Friday, November 27, 2009

Presley and Parker

This shoot was very real and unstructured. Just two brother with jeans and their favorite football jerseys on, wearing the traces of kool-aid mustaches and impish grins.

This is Parker.

Don't be fooled by the smiles, he's tough stuff!

Isn't this a neat tree house? Parker was very into having his picture made and suggested one with the tree house which I thought was an excellent idea!

This sweet embrace turned into a headlock .0245 of a second after this picture was snapped.

Presley worked the camera for me too. ;)

...and in a more normal state. Aren't those freckles amazing?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


This little butterbean is Ella. Isn't she adorable?

I love how skeptical she looks here!

Aren't her eyes amazing? Such a light blue and then with the dark black outlining her irises. I find it very striking.

Can you see the heart shape her legs form?

Saturday, November 21, 2009


I shot the cutest little boy this other day! This is Peyton, isn't he a doll?

I got some good ones of his whole family too but I'm going to save those for the Christmas card and not reveal them here!

Love this one with his moma!

Okay, for all you moms and dads out there who shoot wiggly, prone-to-fake-smiles, preschoolers or toddlers I have a little tip for you that works for me oh, 98% of the time. Have the child growl/roar at you and then make a big show of being scared.

I tend to jump, and exclaim things like "You're SO scary!!! I must have jumped 3 feet!!!" The key is the response, the bigger the better. The child will then smile/laugh and you can get some natural smile shots from them. Trust me on this, you will get tired of this before the preschooler does! Of course this will get you a fair share of growling pictures, like this one below... which just might be my favorite picture ever!

Man, if I was his mom, that would be big on my wall :)

Anyways, that trick is what got us these natural smiles in the pictures below.

...and this one of him solemn, because he's just so adorable!

Thursday, November 19, 2009


They're still getting to know each other right now, but one day they'll be best friends.

Taro, 2 and Hugo, 2 weeks.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


This sweet peanut is Brynna who had one of the coldest shoots yet! Seriously College Station weather is so neurotic! Some mornings you literally freeze and other days you have kids sweating through their Christmas sweaters! All things considered Miss Brynna was a trooper!

The thinker

Love the fountain of hair right on top of her head!

You can still see a hint of baby in her cheeks.


Oh man! This whole month has been extreme! I'm on my way to having completed 60 shoots this month or two a day (three shoots today) which averages about 6 hours of shooting a day and 12 hours of editing...which is where the insanity comes in! There's only so much coffee can do! Given that schedule, some of you I desperately owe e-mails/CDs. I promise they are forthcoming!

Meanwhile here's some lovely ladies I shot a while back.

Miss Ellie was 10 months old when we did these. When I did her newborn shoot we incorporated this curtain into the shots so I wanted to have it in some of these as well.

One sister (Molly)

Two sisters (Molly and Addie)

Three sisters! (Molly, Addie and Ellie!)

Ellie is a super posing baby! Isn't this the cutest?

Also this, (which was for her Daddy)

I love backlighting! It always produces my favorite images!

The whole clan!

Monday, November 16, 2009


One of the reasons it takes me so long to edit... Besides enhancing sharpness, color and contrast I also sometimes have to remove these suckers. (Near his chin)

I assure you as soon as I noticed it on him I brushed it off, but mosquitos are BAD this time of year! I have removed countless from family group shots that I didn't notice in person! :O

So, if you have a shoot coming up, maybe cover yourself in repellent beforehand?

Sunday, November 15, 2009


This sweet muffin is Henry who was three months old when we did this shoot.

His mom specifically asked for sleeping pictures when we booked his shoot and I was willing but not sure we'd be able to get them. (Three-month-olds have three months experience of sleeping clothed, in a dark room and perhaps with white noise... so they aren't so good at sleeping naked and in a place with good light.) But Henry proved me wrong! He slept like a champ!

Three-months-old is the perfect time to do a baby part collage. I think Henry's collage will look a bit like this, but I have so many images of him that I like that it's hard to pick!

Saturday, November 14, 2009


This gorgeous little peanut is Audrey. The green rug is hers and the wrap is mine, I just like her surrounded with green- the color of new life and growth.

Doesn't she have the most perfect little rosebud lips?

I love babies in hats! It helps draw the focus of the image to their eyelashes and lips.

Isn't this wall mural neat!

Audrey getting loved on by her big sister Abby!