I am so in love with these photos of the Wilson family.

Sure with two little ones the photos have a very small chance of coming out posed. But I think that’s what I love so much about them — they’re real.

Look at that pretty little family! I always get so especially connected to repeat clients, so you can imagine how connected I am to the Wilsons at their FOURTH session with me in the two years that I’ve been in business. At our first session Abby was just a little baby!! And Carter has grown up so much!

Those beautiful golden curls are killing me, Amanda.

Also, you and Joey are just flat-out adorable.

Eye. Lashes.

Carter for real cracks. me. up. in these two photos. I think I may have guffawed when I first saw them.

Darling, darling, darling.

 Oh man. I just so enjoy taking photos for your family, Wilsons.

This day.

Oh, this day.

This was the day I could have sworn I saw a flower melt. At the Arboretum. Photographing the Pilling family.

This group braved the Texas-in-July-2011 heat for some one-year-old portraits of sweet Peyton. Here’s a glimpse at just a few of my favorites from this session.

Meet the Murphy family.

I love them.

I love Louis and Shelby’s super-fun and nurturing parenting style. I love their kids’ entirely quirky sense of humor. I love that I babysat for Jettin and Maverick every week day for two full summers and some Christmas breaks back in high school. I love that the majority of that babysitting time was spent on the trampoline dancing to “I like to move it” or me taking pictures of the kids to put in a scrapbook for Shelby and Louis at the end of the summer. OOH! And snow-cones. Can’t forget the snow-cones.

Like I said, I love this family.

As I mentioned in my previous post, Shelby was having me take some headshots for her and decided to go ahead and add on a family session as well. I was thrilled. The Murphy’s wanted photos that were very “them” so they decided to do the entire shoot in their home.

This above pose was totally Mav’s idea. And so totally Maverick.

These photos of Mav were taken in his favorite room of the house — the game room.

Thank you, Murphy family, for letting me document a portion of this beautiful season in the life of your sweet family.

Everyone welcome the Cravens family to Texas. Yeehaw.

Or something like that?

Andrea, Kevin and lil Logan recently moved to Texas from Colorado so, while the premise of this shoot was to mark Logan’s third birthday, it also marks this family’s new beginning in Texas.

They wanted a shoot that felt Texas, so my thought was wide open spaces. Throw in Logan’s cute fishing pole and tackle box and we have an inspired shoot.

That stick he’s holding in the above photos is one he found before I even snapped a single picture, so it also became a staple in the shoot.

This is something I love about photographing children — they’re so honest. Before they’re trained like the rest of us to see a camera and slap on a grin, they look at a camera and let us see them, in that moment. I feel Logan’s thoughts in this photo above — inquisitiveness, being held, short-lived stillness.

I was honored, being the Texan that I am, that I got to show the Cravens family their first indian paintbrush. I grew up with my MaMa reading me a book about indian paintbrushes, so they’re near and dear to my Texas heart.

I asked Logan if he saw any flowers in the field as beautiful for his momma and asked if he wanted to pick any for her.

He did.

That’s a sweet boy.

I really loved the energy that Andrea and Kevin brought to the shoot — they really knew how to bring out the “silly” in Logan.

I love the transition from the stillness of this above photo . . .

. . . to the fluidity of THIS above photo.


Gosh, y’all are such cute parents.

Who knew a little boy’s struggle to put his hands in his pockets could be so endearing?

This is his angry face . . . which kind of makes me feel like I’m talking about a Mr. Potato Head, but nevertheless . . .

Andrea and Kevin were both so active in the shoot and kept giving Logan faces to make — I think it aided the shoot in producing pictures that were wholly “Logan.”

I loved every second of this next sequence:

Punch, punch. Fall, pounce. ROAR. Jump.

I’m in love with these images of Logan high-fiving his mom.

Ah! I can’t remember what exactly this is called, but this is how Logan gets ready to run REALLY FAST. Flash?

And we’ll end it here — with Logan leading his parents off to get donuts as his prize for doing so well.

Cravens family — y’all were a real treat to photograph. Thank you for giving Logan permission to be so silly, and for being silly parents yourselves. My hope is that these images capture your family as it is in this moment — full of sweet, silly, loveliness.


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