What’s Up With Me

Waking up at 4am.

You have to question yourself when you wake up at 4:30am ready to get up and go when you have no morning-clock-in time.   This early morning rise and shine has been the a frequent occurrence now since 2012.  My family use to freak out if I was ever up before 9am.  I remember the first time I called my Dad to “chat” around 7:30 in the morning and he freaked out thinking something was wrong.  I attribute not being a “morning person” to being in your twenties, living a party life style and a bartender, at least for me.  My Dad has always expressed how important and beautiful mornings are, and it is a proven fact that your brain functions better in the morning hours, but it wouldn’t be until turning 30 that I would ever realize that for myself.  When Jamie and I started the photography business is when I had to “grow up” and start my mornings far earlier, I quickly learned to love it. The sunset is great, but a good sunrise after a good night’s sleep has become one of my favorite parts of many of my days these days.  I still like to nap when the opportunity presents itself, so I’m not that “grown up” I guess. I still bartend sometimes too, so its inevitable, a nap can be a necessary thing some days too.  Most mornings I like to hit the ground running, even if its to just hop out of bed and get on my computer to write.  When my eyes open my thoughts start immediately with ideas, things I want to create, to do, to say and to share.  This morning I want to share with you what I’ve been up to for the past few months and all the exciting things I have coming up too.

Kelby and I tied the knot on April 6th…more pics of the wedding to come…

We followed that up with a 9 day honeymoon to Belize.  The entire experience was incredible.

I plan to blog about all of that amazingness later.

One thing that has been on the cusp of happening for a while now was a little work-life change.  I’ve been assisting at the studio since the pub closed and also working a few bar shifts at the music venue close to home.  Both very part time and it definitely freed up some time for me to finally learn my camera.  Yes, I’ve been involved with photography for years, but I’ve never been a shooter until recently after a long talk with my best friend who is a successful portrait and wedding photographer.  During our conversation I was itching to do something I’m passionate about, anything creative, I was so bored and very lost feeling, I was without direction.  I’ve always been a creative person, and that is what truly fuels my fire, but I wasn’t creating anything at the time.  I found myself with a lot of free time over the winter, and winter is depressing enough, I was in a funk.  The studio nor the bar was busy for the holidays, the nature of both industries, so I finally picked up my camera.  Something Jamie, my sister and head photographer at The Adore Girls and Steph, Shines Photography, have encouraged me to do for a long time now.  I didn’t know how I would feel when I started to learn the camera, but what I did know is that it’s always been something I could “see” myself doing, I have great teachers at my disposal, I know more about photography than most beginners, and its creative so why not give it a shot.  I’m so glad I did, it came quite naturally actually.  Now it’s May 1st, I’ve made a couple of sales in portraiture, I’ve purchased a brand new camera, and  the future is looking brighter and brighter every day…through the lens.

I had to pump the breaks a little right after I started shooting.  I had the wedding and honeymoon to focus on.  I knew when I got back from my honeymoon I would have to make a change with my bar schedule, but I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to make that happen.  After all, money is money, and we all need at least a little to live.  Enter back into my life, The Adore Girls.  I had gone back to the studio in July of 2016, but only to assist shoots and mostly on Mondays and Saturdays.  Going back felt like second nature, but Jamie and I also had to tread lightly around my return, we are sisters, and after 60 hour work weeks together from 2012 to 2015 we almost ruined our sisterly love for each other, so returning had the potential of being tricky.  This time around though we have a much better grasp on my strengths and weaknesses and where Jamie can use my strengths the most.

The universe works in mysterious ways.

When I got back from Belize Jamie and I had a long talk about my future.  She offered me more work for the studio, marketing.  I love marketing.  I didn’t know marketing or understand anything about it until Jamie and I started the business back in 2012.   It was one aspect that I really loved, its creative.

