Through My Lens: Noah Bryant

This Easter Weekend I had the pleasure of meeting my first nephew, Noah Bryant Crutchfield! He was born just over three weeks ago on March 15, 2012. This little nugget is quickly capturing the hearts of our whole family with his little squirms and squinty eyes.

Check out a few of my favorite photos from this past weekend.



Through My Lens: The Baker Hotel, Mineral Wells, TX

The Baker Hotel opened in Mineral Wells, TX in 1927 in response to the growing popularity of the town’s mineral water. It became an iconic destination for travelers, with the likes of Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Bonnie and Clyde, and various other notables visiting. Earl Baker closed the hotel in 1972, on his 70th birthday, and it has been abandoned ever since. There have been attempts to re-open the hotel to revive what has since become a dying town, however, none of them have prevailed. My design class has had the opportunity to visit the hotel twice now, as it is the site of our senior project. The 13 of us are all designing our projects with the goal of ‘reviving’ the Baker Hotel, and subsequently the town of Mineral Wells, TX. Although our projects won’t be implemented, there is currently a grassroots  campaign to revive the Baker. To learn more about it, visit

Through My Lens: New York City

If you know me well, this will come as no surprise to you:  I LOVE New York. I have had the pleasure of living in the vicinity of this great city for 11 years of my life, yet every time I am here I love it even more. As a young adult, there’s no greater place than New York. It’s full of energy: everyone around you has come here to do something great, ambitious and creative.  There’s nothing more exciting and inspiring than living and working among people who are motivated to accomplish their goals. Okay, I’ll admit, not EVERYONE is working hard to accomplish their goals. But, this brings me to my second favorite thing about New York: the weirdos. The weirdos that populate NYC are one generally the most entertaining thing of a day spent in NYC. Just last week I sat across from a tiny Asian man on the subway who was very daintily holding his coffee yet simultaneously eating his bagel like the world was ending. The only frustrating thing was that I was forced to keep my composure and resist laughing each time the piece of bagel almost fell from his carp-like mouth. This seemingly unimportant event in my life set the tone for that whole morning–each time I thought back on my subway ride that morning I snickered a bit at the thought of that man and his peculiar actions. This leads me to my third favorite: mass transit. It was not until I went to school in Texas that I truly realized the value of mass transit. This might seem backwards, but I find few things more freeing than knowing I can get anywhere I want without a car. I love having the ability to walk somewhere and explore–to get lost, to see things I wouldn’t have seen if I were in a car. Plus, walking allows me to better orient myself in the city, so that I feel I can go anywhere without having to check a map or ask a stranger. Well, there you have it. The top three of my long list of NYC favorites.

In commemoration of my love for this city, feel free to browse some of my favorite snapshots I’ve taken here.