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Happy Sunday Guys!

Weekly Goals

Sorry it’s so late in the evening but I had a full week.  For someone who has been unemployed for all  these weeks I sure have stayed busy.  I was doing something all day everyday.  I haven’t had a chance to watch one episode of Maury.

He is NOT the father!

 Maury, You Are Not the Father gif

(I’m not ashamed to admit it.  I love that shit. )

 January Week 02 Review


So I totally failed out my crossfit and work out goals.  Like Epic Fail…

Attend Crossfit class 4 times this week [FAIL]

Run three days this week [FAIL]

Not Eat Out  [FAIL]


For business I like to think that I did a pretty good job.  I didn’t have time to work on the UrbanJunglePhotography blog and sending out the shot list totally skipped my mind.

Create flyers for Couples Valentine Mini Session

Create Flyer for Boudoir Mini Session

Finish Alex’s Photos

Contact Clients and advise of dates

Send out shot list and other wedding questions requirements [FAIL]

Begin working on blog site for UrbanJunglePhotography [FAIL]

Email Boudoir Group and request thoughts on a different site from main work

Sign up for two bridal trade shows in Dallas Area


For business I like to think that I did a pretty good job.  I didn’t have time to work on the UrbanJunglePhotography blog and sending out the shot list totally skipped my mind.

Clean Carpets

Sand and paint side of desk [FAIL]

Look for wall paper for inside the desk [FAIL]

Make drawers work for desk [FAIL]


I didn’t do anything towards Jax’s blog.

For my apartment the only thing I got done was the carpet cleaning.  I didn’t touch that desk.  I was too dayum busy.

Start 365 blog today: Take for picture and rough design of blog

Update Jax’s site with three photos for next week [FAIL]

Goals for January Week 3


Crossfit 3 Times this week

Running 2 Times this week

Not Eat Out


Finish Edits for: Amber, Ashley, Amanda, Nene, and Fitness Club

Contact Clients Monday & Thursday for Reminders

Send out shot list to client

Beginning Working on UrbanJunglephoto Blog

Begin Outline for Boudoir


Wash All Clothes


Update 365 Blog Everyday

Two uploads to Jax’s Blog

Jazzy’s Video

Okay there you have it people.   These are you goals for the week.

Which one goal do you want to accomplish this week?


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The New Year is Starting Off Right!

Dallas, Hip Hop, Photography, Culture

Well, how has the first week into the New Year been for y’all?  Mine has been good thus far.  I have had a number of great shoots already with some popping up this coming weekend and early next week  so I will stay busy.  However, I wanted to do a quick post of some recent published work.  I REALLY want to be published every month of the rest of the year, but I’m going to settle for at least 6 times this year.

Also, I will post more of my recent work in the coming days!

If you like to see the complete spread please check out the free online version HERE.  Turn to page 14!

Have a Great Weekend!


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This Life is the Only Thing We will Ever Know

That is the God honest truth. 

The video above is by one of my favorite YouTubers WongFuProductions.  I love pretty much every single video they have ever made.   They examine life through glasses of people who are looking to grow through self actualization.  There is maturity in their words and thoughts that is more than clear in the production and writing of their work.  This type of thinking and thought process seems to be long forgotten in both society and Hollywood.

Wong Fu must have been sent by God because this video is the thing I needed to see tonight.  I needed a post of inspiration. Something to make me understand why I must follow my dreams and desires and  not get detoured by life, the what-ifs, and the self doubts.  If our dream is what we want, we should make it happen.  This is the only life we will know.  Do you really want to sit on the sidelines and watch it go by?  Do you want to be the person sitting there and envying the players or do you want to the quarterback?

Me?  I have to play the game.  I cannot sit around.  I get so tired of seeing people around me make it happen with their passions and desires that I… I get… geez… I get lazy.  I mean, at the end of the day I am the only one setting up my own hurdles and then I get mad that they are there.  I function in chaos because I am so used to it.  I am so used to struggling that when things go smooth I feel as though I have to put a mental hurtle up because it can’t possibly go this easy.  I know I need to change this about myself.

However, I cannot do this anymore.  I can no longer detour greatness.  I have everything that I will ever need to be successful and now I’m just realizing that I am not giving it my 100% all.  That will change.

