Archive for November, 2010

Cordillera Ranch Wedding

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

I shot a beautiful wedding earlier in the fall at Cordillera Ranch in the Texas Hill Country. The bride made some amazing design choices that complimented this rustic/elegant location. We enjoyed some beautiful weather and gorgeous Texas skies.

Did I mention that I love, L-O-V-E photographing beautiful things???

Goen South put together some amazingly simple and elegant flower arrangements.

The cake was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Ring bearer and flower girl (a.k.a. brother and sister).

Thank you, West Vita, for including me on this one.

Southside Car Show

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

The kids and I headed down to the Southside to attend the 4th Annual Chacon Autos Car Show benefitting Shoes for Orphaned Souls. I never thought I’d be photographing tricked out cars and men dressed up as giant chipmunks.

And at the end, I got a little surprise. My daughter, Emmie, is fairly reserved, but on rare occasions, she gives me a glimpse of her off-beat playful side. She started dancing all out in the parking lot. I am thankful for her lack of self-consciousness. I wish I were more like her in this sense. What a gift that is!


Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

I love my next-door neighbors, the Salmons. Several afternoons a week, you can hear their second grade daughter buzzing down our driveway on a scooter, bike, or Plasma car with my three kids. We look after each other, and they are a lot of fun. More than that, they value my photography work and support my business. This is the second round of family photos that I have done for them.

I have decided that the Salmons can never, ever move. Yes, I know that their son, Brady is due to leave for college. And I guess we’re o.k. with that. But no one else is allowed to move 😉

I like the flare and leading lines of this one.

I love this image of Brady and Tim cracking up together.

This is one of my favorite brother/ sister images of all time.

I asked Keely to find her inner sass and she pulled through for us. Check out Brady’s reaction.

Life + Style

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

I met the Lewis family through another family of clients, The Salmons. As we were planning the upcoming shoot, Tracy Lewis (the mom in the bunch) told me that she liked my lifestyle work and wanted to try an in-home shoot. She was looking for storytelling and portraiture with a fresh twist. I was really excited for the change of pace and for the challenge of a lifestyle shoot. Even in my own family photos, I think it is valuable to capture not just people in my camera but also to capture the environment–especially the home environment. When I look back at old photos of my childhood, I am interested in the rooms and objects that I see there. They show both time and place and bring back powerful memories for me. When I arrived at the Lewis’ home, I could tell right away that it was a place full of character and purpose. Tracy and her whole family were very welcoming to me, and I enjoyed spending the afternoon with this family in their stylish home. Here are some of my favorite images from the shoot:

I met the kids in the kitchen after they biked home from school.

We snacked on strawberries. Mia made some bracelets with beads.

She arranged the beads into a smiley face as she was working on them.

Samuel loved on his dog and built with Legos.

We then switched gears and played a memory matching game.

This is my absolute favorite from the shoot.

We then squeezed in a couple of more “portrait-y” shots.

Nothing too stiff here. . .

I’m diggin’ this sweet pocket of light in these next two:

One thing’s for sure: This family doesn’t sit around for too long. We wrapped up with acrobatics, swinging, and soccer playing.

Thank you Lewises for inviting me to photograph your family. I hope that other families will follow your lead and want their family life visually documented like this.

The Register Family

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Meet the Registers (if you haven’t already). They are a sweet family with four kids.

This little one skipped her nap the day of the shoot and ended up relaxing on a blanket.

Sweet baby feet.

It took some work to earn her trust which makes this image all the more special to me. I hope her parents like it as much as I do.

He is handsome and helpful.

We did this shoot a few days shy of her 11th birthday.

“Show me how B-I-G you are!”

“Will you take out your pacifier and show me how big you are???”

I love the real smile that he gave me here. And I like the “I’m growing into my puppy dog feet” look of this shot. This shot is all boy–which is good, I guess, if you have three sisters.

Soft and sweet.

And one more favorite. . .

Thank you, so much, Registers, for inviting me to photograph your family.


Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Here’s one more picture that I took of Emmie at the pumpkin patch (except minus the pumpkins).
I think Emmie looks hauntingly beautiful in this picture. I like it in both b&w and color for different reasons.

