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. ūüėČ ¬†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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Classic Austin

If you’ve ever visited Austin, you know that one of our town’s signature areas is South Congress. It’s a funky mix of old (think Lucy’s in Disguise Costumes) and new (think boutique hotel San Jose) like so much of Austin is. ¬†I met a dear (and very talented baker) friend and her family for some fun portraits, and this area didn’t disappoint! ¬†After stopping here, be sure to check out her amazing and delicious cookie creations on insta!

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A River Where There was None

I recently met a sweet family at one of my favorite natural spots in Austin. ¬†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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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!