny and every minute I waited for it. If you don’t like the cognac color I would pick this bag up in black.

My brother’s style also match these products so I plan on buying him a weekend bag, gym bag, or briefcase from this vendor for his birthday or Christmas.

Now for the photos!!!

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|Top & Pants: Express| Belt: Old Navy| Camera Bag: Leftover Studio|Shoes: Nike|

Do you have this bag? What do you think?

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9/11 We Must Never Forget

9/11 Flag

I will never forget 9/11.  Please don’t take this day for granted.  Plus don’t let it be a faded memory.  Please never forget the emotions you held that day.  Don’t become complacent with the government and this world.  If we want to change we can be the change.  

I still hold dear in my heart all the people who passed away due to this hate.

I salute and give honor to all the men and women who lost their lives in the process of saving others.  

9/11.  I Will always remember.

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I told you guys that I loved this shirt. Now, to be honest, the previous post this week that featured this top was done over two weeks ago. It wasn’t like I wore the shirt Monday and then wore it again on Wednesday. I am bold, but I’m not that bold. LOL

I wanted to showcase how this top can be both casual and corporate. Many places of business don’t allow the shoulders to be seen, but I work in the tech industry so the rules are more relaxed. In all honestly I could rock jeans and sneakers every day to work as long as I looked kept.

Really, the only thing I changed was the pants and how I rocked the shirt. In my previous post I paired the blouse with skinny jeans and left the top untucked. Here I have the shirt tucked and I’m rocking my favorite editor pants from Express.

This shirt has to be one of my favorite purchases from this summer. The versatility is amazing and I plan on wearing it until the last bitter ray of sunshine has dissipated.

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|Top & Necklace: Strut| Pants: Express| Shoes: Shoedazzle|Belt: Old Navy|

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American Apparel Bodysuit

Happy Monday!  Here is an outfit that I wore this weekend while shooting a personal friend for my portfolio.  I have to make this quick because it’s 1:01 AM an I still need to fall asleep in an attempt to be on time to work at 7AM.

Adidas Pink Black Hightop

|Top:  American Apparel Body Suit| Shorts & Earrings: Strut| Shoes: Adidas from Ross|


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