Ms. T | Austin Child Photographer

She was only a willing participant in these because I told her how long her hair looks and she wanted to see it in pictures.  Her hair is finally finally growing!  She’s gotten so tall these last few months, I swear she’s taller than some of the freshman at Ty’s high school.  I just googled it and she’s in the 95% for height at 7 years old.  This means I’m just a few inches over a foot taller than her.  Ouch.  She also has one wiggly tooth in the front on the bottom.  She asks me to see if it is close to falling out every.single.day.  She also reminds me every.single.day that I promised not to deliver Jonah while she is asleep.  She’s afraid she’ll miss it and I promised that won’t happen.  My sweet girl, who cried for days and days about not having a sister, is jump up and down excited about this little boy and his impending birth.  In fact, most mornings, she cuddles with the belly and talks to him way before she even mutters a good morning to me.  She’s smitten with him already and I love every second of it.

2012-09-19T17:46:30-05:00September 19th, 2012|Austin Photographer, My Family|

Joan turns 2!


Still catching up from the fall.  Oh sweet Joan, how I love following you around several times a year.  I still marvel that your birth wasn’t just the other day.  I’m dying to share the birthday party her parents hired me to capture, but I don’t have model releases on everyone.  It was so much fun and so cute, Jennifer is such a great party planner.  Even my crazy kiddos got in on the fun.  We had a blast.  I’m so thrilled to get to follow Jane and Joan around for another year in 2012.

2012-02-08T07:32:36-05:00February 8th, 2012|Client Work|

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1.  Yesterday on the way home from preschool Taryn chatted in the backseat about the clouds and the sky.  Then all of a sudden I hear…..”Mommy, I bet God is old, you know, reaaaallllly oooooooooold.”  So I asked her how old she thinks God is and she said “thirty“.  Awesome.  I’m older than God.  And I thought older than dirt was bad.  That’s ok, its not quite as bad as the time when Ty was about her age and asked my Mom what it was like to live when the dinosaurs roamed the earth….bwahahaha!

2.  Another car thing….when we leave our house we have a choice of two entrances to our neighborhood to leave through, one to the right, one to the left.  One of those choices also leads to Lily’s house.  If I happen to go that way Teagan automatically assumes we’re going to see Lily and will start yelling “I love Lily!” within 10 feet of us leaving the driveway.  Well the other day Taryn piped up with a “Lily is my best friend, I love Lily!” and Teagan scowled at her.  To which Taryn replied with “Bud, your best friend is Daddy, cause he’s all drooly and crazy just like you“.  HA!

3.  Man a lot of stuff happens in our car…..Taryn and Teagan’s car seats are right next to each other in the backseat.  The other day it was just Taryn and I in the car when I heard “Teagan stop it, don’t touch me!“.  I thought about it for a second, looked in the mirror to make sure he wasn’t back there (and to verify I wasn’t the crazy one!) and said “Taryn, Teagan’s not even in the car!?”  She giggled and said “oh yeah”  HA!  Habit, I guess!

4.  My duder loves his Chi Chi’s (cheerios).

5.  I think this study is really interesting.  Probably because I’m a little guilty myself.  Or maybe a lot.

6.  I really, really, really want an updated photo like this but with all 3 of my kids.  I can’t return to this spot because there is now a house residing right there.  I just need a great sunset and a new spot (I have one in mind) and a somewhat calm evening.  Eh, forget the calm, you won’t be able to tell if they are screaming right?  Soon, very soon.

7.  This is beautiful.  Totally inspired.

8.  My sleepy little man has been taking lots of extra naps due to his sleep apnea.  His doctors aren’t comfortable doing the surgery (due to his asthma) until flu season is over.  Until then, we’ll continue to find him in random places of the house all snuggled up with his blankie and of course, catnaps in the car….

9.  Can you believe the crazy guy who flew a plane into a building in Austin?  We drive by that building all the time and it’s very close to where Jason works.  He could see the black smoke out of his office window.  Scary.  I had to drive by there to get to my session this morning and wow, it looks bad on the news but in person, it’s so overwhelming.  I can’t imagine being in that building when it hit and really feel it’s a miracle more people weren’t injured or killed.  Driving by it this morning made me wonder how anyone survived.  My heart goes out to everyone in that building, all the witnesses on the road that day and to the pilot’s wife and daughter, their lives are forever changed.  So sad.

