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Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Happy St. Patty's Day, you guys!

It's a wonder that I haven't been pinched, as I totally skipped decking myself in green today. I sort of have an excuse--the green clothes I own are all fancy dresses. How am I supposed to comfortably work like that?

One lovely business lady in Austin realizes the importance of being green, both in fashion and skincare. Meet the beautiful Joyce Chow, founder of Huckleberry:
I met Joyce for the fastest photo shoot of my life in a crowded little coffee shop in East Austin when I was shooting for the December issue of Velma Magazine. She is bubbly, personable, super-smart, and, coincidentally, deathly afraid of being smack in front of the camera. 

Really, I don't know why, because look at her! That's one beautiful human. 

Before I ran away into the abyss of Austin's traffic, Joyce gave me a sample of Huckleberry's Pink Mojito scrub and mask in a plush little velvet bag to try out for myself...
...which I didn't test until nearly 100 days later. After literally months of forgetting to try out the products and letting them pathetically sit inside the bathroom cabinet, I tried them out a few nights ago.

This post isn't sponsored by Huckleberry to proclaim my love like a parrot, but I gotta say I'm starstruck. I'm that person that breaks out even with new blushes (sad), and I definitely am skittish when it comes to skincare. 

I used to get scolded by skin therapists when they uncovered the ugly truth and found that I use Dial bar soap to wash my face--I'm convinced it's the only thing that doesn't break me out. I'm literally and figuratively glowing after using the scrub and mask. The scent is heavenly, the ingredients are natural, and the team behind this young business is pretty incredible. Obviously, no breakouts happened whatsoever, and I was left with skin that felt and looked amazing. 

Annnd now I feel like a total narcissist who should be purring with a fan in front of her glowing face. 

Anyway! Back to St. Patty's day. 
Be like Joyce instead of me with your choice of clothing. That way, you'll get kisses instead of pinches. ;) xx

Monday, March 9, 2015



I'm still alive and kicking--I come bearing proof. ;) 

I've had wonderful opportunities to do photo shoots with amazing people around Austin, but I have to say that a shoot I did this past month had to be one of my very favorites, and consequently, most memorable. 

This was my first newborn shoot ever, and I was able to experience firsthand the love of a new mama and her baby girl. Meet the beautiful duo:
Remember these little loving flamingos from a few years back? I couldn't help but pull them out again when I saw that little Hayden's outfit was entirely decked out in pink birds. 
Jess, the founder of Velma Magazine and now CEO to sweet Hayden, is one of the biggest go-getters I've met. You guys. Jess was emailing the Velma team even when she was in labor to make sure an issue went smoothly. Now that is dedication coupled with an extreme tolerance of pain!
It was amazing to see the motherly love Jess instinctually had for Hayden; all the photos were between Jess and Hayden were candid, and my easy job was to show how Jess interacted with Hayden. 

Clay and I don't have any little ones yet (minus the frustrated + hairy one), so the love I see between moms, dads, and their new additions to the family is something indescribable for me. I have no doubt you other beautiful mamas out there can agree on that bond. 
On the warm, drizzly weekend that we met for the shoot in Jess's adorable bungalow-esque home in the coveted Old West neighborhood close to downtown Austin, we took time to catch up, coo at Hayden, and run to sunny windows when the sun would slip in through the glass for a few moments. 
Hayden was a tiny trooper and diligently slept most of the time, allowing me to scamper around and capture shots with her sleepy body draped over her mom's shoulders. 
I felt like a terrible person when Hayden woke from her slumber as we tried to fix her in multiple positions near the window, but she continued to be pretty agreeable and give us her very best flamingo poses. Isn't the photo with her pink hat the best?? I couldn't stop squawking when I finally had the chance to see the photos in large-format while editing. 
I'm pretty positive Miss Hayden will be just as beautiful as her mama as she continues to grow. Genetics can be quite appreciated when it comes to things like that. 
Cheers to you, Jess, on this amazing new chapter in your life!

And thanks to you all for taking a look at one of my favorite shoots. :) Kisses!

P.S. Check out PASADYA's Facebook page for a slew of extra photos! 

Friday, February 13, 2015


Very long time, no see!

In true Danie style, I'm late yet another year for Pasadya's birthday. We're officially past the terrible twos! Onto the exciting toddling stage of a three-year old. :)

I thought it would be fun to reminisce on some of the highlights of Pasadya's year, both personally and business-wise. I wish I could include every amazing project I had the opportunity to work on along with every person I had the pleasure to meet and collaborate with, but that would unfortunately be quite the MONSTROUSLY long post. 