When I left the studio the first time I went back to the bar and took my passion for marketing with me. Though I didn’t know at first that I would be using what I had learned at the studio, at the bar.  I even loved marketing beer, which I don’t love and cheeseburgers, that oh I do.  HA!  Unfortunately, and as the universe would have it the pub closed, not because I am terrible at marketing, lol, but the property was purchased by Vanderbilt University and thus it was time to lock up the old doors to that location.  I stayed on with the company for as long as I could, but shortly after relocating to a new location I realized that it wasn’t where I was meant to be anymore.  Square one again.  It left me feeling lost, but also led me to where I am today.  I’ll spare you all the details of working in the new bar where I’ve been just slinging drinks and playing no other role, but let’s just say, I’m a good bartender, but I like the business side too, and they have that under control…

Moving Forward.

Moving forward I can now help Jamie with marketing for the studio and still get to travel, ummmm dream job!  This will also allow me time to get my own photography off the ground.  I have one more long trip with Steph out west coming up and a few short ones over the summer, but I couldn’t be happier to make changes back to what I love.  I’m hoping to throw in a bar shift or two in the mix when it’s possible, but for now, I’m happily accepting living on a tighter budget for the freedoms that will come with both of my “new” jobs.

Meet The Adore Girls. 

Many of you are aware of The Adore Girls and have followed much of the journey of creating this studio with my very own big sister leading the way.  But for those of you that don’t here’s the link to the website and what our women’s photography is all about.  The Adore Girls.  We are in the business of making women look like Victoria’s Secret models. ūüėČ  Ladies, if you’ve ever considering having a boudoir give us a shout or you can fill out our contact form here.

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I’ll be blogging away over on The Adore Girls Blog so if you want to follow me over there you can find me here.

Lucid Linds Photography and Creative Studio.

As far as my own photography goes, I’ll be shooting everything I can point my camera at except boudoir, that stays in the studio via The Adore Girls.  So far I’ve snapped a few kiddos, high school seniors, realtor head shots, a few pets, some cool wildlife (aka a freaking crocodile in the wild), a small wedding and some of Kelby and the band.  I’ve even been published already in an article on Whiskeyriff.com *cough cough* It helps who you know, or may be married to.

I’m working on getting my website up, but for now you can follow my work on Instagram at:   @Lucidlinds


My Facebook business page: Lucid Linds Photography and Creative.

When I get back from my trip I’m going to run a friends and family special so keep an eye out for that if you are looking for a photog. ūüėČ

You can also email me at:  Lucidlindsstudio@gmail.com for booking rates.

Here is a slew of my favorite shots so far:



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With so much creativity pumping,




Help! Our Engagement Pics

Stephanie Hines of Shines Photography did it again!  We recently visited Steph in Truckee, CA where she lives, for a little trip before both Kelby and Steph hit the road again in 2017.  While we were there we had our engagement session with her.  Steph sent us a slew of unbelieveably beautiful images from our photography session with her and we are having an extremely hard time picking which to use on our wedding invitations because there are so many good ones.  We look like we have been photoshopped into a Christmas card in some.  lol.  Thanks Steph, we love them so much!

I thought it might be fun if you could help us choose.  The images are numbered above the images. You can comment with your favorites by using the numbers if you want to help.  Thanks in advance!  This is so hard to choose and this way I can share our pics with everyone too.



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Thanks for viewing our pictures and for those who participated, helping us choose. ¬†If you would like to book Steph for your wedding or photography session I wouldn’t wait, she only has a few opening left available for 2017. ¬†You can follow and connect with Shines Photography with these links:

Shines Photography Website



With appreciation and excitement,




Mountains Up

It was a spur-of-the-moment trip that will top my lists of favorite travels possibly forever.  Kelby was nearing the end of his long six week break from the road and I have been working very little since the studio and the music venue that I work for are both a little slow over the holidays and the beginning of the new year. Slightly antsy and a little bored on a Saturday afternoon, I called my best friend, Steph living in Truckee, CA to see if she would be home and wanted some last minute guests for a few days.  Steph and her soon-to-be husband recently bought a house in Truckee and she had been anxiously awaiting us to get out there, and hopefully before her summer wedding and in between Kelby’s heavy work travel and her own traveling photography business.  To our delight the timing just worked out, everyone was off and we just happened to have plenty of Southwest points to get us there.  It would be a little bit of a risk jumping on a plane to head to a place that had been pummeled by snow for several days prior to our departure, but we decided to take our chances.

