A River Where There was None

I recently met a sweet family at one of my favorite natural spots in Austin for family portraits.  It has been a record fall for rain in central Texas, so I knew the creek would probably be up.  I was not prepared for what we found though – a literal river off a ledge that is normally dry! It was quite a sight.  Luckily this family was up for a little water play and didn’t mind the puddles.  We even got some hints of fall thanks to some sycamore trees at the water’s edge.

 

The Great Outdoors

With the weather starting to cool, our little family headed west to the charming town of Wimberley, Texas.  We staid at Montesino ranch, which is an active farm while also hosting guests and weddings.  When we first arrived, the kids headed towards the beautiful garden.  A man there introduced himself to our son as Farmer John, and promptly showed him how to pull a carrot from the ground. He was delighted to see what was at the end of those green tops!  After that we couldn’t keep him out the garden (luckily Farmer John didn’t seem to mind).  There’s nothing like some time in the wide-open outdoors to really help you slow down and enjoy what’s right in front of you.

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The Rain Couldn’t Stop Us

A few weeks ago our family was lucky enough to rent an otherwise booked cabin with some friends on the river in New Braunfels Texas.  My husband Paco has committed to helping our family explore new places in central Texas, so this area was naturally near the top of our list.  We knew going into the weekend that it was going to down pour most of the time, but luckily by Saturday afternoon we were able to take a little dip.  It was a more beautiful spot on the river than we had anticipated, and the tall cyprus trees were awe-inspiring.   Already early September, most of the tubers were done so we had the river to ourselves.  Nothing like some time on the river to soothe the soul.

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It’s His Party!

Photographing littles is one of my favorite parts of photography.  Those innocent gazes and big curious eyes are mezmorizing.  I had the pleasure of photographing this little guy and his sweet parents in celebration of his first birthday.  The classic smash cake of course made an appearance in our session, although instead of hands this little guy planted his heel into it.  Hey, it’s his party right?!  I’m sure it was still quite tasty from the look on this face. 😉

 

And Now Families of Our Own

A dear old friend recently contacted me about a session for her family.  Our friendship actually goes back to 5th grade, many girl scout camping trips, marching band, and even freshman year of college (we were roommates)!  It was wonderful to meet her sweet family and hard to imagine how much life has passed since we last saw each other!  Here  are some favorites from our shoot.

Hidden Treasures

Recently I met up with a sweet friend and her babe, who I had the pleasure of photographing as a new born. The setting was one of Austin’s many hidden treasures, a tranquil spot along upper bull creek.  I couldn’t help myself and snapped a few shots of this darling duo.  I have such a soft spot for mamas and their little ones!  Looking forward to seeing this little lady continue to grow.

 

 

 

Following a Calling

A friend recently shared with me that God has called her family to start an electric bike company for our area.  After a number of events/conversations that were too many to call coincidence (and could only be confirmation), she and her husband took the plunge and purchased a fleet of electric bikes.  I went for a spin on one with them a few weeks ago to capture some images for their new business as well as their family.  I’d never ridden on one before, and it was so much fun!  We took a spin across Mo-Pac outside of the Travis Country neighborhood and down the new pedestrian bridge that crosses the scenic greenbelt.  They will be officially open for business this fall, and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for their little enterprise!

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!