lauren & co.

Posted on June 29, 2015

DSC_3796“I remember her,” my daughter whispered as she snuggled up next to me while I was editing this session.  “Her,” of course, is the redhead you can’t seem to take your eyes off in these pictures.  And her name is Sophie.  She’s been coming to see me since she was a redheaded newborn.  And she is, simply, unforgettable.  As are her adorable twin sisters, Emma (the shy one) and Clara (the hambone).  All three of these charming little muses belong to Paul and Lauren, and getting to see them every year is truly such a treat.  And always …. well, unforgettable … For instance, this go-around, Lauren was sporting a foxy black and blue eye that would have left Muhammed Ali speechless.  She acquired said shiner from Sophie, who popped up those tightly wound red curls rather too quickly and knocked Lauren smack in the eye.  Hence the few shots of Lauren and Paul … which pleased Paul.  And allowed me to focus all of my attention on the girls.  And, clearly, they did not disappoint.  Lauren, even with a bruised eye, you looked amazing, and it is always so much fun seeing you guys.  Enjoy your sneak!
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leslie & co.

Posted on June 18, 2015

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Leslie and her boys were recently back for some much overdue family photos! It had been about two years since I last saw them for a newbie shoot, so things were quite a bit different with 4 mobile persons.  Even back then, the boys had such a sweet brotherly bond, and it was stronger than ever during our fun-filled session.  The heat and humidity could not melt the perpetual smiles off of their faces, nor the non-stop laughs and giggles that seemed to erupt from them every other second.  I always know it’s been a good shoot when the youngest subjects invite me out for lunch afterwards, and when their mom emails a few days later to say that “the boys keep asking when they can see Jenn again.”  Such a fun session.  Such a fun family.  Leslie, enjoy your sneak, and thanks for sharing your morning with me!

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alyson & co.

Posted on June 3, 2015

DSC_2584Dear little Dominic recently came back for his One Year photo session.  His newborn session was pretty much legendary, so I wondered how we could ever possibly top it.  Would he still be that sweet, laid back, beautiful baby boy I remembered? …. I’ll let you take a gander at the pics and decide for yourself.  Enduring an hour of traipsing/driving around the whole park, multiple outfit changes, sitting in a questionable “is it coral or pink chair?”, and an epic attack by gnats and mosquitos, Dominic was just as happy as could be.  In fact, the only time he showed one ounce of displeasure was at the end of the session. With the cake.  I’ve seen so many different reactions from babies in the last 7 years; his was a first. No smiles. Just a stare. He humored his parents and took a bite. Stared some more.  And then decided to go all GI Joe on the table and climb it. Clearly wanting to get away from the cake, he maintained his composure while climbing all over it.  He actually stood up on the table at one point, stuck his foot in the confection, and then decided to sit back down.  In it.  It was priceless.  As are these sweet moments of which I am honored to be a part.  Alyson and Matt, thanks for sharing him with me!  It’s quite clear to see where he gets his laid-back personality, and it’s always so much fun seeing you guys.  Enjoy your sneak, and namaste!
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luvy & co.

Posted on May 19, 2015

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“We have a strange request,” Luvy said to me half way through our shoot together.  At this point in my career, no request is strange, although her seriousness did have me somewhat curious. “Dally and I want to know,” she paused for effect, “if you’ll be our sister.” I laughed out loud. And probably blushed. Sweeter words were never spoken, and coming from these two meant so much!  Over the last 7 years or so, I’ve had the good fortune of working with Luvy and her family. And Dally and her family.  And even their niece! It’s been an honor, of course, and their strange request was immediately followed by me wondering where we would host Thanksgiving this year.  Sister bonding aside, the hazy sun setting on the gleaming lake made for some pretty spectacular shots and bonding by sisters from another generation. Sophia has always been the more serious of the two sister, and RoRo is definitely the sillier of the two, and together they could not be more precious.  Sophia schooled me on the life cycle of a caterpillar while Rose chased ducks barefoot in the park.  And when Dally and Olivia surprised the girls by joining us, they both went running with open arms to greet them.  Such genuine love in this family, and one I’m more than happy to of which to be a part.  Luvy, it was so wonderful seeing you guys again.  All of you.  So much thanks for the smiles, the laughs … and I can borrow your sweater next weekend?DSC_0420
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lauren & co.

Posted on April 21, 2015

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There is something so magical about the 6-9 month Photo Session.  I’ve always, always, always looked forward to each and every one.  Little Miss Morgan’s was no exception.  This child has only one face: All. Smiles.  This was Morgan’s first official photo session, and I could not have been more honored or more blessed that her uber-cool/sweet parents, Lauren and Seth, chose me to do the honors.  In an hour, this 9 month old managed to handle three outfit changes, had time to read a book by the lake, hijacked a farmer’s market for some in-the-flowers poses and was not at all freaked out by the swarm of caterpillars on the nearby tree like her adoring, yet crazy, photographer was.  I’m not sure why I love this age so much, but Morgan did nothing to quash my passion for these delicious little innocents who give me mouth-wide-open grins, snuggles and always leave me with a sense of renewal. Lauren and Seth, she was amazing.  A. Maz. Ing. Thank you so much for sharing her contagious smile and precious spirit.  Enjoy your sneaky!
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michelle & co.

Posted on April 15, 2015

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I’ve been working with a lot of Seniors lately, and I have been having so much fun.  Mary Clare was no exception. Let me start by saying I fell in love with her name in the initial email her mom, Michelle, sent me.  And then when Michelle said that Mary Clare was one of six children … six … and that Mary Clare was 6’1″ … 6’1″ … I fell in love with Michelle.  Both Mary Clare and Michelle were so laid back.  And tall.  I am always buying fun props for my Children and Family sessions … for Mary Clare’s, I had to buy myself one: a step stool.  With lashes to die for, naturally highlighted hair to die for and a sweet smile that sometimes reminded me of a little known painting by da Vinci that hangs in the Louvre, Mary Clare was pretty amazing.  She’s off to college next year, and this fabulous young woman has nothing but success and sass written all over her future.  Michelle and Mary Clare, thanks for the fun session.  Enjoy your sneak, and good luck next year!
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shayla & co.

Posted on April 1, 2015

 

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Meet Garrett.  Or, as I have affectionally nicknamed him: Dimples.  He’s such a sport. Has the most genuine grin … And.  Those. Dimples.  At one point during the session I asked if anyone wanted to put some guacamole in those dimples and just dip some chips in to them.  Because you literally could. They’re that delicious.  Of course saying such borderline creepy comments usually generates the aforementioned genuine grin from Garrett … which brings me back to those aforementioned dimples.  But before I really start creeping even myself out, let it be known that Garrett just doesn’t bring a face full of guacamole to the table.  He can play guitar.  He is a football star.  And, from what I hear, a pretty good gamer.  As in the feathered variety … but don’t tell my daughter.  Aside from all that, he’s just a really nice guy.  And a total sweetheart to his beautiful now-I-know-where-he-gets-those-dimples-mom, Shayla, and just as beautiful-oh-my-gosh-she-has-the-dimples-too-and-even-looks-breathtaking-in-dreads-kid-sis, Rheagan.  This session was to commemorate his Senior Year … but, if I recall correctly, he’s a bit of an overachiever.  I think has pretty much graduted and has already begun courses to pursue a career as a Master Welder. They sky is the limit with this kid, and I had so much fun creeping him out and making him laugh during this amazing sesh.  Thanks, Shayla, for once again letting me capture another special moment for you and your supermodel kiddos. Enjoy your sneak … and can you please pass the salsa?

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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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