I’ve been a family photographer for about 7 years now and I still get nervous before every photo shoot. I know the effort involved in getting a family unit to be stain-free, somewhat coordinated and in pleasant moods for more than an 18-second period. I also understand the financial investment – not just in the […]

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About 2 years ago I wrote these words but never pressed publish because I didn’t have any photos to go with them. Wednesday I took some photos but really didn’t have any words to go with them. So here we are. *** This morning I drove to the gym with the intention of doing one […]

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When I messaged my friend Katie on Monday and asked her to photograph me (in exchange for my photographing her), I had no formation of words in mind to accompany my images. It’s typically the inverse, so I’m not sure why I made this request. I hadn’t purchased any new clothing and I wasn’t feeling […]

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  • Katie Pruett

    Love. Love. Love. So happy the universe brought is together! 🖤
    Great words. Beautiful photos. 🖤🖤

I planned to make a vision board at the start of this year. And last year. And likely every year since the words “vision” and “board” made their first appearance as a couple. But how do you make one and let me search Pinterest and oh sh__  there are very close to one million guides to […]

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  • I went back to school to become a therapist as a second career so I know just how scary this decision can be! You won’t regret it. If you have any questions or want to talk through my experience/what you can expect don’t hesitate to reach out. Love to help like minded people down this road.ReplyCancel

    • laramiserrano@gmail.com

      I really appreciate this and I hope you were serious about the offer because I have 4,000 questions :). It’s scary for sure but I’m surprisingly excited!ReplyCancel

  • Kyle Balestrieri

    Larami this is such a dope idea I don’t know you personally but if what Sgea says about you in true you will crush being a counselor. You take care of 3 boys and one of the funniest men alive, counseling will be a piece of cake. Good luck with everything!ReplyCancel

    • laramiserrano@gmail.com

      Haha! It’s not a job for the weak, that’s for sure ;). Thank you so much for taking the time to comment.ReplyCancel

  • This is beautiful and exciting.ReplyCancel

    • laramiserrano@gmail.com

      Thank you for sharing in the excitement!ReplyCancel

  • Tony Mac

    Just wanted to let you know you’ve got this! I’m a broke college kid about to graduate soon, and I hope I end up like you and Shea. Y’all grind, and never stop trying to be a better you, and I’m trying to apply that same mentality to my own life. Thank y’all for being y’all, and congratulations! The FOH army will help in anyway possible.ReplyCancel

    • laramiserrano@gmail.com

      This made me smile :). Honored to be an inspiration. Keep going!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Thomas

    Greatly appreciate these posts and for you sharing your life story. That’s very brave. I follow your husband on Twitter for the jokes & entertainment, but honestly now I follow him for these updates about you. Because it’s inspiring to me!

    Sincerely wishing all the very best for you and your family. And please keep giving us updates from time to time 😊ReplyCancel

    • laramiserrano@gmail.com

      I truly appreciate your words of encouragement. Thank you for sharing in our struggles and successes.ReplyCancel

  • Paul Krenek


    While I am not sure which program you may have applied to, I did want to note that Texas A&M San Antonio does offer a Masters in Counseling. My wife was formerly the director of admissions at TAMUSA (has since moved to another role at the university) but did offer any support that you may need if you wanted to pursue the degree at TAMUSA.

    Thanks for all you do!ReplyCancel

    • laramiserrano@gmail.com

      I actually just scheduled an appointment to meet with someone next week! To be perfectly honest, this whole process is a lot more involved than I expected and it’s a bit intimidating, so I might hold you to that offer of support ;). Thank you for taking the time to comment.ReplyCancel

  • Aja

    AWESOME! So very proud of you!ReplyCancel

    • laramiserrano@gmail.com

      Thanks, boo! I’m just trying to follow my heroines like you.ReplyCancel

  • Daniela Portillo

    I am a huge fan of you and you’re family as a whole. And after reading your post I must say I more of your fan then your husband now lol… don’t get me wrong he’s still hilarious but from one aspiring therapist to another, YOU GOT THIS!

