Monday, December 1, 2008

Winter Necessories

Styling-Rebecca Hargreaves
Makeup/Hair-Rocio Vielma aka Vi-Ve
Model-Cynthia with Campbell Agency
Mola Beauty Dish
Gold and Silver Reflectors

Paintings from Photographs

Would like to highlight the talent of a up and coming artist named Nicole Morrow. I just love the moody lounge feel of her work. She is an incredible artist! More of her paintings can be seen in The Rising Gallery as well as covering the walls of a new urban hot spot called Hotel Nylo. She did the above painting of a beautiful client of mine named Shaina. I am now excited to team up with her and offer paintings of photographs in addition to the normal prints. If interested, shoot me an email-

Friday, October 17, 2008

Darian Thomas Designs

We recently did a shoot at Hotel Nylo for a new and upcoming designer named Darian Thomas. You can expect these garments to be at a store near you soon. They are amazing! Feel free to contact her directly-

Designer- Darian Thomas
Photog- Dixie Dixon
Makeup- Mia Jerray
Hair- Vintage Flair
Models- Lindsey Collins and Madison Fox with Campbell Agency

Friday, September 26, 2008

The Synonym for Happiness

Define happiness....

My personal definition of happiness changes according to the day, the hour, or even the minute depending on a variety of factors that change infinitely. To be quite honest, sometimes happiness can be found in a bottle of wine and photoshop... and sometimes in making beautiful photographs, or traveling to the islands, or listening to a good band on Saturday night, or in the simplest of terms- making someone smile. We often hear quotes like this one by Mark Twain, "Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt and etc.etc."

So what exactly do people mean by those common phrases, "pursue your passions"or "follow your bliss" or "love like you've never been hurt".

Well, the past couple weeks, I've started reading "The Four Hour Work Week", a Wall-Street Journal best seller, love it by the way... the author brings up this point that I think defines happiness in understandable actionable terms. Think about this for a moment:
Why do we dance, why do we sing, and why do we love? The obvious answer is they bring happiness, yes, but what is it about these things that we really crave? Its EXCITEMENT! Yes! Excitement is the perfect synonym for happiness. The opposite of love is not hate (which are two sides of the same coin) but Indifference and the opposite of happiness is not sadness but boredom. When people suggest you follow your passion, they are in fact suggesting that you go for what excites you. Why else do we ride motorcycles, go skydiving, or kiss in the rain? Excitement! It is exactly what you should strive for in your life, for it is what settles that fire, passion, and spontaneity within our rebel souls. Think about it, it rings true in every aspect of life- the hobbies we pursue, the love interests. The feeling of excitement tells us that we are truely living. Go for what excites you, the risk is worth the reward!


Sunday, August 10, 2008


This year has been a dream so far... and I would just like to thank all of the wonderful people who have helped make that happen including those of you who continue to take time to view and comment on my work. I am both honored and flattered to meet each and every person who has made a connection with my photographs. It drives me even harder to hear how much a single photograph can arouse certain feelings and emotions. I put everything I have into that moment into that photograph into that subject and hearing your kind words lights up my life. Thank you for helping me to live the dream!

Behind every beautiful photograph is a team full of beautiful, passionate, and talented individuals. Cheers to YOU!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Get Glowed... Get Obagi Skincare

This is going to sound like one of those corny but convincing infomercials on late night TV but I just have to spread the word about this skin care line I've started using... its called the OBAGI NUDERM SYSTEM just have to check out the before and after photos... results are incredible!

So here's my story.... I am a kid that loves the feeling of the sun on my cheeks and I love to surf, and kick it old school on the beach.. and in my past 20 yrs I have been really terrible about remembering to wear sunscreen everyday. A wake up call came last summer when a couple sunspots showed their ugly selves on my cheeks and was freakin out, (yea I'm silly).... so I decided to go see the dermatologist to check if there was anything that could be done to get rid of them nonsurgically... and guess what... There was- Obagi

You can read all about it on their website but basically this shiznit shed my sunspots and brought out this pink glow!!! It is totally worth the pretty penny you pay for it. Keep in mind that it is a prescription so you have to go see a doc to get it- a great Dallas Skin Doc is Dr. Fritz Barton (His Website Here). So if you do decide to try Obagi, keep in mind that in the beginning, you skin will appear to worsen for a couple weeks or so to get out the impurities, but eventually will bring out new young glowing skin, what more could you ask for?!!!

Love the skin you're in! :)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Just Do Yo Thang!

Find your passion. Feel what you love. Focus on the people who praise you for you and your work. Then continue growing in your craft the way you know how. The right people with find you. That is for certain!


Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Art of White

As artists, we are always on the look out for other artwork that we can identify with, relate to, and be inspired by. Personally, I draw a lot of inspiration from artists such as Jack Vettriano, Andy Warhol, Picasso, Salvador Dali, Van Gogh, and lastly my new fav.... Todd White. You can check out his work at I just love the surreal nature of his paintings and the way he depicts human form and interaction. Its quite comic really!

This is a quote I found under one of his paintings: "I get inspiration from everywhere but the places I seem to study the most are people in restaurants and since I eat out every night I find my self looking… no, staring, yea, I freaking will stare at someone and take in all the little mannerisms they do and put them in my drawings. This one was a woman eating with her friend and she was defiantly telling her something secretive and so damn seductive it was killing me, she caught me more that once staring and I think it was freaking her out.. ha, I felt like telling her “hey, I’m not a stalker I’m a artist” then I remembered most artists are stalkers." ~Todd White

Thats all for today! :)

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Most Fun I've ever Had with a Self Timer

If you haven't ever tried using your Digital SLR's self should give it shot, or two or ten! ;)

These Small Hours

As always I am up entirely too late because my mind will not stop. It decides to go into creative overdrive at 2am and will not rest until its recorded.

Sometimes I feel like Time is my biggest threat in life, creatively and personally.... days, hours, months pass me by in what seems like minutes.

There are so many things I have yet to do and so many things that I have yet to experience while I'm young and full of energy, but that damn clock just keeps on ticking. So what happens is I avoid time, all the clocks in my house read differently, my car clock is an hour fast, I never wear a watch, so basically the only thing keeping me somewhat sane is my cell phone, which I also avoid when at all possible. Its terrible I know, we all march to the beat of a different drummer, and my drummer just don't move very fast. This is why I am not able to take many days off. A photographers busiest days are on the weekends and the week is spent editing, emailing, and calling. Don't get me wrong, it is completely worth every minute, but it isn't always easy. Its just one beautiful mess, and I love it!

In three weeks I am off to the city of sin for the WPPI Trade Show and Convention. I was lucky enough to receive the Hy Sheanin Scholarship for emerging photographers, which enables me to stay there for 8 days, 8 nights, plus airfare FREE! Woohoo! I plan to do a fashion shoot there at the Neon Sign Museum so if you are a model or makeup artist in Vegas reading this, please shoot me an email. I have a talented NY designer (De La Roche) who has agreed to lend me an outrageous gown for the shoot. Should be a good time!

As always, I leave you with a quote: "There will be times when you will be in the field without a camera. And, you will see the most glorious sunset or the most beautiful scene that you have ever witnessed. Don't be bitter because you can't record it. Sit down, drink it in, and enjoy it for what it is!" ~DeGriff

In fact, I am a true believer that the best moments in life aren't captured on camera... but instead captured within ones soul. ~dd

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Model Call

I am going to be a guest judge at a model call coming up Feb 20 so if you would like to get your career started, this is the place. For more information, visit