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 Being with nature has real benefits.  It’s not only the lack of technology and surplus of a landscape, the sunshine and fresh air that contribute to this creativity boost, walking gets the creative juices flowing far more than sitting.

I grew up in a tiny town in Alabama and my daddy is a hunter and a fisherman. Ever since I was little girl he would say he ended to go to the hunting club to clear his head. He tells me that spending a day in the woods away from everything gives him a fresh perspective and he can just think more clearly.

I spent so much time in the woods and outside growing up , these days I have to seek out my nature time because I live in Hollywood and the woods are not as accessible. Just like my dad , give me some time in nature and I feel calm, refreshed, and inspired.

PLUS the health befits are Awesome! When you hike you Boost bone density, since walking is a weight-bearing exercise.

Build strength in your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, and the muscles in your hips and lower legs.

Strengthen your core.

I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty so I will find a spot and do push ups as well to get my arm workout in ( 3 sets of 12. )

On this holiday weekend, I hope you can unplug take some and take some time to yourself.

Stay inspired!



Devon Rachel photos by jana williams blak and white wall in west hollywood

One of my passions is sharing photo tips. I am a firm believer that you get what you give.  Sharing photo tips keeps me inspired and excited to keep learning and growing as an artist.  SO today I am sharing 3 short and sweet photo tips for street style photography.

This black and white wall is located in west Hollywood outside of Craigs Resturant. Devon & I love this wall and this cute coffee shop across the street Verve. These are 2 cute locations to shoot in West Hollywood:) I have a BTS video with my quick tips at the bottom of the post.

Stay Inspired!


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  • May 24, 2016 - 5:47 pm

    Thuy - Loved this video. I could get down with a mix of these short tips and your longer videos.

    The best tip – that I can relate to – is the one about having a clear direction for public shoots in a limited timeframe. Can’t say it enough.


  • May 24, 2016 - 5:39 pm

    Ida - Beautiful pictures and great video! Would love to shoot with you one day in LA!

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I am a self-improvement junkie no doubt. I know that making small changes in our everyday routine can truly change our lives. For instance instead of watching TV before we go to bed if we visualize the life we want we are spoon feeding our mind to think positive before we rest and that is Powerful.  Check out what Dr. Wayne Dyer says on the subject Here.   To get started have a notepad and pen on your bedside and list all if the things you are grateful for that happened today. List the small things , the  sound of your daughter’s laughter, that stranger who gave you a compliment, your pet, your health, everything positive. As you lay down close your eyes and visualize the life you want. It can be abstract or very straightforward. It can be colors , words, people, you smiling holding someone so tight, it can change all the time. It is more about the feeling.  I have been doing this for years. Sometimes I am doing it every night and feeling so good and feel in line with exactly what I want, other times I fall off and I forget to make my list and I go to sleep with my worries and anxieties. It is so powerful to make this a priority. I am writing this to myself as much as I am to you. Every day is a new day.  Every day is a new beginning.

Stay Inspired!


  • May 23, 2016 - 10:46 pm

    Carla - My mom thinks its strange that I can go days without watching TV. I no longer have one in my bedroom. Well I do buy it’s leaning against the wall not plugged in. But I sleep so much better and like the quiet before I fall asleep.

2016-05-21_0001.jpgKristen & Chase came all the way from Austin to shoot this lovely session and it was the perfect day! I love mountains in the background I feel like they represent strength.  I am feeling so blessed for my job today. Thank goodness I took a chance a few years ago to make my dreams of being a full-time photographer into a reality.  I couldn’t image doing anything else with my days.

Stay Inspired and make those dreams into realities!

Love Jana