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Books to Read During Christmas Break

If you have access to a cozy fire and a good blanket, then you have the perfect environment to get some reading done this holiday season! Often, we get days off work or school, and have some downtime. So, what better time is there to start a new book? I know it’s hard to settle down in the hustle and bustle of the holidays with the shopping, wrapping, and cooking, but after the 25th, you may have a few free days to really REST! Here are some of our top picks of books to devour before the end of 2018:

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: This book is a great, quiet thriller. It’s the story of secrets and how they can upend a whole community. It will keep you turning the pages until the very end. If you like her beautiful writing style, you’ll also like her book “Everything I Never Told You” about a death in the family and the mystery surrounding it.

Girl, Wash Your Face: Rachel Hollis has inspired tons of women and girls to get through hard circumstances, and keep their heads held high. This is an inspiring book filled with motivational thoughts and ideas to get you out of a rut. It also makes the perfect gift for your girlfriends or your mom. Rachel also is awesome on social media and her podcast, so be sure to check those out as well.

Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks: If you want a quintessential chick-lit book, this one will fit the bill. It’s a romantic story of a surgeon who falls in love, and the family commitments that drive them apart. It’s a page turner and a tear jerker, and the perfect book to settle into a bubble bath or a road trip with. It’s a larger book, so it’ll also be perfect for those readers who like to truly savor a story.

Turtles All the Way Down: John Green is one of my favorite authors, because of the way he weaves a story together. This is no exception. It is a powerful story about mental illness and the way it touches people’s lives, but it’s also lighthearted and enjoyable, and even funny. You won’t be able to put it down, and you’ll want to share it with everyone you know.

Ghost Soldiers: An atypical biography about a true story during World War II. It’s the riveting account of a true life rescue, and the men who defied the odds. It reads well, and isn’t boring in the least. We bet you will plow right through it, and then loan it to your friends. It has some violent content due to the war subject matter, but it’s a worthwhile and meaningful read.



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Emma | Teen Photography in Houston, Texas

You may remember that I recently talked about utilizing creative locations. I believe you can find inspiration everywhere, and that doing so is one of my strengths! A fun fact about this shoot is that we set a “studio” up right in this young lady’s home…proof you truly can get professional, stunning portraits just about anywhere with some hard work and ingenuity! Emma attends Wertheimer Middle School and is in the 6th grade. She will graduate as part of the Class of 2025, but that’s a few years away, so for now she’s focused on keeping her grades up and living her life in a positive way. “I’d describe myself as loyal and generous”, she shared, “I recently say the movie ‘Wonder’, and that really changed the way I view people. I hope people remember me in twenty years for being a nice person”. Emma dreams of being a hunting guide one day, and really looks up to female role models who have forged ahead in this field, such as Melissa Bachman “because she is the only female hunter that has her own show on the hunting channel and she is so inspiring!” I know Emma is well on her way to becoming an inspiration to other strong young women.

In her spare time, this beautiful young lady enjoys spending time with family and friends, and listening to music by Kenny Chesney and Rachel Platten (she loves the song ‘Fight Song’). For her professional portraits, we kept things simple with classic and solid colored attire. It kept the focus on her incredible eyes! We also added an elegant Michael Kors jacket with a fur hood to lend texture and interest to a few shots. I had a hard time choosing a favorite image, because these all capture her strength and grace. You may have noticed that she’s not yet a senior in high school, but I shoot portraits of many kinds. The teen years are some of the best times to have a photo session done, because many people only have baby pictures and then seniors photos; missing those wonderful years in between. If you’re looking for a portrait photographer, please let us know!

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