Because it’s our life.. and why not…

…Why not make it everything that you want it to be?

Thank You Wong Fu for the reminder.




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Goals!  Goals!  Goals!  Goals! Goals I do Adore!

Smile, Katy Trail, Dallas

Maybe about a year and a half back I used to review what I have done the prior week to help achieve my goals each week but I stopped.  I think stopping and not taking the time to review what I have done was just a lazy tactic and now I need to begin again so I can make sure I’m doing everything I need to do to achieve these goals.

Today is day 5 into the New Year and honestly I haven’t done too much.  I’m sad to report. That’s why I want to make sure I do a weekly review so that doesn’t happen again.  Also, doing a weekly review will let me set out defined goals for each week to help my progress to my overall goal.

January Week 02:


Attend Crossfit class 4 times this week

Run three days this week

Not Eat Out


Create flyers for Couples Valentine Mini Session

Create Flyer for Boudoir Mini Session

Finish Alex’s Photos

Contact Clients and advise of dates

Send out shot list and other wedding questions requirements

Begin working on blog site for UrbanJunglePhotography

Email Boudoir Group and request thoughts on a different site from main work

Sign up for two bridal trade shows in Dallas Area


Clean Carpets

Sand and paint side of desk

Look for wall paper for inside the desk

Make drawers work for desk


Start 365 blog today: Take for picture and rough design of blog

Update Jax’s site with three photos for next week

Okay!  This is a great start.

What goals do you guys have for this coming week?

PS:  The photo was shot by myself on New Years day.  Feel free to pin it and  use it, but please give credit to me!

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Happy 2014 Everyone!

2014 New Years Banner

How was everyone’s New Year festivities?  Mine plan was a bit more low key this year.  Instead of hosting a party I actually hit the mean streets of Dallas and braved the Victory Park countdown.  It was really fun and quite amazing.  If you have instagram follow me on there.  My name is TheUrbanJungle.  You will see some of the amazing fireworks and madness.

2013 Review

Of course we all have goals for the New Year.  All things considered 2013 was a pretty amazing year for me and I only suspect that 2014 will be that much better.  I was able to bring my business to another level, buy equipment I needed,  blessed with a job that ly helped me get to that point, and was able to procure even a better job the last Monday of the year.  God blessed me with the first girl born in our family in awhile (women are rare on my dad’s side) and most of all I am blissful with how happy my family has been.  If you have been a member of this blog for awhile then you know that for awhile it felt like someone roundhouse kicked me to the face , and then when it felt that life couldn’t possibly get any worse the universe laughed in my face and said, “Bet?”

What I learned through that tough period is that I am a fucking warrior.  That life only blesses though that choose to take the high road and not bask in self pity.  That you see how sucky your situation is but you stand up, shrug, and dust your shoulders off.  Seriously, that is all you can really do.

Yes, people can be total self involved douchebags who will burn you in life.  But don’t give up on people.  I have had some MAJOR bullshit happen to me by the hands of other people, but I’ve had to learn that this is something that comes with life and we have two options, self pity or self actualization.

In all cases choose the latter.

Meanwhile, I’m not here to preach but I am here to tell you that life is here to  throw curve balls at your face.  It is your job to take a couple of bruises but in most cases you will learn and anticipate these throws so you can learn to hit those homeruns.

2014 New Sign


So let’s get to it.  The goals of 2014.

My goals this year are going to be more realistic and not so vague.  Each month I will review how those goals went and what tiny steps I’m taking  to accomplish them each month.

Overall forYear

Start my business solely by Dec 31, 2014… By July be fully functional

  • Be in the best shape of my life, Crossfit and half marathon
  • Be booked 3 out of the 4 weekends each month
  • Have a studio (no matter how small or who I share it with)
  • 365 Portrait Project (Photography & Fashion)
  • Update Jax’s website 3 times a week
  • Get all the basic equipment I need for a functional business (D800, 24-70mm 2.8, and 70-200mm VR II, New laptop, CPU, and Screens)
  • Collect more Vinyl records and create shelving for them
  • Create stronger business relationships with both clients and other working artist in Dallas
  • Finish Desk
  • Clean Out Patio
  • Travel to three places outside of Texas (San Diego, Miami, and….)
  • Organize my apartment

