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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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.

 

 

 

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!

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!

 

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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Not Yet of This World

Last week I had the honor of photographing one of the newest humans alive – little Ruby at just 5 days old.  Even for those of us who have children of our own, we quickly forget what a newborn is like.  Their eyes open occasionally and just search for all they know, their mother’s face.  Their thin limbs move wildly while they are awake, simply wanting to be held tightly as they have been in the womb their entire life.  They really aren’t yet of this world!  Such a reminder of how fragile and beautiful life is…

 

 

Capturing the Unspoken

In my quest to become a better photographer, I have been thinking a lot about how to capture that special something.  It is often a moment between a father and child, man and woman, or nature and human that really touches something in us as relational beings.  It is also in the light from the sky, whether it’s sun on the face, shining warmly on one’s back, or shimmering in the eyes.  Capturing that life-giving light in a still image can inspire a feeling like nothing else…  How does it make you feel?

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