A Dreamy Setting

I was very excited to meet these two at Sekrit Theater for a maternity shoot a few weeks ago.  This sweet couple absolutely glows with their excitement for the pending birth of their son, and it was such a pleasure to see them again after shooting their birth announcement earlier this year.  This dreamy setting also didn’t disappoint! Here are some favorites from our shoot.

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An Unexpected Adventure

Last weekend I met this sweet family at the north-Austin home they moved into a month ago. They’ve been having a blast exploring the nearby trails, so they wanted to capture their family there.  I’d never been to the site before, which can be tricky since I typically need to scout locations ahead of time.  But Dad did an excellent job thinking things through, and he even sent me pictures from his morning hike!  I didn’t realize quite what I was getting into – we literally hoofed it for 45 minutes into the woods!  There were some lovely little nooks along the way, and these kids seemed right at home.  Here are some favorites from our shoot.

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A Dramatic Entrance

The newest addition to this sweet little family made a dramatic entrance into this world, with a serious fever scare and stay in the NICU.   Thank God everyone is doing well now!

Newborn shoots are some of my favorite.  Parents are beaming, siblings are bright eyed and curious, and then there is that adorable new born!  This little guy gave me lots of beautiful gazes, which is one of the reasons I like doing these shoots at a month or two old (rather than a few days old).  Here are some favorites from our time together.

 

Family of Seven

I recently had the joy of taking some portraits for two sweet friends who my husband and I met in a parents therapy group almost six years ago.  She and her husband were there mourning the loss of their twin boys.  At the time, they were praying that God would bless them with more children.  And boy did He!  This was the first time for me to meet their daughters, and it was so wonderful to see their boistrous little family in action.

The memory of their sons is alive and well within their family as well as outside it, as they continue to do amazing things with March of Dimes in their memory.  And what a comfort it is to know that they will be a family of seven in Heaven for eternity!

Tristan and Sawyer, you are so loved and always remembered.

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A Little Faith

Earlier this year, a sweet mama-to-be reached out to me about a pregnancy announcement shoot.  She wrote about how she’d already lost two babies, and was praying and believing that this would be her “rainbow baby”, which comes after the emotional storm of a loss. Given our own family’s story, I felt privileged to be asked to help them capture this moment in their lives.

I was so excited to hear from her again many weeks later, that they were ready and feeling great for their shoot!  Just entering the second trimester, they’d done genetic screening that showed a healthy baby.  Praise Jesus!!  The joy and love shared between this couple was palpable, as was their confidence that God is in control and has good things planned for them.  I’m grateful that baby-loss families can rely on an infinitely loving God to carry them though both the pain and joy in this life.  And with a healthy baby on the way, there is so much reason for celebration!!

Our Slice of Country Heaven

Towards the end of the year we made several trips to our place in Mason, Texas, which is my absolute favorite place to shoot.  The wide open spaces, river, and golden sunsets make for a wonderful backdrop, and I’m grateful my family doesn’t get tired of me snapping away. 😉  Here are some favorites from this season.

 

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Though She Be But Little, She is Fierce!

“Though she be but little, she is fierce” – William Shakespeare

This adorable little family was a joy to shoot, particularly since they are friends of mine.  This Shakespeare quote came to mind while I was editing their images.  Their daughter’s bold gaze is just mesmerizing!  When I took the last shot below I was afraid the backlight would spoil it, but it turned out to be my favorite from the gallery. Those blue eyes and pale skin, she’s such a beauty isn’t she?!

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Ready for His Close Up

I feel very blessed this year for the opportunity to help a number of families with their holiday portraits.  This was my second time to shoot this sweet bunch, and their little guy definitely came ready for his close up!  I can’t believe how much he’s grown up in the few short months since I did his first-birthday shots.

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Two Little Dudes

I met up with this sweet family recently on a very chilly Sunday afternoon.  Actually, it was down right freezing!  I personally left my coat behind in favor of a white shirt – wearing white can help throw a little light on your subjects which can be helpful on a cloudy day.  Needless to say, I was chattering by the end of our session!  These two little dudes were good sports though, still managing some smiles despite the overcast, wintery weather.

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