kirby & co.

Posted on March 25, 2015

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Blunt. Ascham. Ferrule. Nock.  Micarta. My point, dear reader: way, way before Katniss made bows, arrows, side-braids and archery stuff cool, Kirby was already a toxophilite. Trust me. The girl can shoot.  She can also teach.  As well as look really, really pretty in a gorgeous copper dress. Or super-cute-cas-chic in an oversized sweater and jeans.  Oh…  She can also look like Kate Upton.  Erica Christensen.  And my cousin, Ashley.  All at once, with a certain smile, distant gaze or spontaneous silly face. Senior shoots are fun.  And bittersweet for this photog.  Especially now, more than ever.  While Kirby put up with her doting Mom fixing her hair and make-up, you could tell she loved it, even if she feigned an eye-roll or two (and don’t get me started on the lashes that accompanied that eye-roll).  It was clear to me that the special Mom & Daughter time they were sharing with me was something they obviously enjoyed doing together … and often.  At one point during the shoot, near the end, after we had all laughed and bonded, I asked, “Is it going to be hard for you in the fall?”  I was directing my question to Shelley, referencing the impending departure of her first born/only daughter. I wasn’t prepared for the “Oh my gosh, I can’t even think about it without crying” answer I received from Shelley’s first born/only daughter.  As calm and cool as Kirby is, she has a bit of a sentimental heart.  Pair that with her beautiful balance of girly-tomboyishness, she’s beyond amazing.  Girls: it was too much fun. Thank you for sharing this special milestone with me, and enjoy your sneak!

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you & blue

Posted on March 24, 2015

MINIANNCTYou asked.

We listened.

And for 25 minutes, the Texas tradition of traipsing through an overflowing field of our state flower while posing for pictures can be yours.

One day only, Saturday, April 18th.  Spaces are limited and will fill up quickly.

$250, plus tax, for up to 25 minutes of shooting.  Price includes a high res CD of up to 10 edited images.

We’ve had so much fun with these sessions in the past, and we look forward to capturing many more beautiful moments in this time-honored tradition.

Get your blue on y’all.



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donna & co.

Posted on March 23, 2015

 

 

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She has Movie Star looks. Impeccable taste. She is carrying twin girls. And she barely looks pregnant. So many reasons to really dislike the lovely Donna, but her down-earth-personality and laid-back attitude really prevents you from doing so. I loved so many things about this session: the fabulous  sunset that danced on the water, the fun location, but mostly the fact that Donna, who has an aversion to birds, kept nervously glancing over her shoulder when ever she’d hear the slightest fluttering of wings from the gazilion ducks that call White Rock Lake home. Donna, you are absolutely beautiful.  Truly glowing.  And I wish you nothing but the happiest, sweetest luck with your girls.  Thank you so much for letting me capture this moment in your life, and enjoy your sneak!

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nicole & co.

Posted on March 17, 2015

DSC_0564So, it’s safe to say that Nicole and Jeff make some very pretty babies.  And baby boy ones, at that.  It was a little over four years ago when Jett first posed for me as a newbie, and he was Ever. The. Professional. during Cruise’s big debut. And, be honest, aren’t these boys just so …. pretty? … And don’t get me started on their absolute easy, breezy attitudes.  Especially Jett, who was soiled by his baby brother during the family shots.  So badly, in fact, that he had to borrow a shirt from my son while we washed his.  In between takes Jett would play with his dinosaur collection, and was kind enough to educate me on the various types … at four, he is a walking Dino encyclopedia.  While Big Brother played with Dad, baby Cruise was a dream to work with, and the lovely Nicole and I were able to pose him every which way.  And the sibling shots both boys allowed me to take are some of the sweetest.  Like “wipe your mouth, you’re drooling all over the keypad” sweet. Nicole and Jeff, congrats on yet another beautiful boy; I had so much fun with you guys, and enjoy your sneaky!

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tara & co.

Posted on March 16, 2015

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I honestly thought this session would never happen.  Between snow, ice and various airborne illnesses, this photo shoot was rescheduled at least four times! I’m more than tickled that it finally happened, because Nash could not have been sweeter. The youngest of three, this session was to capture his 6 (albeit, what with the rescheduling, 7.5ish) month deliciousness. And, as the youngest of 3, Nash was full of laid back charm.  Between those cheeks, those piercing baby blues and his sweet little grin, I was in heaven.  It didn’t hurt that his beautiful mama and I had so much in common: growing up as California girls, stories about magical leprechauns and sharing stories of woe over Synthroid, our conversation topics were plentiful.  Tara, thanks so much for stopping by; he was a dream!  Enjoy your sneak, and I hope ye lads and lassies have a wee bit-o-fun tomorrow!

