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This little beauty is about to turn 1 in just a few short weeks.  Her newborn photo graces the front page of my website, she’s changed so much since then!  Happy Birthday sweet baby girl!

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These two stole my heart this morning.  I knew he was sweet on his baby sister at her newborn session but the sweetness has grown by leaps and bounds (as have they!).  Taryn rarely took her eyes off Tino, always scanning to watch him.  And if she started to fuss, he was right there to kiss her hand or her forehead.  It was seriously the sweetest thing ever.

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You guys.  This post makes me feel old.  That beautiful girl up there, she was one of my first baby planners here in Austin after we moved our business from Louisiana.  She’s not a baby anymore.  She’s in Kindergarten!  That’s crazy pants.  I loved every second of catching up with her and her momma, and grandparents too.  So many memories came rushing back….her birth, all brand new, learning to crawl, walk, time flies.  I’m a lucky girl to get to pause it, just for a second, every now and then.

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I love it when my graduated baby planners come back for a session.  Oh my goodness, so fun to see how much she’s grown and changed in a year, she is a fun little toddler!  And her big brown eyes steal my heart every.single.time!

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After 5 years, our sessions are as much about catching up, chatting, laughing, visiting and praying, as they are about the photos.

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This is Grayson.  He’s a pretty awesome kid.  One I’m so super lucky to have met.  Do you ever feel that you were just meant to cross paths with certain people?  I know that sounds weird, but that’s exactly what it feels like with this family.  Thanks for letting me take your photo today buddy, it was an honor.

Every now and then one of my clients will ask me to photograph a birthday party.  It’s not something I get to do a lot of, but when I do, it’s always a blast!  Ty usually goes with me and we have often talked about him opening a side business of Life in Motion doing just birthday parties.  He really enjoys it and I love shooting with him.  He’s so good at it too.  He’s just so busy with homeschool and volunteering, we haven’t figure out a way to make it work yet with his schedule.  This particular party was AMAZING.  While I can’t share all the birthday party images because I don’t have releases on all the kiddos but I cannot resist sharing some of the details of this party.  Allyie is a rockstar party planner!  The details you can’t see that were so much fun included a Jedi Training Obstacle Course, the kids battling and taking down Darth Vader (and winning!) and lots and lots of light saber wars.  The party was a huge success and so FUN!  Scroll down to the bottom to see Ty getting in on the light saber wars, I couldn’t resist sharing those too.  Jack, you are so lucky to have such an awesome momma who puts so much time, love and attention in to your special day!  Happy Birthday buddy!

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Kids love Ty.  At the end of the party we were wrapping up and I spotted Ty and Greg in the middle of a light saber war.  PHOTOG DOWN!  PHOTOG DOWN!  Hilarious.

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This momma steals my heart every time we meet.  She is completely in love with her family, in such a big way.  That love comes through every call, every email, every minute of our time together.  I admire her and the way she embraces the chaos that 3 young children bring.  She smiles through it, throws her hands in the air and says “this is us”.  That’s the best, I love it.  The shots of Lucy learning to walk and the bum shots of her pinching her own belly….so sweet.  Elle’s profile shot and Nate with his Momma.  He was so sweet, he specifically requested photos of him with his mom this session.  Swoon!

Bluebonnets are horrible, rotten, no good, torturous things.  For real, y’all.  It was traumatizing….

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M pushing his sister over and seeing nothing but her little feet popped up, hilarious.  Once we moved them out of the torturous blue beasts they were just fine.  Wellllll, almost….

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It took a minute to recover from the horrible blue torture devices.  Hahaha….I’m so mean for thinking that’s funny.  But sweet babies, is laughing at you is wrong, I don’t want to be right.  See, they really were fine…

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On a more serious note, as many of you know, I do some charity work, photographing families with sick children, or offering up my services for several charities and programs I believe in.  Something I haven’t shared much though is something I’ve done since the beginning of my career and the opening of my business 9 years ago.  When life feels overwhelming, when I’m feeling down or just absorbed with my own world and problems, I try to find a way to bless someone else.  Sometimes it’s in the form of photography, because it’s an easy way for me to bless someone and a good way to give of myself.  There is something grounding for me about making people smile by showing them how beautiful they are, to give them the gift of images.  Not because I’m being paid, not because they booked a session, but because I have the ability to make them smile.  Focusing outward helps me forget about my problems for a little while.  Some of the sessions are sprinkled in with my work over the last 9 years, tucked in to this blog, lovingly, without mention.  I’m not posting this to brag or for a pat on the back.  I’m posting it to share what I do and how it works for me, in hopes you’ll be encouraged by it.  The next time you are feeling down, think about shaking it off by doing something nice and blessing someone else, using your talent or gift, no matter what it might be.  It works for me every single time.  It’s hard sometimes, when you feel overwhelmed and the kids/husband/dogs are making you crazy or life is just weighing down, but I can tell you, every time I give of myself, I get SO much more out of it in return.  It’s truly a gift to myself.  I want to be that example for my children.  I want them to see their mom getting out of her own head and going out to DO something.  If you are busy blessing others, you don’t have time to worry about things that don’t really matter all that much anyway.  This sweet momma and her babies being photographed was the result of me having a down day a few months back.  She’s in a moms group that I’m in and I knew she was having a tough year, one that I can really relate to.  I messaged her about a session and she was instantly so excited to have her sweet babies photographed!  I am sure there are a lot of professional photographers out there who would cringe at giving away free work.  That’s ok, I get it, we all have bills to pay and want people to see value in our work and the photography industry as a whole.  But the flip side is that I had the ability to make someone smile, to brighten her day, and as a result, it brightened mine too.  If you have a gift, share it.  If you can bless someone, do it.  I’ve yet to regret it.

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These two lovely people are getting married next May and I was lucky enough to get to capture them as they prepare for their wedding and marriage.  They are so well suited for one another and I know they have many happy years ahead!

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are up to something…I just know it ;)  That little twinkle in his eye gives it away!

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Their maternity mini session is still one of my all time favorites….their newborn session didn’t disappoint either.  I love so many of these, but the first two all the way up there, steal my heart.  When I arrived at their home there was a note on the door to go on in.  What I found was two brand new parents, marveling over this sweet baby girl.  I quickly grabbed my camera and shot those two photos, before the session even started.  She is so loved and it was wonderful to see how amazed they are with her.