vered & co.

Posted on August 27, 2015

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“She’s so pretty,” Maya whispered to Vered as I walked up to greet them.  I turned around to see who was behind me. There wasn’t anyone. Obviously, the little girl stole my heart.  And broke it. Because I knew in a matter of 3 seconds, shooting in 3-digit temps, my make-up would be smeared all over my face. My hair would be soaking wet and matted to my head. And I’d look like a sopping wet sea monster. And frighten sweet Maya. And probably give her nightmares. But no: that sweet little spirit that shone through at the beginning of our session lasted up until the end.  She held my hand, in spite of my sweaty messness, in between shots. And half way through, while the rest of the family called me Miss Jenn, Maya decided to start calling me Jenny. Jenny. The only person whom I have ever allowed to call me Jenny in my adulthood was my Grandmother. And she’s been gone for over 12 years. But it was sweet and refreshing to hear Maya call me that, so I let her.  Also sweet and refreshing were Maya’s two older and beautiful sisters, Meeka and Dana. They’re both older now, and they have always had “old soul” personalities, and watching the 3 of them together was about as sweet as could be.  Eli and Vered, you have such a fun, beautiful family. I think my favorite shot is when the girls photo-bombed your picture together. It’s always been so much fun working with you, and I can’t believe after all these years I am just NOW seeing the Team Shrem! handshake. Thank you for sharing your girls with me, and enjoy your sneak.

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kristin & co.

Posted on August 26, 2015

DSC_9426Mr. Matthew recently turned One and met me for some literally-in-your-face-smash-cake photos. I’m not kidding. The usually laid-back-go-with-the-flow-boy took a few looks at the cake, waited a minute or two before taste-testing, gave the cake a few more glances …. and then, in one fluid motion, grabbed it and pulled it directly in to his mouth.  Needless to say, it was one of my most favorite moments. Ever. Along for the fun was the rest of Matthew’s fam, who have literally been with me since Madison was a newbie. And she just started kindergarten, so you do the math.  And while this session was geared towards Mr. Matthew, and while we call Madison Little Mama, it’s really middle-child-Manning who runs the show.  And is always on the go.  The spontaneous shot of him sprinting down the road while Madison keeps a watchful eye on him pretty much sums up the Life of Manning.  And Never a Dull Moment pretty much sums up the crew.  Chad and Kristin, it’s always way too much fun.  Alway. Hugs, kisses and enjoy your sneak!DSC_8966 DSC_8991 DSC_9019 DSC_9039 DSC_9077 DSC_9292 DSC_9298 DSC_9411



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peter & co.

Posted on August 17, 2015

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I recently met my Sugar Intake for the year with Aiden’s 9 month photo sesh last week.  Such. A. Sweetie. And with those longer-than-long-lashes, rosy little apple cheeks and larger-than-large-chocolate-eyes, he is such a treat to look at. And talk to.  And snuggle with. And giggle with. I realize I ended every one of those incomplete sentences with a preposition, people, but sometimes rules are made to broken.  And it seems like the heaven’s rule of “don’t make a kid too sweet or too cute, but just sweet and cute enough” was broken when Aiden was born.  Peter and Patricia, as always, were so fun and easy-going. And quite proud of their beautiful boy. I am so happy these two met at work. Decided to get married. Move from Las Vegas to Dallas. And then decided to hire me for their first every family sessions. Such a lovely, fun family, and if you are in the McKinney area and feel like you need to visit a top-notch ER facility, go visit Peter’s ER in McKinney.  Great staff, amazing facility … and maybe even a story or two about Aiden. Thanks, guys, for another great session, and enjoy your sneak!
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robin & co.

