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Forgive, I’ve been a bit of a bum blogger lately. September was one of my busiest months of this year with two double wedding weekends, bringing me to a grand total of six weddings in four weeks. I’ve lots of pretty wedding and engagement photos to share on the blog soon, but I thought I might mix things up a bit with some mother-son photos I took a month or so ago out in Round Rock.

It wasn’t an extensively planned shoot and it wasn’t in a particularly amazing location — just a local park — but I’m really pleased with the way these photos show just a simple, particularly sweet slice of life for this beautiful family.

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 Happy Wednesday — I’m off to photograph a friend’s engagement session!

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There is something so incredibly special about meeting up with a couple whose wedding you photographed a year ago.

I don’t know, after I’ve lived one of the most important, happiest days of a person’s life with them I always feel connected to them.

And then seeing them again a full year into their marriage, I can’t explain the joy I feel at seeing them even stronger, more united. And the excitement I feel at the thought that their journey is still so new, with so much ahead of them, together.

Breann and Matt, y’all seem to have taken care of each other well this past year. Keep up the good work, you guys.

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Happy second year of marriage, Bersi’s. And while I’m wishing you well, happy every year of marriage for the rest of your lives.

I think y’all are wonderful and consider it such a privilege to be able to photograph such love as the two of y’all share.

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There is something entirely genuine about photographing a family in their home.

It’s one of my favorite things to do.

Holding precious newborn babies also just so happens to be on my list of favorite things so this shoot was pretty much a win-win situation for me.

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 Congratulations on the new, beautiful life in your family, Landon and Brenda. I’m so happy for y’all!

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I thought this post might be particularly applicable today, so close to Mother’s Day, because the day I took these photos was the day that Mandie officially became a momma.

Since last year at this time my admiration for mothers has evolved a bit. I had the joy of documenting my sister becoming a mother back in January and my cousin-in-law (as you’ll see from this post below) give birth to her first child just a few weeks ago. I left both of those different hospital visits overjoyed at the new life in my family but also just being in awe of these women’s strength, bravery and determination. Good job, new mommas!

Another recent life event that has shaped the way I view and admire mothers was my dad’s mom passing away last month.  I found myself thinking about how much my MaMa poured herself into raising my dad, how much this woman shaped my father’s life — and in turn the life of my entire family — and how incredibly thankful I am to her for doing such a great job of it.

And then there is my own mother — my wonderful, darling, quirky mother. My mother who ingrained in me my honest work ethic by refusing to sign off on my junior high band practice slip unless I had actually practiced my saxophone (even though at the time I couldn’t understand why she couldn’t just be like everyone else’s parents and just SIGN IT). My mother who has shown such unwavering encouragement and what it is to champion one’s child by very early on in my photography career proving that when I post something to the JZP Facebook page, she will take it upon herself to comment or “like” it.  My mother whose truly ridiculous sense of humor has made all four her children part ridiculous and part hilarious.

Y’all, mothers are so great and I hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday celebrating yours.

All that said, getting the opportunity to document Mandie and Josh’s very first exciting, straining and exhausting step into parenthood was such a privilege. Here is a bit of Briseis’ birth story told in photos.

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Also, I know I’m all “MOMSMOMSMOMS” at the beginning of this post but I really must brag on my sweet cousin, Joshua, here too. He was such a steady source of encouragement for Mandie all day long. I was so ridiculously proud of both of them from watching how they handled this first-time life experience.

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What a sweet, sweet time in the life of this family.

Praise Jesus for little Briseis.

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