2014 Goals

January 2014

Fitness:  As you guys know I got to crossfit.  I try to make it there at least three times a week.  While Crossfit has made me stronger overall (trust me within the first 30 days I could feel a major difference because of the body movements I have to do as a photographer) I haven’t really lost too much weight.  Now if we are to be honest crossfit is more about becoming stronger and strength training so weight won’t be so much at a loss.  Mind you, that is not a bad thing.  What happens is the fat is changing into muscles.  Therefore the pounds of fat isn’t necessarily “burning off” it’s more so changing to 5 pounds of muscles. Muscle takes up less volume (space) than fat.  So while you can be 5’6 and 160 pounds with a high fat content… being 5’6 at 160 lbs looks way different when you have more muscle.  You have a thinner waist and badass quads and arms.    With that being said I do want to burn fat and pretty much the only way to do that is through cardio.  My goal for this year will be to go to crossfit at least 4 times a week and completed a half marathon (13.10 miles).  For the half marathon I have no plans to place.  My goal is to finish.  LOL.  I am more of a short distance runner, but I want to work on my stamina.  So I will be taking small steps to reach this goal.  I plan to run at least 3-4 times a week (most likely on days I don’t go to crossfit which will be Friday, Saturday, and Sundays).    I wanted to do a half marathon anytime after July 02nd… and this is the only one I have found thus far so my goal will be this one, Hottest Half 10K.   I plan to make January easy and only run 2 miles a day.  Each month I will raise the length I run to where I can comfortable finish a 10K (13.10 miles).

Oh, yah and not eating out during the month of January.

Business:  For January I plan to host some  mini sessions a couples and boudoir for Valentine’s Day.  Originally I wanted to take January off and focus on me, but I want to be a business owner with a highly respected name so I will be open for business.  However, I did make an announcement on my UrbanJunglePhotography Facebook page that I will no longer host family sessions and only take on VERY limited weddings as well.  I will be focusing my efforts mainly on boudoir, headshots, and engagement sessions. Yes, I am niche-ing down because I don’t want to be a jack of all trades and a master of none.   I want to focus on one thing and be great!  Also, I will not be using LivingSocial.  I say that now, but as of RIGHT NOW, RIGHT NOW I will not be using them.  Mainly because when a client comes to me we speak first before they book me.  This way we can both feel each other out and decide if this relationship is going to work.  You don’t that same interaction with Living Social.  People buy your voucher without reviewing your work.  While I only had one issue with that and I was able to clear it up to benefit of the customer I know I don’t want to deal with that again.  The other things is LivingSocial clients will now show up to sessions or will tell you at the ABSOULTE last minute they can’t show up.  In my personal contracts outside of LivingSocial I have things that protect me from that.  With LivingSocial I don’t have the same.  I have to just suck it up, reschedule, and move on.  What people who aren’t photographers fail to realize is that sometimes we to have to rent our equipment or turn down other jobs because you wanted that spot.  We are running as a business and at the end of the day one should be hyper aware of what the other person has done for you on their end.   Most of all time is valuable.  Most people do not realize that… and since the person on LivingSocial has paid the only thing I can do is just move on.  So again, no LivingSocial ads.

I will be researching and going to bridal trade shows in Dallas and checking out the price points of other boudoir photographers in the city.  I will also research their style and what they offer.  Boudoir is still a growing market in this city so I want to do everything I can do to elevate my rankings.  I will probably attended two bridal shows a month between January and March, and if possible one in April.  I have my boudoir retreat in April.  I will also need to find tactics to grow my Facebook photography page… so that’s it for now.  I will still need to create a detail planned for this year, but this will give you guys a high level overview for this month.

Apartment: It’s time to redecorate.  The main thing is finishing me white desk.  That is the only goal for this month.  I am about 85% done.  I need to sand some more, pick knobs, and find some wall paper.  Once I’m done I need to move the desk inside and move other things to storage.  However, I may not be able to do the move before the end of January.  Once I have my space back I will do an apartment tour.

