a new baby sister, in-home newborn session in austin tx

A lot of the times, when I'm heading to a session, I've never actually spoken to them in person. We've communicated via email and text, but not face to face or even over the phone. This can be for varying reasons, the most of those being that I am such an introvert that sometimes the thought of speaking on the phone makes my armpits sweat. (just keeping it real! if you are a phone person and would rather do that, it's ok! I'll wear extra deodorant! lol) Anyway, so I get some butterflies when my people are new to me, but 9 times out of 10,  I am made to feel so very welcome and comfortable and I can only hope that I do the same for you. 
I walked in and the big sis of this family had a huge smile on my face in about 3 seconds. I ADORE KIDS, Y'ALL! From outgoing to shy, rambunctious to meek, GIVE THEM ALL TO ME. I absolutely loved meeting this gorgeous family and I love the images we created together to document some of baby sister's first days at home. Have a look! 

spring family session under the Austin skyline

Spring is here, which means things are greening up, flowers are peeking out, and the weather is unpredictable! ha! But it's a beautiful time for sessions, so we take what we can get, when we can get it! Thankfully the it held out for us on this day, and we were able to run around Butler Park for some fun. And, we closed out our time together cooling off in the fountain! So much fun!! 
 

the sweetest family session at Austin Central Library

Let me tell you about my friend, Kacie. Both she and her husband Tim are people that I look up to. They are the kind of people that after being in their presence, I feel like I have been afforded a special privilege. They are incredible parents, and amazing humans. And if she's reading this, she's either blushing or rolling her eyes at me. Anyway, maybe you follow her on instagram (@heymamacase & @skinnyjhorts for Tim), or you may know that she used to sling the coolest tiny tees, which is how I ended up meeting her, after finding out that our husbands worked together for a stint! They have 3 of the most gorgeous children and they are an all-around rad family. So, when they let me tag along to explore one of their favorite spots, it was a no brainer. Have you been to the new Austin Central Library? If you haven't been yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?? No, seriously-it's worth it. The architecture, the vibrant colors, the gorgeous patio views, the people-watching, the artists doing watercolor stills, and the books! 

I absolutely loved my time there with them--I didn't interfere too much, just observed and captured them as they were. The love, the patience, the beauty. 

capturing the beauty of pregnancy, a maternity session

I happen to think that pregnancy is beautiful. The fact that as women our bodies can create and birth another life is absolutely incredible. Not everyone is a pregnancy unicorn, loving every minute, but I think we can all agree that it is an amazing process. And so when I am hired for a lifestyle maternity session, I do my very best to capture the beauty. There is beauty in the new shape a woman's body takes, in the anticipation, in the love shared between parents. 

With Britt and Steve, there was such an ease about them. They are so clearly in love, and ready to meet their baby boy. I'm excited to meet him, too!

a fall family creek session

I met Amy of Captured Simplicity through my FAVORITE app, Instagram a couple of years ago. She is immensely talented and I've watched her little family grow from afar (well not THAT far--she's based in Houston). I was SUPER excited when she hired me to capture her own family. To me, that is a truly wonderful compliment--when another photographer hires me, it's both humbling and a little nerve-wracking. Will she like my session flow? Will I do her family justice? How will I not flub this up?? (all questions I asked myself before meeting Amy in person.) 

We explored one of my favorite spots, as I got to know her wonderful kids. Seriously--they were a blast! And this mama's smile? Could light up the night. SO. GORGEOUS. See for yourself! 

getting in the frame, my self portraits of 2017

A couple of years ago, I was looking through my catalog of images and realized that I had loads of photos of my son (of course) and of my son and husband. Where was I? I was there, but behind the lens. Don't get me wrong-I'm very comfortable there. I'm awkward when I'm on the other side. BUT, aside from our yearly family sessions and selfies, I longed to be captured in the everyday with my family.  So, I started experimenting with my phone's self-timer and the hashtag selftimerscorewithkingston was born. Click here to see those early self-portaits. Then, at the end of 2016, I joined a small group of artists that vowed to take a weekly image of themselves as a Project 52. Either alone or with our loved ones, we committed to capturing ourselves. (a big shoutout to Adri De la Cruz for starting this project named P52radness.) I absolutely loved diving into this project and exploring my creativity and confidence, as well as seeing other artists inspired and empowered. I will cherish this collection of images for years to come.   #kingandadproject52

