peter & co.

Posted on August 26, 2016

 


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You know you know them. Those people who never once make a Pinterest Fail. Who can hear a song on the radio and then start singing and playing it on the guitar perfectly. The guitar, mind you, that they taught themselves to play the day before…a day after teaching themselves to play the piano. And those people who just make the most beautiful babies. Ever. Let me re-introduce you Peter and Patricia. Aiden (no stranger to my lens), their older son, has always been the kind of beautiful that you’re pretty sure inspired the likes of Botticelli or Raphael. Now meet Ian. Can. You. Stand. It?  Such a little charmer, just like his big brother. This sweet baby wanted nothing to do with slumber, but instead kept gazing and coo-ing at me for the entire session. Literally “talking” to me and telling me all sorts of stories. And smiling. I don’t really know how Snapchat works, but if Ian had an account, he’d be famous. It’s always so wonderful when great clients kind of morph in to great friends, and Peter and Patricia certainly have. Congrats, guys, on making yet another baby that would give the Gerber one a run for his money. Enjoy your sneak … and come back soon!

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payton & co.

Posted on August 15, 2016

 

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I’ve known Dylan for years. Over ten of them, actually.  And, ironically, I took his High School Senior photos about that long ago. He’s a handsome guy, clearly, but I never really noticed how much he looked like Malibu Ken until a few weeks ago during his Engagement Pics, when he was standing next to his drop-dead-gorgeous fiancé, Malibu Barbie … I mean Peyton … Holy Blue Eyes, these two kids were too much fun. With a wedding next month that will be featured in magazines all over the country, and inspiring Pintrest wedding boards all over the world, Dylan and Payton could not have been more relaxed, humble, down-to-earth and clearly so in love. The little side glances Dylan would steal of his girl between shots melted. my. heart. And the belly laughs we all shared over Cards of Humanity shenanigans made. my. heart. full.  Guys, congrats on the engagement! You were flawless, and I can’t wait for next month!
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kim & co.

Posted on July 31, 2016

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It says a lot about a family of 5 who can just roll with the punches.  If any family can, it’s this one.  For so many reasons. Never mind that our session was postponed and rescheduled multiple times, for various reasons.  So many times, in fact, that I showed up to the wrong location on the day of our shoot. And this family of 5 just rolled with the punches.  And made the best of it. And went out for donuts. And by the time I arrived 30 minutes later, they were still all smiles, ready to roll. When a family invites you in to an hour of their day, no matter if it’s the first time or the 10th time, it’s an honor. If there’s ever been an honor spending an hour with a family, it’s this one for so many reasons. As always, Coen, Pax and Aubs were deliciously delightful. And, as always, a certain blonde haired boy was greatly missed. His presence is always felt when I’m with them, and his gentle spirit is always missed. Andrew and Kim, I am so sorry for the Amelia Bedilia train wreck that was the beginning of this session. But I am forever grateful for the hour you invited me to spend with you. Enjoy your sneak!

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katie & co.

Posted on July 5, 2016

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Most of the time, after a fabulous session with a fabulous family, I go home. I upload photos, edit photos and send the CD on to the family.  I pick out my favorites and wonder which ones, if any, the family will choose to adorn on their walls. I’ve been working with Katie and her crew when Katie and her crew was just a crew of 3. This was the second time in the last 7 or so years for me to come out to her home.  A home, by the way, that is the kind of home you see Pinterested 1000 times over on every board imaginable. It is almost as beautiful as her crew. And, oh my green thumb, their hydrangeas are insane. As in: let’s-get-a-botanist-out-here-to-see-how-in-the-world-they-made-a-rainbow-hydrangea-insane. It was a hot evening in June when I ventured out to see them, and as we would run inside between shots to cool off or hydrate, I was humbled and amazed to see years and years of us together on the walls, on the shelves, on end tables, in every room … I am always grateful for the moments families allow me to capture, and Katie’s is no exception. There is a pond in their back yard, because who doesn’t have a private pond in their backyard? … and they had just purchased a canoe for it. The kids and I have already planned next year’s final shot with all 3 of them in it. Until then, I’ll just edit my favorite photos from this session (which happens to be my favorite one with them yet) and look forward to seeing which ones go up on the walls next year. Thanks, Katie, for another amazing session with your amazing crew!  Enjoy your sneak!

