Saturday, October 30, 2010

The M Family-DFW family photographer

We have so much history with this family. Our daughters were born within hours of each other. They have been such good friends and it has been so fun to watch our children grow up together. We got our session in before all the rain last weekend. The kids were so great and really do love each other. They wanted to have their own little session. I loved it! I can only dream of that day.

Monday, October 25, 2010

I heart faces-"pink" challenge

This week's challenge at I heart faces is pink in honor of breast cancer awareness. If you follow my blog, you know my aunt is beating breast cancer. We are so thankful for her health and pray for all the other families affected by this disease. Be sure to visit I heart faces and check out the other amazing entries!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Dream Big

I am editing away on other sessions, but wanted to post these pictures I took a few weekends ago. This is my little princess. She is growing up and dreaming big. She told me the other day that using your imagination is thinking inside your forehead. I thought that was a great way to explain it!

My hope as a parent is to teach her the dream big. She has such a great imagination and I hope that as she gets older she keeps using it. My mom taught me to dream big and I am still challenged by all the things she does so well. I think some of the things I have learned from my mom are: try anything, wait for the breakthrough and pray about it. The last one being the easiest, but easy to overlook! Photography was one of those things that I started with casually. I soon discovered I had a good eye and then I kept on trying. I still have so much to learn. I am constantly challenged by others who seem to be more creative. I also pray for creativity. It isn't something that is natural for me.

I hope you enjoy these photos of my princess. I believe some of them personify that dreamer in her!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Maddox (9 days old) Plano newborn photographer

What a sweet baby. He was so good and so peaceful. It was so nice to hold him in between set ups. Mom was moved to tears just watching him sleep calmly. I loved it. My hope with each session is to capture an image that will take the parent's breath away. Thanks to his parents for choosing me to capture him in his first few days of life.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness

It is breast cancer awareness month. I'm sure across the country you have seen a lot of pink everywhere. I want to share a very personal story with you. Last year, I shared briefly that my aunt was suffering from breast cancer. It was a really scary time. As I reflect on it, it was much scarier than I had let on.

My aunt Lisa and I have always been close. We are pretty close in age and she was the cool aunt. She would take me for rides in her camaro with her alpine stereo blaring. Clearly, I am dating myself but you get the idea. She never treated me like a little kid.

When I went to visit my aunt last December, she was starting to get her hair back. She was still really self conscious, but I asked her if I could take a photo without a wig. This is the closest I got. I didn't want to push her. She was still really scared and I think seeing a picture with a bald head would have made it too real.

I remember trying to console her with "your hair will grow back." Who really wants to hear that? All you want is not to have to go through chemo and not to lose your own hair. When she first brought up the double mastectomy I thought it was a no-brainer, but I didn't have to go through the surgery and the reconstruction. These are all things I can clearly see now but didn't think about then.

I am so glad to report that my aunt is well. We talked tonight and finally admitted to each other how scared we both were. She is now the poster child for breast cancer in her town of Kennewick, Washington. She still visits the cancer center and has been the star in a few parades. Cancer didn't know she already liked pink. She never lost her pink eye make up from the 80's!

I love you very much, Auntie Lisa. I'm glad God had other plans for your life!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Curious Monkey

He's mine. This little guy refuses to let me photograph him. He was screaming "no camera" at one point. I know my other photographer friends can relate--it is harder to capture our own. I hope you are having a great weekend.

Thursday, October 7, 2010


Have you started thinking about your Christmas cards yet? This year my lab has some new die cut cards. The circle shaped ones can be hung as ornaments. Is that not the coolest? I am just getting started designing my cards, but thought I would share a few to get you thinking. I am not taking pictures during the month of December so I can enjoy that time with my family, so if you are thinking of getting your pictures done call soon. My space is very limited!