To see more beautiful imagery, click here to see Tina Lowry Strickland's year

Here are some of my favorites! 

the sweetest newborn session at home

When I am contacted for a lifestyle newborn session, well first, I do a happy dance, because--BABIES. But then, once the session is booked, I write the family name on the calendar month(s) of when to expect the session to take place. And I wait...and I have to tell you that I get SO excited when the parents reach out after the baby has arrived. I've been waiting for that email/text/call! So when Michelle reached out to let me know her sweet baby boy had arrived, I was ready. I absolutely love being invited in your spaces, the places you have made a home for your family. No matter how big or small the space, I aim to tell YOUR story.  This was the sweetest little tale of a new baby brother at home: the stillness, the adoration, the uneasiness and adjustment period of the existing sibling, and of course, the love. <3

an enchanting fall family session at enchanted rock

This awesome family went the extra mile for their fall session, literally. Because they have some property in Fredericksburg, they thought perhaps a session at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area would be fun. I loved that! Somewhere that has meaning to them, forever captured. And, we had a blast! We met there about 2 hours before sunset, paid and parked and then set out on our climb. You guys...if you have never been, you've got to see it. It's a giant pink granite dome of amazingness--a batholith to be exact. It's just incredible. I had been before, but this time, I had my photographer hat on and it was SO GOOD. Lugging my gear and a back pack of snacks and water was a good workout but worth every huff and puff. I'm in love with these images and this family! xo

the way it unfolds, a session with angela doran {austin lifestyle photographer}

If you've never booked a session with me, I'd love to give you a feel for how they unfold, while also sharing one of the many beautiful families that just get me and allow me to create with them. 

First, I'll ask what area you live in, so that I can scout accordingly. I really don't like to add the stress of having to travel across town if I don't have to. There are many, many amazing locations to shoot at. Some are obvious...and some, are on the side of I-35, in front of the Tractor Supply. (as pictured in this blog post.) I'm ALWAYS looking. :) I walk around with my compass, so I know where the light will be, and I make sure it is a safe place for my families. 

austin lifestyle outdoor photo session

Then, it's session day! I'll meet you and we'll walk together to our spot. We will most likely start in some sort of traditional pose. I'll snap some photos, I'll talk to your kids, and then I'll start moving around. 

austin outdoor lifestyle photo session

I'll keep talking, acting a little silly, and I'll keep moving. I may ask certain family members to love on each other. I'll get close, and then I'll go far. 

And then, we'll need to change it up! Especially if you have young children. I don't like to do one thing for too long. Depending on the location, this could mean, walking somewhere else, or simply changing what we are doing. 

Then, I'll start to break it up, giving other family members a quick break, while capturing different combinations of family! During this movement, I usually capture some of my favorite moments of your session. 

And usually, by this time, everyone has relaxed and things are unfolding quite nicely, which enables me to really SEE you. The way you love your people. And that, is exactly what I want to capture. Side note, I'm probably full-on acting a fool at this point: barking like a dog, running around being silly. ;)

And then, we'll wrap it up! Thank you to the gorgeous families that let me in, that put their trust in me and let me see your gorgeous love. 

austin outdoor lifestyle photo session

summer loving, had me a blast {austin lifestyle photographer}

I'm always a little sad when summer is over. Gone are the days of sleeping in (you know, like to 7:30), and the lazy days of doing whatever strikes us. But at this point, as always, I'm ready to be done with scorching temperatures and sweating profusely. Every year I like to do a summer recap in photos and so here we are again, a gratuitous personal post. :) We travelled a little, played a lot. We read some books, we stayed close to home, we adventured in our city. Blake had to go to New Orleans for more than half the summer so King and I were inseparable. We definitely continued taking our self portraits, but I'll save those for a special post when the year is over. I stayed busier with sessions than I expected and I am grateful for that! It was a nice summer and we are already making plans for next year. Let's see what fall brings! xo
*a few iphone images mixed in*

sweetest summer session {austin lifestyle photographer}

I absolutely love it when my dear friends refer their friends to me, or actually when really anyone refers friends to me, for that matter! It just means so much! And bonus, I get to meet so many great people this way! That was the case with this sweet family. They had booked a little getaway on the Blanco River in Wimberley and contacted me to see if I'd be interested in shooting them there. OF COURSE. And with the summer temperatures, water is always welcome. I loved my time with them--and how adorable are they?! I wanted to bring that sweet smiley girl home with me!