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bev & co.

Posted on March 6, 2015

 

DSC_1051Let it be forever known that Jake and Emma are hambones.  Ham.  Bones.  Who do not, at all, let the elements interfere with their smiles, giggles, shennanigans  or sweetness.  What was supposed to be an hour session with Bev & Co. ended up taking less than 30 minutes due to the biting winds an frigid temps.  Yet, in that 1/2 hour, Jake and Emma posed and played with grandparents, Mom and Dad, each other, and then, you guessed it, hammed it up for me with some solo shots.  I don’t know if Bev follows these two around with a camera all day or what, but they sure were SmileReady the entire time.  Like, they totally did not stop smiling the entire time.  Such.  Ham. Bones.   Bev, thanks for your patience and understanding the last few months while we had to reschedule this session … it was clearly worth it.  Enjoy your sneak, and we’re so doing our next session in warmer weather!

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krinna & co.

Posted on March 3, 2015

DSC_9874Sweet little Madison popped in recently for her 1 Year pics.  All by herself.  Madison’s lovely mama, Krinna, wanted to let the little girl enjoy Her Moment.  So adamant about making sure Madison have her own moment, she actually made all the props by hand, in coordinating colors for the sweet tot’s party, rather than using hand-me-downs from Big Sister’s first party a few years ago.  Pink and gold clearly suit this blue-eyed beauty, and Madison clearly loved basking in the glow of her own little photo shoot.  Big Sister Brooklyn, no stranger to this blog, was home.  When Brooklyn had her 1 Year session, I honestly had never seen a child so in to the whole cake sequence.  Brooklyn demolished it. Madison, on the other hand, might not have quite the sweet tooth as her sister.  She was very lady-like with the cake.  Did some inspecting here and there of the frosting.  Even humored us and took a few bites.  But she was pretty much done after that.  She was much more interested in the balloons Mommy brought … and then, at the end of the session, when Mom and Dad were gathering their belongings and I was starting to clean up, Miss Madison decided it might be fun to take her first step.  Which she so graciously did in front of the mirror, no less.  I couldn’t have asked for a better time to snap a true moment, and I could not have asked for a more extraordinary moment to snap.  A milestone session, indeed.  Thanks for sharing her, Krinna and Shane, and enjoy your sneaky!

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victoria & co.

Posted on March 2, 2015

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Don’t you dare ask Ethan if his Mommy has a chicken in her tummy.  Or a dinosaur.  Or maybe a pink puppy.  Don’t ask, that is, unless you are wanting full-on-belly-laughs and the sweetest smiles from Ethan.  This. Kid.  I hadn’t seen him in a few years, and I was utterly unprepared for how much he had grown.  How continually-beyond-cute he was.  How much he’d keep me laughing while trying to take his picture.  And, my goodness, the Sweetness quotient was off the charts.  I am not at all exaggerating when I say he was All Smiles from the moment he saw me to the moment he left me.  And again, I’m not exaggerating at all when I say that that moment broke my heart.  As did the moment I asked him to kneel on a wagon.  “Kneel like you do at bedtime when you’re saying your prayers,” Victoria told him.  I was impressed that, not only did he say bedtime prayers, but that he knelt whilst saying them.  I then asked him what prayer he said at bedtime, expecting a sweet “Now I lay me down to sleep” response.  I was utterly unprepared for the little boy to start reciting The Lord’s prayer.  Verbatim. With the most serious, pious little expression (literally the one time in the hour we spent together when he wasn’t grinning from ear to ear).  The moment was a first for me, listening to a young subject so perfectly recite the Lord’s prayer while taking their picture, and I couldn’t help but tear up a little as I listened to his sweet little voice. Victoria and Chris are set to welcome their second son in less than two months. With such an amazingly perfect one already, they are pretty much getting icing on the cake! Guys, thank you for an incredibly sweet session with your incredibly sweet boy. Enjoy your sneak!
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peter & co.

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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kat & co.

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!DSC_8740 DSC_8765 DSC_8794 DSC_8819 DSC_8865 DSC_8894 DSC_8953 DSC_8963 DSC_9020



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