Posted on August 13, 2015

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When Robin called for some “spontaneous family pictures” before her first born goes off to college, I immediately thought of the (spoiler alert)1 scene in Toy Story 3 when Andy packs up all his belongings and leaves for college. I. Literally. Bawled. Like a baby. In the movie theatre. To the point where a theatre employee came to my seat to make sure I was ok. And then asked me to stop the heaving because I was scaring the other children.  And parents. I digress.  So when Robin said her son was leaving in 8 days, I got a little emotional over the phone and told her about the movie. And how my first born is going off to 6th grade in 2 weeks … and I must have sounded like an absolute crazy lady. I know I did. But she still wanted me to take the pictures.  She asked if we could do them at her house, and I thought capturing her college-bound boy in his element was the perfect back drop for the photos.  Of course, I had no idea that Robin was an interior designer (and a brilliant one at that), or that she lived in a house that could be featured in House Beautiful.  Or that I’d be submitting an application to live in one of the beautiful rooms. When we made introductions to Eric, Emily and Sam (the college bound one), I again got a little weepy explaining to them why this was such a special session to me. I wish I had taken a picture of Sam’s face as I recounted the Toy Story scene … something along the lines of “What has Mom done?”  While Sam played shy, Eric and Emily were up for anything. As were Max and Goldy (the family dogs). I asked Emily if she was sad her younger brother was going off to college, and she didn’t even hesitate in answering “Yes”.  Their bond was pretty evident, and it was bittersweet capturing her making him laugh. And swinging on the swing that she and her dad made together years ago.  Pass the kleenex.  Sam will be heading to Indiana next week, to study either Sports Journalism or, I think, Business? … Sam is a smart kid, and in the hour I got to know him I think he’ll do more than fine at school. I know he’s leaving behind 3 people who will absolutely miss him to the moon and back, and it was an absolute honor getting to work with all of them. Robin, thank you so much for letting me be a part of such a very special moment, enjoy your sneak, and please confirm that you received my first and last month’s rent/deposit.
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nicole & co.

Posted on August 12, 2015

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Nicole and Stuart first came to me years ago for their first born’s newborn photos. Family of Three photo sessions followed, and then the birth of Mason made Brayden an older brother, and I was lucky enough to be a part of those newborn photos.  Followed by Family of Four photo sessions afterwards.  It had been almost two years since I last saw them when Nicole recently contacted me for yet another newborn session. She thought I might not remember her. Which is crazy, because her piercing blue eyes, laid back California-girl personality and pretty looks, unbelievable kindness and her potato casserole recipe have made her quite unforgettable to me, and I was thrilled and honored to be asked to be a part of Camden’s newborn photos. By the third child, you’ve pretty much got the whole Parenting Thing down, and Nicole and Stuart arrived alone with Camden so that we could devote the first 1/2 of the session to just him. Brilliant. Nicole’s friend, Jessica Simpson … I mean … Nicole’s Jessica Simpson-look-alike-mom brought the Big Brothers by at the end of our shoot for some quick family photos and some brotherly bonding. Camden was an absolute dream the entire time.  In fact, the only time he really made a stink (no pun intended) was when he decided to “decorate” Nicole’s white blouse during some diaperless pictures.  Made for, you guess it, an unforgettable moment.  Nicole and Stuart, it’s been an honor and so much fun documenting your lives the last 5 years.  Thank you for letting me be a part of your moments, congratulations on yet another beautiful boy, and enjoy your sneak!DSC_6072 DSC_6236 DSC_6255DSC_6378DSC_6175



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tara & co.

Posted on August 11, 2015

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Sweet baby Nash was recently back for the milestone moment of turning 1. This time his beautiful mama/Charlize Theron’s doppelganger, Tara, thought it wise to bring along Nash’s older brother and sister, Tucker and Brentley, and his cooler-than-cool/if-Bradley-Cooper-was-a-brunette-they’d-be-doppelgangers, Cayce for a few shots. Brentley was just about as sweet as she was stunning, and she looked like she had just walked out of an ad for crewcuts; turns out she actually did model in her youth. Tucker … well, he barreled out of the car with an enthusiastic, “Let’s get this party started!” A few weeks shy of 9, his outstanding comedic timing (and sense of humor) was quite impressive, not to mention entertaining, and he not only got the party started, he kept it going. And little Nash … Tara decided to forego the traditional Smash Cake for this session, so I suggested that she bring along a Route 44 slush from Sonic.  Oh, did I forget to mention that this beautiful family happens to own a few of America’s Drive Ins around the metroplex? Which makes them super-heroes to my own kids (seriously, the mozzarella sticks … and those tater tots… their ice chips! …). Anyway, I digress. Nash had never before tasted the sweet, cold drink from Sonic.  Needless to say, he was an instant fan of the Jolly Rancher slush, and he clearly enjoyed every second of his milestone session. Tara, thanks for another great session. I had so much fun with all of you, and enjoy your sneak!

