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All of my newborn photography clients qualify to add on unlimited mini sessions for their baby’s first year. It’s a wonderful way to document those major milestones in a child’s first year of life and experience all of the beauty in Austin’s “seasons”. This beautiful baby girl’s 7 month mini session happened to fall right in line with peak wildflower season, so at the last minute, we changed our location from downtown Austin to this incredible wildflower field filled with Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush. This family is completely gorgeous, but what I want to know is how mom was able to coordinate their outfits to PERFECTLY compliment the orange and blue hues of the flowers we were in? I don’t recall telling her what kind of flowers were here, but maybe I did? Or maybe she’s just that awesome? Yeah, I think she’s just that awesome. My favity FAV is HERE!

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Um, yes, I will gladly travel to Houston to get to work with a family this colorful, this vibrant, this fun, this loving, this energetic, this full of love! Beth, it was my absolute pleasure!

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Since mommy is a photographer, it was super important to get lots of pics with her in them. LOVE their natural interactions here. It’s pretty clear that he loves his mommy.

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Of course, he loves his daddy, too ;-).

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OMG. The doggie was cracking me up!

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Can’t resist a little bubble magic!

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Um. They’re kinda gorgeous.

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This was making me giggle because of course, when we wanted to take pics with little man in them, he had better things to do. But the second we stopped paying attention to him, he HAD to pop into the scene! Love it! After bubble time, we got to venture out for a tricycle ride…

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Yeah. This photo session pretty much rocked my world. Also, THIS trike shot makes me happy.

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Oh, were we ever lucky that the skies parted and gave us this glorious evening for her high school senior portraits!! We had be fretting over the forecast for a week and even the day of, we were checking the hourly every five minutes. But we took a chance and decided to make it happen and I’m so glad we did! She happens to be the sister of someone you may recognize on the blog and I was so very honored to get to create these senior pictures for her. She looked absolutely incredible, full of confidence and full of creative ideas for her photo session! And thanks to no rain, we were able to explore pretty much every single vision she had for this special occasion and then some!

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I can’t decide if this one above or THIS one is my favorite bluebonnet pic!

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 Oh, I do love confetti!

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For so many reasons (far too many to list) this bunch is near and dear to my heart. I am truly blessed to know them and to have watched these kiddos grow and each time I see them, it brings me tremendous joy. Their energy and free spirits inspire me and make my soul happy.

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His facial expressions are out of this world!

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 Pure. Love.

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 I don’t know why, but I adore this shot above.

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 This light!!!!!!!!

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She’s an old soul.

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And how lucky were we to find these amazing bluebonnets!?

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 Love.

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 This image above just happened. The kids ran off, wild and free. It spoke to me and made my heart happy and ache at the same time.

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SOOOOOO much personality in this family!

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I was laying down on rocks for this shot. A few days later, I couldn’t figure out where all the bruises came from on my arms and legs until I remember this image, lol. #worthit

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YES!

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From the moment we stepped onto the University of Texas campus to the time we closed their engagement photo session down, all eyes were on these two. And it’s not hard to see why! They are lovely and IN LOVE! I could have played all evening and we pretty much did. The sun finally had its way and we had to stop, but I was so thrilled to get to help them celebrate their engagement.

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Oh, the light!

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 Loved when she did this!

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Yes, I like to use this courtyard a lot. Because it’s tucked away and GORGEOUS!

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Yes. Seriously beautiful people!

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This is how he proposed to her. And I thought it was AWESOME!

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Her idea and a great one at that! HERE’s another take on it. Hook ‘em!

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Well,  I guess even the sun going down couldn’t stop us. It was just too perfect of an evening! Congrats to you both and thank you for letting me tag along and document your little world together. [As always, flawless hair and makeup by the wonderful, talented Katie of Modern Muse Beauty!]

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This is another one of those cases where clients have become friends. I’ve been blessed enough to experience so many incredible times with these lovely people…all the way back to when they were expecting their very first baby. I was even present at the births of their first two sons…both events to which I am forever emotionally tied. I will never, ever, ever forget those magical times.

And now we come to the caboose of their family…son #3, who is just as adorable as his older brothers and already immensely patient with all of the “love” with which they tend to smother him, lol! In fact, most of the time during his newborn photo session, I had to ask for less love from the big bros as I couldn’t see baby brother’s face, lol. I truly did enjoy watching these boys together, though. And mama…as a boy mom…is clearly worshiped by all three (well, four, counting her hubby) boys in her life.

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Their grandmother has been present at each of their newborn sessions, too, so this was no exception. I just loved this candid moment snapped right before we had officially started.

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See what I mean? Boy mom love!

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 Gotta love those cute little newborn baby legs!

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 I was trying to photograph the interaction of the three in front here, but the two monkeys in the back kept stealing the show ;-).

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 So cute!

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 I see sooooo much of his mommy in this pic!

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 Love.

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Of course, we had to revisit the infamous “family dinner table” photo now that they have a new addition.

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 We were even treated to a visit from Buzz and Woody, who had me laughing so hard with their dance moves, I had a hard time keeping my images in focus!

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I hope she doesn’t mind me posting this, but she looks so beautiful when she’s crying happy tears.

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Yeah. I’ll say baby brother fits in quite perfectly with his family. Even during the crazy times like THIS ;-).