Pumpkin Patch

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

We waited and waited for a cool, fall like day to visit the pumpkin patch this year. We finally got one a couple of days before Halloween.

Emmie and I have made it a bit of a tradition to take a photo each year at the pumpkin patch similar to this one, holding a lot of little pumpkins.

Weekend with Spot

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Carter, my middle kid, is in kindergarten this year. His class shares a stuffed animal, Spot. Each weekend a different child brings Spot home in a duffel bag. The bag is also filled with all sorts of goodies for taking care of Spot: a sleeping mat, a night cap, a food bowl, some Spot books to read, some cinnamon sugar and a bone cookie cutter for cinnamon toast, and a binder filled with photos and drawings of Spot’s other adventures with classmates. Spot came to visit our house Halloween weekend.

Carter drew this picture of Spot earlier in the year:

We decided in honor of Halloween that we would shake things up a bit and depart from Spot’s usual bone-shaped cinnamon toast in favor of pumpkin-shaped toast. I asked Carter if Spot was right or left pawed. It turns out that he is left pawed. Spot was careful to wear a glove so as not to get his fur dirty. He makes the best cinnamon toast.

Spot made a cameo appearance when I took pictures of Carter in his knight costume.

Spot participated in our pumpkin carving.

Spot’s greatest adventure of Halloween weekend took place on Saturday morning. It turns out Carter has been doing a bit of sandbagging. He had never really read to me. . . ever. But a few days prior, I had a conference with his teacher who told me about his progress reading. In complete Carter fashion, he decided to just start reading at home to Spot. He put Spot’s night cap on him. He laid Spot in his dog bed, and cracked open the first book. He just started reading. Four books later, I was reminded of the wonder and magic of learning to read. What an amazing process! I am so thankful that I am getting to relive this process with Carter just a couple years after Emmie began her journey.

Thank you, Spot (and Mrs. Cook!) for encouraging my son to read and write.

Halloween, Recycled

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Last year, Emmie was a jellyfish for Halloween. This year, Emmie was a jellyfish for Halloween.
Last year, Carter was a knight. This year, Carter was a knight.
Last year, Harrison was a firefighter. This year, no. . . Harrison wasn’t a firefighter. Instead, he was a tool man. But even Harrison’s costume was a bit recycled. Carter was a tool man when he was three, and Harrison followed suit as a three year old this year. And mom was happy because she didn’t have to buy new costumes, and she got a second chance to shoot the same costumes in a different way.

So allow me to introduce Emmie, the jellyfish.

And here is Harrison, the tool man.
(Tool men have been a regular fixture in our house this fall, but I’ll post more on that later. . .)

And finally, here’s Carter, the knight.

Give me a spoon; I want to eat up this little boy.

“I am here to rescue you!!!!!!!”

So here they all are ready to fill their containers with candy. Carter made a last minute addition of vampire teeth to his Halloween costume. These teeth, unfortunately, live the in the back seat of our car next to his booster seat.

Catch Me if You Can

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

I got to spend some time with Taylor and his parents, Chris and Erin, a few days ago. We enjoyed a beautiful day outside together. Taylor is a fast a moving man so he gave me a run for my money. Here are a few of my favorites from the shoot.

Did I mention that Taylor has a beautiful mom?

This little guy wouldn’t let go of his cup for anything. We just went with it because it shows where he is during this stage of his life.

Yes, sometimes, my clients can put up a bit of a fight. . . (Hopefully, one day he’ll look back on this shot and laugh.)

. . . but then you capture their sweet side the next moment.

As I took this picture, I was thinking, “Wow, this might be the only time Erin and Chris get to sit down for a second and enjoy talking to one another in the next few days.” I wish Greg and I had more moments of calm and friendship in the midst of all of our responsibilities.

Whenever possible, I try to make time on a shoot to honor a couple’s marriage. So often people contact me to take their kids’ photos and that is important as they grow so very fast. Thank you so much, Chris, Erin, and Taylor, for letting me photograph this part of your family’s story.