Archive for April, 2011

The Sedgwick Family

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Meet the Sedgwicks. My camera and I spent an evening at the park with them a couple of weeks ago.

This is a personal favorite. J. looks so very happy and the light is dreamy.

Peek a boo with dad.

Sweet smile from a sweet girl.

A little dress up break:

I think that this is the universal outcome for any person who lets a little kid try to put sunglasses on them.

I think that the next two pictures go together like peas and carrots.

Dancing to Phoenix 🙂

Happy Anniversary, James and Laura (a little late)! There is beauty here worth fighting for.

Thank you, Sedgwicks for letting me get to know you better. And thank you, N., for all of the extra hugs!!! That was the best part of the shoot for me.

The Eller Family

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

I had a lot of fun with the Eller family. Yes, photographing families with little kids is hard work. I always wear work out clothes and have my hair pulled up in a pony tail. I plan to sweat and get dirty. But photographing this family was particularly rewarding. This family has fun together. The relationships were genuine. The kids are full of personality. The older sister is a mental firecracker who has a stage presence about her, stage or not. The little brother is happy and loves being with his family. Add some sweet light and fresh colors to the mix, and you’ve got the makings of a great shoot.

Kristen, the mom, worked hard to plan the shoot with me. I’ve found the more you invest in thinking through a shoot, the more you will get out of it. So if you are interested in having photos taken of your family, don’t be afraid to talk to me 🙂 I’ve learned some things that will help you. You know your family way better than I do, and I want to hear about each person.

Here is dad flying his son in the air like an airplane while the little guy flies his own airplane.

Sweet light and happy guy.

I’ve noticed that when ever AK gets really happy, she smiles from ear to ear and brings a couple of fingers to her mouth. Even though she likes this one in color, I like it in b&w just a bit better. And thank you, AK, for my drawing that you made me. I like it a lot!

Just a reminder, parents: even when you have kids, you are still married. Be like Rob and Kristen. Celebrate your marriage during a family photo shoot. (I can’t tell you how many couples haven’t had their picture taken since their wedding.) I loved looking through their images and see how Rob made Kristen crack up over and over. This one is a bit more serious, but I like it. . .

I think that this shot really captures little kid, sibling silliness. This family is about to move and it was really important for them to stick close to their home for their shoot. I tried to incorporate things and places in and around their home on the shoot–like this tire swing in their front yard.

Thank you, Gail Pomare, for getting me fired up about tire swings.

And thank you, Ellers, for encouraging me and supporting my work. It meant more to me than you know.

Michael Steed & Shelby Ames’ Wedding Weekend Celebrations (part 2)

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

I had the privilege of photographing three separate celebrations for the family and friends of Michael Steed and Shelby Ames the weekend of March 18th. It was a weekend full of emotion and beauty. I enjoyed getting to know these two families better.

Friday evening, we enjoyed dinner at Club Giraud on the Riverwalk. Pizzini Designs created the floral arrangements.

I like this in both color and b&w.

Friends and family feasted, conversed, watched an emotional video of childhood photos, toasted to the couple, cried and laughed over dinner.

I think there is something sacred about the way two people look at each other when they are in love.

I have decided that if I live to see any of my children get married, I am not going to try to hold back the tears. If watching photos of your child (or only sister) growing up and falling in love doesn’t make you cry, I don’t know what will. I hope Claire and Sara (Shelby’s sister and mom) aren’t embarrassed by this photo. I think that there is a lot of raw and beautiful emotion in it.

Watching the video didn’t just elicit tears. It also brought out periods of laughter too.

This is Michael’s best man toast. It included a discussion about Michael’s past use of pick up lines. Even though he was able to keep a straight face during the toast. . .

. . . no one else was able to.

Michael’s uncle’s toast:

This is Shelby’s response to hearing Michael’s words of thankfulness.

What a treasure for a father and daughter to share a laugh like this the night before a wedding!

