Cake, Wednesdays and Getting Fired

It's Wednesday and my brain is a mess. I need coffee for my coffee. I haven't slept well the past two nights at all. I blame cake. I haven't had a huge amount of cake in over 5 or 6 months. Even during our birthday month, I think I only had a small slice on each birthday. And then the other night, my father in law turned 60 and well, my sister-in-laws made a three layer cake. And my mother-in-law gave me enough cake for me, my children and any other children that ever wanted to join our family. And.I.ate.the.whole.thing. It was delicious. My body didn't sleep for 2 days. Apparently, sugar detoxing for 3 weeks and then eating that much cake mess you up. I dreamed my husband came home from work at 5:15 am and Mr. Golden Sun was blazing hot and the children were running around with supervision. That was all a matter of seconds after he walked through the door with the children while I was napping. Cake hurts so good.

I work in an office full of men. Did you know that? I'm the only girl in the office. The only one that wears colored pencil skirts, frills sleeves and sandals. I just realized I only own one pair of sandals. Um, and then I handed in my girl card. Anyhow, it's not unusual to get home and 10 minutes later and get a text from my boss that says something like, "DEANNA CHAPA!!!!!! YOU'RE KILLING ME!!!!!" Kid you not. I usually laugh really hard, because I forgot to turn off the air. Again. I can't help it if in my caring nature I want them to stay cool in the office instead of suffering in 95 degree heat. Compassion is going to get me fired. So I put up a sticky note. Then two more notes. Then my co-worker added another note for good measure. Hi, I'm Dory.

I love Animoto videos. Especially when cake keeps you up late at night and its been months since you unloaded your photos from your phone. Cash woke up the other night crying in his sleep. He said he wanted to take a picture. I told him we'd take pictures tomorrow. He cried harder. Then fell back to sleep. Weird child.

Happy Wednesday! Go eat some cake.



I love IG. At night I lay in bed an usually catch up on the last 14+ hours of the day through other people's photos. And apparently I have this thing for landscapes because a lot of the people I follow are pure iPhone users and they take the most beautiful landscape photos.

If you ever want to see a funny series, look up the hashtag #onlockedown by Jessica Claire. Funniest mommy thing ever. I laugh out loud every time.

I usually am just documenting my kiddos and moments I don't want to forget. One day I'll upgrade my phone, but for now, I'm just happy to have recorded the moments. :)

Happy Wednesday!


Changes are a Comin'

Since the inception of my photography journey I have always called myself Urban Rose Photography. I've gone through a myriad of looks all while trying to discover my "style" and how I wanted to present myself.

In 2008 my logo looked like this...oh, my word. So homemade and novice. However the girl, she's beautiful. Even still today.

Below I set up a white sheet at church on Easter and then did the best.photoshop.work.ever. ;) Okay, I'm slightly embarrassed that I even posted these, BUT we all start somewhere and it's fun to see how far a person can grow. That little boy in the picture? Just turned 12. 

Around 2009-10 I updated my look. Big change, right? My dog used to be skinny and a snob. Now she's just a snob...and not really mine anymore. *sniff* However, my photoshop skills did get better. :)

Eventually I moved on, developed my style and decided I wanted something more classic and timeless. And this logo was born:
I have loved this logo, icon and look for a couple of years now (except that this rose is huuuuge right here). I think its classic and timeless which is how I wanted to present my brand. Not faddish or super trendy. I made the rose and its still a favorite. However, the name no longer fits. I don't want to be Urban Rose anymore. My style isn't "urban" and is no longer "trendy." I love classic photography. Classic looks. Photos that people will still love 10, 20 and 30 years from now. So I've decided to let go of Urban Rose. Beginning in October I'll be just Deanna Rose. Me. My name. My brand. Still deciding whether or not to keep the rose icon. I still love it.

I'm excited for the change. Excited to just be me. Maybe I'll quit getting phone calls from people who find me online and call me asking if I develop photos and how much film costs. Or whether or not I can take their passport photos. Or how much I charge to do 50 wallets. Change is a good thing and I'm ready.

Happy Monday!