We had no real itinerary, just football and playing in the snow…and of course photography.  Kelby and I both have been teaching ourselves the craft of DSLR cameras and Stephanie is a professional and the owner of Shines Photography  willing to give us a few lessons while we were visiting too.  Stephanie will also be my wedding photographer so who better to snap a few snowy engagement pics while we were there.

More to come from this shoot with  Shinesphotography.net
We arrived in the evening after the sun had set over the mountains and for once Kelby and I were traveling to a place that I had been and he had not (a never before occurrence).  We had a dinner at a place called Cottonwood, and over a bottle of wine and deliciously filling grub, we caught up and talked about our plans for the next two days.  We finished with a night cap at a local dive bar ironically named The Tourist Club.  Then it was off to bed so we could wake up early with the sunrise in this world-reknowned mountain town and witness all its grandeur.

Our first morning was full of awe and appreciation.  I dolled up a little for our engagement pictures, we layered up for warmth and packed up our camera gear.  Stephanie drove us around to a few of her favorite spots to shoot near Donner Lake.

We also hiked back inside a park over a little river and in Steph’s neighborhood on a bridge to get some more sweet engagements pictures.  The clouds were hovering over the mountain tops and Steph was beside herself with anticipation for the moment when the clouds would clear and we could really see how “in the mountains” we were.  Kelby and I laughed as we trekked through 4+ feet of snow in our not-so-snow gear and when Steph instructed us to “cuddled and look in love”  we had no problem curling up to stay warm and show the camera how much fun we were already having.  After a coffee stop warm up and a few more pics the clouds were still hanging tight at the tops so we called it stops and got back home for football and chili time. The Packers were playing the Cowboys in the playoffs and this was to be a game both Steph and Kelby really wanted to watch.

Steph might be a Packers fan, I can never really tell with her?
The rest of Day 1 was filled with wine, homemade chili, a beer or twelve, football, and some rivalry between Kelby, the Dallas fan and Steph, the…ummm Packers fan?.  After the game we had a few buzzed relay races in the hilariously deep snow and played in it like kids.

We concluded the evening with some rounds of the game HEADS UP, that was some of the most hilarious shit I have ever heard.  Girls against boys, I couldn’t tell you who actually won, but one example of Kelby giving Jeff hints was “She sucks, she has lots of sisters, she’s married to Kanye West, she got robbed in Paris…”  Jeff’s answer…”I have no clue, PASS!”  Haaaaaa, I love that Jeff had no idea who Kim Kardashian is.  Classic.

The next day was our day of real adventure.  We basically had our own personal adventure guide with Steph.  We got up around 7am, discussed how strange it was that we weren’t hungover, ate a huge breakfast, packed up all of the snowshoeing and camera gear, and headed for Brockway Summit Trail , (8,990′) elevation.  As we made our way the sun started to peek out of the clouds.

There are no words for the scenery we witnessed that day.  If you haven’t been to the Tahoe area you need to get yourself there, and I suggest going when there is snow, it was absolutely amazing.  We pulled up and Steph said, “ok we are going up there” as she pointed across the street and up a huge mountain side.  Kelby and I had never snowshoed, we have hiked, but never up the side of a mountain like this, especially a mountain covered in so much snow.  We strapped into our snowshoes, and headed up.  Every 5 feet it felt like one of us stopped to take pictures.



When we reached the top, and on one side we were above the clouds and the otherside over looked Lake Tahoe.  Again, no words.


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I was reluctant on my ability to be graceful on the way back down.  We chose to not follow the path back down the mountain side and instead we would make our own “trail”, and tromped through several feet of untouched powder.  This ended up being my favorite part. So fun!


After our insanely beautiful hike we headed to the Lake Tahoe shoreline so Kelby could see how pristine and clear the lake water is.

Afterwards we found a great Mexican place for afternoon margaritas and lunch before heading to Rainbow Bridge that sits above Donner Lake.

