Monthly Archives: May 2013

My daughter and her duckie | Personal Photos

Toddler girl with lovey stuffed animal portrait

We’ve had quite a day today.  This is my daughter with her lovey — a little musical duck that she has slept with since she was only a few months old — taken yesterday at home.  Today, she had to have some minor surgery (ear issues) and was anesthetized, so she woke up a couple of hours ago in pain and just out of sorts in general.  She’s taking a nap now, with her duckie held tightly in her arms.  I’ve taken this weekend off to help her recuperate, and I’ll be back out with some new sessions and some announcements next week!

Tulips | Flower Macro Photos

I received these tulips for Mother’s Day from my husband, and they were so gorgeous!  Tulips are possibly my favorite flower — my wedding bouquet consisted of yellow & white tulips, yellow & white roses, and white hydrangea — and this colorful Mother’s Day bouquet lasted for several days, which I can never seem to get cut tulips to do.  Don’t they just make you happy?

Speaking of happy, we have had a happy and busy last week or so!  We’re in the process of selling our home and moving from our current location, just south of the Heights, to the Upper Kirby area. Our family is so excited, but there’s a lot to be done!  So you may see me blogging a little less over the next couple of weeks as we deal with all of that.  June will be a great month for photos, I’m so excited about all of the sessions that are coming up!  I’m now booking for July, so contact me to book today!

Keisha and Andrew, Waiting on Baby | Houston Maternity Photographer

I met Keisha and Andrew at Discovery Green on Sunday and it was a beautiful summer day!  Hot, but beautiful, and many families were out enjoying the park and free live music.  I was amazed by Keisha’s awesome style, and for daring to rock such cute shoes while pregnant!  My own balance is nowhere near good enough for that!  I loved meeting this fun couple while they wait on their precious little girl to arrive.

Keisha's maternity photos - backlit in the park

Keisha's maternity photos - collage

Keisha's maternity photos - excited couple

Keisha's maternity photos - beautiful black & white

Keisha's maternity photos - big expectations

Heather’s Beautiful Family | Houston Child Photographer

This is the final post of my “Mother’s Day” mini sessions — you may recall that the night before the last mini session date was very wet and rainy in Houston.  As a result, the ground was pretty soggy and, in places, muddy.  We decided that morning to reschedule Heather’s session, since she has two little ones and they both have so much energy that we would have ended up with a big mess that day.  Instead, we met up in the same park this past Saturday, when conditions were much drier!  Plus, we enlisted her husband’s help with the kids, and got some really cute shots of the whole family.  I just loved their sweet daughter, and their son is so very pensive and serious, which I think is captured here!  One of my favorite moments of the session was when his sister picked up a bird feather and was threatening to tickle him with it… his response?  “That has germs”!  Happy belated Mother’s Day to Heather, you’ve raised your kids right!

Heather Family and Sibling Photos

Heather Siblings - Menil Park

Heather Family Photo - Menil Park

My other favorite moment from the session was at the very end, when this little guy asked me if I could take just one more picture — then he ran over to this tree and sat down!  His sister followed right behind and we got this cute shot!

Heather Siblings - Menil Park

P.S., if you recognize Heather from elsewhere on the website, it is because I photographed her twin sister back in February!

May Letters to Our Children | Personal Photos

This post is part of a monthly blog circle with 15 other talented women who are writing letters to their children as a personal photography project.

Dear Ben,

What a month it’s been!  You’ve gone from being this little lump (albeit a sweet one) to being another tiny person living in our home.  I love to hold you, to look into your eyes as you inspect me, and when you smiled at me this week so intentionally, my heart swelled so much.  It seems like a cliche to say that you seem to be a sensitive younger brother to your boisterously energetic older sister, but at six weeks old, this is the case.  You smile at her, which I find amazing.  You light up when she puts her face so close to yours, and you squirm in her direction as she tries to hug and poke at you.  I need to do a better job of capturing this in photos, because it’s just wonderful.

We’ve spent the month exploring — that, and sleeping.  You’re big enough now that I have ventured out with you; we’ve lunched together, grocery shopped together, and run various other errands together.  We’ve gone for walks with all of us.  We’ve driven out to Nana and Grandpa’s house, and we’ve had playdates.  We’ve been to church.  It’s been an eventful handful of weeks, with your world expanding.  We’ve explored at home, too, as you’ve started reaching for your mobile above your swing, and you’ve spent more time on your tummy.

Not that it’s all sunshine; you still aren’t sleeping through the night in the same way that El was at your age (the comparisons begin), and your fussy time of night every evening leaves us ragged.  But, all that aside, it’s still amazing to me that only 7 weeks ago, I was praying for your safe delivery and setting up these shots with this plan in mind.  Here you are at about a month old, wriggling out of my arms, and letting me know that my plans don’t matter very much to you — but that everything works out anyway.

Friday was your dad and I’s fifth wedding anniversary, and we spent a lot of time reflecting on how lucky we are to have found each other, and to have such a family as ours.  You and your sister are an extension of our love, and as much as we loved getting out of the house for our date (you stayed home with Nana for the first time), everything we do and are now comes to fullness in you two.  Part of me wants to freeze time, even though I hate it when I hear other mothers saying that; but a powerful part of me wants to see you continuing to grow.  Because, let’s face it, you’re getting more interesting everyday.  Just keep giving me these looks and I’ll know we did something right.

Love, Mom

Follow the entire blog circle by clicking through to the next blog, a letter by Allie Shellaway.