366 days | austin baby photographer

I sat down to do her sneak peek last night and woke up at 3:24 am with my laptop on my lap.  Motherhood kicked my butt yesterday, nonstop.  So, I’m posting this a bit late, oops.  Sorry for the delay Angela, I hope her party yesterday afternoon was a total blast!

She’s exactly 366 days old in this photo.  1 year, big girl Allison!  So much fun yesterday and boy was she a trooper when we had a random cold morning in the middle of spring!

By |2013-03-24T07:58:05-05:00March 24th, 2013|Client Work|1 Comment

in search of fall….

Austin is not exactly known for the changing of the colors…but we managed to find just a little.  Want to know the best way to get a very busy one year old’s eye lashes captured?  Hand over your iphone set to Tom the Talking Cat.  No kidding!  He may or may not have downloaded Texas Hold’em but hey, totally worth it to get the shot!!  At least he’s got great taste in games!  HA!

By |2010-11-15T21:45:25-05:00November 15th, 2010|Austin Photographer, Client Work|2 Comments

Joan turns 1

I usually get all nostalgic and a little sad when one of my baby planners graduates.  I get so attached to them and get used to seeing them every couple of months.  But not today.  Nope, I’ve got this beautiful family on my 2011 calendar 3 times and I couldn’t be more thrilled about that!  So today, just a little nostalgia over how fast this first year flew by, about how much she’s grown and changed and then just a bunch of smiles to celebrate being ONE!

Happy birthday sweet girl, it has been a joy to capture you along the way!

By |2010-11-13T18:32:07-05:00November 13th, 2010|Austin Photographer|1 Comment

sbg turns one

Catching up on a long list of sessions that I need to blog.  Sweet baby girl turned one this summer.  Their 12 month session was a little bittersweet….I’ve been missing her the last few months!  A year in review baby plan slideshow….

Thanks for the memories sweet baby girl!

By |2010-10-09T13:47:54-05:00October 9th, 2010|Austin Photographer, Client Work|3 Comments

bittersweet

I spent this morning with sweet baby girl.  She’s a baby planner and I’ve photographed Audrey every few months since she was in her momma’s belly.  Driving to her last session on my calendar was a bit bittersweet.  What will I do without my sweet baby girl fix every few months?  From her birth day to her birthday, sleepy newborn days, her first pigtails, the pouty lip, sitting up, cuddling, snoozing, laughing, clapping, crawling, standing and birthday cake, so many photos and so many memories.  Thanks for an awesome ride sweet baby girl, photographing your first year was an honor.

By |2010-06-27T19:01:46-05:00June 27th, 2010|Client Work|7 Comments

the happiest baby i have ever photographed

I’m going to do something tonight I’ve never done before.  Usually sweet, thoughtful, emotion filled notes from my clients are kept private.  Every now and then I’ll share one with my husband, but that is usually the extent of it.  Some are hand written, some are sent via email, some make me cry, some get filed into a happy folder that I go back and read often when I’m feeling tired or burned out, some get printed out and hung above my desk.  One from the father-in-law of Alex Laynor is framed and holds it’s place in my heart as one of my most valued possessions.  I love these happy notes of excitement, appreciation and ultimate expression of love of the images I captured for the families I photograph.  But I never share the notes.  Many times I would like to, but it feels a bit funny, like a form of boasting that just makes me feel a bit uncomfortable with sharing it with the world.  But when Molly viewed their session images last week, she sent me this note and it stopped me in my tracks.  It reminds me of why I do what I do.  That the long hours, the hard work, the time in front of the computer, the research, the continuing education, the commuting, the business side that drains my creativity at times, the sacrifices my husband and children make in sharing so much of me….it is all worth it.  Because of moments like this.  Because this mommy spent a lot of time thinking about her family and her son before filling out their client survey.  Because I was able to connect with them and see the beauty in their moments and those little glimpses added up to something so much more.

Lyndsay,

Well, it’s taken me so long to respond to this email because I’ve been sitting here literally stunned (and I admit, crying tears of happiness) for minutes.  I just seriously cannot believe how well these turned out.  They capture William’s personality to a T:  the infectious laughter, the confidence, his curiosity… seriously just perfect.  And then the one towards the end, of me and Daniel kissing, appearing totally oblivious to the camera, while William gazes serenely out at the world from the safety and confidence of being encircled by his parents’ love… well, that one’s the reason for my happy sobs.  It’s a single picture of EVERYTHING I want in life… and I cannot thank you enough for capturing our little family so incredibly.

Molly

“It’s a single picture of EVERYTHING I want in life…”

Wow.

Molly, your note means the world to me, thank you for your kind words, they made me cry and appreciate and re-focus and remember all over again the power of photography and why I love what I do so very much.

And William, sweet William.  I first photographed him all snug in his mommy’s belly.  At his newborn session he gave me quite the run for my money but we held tight and let him lead the session and it worked.  And now at 6 months, he’s grown so much, is happy and chubby, he still has the best eye lashes around and those cheeks, swoon!  I can easily say he’s the happiest baby I’ve ever captured and that is saying a lot!  I have had more than my fair share of happy, chubby little bubbas through the years.  And I am always thankful for them, they are so much fun to photograph.  This session started out like most 6 month old sessions, we started with a few family photos and let him warm up a bit.  Then we decided to move to a new location for some variety, but it started to rain.  We dodged it, I goofed off a bit and he threw a few smiles my way….

