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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kelly & co.

Posted on January 13, 2016

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This family has been coming to see me since Miss Madeline was just about little Libby’s age. Throw in a handful of Henry, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for family fun. Kelly, the trio’s beautiful mama, has always reminded me of some lovely Irish heroine you’d see in a movie, so when the kids scaled the lush green hill at sunset, I seriously started hearing the Far and Away soundtrack in my head. I. Always. Have. So. Much. Fun. With these kids. Madeline has always been a lovely spirt, and she is so mature and graceful now. Henry is a hambone, but a perfect little/older brother to both girls.  And Libby. She kept us all in stitches with her crazy antics and larger-than-life personality. So much fun. The session ended, literally, on a sweet note when Madeline presented me with a tin full of holiday treats she had baked with Nana. Love this crew. Thanks, Kelly and Gordon, for sharing them with me again. Enjoy your sneak!

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share your favorite shot with haute shot

Posted on December 1, 2015

holiday photo contestWe’re in full fledged holiday mode at haute shot photography, and to kick off the merriest of months, we’re giving one lucky client the opportunity to win one fabulous prize! While Santa checks his list once or twice, why don’t you take a peek at the details of this promotion. Pull out those old CDs, spread some cheer and enjoy the moments you’ve shared with us; your picture has to be a photo taken by Jennifer Zindler/haute shot photography. Hurry, you only have until Sunday to enter! Winner will be announced Monday, 12/7.



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tammi & co.

Posted on October 22, 2015

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When Tammi and Chris first started coming to see me, Marin was only 7 or 8 months old. Eden was barely in preschool. And their sweet sisterly bond was palpable. Truly, truly breathtaking.  Oh, and Chris looked like Zach Braff. Over the years, that sweet bond has only grown stronger, the girls have grown taller, and Chris has grown in to more of a hambone than ever and still looks like Zach Braff. Tammi and her sister wanted to surprise their mom with grandkid photos this year, so I had the pleasure of working with Eden and Marin’s adorable cousins. The entire crew was so much fun, and as the setting sun graced us with some spectacular rays, I couldn’t help but smiling at the beauty of this family. They literally make my heart feel all gooey and sweet. Tammi and Chris, thanks for a fabulous session, all the belly laughs, and enjoy your sneak (finally!).
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natalie & co.

Posted on October 1, 2015

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This lovely family drove all the way from Ft. Worth to see me. This was my first time working with Natalie and her crew, and I’m pleased to say it was absolutely fabulous. John was a champ and didn’t complain once about having to wear flannel in warmer temps. Lauren, 15, was such a doll and at one point commented on a fellow photographer taking portraits of a quinceanera-to-be-girl, “He shouldn’t be taking pictures of her there with so many people walking behind her!” Pending her background check, Lauren for sure has Photog Assistant in her future. And sweet Cole … or as I called him Elven … because he was 11, and every time I called him that he’d give me the biggest, most genuine grin. So many fun moments during the session, but the most memorable is The Squirrel Story. As in, this one random squirrel followed us all around the arboretum.  Literally photo-bombing us at each spot! If you look close enough, you can see his little tail in the above family shot, right next to the “y” in photography. It. Was. Nuts. Natalie, thanks so much for making the drive out to see me; your family is too much fun. Enjoy your sneak, and let me know if the squirrel followed you home!
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casey & co.

Posted on September 29, 2015

DSC_2382Well, they say there’s a first for everything, and this session certainly made my List of Firsts. Literally 7 minutes away from the location, it started sprinkling. I decided to just ignore the little drops of moisture that were splashing on my window shield. 5 minutes away from the location, it started pouring rain. I called Casey, who was already at the site, and told her the situation. She said they had just driven through the same shower but that it wasn’t raining there. So I continued. When I arrived, I was pleased to see that she was right, it wasn’t raining. Literally 2 minutes after I arrived, however, so did the rain. What I have always loved about Casey & Co. is their laid back attitude. She laughed off the rain and said, “We literally need one shot. Just onet. I don’t even care if it’s in the rain. I brought Dixon’s rain boots … ” Hence, my First Session in the Rain. Literally holding my camera in one hand and an umbrella in the other, we did it. Dixon, who is 4, was such a little worrier about the rain getting my camera wet. It was so very sweet and absolutely too cute. Little Hayes (who is turning 1), is just like his mama: ultra laid back as can be and didn’t mind the rain one bit. I’m pleased to say that despite the rain drops falling on my head (and lens, and bag, and props), we got “one shot.”  Actually, a few more than just one. And this sweet family never once complained, always had smiles on their lovely faces and made for one very memorable session. Thanks, Casey, for braving the elements. Enjoy your sneak!
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elizabeth & co.

Posted on September 28, 2015

DSC_2872Always fun with this family. The last time we got together it was for family photos and to take a few pics of Zach before his bar mitzvah. Fast forward a few years, and they were back for more family photos … and a few pics for Miss Maddie’s bat mitzvah. Oy. Vey. Dazzling in a lovely ice-blue dress, Maddie looked like a bona-fide princess. At first she scoffed at Elizabeth’s idea to pose in her point shoes (which, oh my toes, looked incredibly painful), but Mommy Knows Best, and those pictures of her leaping against the bright sky turned out to be some of my favorite! Elizabeth and Jeff, thanks for a great session. Hope you were able to settle on a fun lunch spot afterwards, hugs to the kids, and enjoy your sneak!

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katherine & co.

Posted on September 25, 2015

DSC_0720Ellie recently came to see her “tographer.” That’s what she calls me, you know. Her ‘tographer. Can. You. Even. I can’t. Anyway, she came to see me mostly because it was little sister’s first birthday, and Ellie was more than happy to share her ‘tographer with Elizabeth. Rounding out this lovely duo were Katherine, Drew, Danno and Honey. The girls, as always, were amazing. And Ellie, as always, was so sweet with her baby sister, even when it came time for Elizabeth to take some solo shots. The session could not have been more laid-back or endearing, and I always leave this family with such a full heart. Thanks, Katherine, for sharing your girls with me! Enjoy your sneak, and tell Ellie her ‘tographer says hi! DSC_0438 DSC_0515 DSC_0561 DSC_0581 DSC_0606 DSC_0653DSC_0788DSC_0747DSC_0484



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