Posted on February 20, 2015
When Peter first contacted me months ago, it was regarding newborn pictures for his son. Emails were sent, dates were selected, but then Life got in the way and I dropped the ball. Big time. A month or so after dropping the ball, I decided to run after it and try to catch it, even though it was still bouncing away. I reached out and offered my sincerest apologies for not being able to make the session happen. I congratulated him, asked him to keep me in mind for future sessions, and I hit Send. Totally thinking I would never hear back. I was shocked when, a few hours later, I did. He and his wife, Patricia, were very eager to have pictures taken of their now three month old son. I was elated. When the couple walked in with Aiden I was overjoyed. Aiden was gorgeous. And at three months, greeted me with the biggest brown eyes that accompanied the most delicious little grin. I knew from the moment they walked in the door, it would be a fabulous session. And it was. I guess being an ER doctor and nurse makes almost anything else seem … not as stressful. The new parents were so relaxed and laid back, and baby Aiden could not have been more perfect. Peter and Patricia, thank you for your understanding, thank you for giving me a shot, and thank you for sharing your sweet boy with me. Congrats, and enjoy your sneak!
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Posted on January 28, 2015
Two holidays ago, when we should have been taking Holiday Card photos, Mother Nature sent ice and sleet and various other treats. And pretty much ruined our plans. So we rescheduled for a New Year’s card shoot … and Mother Nature decided to squash those dreams, as well. So, in typical Kat Fashion, the lovely lady made the best of the situation and decided to send out a Valentine’s Card, instead. Apparently Mother Nature approved, and so began our Valentine’s tradition, which is so much fun. And little Miss Kyla really makes it all that much sweeter. Fighting a double ear infection, this little Wonder Girl endured outfit changes and an hour of shooting with her amazing parents. And I know it’s so obnoxious when parents brag about the genius of their babies (…#guilty…), but I feel like I get a free pass when it comes to my clients’ Little Einsteins. Kyla, who turned two on the 19th of December, not only recognizes all of her colors, but can say them. I thought it was a fluke at first, but she quickly proved me wrong; if I had a color sample, I am pretty sure she could have identified chartreuse and fuchsia. I kid you not. Kat and Jason, thank you for another great session! It’s always the highlight of my January, and I can’t wait until next time! Sweetest hugs and kisses to the little genius, and enjoy your peek!
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Posted on January 16, 2015
The hardest part of being a photographer is when you get to take pictures of a beautiful bride-t0-be, in her gorgeous gown, for her Bridal Portraits. And then sit on said pictures for a month or two before sharing them with you, dear reader. It’s especially hard when the bride-to-be was so fun, so spontaneous, so relaxed … so laid back. Her older sister (and another favorite client-o-mine) referred to her as Bohemian Bride. Case in point: we had booked the session a few months earlier. With visions of open fields, setting sunlight, rustic chic, simple bouquet … we had selected the perfect spot. And then Mother Nature decided to throw in her two cents. And lots of rain. And then some more, just for good measure. Along with lots of muddiness that soiled (pun intended) our plans in the field. So we picked a new site. And we were excited. And then Mother Nature decided to make sure Jack Frost threw in his opinion, and he thought 30 degree temperatures and some extra arctic winds might be a good idea for the pictures. Courtney didn’t bat a perfectly massacred eye. She decided she could deal with the potential mud by standing on a sheet during shots. And walking barefoot in between (so as not to soil her lovely hand-dyed shoes). And the wind? Not a problem for her, even though she was shivering (and at one point her teeth were chattering). She didn’t complain once. The only thing this bride-to-be demanded was that her rescued Schnauzer, Otto, be in a few shots. Yes. Her dog. And while he ran around the field, with the potential of jumping all over her vintage-inspired, white lace gown, and while her sister and mother held their breath in absolute fear and denial of the antics, lovely Courtney sat back and laughed. And waited. Because all she wanted from the session was a shot with Otto. And, after many, many attempts, the patient, laid back bride got what she wanted. My sincerest congrats, Courtney. And heartfelt thanks for allowing me to take these pictures. May your marriage be for you all that you’ve ever wanted. Congrats, kisses, and a scratch behind the ears to Otto.
