It’s nice to meet you…

My name is Danielle. I just got married in October to the boy I have loved since high school. Teenage fears kept us apart back then, but we found each other again 6 years ago.

We just got back 2 weeks ago from our honeymoon in Ireland! We were very lucky to have family and friends who helped make that happen. We had such an amazing time and really want to go back. I might do a detailed entry about it later 🙂

I work as a cashier at Montgomery Street Antique Mall in Fort Worth. I absolutely love it there, my coworkers and the antique dealers are all amazing people. I became interested in antiques and vintage things a few years ago, and I have a shop on Etsy (CollectingDust) where I sell some things. I would love to one day have a booth at the mall.

I am also a photographer (The Darkroom Photography). I have loved photography since I was about 14 years old. I fought going digital until I was 20 when my dad bought me my first Rebel. I was doing weddings back then, so it just made sense to finally make the switch. I do the typical families, seniors, babies…but I would really like to branch out into more artistic portraiture. I just feel a little stuck in what photography has become in the facebook age.

For the last 9 months or so I have been trying to get healthy and get in shape.  I believe topped out at 205lbs. Though I am fortunate that I have always been proportional, and I am very muscular so it adds to the weight…but I’m not delusional. I am heavy, and I need to work hard. Something that has been a struggle because I really love food… and Netflix. But I will get there.

Today was 9 years since my mama died. She had LeioMyoSarcoma, a very rare and agressive form of cancer. I have recently learned that there have been great strides made in the treatment of this cancer. This is bitter sweet news for me, because if she had gotten sick less than a decade later, she might have been able to beat it…but I am very happy too, because that means fewer people will have to suffer the loss that my family did.

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A painting I did of one of her bridal photos.

I have decided to try my hand at blogging. I can’t promise I will be any good at it, but who knows.  I will try and write a more focused post next time, I know this one was very much all over the place. It’s time to go to sleep, family stuff tomorrow/today.

– Danielle

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