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A Day With Santa

Several weeks ago I was asked to take photos of Santa with everyone at the Senior Luncheon at my church, First Baptist Keithville. I wasn’t sure how this was going to work out. Would everyone want to have their photo taken? Sue and I worked getting the backdrop ready to make it look like Christmas. My plan was to take the photos with my cell phone and print to my wireless printer. Sounded like a great plan. It worked at my office. Well it didn’t work so good at the church. I’m pretty sure the problem was that the internet there wouldn’t allow a wireless printer to connect. Whatever the reason I had to run back to the office for my backup plan, which was my camera and computer. It all worked out. I was able to work on the photos during the luncheon and had them ready to hand out at the end. They all seemed pleased. After it was over I saw one man in the parking lot that had not had his taken. When I asked him about that he replied with a big smile, “Yes I eluded you.”

The best part of the shoot was when they brought in the grand baby for his santa photo. It was precious. You can click on the photo to see the entire slideshow of santa photos.


Susan G Komen 5K Race for the Cure

I photographed my first 5K race on Saturday September 26, 2015. I used my Nikon D800 camera and my daughter Haley used a Pentax K7. It was a nice day with no ran in the forecast. I am uploading the photos to Saturday afternoon. The photos will be edited after they are purchased so they will look their best. You can crop them when you order or I will crop them as needed. If you need a larger resolution photo you can email me at and I will upload the large one.

What an experience! This was my first 5K race and I felt like I had run the race, lol. My daughter is in tip top shape and she was tired also, so I didn’t feel so bad. There were so many contestants, probably around 2000. It was unbelievable. I did see a few familiar faces. Thanks to Susan Shofner for asking me to take the photos for the race.

Thanks for your interest in my photos. Tammy

Look who I ran into…

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Project of Love Music

Here is a short version of Project of Love Music’s first concert. The website is
I included information from their website below. Please take time to read it. This is my brother’s story of his battle with cancer. I made this video so my younger daughter who is in Africa could see her uncle perform. is a 501©(3) charitable organization

My name is Tracy E. Thomas. I was visited by metastatic kidney cancer for a second time  in 2012. I am currently undergoing treatment at M.D. Anderson in Houston, TX.

I am also a writer, musician and a stuntman. In my last 7 feature films I have been on Votrient (Pazopanib) and I am currently in remission.

Prior to my remission things looked rather dire. But in October 2013, a mutual friend introduced me to David Green. I was looking for collaborators to produce an album of music for my friends and family while I had the time and the energy to take on such a task.

I met David (drummer and producer) and subsequently Joey Percival (bass) and began recording the first day we played together. Once the album was made I wanted to take it further and enter a short film in the Louisiana Film Prize. We entered the musical Stay Well My Friend, Stay Well. 

In less than a year’s time we had produced an album and produced a SAG short film. Throughout this creative process I remained focused on an expression of love and what it means to live. I attribute my immersion in artistic expression as both stimulus and catalyst for my remission.

Survival is, in large part, attitude. Foster well-being through artistic expression. Don’t double-down on thinking about cancer! Work your treatment plan and then let it go. Find solace in art. When left alone, not bothered by a fear filled mind, the body strives for homeostasis and balance. Give yourself a break from the enormity of the disease: create!

Application processes for SURVIVAL ART will commence very soon.

Tracy E. Thomas

“Changing Fate” or CHNGNF8 is dedicated to providing free access the tools necessary for cancer survivors and/or their caregivers to communicate through art what it means to survive.

Whether drawing, painting, doodling, filming, screaming, pounding or strumming, we want to help you make that happen as a means to communicate your story to the world at large.

Create to live, live to create; there is a healing that manifests when you still your mind and focus your intent. Your concern is the form, the line, the sound of something brand new in the Universe. It is not thinking about cancer, rather, creation.

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My Love of Horses


My dad brought me a pony home one day when I was eleven. Her name was Freckles and she came complete with saddle, bridle, blanket and her 4 month old filly named Duchess. Unfortunately the filly wasn’t around long due to an accident. I have many memories of Freckles. She taught us (my brother Todd and my friend Venetia) to ride. She was strong willed like a lot of ponies are. Due to their small size, sometimes they aren’t well trained and tend to take advantage of kids. She would run us under tress, thru trees trying to wipe us off. We used to take our horses swimming. We found out really quick that Freckles couldn’t swim. She blew bubbles and we had to lift her nose out of the water.

Thru the years I have owned many horses. I have learned so much from each one. I hope that I taught them something also. If I had to choose my favorite, it would be Latch, “My Smooth Latch”. I bought her from a horse trader from Serepta. I was seven months pregnant at the time. He tried three times to talk me out of buying her due to her problems, but I knew her potential. It took me two years of hard work but I finally learned to ride her. She is the first horse in the video. She was only 14.2 but she was a powerhouse. I competed on her for thirteen years. When I am looking for a new horse, it seems I measure them all by her.

I made this video of most of the horses I have owned. My mom was told by her co-workers when I was a teenager that I would give up those horses as soon as I started liking boys. Well that didn’t happen. I married a cowboy and forty-five years later, I’m still loving horses.

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Getting Ready for the BIG Day!

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My daughter’s wedding is May 10, 2014. Wow! There is so much to do. I’m on pins and needles about the weather. It’s an outside wedding and we have close to 160 people who have responded. I’m worried about the one’s who didn’t respond but we will make it work. The plans are to move to our church if needed. Stay tuned to this website for more updated information next week. Remember to call my cell phone if needed! Tammy

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The Awesome Blood Moon

My friend Patty mentioned to me yesterday about the lunar eclipse which would take place Tuesday morning, April 15. We had tried to view the Super Moon a couple of months back, but we were not successful. My husband and I set our clocks to 2:00 am and managed to get out there about 2:30 am. I had some trouble with the tripod but took the photos around 2:35 am. I had trouble getting it to focus, so I put it on manual.

I checked online to see how to set my camera. It recommended using the spot metering and I found out that my Nikon D800 had that. I set it up on a tripod. The manual settings I used were f/2.8, the shutter speed on 30 and the iso on 6400. I took about 8 photos but only one turned out. I was very pleased with the photo. I was glad the clouds had moved out a couple of hours earlier.

In a total lunar eclipse, the full moon turns a coppery red as it passes into Earth’s shadow. During the process, the moon’s bright glow dims, taking on a red hue because of shimmers of sunlight and sunsets seeping through the Earth’s atmosphere. Tammy


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