10.  Have you ever been over to visit The Savvy Photographer?  If not, you should, great site (I advertise for The Birth Experience mentoring program over there I love it so much!).  If you click over, be sure to check out this studio tour….good gosh I never knew I wanted a natural light studio until the moment I laid eyes on that one!

11.  The Birth Experience Mentoring Program applications are still open!  Members, be sure to check the forum for a call for images, I’m creating some video tutorials that will take you through my step by step editing process on some of your portrait and birth images!

2010-02-20T16:35:05-05:00February 20th, 2010|Announcements, Austin Photographer, My Family|

Dealing For Duchenne | Austin Photographer

Meet Timmy.

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Timmy is bright.

And curious.

He has a big smile and an even bigger heart.

Timmy is about the sweetest thing I’ve ever met.  He immediately stole my heart with his beautiful eyes and inquisitive nature.

Several years ago, Timmy was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscluar Dystrophy (DMD).  What’s that?  Yeah, I didn’t know either.  So I started researching, and reading, and crying.  As a mother of two boys, how could I have NOT known about DMD?  1 in 3,500 boys has it.  Over 20,000 babies per year are born with it.  And there is no cure. No cure.  How can that be?  The number one genetic killer of little boys.  And there is no cure.  Let that soak in for a minute and it will hit close to home.

Timmy’s parents did what any parent would do, they hit the ground running and began to fight for their son.  Their efforts led them to Mack & Sally Brown at the University of Texas. Timmy and his family touched their hearts in a big way.

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When Coach Brown won the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award, he donated the award of $10,000  to Cure Duchenne.  But he and Sally didn’t stop there! They will be hosting the First Annual Dealing For Duchenne Casino Night fundraiser here in Austin on May 1, 2010.  They know that every penny, every effort, brings us one step closer to saving little boys like Timmy.  Little boys who are usually wheelchair bound during their childhood, many of whom won’t live to see their high school graduation.  As I was photographing Timmy today, I couldn’t help but wonder why?  And think about how unfair it is.  And I know that those thoughts aren’t a fraction compared to what his family goes through.  My heart truly goes out to them.  I spotted this sign in the hallway today and when I stopped to take a photo of it, I heard Timmy’s dad walk up behind me and whisper “I’m counting on it…..”

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These are just a quick sneak peek of a few of the images we captured today.  A huge thank you to Timmy and his family, you are truly an inspiration!  I can’t wait to see you again.  Thank you to Mack & Sally Brown for your time today and your big hearts and kind spirits.  Julie, for all your hard work and coordination, I know the kids had a blast at the stadium and having full run of the field too!  And MC for assisting me today.  I’ll be sharing many more photos of this beautiful family in the near future!!

You can click here to learn more about DMD.  If your heart calls you to help find a cure for Duchenne, please click here.  Every penny counts!

HOOK EM!

2010-01-23T00:46:28-05:00January 23rd, 2010|Client Work|

sweet | salado child and family photographer

As soon as I determined the location of this client, I immediately offered to go to her.  Forget meeting in the middle or driving in to Austin….Salado.  One word that makes my little photographer heart sing.  Best little town I’ve come across for photos in a long, long time.  It’s overwhelming…everywhere you turn, texture, light, opportunity.  I haven’t been back there since I photographed my own family there on Mother’s Day.  Gosh that was a rough day.  I’ve been wanting to go back with a client (read:  people much easier to photograph than my own hooligans) and today was the day!

Miss A just turned two and was a dream to photograph.  I love her hair and her big, bright brown eyes but what struck me the most was her sweet demeanor….

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Just thumbing through the photos while I download, I love how diverse this session is.  I can’t wait to dive in to them!  Thanks for meeting up with me tonight girls, it was fun!!

2009-11-15T19:33:29-05:00November 15th, 2009|Austin Photographer, Client Work|

a little holiday spirit | austin holiday photographer

Holiday sessions are in full gear and it’s totally putting me in the holiday spirit a little early!  I got to meet up with Miss A tonight.  She’s grown so much since I saw her at this time last year!  We battled the cold and some major wind (but not the rain!  woot!) and won =)

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This little beauty’s mommy is none other than the fabulous wedding coordinator extraordinaire behind Something To Celebrate in Austin.  If you’re in the market for a wedding coordinator or event planner, definitely check her out!

Jessica, I can’t wait to show you the rest!  Your beautiful girl threw so many smiles my way I don’t even know where to start!!

2009-10-29T17:31:23-05:00October 29th, 2009|Austin Photographer, Client Work|
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