Personal:  I will be starting a 365 project for both this site and a new personal site.  For UrbanJungleFashion I want to post every day.  I know about two weeks ago I said I was going to do that, but it ended up not being possible because of the holidays and having family come in.  That took a lot of my time.  So Every. Single. Day this year I will have a new post up for you guys!  Be excited!  I am doing another 365 project.  This one is based off a photographer named Lara Jade.  Lara Jade is a British born photographer who now lives in New York.  She did a 365 project where she took photos of herself everyday for a year and placed those photos on Flickr.  She did this because she wanted to help develop her style and see what lighting techniques worked best for her.  During this project she placed her photos on Flickr and from there started her major professional journey into photography.  Magazines, ad campaigns, and more clients!  Do I expect to yield the same results as Lara?  Ummm YEAH, but in reality I just want to work on my lighting, shooting, and editing technique.  The best and only model I can get everyday is me.  I am debating if I want a tumblr or WordPress site, but I will be doing that starting today. I will most likely have a link for you guys tomorrow.

I also plan to travel to three cities outside of Texas.  I know for a fact I will be in San Diego in April.  I think I may be in Miami in June.  So I need one more city.  I am trying to avoid Las Vegas… but you might catch me there in July.  Yes, I LOVE Las Vegas, but I have been there so many times already… I wanted to try something new…. But we will see. However, there will be no traveling for the months between January and March.

If you haven’t seen Jax’s website click here!  I just love my little mutt.  Once I have time I will revamp this website too.  However, that may be closer to February.

Dayum. This was wordy as IDK what and if you made it through to the end please let me know!

Also, if you are a follower of this blog please list your blog URL below!  I want to make sure I’m following you back through BlogLovin’!

Happy New Year EVERYONE!!!!!


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Mind Body Soul

Where the *beep* did August come from?! How did it get here so frickin’ fast????!!! I could have sworn that LAST WEEK was New Year’s Eve. These days seem like they are getting faster and faster, don’t they?

Well, for the month of August I’m placing myself on a 31 days challenge for a number of different reasons. This challenge will be part of my mind, body, and soul motif for this year.



Well, there have been a number of things just not working for me. I haven’t been running as much due to work and my growing photography business. Also, my eating habits haven’t been on par. I have found myself indulging multiple times a week on those delicious Famous Amos cookies and spending more money than I care to admit at restaurants. Since I am so busy I have been cooking less. Simply because I just haven’t made the time. Also, I have noticed more and more hair loss and I need to identify why. I may be experiencing traction alopecia because I have been pinning my hair up. However, that’s for another post…

Last night I went to Sprouts and they were having a 25% off all health care, vitamins, and supplements so I cleaned up. Here is what I decided to purchase:

B12: 60 pills to help increase energy and focus. I just feel so sluggish and tired in the morning which makes me feel not as efficient. I want to see if I feel a difference in mood after 31 days of taking these pills. I purchased the pill that dissolves under your tongue because it enters the blood stream faster.  As a note I plan on only taking one pill a day.

Hair, Nail, & Skin Supplements: My nails have always been super pretty but they can get brittle after they grow to a certain length. My hair seems to be not a shiny anymore either. I have always has great skin, but even great can be improved. I will take these pills at night before I go to bed to see if they get absorbed better in the body.

Leafy Green Supplements: For the most part I would say that I do eat healthy. However, the one food I just despise are leafy greens. I love tomatoes, every type of squash, kale, carrots, cilantro, onions, cauliflower…. Shoot… almost every veggie in the book but freakin’ leafy greens. I just feel like I’m not getting a lot out of it. However, leafy greens are super important to the digestive system. Whenever I have a tummy ache I usually eat a mango or a salad. Both work great. I think part of my hair loss may be attributed to not eating enough leafy greens. I did some research and decided to purchase a leafy green food supplement.   With these powders that you place them in 8 ounces of water and drink about 30-45 minutes after your meanl.  They are supposed to work pretty effectively. I purchased two different brands. One is a berry flavor and the other is just greens. When speaking to the sales associate at Sprouts he informed me that the straight green one is the best on the market, but it taste the grossest. I will review both products when I’m done to give my opinion about it. I also purchased a number of one off packets as well to see if I would like them.

