morgan

Posted on October 22, 2014

When Morgan first met me, she started crying.  Which quickly escalated in to hysterical crying.  Followed by borderline-hpyervenilation. Which was new for me.  I won’t lie: I usually make somewhat of a decent first impression on people, so I was completely thrown by this initial encounter with the red-head.  I should clarify that when I first met Morgan, she was 2.  And had just woken up from her nap.  When she went to bed, Mommy had tucked her in; when she woke up, Mommy was gone and some strange lady who liked to talk in silly voices (my Mary Poppins impersonation was spot-on, by the by) and dance throughout the house was trying to get her out of her crib.  I would have been pretty freaked out, too. This was (insert horrified gasp) 18-ish years ago, mind you, when I had just moved to the big city.  And as of the oldest of 5 children, I was missing my younger sibs.  Morgan, and her equally lovely, brilliant sister, Madison, were just the cure for any homesickness, and babysitting them truly was one of the highlights of my (insert horrified gasp) 20’s.  And, believe it or not, these two little girls were two of my first subjects.  We’d raid their mom’s closet, they’d get dressed up, and we’d have photo shoots. They. Loved. The. Camera.  Fast-forward almost (insert horrified gasp) two decades, and it was bittersweet shooting Miss Morgan again.  A thriving college student at Tulane, she’s always been so sweet. So kind. So happy. And when she pulled out one of her mom’s old hats to use for some shots, I was the one who almost ended up crying.  Morgan, you are absolutely beautiful.  Such an amazing young woman.  Thank you for letting me capture this time in your life.  Enjoy your sneak … and never forget that Jennjenn loves Morgy!
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brooke & co.

Posted on October 20, 2014

Wild Man and his sweet sister recently brought along their gorgeous parents for a sunset-filled session.  Brooke and her brood have always been so much fun.  Always up for anything, and Wild Man and Eve have always had the best personalities.  The expressions they were throwing my way during our shoot kept all the adults laughing, and the sweet, spontaneous snuggles they’d throw towards each other absolutely melted me.  Horrible traffic jam that delayed our session aside, this year’s session was yet another amazing, fun-filled, action packed one. Thanks, guys, for coming out, and enjoy your sneaky!
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brooke & co.

Posted on October 20, 2014

This extended family session was literally done in a half hour.  A half hour.  6 adults.  2 adorable children. And the most brilliant and alert 3 month old ever.  9 faces.  18 eyes.  And we managed to wrap up the important shots in a 1/2 hour … and 10 of those minutes included scaling a rocky terrain.  So … in short, not only is Brooke beautiful, but efficient.  And, speaking of beautiful.  Oh. My. Word.  When I grow up, and my babies are adults, and they have spouses and children of their own, I hope I’m as beautiful and lovely and elegant and graceful as Brooke’s mom.  She honestly looked like a model for some hair product or “don’t you wish your teeth were as white as mine” ad.  So.  Pretty.  Anyway, Brooke’s family could not have been sweeter.  Kinder.  Or more fun.  After we got the necessary “boring shots” out of the way, the kids and I had time to play and explore and collect insects.  Because those are all really important things to do during an Extended Family Photo shoot.  Oh, and the sisters got to recreate a pose they took many, many moons ago when they were just kids.  Brooke, your family was amazing.  Thanks for sharing them with me.  Enjoy your sneak!
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jori & co.

Posted on October 17, 2014

A drop-dead gorgeous super-model looking mom who also performs super-hero like stunts in stilettos.  Walking downhill.  On rocks.  With a smile.  An old soul 10 year old who actually brought a book to the session to read in between picture taking.  A book.  With lots of pages. And lots of words.  A book.  Not a nook.  A kindle.  An iPad or an iPhone.  A book.  And she actually read it in between picture taking.  A charming young 8 year old who insisted on bringing along his favorite tie, which his mom and dad allowed him to wear in some of the shots.  A sweeter -than-most 5 year old who was obsessed with the scent of the coconut mask I had slathered all over my hair before the session.  And who kept asking to smell my hair in between picture taking.  And who would erupt in to a fit of giggles each time I let her.  A daddy who really wanted to make it home in time for kick-off but managed to rally.  And a sassier-than-most almost 2 year old with the cutest curls, roundest eyes and biggest fan club in her adoring family.  I always have so much fun with this beautiful family, and if had room in my car, I would have taken all 4 of these little ones home with me.  Jori, thanks for a fun morning, and enjoy your sneak!DSC_6874
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lindsey & co.

Posted on October 8, 2014

Another gorgeous family.  Another gorgeous day.  And a new location that had a little bit of everything!  Lindsey and Corey have been clients since Chloe was just a little bump in mama’s belly and Carter was just a twinkle in Daddy’s eye. It’s been an honor, a really, really fun honor, watching them grow in to the Fabulous Foursome that they are today.  Lots of giggles and grins with this bunch (and tons of Skittles and Lollipop bribes for the youngest one).  Always. So. Much. Fun.  Enjoy your sneak, guys, and Happy Birthday, Corey!
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lori & co.

Posted on October 7, 2014

I don’t think they come any sweeter.  Any prettier.  Any taller.  Any smarter.  Any adorable-er.  Or any funnier.  This gorgeous family was all about smiles, snuggles and an appropriate level of silliness.  The session could not have ended on a better note when, once the children took off running up the hill, a flock of doves ascended from the ground to join in.  Lori, as always, thank you for an amazing session with your amazing fam.  Enjoy the sneak!
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heather & co.