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It really wasn’t all that long ago when I had the opportunity to take senior portraits for his older sister.  And now we got to carry on that tradition to celebrate and commemorate his senior year in high school! When I first started going through the images, I just had to send his mama a note:

I just thought you should know that you are doing something right, my dear! Both of your children that I’ve met so far are lovely, confident, charming people. You give me hope for my own kiddos ;-)

And I meant every word. There is no denying that her children are gorgeous, but when they can be funny and humble and gorgeous on the inside, that bodes so well for their futures as adults in this world!

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I kept teasing him, convinced he was part of the Secret Service or something. Then we invoke a bit of “Men in Black” in this pic above.

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 Random shot here, but I just loved how candid it was!

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 Pretty incredible eyes, huh?

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I really love that we got to work with one of most prized possessions…his car! There’s something about your first car that you never forget. It symbolizes freedom and growing up and adventure.

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Also love that he refuses to remove the beach parking stickers leftover from all of their family vacations. Winner!

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H – I really enjoyed getting to meet and work with you. I know your family is incredibly proud of you and your accomplishments. Enjoy every second of these last few days of high school life.

P.S. This might be an unusual choice, but THIS one might be my favorite from the entire session. AND, for a little behind-the-scenes look, check THIS out.

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Her high school senior photo session was absolutely incredible. I mean, wow, everything came together perfectly…a lovely young lady who really let her personality sparkle, perfect weather, beautiful light, amazing hair and makeup (as always) by Katie with Modern Muse Beauty, and the height of wildflower season. Could not ask for anything more to feed my creative soul!

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Lensbaby, you did not disappoint:

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I think she resembles Lana Del Rey a little here?

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Oh, this dress was divine! And the back, too! Wow!

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By the time we got done with the bluebonnets, it was dark :-(. But not to worry. The greenhouse and a little off-camera lighting made for some really cool nighttime portraits:

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You can see the setup here.

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Not sure I could pick a fav from this session, however. I mean *maybe* this one HERE, but really, she kinda nailed them all!

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Thank you all for your sweet comments and sharing in my enthusiasm when I shared that I had *finally* printed an album from our huge west coast trip last summer! Many people asked where the album was from and also wanted to see more pics of the book, so here ya go!!! The album is an 8×10 Signature Album from Miller’s Lab and they did not disappoint! The pages are just e-surface, but I see now that they are offering deep matte, which might be nice to try sometime. I do want to point out that instead of using InDesign to do the layout, I just used Miller’s D+ software and it was really, really, really easy to do! I have been putting off learning the software for quite a while because I *just* figured out InDesign, but I’m glad I forced myself to give D+ a try.

Acknowledgments:

  • Before creating the album, I interviewed each of the kiddos about the trip and was able to easily incorporate some of their quotes throughout the pages. You should also note that I watched The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and was totally inspired by that movie, hence the cover design and some movie quotes thrown in there ;-).
  • I also want to send a HUGE shout out and giant hug to my dear friend Michelle Nicoloff (um, she’s kindofabigdealoninstagram) for so graciously taking some amazing images of us as a family on the beach in Southern California. Seriously, I treasure those images and it was amazing to have our time captured by her. xoxoxox, Michelle!
  • I need to mention another good friend Jen Taylor in Seattle, Washington. You see, I had the amazing opportunity to photograph her BEAUTIFUL family by a pretty spectacular lighthouse during a pretty spectacular sunset one night and she could tell I was just dying to photograph my own daughter there. And so she lent my daughter a pretty spectacular dress so I could do just that.
  • Finally, I want to thank all of our incredible workshop hostesses for working so hard and doing such an amazing job of pulling together housing and meals and models: Caroline Martin for our time in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA; Melody White in Mendocino, CA; and Casey Ray in Olympia, WA.  I mean seriously, what a JOY getting to hang out with each of you and spend so much time working together last summer. I am so thankful to know each of you and to call you friends.

This book was a biggie (I think it ended up being 90 pages), but I do love that even the “thin” pages on Miller’s Signature Albums are actually quite thick. I am very, very pleased with my album and I encourage EVERYONE (especially fellow photographers) to have albums made of your personal images and photo sessions. This is truly the best way to tell the story of your family and events and is guaranteed to be looked at and adored by YOU and your family. Definitely much more than simply leaving your images in digital form (valuable to have, but they just don’t get seen as much as when they are printed). In fact, to encourage more of my clients to have albums made from their sessions, I would like to make a special offer to just to you…see the bottom of this post for details ;-)

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The Special Offer:

Any client of mine (whether from 9 years ago or if you have a session coming up with me sometime this year) – leave a comment on this post sometime before April 15th and I will create an album from one of our sessions (or if you did a Baby’s First Year plan, we can combine images from all of those sessions) at 40% off my regular album price! Again, just leave me a comment on this post before April 15th and I will contact you with all of the album specs and details to get the process started.

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I want to take a moment to brag on USB Memory Direct. I’ve been using them as my source for USBs for my client photo sessions for almost a year now. After I was lamenting a couple of negative experiences from another distributor, my good friend Lena (a talented photographer in Ridgewood, NJ) told me about USB Memory Direct and said I should give them a try. I am SOOOO happy I took her advice! The representatives were so helpful and incredibly fast with communication, quotes, mock ups, and delivery. I have not had any issues with the drives malfunctioning and I love the quality and the options. Sometimes I find myself too quick to complain online when something isn’t going right, but this time, I thought I’d jump at the chance to PRAISE USB Memory Direct online about something that is just right!