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micayla & co.

Posted on August 10, 2015

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They met 20 something years ago, on a wing in Gardner Hall, at a university in West Texas.  They became life long friends.  And they recently reunited in Abilene to spend a weekend together in a swanky landmark, dress up, look gorgeous, and take some pictures. With me. They were pretty much open to any idea, and they brought a few of their own: most importantly to recreate their Favorite Picture Ever (to see that one, check out our Facebook page; and don’t forget to like us!) of all 4 of them huddled together on someone’s fire place. Listening to them recount their Glory Day stories, watching them interact with one another, laughing at all the sarcasm that flew around and just feeling the genuine bond they all shared was literally like watching a total chick-flick-oh-my-gosh-I-can’t-wait-for-the-sequel-these-are-the-most-fun-girls-ever. And wishing that they needed a 5th wheel to join the group. Because I’d totally audition for the role …. and in case you’re wondering, I totally tried during our shoot. Micayla, Julie, Crystal and Kristy you are beautiful, hilarious, so fun, and it was the highlight of my week hanging with you crazy girls.  I envy your friendship and thank you for letting me capture a glimpse of it. Enjoy your sneak!
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lauren & co.

Posted on June 29, 2015

DSC_3796“I remember her,” my daughter whispered as she snuggled up next to me while I was editing this session.  “Her,” of course, is the redhead you can’t seem to take your eyes off in these pictures.  And her name is Sophie.  She’s been coming to see me since she was a redheaded newborn.  And she is, simply, unforgettable.  As are her adorable twin sisters, Emma (the shy one) and Clara (the hambone).  All three of these charming little muses belong to Paul and Lauren, and getting to see them every year is truly such a treat.  And always …. well, unforgettable … For instance, this go-around, Lauren was sporting a foxy black and blue eye that would have left Muhammed Ali speechless.  She acquired said shiner from Sophie, who popped up those tightly wound red curls rather too quickly and knocked Lauren smack in the eye.  Hence the few shots of Lauren and Paul … which pleased Paul.  And allowed me to focus all of my attention on the girls.  And, clearly, they did not disappoint.  Lauren, even with a bruised eye, you looked amazing, and it is always so much fun seeing you guys.  Enjoy your sneak!
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leslie & co.

Posted on June 18, 2015

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Leslie and her boys were recently back for some much overdue family photos! It had been about two years since I last saw them for a newbie shoot, so things were quite a bit different with 4 mobile persons.  Even back then, the boys had such a sweet brotherly bond, and it was stronger than ever during our fun-filled session.  The heat and humidity could not melt the perpetual smiles off of their faces, nor the non-stop laughs and giggles that seemed to erupt from them every other second.  I always know it’s been a good shoot when the youngest subjects invite me out for lunch afterwards, and when their mom emails a few days later to say that “the boys keep asking when they can see Jenn again.”  Such a fun session.  Such a fun family.  Leslie, enjoy your sneak, and thanks for sharing your morning with me!

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alyson & co.

Posted on June 3, 2015

DSC_2584Dear little Dominic recently came back for his One Year photo session.  His newborn session was pretty much legendary, so I wondered how we could ever possibly top it.  Would he still be that sweet, laid back, beautiful baby boy I remembered? …. I’ll let you take a gander at the pics and decide for yourself.  Enduring an hour of traipsing/driving around the whole park, multiple outfit changes, sitting in a questionable “is it coral or pink chair?”, and an epic attack by gnats and mosquitos, Dominic was just as happy as could be.  In fact, the only time he showed one ounce of displeasure was at the end of the session. With the cake.  I’ve seen so many different reactions from babies in the last 7 years; his was a first. No smiles. Just a stare. He humored his parents and took a bite. Stared some more.  And then decided to go all GI Joe on the table and climb it. Clearly wanting to get away from the cake, he maintained his composure while climbing all over it.  He actually stood up on the table at one point, stuck his foot in the confection, and then decided to sit back down.  In it.  It was priceless.  As are these sweet moments of which I am honored to be a part.  Alyson and Matt, thanks for sharing him with me!  It’s quite clear to see where he gets his laid-back personality, and it’s always so much fun seeing you guys.  Enjoy your sneak, and namaste!
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