Monthly Archives: August 2013

A Big Happy Family | Houston Family Photographer

I’m a little behind on blogging lately — life has been pretty hectic around here lately!  But I’m excited to share this fun family’s session from two weeks ago.  This big family is a little bit Brady Bunch-esque in the makeup of their family, but you can tell that everyone gets along so well and everyone has a great sense of humor!  It made my job easy to capture the fun.

Houston extended family photo session

Family groupings at extended family session by Buffalo Bayou

Three generations - grandmother with adult daughters and granddaughter

Extended family sitting around baby on blanket

Everyone loves the baby! Extended family photo session

Mom and dad with baby - Family Portrait in Houston, Texas

August Letters to My Son | Personal Photos

This post is part of an ongoing blog circle with several other woman photographers, writing monthly letters to our children.  Link to the next letter is at the bottom of this post.  It’s been a great way for me to document more intentionally the connection I have with my son, born in April, despite the chaos of our daily lives!

Dear Benjamin,

I love you.  This last month has been wild and stressful and full — and I feel like the last couple of weeks in particular have been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to slow down, breathe, and just tell you that I love you.

Baby boy 3 month old photos

I started back at my full-time job on August 1, hitting the ground running with 9-hour workdays, and obviously that has been a huge change for both of us.  You, of course, are faring slightly better than I am in the transition.  You’re the happy-go-luckiest boy, so laidback and happy, that you love daycare and have taken to the bottle like a champ.  Mama?  Not so easy — between work, pumping, the photography business, chores, and everything else that fills every nook and cranny of my time — I am realizing at the end of the day how very lucky I am, to have had the four months home with you that I did.  I won’t say that I want to go back to those times, because I love working.  But I do miss you, and our peaceful times at home when you just want to look around the room and be held.

You went to your four-month pediatric appointment last week, and we found out that you are in the 95th percentile in length, and around 50th percentile in weight and head size.  So as much as we keep going back and forth about who you look most like (still cycling between Brad and me), now it seems that my dad may have some influence on you, too.  You’re healthy and sweet, but I don’t have a lot more to share on your developmental milestones.  I think we do have some second child laziness going on here, because I just haven’t been watching you with milestones in mind, and I’m approaching things in a very when-you-get-there-you-get-there kind of way.  I guess you’re not rolling, though you do roll from tummy to back fairly well.  You’re reaching for things with some sense of purpose, and pulling them to your face (especially blankets and your froggy pacifier).  Brad tried to get you to hold your own bottle, but you aren’t quite there yet.  You laugh some, smile a lot, and your cries have gotten a little more controlled than they used to be.  You’re still mostly a good sleeper, though it seems that on the days we’re most stressed, you tend to want to eat until the wee hours.

Some highlights of the last month were getting to meet some baby boy friends and spending time visiting suburbia (you’ve now visited League City and Katy, in addition to Sugar Land and Humble — travelin’ man); you’ve been watched by babysitters a few weekday evenings, allowing your dad and me to have a few dates; you’ve tried a little cereal, about which I am skeptical but following the wisdom of your doctor and daycare; you’ve been to the Galleria with me as I went to rebuild my work wardrobe.  Elodie visits you during the day at daycare, and calls you “Elodie’s baby,” and gives you many kisses.  A funny story from this month is from this past weekend — our power went out, so we spent the night out at Nana and Grandpa’s for the first time since you’ve been born.  We ran into a snag since we only have one portable crib set up, and you ended up sleeping… in a dresser drawer pulled out on the floor next to our bed!  It was very old-timey and hilarious (except that it was not the greatest night of sleep of your life or ours).

Thank you for enduring all of the stress with us, and I will try to slow down a little for the next few months.

Love, Mom

Now you can click through to the next blog in our circle, and read Kelly’s letter to her little one.

The Wang Family | Houston Family Photographer

This family was so sweet with their 18 month old daughter!  She was so playful and fun, and even though she was a little shy at first, she was ready to run after warming up to me.  I loved her sense of style and we had a great time getting some energy out on a Saturday morning.  Even better? We barely missed some much-appreciated rain, that started rolling through the bayou area about fifteen minutes after we ended our session!  So glad we got lucky and captured this fun little girl’s personality.

Fall Mini Sessions | Houston Photographer

I can’t believe we’re already halfway through August, and that much closer to Fall!  Things have been busy around here, and I’m happy to announce that I will be offering Fall mini sessions this October!  Since there are a limited number of weekends and I’m already starting to book up for the rest of the year, I want to offer mini sessions again, to get everyone in just in time for holiday cards.  With the “annual family photo” in mind I’ve structured the mini sessions a little differently this time:

When & Where:  Saturday, October 12th, inside the loop

Price:  $125 plus tax

What you get:  A 20-30 minute session with a gallery of 8-10 edited photos; receive digitals in color and black & white for 1 image of your choice.  And if you’d like to purchase the entire gallery, you can do so for an additional $50.

There is a limit of 5 people per mini session time slot.

Whether you are interested in a mini or standard session, be sure and book today!  There is a very limited number of sessions still available this Fall.

Gemma is One! | Houston Family Photographer

I loved seeing this little girl and her family again, especially now that she is turning one!  We met along Buffalo Bayou inside the loop, and Gemma was in a great mood, even with the heat. She has such an intentional way about her, and it was fun to see her observe me with my camera, and play with her sweet doll.  I loved the story behind this family heirloom, and think it’s wonderful that she has been able to enjoy the same handmade toy that her mom did as a baby.  I hope she has a great first birthday!

Family with daughter - first birthday photos

Girl in navy and white dress - one year old

Baby girl held to standing

Girl with red flower headband - one year old photos

One year old with family - Houston photos

Adorable one year old girl