One, Two, Three!

I was so excited to wrap up this gallery for some sweet friends before the holidays.  Isn’t this little fam just the cutest?!!  They waited to find out the sex of their youngest, and I was so excited to hear that they’d been blessed with a girl after two boys (it’s so nice to have both!)!  Here are some favorites from our shoot.

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A Playful Location

I met this sweet family at a hidden gem in east Austin last month.  When we got started, little brother wasn’t really feeling having this picture taken.  I really appreciated how calm and collected mom and dad stayed even though he was resisting.  Unfortunately getting upset with an uncooperative child is a quick way to get zero authentic smiles.  Keeping things fun and playful is the best way to get everyone warmed up to the camera!

A Little Magic

There is something so special about a couple expecting their first baby.  The excitement, anticipation, and imagination of what is to come is palpable.  I had the pleasure of photographing these two on a warm weekday evening, and magic was in the air!  We were even blessed with some surprise flowers despite the dry summer.

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My Humans are Getting Married

It’s full on summer here in Austin, TX, with temps reaching the 100’s. I met up with this fun couple a few weeks ago to help celebrate their recent engagement with a photoshoot.  These two steamed it up right from the first shot!  Their sweet one-eyed pup was there to join in the action as well.  Here are some favs from our shoot.

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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 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!!

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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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.