A widely anticipated hallmark of spring in Texas is the arrival of our state flower, Bluebonnets. Their season is short so when you start seeing them popping up on roadsides, it’s time to take note of where the big patches are. They’re perfect for family portraits! I was happy to meet my friend Traci and her darling family in South Austin to capture some precious moments between her and her boys. The last photo made me laugh. Her son saw them kissing (again), turned to me and asked, “Will they ever be done kissing?” I hope not, sweet one, I hope not!
I may be biased as a UT alum, but when Caroline and John told me they were interested in an engagement shoot on the University of Texas campus, I was more than happy to oblige! I loved hearing about their story and their time at UT together. Who doesn’t love the high school turned college turned forever love story?
I was instantly charmed by and smitten with Baby Samantha during our photo session in Houston. We warmed up with her introducing me to her favorite stuffed animal and romping around in her backyard. Then we went for an outfit change, where I quickly learned she’s not a fan of wearing tulle. Smart girl! What tickled me was how we bribed her with Cheerios by hiding them in her tutu. She was not a fan of the tutu but lucky for us she’s willing to forgive the offense for snacks!
My first family shoot of the year is in the books! I so enjoyed meeting Ashley’s family! Ashley and I haven’t seen each other since being classmates in high school. I won’t tell you how long ago that was, but I will tell you how taken I am with her grace and beauty as a woman and mother. I love photographing old friends because as I marvel at where they’re at, I also get the privilege of remembering them from many years past.
I’m a reformed crotchety Christmas-hater. I’m learning to give into the magic of the holidays, and shooting holiday photos is helping me in this winter-time journey! It’s hard to be a scrooge when you’re around family who love each other. I had a blast being the fourth wheel to the Tovars as we strolled around downtown Round Rock. Their little princesa was a natural in front of the camera!
I had my first multiple babies photo shoot in Austin this weekend. Can I be honest about something? I find myself just gazing at these snapshots. These cousins are so stinking cute, I can’t help myself. Born just a few days apart, I have a feeling they’re going to grow up to be best friends.
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One of my girl crushes and heroes in Austin is someone you probably already follow if you live in Austin. Jane of A Taste of Koko writes a very popular food blog. Funnily, sometimes strangers will stop me when I’m out and about, commending me for my food blog and praising me for my work. I let myself be flattered and touched and then the stranger will say something like, “bye Jane!” It cracks me up and I ain’t mad about it!
It has been fun and inspiring to see her soar through her career as a blogger and influencer. I enjoyed catching up with her as I photographed her in her bright and airy home. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for her and her journey!
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A few days ago, I had the pleasure of meeting baby Aubrey when her proud grandfather and my friend Doug, hired me to shoot holiday photos. I was touched to spend time with a family with so much love for each other. It didn’t take long to see that the family dotes on Aubrey. I can’t imagine it any other way since I fell in love with her happy disposition instantly. She gave me the best facial expressions and was a dream to photograph.
When my beautiful friend Soujanya approached me about doing a newborn photography session with her son, Reyansh, I was honored. As soon as I arrived at Soujanya’s and her husband Deepak’s home, we entered a state of flow. With patience and teamwork, the four of us, with some support from doting grandparents, were able to capture some precious moments. Baby Reyansh and his adoring family were a dream to capture. I left inspired by their images. Soujanya reported she loves them so much she cried. What a relief! Here are some of my favorite shots.
I haven’t finished blogging about Spain, (which I can’t believe was already a month ago), but I just came back from another trip, this one a mini one compared to Spain. Sugarface had a work meeting in Toronto and I joined him for the weekend. Two days were only enough to whet the appetite. I plan on writing a weekend recap, but I had a handful of photos from the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada I wanted to share and thought it deserved its own photographic post.
It rained all day on Saturday. Staying dry in an aquarium was the perfect rainy day activity! Ripley’s is a moderate size aquarium with a wide array of sea creatures. Most impressive were the long shark tunnel and the jellyfish room, both magnificent in their own way. It’s also located adjacent to the CN Tower, so you can batch those two sights together when you’re in town. We enjoyed watching the piranhas feed on shrimp and the eels being feisty. I included the video of the latter at the end of this post. If you have your sound on, you can hear the bystander’s Canadian accent, which made me smile.
Later that night, back at our hotel room, we rewatched the “Under the Sea” scene of Little Mermaid. Because of course.