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!
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!!
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.
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. 😉
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…
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?
My sister had at the great idea to do a photoshoot with the cousins as a gift for the grandparents. We had to meet mid-day, so we needed somewhere with lots of shade to create even light. My husband suggested the newly redeveloped Buda Mill & Grain. Some landowners that he knows through his work at Hill Country Conservancy played a big part in helping to restore this historic location. It created an interesting backdrop, and the kids had a blast with the balls, hats, and glitter!
My family made it out the park this weekend for some fun. It was a mild cool day, and the cloud cover really made the fall colors pop. We discovered a wagon structure a little ways over from the playground that also provided an interested backdrop. As usual, Cooper wouldn’t leave the house without his “cowboy hat”!
I’ve loved photography for many years. It started with high school and disposable cameras. I just loved capturing fun moments with friends, and I have hundreds of printed photos from over the years in albums that bring me joy. When I moved back home to Austin in 2009 after four years in New York City, I was inspired by a friend to get into jewelry making. While designing handmade jewelry was exciting and challenging, the part I enjoyed even more was photographing my pieces for my Etsy website. That’s when I purchased my first DSLR camera, the Canon 20D, along with a 50mm 1.8f lens, nicknamed the “nifty fifty” as it is a great, inexpensive lens. That and a crash course in Adobe Lightroom, and I was hooked!
Fast forward to this Spring. My husband and I had just had our third and last baby, and I knew it was time to upgrade my camera gear. I wanted to capture those special moments with our family with images that were frame-worthy. While I’d read over and over again that upgrading your lens was the best place to start, a local photographer told me her photography improved dramatically when she started using a full frame sensor camera. I’d never even heard of this before, but after some research I realized that the Canon 6D was what I needed. I found a great deal on a gently used one on Amazon, and right away was amazed by the improvement in image quality! My interest in photography has been completely renewed, and I am so excited to capture my family and friends and share my images with others!!
Below are images from my 20D (2012):
Below are images from the Canon 6D (paired with the 50mm 1.8f lens, 2017)