If you attended this event and would like to see all of the photos, please email me at

Michael Steed and Shelby Ames’ Wedding Weekend Celebrations (part 1)

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

I had the privilege of photographing three separate celebrations for the family and friends of Michael Steed and Shelby Ames the weekend of March 18th. It was a weekend full of emotion and beauty. I enjoyed getting to know these two families better.

Friday afternoon, Shelby’s bridesmaids spent time together over lunch at the San Antonio Country Club.

Shelby and her sister, Claire.

Sisters and daughters from the two families.

Saturday afternoon, Shelby’s grandmother opened her home for friends and family to enjoy a delicious lunch and conversation.

Here are the women who helped put it all together with Shelby and her mom, Sara.

One of the hostesses created these super fun and creative floral arrangements. I hope the photo does them justice.

John Cain of Cain’s Fine Catering prepared the food. I appreciated this beautiful spin on caprese salad.

Mother of bride. Mother of groom. 🙂

Mrs. Ames, Shelby’s grandmother, is an avid gardener. Her courtyard was about to burst into bloom. The hibiscus had an early start.

You can see many more pictures like these (candid and groups) by clicking on the galleries that follow. Maybe you will find your photo there!

Mary, Sara’s sister and Shelby’s aunt, is beautiful. She doesn’t like the spot light, but I know that there are many people who will treasure this photo.

If you attended this event and would like to see all of the photos, please email me at

Intense Happiness

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, Carter scored his first soccer goal. It was one of those times that I was so glad that I had my camera with me because I was able to get his reaction. He raced back to his coach to give him a high five with one of his teammates running alongside.

And after that big high five, he ran over to share the good news with us (as if we didn’t see it :)). I thought it was pretty special that he wanted to share his success with us right away.
And I felt so very happy. The expression on his face is what I felt in my heart. I later told him that I held back a bit with my reaction because I didn’t want to be too obnoxious in front of the other parents. He liked hearing that because: 1) it showed that I loved him and 2) he shares my intensity and knows what that feels like.

Emmie spent some of the game picking flowers.

Harrison tried to blow dandelion seeds.

Emphasis on the word “tried”. . .

Harrison and I later shared a laugh about how it looks like he is eating the seeds.

Annika, our friend, was there to watch the game with me, Emmie, and Harrison. She’s a bit intense too 😉 and came wearing her own homemade fan jersey.

Annika gets Carter’s intensity, and I am thankful for their friendship.

It was a good game.

Checking Out Small Things

Monday, April 11th, 2011

“Mom, what am I made to do?”

“Well, you are made to bring glory to God.”

“I know. But not like that. What am I? Am I a scientist? What am I supposed to do?”

“We don’t know exactly what that is going to look like. That is something that we are going to discover the rest of your life.”

“I think I’m going to be a scientist.”


“Because you get to check out small things and you get to check out big things.”

Here are some pictures of Carter checking out some small things with his microscope last week. He checked out cardamom pods, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, scissor blades, Lego blocks, and a rubber band.

Harrison turns 4 on 4.4!!!!

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Happy Birthday, Dear Harrison!!! Thank you for bringing so much joy and calm to your mommy’s life. I am thankful for your sensitivity, your silliness, your concern for others, your sense of responsibility, and your willing attitude. Your Grampy said it best; you live life with a “Just put me in the game, Coach” kind of attitude. You are such a wonderful gift to our family. You are such a wonderful gift to those people who have taken the time and had the pleasure of getting to know you. I love spending time with you. I love being your mom.

We spent the afternoon yesterday hiking a bit at Government Canyon State Natural Area. We had a picnic afterward (ciabatta, turkey, aged cheddar, pistachio pesto, grapes, and carrots). Harrison requested rainbow brownies. (That got translated as my brownies with rainbow M&Ms on top.) I really love this picture.

All three kids are happy in a way that shows their personalities. Emmie’s happiness is a more off beat, lost in her own dream world kind of happiness. Harrison’s happiness is mixed with a bit of curiosity (like “I wonder what could be happening over there. . .”). And Carter just takes it all in and fully invests because he “gets it”.