Hair: My hair has been getting super tangled recently and I have had a lot of hair loose. My guess is it  has to do with the fact I wear my hair up a lot and it stresses out the follicles. Therefore I’m going to attempt to not wear my hair in a ponytail all month and engage in the magic of bobby pins. I also plan to take better care of moisturizing my hair and pinning it up at night.   I also made an appoitment for this Saturday at a natural hair care salon for a good wash and cut.  Again, I will go in more detail about my hair in an upcoming post.

Fitness: I plan on running EVERYDAY for the next month… or at the very least walking at least 2 miles a day. I also signed up for a _____ class through Groupon. I  wanted to sign up for some Crossfit classes, but I haven’t found any that appeal to me in Dallas. I will try and wait that one out. Crossfit interest me because it’s more like athletic training.

Not once ounce of junkfood is allowed… except for today because I already made plans with friends to check out Cedar Social in Dallas. I’m sorry… if I go to a sit down dinner I’m having wine.


If you know me I have obsessing over redecorating my place. In fact I’m in the middle of a desk refurbishing that I hope to get done by this weekend. For the month of August Apartment Therapy is hosting a 30 day redecorating cleanse so if you’re interested check it out here. Getting my place redecorated will help me to become more at ease at home.

Fashion: I am well aware that I haven’t posted a lot of OOTD but that is because (a) I have been so busy, (b) since I haven’t been working out too much I don’t like how untoned my body has looked in pictures, and (c) my waistline has grown cuz all those dayum Famous Amos cookies. Nonetheless that shouldn’t be an excuse so my plan is to showcase a new outfit EVERYDAY for a month.

I also need to figure out the work- life,-and personal business balance. I have no idea how I am going to conquer this one. I will have to let you guys know of the game plan I come up with. I just don’t have a minute of my day were I can relax long enough to even think about it. However, this Saturday may be a good day to be alone figure things out.


I feel like I have calmed down a lot this year. I feel more relaxed and WAY happier than last year, but that’s because I have found a wonderful position which doesn’t stress me out. I’m also surrounded by a great friend and family base. However, I want to do more for my community and the people around me.

Honestly I REALLY love to volunteer my time… but time is a luxury I don’t have to give out. However, informing the world about great and interesting causes and initiatives is something I can do easily on my website. What I plan on doing is having a section called “Help a brother/sister’ out”… (it’s a working title)… where I will highlight someone who is doing something great or cool for the world or community and how you can help them out. Just this week I told you guys about a friend from high school who needs money for a surgery that will help her keep her arm after battling bone cancer (check it out HERE ). I also told you guys about Woncho (sounds like Poncho) who currently has a Kickstarter campaign out to film a web documentary about hitchhiking. I think this sounds like an AWESOME project… and, as of this post, he only needs $650 more dollars to reach his goal! He has six days left so I am rooting for him. So if you like to learn more about this project click (HERE!).

Wow! This was a word heavy post! LOL! I know I typically have a lot of picture heavy post so this good. This will be a good project for me and it seems that you guys will get a lot of days were I will post twice a day. I will try not to do that too often because I know multiple posts can be overwhelming. So I hope you guys join me on this journey. In fact it would be cool if someone also did the 31 days fitness/eating challenge with me!

Here’s to August! Cheers!

Photo by S

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I hosted about three events for Valentine’s Day Mini Sessions . So I have been working on shooting and editing.  On top of that I have been working with the Pop! Up Glam Squad on helping making their business fruitful!  I will post more information about them in the upcoming weeks.  I will also be doing a lot of traveling PLUS I always stay looking for new opportunities   I will begin to incorporate a lot of what I do on this blog so you guys know I’m not slipping… just busy!

If you do like to stay connect with me I have a number of ways!

Always feel free to email me at UrbanJungleFashion@gmail.com

Instagram: (I have become an addict): TheUrbanJungle

Facebook: Please take the time to LIKE my page! : UrbanJunglePhotography

Ladies I have a TON of great concepts awaiting!  I’m waiting for my soror to get back from Hawaii (where she celebrated her birthday) JELLY!!!

FYI!  If you guys are in the Dallas area and need a WONDERFUL PHOTOGRAPHER feel free to contact me by email or Facebook!




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