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cristen & co.

Posted on May 5, 2016

DSC_4486It truly says something about the clients who ask you to come photograph one of them turning the big 4-0, and then them making you feel as though you were a guest throughout the entire time you were there working.  Cristen and I go back a few years: when we were both having dinner at a local joint. We made eyes. And a few smiles. More eyes. More smiles. And then our kids fell in love with each other. And somehow we all ended up sitting together at a table sharing laughs and common interests, and the rest is history. Last year the fabulous sister Casey joined one of our photo sessions, and when I showed up at Casey’s lovely home to capture Cristen at 40, it felt like … home. Kids were running in the yard, adults were playing that bean bag game where you throw said bean bag in to wooden pallets (the name escapes me), friends as far back as PRESCHOOL were there to honor the beautiful birthday girl, and JT actually dropped in to wish his biggest fan/girlfriend/I-don’t-think-she-qualifies-as-a-stalker-yet Happy Birthday. The night was lovely, and Cristen makes 40 look flawlessly fantastic. The amazing bond she shares with her beyond fabulous sister makes me homesick for mine. Cristen, girl, you could not have been more beautiful. Thank you for letting me capture such a phenomenal milestone … enjoy your sneak, and happy, happy!

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kristin & co.

Posted on February 17, 2016

DSC_1061There is a first for everything, and a session without smocked collars for all children involved was a first for Kristin. And I’m pretty sure The Chad could not have been more thrilled. Also a first: shooting in the edgy, urban streets of Deep Ellum.  Another first: not pulling up to our shoot with a trunk full of props, save for a few hats that actually worked brilliantly. And then there was a first for me: little Matthew refusing to put down the blue ball. Yes, you read that right: a blue ball.  So in practically every picture during the session, Matthew is clutching, for dear life, a blue ball. Which, of course, coordinated perfectly with his blue blazer.  Leave it to Kristin’s kids to at least make the distractions match.  Always so much fun with this crew, and this was a first for all of us in that it was the last “milestone” session for them. Instead of every 4 months, I’ll only get to see them once a year. Unless Kristin and I meet for drinks, which we’ve been planning for, oh I don’t know, as far back as Madison’s tea party session. Kristin and Chad, thanks so much for an amazing session. Enjoy your sneak!
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kat & co.

Posted on February 16, 2016

famThey don’t come much sweeter than Kat. Or diligent.  She calls to confirm newborn sessions from her hospital room. She buys the most amazing little props on Etsy and then gives them to me after the session, saying, “When will I ever use these again?” She knows my babies’ names and I’m pretty sure buys extra candies for our Valentine’s shoot just to give them to said babies. Our Valentine Session, actually, started a few years ago when weather kept preventing us from doing Holiday Card pics and we just made the best of a less than stellar situation.  So, the tradition of the Valentine session began.  This year we introduced a few new faces to the session, in the form of Jason’s family.  His parents beautiful home backs up to a picturesque lake, and the tall trees and setting sun could not have been a lovelier backdrop for such a lovely family.  Also in town were Jason’s brother and expecting-sis-in-law.  So in addition to Kat’s Valentine card, we managed to take Baby Bump pics, 40 year anniversary shot of Jason’s parents, a huge family pic, Girls Only pics … we covered alot of ground in a short, cold time, and when Kat stopped by a few days later to pick up the CD, she brought me a bottle of my favorite red. Because, like I said, they don’t come much sweeter than the beautiful Kat. Thank you, Kat, for making EVERY session so sweet. I heart you!
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michelle & co.