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Posted on January 15, 2015
This little beauty recently stopped by for her milestone One Year session. I could not get over her beautiful baby blues … which her two older siblings also possess, I might add. I might also add that I couldn’t get over the fact that, as the third, Little Miss Cami’s got her OWN milestone session. All by herself. With just her lovely mama and me. When they arrived, Cameron was practicing her Sleeping Beauty in the car, and that little cat nap seemed to be all she needed to pose and smile for me. Honestly, she was pure deliciousness, a total Mama’s Girl and just about the sweetest thing. Ever. Oh? And the young one’s reaction to her Smashcake? The funniest thing. Ever. Seriously, I have never seen a tot tear in to their cake like that before. Sweet Girl clearly has a Sweet Tooth. Crystal, thank you so much for bringing her out to see me. It’s always an honor, and so much fun! Enjoy your sneak, and Happy Birthday to sweet Cameron! Be sure to stop by our social media page (and don’t forget to “like” us!).
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Posted on January 14, 2015
I know. I know. I’ve been absent on the blog. For over a year. And so many amazing families who honored me with the privilege of capturing their moments were never highlighted here. And for them and the opportunity to share in their moments, I am so very grateful. As I am for the many amazing families who were gracious enough to postpone and reschedule and sometimes even cancel their session with me. So that I could run back home to Abilene to be with her. I’ve put off writing this post for far too long, and I appreciate you, dear reader, indulging me in this cathartic post about a woman loved by so many. On Wednesday, September 18, 2013, our family received the news no one ever wants to hear. Mom had terminal, Stage IV pancreatic cancer. Our worlds forever changed that day. Someone with mom’s diagnosis, with a cancer so aggressive and so advanced, is only given weeks, maybe a few months, to live. My mother, the poster child for Always Believe in Miracles, managed to defy all odds and live and love and laugh for 17 months. On November 30, 2014, she left this earth exactly as she lived it: surrounded by her adorning and loving family. In those 17 amazing months she was able to celebrate her grandchildrens’ birthdays. See them perform in a summer camp play. She was able to dance the Mother Son dance at her baby boy’s wedding in November. Personally, my kids and I temporarily moved to the 79605 for the entire summer … literally from the last day of school in June of 2014 to the first day of school in August. Several times throughout the year I was able to go back home to spend a weekend, a week, whatever, with her. Every second that we were given with this extraordinary woman was maximized to the fullest.
My mother was a child of God. She loved everyone and really was a stewart of peace. Nothing brought her more joy than her family, with any random child coming in a close second. Children loved her. She could get the shyest kid in the check-out line in front of her to leap in to her arms by the end of the transaction. She loved playing peek-a-boo with the baby in the pew in front of her at church. She. Loved. Children. I have always taken great pride in the countless parents who tell me, “No one can get my child to smile like you” after a session. I take even greater pride knowing that the magic that drives my passion came from my mom.
I could spend hours writing about my mother. The amazing woman she was. The legacy she left behind. And at some point I will. But for now, this post is meant as a Thank You to all of you, who have been so patient, so understanding and so very kind while my family and I navigated through the last year and a half. It’s ironic, really. I started this business when I was diagnosed with cancer 7 years ago. It was meant to be a distraction and a means to get my mind off of It. And I was able to do so through the smiles, laughs and moments of which all of you allowed me to be a part. Now, as I emerge from the hazy emotional bubble that I’ve called home for the last 18 months, I look forward to getting back to work. To highlighting all the beautiful families who pose and play for me.
Truly, from the depths of my heart, thank you for your kindness and understanding this past year.