We then made our way back towards the house.  We had one more adventure in mind before the sun would set.  In Steph’s neighborhood there is another small summit we wanted to get to to watch the sun go back down.  I don’t consider myself the most in shape girl in the world, however, I am pretty active, but by this point my legs were starting to slow down.  Nonetheless the excitement of watching the sunset in such an extordinary place and getting to strap on those snowshoes again kept me going.  Speechless, yet again.



Back down the last mountain of the day, threw the trees, and it felt like we were on another planet.



Needless to say our last full day in Truckee was one for the books and left me feeling like the luckiest girl in the world, yet again.  To have the opportunities to see places like this and experience them with my best friend and my own soon-to-be husband is, for lack of better words, like winning the life lottery.

We don’t have bottomless pockets, but for some reason we are exceptionally lucky with opportunities to travel and see the world all the while with good friends, and jobs that allow it to be.


Nothing beats a bestfriend who loves adventure

One last dinner at a pizza joint at NorthStar resort and then we were asleep by ten pm.  What an amazing trip.  The weather was intense right before we arrived and literally started again the day after we got home.

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Mother Nature gave Kelby and I a pass to get out there, have an amazing time, take some unbelievable photographs, some photography lessons from Steph, spend time with our great friends, Steph and Jeff, experience snowshoe/hiking and really reset before the new year gets on its way.  What a great trip to start the year that both Steph and I will be married, and Kelby’s first major U.S. headlining tour, The Black Roses Tour, with The Cadillac Three.  

SIDE NOTE:  Steph and I will also be “on tour” later this year too.  HA!  Celebrating our big year with a girl’s trip in May (our own unconventional “bachelorette party”, just us two on the open road for a week or so traveling through the west visiting Yosemite, Bodi and whatever else we get into…so stay tuned).  Our last solo road trip was in 2013 down the PCH and was so awesome we made a music video: —>  White Girl Party  *beware of epic fashion sense and lengendary dance moves*

A HUGE THANK YOU to Jeff and Steph (and Brody girl) for hosting us and showing us the stunningly gorgeous place they call home.

There will be more engagement pictures from Shines Photography coming soon!  To contact or connect with Steph’s work and all of her travels and adventures click the links below:

Website:  Shinesphotography.net

Facebook:  facebook.com/ShinesPhotography

Instrgram:  @Shinesphotography

With so much gratitude and gratefulness,


“Those trees are massive”

Less Sensitive, More Hilarious

If you are just tuning in, here are some hilarious stories from the streets. ¬†Now remember I’m not making fun of all of the people I encounter on the street, I’m simply sharing my stories. ¬†They made me giggle at the time and I have helped my fair share over the past 11 years too.

#1. ¬†Just a couple of weeks ago, it was early morning and as Molly and I crossed the street to head back home in the distance I see a man in a purple shirt and jeans doing was resembled twerking. ¬†I think to myself this is great, I should get a picture. ¬†As I get closer the older gentleman is delighted to see me. ¬†He then starts his calisthenics again. ¬†He asks me as I approach, “guess how many I have done?!” ¬†I smile and reply, “35!” ¬†He says, “Watch I’m gonna do 80 more!” ¬†I say, “Get it buddy! ¬†I’m proud of you!” and continue on my way. ¬†At least he got his morning exercise in. ¬†I didn’t get that picture, this is NOT him, he wasn’t quite this flexible.Beijing-local-man-doing-stretching-exercises-in-Temple-of-Heaven-park-China




#2 ¬†This was about two years ago, I did Facebook about it, some of you may have heard this one. ¬†It was a cold winter morning this time. ¬†Molly and I were rounding the corner closer to our parking lot and a guy wearing a blue toboggan perfectly perched on top of his head steps out of a doorway. ¬†As we get closer to him he says to me, “that ankle biter isn’t going to bite me is she?”. ¬†I politely say, “No she is not an ankle biter”. ¬†He then proceeds to walk alongside of us. ¬†He’s quite inquisitive and wants to know if I am married and if I would like to share in his “orange cush” that he is on his way to go toke on. ¬†He reminded me of this combo…asfas8bdfec585fcc7cec7bccf1b6293dbdf0¬† “Thanks for the kind offer of drugs at 7 am, but I have to get ready to go to work now sir.”