Posted on October 3, 2014

When Heather and Matt came to me years ago to photograph their gorgeous little Hattie, I fell in love.  With them.  Their laid back personalities and cool vibe.  Their natural ease in front of the camera.  But mostly, of course, with their beautiful strawberry-blonde, blue-eyed daughter, Hattie. Working with all three of them is always so much fun, and I was so excited to meet them downtown this year for some pictures.  Hattie informed me that she was soon to be celebrating her half-birthday, because who doesn’t?  We danced.  I sang.  She cringed.  We splashed.  And, once again, I could not have asked for a more fabulous session.  So many favorites came out of our hour, it was absolutely impossible to narrow them down to just a few. Thanks, guys, for an amazing time and enjoy your sneak!
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kristin & co.

Posted on September 12, 2014

No offense to the English poet Mr. Southey, but sometimes girls aren’t the only ones who are sugar.  And spice.  And everything nice.  Sometimes little boys want nothing to do with snips.  Or snails.  Or puppy dog tails.  And they’re content being just as delightful as … well … sugar.  Sweet little Matthew fits this description perfectly.  While his older sister and brother danced, Gangham style in the background (I’m not kidding), with the volume at max capacity, he sweetly slept through it all.  #thirdkid In fact, not even a month old, he’s already sleeping 7-8 hours a night.  #favoritekid  Kristin and Chad have been with me since Madison’s newbie session years and years ago.  We’ve had some amazing session through the years, but I have to say they were always lacking something …. maybe just a little extra sugar?  Seriously, guys, he’s perfection. And the other two are equally as perfect (could Manning make a better “best face” smile for the camera?).  The one time Mr. Matthew got the least bit agitated was after an hour or so of posing, and he was wanting to grab a quick snack.  I don’t think I could have asked for a better moment to capture when Big Bro leaned in to soothe Baby Bro with a sweet kiss, while Big Sis/Little Mommy looked on in concern. I don’t know if she thought Manning was going to lick Matthew.  Kiss Matthew. Or what.  But it’s definitely one of my new faves from one of my favorite fams.  Thanks, guys, for a great session!  Enjoy the sneak!
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katherine & co.

Posted on September 9, 2014

Katherine and Drew tried to come see me for Eleanor’s newborn photos; alas, I was too booked and could not make it happen.  Yet they still came back to see me for her 6 month photo session.  Over 4 years ago.  Which could not have thrilled me more, as  I unabashedly fell in love with Eleanor literally the moment I met her, and the love affair has only grown over the years as they’ve come back for every milestone. Most recently, for the newborn photos of sweet baby Elizabeth.  When Eleanor woke up the morning of the shoot, Katherine told her that baby Elizabeth was going to have her pictures taken that day.  Ellie was quiet for a moment while processing, and then quickly asked, ‘You mean with MY photographer?” I laughed out loud when I heard this and could not have been more honored to be a part of the sister’s lesson in Sibling Sharing.  Not that there is one sense of anything other than pure revelry and love for each other.  And with a head full of strawberry blonde hair and a perfect little pout, Elizabeth is  already copying everything Big Sister does … ’cause I fell in love with her literally the moment I met her.  Katherine and Drew, it has always been so amazing working with you guys. This session was nothing short of that. Thanks for sharing yet another milestone with me.  Kisses to those sisters from THEIR photographer, and enjoy your sneak!  DSC_2698 DSC_2743 DSC_2859 DSC_2964 DSC_2974 DSC_3007 DSC_3072 DSC_3555 DSC_3558 DSC_3565 DSC_3572 DSC_3580 DSC_3583



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dally & co.

Posted on August 28, 2014

DSC_9736Sure, it might take a village to raise a child, but it also takes one to build a business.  I take pride that I have never had to advertise my services, because my clients are happy to spread the word for me.  And they refer friends.  And family.  And then I get to meet people like Luvy.  Who refers her gorgeous sisters and niece to me.  And then I get to meet Dally. And Trey. And Olivia.  Who have been with me for so long.  And are almost family. And I know every session with Type-A Dally is going to be epic, because she brings ideas.  And props.  And her mega-watt smile. And her sweet, little auntie who has no problem holding props, reflectors or anything for me.  But, mostly, Dally brings her enthusiasm. And  this insane Love for Life.  So when she called to book our latest session, and then explained to me what she had just endured, Epic does not even begin to describe what I knew our session would be.  In a nutshell, this past April, Dally left her hubs and baby girl behind (because they had company) one Sunday morning, so that she could arrive early to church and set things up … I don’t know.  I don’t remember.  Mostly because what Dally went on to describe left me speechless. Heartbroken.  She was hit by a semi-truck while exiting 75, and it literally carried her over lanes, a bridge and in to oncoming traffic …and, honestly, it was a miracle that she made it alive to the hospital.  Or survived the night.  Or was able to defy all odds, by learning to move, eat, walk, speak and feel anything over the next few months.  And her sweet baby Olivia was not even a year when it happened.  Dally remembers nothing after the accident, and she has worked so incredibly hard to be here.  Which brings me back to her enthusiasm.  And her insane Love for Life.  She wanted her pictures to be in her home and neighborhood, and I couldn’t think of a more suitable place for this session.  In her Village.  And every few minutes she was quick to praise her sisters.  Her husband.  Her aunts.  Her daughter.  All of the loving souls that made sure she had the support to get her to That Day: when she could hold her beautiful daughter, under the dramatic rays of God’s setting sun, and always have something to remember.  Dally, you have always been A Force.  Clearly, we now know why.  My sincerest thanks for letting me document this Triumph, in what has always been a Most Beautiful Life.  Prayers and love to you, Trey and sweet Olivia.  And, of course, thanks for inspiring.  Besos.DSC_9492 DSC_9546 DSC_9565 DSC_9654 DSC_9661 DSC_9742 DSC_9791 DSC_9851 DSC_9885 DSC_9941



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