Introducing Mikelle Grace

Introducing Mikelle Grace

Congratulations, Justin and Karla, on your miracle baby, sweet Mikelle Grace! She is a dream.  I have a feeling Evelynn and Mikelle are going to have some grand adventures.  Thank you for welcoming me into your home and allowing me to share in your family's joy!

Welcome, Baby Jackson!

Welcome, Baby Jackson!

It's a boy! Ben and Halley now have a son, Jackson, and sweet Savannah is now a big sister!  Bringing home the second baby has unique challenges, but this family is rocking it!  Their home was full of peace and excitement, and I was honored to capture their growing family. 

Walters Family Session

Walters Family Session

I may be biased, but I have a special affinity for large families! I love the gift of siblings and the way a big family interacts.  I love seeing how they work together and take care of one another.  The Walters children adore one another and their parents are raising incredibly fun and considerate little humans.  Thank you Walters family for sharing these moments with me! 

Eng Family

Eng Family

Jon and Gloria became parents in May when they welcomed Adeline into the world.  Now, a little over 4 months, Addie is beginning to show signs of her own sweet, unique personality.  She was way more interested in all the runners and dogs around during our session than she was in me.  So she observed all the life around her, and I snapped away hoping to capture the life she brings to her parents! She is as precious as they come! 

moving

moving

I love the thrill of moving to a new home.  There is this wonderful gift in it of simplifying, re-organizing, and starting fresh.  But it's also painful.  You leave behind certain sights and smells that trigger memories you hope you'll always retain.  Derek and Keri lived in this house for ten years.  It's the home they brought their babies home to.  It's the place they watched them grow up in...all too fast.  But the best part about memories is that you get to take them with you!  As they settle into their new home, they will remember the beautiful moments in the old one, and their adventure together will continue.  And remember, beauty appears where there is an edge. A type of courage.  A fearlessness against the unknown. Here's to the years and memories ahead!

 

Romine Newborn Session

Romine Newborn Session

I love photographing repeat clients and watching their families grow!  I first photographed Scott and Jeanine during my fall mini sessions last year.  Little Harrison was not sure about me following him around with a camera, but we managed to get some cute shots of him anyway.  Then, I was lucky enough to photograph them again when Jeanine was pregnant, and just recently I had the honor of meeting and photographing sweet baby Max! Big brother Harrison is still not sure about me, and that's ok.  Scott and Jeanine are rocking it as parents of 2 under 2, and their family just keeps getting cuter! Thanks for sharing these moments with me!

Southerland Newborn Session

Southerland Newborn Session

Matt and Bonnie welcomed their second son, Forrest, into the world this summer!  He is precious and content, and has the best big brother, Cole.  Cole is silly, confident, and kind.  He asks really great questions, and was very interested in my camera and lenses! We had lots of fun during this outdoor newborn session.  Congratulations Southerland Family!

 

Cox Family

Cox Family

This session is extra special to me!  My college roommate, Ashley, and her husband, Ezra, welcomed their second baby boy into the world this summer.  Ashley is this beautiful mix of intentionality and contentment.  She just might be the most easy-going person I know.  She is fiercely loyal and lives with inner strength and peace.  Ezra complements her perfectly.  They are incredible parents, raising the type of boys you want your daughters to marry! ;)  Their oldest, Maddox, is the cutest bundle of kindness and confidence, and he sure loves his new baby brother, Brock.  I was lucky enough to travel to Waco to capture this season of their growing family.  Are they not just the cutest?

Third Boy

Third Boy

One of my favorite things about photographing families is the opportunity I have to glean from other parents.  The only thing I'm sure of is that there is not one "right" way to raise a child, there are many!  I'm always learning and adding new ideas to my parenting strategy and style.  For example, I arrived to this session to find Jean, the mommy to new baby Rowan, totally relaxed and in the middle of a feeding, while her 5 year old twins were having a blast with water, mud, and cars in the backyard.  It was refreshing and inspiring to see her mothering from such a place of freedom and peace!  One of my new goals is to make more opportunities for my kids to just be kids.  I hope you enjoy her sweet family and the addition of their third boy!

The 2nd Baby, And The Making Of A Sibling.

The 2nd Baby, And The Making Of A Sibling.

The second baby brings along the incredible gift of siblings.  Seeing a small child become a big brother or sister is an extraordinary thing.  Instantly, they don't seem so little anymore (even if they really are).  And every older sibling is different, but their wonder at a brand new baby always seems the same.  It's mysterious! It's magical!  And it sure is entertaining.  I recently had the honor of photographing the Karen Family, after they welcomed James Robert to the world, making Stella a big sister! Enjoy this precious family of four!