So, here's a condensed version of Pasadya's year from February 12, 2014 to February 12, 2015:
First off, Pasadya's humble workspace moved from a sunny home office in San Antonio to a slightly higher view of downtown Austin in the spring. The space might be smaller, but it is still mighty and inspiring. 
Photos from top to bottom: 1.-- 4. Photos at home, 5. Cecily Willingham with her Samoyed, Sake
Illustration: 'In a Good Way' by Pasadya

The summer was filled with homemade food, small gifts, and dear friends coming to Austin for weekend visits. Lots of puppy love happened simultaneously.  
Work was put on hold for a sunny, relaxing trip to Mexico. Talk about finding a way to recharge for the upcoming workweek!  
Photos from top to bottom: 1. Jessica Selby with her daughter, Brooklyn, 2. Michelle Lessing in Epicerie, 3. Clay Selby at Russell's Bakery, 4. Pool water in the summer 5. Dan Lessing at Russell's Bakery, 6. Photo from the Greenberg family's photo shoot

Time was spent loving and documenting babies, coffee, family, and adorably happy families.  
Photos & illustrations from top to bottom, left to right: 1. Reviewing past issues of PaperCity Magazine for illustration development, 2. Concept sketch for PaperCity review, 3. Staff illustration of Jane Rozelle for PaperCity, 4. Staff illustration of Linden Wilson for PaperCity, 5. Gift Guide illustration for PaperCity's Dec. 2014 issue in collaboration with Uptown Park, 6. Media Kit illustration for PaperCity 

Lightning-speed work, communication, and a love for illustrating was put to good use with a collaboration with PaperCity Magazine when the leaves began to fall off their limbs and the temperatures dropped. 
Photos from top to bottom: 1. The furry working buddy at Honokea Austin, 2. Tommy Goode outside of Dominican Joe, 3. Amanda Kay Phillips for Velma Magazine, 4. Staff members during the workday at Honokea Austin

Photo shoots took place in collaborative workspaces in East Austin, and new transplants to Austin (from gorgeous Hawaii) were kind enough to help me find my way to said photo shoots. Downtime was spent with friends during warm mornings along the way.  
Photos from top to bottom: 1. Staff Illustration of Anna Schuster for PaperCity, 2. Viva print by Pasadya, 3. Custom phrase tattoo design, 4. Custom Biblical verse tattoo design, 5. Logo design for Christina Colors, 6. Custom name tattoo design

More illustrations were made for collaborations, bold handwriting prints were created, more logo designs were created for fun-loving and hard-working entrepreneurs, and for the first time ever, Pasadya began offering custom, handwritten tattoo designs. 
Photos from top to bottom: 1. Jenni Klinger in our Austin apartment, 2. Custom ocean-scape painting (combination of hand-painted and digitally edited watercolor), 3. Logo design for Lubbock Pergola & Deck, 4. Sharlene Leurig for Velma Magazine

Photos were taken for fun as well as for business, challenging and inspiring paintings were created for heartwarming clients, and additional logos were made for growing businesses. 

In essence, Pasadya's second year in existence was wonderful; it was full of growth with creative projects and friendships, and I can't express how excited I am for its future ahead. Happy Birthday, pretty little Pasadya! 

Friday, January 2, 2015


Pasadya's Etsy shop has never seen a sale before, and I thought 2015's new arrival should mark the beginning of a new era. Kicking things off, there will be free shipping through January. Huzzah!
Here's a little preview of what you can expect at the shop if you haven't been there yet:

Hope your new year is starting off with a (good) bang!

Monday, December 29, 2014


Hope you guys had a very Merry Christmas! Wouldn't the following photo make the worst Christmas card?
Our family can take bad Christmas cards up a notch even further! When the husband and I left Austin for the holidays, we spent time with his family in Dallas, traveled back to Abilene to stay with my family, and stayed with my in-laws again at their home in the country. During that time, we managed to squeezein in time to do a ridiculous recreation of an adorable photo of Clay and his brothers when they were little urchins. I just knew my photography/Photoshop skills would sum up to something one day! ;) 
And yes, my husband used wrapping paper to create his high-class sweater vest. I have shloads of photos to sort and edit from the holidays. It's always so fun to go through all the tiny moments in pictures. It's like I get to relieve the time I took the shot. There are just too many to go through without my head exploding, so here are photos of a painted pinecone and an unsure pet:
Silliness aside, it was wonderful to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas in the company of the family I was blessed to be raised by as well as the family gained when I married Clay. I know I take for granted how kind and caring all of my loved ones are towards me;  have to remember to stay grateful for even the smallest moments like getting a hug and a kiss. But most importantly, I want to learn to be even more grateful of the love God showers on me every single day. I'm truly blessed to be where I am today and be surrounded by people I love in this life. 

Happy Christmas. xoxo

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