Oh, how I love Spring! The flowers are starting to bloom, the greens are rich and luscious, and there are signs of new life all around. I loved my session with Everly celebrating her first year of life. I can hardly believe it has already been a year since I did her newborn session. One thing that made this session extra special were all of the little details weaved throughout. Everly's little white dress was once a dress her momma wore, the rocking chair she held on too also belonged to her mom, and the quilted blanket she sat on was sewn by her grandmother. I love when sessions get to incorporate so much meaning behind them. Sweet Everly, you are beautiful! Happy first year of life, precious girl!
The Earnhart family couldn't have been any sweeter. May I also say, their kids were absolutely adorable. Each time I stopped to grab another picture of the kids, I felt like I was capturing Little Red Riding Hood and the most dapper looking boy. This year, the Earnhart's wanted something different for their family pictures and chose a more modern location which was so fun for me. Earnhart family, it was a pleasure!
I have a confession...If I'm being honest, blogging has always been one of the hardest things for me to do and find time for. Since I balance being a full time teacher, photographer, and wife, blogging seems to always fall at the end of my to do list. However, I truly love to feature all of the beautiful clients I get to meet and work with. That being said, I apologize for the tremendous lack of blogging I have done in the past, and assure you I am going be working on this in the near future :) For now, be ready to see some of the beautiful families and children I've been able to work with over the past few months.
One of the reasons why I love photography is developing relationships with clients. The Damon family was so kind to invite me over to their lovely house to do a comfortable lifestyle session. Lifestyle sessions are laid back as they take place in the comfort of your own home and allow your little ones to just "be." We quickly realized we had several mutual Baylor friends, and even shared the same wedding photographer, David and Luke Edmonson. Damon family, it was a treat!
Mini sessions are an easy and affordable way to get updated pictures of your family throughout the year. They are ideal for little ones you have a hard time sitting still for a long time, or who are growing up faster than you can believe. While a lot of photographers like to build custom sets or have certain themes for their mini sessions, I like the focus to be on the clients: their family and their kids. Make sure you are subscribed to my newsletter to be the first to know about any upcoming mini sessions. I still have one spot left for my upcoming Spring Minis if you are interested, and will be sending out info soon for another special mini coming up this Spring. Sign up below, and enjoy some sweet images from my a few of my Fall minis this year.
The Allen's were one of the sweet families I was able to work with during my mini sessions this year. While I knew their mom and oldest daughter, I didn't know them very well. It was so much fun getting to spend some one on one time with them and their precious girls. Aren't they an adorable family?
As if senior year isn't fun enough, the idea of graduating is even better. Being a senior is such an exciting time. It's finally time to spread your wings, meet new friends, pursue your dreams all while having a blast. I'm so excited for what you have ahead of you, Caitlin! If you're a 2017 senior, I'd love to squeeze you in for an early Spring session before you graduate!
Since I have more clients than availability, I'm doing everything I can to squeeze everyone in. I've decided to add ONE more slot to my mini session this Saturday, October 1st. Email me for more details or to sign up at email@example.com
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As if birthday parties weren't enough fun to begin with, imagine going to one with real life My Little Ponies. I loved following around this birthday girl and capturing her on her special day. Sessions like this prove why investing in all seasons & events of life matters. Her mommy & daddy got to sit back and watch their birthday girl have fun, while I captured all of the little details. They will NEVER forget the smile on their little girls face this day. Happy birthday, Julia!
If you don't know this family you are missing out. I love this family so much. Not only do I love these boys, but also their parents. Ron & Jennifer are doing a great job of raising their boys to walk in the Truth. I loved connecting with them this summer before school started back up. I loved this session and their images!
Sometimes little ones sleep like a champ and take a good nap before pictures, and sometimes they don't. Since little Noah decided he was too excited for his pictures (wink, wink), he skipped his regular nap time. Mom, dad and I were hysterical trying to get him to smile and laugh during his session. Despite him being tired, I love how his 6 month pictures turned out. I'm so glad his parents wanted to capture his little personality at this stage of life. He was in the process of learning how to sit up, and in the blink of an eye he will be walking. He is such a dapper little boy!
Photographing a newborn baby girl is just as sweet as it sounds. There is something so special about being able to capture their simple beauty before curlers, makeup and high heels. Sweet baby Charlotte was no different. I loved meeting and working with her family. Big brother sure was proud of his new baby sister!
Who doesn't love a session of their BEST FRIEND? Truly, dogs are man's best friend! Unwavering loyalty. Protection for their Master at all costs. Unconditional love. Always over the moon excited to see you. They truly feel sorry when they've done something wrong. They listen (and can't talk back). Those are a few of the many reasons I love dogs and getting to capture them for their owners.
