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Ten on Ten: August | Personal Photos

For this month’s ten on ten, I’m sharing photos from our long weekend trip to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) in Vietnam. No, I would not recommend anyone with young children to ever travel there — logistics and safety -wise, it was an absolute nightmare — but we’re glad to be able to put into context some history and to have seen a taste of a culture totally outside of our everyday. We stayed at the Hotel Continental Saigon, which is right in the middle of the old French society, and also the center of a lot of history with the Vietnam war journalist scene. On this particular day, we ventured out to see the Jade Emperor Pagoda, and spent the afternoon lounging around Dong Khoi street (the old Rue Catinat) near our hotel.

As with most outings, we couldn’t miss getting some Ca Phe Sua Da, or iced sweet coffee (intense filtered coffee with condensed milk).

The Jade Emperor Pagoda was a lot less polished-looking than our guidebook had led us to believe, but it seemed to be a legitimate place of buddhist/confucianist/taoist worship of some kind — there were a lot of people lighting up incense, and quietly making offerings and praying.

Back on Dong Khoi at the former Place Garnier… we had a great view of the Opera House, and it was just a few steps away.

This view of our hotel really showcases the traffic situation, and the general ambience of Ho Chi Minh City. Motorbikes everywhere, and every which way. No lines on the streets, no order, no right of way — just filth-spewing bikes speeding past every intersection, and sometimes onto the sidewalks themselves. Oh my!

Now you can click through to the next blog in our ten on ten circle — Jessica’s blog.

Christin, Bob, & Baby P | Houston Maternity Photographer

I was so happy to photograph these two as they wait on the arrival of their first child! We met in downtown Houston and enjoyed slightly cooler temperatures (for the middle of summer) since it rained earlier in the day. It ended up being a beautiful evening, and this couple was a lot of fun. They were making jokes about not being able to hug around the baby, which made me laugh because I remember being pregnant like it was yesterday (since it practically was)!  It’s so obvious to anyone observing them that they are best friends — considerate, candid, loving, and goofy with each other, all at once — and that they are going to make awesome parents. Congratulations, Christin & Bob!

Maternity photos - happy couple

Maternity photos - hands holding belly

Pregnant couple in front of colorful wall - photo session

Maternity photos - couple in love

2014 Senior, Cara | Houston Senior Photographer

I’m so excited to share this senior session — Cara is a 2014 Senior and absolutely gorgeous!  Such an exciting year ahead of her, I wish her the best of luck as she goes into her final year in high school!

It’s definitely not too early to schedule your senior session with me, as I’m already scheduling sessions in September and later!  Contact me for more details.

Senior Photos - Houston

Urban 2014 Senior photo session - Houston

Senior portrait photo session

Beautiful 2014 Senior portrait - black & white - Houston

2014 Senior Photo session photos - urban Houston

Senior photo in front of colorful mural - downtown Houston

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