Let Her Eat Cake!

With their daughter’s first birthday right around the corner, I met this sweet little family to capture some fun images of them together.  As a mother of two myself, I certainly have a special place in my heart for one-year-old’s and birthday celebrations!!  The shoot of course wasn’t complete with out a cake to mash those precious little hands into.  I think it’s safe to say she enjoyed it ;).  Happy birthday little lady!

Making the Leap

For the last several months I’ve been eyeing Canon’s website to snag one of their refurbished 5D Mark IV cameras.  This is the latest of their legendary 5D series that is used by a large majority of professional Canon shooters.  While my 6D has provided me with stellar image quality over the last year, I really wanted a better auto focus system (these kiddos move so fast!).  Turns out those refurbished cameras are actually new cameras returned from retailers because they don’t have the new c-log added (more of a video feature).  What a deal! I finally pulled the trigger, and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

ps. Congrats to the Rankin family on their beautiful baby boy!!!  Thanks for letting me help capture all this sweetness.

 

A Promise Fulfilled

A sweet friend and neighbor of ours recently had her third baby, a little girl she and her husband named Emma.  Like our family, their first daugther was called to Heaven far too soon.  That sort of loss is so unbearable at the time, but as the months and then years go on, baby-loss mamas are often able to move past the grief and take comfort in knowing their child is still a part of their family, and that they will be reunited in Heaven.  I was so happy to hear that after a sweet red-headed son, they were blessed with another little girl.  In those somber moments after their loss, it was God’s promise to their family.  Praise Him!

 

 

Surprise Surprise

My step brother and his wife decided to wait to find out the sex of their second child, so we were all very excited to find out that it was a boy (with a full head of hair!).  Here are some favorites from our newborn shoot, which included two very large but gentle giants!

 

Tiny Texan

Recently I had the pleasure of photographing one of the tiniest of Texans, sweet baby Annabelle.  Her brother Gaines was very excited about the new arrival, and even enthusiastically crashed Dad’s photos by hopping up on his shoulders to admire his baby sister from above!  Here are some favorites from our little shoot.  Welcome to Texas Annabelle, I have a feeling you’re going to like it here!

 

 

 

A Texas Tradition

There is a long standing tradition in Texas to have your family photos done while our state flower, the bluebonnet, is in full bloom.  They blanket hillsides for miles around, and you’ll often see cars pulled over in the best spots getting those precious snaps.  Ironically, a little-known fun fact is that rattle snakes also love bluebonnets!  Thankfully we didn’t encounter any on our recent mid-day shoot just outside our south austin neighborhood. 😉

 

A Cup of Sugar

I met up with my dear friend and talented baker Angela Cruz last weekend for a little baking extravaganza! Her cookie designs via her business A Cup of Sugar have been delighting eyes and tastebuds in Austin for several years now.  Made with a cup sugar and a lot of love, here are some shots from our cookie magic-in-the-making photoshoot!

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It’s A Family Affair

My husband, aka. Paco de la Familia, is really serious about music.  We have a room dedicated to his records collected over 25 years that span funk, soul, jazz, house, and many other genres across decades.  He pretty much always has one earbud in his ear as he searches for new musical tracks that stand the test of time.  His party, Family Affair, is a celebration of not only of all-vinyl music, but of family (kids joined in from 4-8p), friends, great food, and all around good vibes!  This was the second Family Affair party he hosted, this time along with the talented Leonard Trujillo from San Antonio.  Decorations were over the top, and the food, top notch sound set-up, and music selections did not disappoint!  I only had my camera out for a short while, but here are some images from the party.

Under the River and Through the Woods

Last weekend our family joined another clickin’ mom and her daughter to explore the seemingly magical Sekrit Theater in East Austin. This little venue is a photographer’s dream!  Many little nooks and crannies to explore and catch some wonderfully playful moments.  Here are some of my favorites from our shoot, which included some fun headshots for my husband who is also the talented DJ Paco De La Familia!