shayla & co.

Posted on February 20, 2014

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I’ve had the pleasure of working with the lovely Shayla for the last few years.  Whether it’s photographing her company’s lavish holiday party every year, or capturing sweet moments in her personal life, Shayla always makes me feel like I’m one of the gang.  A few weekends ago we braved some chilly temps to take some super cool pics in Deep Ellum.  Her gorgeous children, her gorgeous guy, and his gorgeous girls all made for some gorgeous pics!  With their laid back personalities and edgy clothes that blended perfectly in to the dramatic Dallas skyline, I really felt like I was shooting the album cover for some ultra-hip band.  I really, really did.  So much so that I was almost compelled to ask them all for autographs after our session.  Shayla, darling, thank you for coming out to play and pose.  Tell Garret he did an outstanding job with the girls’ hair, and hugs and kisses to the crew.  Enjoy your sneek!



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colleen & co.

Posted on February 20, 2014

 

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Sweet baby Hayden, 11 days new, stopped to see us yesterday!  Hayden was such a sleepy, smiley absolute dream baby.  Big Brother Conner was able to hold Hayden for the first time during our session, and you can see from the pictures that he took his job very, very seriously.  Such a sweet family of four and such an honor to capture this very special time!  Congrats, “Nurse Colleen” and David, and thanks for sharing your boys with me for a few hours!


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dena & co.

Posted on February 3, 2014

This fun, laid-back family has been smiling for me for years.  Five, to be exact.  So when they announced that another little one was joining their easy-breezy ways, I was ecstatic.  Baby Dillon arrived a few weeks early (right before Christmas), and our newbie session had to be rescheduled.  A few times.  Which was not an issue for said easy-breezy family.  Or little Dillon.  At three weeks, he was beyond alert.  And, true to form, so laid back.  I loved the intense gazes he’d throw my way, the way he would listen with rapt attention at the “oohing” and “ahhing” I’d throw his way, and the very sweet attention he received from Big Sister and Big Brother.  As always, it was a lively session.  So fun. And an absolute honor to be a part of another Moment for this family.  Dena and Jeff, congrats, and welcome to the world, sweet Dillon!DSC_3361 DSC_3416 DSC_3513 DSC_3534 DSC_3555 DSC_3559 DSC_3595 DSC_3609



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kat & co.

Posted on January 27, 2014

Between the ice storms and wacky weather that visited the metroplex in December and life-in-general-moments that happen without warning, this sweet little girl’s first year portraits kept getting postponed.  When her mommy called on the Thursday before our Saturday session (that had been rescheduled numerous times) to tell me that baby Kyla had a confirmed case of the flu, my heart sank.  I was certain that we would need to postpone once again.  But Kat assured me that they caught it early, Kyla was on Tamiflu, and that her baby girl would be Up to Snuff come picture time.  This session, by the by, was originally going to be birthday themed.  Then holiday themed.  Then New Years themed.  When all those moments had passed, we set our sights on Valentine’s Day themed.  Kat took the idea and ran with it, bringing lots of sweets and treats for her little sweet.  And, as forecasted, Kyla was amazing.  Not once during the hour long session, in spite of the setting sun and cooling temps, did the little girl make a fuss.  Smiles, giggles and sweet moments were plentiful during our time together, and little Kyla was in heaven when it came time for the Valentine’s portion of the session.  Combining her first birthday and the Day of Love in one, we sat her down in front of the sugary feast, and she literally squealed and gave me a priceless expression that literally looked like she was thinking, ‘This is all for me?  For me?  All of it?”  Kat and Jason, thank you so much for your patience, your flexibility, and for sharing your sweet little girl with me this year.  And HappyBirthday/MerryChristmas/HappyNewYear/HappyValentine’s, sweet Kyla!
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ashley & co.

Posted on June 24, 2013

DSC_8916When she first inquired about family photos, she mentioned two things:  they had never had professional ones taken, and would I mind if they brought the family dog along?  When the day of our session finally arrived and after working with the picture perfect family for only a few minutes, I found it hard to believe they had never been in front of a photog’s lens before.  Effortless, these three.  I say three, because when Ashley decided she’d be wearing white pants for the shoot, she also decided the family dog would stay at home.  Which gave me plenty of time to oooh and ahhh over Mr. Aiden.  Definitely all boy, and a brave one at that (he was literally attacked by an army of angry ants 1/2 way through the session, but it did not stop him from putting on a smile and making the best of it.  Such a fun, lovely, fabulous family, and it was such an honor taking their first official family pics (which I am still not totally buying).  Ashley, thanks so much for choosing me, and I look forward to working with all four of you next time!  Enjoy the sneak!DSC_8518 DSC_8567 DSC_8611 DSC_8957 DSC_8617



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charlie & co.

