June 23-25 and June 30-July 2

As a way to celebrate things that are iconically American AND help support the United Service Organization, I’m pleased to offer these kids-only, Americana mini sessions this weekend and next. A little vintage and a lot patriotic, the Americana minis will be held outside (weather permitting) at the Pinkle Toes studio/property and yes, we will have watermelon on hand ;-). We’ll be working close to sunrise (6:30- 8:30 a.m.) or sunset (7-8:30 p.m.), so keep that in mind when deciding which date will be best for your children. I will contact you after booking to help you select your date and time and provide wardrobe advice. You only need to book one session for your child(ren) and you will have the option to purchase additional files if you choose after you see the unedited proofs. Due to the nature of these mini sessions, fees are non-refundable and not transferrable to another session.

Our first attempt at capturing their adorable little baby bump was met with quite the challenge. I had been watching the weather *all* day and was starting to see the storm chances increase greatly right at the time we were supposed to start our photo shoot at Mueller Park in Austin. So I had the bright idea of moving the session up a few hours…to beat the storms. And instead, THIS happened. We waited, and waited, and waited…I mean, we were already there…everyone was already made up and looking gorgeous. Finally, it looked like the storm had cleared, so we ventured out. We hadn’t even taken 10 pictures before it started raining on us AGAIN :-(…just out of nowhere! Fortunately, we were able to kill some time in Lick Ice Cream, but we still had to wait and wait and wait some more. I have to say, the soon-to-be big sister held on as long as she could and was quite the trooper, but when the sun finally did come out that day, we had already lost our window and we had to call it. Even I was surprised to find we actually were able to get quite a few fun images on our first day, but I was glad everyone made it back AND there was no rain on the second day:

Favity fav is HERE. I’ll be seeing this beautiful family *very* soon when their new baby decides to make an appearance!

These two gorgeous and kind and intelligent young ladies are recent (well…one is soon-to-be recent) high school grads and while they live in two different states, they have actually been incredibly close friends since they were super little. In fact, I think their birthdays are just a few weeks apart? It was really something special to get to photograph them AND their mommies together (who have been best friends all this time as well) as we all explored downtown Austin and strolled along South Congress. One mother/daughter pair had flown in super late the night before and thanks to storms in the forecast, we had to do our session at sunrise the very next morning. Wow, they sure were troopers up for this adventure with only a few hours of sleep the night before! Way impressed!!! Favity fav HERE!

Her story is not mine to tell, but you can learn a number of things about Samantha in these images:

  1. She LOVES her son and he ADORES her.
  2. Her faith and strength have been tested in ways I could never fathom and yet she has come through with flying colors…almost as vivid as how she colors her world.
  3. She has a fantastic sense of humor.
  4. And sense of style.
  5. And sense of who she is and is not.

I don’t have adequate words to express how beautiful my time with her family was to me, but it I hope she and K know it was 100% my honor to get to see them in their element. One of my many favs HERE.

She took my breath away when I saw her again for the first time in a few years. She’s not a baby anymore. She’s a bright, spirited, energetic, sweet, giggly, adorable, caring, HEALTHY little girl! She has probably been through more since birth than many grown ups experience in a lifetime, but she has overcome every challenge thrown her way. And she has the beautiful scars to prove it. She is a sweet heart in more ways than I can count and it is a JOY to know her.

Did you hear the good news? We’re bringing the Heirloom Mini Sessions BACK this weekend for an encore! Follow that link for details and to book. I truly had an amazing time photographing kiddos last week in their classic best, plus, it’s always nice to have an excuse to bring out the famous purple couch ;-). Wanted to pop onto the blog to share two examples from last week to show what can be done sans wedding dress or tuxedo…

And then there’s this dapper gentleman who I have been photographing since he was 18 months old. I kept having to stop and dab the tears during the session because he played the role so well and looked SO grown up!

Again, you can review details and book your Heirloom Mini Session for your child(ren) this weekend HERE. You can request the date and approximate time and I’ll work you in.

I’ve admittedly fallen behind on my blogging as of late, but I thought no better time to pick it back up than with this awesome vintage, Texas-inspired family photo session we did not too long ago. The old pickup truck belongs to their grandfather and I was so glad to see it come along for the ride that evening. It not only provided an amazing backdrop for the images, but it is authentic to their family which makes it all the more special. The girls were so giggly and had us all cracking up throughout the session. But it was also great to get more introspective images like THIS one, too. {Behind the scenes shot by mama HERE}.

It’s yet another one of those bittersweet moments when I realize I’ve been working with these children since before two of them were even born. Their family photo session this spring was a pretty big milestone as they were marking the time before their firstborn leaves for college and I honestly get choked up just thinking about that…not only for his mom and dad, but for myself as I know I’m going to be facing that in just a few short years. I don’t know why I did this to myself, but I went back and looked through images from some of their earlier sessions and gah! It was heart wrenching to see how quickly the time has passed and how much these kids have grown–in particular the eldest three (as they were the ones I met first all those years back). I think mom and dad should be incredibly proud of the super people that have raised/are raising and their baby birds leaving the nest, one by one, are going to be super grown ups. [Random fav image HERE…she reminds me of Lana Del Rey for some reason].

Side note: if you are going to be visiting Austin and need a place to stay, might I suggest their awesome red barn???

May 26-28, 2017 

Special Encore: Thursday, June 1st

and then

Saturday thru Monday June 3rd-5th, 2017

at the Pinkle Toes Studio

I am *really* excited about this round of mini sessions because I’ve been wanting to do something like this for years! This is your opportunity to have your child photographed in your wedding dress or wedding tux or other fancy clothes to create heirloom-quality images to share on their own wedding day or other special occasion. We have ideas for children of all ages (even infants). Oh, and if you don’t have wedding clothes on hand, no worries! I will have a bunch of goodies including a veil, pearls, gloves, dress hats, tuxedo/suit jackets and ties for your child to play dress up in at the studio.

Book quickly as these sessions are going to fill up quickly.

When I pulled into their property and spotted those amazing yellow flowers, I was just hoping everyone would be game for a photo session among them. And when I saw their perfectly color coordinated outfits and we were blessed with incredible light, I knew everything had come together just for us that evening. How I loved being treated to some pretty fantastic guitar playing and singing by big sister–my jaw quite literally hit the ground when she started up! And then the little sis ran around and twirled and was so eager to make bouquet after bouquet for her mommy. They’ve got a good thing going with their family and it’s been an honor to watch this happen for almost as long as I’ve been a photographer. In fact, the baby girl in picture #4 here (with the DEER!) is their eldest 😉 if you can believe that? Yup…still has those same amazing eyes ;-).