Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Sweetest Seven-Month-Old | Houston Baby Photographer

Miss A. was absolutely the sweetest seven-month-old.  Our session back in September was so much fun — it was the first day of fall, and the first day that it felt like it, too.  A gorgeous morning, gorgeous family, and gorgeous light made this a really laidback session, and through all of her outfit changes, this little one stayed so happy to be out at the park with her parents.

Nothing says the start of fall like some school spirit!

I’m slowly getting caught up on blogging this fall’s sessions!  While I am no longer booking sessions in 2013, I still have a lot to share!

October 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,

Six months old.  Where to start — you are a wild thing lately.  You want to play, constantly, and we love it, but it’s also a little exhausting.  You are still loving your jumping toy, and we still need the swing to calm you down for the night, but this month your interaction with these toys has grown — in the jumperoo, you turn around and play with each toy, moving everything that you can move, shaking everything you can shake; in the swing, you can reach up and grab the animals hanging from your mobile, that you only stared at in the past.

Your milestones this month leave me feeling just a little sad to be “losing” your babyhood, but I cheer myself up thinking of all the fun things to come.  This month we said goodbye to nursing (almost completely, and at the end of October we will really be finished).  You’ve also started eating real solid foods, purees, and the ladies at your daycare couldn’t be happier, since you are such a hungry man and they always have trouble satisfying you.  You’ve eaten bananas, apples, pears, prunes, squash, sweet potatoes, green beans… you even tried a little avocado (not a fan of that one).

I hope you continue to enjoy eating, because you need to play catch-up a bit with your weight — due to your ear infections (after September’s double ear infections, you managed to have another set of double infections a couple of weeks later), you had a puny appetite and at your six month checkup you were lagging behind on your development curve when it came to weight.  For height (or length, as it’s still measured by), you are still in the top 90th percentile.  This continues to amuse me a great deal.

The last 5 weeks have been doctor-filled, between your ear infections, six month checkup, and visit to the ENT.  I mentioned in my last letter to you that I would be taking you to the ENT if you continued to have problems, and I made good on that — but we won’t make a decision about the tubes until next month.  One more chance for you to get all this fluid out, bub, and then it’s time for us to take action.  Elodie can tell you, it isn’t too scary the first time, and better to do it when you’re little than when you get a bit older (and have to wait longer in the morning before the surgery without food or water).  Maybe it won’t come to that… but I’m thinking we’ll be seeing more of our doctor in the next 5 weeks, too.

You aren’t quite sitting up yet on your own, but you are very close to crawling already.  This weekend you started doing this little wind-up thing when you are on the floor, in which you get up on your hands and knees and just rock yourself forward & back.  It’s pretty cute, but I’m trying to savor these weeks in which you are still a pretty stationary guy.  Would you believe me if I tried to convince you that mobility is overrated?  Even though you are still quite a ways away from pulling up, we still felt it prudent to lower your crib mattress, which feels like a milestone in its own way.

I love everything about you, Ben.  Your smiles are getting even more coy and playful, and your cries are becoming “vocalizations” now.  I love your tiny grip, the way you search for food, and the way you watch your sister when she sings for you.  I love how you are in the process of figuring out this whole eating thing, from eating from the spoon, to holding your own bottle (or letting Elodie try to help feed you).  Most of all, I love how, even with the stress of the workday and our routine, you always know the right gurgle or face to make me laugh.

Love, Mom

Thanks for reading!  Now you can click through to the next blog in our circle, and read Carrie’s letter to one of her children!

Little Lynlee | Houston Newborn Photographer

I was so happy to meet this little girl after meeting the rest of her family back in July.  Her mom put together such a cute little setup to incorporate her toddler son in the session, and it turned out adorably.  Of course, we got plenty of other beautiful shots of Lynlee on her own, and some photos of her in her nursery with her parents.  She was a little bit restless at 10 days old but so very sweet, and I can already tell she and her big brother are going to have a special relationship!

Newborn and big brother with toy cars

Newborn baby and big brother

Newborn girl on neutral blanket

Black and white newborn macro photos

Newborn baby with toddler brother

Princess newborn girl with parents by window

Newborn girl on neutral blanket

Petting Zoo for the Big 2 | Houston Event Photographer

This guy’s second birthday party was such a blast!  His parents did such an outstanding job planning this party, from the petting zoo and horse rides, to the snacks, barbecue, and favors.  Everyone had a great time, especially the cute little birthday boy.  He ran from one animal to the next with a handful of hay, and had a great time seeing his friends!  It was a perfect morning, and I’m so glad I was able to help capture it!

2nd birthday party - barn themed with petting zoo

Horse rides second birthday party

2nd birthday barn party - haystack

Boy's second birthday party - barn animals

I know I’ve been pretty behind in blogging and I am going to get caught up this month for sure!  Things have been busy around here and they will continue to be through November!  Stay tuned for some cute newborn photos, maternity photos, and of course family photos coming to the blog soon!

The H Family | Houston Family Photographer

This is one of my favorite families — we’ve always been able to relate well with each other with our toddlers going through the same hilarious and exhausting personality developments — but I have to say, this was a tough session.  Not because of toddler craziness or even the heat, but the mosquitoes were completely, completely out of control.  Definitely the worst weekend we had all summer for mosquitoes, and the grassy Montrose-area park we had our session in was swarming with them.  This was in early August, and I still have the marks from the 30+ bites that I got (and that’s with bug spray).  One of the disadvantages of being the one behind the camera… no hands to swat away bugs!  Regardless, this family did a great job of brushing it off, and we got some adorable photos of their family of 3, plus baby on the way.

Family of three sitting on bench photos

Family under oak tree photos

Family under oak tree and maternity composite

Family on bench

Mom, Dad, and toddler son

Toddler boy with pregnant mom belly

Thanks for looking!  I am booked for full sessions through the end of the year but there is still time to book a mini session on October 12th, details found here.