Posted on June 24, 2013

DSC_9135Words to describe Charlie:  Beautiful.  Witty.  Crafty.  Cute.  Sweet.  As sugar.  Mommy Extraordinaire  All things I strive to be.  Oh, I forgot to mention “beautiful baby maker”.   LIttle Miss Hadley was the center of attention, what with her first birthday quickly approaching.  And big sister, Finley, was more than willing to share the spotlight, although she was equally happy to take a few solo pics with me, too.  And, when she wasn’t smiling for me, she was making baby sister smile.  With noises I can only describe as “animal planet worthy”, by the by.  I’m not kidding when I say they were the type of noises sound directors would absolutely use in making movies about really loud, scary animals.  And they had Hadley in stitches.  And me.  And my next clients who showed up at the tail end of our session.  Little Finley didn’t blink an eye when I told her to make the “big girls” laugh.   And, to her credit, she succeeded.  Such a fun session, complete with a ginormous H that Charlie craftily created for her beautiful little girl (and that Nick and I cleverly hung from the branches of the trees).  While Haddie may not have been a huge fan of the beautiful cake, she is obviously has no qualms about posing for the camera, laughing with sister and snuggling up to Mom and Dad. Thanks, guys, for a great session, and enjoy your sneak!
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shari & co.

Posted on June 24, 2013

DSC_9707Rachel.  Annie.  Grace.  Three super fun, super cute, super everuting girls who first came to see five years ago.  Watching these amazing little girls grow in to amazing little women has been … amazing.  They are always full of energy, life, and each one holds a special place in the my heart.  In fact, I have plans that one of them will marry my son.  I don’t care which one, but it has to happen.  Shari and Jeff are alwaus up for anything when it comes to the girls and I playing … I mean working … and the girls are always coming up with fun little “poses” or ideas for the shoot.  When they ran to greet me at the car before we started shooting, they hugged me and asked, “What props did you bring this time?  We were thinking ….”  And then the thoughts and ideas never stopped.  Nor did the laughs.  The smiles.  Or the fun.  Guys, it’s always, always, always so much fun.  Thanks for coming back time after time, and enjoy your sneaky (and let’s get that wedding on the books soon, ok?).DSC_0045 DSC_9641 DSC_9953 DSC_9888 DSC_0162 DSC_9818 DSC_9997 DSC_9757



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penny & co.

Posted on June 24, 2013

DSC_8100Ms. Penny has been been coming to see me for a few years now.  Back then, it was just Mr. Chandler who was the focus of my lens.  These days, one year old Alysse has joined the family, and my love affair with Penny and Matt’s picture perfect babies started all over again.  For Alysse’s one year session, Chandler stayed at home … which broke my heart a bit, but gave me the chance to interact with the Birthday Girl solo.  But what didn’t stay behind?  Her first pair of Stuart Weitzman shoes … it’s totally normal to covet something that belongs to a one year old, right?  With a Ladbybug theme party looming ahead, Penny, Alysse and I made the most of our GSO (Girls Session Out).  Smiles, giggles, several outfit changes, accessories (Alysse’s great-grandmother makes jewlrey and crafted the pearl necklace seen in a few of the pics) and lots of sweet moments later, it was defintiely a milestone session for one of my favorite muses.  The only thing missing? … Well, Chandler of course.  Penny, so looking forward to the next one.  And the Manola’s she’ll be sporting in her 2 Year Session!  Enjoy the sneak, and thanks so much for bringing her out to see me!DSC_8002 DSC_8202 DSC_8065 DSC_8172 DSC_8140 DSC_8185 DSC_8247 DSC_8319 DSC_8375 DSC_8019 DSC_8340



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shannon & co.

Posted on June 24, 2013

DSC_7914Over the last  year or so, Shannon and I have tried to make a session work on the calendar.  But various reasons have always postponed our efforts.  This last time, in fact, 50 mph winds blew those plans out of the water.  Luckily, however, we were able to reschedule for a week later.  I met her charming crew on the funky streets of downtown Dallas, and the children could not have been more fun.  With perfect morning temps, and a rain the day before that left us with a perfect reflecting pool, the kids were up for anything.  Shannon, it was so much fun.  Thanks for making it happen, and enjoy your sneaky!DSC_7821 DSC_7785 DSC_7624 DSC_7728 copy DSC_7562 DSC_7887DSC_7476



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julia & co.

Posted on May 22, 2013

Julia is sweet.  Lovely.  And a graduate.  Senior sessions are one of my faves, and Julia’s was no different, particularly because I got to shoot in the sunset fields of West Texas.  Julia plans on attending Hardin Simmons next fall.  I have no idea what she’ll major in, but I am fairly certain a few dozen young boys will hope she’s going for an MRS degree.  I kid, I kid, but with her style, her charm, and her mega-watt smile, Julia’s destined for uh-mazing things.  After all, it’s all Gucci, right girl?  Thanks for playing me with Jules, and good luck next year!DSC_3824 DSC_3880 DSC_3913 DSC_3931 DSC_3942 DSC_3980 DSC_4016



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