Okay, okay. I know this one is super photo heavy, but #sorrynotsorry. I love it when good things happen to good people and I love getting to document those good things for good people. Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane, shall we? It all started when dad wanted to surprise his then girlfriend with an engagement session with me. And then we celebrated the good news that they were expecting their first baby. And then he was born. I will remember each and every photo session I’ve done with this beautiful family for the past several years (even if I haven’t blogged them all yet…ooops). Somehow, they’ve each remained true to this bright, clean, modern aesthetic even with all of the changes over time.

And now they’ve built their dream home with lovely clean lines and subtle pops of color and INCREDIBLE light (mom is a photographer, so that makes sense) and they have settled into their new home beautifully. And we got to do all of little man’s favorite things like reading stories, playing with construction vehicles, stacking blocks, snuggling, airplane, and making coy model faces at me. He even learned to “toast” and thought that was the funniest thing he’d ever seen. It was just the most glorious morning hanging out. Favity fav HERE. So happy for you guys and the life you have created for each other and that sweet boy!

Doesn’t our little model totally look like she’s at some RV campground in Florida? ;-). Just did a test run for the Retro Pool Minis coming up this weekend and thought I’d share the results. I’ve got a couple of openings left for Saturday, but if that won’t work for you and you really wanted to play, contact me anyway and let’s see if we can figure out another date. Deets and booking info HERE!

 

July 21-23 at the Pinkle Toes Studio in Manor

[If those dates absolutely will not work for you, contact me about other options].




Ohhhhhhh! We are breaking out the kiddie pool, astroturf, and plastic flamingos to have an all out retro pool party for the littles and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate summertime! We’ll be working close to sunset (6:00-8:00 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.

This is a busy, busy family and it was no easy task to try and find a date that would work for all of us for their annual family photo session. So when the day of their session arrived and there was the small threat of rain in the area, we chose to pretend that didn’t exist and met up at this incredible location anyway. Of course, I was keeping the radar in the back of my mind and we had to work super fast…I know the kids were grateful for that as it was crazy humid that day, but of course, Mom and I were just dying to explore every nook and cranny in this place. And just as we had gotten everything that we needed, the skies opened up on us. We were trapped in the greenhouse which seemed like that would be a good plan…at first. But then the water started pouring in from the windows above! Of course, I had to take a few shots to commemorate the laughs, but then we made a mad dash to our cars. I don’t know why I bothered to run…I was soaking wet the second I stepped out of the greenhouse. All in all, it was a very memorable session and I absolutely LOVE the images we were able to get before and even during the rain!!! This one, too!

We took a bit of a gamble selecting the date for his First Birthday photo shoot, hoping that there would be at least a few sunflowers out in Austin by the time his session rolled around. Boy, did we win that bet, as this year we have been treated to a beautiful display of sunflowers.  Whenever I do these kind of milestone photo sessions, I intentionally don’t go back to look at the newborn photos until it’s time for me to blog the First Birthday images because I like to be surprised and wowed by how alike and how different babies can be from their first photo shoot when they were just a few days old to a whole year later. Mr. F was an absolutely ADORABLE newborn baby, there is no denying that. Looking back, yes I can see some of his features in his newborn photos, but my oh my, is it possible that he has gotten even MORE adorable over the course of a year???? His eyes are positively stunning (I remember we had to work very hard to get to see his eyes when we did his newborn photo shoot, lol) and that pout? Well, I can’t imagine anyone ever being able to tell him no for any reason. And he’s such a *good* kiddo, too. That’s the most fun part…getting to see a personality emerge over time. What a joy to see such a happy, healthy, handsome baby turning into a happy, healthy, handsome little boy!

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You guys! Remember HIM??? Well, he’s almost ONE now and we marked this wonderful milestone early one morning under a glorious sunrise. He was so easy-going and full of smiles and cute expressions as he played around the Airstream (trying to get the tires, lol) and then when we plopped him down into the unruly, but photographically awesome garden. ‘Lil farmer ;0). Hope you have an awesome birthday, little man, and your parents have done a fantastic job during their first year of parenthood! Favity fav!

A small sampling of a few of my favs from the first round of the Americana Kids Mini sessions. Wow! So much fun! Thank you to everyone who helped support the USO as well. I am gearing up for Round TWO this weekend and there’s still time to snag a spot for your child(ren).

Deets and booking HERE.

To be honest, I can’t believe we managed to pull this one off. We got together in the wee hours of the morning for our annual summer family photo session in an effort to catch the sunrise and beat this awful Texas heat. I knew I was in trouble when I got to my car in the dark and drove all the way out to their house (about an hour) and my windows *still* were foggy from the humidity. Yikes! I intentionally kept my camera in the way back of the van so as not to make my lenses too cold otherwise they would never defog when I needed them.

When I got there, we found the spot where we thought we would catch the best light (nailed it!), but I made the mistake of wearing flip-flops and was slipping all over the dew-covered grass. So, off went my shoes and I prayed I wouldn’t step on anything pokey (I’m NOT a barefoot person at all). Just as we got the twins settled on the that gorgeous red sofa (which can be quite challenging when you have two very active little girls!) and we were ready to bring in big sister, she managed to find a fire ant mound, bless her little heart.  It’s times like this when I wonder why in the world I still live here in Texas.

BUUUUUT, you know what? It came together. Everyone rallied and we were able to get all the necessary birthday photos on that lovely red couch in spite of it all. I was WAY impressed with the patience of mom and dad (I know you have to be when you’ve got three busy kiddos) and their patience helped *me* to relax. We were even afforded the opportunity to switch gears to do some more casual photos at their favorite park. Of course, these are always the times I like best…when I get to kind of sit back and watch families play together and just enjoy being a family.

I truly was amazed watching them all in action. Twins ain’t easy, that’s for sure, and it never feels like you have enough arms. But these parents are doing an incredible job and it has been my extreme honor watching this family (and these beautiful girls) grow each year!

But these boys do ;-). I cannot say enough wonderful things about my time with this family. For starters, they are AUTHENTIC and FUN and the boys loved to smother their mommy with bear hugs and kisses. Add to that the fact that mom let them wear casual clothing for their family photo session that still reflected a little personality and perhaps a bit of team rivalry in their household. And dad just got right in and played with them, even when we stumbled upon an abandoned game of tug-o-war. And then there were the capes…oh the capes!!! It was like those boys completely transformed when they put them on and my heart melted. These are the photo sessions that memories are made from.

June 23-25 and June 30-July 2




More images can be seen HERE!

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.