Below is one of my favorite devotionals written by Max Lucado. Of course, it's about his dog...and her name is Molly :)
Learning to Trust the Master
by Max Lucado
A man and his dog are in the same car. The dog howls bright-moon-in-the-middle-of-the-night caterwauling howls. The man ple ads, promising a daily delivery of dog biscuit bouquets if only the hound will hush. After all, it’s only a car wash.
Never occurred to him—ahem, to me—that the car wash would scare my dog. But it did. Placing myself in her paws, I can see why. A huge, noisy machine presses toward us, pounding our window with water, banging against the door with brushes. Duck! We’re under attack.
“Don’t panic. The car wash was my idea.” “I’ve done this before.” “It’s for our own good.” Ever tried to explain a car wash to a canine? Dog dictionaries are minus the words brush and detail job. My words fell on fallen flaps. Nothing helped. She just did what dogs do; she wailed.
Actually, she did what we do. Don’t we howl? Not at car washes perhaps but at hospital stays and job transfers. Let the economy go south or the kids move north, and we have a wail of a time. And when our Master explains what’s happening, we react as if he’s speaking Yalunka. We don’t understand a word he says.
Is your world wet and wild?
God’s greatest blessings often come costumed as disasters. Any doubters need to do nothing more than ascend the hill of Calvary.
Jerusalem’s collective opinion that Friday was this: Jesus is finished.
Such is the view of the disciples, the opinion of the friends, and the outlook of the enemies. Label it the dog-in-the-passenger-seat view.
The Master who sits behind the wheel thinks differently. God is not surprised. His plan is right on schedule. Even in—especially in—death, Christ is still the king, the king over his own crucifixion.
Can’t he do the same for you? Can’t he turn your Friday into a Sunday?
Some of you doubt it. How can God use cancer or death or divorce? Simple.
He’s smarter than we are. He is to you what I was to four-year-old Amy. I met her at a bookstore. She asked me if I would sign her children’s book. When I asked her name, she watched as I began to write, “To Amy …”
She stopped me right there. With wide eyes and open mouth, she asked, “How did you know how to spell my name?”
She was awed. You aren’t. You know the difference between the knowledge of a child and an adult. Can you imagine the difference between the wisdom of a human and the wisdom of God? What is impossible to us is like spelling “Amy” to him. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa. 55:9).
I keep taking Molly to the car wash. She’s howling less. I don’t think she understands the machinery. She’s just learning to trust her master. Maybe we’ll learn the same.
Next Door Savior
© (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2006) Max Lucado
Girls are so fun to work with, so naturally, this session was full of a lot of laughter and smiles. I loved my time working with the Corley ladies. They couldn't have picked better outfits for their spring mini session!
These boys were such good sports during our session in the Texas heat. Knowing that the Frisco Snowcone Lady was right around the corner may or may not have helped them to keep a smile on their face until the very end. Not only are these rockstar kids, but they have a pretty amazing mom as well. She is a speech pathologist, and creates amazing products on Teachers Pay Teachers. She has been so encouraging (and patient) with me as I have started to begin selling stock photography and styled images on Teachers Pay Teachers. Ashley, thanks for sharing your boys with me for an evening. They were a treat!
While we never spent much time together, Lindsay and I grew up in the the same area and had several mutual friends. Soon after getting married, Lindsay and her husband moved out of state as he currently serves in the United States Marine Corps. (Thank you, CJ) Knowing that her husband would soon be deployed, Lindsay wanted to make sure she had current pictures of her precious family and scheduled a session during a quick visit to Texas. I was so honored to be chosen as her photographer for such a task especially knowing I was out of state. I loved sending her off with so many sweet pictures knowing that she would be tucking them away in her husbands bag and holding dear to them while he was gone. I have thought much about Lindsay and admire her bravery as she sent her husband off and is raising her son by herself (for at least 8 months). I know the real reason Lindsay can do what she is doing is because of her relationship with the Lord, and how she is truly "resting in the shadow of the Almighty." -Psalm 91 Lindsay, thank you for allowing me to capture your precious little family! CJ, I again thank you for serving our country proudly. *The last picture is one of my favorites*
Oh how I love this sweet family. While they aren't local, they always make it a point to connect with me when they come into town. It is so fun to watch their boys grow and capture them at each life stage. I love that this momma loves for me to snag sweet pictures of her boys, but also just follow them around as they explore. Keep getting handsome, boys! Their cousins tagged along for the last five minutes. It was so fun getting a few pictures of them too!
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Happy one year of life with Team Coulter, Moose girl. You've brought your humans so much joy and healing this past year. You've helped fill an incredibly large whole in our hearts after our little Annie. You're faithful, fun and full of love. Your tongue is the longest I've ever seen, and you will never love a toy as much as you love playing with an old washrag. Thanks for loving Team BRC as much as you do. I can't believe you were ever this small. You get extra treats tonight!