#3 ¬†One cool spring morning as I headed into my parking lot a woman stopped me. ¬†She reminded me very much of the homeless pigeon lady in Home Alone 2, only instead of home-alone-32-1440506368¬†pigeons she was carrying a Home Depot bucket. ¬†She stopped me to ask for directions to the shelter that is near by, she said she didn’t have her glasses to see. I gave her the directions, she was very close to her destination. ¬†After we were clear on how she was to get there, she asked, “Can I sing you a song?”. ¬†How could I say no? ¬†She proceeded to sing into her home depot bucket for acoustics I assume. ¬†Her song was, well for lack of better words, confusing. ¬†I couldn’t exactly make out what the song was about, but I think racism and god were involved. ¬†At least I can say I’ve heard worse living in music city and working in music venues over the years.

#4 ¬†This week it is hot! ¬†Sometimes you just have to chill out and cool off. ¬†Now I only witnessed these from my window and as I type there is a man sleeping across the street this morning too. ¬†These photos were taken earlier this week. ¬†I’ve taken people bottled water over the years, but on this day, they had water and some sweet little white girls came to the rescue. ¬†Shortly after on both instances the police showed up to make sure these guys were ok.

#5 ¬†And finally, that amazing story from quite a few years ago that I let Maurice take a shower. ¬†It was one of those nights in my twenties that after the bars closed at 3am about 8 of us came back to my place to keep the party going, regretfully so I’m sure the next day. ¬†I was dog sitting a huge great dane for a friend and she needed to go for a walk. ¬†So I leave everyone drinking, playing games, and listening to music in my place to walk this giant on the streets. ¬†I never said any of this was a good idea, but I guess my liquid courage and this huge dog made me think I was safe to stroll the street for a bit. ¬†In returning back to my alley to head back upstairs I encountered a man. ¬†An older gentleman, he stopped me and we struck up conversation. ¬†I asked him why he lived on the street and I got his whole story. ¬†Feeling very privileged after his story and after a prayer that Maurice led us in, now at 4am, he gave me a hug. ¬†He smelled like he hadn’t taken a shower in months. ¬†Then, among all of the bright ideas I was clearly coming up with that night, I invited Maurice to ¬†come upstairs and take a shower. ¬†He jumped at the opportunity. ¬†So here I come back in after my drunk, but worried friends had been wondering where the hell I had been for an hour, in tow, I have this giant dog and now Maurice too. ¬†I introduce him, “Hey guys, this is Maurice and he is gonna take a shower”. ¬†After my friends picked their jaws up off the floor, I showed Maurice the shower and gave him a towel. ¬†He took a long, very long shower, got a good shave in…all over my bathroom sink and literally came out of the bathroom holding the towel over his manhood. ¬†My loud friend exclaims, “Maurice go put some damn clothes on!” ¬†We have a good laugh, he asks for a beer, he gets dressed and I escorted him back out on to the street. ¬†I woke up the next morning knowing that I wouldn’t be sharing that story with my roommate at the time for awhile. ¬†HA! ¬†A week or so later I ran into Maurice at a bar, before he recognized me he asked me for money, I said, “Maurice we prayed about this!”, I’m not religious for the record. ¬†Maurice then offered to buy me a drink. ¬†LOL! ¬†After that I never saw him again.

Over the years I have witnessed quite a bit. ¬†My conclusion about the homeless is that they are pretty harmless and we should fear drunk college guys far before we fear anyone who calls the street home. ¬†I’ve given many people water when it’s hot, called the police when I find them passed out in my alley, and blankets when its cold. ¬†However, I never buy those papers they sell on the corner because I don’t agree with that program. ¬†I donate often to the Mission and if you would ever like to donate or get involved here is the link; ¬†https://nashvillerescuemission.org. ¬† There is another place right here too;¬†http://www.roomintheinn.org, they have programs that emphasize human development and recovery through education, self help and work.

With Compassion and finding humor where I can,