Outdoor Family Session

Outdoor Family Session

I knew we were going to have a magical time when Mia and Lila brought their unicorns along for our session.  But the unicorns have nothing on the magic between these two, sweet sisters! Once they warmed up, we had a blast exploring, running, chasing, and cuddling.  James and Lorelei have created such a peaceful, fun dynamic in their family, so it's easy to see why their daughters are affectionate, spirited, and confident.  Thank you for letting me share these moments with you!

portrait session

portrait session

The first time I had the opportunity to photograph this stunning family was during my fall mini sessions last year.  Trace and Abby are raising this incredible little girl, Nora, who is sweet, quick to engage, full of spirit, and sure knows how to work the camera.  I was super excited when they asked me to do a portrait session for her!  I even had the chance to add her adored dog, Tucker, into the mix.  Enjoy these images; they are full of life and personality!

 

nostalgia

nostalgia

Orlando and Spring were married at Mayfield Park.  Now, years later, they watch their children enjoy the same spot.  I had the honor of photographing them recently, as they explored, played, and of course snacked.  Gus is creative and smart.  Gemma is full of spunk...and oh, those curls.  Enjoy this adorable family of four!

 

mommy documentary

mommy documentary

I still remember after having our first child, how my husband was confused about what I did all day at home.  He often would ask me to do several tasks for him during the day, and was unable to understand what prevented me from accomplishing them!  Being a mom is one of the hardest jobs I have, but also the most valuable.  I love documentary sessions because they allow me to capture those everyday, seemingly small moments, between parent and child that are raw and beautiful.  This session was special because Kristina is an incredible mom to Elliot and Samuel! She is creative and playful.  Her boys adore her, and she doesn't hold anything back from them. Enjoy this little glimpse into their life! 

Introducing Anna Katherine

Introducing Anna Katherine

Matt and Kristine welcomed their first child into the world this month, a daughter named Anna Katherine.  She was incredibly alert during our session, keeping us from getting lots of snoozy newborn shots, but her eyes are gorgeous, so we didn't mind!  Matt and Kristine are pros, even as first time parents.  They were relaxed and comfortable the whole time, and adore their little lady!  Thank you for allowing to me experience these intimate moments with your growing family!

Happy Birthday Joseph!

Happy Birthday Joseph!

I first had the privilege of photographing Joseph when he was just a baby during my fall mini sessions.  One of the perks of my job is seeing babies grow into toddlers!  Tiny humans change so much during their first year, and it's remarkable to watch them turn into their own little person.  Jospeh is about to celebrate his 1st Birthday, and we celebrated with a little portrait session and cake smash down by the river.  He is incredibly adorable, has a sweet disposition, and for him, a simple high-five goes a LONG way!  Happy Birthday, little man. 

family

family

"I do think that families are the most beautiful things in all the world!”  Little Women

Bo and Amy invited me to photograph their daughter, Nora, when she turned 1.  It is one of my most memorable sessions to date.  So I was thrilled when they invited me to photograph their family again as they gathered together near Mother's Day for a weekend away.  Nora is as beautiful as ever, and she is surely the star of the show.  But my favorite thing about this family is the ease you feel when you are around them.  They are welcoming, entertaining, gracious, and wonderfully relaxed together.  Thank you for allowing me be a part of this weekend!

a great joy is coming

a great joy is coming

Matt and Kristine invited me to photograph their family before the arrival of their first child.  Pregnant woman are an entirely distinct category of beautiful, and Kristine is no exception.  The best part about the third trimester is the anticipation that builds as your due date approaches, and you imagine the great joy that is coming.  I could feel that anticipation with Matt and Kristine.  I'm so thankful we moved up their session, or we would have missed this moment with their little girl's sweet baby bump, for she was born just a few days after! 

Introducing Lucy Jewel

Introducing Lucy Jewel

We have known the Gibsons for what seems like forever.  Ryan and Megan are dear friends- the kind whose loyalty and support only grows deeper with time and distance.  Whether while living in the same city, or across the country, we have been changed by their pursuit of people, their lavish generosity towards others, and their consistent strength in each "Yes," that they have said faithfully.  They are truly as rare as they come.  In the last weeks, they welcomed Lucy Jewel into the world and into their family.  It was my great honor to photograph their family in another beautiful transition, and to see what Lucy's presence means to them.  You are forever loved, little Lucy.

sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero. -marc brown

sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero. -marc brown

Tommy and Selina welcomed their second son into the world this month, making their oldest son, Faris, a brother!  Faris is a delightful boy who loves basketball, music, and is quite the artist, too.  I was astounded by his many talents and interests, and now that he is a brother to new baby Ayman, he is even more amazing!  Baby Ayman, you are incredibly blessed with a fun, loving family who will protect you always.