    I am currently in grad school to become an Expressive Arts Therapist and let me tell you those doubt do not go away. HOWEVER, you come realize that you’re not the only one doubting yourself. You’re not alone. And shits still scary but now you just have more tools in your belt to deal with whatever comes you’re way.

    I hope and pray that you continue forward with your mission.
    This world needs more people who are willing to set their needs aside to help others.

    I believe you.


    • laramiserrano@gmail.com

      This is so kind of you! And I’m definitely going to show Shea this comment ;). I’m so glad I posted this if for no other reason than now I have a list of like-minded folks to harass with questions throughout this journey! I’ll be sure to keep everyone updated. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • I did exactly 1 and 1/2 years in a school counseling program. It wasn’t for me. Turned out I just wanted to figure out how to not mess people up when they kept coming to me for advice. 😀 I think you’d do waaayyy better at this than I ever could. Congrats on pushing through!!ReplyCancel

    • laramiserrano@gmail.com

      Haha! Thanks, Sharmon! I really appreciate the vote of confidence.ReplyCancel

  • allena

    i’m a fan of your husband’s writing, and through him, discovered your beautiful photography. counseling has done wonders for my family, and it’s a noble pursuit. no matter what happens, i hope you savor every lesson that you learn. i think your post is very brave and the first step of speaking your goal into existence. best of luck, larami.ReplyCancel

    • laramiserrano@gmail.com

      I appreciate this. Thank you. This is a great thing to keep in mind throughout my journey.ReplyCancel

  • Bianca

    I’m graduating in May with a masters in counseling from St. Edward’s University in Austin and I 100% understand where you are coming from. I can so relate to your fear of starting this process. Truth be told, the fear of becoming a therapist wanes, but doesn’t completely go away (at least not for me). That being said, the content of your courses will help you understand this fear. For me (and a majority of my colleagues) this fear stems from the value I place on the therapeutic process. The work we do is important and impactful. It’s not something to take lightly. To do this work and not be at least a little bit scared says that you don’t understand the loftiness and sensitivity of your role as a therapist. As someone who also chose to pursue this work because of its impact on my life, the best therapy I’ve ever received was from my professors in my counseling program. It’s also the most expensive therapy I’ve ever received…but that’s a problem for another day. Best of luck and if you’d like to chat more about St. Edward’s program or the process itself, please feel free to reach out!ReplyCancel

    • laramiserrano@gmail.com

      I’ve officially added you to my list of resources so I hope you meant it ;). Seriously, thank you for such a beautiful and informative comment. And man…CONGRATULATIONS!ReplyCancel

  • K

    The best decision I ever made was to leave the corporate world and get my masters in counseling and them my license. Since then I’ve worked in schools, hospitals, community mental health and private practice and while some days are difficult overall, sitting with people through both pain and happiness and changes has been an honor. The best therapists I know worry about their skills and effectiveness.. it’s what makes them work so hard. So go for it and don’t worry too much about academics, you need the background but the real learning takes place in the work! If I can ever answer a question feel free to reach out. KathleenReplyCancel

    • laramiserrano@gmail.com

      THIS IS SO ENCOURAGING! Thank you so much. I’m saving your email address for when I have 700 questions to ask :).ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Z
    • laramiserrano@gmail.com

      Thanks, Nicole! I hope you’re well.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Hull

    having done something similar recently at roughly the same age (and been similarly scared by my inside monsters the whole way) i am tempted to write a multi-paragraph vote of confidence/encouragement, but i don’t want to be weird, so i will just say this is incredibly brave of you. you are believed in. you deserve this investment in your continued progression as a person. the world will be lucky to have it and better for it. you molt, you beautiful bird!ReplyCancel

    • laramiserrano@gmail.com

      “You deserve this investment in your continued progression as a person”
      I really needed that. Thank you so much.
      And for future references…I’m all for weird 😉ReplyCancel

This past weekend I photographed a proposal. I felt like I was way more nervous than he was which was definitely not the way it should have been. I just kept imagining my camera jamming or dropping and breaking my whole kit as just he knelt down. It didn’t help that the spot I’d previously […]

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