it always amazes me | austin baby photographer

It always amazes me how fast babies grow and change, but I was not prepared to see these two little guys go from this….

to this….

and this….

….in only three short months!  uhm, hello!??!  I cannot get over how big and chubby they are.  Soooo cute!  ((and don’t worry mom & dad, we got together shots too, a few smiles and a whole lot more chub!I))

2009-06-14T21:14:25-05:00June 14th, 2009|Austin Photographer, Client Work|

a morning of firsts | austin newborn photographer

I thought I’d come back and share more of this squishy little guy as I’m working on getting their order ready today. To say his parents are over the moon that he’s here, would be an understatement….

I love these two.  I always think back to the place I lived when I brought my babies home and remember that moment, so I love capturing a little glimpse of that at newborn sessions….

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but little stinker was wide awake….

I love this series too…this was the very first time he was in his crib.

faves….so tender

We pulled out all the stops and tried all my normal tricks to get him to sleep, but the poor little guy was just so overtired.  He was actually due for his first full underwater bath since his cord stump fell off.  We thought for sure that would wear him out.  I was so happy to be there to photograph it and he was happy as a clam in the water.

The bath did him in.  A quick nursing session, a warm blanket and a few snuggles with his mommy and he was out….

Fave!  Just look at those cheeks!!

E & M – thank you for letting me be there to capture your little guy so tiny and new!  It was an honor to be there for so many of his firsts and I am thrilled you love the photos we captured that day.  I cannot wait to see your wall display come together and hope you enjoy the images for many years to come!


My session for today got rescheduled due to location issues so I’m off to see “UP” with my favorite little girl and my guys are off to Lowes to do a little fun building.  Saturdays rock.  Happy weekend!!

2009-06-13T06:17:37-05:00June 13th, 2009|Austin Photographer, Client Work, My Family|

another fabulous set of 3 | austin family photographer

I last saw them at Christmas and they are all just as adorable as ever (and all 3 look way taller too!).  They are seriously the most polite, well mannered and loving kids.  Did I mention beautiful too?

So happy to have caught that one.  As a momma of 3, I know how hard it is to catch all 3 in one photo annnnnd looking happy!  Score!!

I had a reeeealllly hard time picking photos for your sneak peek.  I know she looks all hip and girlie here, but the reality is she took a quick pause from digging in the pile of dirt in front of her to look up at me, ha!

love this….

Last shot of the day.  Believe it or not, this is the same field where a massive amount of bluebonnets once lived.  It just keeps giving and giving.

Thanks for making the long drive out you guys!  As always, it was a pleasure to hang out with you for awhile!

((I have a lot of thoughts and appreciation for the post below but I will come back and share them another time.  Just wanted to say thank you until then!))

2009-05-31T20:37:53-05:00May 31st, 2009|Austin Photographer, Client Work|

beautiful inside and out | austin maternity photographer

Many of you know MC.  Or if you don’t know her personally, you’ve heard me talk about her.  She is a local that I mentor.  But more importantly, she’s now my friend.  She is strong, and gracious, and kind.  She has a positive attitude about her life and her loves.  She is an awesome mom and a strong, faithful wife.  She embraces life and the beautiful things around her and I admire her so much for the woman she is.  I am so proud of where she is taking her photography, a place with intention and an open heart.  I told Jason I was nervous about our session tonight and he said “why?!  you go out shooting with MC all the time?”  Because I really wanted her images so reflect the beauty and strength that so many others see in her.  I hope these do.

And now, as promised in 10 on Tuesday this week….a little funny.  Remember this maternity mentoring session MC and I did together?  Well at one point during the session I asked MC to “go stand over there and act pregnant so I can test the light”….you know, to mimic the client.  She walked over and struck a post, E, our model, throws out a “when are you due?!” and MC threw back a “SHUT IT”.  ((((note to self, include “don’t say shut it to client” lesson during future mentoring LOL))))  In all fairness, E and MC are friends, so it was pretty funny.  Just a few days later, we found MC had already had her first official, unofficial, maternity shot, she was expecting.  I thought it would be fun to return there tonight and take an official, official version.

Congratulations again my friends….I can’t wait to meet the new little one and am pretty much planning on moving right in and making myself comfortable in the name of newborn photography once he arrives.

2009-05-20T20:07:51-05:00May 20th, 2009|Austin Photographer, Client Work|

Special Offer! | Austin Photographer

If you book a session between now and Friday, May 22nd you will receive $50 off the session fee and a FREE gallery mount of your choice with the purchase of a package. Gallery mount can either be a 10×20 or 12×12 and one image or a storyboard, your choice. That’s over $200 in savings so if you’ve been thinking about booking a session, don’t wait! Session must occur in 2009 and this special cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts (except for the 24 hour order discount – that one always stands).

Want to hang out in the backyard, let the kids run through the sprinkler and enjoy popsicles?  Or think ahead now for those holiday sessions and Christmas card photos!  It’s also a great time to book family photos for baby milestones.  Want to trash your wedding dress?  Or celebrate your marriage with photos of just the two of you?  The possibilities are endless!

While the session must occur anytime in 2009, it must be reserved by Friday, May 22nd to take advantage of the discount and free gallery mount. Contact me at lstradtner at for more info.

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