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Hello, my name is Gina. I am a photographer, lifestyle blogger and coach for creative entrepreneurs living in Houston, TX. You can contact me at info@georginalongoria.com

If you find yourself in Houston with nothing to do why not head out to visit Battleship Texas? I’ve been there twice and still haven’t explored the whole ship. The story of the ship is fascinating. It’s the only surviving battleship that’s been in both world wars and now rests on the waters of Buffalo Bayou, about 30 minutes east of downtown Houston. Grab a bite at the nearby Monument Inn Restaurant where one can enjoy a meal and watch boats, cargo ships, and ferries go by.

Tips:

  • Ladies, don’t wear skirts. You’ll have to climb a lot of steep steps.
  • Although open every season, I suggest going during cooler months since there is no a/c in most of the ship. It gets incredibly hot and humid during the summer.
  • Carry a bottle of water. You’ll thank me.

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Ever heard of a snow grown? It’s Sweet Ride’s snow cones for adults. For a little extra you’ll get a mini bottle of rum or vodka. Yaaaaas! What better way to enjoy Houston’s unforgiving heat than with some delicious cold desserts?

Follow Sweet Ride’s updates on where they’ll be parked around Houston so you can swing by and grab a treat! One of the perks of taking pictures of food is you get to try some of it. I have a couple favorites, their strawberry Italian ice and the coconut sorbet in the coconut shell.

 

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road trip louisiana

Just got back from visiting friends in Slidell, LA, a quiet city around 30 miles northeast of New Orleans. We went to NOLA a few times, walked through the French Quarter as the Essence festival was underway, went to The Ritz for the restroom, saw an actress chase after Patti LaBelle who zoomed past us into the elevator (all I saw was her yellow outfit and her hair, ha!), ate some macarons at Sucré, and enjoyed people watching. I had to take a picture of a lady with her cute little hat.

The crowd favorite at Sucré is the salted caramel macarons. As a chocolate lover, I bought couple of each and I was won over by the salted caramel. If you’re ever in the French Quarter, this dessert spot is a must try.

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Lesson learned. Don’t go to a craft store when you’re supposed to help with wedding invitations. We got completely sidetracked and ended up putting the wedding stuff aside and made a wreath for my front door. Wedding invitations rescheduled!

I wish we would’ve gone to the arts and crafts store the week before when we were forced to stay inside due to rain. Cabin fever was getting to us. This would’ve been excellent for a rainy day activity and there are so many creative ideas on Pinterest. I went with putting my address on the side of the wreath…makes it easier for the pizza man to find me. Haha

Things I learned:

  1. Put the snacks on a different table unless you want wire in your guacamole.
  2. Have some band-aids nearby. Flower wire will cut you.
  3. Buying an already made wreath is probably less expensive than making one yourself, BUT it’s a lot more fun to make your own wreath.

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are you losing money by giving away photography copyrights

Recently, I had a conversation with a boutique owner that made me re-evaluate photography copyright ownership. In a previous post, What you ought to know about photography copyrights , I talk about who owns the copyright for portrait photography, but does that change when shooting fashion?

Since that conversation, I’ve done more research and even reached out to a well-known fashion photographer for his input. I’m happy to share what I’ve learned for anyone entering into a relationship with another business. Continue reading

BEST CAMERA LENS FOR STREET STYLE PHOTOGRAPHY

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Nowadays everyone’s a photographer with all those fancy apps and filters. There are those that believe they might be able to make something of their talent if they just had what the pros have. But what do they have? Well, besides a good DSLR they have a GREAT lens.

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5 steps to promote your photography business for introverts
Recently, I accompanied my sister-in-law-to-be to the bridal extravaganza, an event which showcases over 400 wedding vendors. As you can imagine, it can be repetitive and overwhelming.

In a sea of competitors, one photographer really stood out to me for an unlikely reason. While many were clamoring to spark up a conversation with the bride-to-be he wasn’t doing any of that. He wasn’t in your face, didn’t sneak business cards in your bag, and he wasn’t making you second guess that photographer you thought you liked.

Nope, he wasn’t doing anything…a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g.

It was painful to watch him stand there, a handsome young man, hoping for something to happen. His body language screamed introvert crying out for someone to acknowledge his presence and yet he was invisible.

This post is not a How to Stand Out in a Competitive Market (ooh, I like that idea for another post), but a more personal one for introverted creatives who need a little help.

This is going to take effort, but it’ll so be worth it.

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