Rise and Shine

I recently met up with this sweet fam to help capture another babe on the way. We opted for a sunrise shoot with big brother’s schedule and the long July days (a 7:30p shoot with a two year old is just asking for trouble!). It was a beautiful morning, and it felt peaceful and quiet out on Bull Creek. With recent rains, there was a ton of water flowing through this area. Here are some favorites from our little shoot.

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I was so excited to hear that this sweet family was expecting again! I started with first-birthday photos for their eldest, and it’s always a joy to continue to photograph a family as they grow. Here are a few pics from their mini-shoot in south Austin, and I can’t wait to photograph their new babe in a month!

Glass Half Full

These are definitely interesting times. While working from home with two kids has been challenging, it’s also been an incredible gift- of slowing down and spending time with the people I love.  No one knows how long we’ll be at home like this, so we might as well embrace it fully! Obviously my shoots have come to a halt, but I did get to snap this sweet family just before the shut down. Enjoy!

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 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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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!!

A Texas Tradition

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. 😉

 

SoCo & a Little Bling

I met up with Vanessa of Aurora’s Blush handmade jewelry and the lovely model Grace Gloria on Austin’s funky South Congress strip last weekend.  We were there to shoot Vanessa’a new line of hand engraved jewelry.  Her bohemian and elegant pieces worked perfectly against the gritty and colorful background of South Congress, and Grace donned them beautifully.  Here are some highlights from our shoot!

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…And we can’t forget the beautiful designer!

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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…

 

 

Buda Renewed – A Fun Location

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!