Posted on February 5, 2016

DSC_0647It’s funny how time flies so incredibly fast in certain instances, and then moves so slowly in others. When Michelle, Robert, Luke and Olivia hopped out of the car for our session, it felt like I had literally just seen them a few months ago. I could not wrap my head around the fact that it had actually been THREE years, and little Olivia wasn’t even in the picture (pun intended) then. The beauty of Michelle and Robert, though, is that they’re so laid back, and it really did feel like little to no time had passed.  In the time that had, babies  were born, parents were lost, and the other big and little milestones that make life LIFE went on. About 20 minutes in to our session, Robert pointed to a building on a side street. “That’s my brother’s photography studio,” he nonchalantly said. My heart skipped a few times. Like in 734 times. “Oh, really,” I said, trying to sound not the least bit intimdated. Because at that point I was supes intimidated, going through every ISO, Fstop, meter reading, etc. in my head. “Does he … shoot … people? … “, I asked, annoyed at the shakiness in my voice. And then Robert went on to tell me how his brother has a degree in it, works in high end commercial photography. Also, how his Dad is a photographer, too, and how in high school Robert himself dabbled in it. And I kept thinking if I had known all this information 3 years ago, or even 30 minutes ago, I probably would have been a bloody mess. And why in the world were they here with me on this Sunday night? But Luke and Olivia were just too distracting in the most adorable way, and I had work to do. So I put my insecurities in my back pocket for a later time, and focused on this wonderful family.  For those who have worked with me in the past, you know one of my Go-To-Moves to make the wee ones laugh is to use my epic-flawless-spot-on-oh-my-gosh-is-she-really-from-England accent. I’m really proud of it. Until I have to use it in front of someone who really IS from England and who HAS the epic-flawless-spot-on-oh-my-gosh-she-really-is-from-England accent. But the beautiful Michelle was a beautiful sport as I did my best Brit, and I honestly had so much fun laughing with all 4 of them. Three years later, I had more fun with this family than I could have ever imagined. Thanks, Michelle and Robert, for coming back to see me. Please don’t ever, ever bring your dad or brother, Robert, but do give them my sincerest regards. Michelle, cheerio, hugs and kisses to the babes, and enjoy your sneak!
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kim & co.

Posted on February 4, 2016

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Always so much fun when Kim and Andrew bring their crew out to see me. Usually they pull up in a huge truck that would be seen in Monster Truck magazines.  I’m not kidding. Ginormous. But not this time. Instead, they were in a sensible Honda. When I inquired about the Monster Truck, I was informed that it had been stolen. In broad daylight. From Andrew’s office parking lot. Never to be seen or heard from again. True story.  Also true: Coen is a fabulous big brother, sweet Pax took .7 seconds to warm up to me before smiling and giggling non-stop, baby Aubrey has more sass in her tiny frame than you can possibly imagine, and Kim and Andrew make raising three young kids look so easy, especially in light of all they’ve endured. Every one of my families holds a special place in my heart, no question, and Kim and Andrew are no exception.  When I’m behind the camera during a session, I usually look through the lens as a mom, which makes watching this family so bittersweet.  John is never far from my heart, and when the kids were running around like crazy in the park at the end of the session, I loved that the sun flare from up above made a rainbow in the grass. True story.  Kim and Andrew, love you to pieces, and enjoy your sneak!
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beth & co.

Posted on February 1, 2016

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While Big Brother and Daddy were camping, these sweet sisters got all dolled up and came over with their lovely, hilarious mama (Kristen Wiig, much?) for an all-things-love-and-sugar-Valentine-mini-sesh of sorts. Not surprisingly, I fell in love. Like major crushing on these sweethearts. Audra was just the right amount of sugar, and Nora was just the right amount of spice, and together these two could not have been more delicious.  They stole my heart. Gave me about 7 new cavities. And absolutely made my camera miss them when they left. Beth, thanks so much for sharing your lovies with me. Enjoy your sneak!

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