mommy & me | leander baby photographer

I simply cannot think of a better way to start the morning than a mommy & me session first thing. And I LOVE the idea of doing a 3 month mini with just Mommy!!  Great idea Julie!  And I love everything about this, their expressions, the light, his little toes peeking out at the bottom, his chubby little wrists….everything….

I know it must seem like he was born yesterday (it does to me!) since I just got around to posting his birth a few days ago, but Noah is already a chubby, happy 3 month old!  Julie, it was so great to see you two this morning, it always feels like catching up with an old friend =)

2010-03-31T08:13:13-05:00March 31st, 2010|Austin Photographer, Client Work|

10 on Tuesday | Austin Family Photographer

1.  Our babies came to us easily.  For that we are lucky and blessed.  And, thankfully, ignorant when it comes to infertility.  We were ignorant.  Our friends Lee Ann and Dennis are fighting infertility.  Fighting a long fight, a roller coaster of emotions at every high and low.  I never truly understood….I mean I thought I knew a thing or two about what those who battle infertility go through, but I didn’t.  Not really.  Lee Ann and Dennis are amazing.  And strong.  And open.  I know it must be so difficult to be so open about something so painful, but they do it.  Jason and I have learned a lot from them reading their blog and I know our family, and many others, are praying that they will soon have the baby in their arms they so desperately long for.  I asked Lee Ann if I could post about their story on my blog because they are doing everything they can to raise funds to be able to go through another round of IVF before their meds from the previous round expire.  There are some amazing women in our area that are raising funds through consignment sales and garage sales for them.  Dennis is working extra hours and  Lee Ann is cleaning houses and painting rooms/organizing homes on the weekends.  If you know of anyone in need of these services in the Austin area, drop me a note at lstradtner at mac dot com and I’ll get you in touch with her.  We’re going to have her paint a few rooms in our house and I can’t wait.  I also donated the proceeds of a recent session to their cause.  I would also like to put it out there that they are very open to adoption so if you know of a birth mother looking for two amazing people to parent, please keep them in mind.  I have every faith, that one day, not too long from now, I’ll be linking back to this post having photographed their beautiful new baby….

2.  It is 74 degrees and GORGEOUS today.  Just a few weeks ago, it snowed.  Snow was great but I am SO happy spring is here, things are turning green and the wildflowers are just around the corner….I’m ready!!  If only the hotter than hell summer wasn’t right after spring….I’ll try and forget that is looming and just enjoy the gorgeous weather while it lasts!

3.  Speaking of wildflowers…..I’ve gotten quite a few emails asking if I will be doing Bluebonnet Mini Sessions this year and the answer is YES!  I won’t be scheduling them until bluebonnets show up though as the timing can be a bit unpredictable.  If you want to purchase a bluebonnet mini you can do so at any time, but we won’t set a date/time until they start popping up.  I’ll probably only do 7-10 and they will likely go quick, so contact me soon if you think you might want one!  Bluebonnets will forever remind me of the beginning of the crazy, loud, funny, beautiful friendship of my two favorite girls….

4.  Awhile back we were getting rid of some furniture and sold Teagan’s dresser to Wendi Schoffstall, a photographer in Houston.  At first I was a bit surprised she wanted to come all this way to pick up a used dresser but now I get it….Wendi had a vision and oh my word, I am in LOVE with what she did with it.  Seriously….gorgeous!  Check it out, amazing!

5.  We recently received an invitation to attend the wedding of one of Jason’s dearest friends from high school named Nancy.  When Jase came back from the mailbox and announced we got “Nancy’s wedding invitation today” Taryn dropped what she was doing, threw her arms up, twirled around and exclaimed “We’re going to FANCY NANCY’S wedding?!?!”

6.  With our new “slackerwagon” came two TV screens and a DVD player.  I’m already over the barney and sesame street videos.  Can anyone recommend something educational of the non-annoying variety?  And if you limit TV time for your kids and they watch TV in the car – do you count that against the time you normally give them at home?  I’m just curious what other parents do….I don’t think they need to always have the TV on in the car but it sure does cut down on the bickering, so there are times I love it.  I just need to figure out how to manage it and gain some balance.

