Preserved in pictures

In addition to not eating air fresheners — or maybe because of not eating air fresheners? — I had a lovely weekend in Houston with my parents. We were celebrating my mom’s birthday, which mostly meant spending time together and eating a lot of Dairy Queen. (Those mini Blizzards are the perfect size!)

I also made sure to take out the camera a lot, because I’ve been a little lax since coming back from the cruise. But this week helped me remember how important photos can be. For my mother’s gift, I made a photo book at Snapfish, and it turned out beautifully. The printing and production (colors, cover, etc.) were top-notch, and I spent hours arranging the photos to tell the story of my mother (as best I knew it). She and my dad loved it, and as I flipped through, I realized that I want to make more of these books, both for myself and for my loved ones. And to do that, I need photos.

Houston Sugarland Town Center 012

Sugarland Town Center, which is a great little plaza with food and shopping

Houston Sugarland Town Center 008

Houston sailing 007

Out and about on our boat, in Clear Lake

Houston sailing 038 Houston sailing 039

I am first and foremost a writer, but sometimes an image says it all.

Like this:



Only in Chinatown


3 keys to storytelling


  1. Photobooks are great! My wife and I print them for everything instead of putting 4×6’s in an album. They take up way less space on the shelf and let you add captions and information (who, what, when, where, why) that you don’t typically get with a standard print album.

  2. Les

    I’ve been camera slacking too! Looks like a fun time, I miss lakes…

  3. I’m a picture fanatic – seriously, I must have at least a hundred up – and I’ve definitely found that they can speak volumes. Sometimes they’re also really inspirational and thought-provoking when it comes to writing. You never know where you’ll find a catalyst!

    Glad you had a great weekend! Houston looks beautiful :-)

  4. Ooh, sailing. Now I’m jealous.

  5. Your mom is beautiful!! 60?!? And that pic with your dad is really sweet. It’s great to get a little insight into your family. Full moon in a purple plaza…almost as good as a campfire at my place. :)

  6. Jon

    Wow, I love the plaza pics. What kind of camera do you use? Good for you taking so many photos. I haven’t taken any photos since a couple of weeks ago. I’m such a slacker :(

  7. Alex

    Your photo of the dock brings back SO MANY memories. :-) Love to your mom — this weekend came up so quickly for me.

  8. That’s like…. 5088 words right there. Prolific day of writing? :)

  9. Simon-
    Yeah, I was thinking of doing something like that for me and Andy, since most of our photos are digital, but “albums” are so much easier to view.

    Get on it, girl! ;P

    That’s true — photos can really feed a writer’s imagination! I use Flickr all the time for “research” for my WIP. :)

    LOL. Well we just motored around this time, but yeah, sailing rocks. Still, you have a boat now!

    Aww, thanks. I wish I could have come to the campfire (next time!!) but it WAS a good weekend with good parents. :)

    I just have a little Panasonic Lumix LZ8. I figured I needed something small so I would actually carry it around. :P (Plus it was a good price, haha.)

    Being in that area always reminds me of you. :)


  10. I love those boat pics!

Comments are closed.

Powered by WordPress & Theme by Anders Norén