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Posted on October 31, 2014
Five years ago, Chandler walked in to my life. He was only 2, but he was what you call an Old Soul. Like, thoughtful-sensitive-brilliant-old-soul Old Soul. And, lucky for me, he comes back to see me every year. A few years ago, he brought along Alysse, his lovelier-than-lovelier baby sister, and the little part of my heart marked “Penny & Co.” was complete. When Chandler greeted me this past session, he hopped out of the car with the most genuine, “Hello, Miss Jenn! It’s been awhile.” His sincere smile and impish eyes were the perfect way to start my marathon day. And when I sat him down to take Chandler pictures while Alysse changed, he asked me if I wanted him to pose like the Mona Lisa. “You know, the famous painting of the woman. Her hands sit atop her lap like this, but her eyes look in this direction.” As he perfectly impersonated the painting, I marveled at how a 7 year old would know so much about such a subject! And just when I thought I had heart it all, he suddenly stopped, quietly looked around and whispered to me, “Isn’t it so beautiful how strangely silent this forest is, Miss Jenn?” Umm… what? … Like I said, the kid is honest-to-goodness Old Soul. And his little sister is All Ham with a side of drop-dead-beauty and future-stunt-woman material. Within the first 20 seconds of our Sibling Shots, Penny and Matt pretty much could have walked away with more than enough photos for their holiday card. But we decided to stay the course and spent the next 55 minutes of our session taking a few more. These. Kids. Smiles. Laughs. Lots of laughs. Some philosophical discussions in between shots. More smiles. More laughs. And the genuineness and sincerity sweet Chandler showed me was just as genuine when he’d spontaneously snuggle up to Alysee, and vice versa. I couldn’t get enough of these two, and when our session came to an end, I asked for my obligatory good-bye hugs. As Chandler gave me his, he squeezed my neck just a little tighter and whispered, “Good-bye, Miss Jenn. It’ll probably be a long while before we see each other again, but I promise that I will never forget you.” Ummm…what? Melt. My. Heart. Like literally-made-me-cry-melt-my-heart. So, um, I guess for future shoots with Penny & Co. I now know to carry a kleenex or two in my pocket. Penny, thank you so much for sharing your perfections with me. Enjoy your sneaky, and hugs and kisses to those babies!
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Posted on October 30, 2014
If I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: I’m blessed with the most amazing clients. And the most beautiful. And this family certainly tops the list. And when I am given the privilege and honor to photograph them for so long that they feel like family … it doesn’t get any better. Jenny with eyes so blue, and her two children with eyes even bluer, and her hilarious husband with eyes not blue at all, recently met me for another fun-filled session. Jenny and I are going on 6 years of working together. Six years. I’ve literally watched Camille grow up from a tot to the most gorgeous young lady. And I literally watched Ford go from desecrating an heirloom christening gown during his newborn shoot to engaging in a Star Wars character voice contest last weekend. It doesn’t get any better. Love my job. Love my clients. Love this family. Jenny, thanks for another year, enjoy your sneak, and please feel free to donate those insane boots to me!
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Posted on October 29, 2014
Welcome to the world, sweet Colby. The delicious little newbie and his equally adorable older brother were literal pros for this session. Sawyer was the epitome of proud Big Bro and could not have been sweeter with Colby. In between shots, Saw would chat me up about all things Star Wars related or offer to measure things in the studio. He literally brought a tape measure and 2 rulers to the shoot, because measuring things is his hobby. The tape measure came in supes handy when we had to measure Sawyer’s arms to see if they were big enough to hold Colby (they were). #photographertricks And while Sawyer played with the gazillion Star Wars treasures he found upstairs, Colby. Stole. My. Heart. Honestly, such an easy baby. So unbelievably easy on the eyes. I don’t think the session could have been more perfect. So much fun. Such sweet boys. Who, by the by, were escorted by their gorgeous mama and stunning GeeGee. Thanks ladies! And special thanks (and hugs and snuggles and measures and smiles) to #thoseboys!
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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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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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