7.  Kindergarten registration is just around the corner.  Uhm, what?!  You should have seen how quickly the blood drained from Jason’s face when he heard those words come out of my mouth the other night.  Can’t believe it….

8.  I’m signing Taryn up for dance class tomorrow.  I foresee dance pics in our future….

9.  Teagan’s tongue is doing much better!  He is already back on a normal diet and everything.  Man that kid is tough!

10.  I’m off to photograph the beautiful miss Camy this evening, daughter of the best nanny in the whole entire world!!  Sneak peeks will be posted tonight!

2010-03-09T14:44:08-06:00March 9th, 2010|Austin Photographer, My Family|

soon to be three | leander maternity photographer

I was so excited about my mini maternity session tonight with Christy & Dominic.  Christy and Jase used to work together and she was a big part of getting my family over here to Austin, so I was super excited to meet her!

Christy & Dominic, thank you for enduring the cold and wind tonight, you were troopers!  I hope you like your sneak peek and I’ll see you (3!) in a few weeks!!

2010-02-28T19:53:11-06:00February 28th, 2010|Austin Photographer, Client Work|

It’s Back! A Newborn Special | Austin Newborn Photographer

I think with Teagan’s 2nd birthday quickly approaching in a few weeks I’ve been a bit nostalgic.  How is my ‘baby’ two already…wasn’t he just all tiny and new?!  Quick, someone get me a newborn to cuddle!  Kidding….but, the “book a newborn session and get a free mini maternity session special” is back for a limited time only!  The next 5 people who book a newborn session between now and February 1st will also receive a mini maternity free of charge! You can be due anytime in 2010 to take advantage of this special but the session fee must be paid before February 1st to get the free mini.  I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I ran this special.  The last time around it resulted in so many fun images and I met some truly beautiful families and new babies!  If you or someone you know is expecting, this is the perfect time to reserve a spot!  A few restrictions apply.  Please inquire at [email protected] for details.


2010-01-21T18:58:36-06:00January 21st, 2010|Announcements, Austin Photographer, Client Work|

cute | austin family photographer

cute is the first word I think of when I look at this:


and this:


and especially this:


this is cute overload:


no wonder, look what a cute little family they are!


Amy & Cory, thanks for booking my last mini session of the holiday season, I’m so glad we worked it out and I hope you love what we captured!!

More full session blog posts to come….I’m a blog postin’ fool!  HA!

2009-12-04T15:03:29-06:00December 4th, 2009|Austin Photographer, Client Work|

limited time offer: 2 mini session openings | austin family photographer lyndsay stradtner

Did you know I offer mini sessions? Yup, sure do!  And not just at Christmas time….I offer them year round.  Perfect for the holidays, Valentines Day, bluebonnet season, a sweetheart session for your anniversary, or a special milestone to fill the gaps between full sessions.  Here is the catch though, my present shooting schedule only allows for me to offer mini sessions to established clients.  What is an established client?  Someone who has already had a full session with me or someone who is also booking a full session.  An example of that would be someone who books a mini maternity and a newborn session at the same time.  Or a mini session for their 6 month old and a full session for their child’s birthday.  In these cases the mini would occur first but you are eligible because you have committed to the full session as well.

My minis have a few restrictions on location, clothing changes, time / dates available that allow me to charge less for them.  However, you do still get full resolution images with the rights to print with your mini!  Holiday mini sessions for this year were offered to established clients several months ago and they all filled up fast.  I had a few people upgrade to full sessions after booking and now have TWO WEEKDAY OPENINGS that I am opening up to non-established clients for a limited time only!  Both of these mini sessions would provide you with photos in time for the holidays.  If you’d like more information on booking one of the two spots, email me at [email protected] and I’ll send you all the mini information!

And since I can’t post without a photo….one more of Miss A from her mini last night….


Now I’m off to cook some goodies for the block party we are going to tonight.  Then home to iron a huge stack of clothes and prepare for our family photos first thing in the morning!

2009-10-30T12:15:39-05:00October 30th, 2009|Announcements, Austin Photographer, Client Work|
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