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Southeast Texas Lifestyle Photographer


One of the things I love most about lifestyle photography is capturing relationships. Connections. And over the years, I’ve found that the connection that exists between a person and their passion is singularly fascinating, especially when they are able to grow that passion and create a sustainable career from it. I love seeing people live their passions. Live their dreams. It’s like a grown-up fairy tale. I’m so proud of you. All of you. So much about the world tells you: “No. You can’t. It’s out of your reach. It’s not reasonable.” YES YOU CAN. Owning a business is hard, hard, hard work, but you’re doing it, and you’re doing awesome at it!

That’s the spirit that eventually led to the idea that has become my new blog series. Southeast Texas Small Business Stories. Documenting people living their passion. Introducing these crazy, passionate people to the public. Every two weeks (or maybe every week, depending on how fast I can crank these out!), I’ll feature a different small business, athlete, artist, or entrepreneur on the blog, and tell their stories through photographs. I can’t wait to introduce all of you to all of the amazing talent in our area.

Southeast Texas Lifestyle Photographer

The very first name on my list was Amy Burris-Smith, Owner and Boss Lady at Junkin Gypsies.  Junkin Gypsies is a paint boutique and project workshop, and is honestly one of the most creative businesses in our community.  I’ve seen Amy describe the idea behind her business as hosting “Pinterest parties” and I have to say – it’s so accurate!  I’ve been a customer of hers for years.  If you come over, I have probably way too many pallet signs of various size hanging throughout my house.  Some of them are an admitted hot mess, but I love all of them because they were created by my own two hands over an evening with some of my best friends, and the memories that are wrapped up in these hot mess pallets are priceless.

When you register for a workshop at Junkin Gypsies, you send Amy a description of the type of project you would like to do.  The offer a range of projects from pallet signs of various size, tin flags, five-board signs, cut-out wall art, stocking hangers, serving trays, door hangers and signs, and jewelry hangers, and I’m sure if you contacted her wanting to create something not on this list, she would definitely figure out a way to accommodate you!  And when you arrive at her warehouse, you’re given all the supplies you need to create your project.  As in, you’re handed raw planks of wood, nails, and a hammer and told to get started ha!  I was a little surprised the first time I went as I had no idea I would be constructing my pallet also, but it turned out to be a lot of fun and a great stress reliever ha!

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It’s stressed during registration that this is a workshop and not a class.  Amy has helpers available that walk around and help you.  They provide all the materials and any guidance you need, but step-by-step instructions are not given and everyone gets to work at their own pace.  I really love this, because it puts the emphasis on fellowship!

“Leave your worries at home!  Just come have a good time… everyone can do this!  
You don’t have to be creative, crafty or artistic.  You just have to be willing!!​

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Junkin Gypsies is located at 704 N Memorial Freeway, Nederland, Tx 77627, directly across from the airport.

I have a working list based on suggestions from friends and family, but I would love to hear your thoughts. Do you know someone who is crazy passionate and made their dream a reality? Nominate your favorite local small business in the comments! Or, if you are a small business owner and you would be interested in a documentary session, shoot me an email and let’s chat!

Tell me: What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

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Jo Truncali is a Southeast Texas Lifestyle photographer specializing in documentary family imagery.  Serving all of Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana, including but not limited to The Woodlands, Conroe, Beaumont, Lake Charles and surrounding areas.  Available for travel worldwide.

  • June 3, 2016 - 11:59 am

    Jamie - This is such a great story! I love the flow and the details of this! Beautiful job! Houston is luck to have such a wonderful lifestyle photographer! I have a lot of family that way I will be sending them to you!ReplyCancel

    • June 15, 2016 - 8:24 pm

      Jo - Thanks so much Jamie! I would be honored to be your family’s Houston photographer! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2016 - 5:20 pm

    Angie Deiss - I’ve know Am for many many years! I’m so very proud of her. Everyone that co Es across her path has truly been BLESSED! Good luck in everything u do Amy! Luv n miss u!,,, xoxoReplyCancel

    • June 15, 2016 - 8:24 pm

      Jo - Amy is a sweetie and she’s built an amazing empire!ReplyCancel

  • June 6, 2016 - 10:28 am

    Ashley - Loving this blog Jo! You are an incredible Houston lifestyle photographer!ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2016 - 8:47 am

    Carissa - This is such an amazing idea! How special for those business owners to have this. I love lifestyle photography and I’d recommend you to anyone in Houston!ReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2016 - 10:39 am

    Amanda - What a wonderful story! Houston is so lucky to have you as their lifestyle photographer!ReplyCancel

    • June 15, 2016 - 8:35 pm

      Jo - That’s very sweet, Amanda. And I feel pretty lucky to be a Houston photographer!ReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2016 - 1:06 pm

    Jo - What a fantastic project! Awesome photos by a great Houston family lifestyle photographer!ReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2016 - 10:12 pm

    Sarah - This is so cool! I love that you are teaming up with small businesses as a Houston lifestyle photographer!ReplyCancel

    • June 15, 2016 - 8:37 pm

      Jo - Thanks Sarah! It’s been a lot of fun and I can’t see what Houston entrepreneurs have in store for me!ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2016 - 8:46 am

    Danielle - This is an amazing project!! Your lifestyle photography is incredible. I especially love this post. I’d love to stop by and see you when I’m in the Houston area!ReplyCancel

    • June 15, 2016 - 8:37 pm

      Jo - Aww thanks Danielle! If you’re ever in Houston, I would love to be your photographer!ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2016 - 10:40 am

    Brandy - This is so cool. Houston is so blessed to have someone that recognizes people like this. What a great lifestyle photography blog you have going on!ReplyCancel

    • June 15, 2016 - 8:38 pm

      Jo - Thanks, Brandy! I feel pretty blessed to be in Houston and surrounded by all this local talent. Photographer’s dream!ReplyCancel

  • June 22, 2016 - 3:49 pm

    Katie - Lovely images! You are a fantastic photographer. You are in Houston, right?ReplyCancel

  • June 22, 2016 - 7:45 pm

    Laura - WOW! This is one crazy talented lady! Her story is impressive! <3 I need to get to Houston! There seems to be so much going on over there!

    P.S. You are an amazing photographer! 😉 If we are ever in Texas – I am going to call! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 22, 2016 - 9:12 pm

    Lindsay Wirtanen-Dudas - What an amazing way to capture their story. Beautiful work! I will be sending my friend in need of a Houston Photographer your way.ReplyCancel

  • July 12, 2016 - 1:10 pm

    jessica - I LOVE that you are featuring other local, small businesses! Houston is lucky to have a family photographer like you!ReplyCancel

  • July 14, 2016 - 1:40 am

    amber - wow such a hard worker i love the story these images tell! your so talented! I will be sending all my friends in Houston to you for their family photographer needs!ReplyCancel

  • August 23, 2016 - 10:59 pm

    Erin - I wish I could come to one of Amy’s workshops! It looks like the absolute perfect place to be inspired, get dirty, and create! These kinds of projects are more helpful than therapy to me and I’m sure many others feel the same! You’ve photography is an art and you have done a beautiful job documenting Amy and hopefully introducing her to the Beaumont area. I bet if Amy held workshops for families to come to… well, now those signs would be treasured.ReplyCancel

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