Disciples of Flight, Equality

The 99’s Museum & Gender Inequality

In March 2016 I had the honor of touring the Ninety-Nines museum with museum curator Denise Neil-Binion on assignment for Disciples of Flight. I was able to recap most of women in aviation’s history and tell my story of being a female in the aviation industry. This was one of my favorite articles to date and an absolute honor to write. I could have written much much more on this topic but left it at the highlights! Enjoy!

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Photography, Photography

Photography Pricing

Every job is different therefore prices are subject to change based on the actual job. Please contact me for an exact quote.

All quotes include:

  • The sitting fee (time spent with the photographer)
  • Editing time
  • A digital copy (sent via box.com) of all photos 1-3 weeks after the session & rights to print & post all photos  (NOTE: I do NOT watermark my photos)
  • Up to 6 subjects

 

Sitting Fees:

1 hour session: $100

2 hour session: $175

4 hour session: $300

6 hour session: $450

10+ hours: call for a quote

 

You must provide the location & all accessories associated with the shoot. Photographer will have equipment for both inside & outside shoots (weather permitting).

 

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Photography, Photography

Branching Out: Photography

One of the things that I’ve learned about my aviation/journalism journey is that it’s not linear. I’ve loved learning how to write, how to captivate an audience, and how to get my thoughts down on “paper” (typing is the twenty-first century paper right?). Now my journey is taking me down a branch I never thought I’d explore. Photography!

I purchased a camera a few months ago to capture photos to go along with my articles. I also enjoyed snapping pictures of all the planes that take off and land at DFW constantly!

Now I’ve decided to also learn more about my camera and what it can do. I’m going to be posting different photos I take both on assignment and in my free time. I’ve also decided to start booking professional photography jobs – both aviation and otherwise. So if you’re in the need of a photographer in the DFW area, feel free to reach out to me!

 

 

 

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My Journey

I’m Back!!

…From an extended and unexpected break!!

For my followers that were around back in the spring, you may have noticed that I took about a half year break from blogging and writing. Unfortunately, when I started my job with the FAA back in June, I was advised to stop writing because of the potential conflict of interest… I was disheartened that I couldn’t keep up with my favorite hobby. But, it was also a blessing in disguise. I was able to really focus on my training at the FAA Air Traffic Academy and managed to graduate top of my training class. I’m now training to be an en route controller at Fort Worth ARTCC (air route traffic control center).

As of today, however, I have received clearance (pun intended) to start writing again!  I will likely stray away from topics directly related to my job, but I’ll still be writing on aviation topics that spark my interest.  I recently purchased a new DSLR camera & I live right by DFW airport – I’m certain that there will be some good plane-watching shots coming up soon. Standby for more!

I’m so excited to be back in the game…What should I write about first? What’s hot right now? Anything you want to know more about? Do you know of any up-in-coming publications that could use an aviation expert? What have I missed in my 7-month leave of absence?

I’m so happy to be back. Thanks to everyone that stuck around during my radio silence. I can’t wait to be back writing for you guys again very very soon!

Till next time!! xoxo,

Chrissi

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My Journey, Technology, The News Hub

Cool Plane, dude! 

(Photo: Lockheed Martin)

Today, I wrote about new research NASA researchers are working on – a supersonic passenger jet – via The News Hub.

If you’d like to check it out, click here.

Thanks for following

xoxo Chrissi

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My Journey

Getting through Writer’s Block

I’m sitting here staring at a blank page. This is the third day in a row that I’ve been unable to write about all these wonderful experiences I had at the Professional Women Controller’s conference. That I’m unable to put my research down on the screen. I’m so excited about all the topics I’m learning about…. But apparently I’m digesting it still. I can’t form sentences. I can’t form paragraphs. I can’t form stories.

I want to write. I have deadlines to make. Two weeks ago I was pouring out 1-2 articles a day. This week I can’t even form a sentence. Why?

Two words: Writers Block.

“The thing is, sometimes there is no story to tell. Or, you have stories but they’re not ready to be told yet. The blank page does not have to be your enemy. It is not a sign of failure. It just means: Not Now. – “Not Now,” Michele Catalano

I started reading how to get past this block. Why my fingers don’t want to type. Why I avoid writing like the plague. I’d rather clean my room than write. That’s not how this is supposed to be! I should be writing down all these ideas that are running through my head.

So I’m using the tips I’ve read about. I’m going to write stories in new formats. I’m free-writing by hand to “clear the cobwebs.” I’m writing just to write. This blog is my journal. Like I’ve said before – this is where the good, the bad, and the ugly lives. I highlight my successes but also sometimes need to express my failures in order to get past them. I’ve written about hardships in my life as well as my biggest successes.

One of the most interesting things I read was to take the pressure off myself – write just to write. That’s what I’m trying to do here. So far it’s working.

“That despite a life that unfolds on the internet, we can still write with no intent to publish.” – Cheri Lucas Rowlands

I found myself in this same place of writer’s block in February and again after the Women in Aviation conference. I had all these great ideas for stories. All these inspirational women that made me feel like I could do anything, all these grand ideas. Yet it was like pulling teeth to sit down and transcribe or write. I just couldn’t do it.

The last time this happened, it took me three weeks to get back into the groove of things. I can’t wait three weeks. I’m actually lost when I’m not writing. This is how I express myself. I can have a conversation with someone and never ever get to my point. But when I’m writing I know: hook, main point, backup content. In that order, every time.

When I’m not writing I feel lost. I feel like I am a train running 200mph down a track with no plan on where I’m going. I’m just going. No plan, no map, just riding until the track runs out.

I’m using my blog today as a way to just get something down on the screen. As to break down this mental barrier my mind is putting in front of me. I hope to be back up & writing my typical content in the near future. Deadlines are approaching and I need to get to work. I will get back to work.

Any additional tips from fellow writers out there?? 

Thank you for following my not-so-organized journey.

 

Xoxo Chrissi

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