Those dreamy eyelashes, see em?!  And those droopy cheeks hanging low told us he was starting to get tired as we were about midway through the session.  The rain started to pick up again, we decided to wait it out a bit and we hopped in our cars to venture south a few more blocks.  Only William fell asleep in the car.  I thought for sure he was down for the count, and that was ok with me.  I knew we had plenty from the first portion of their session to create a gallery, plus I just love sleeping baby photos…..

I thought for sure he was done.  Molly swore if we could get him to wake up he’d be happy.  In the back of my jaded mommy/photographer brain I had my doubts and thought he’d wake up cranky after only a 5 minute nap (that’s what my kids would do!!).  That’s totally logical thinking right?!  Molly swore he’d be happy and if there is one thing I’ve learned in this business it is that when your client talks to you, listen….really….listen.  We attempted to wake him up several times and it didn’t work.  Then we decided to try and change his clothes.  We got halfway done and look what happened right away!!!!!

No way, right?!

Love….

So curious and focused, I adore these.

And then in 2.2 seconds, we went from this…..

to this….

I present to you….the happiest baby I have ever photographed….

His mommy knows what’s up.

For real!

HA!  Don’t you just love him?!  I can hear him laughing just looking at these.  I bet he made you smile too?!

Thank you Molly & Daniel.  Thank you for sharing your family with me.

By |2010-06-23T20:59:59-05:00June 23rd, 2010|Austin Photographer, Client Work|9 Comments

noah | austin baby photographer

Sweet chubby Noah is one of my baby planners and oh my gosh has he changed so much!  I couldn’t believe it when they got out of the car!  Not only did he change a ton, but Wilson and Davis are so tall (and Davis even has curly hair…I’m pretty sure I might have even squealed in delight!).  I love spending time with the Butler family, always easy and casual and fun and full of energy.  To me, Noah looks so much like Davis the first time I photographed him here.

Julie & Adam, I had so much fun with your sweet family this morning, thanks for finding an amazing location and I hope you two enjoy your last month(ish) of immobility before you have three boys on the move!!  😉

Want to see more of Noah….go here:  Maternity | Birth | Newborn | 3 mo

By |2010-06-19T12:09:15-05:00June 19th, 2010|Austin Photographer, Client Work|2 Comments

joan | austin baby photographer

Ah man, I could photograph her allll day long she’s so stinkin’ cute.  She held out on throwing the big smiles my way during their bluebonnet session a few weeks ago but we met up this morning for her 6 7 month session and it was a different story….

Happy, sweet girl, you and your family always make me smile!  Also, her Daddy is in the military and I’d like to just take a moment on this Memorial Day weekend and say THANK YOU for your service Jim, we appreciate you!

I grew up with a deep respect for veterans.  My grandfather was a military police officer, my brother was deployed with the Navy when I was a teenager and my mother worked at the VA hospital from the time I was a child.  I used to volunteer during the summers at the VA hospital in New Orleans as a teenager and while I was bored out of my mind working in radiology filing charts, I got to see first hand the issues that many of our service men and women come home with.  In my adult life, before photography, I worked at a University as a VA Certifying Official and helped veterans use their GI Bill to pay for their college education.  Many of my students were deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan and studying online during downtime.  I left the University at the end of my pregnancy with Taryn but I still think of many of my students often, wonder how they are, hope they graduated and more than anything, came home to their families safe and sound.  The sacrifices these families make are many, I’ll never forget that.  Happy Memorial Day!

By |2010-05-29T11:13:01-05:00May 29th, 2010|Austin Photographer, Client Work|0 Comments

sweet baby girl | cedar park baby photographer

I always love catching up with this sweet baby girl (her very appropriate nickname).  Loved this session….

This is as close as we got to our “pouty lip” series…..

Please don’t send me hate mail and tell me it is illegal to pick a bluebonnet.  It really isn’t. Just a Texas myth.  It’s not nice, sure, but if you’ve ever taken a photo in the bluebonnets, then you’ve sat on one and probably killed it.  Personally, I’d rather be discovered by a sweet baby girl than sat on.  Just sayin’….

And one of my very, most favorite, parts of photographing babies…..the sleepy ending when you know it’s time to wrap things up…..

I think a lot of photographers put their cameras away once the kiddos get tired.   Truly a shame if you ask me, I always wait in anticipation to see what comes my way in these last few moments….

Love.

If you want to take a walk down memory lane with sweet baby girl, go here:  maternity | birth | newborn | 3 mo | 6 mo

By |2010-05-25T18:08:28-05:00May 25th, 2010|Austin Photographer, Client Work|15 Comments

joan | austin baby photographer

I thought I’d come share a few more shots of pretty Miss Joan….

Her Mommy tipped me off that I’d get this if I told her she’s pretty.  Worked like a charm and I LOVE it!

The other end is pretty darn cute too…. 😉

I am already looking forward to her 6 month session!!  Want to see more?  Go here:  Her Big Sister Jane | Her Birth | Her Newborn Session

By |2010-03-16T15:28:17-05:00March 16th, 2010|Austin Photographer, Client Work|1 Comment

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