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What you will remember…

I was inspired this morning.  While surfing Facebook this morning I stumbled upon a video of a friend of many of my friends who recently lost her battle with Breast Cancer.  She was very young and had two small children.  There was a slide show of photos that someone had put together and posted on her page.  I was watching the video and couldn’t help but think about my own kids and the things I would want them to remember about me and the moments I would want them to look back on and smile.  As I watched the slideshow, I realized that the photos where everyone was posed and looking at the camera were nice…but they didn’t “move” me.  Oh but the ones where she was pulling her little girl in tight and kissing her cheek while the little one squirmed…now that is a moment that little girl will look back and be able to KNOW how much her mommy loved her.  She will be able to see how her mommy looked at her with adoration.  We forget as parents that our kids love us for exactly who we are, with our imperfections that we fret over.  I think with Facebook and all of the social media many of us want to post the “perfect” family photo and make sure that everything looks just “perfect” before we post it for the world and all of our “friends” to see (and the people we don’t really even like, but want to impress).  I am encouraged this morning to embrace my family and kids and the moments we have together as they come…imperfect and all.  I want to encourage all of my clients as well, when you look at your images and choose them…make sure they are moments and memories you and your kids will remember if something were to ever happen.  I will leave you with a few images that may not be my very “best” images, but they are moments that were shared between families during sessions that I LOVE!  Have a wonderful week!




August 14, 2012 - 9:46 am

Cat Neumayr - You are so right. I love all these pictures. :) They are true treasures!

August 14, 2012 - 10:00 am

Erica S. - Amen sister.

August 14, 2012 - 5:06 pm

Rhonda Elder - Love every single photo capturing true emotion and reality.

August 20, 2012 - 1:53 pm

Brooke Bundy - Agreed! You are always able to capture those moments – I’m so glad for that, too! :) These are all wonderful.

November 13, 2013 - 1:46 pm

Heather B. Randall - This morning I flipped on my computer and was very touched by an article a family member of mine posted on facebook. I took the time to read the entire article, which left me with a pit in my stomach. This is not a new pit. I have felt this pit for some time as I have watched the evil in the world unfold all around us. Senseless killings of innocent lives including little ones and the unborn, financial issues like never before, freedoms being ripped out of the hands of Americans, that consequently, in a way, voted for these things to happen. I see God being pushed further and further from the world… as the arms of the “unknowing” open wider to receive the “father of lies.” I see health care debates to the point it is dividing families and all I can do is wonder how in the world, the world keeps settling for this mess of chaos.

October 13, 2014 - 6:57 pm

Houston Wedding Photographer - Reality every single photo capturing is very wonderful.

Welcome little sis!

Meet English!  Isn’t that a precious name?!  We had an exciting time with these…ha!  Big brother Rhodes was on the go!  He played so hard that by the time we were done he was snoozing away for a nap.  We snuck in and snapped a few shots with he and English side by side and they are some of my favorites from this session!  Such a beautiful family!

February 19, 2014 - 8:12 pm

Veronica Rodriguez - Hi I was wondering if you do sweet 15tb birthdays (Quinceanera’s) I need a photographer for June 14th 2014… I still don’t know the times, but I will need you for church part, reception & the dance.. & how much you charge

July 7, 2015 - 12:55 pm

Elizabeth Padilla - Hello, my name is Elizabeth Padilla and I was just wondering how much you would charge for birthday pictures? I have two daughters that have the same birthday, my youngest is turning 1 & my oldest will be 3.

in the mood for black and white…

I love all of these black and white images!  Meet Ashton…a sweet little miracle!  Ashton was born premature, and my sweet niece Laikyn helped make a special spot in my heart for premies (and their mommy’s and daddy’s).  I was so excited when Brandi called to see if I would come to their home and take Ashton’s first pictures! Isn’t’ she a doll!  She may be little, but she will rule the roost I believe! Here is her families blog.  Enjoy!

already a year…

I really can’t believe it has been a year since my sister and brother-in-law became parents!  It seems like just yesterday that my mom, kayla, and I were in On the Border having lunch when Kayla showed me pictures of a sweet teeny tiny baby girl that she hoped would be hers. You can see some early pictures I took of her here.   Laikyn has no idea just how lucky she is and what a huge plan God had for her.  He knew she would need someone to love her and He had prepared Kurt and Kayla’s hearts to do that through some times of heartache.  It’s so hard for us to remember that His timing really is perfect, but as I look back it is so easy to see in their story.  Enough sappy sister tears…look at this baby girl!! It moves my heart every time she turns on one of those signature smiles!  She has started this thing where she tries not to smile and it is the cutest little smirk ever!  She has come so far in just one year! Happy Birthday Laiky Loo!!

July 13, 2012 - 2:36 am

Debra - These pictures are so good. Laikyn is definately a little blessing.