fun at home with a new baby sister {austin lifestyle photographer}

Once again, it's been too long that I've visited this blog space to share my awesome sessions! I really am going to try harder to get more up, more often! With that being said, you've GOT to check this one out. A super fun, in-home session where this family danced and sang and loved their little hearts out to celebrate the arrival of a new baby sister. 

half a year of joy {austin lifestyle photographer}

You get pregnant, and hire a photographer to document your glow and growing belly. Then, your sweet baby comes and a newborn session is a must! You blink and then your precious babe is one year old...but wait. What about that amazing time in between, when your little love is giggling, and growing and discovering things everyday?! 6 months, y'all. It's the CUTEST. (I mean, really anytime in there from 4-9 months)  

This sweet family of mine, wanted to document just that--the rolls (oh my gosh, the ROLLS!! pass the butter, please!) the smiles, the curiosity, the daily life with a 6 month old. We had such a sweet time. And I did my best to resist eating this little cutie right up. It was so difficult! 

a new sister to love {austin and houston lifestyle newborn photographer}

Some of you may not know that I travel for this amazing work that I am blessed to do. And I've many awesome clients in Houston! So when this gorgeous mama contacted me about a newborn session there, it was a no-brainer. When I walked into their sweet home, I fell in love instantly. Everything was so easy and flowed so naturally. Big sister and I hit it off and she showed me around. One thing I really try to do, is make the siblings feel important. It's a time of adjustment and change, and though I'm there to capture the new baby that has arrived, I also want any siblings to know that I see them and they are an important part of the story. 

what a difference a year makes...{austin lifestyle photographer}

One year ago today, I was witness to the birth of this beautiful girl. I was witness to the power of love and support, and determination. (see that here) Seeing this family again at one year feels like a full circle and it also feels like such a great honor. Happy First Birthday, Journee! 

austin lifestyle photographer angela doran

And a big THANK YOU to Allison at Party Local for pulling together the cutest decor for us! And to One Eleven East for having such an amazing space. 

Overshare warning! 

back in time, marfa tx {austin lifestyle photographer}

I spent a long weekend with my family in Marfa, TX this past weekend and it was basically the best! Several people asked me, "What's in Marfa?" when I told them we were going. Well, lots! My dad was born there, and my parents met and fell in love in Alpine, so that alone had me intrigued. I haven't been back to that area in many, many years. I wanted to see for myself, this magical art scene, along with the drastic change in scenery that I know and love in Austin. I found the cutest little airbnb home to rent and that was that. 

We spent our first hours there exploring. We parked and walked to the Hotel Saint George which also houses the Marfa Book Store. They had many unique selections of books, art, and retail. The adults enjoyed a tasty beverage while Kingston sketched happily in his new purchase from the bookstore. We walked along the street (Highland) and stepped inside of art galleries to find gorgeous surprises--Warhols! and other beautiful works. That evening, we ventured to see the "Marfa Lights." My dad has told me many a story about these so I really wanted to see what they were like. I am 99% sure that I saw at least one--pretty neat. 

We woke up the following day and headed straight for Marfa Burrito. I cannot even describe to you how delicious these were. First of all--they are HUGE. One will do you. It's a hole in the wall and it's a must. Just down the street from that is the Chinati Foundation, where we walked around to see Donald Judd's concrete installation. We were too early to see anything indoors and had other plans to head to Fort Davis, but we loved these! 

I went to Fort Davis as a child, and I loved it then. I was super excited to share that with Kingston! We arrived and headed straight to the McDonald Observatory to see what we could do during the day there. (We'd already booked the star party for that evening) It was fun, but not nearly as fun as going back that evening. More on that in a sec! We then went to have lunch, and headed to Fort Davis National Historic Site. While I have mixed emotions on this site, it's history and was still neat to see. My favorite part was the hike. Gorgeous view of Fort Davis at the top! 
After dinner, we headed back to the McDonald Observatory for the star party. I was actually worried that we wouldn't be able to see anything, because the sky had been partly cloudy/hazy all day. But wouldn't you know, it cleared up literally just as the party began and we had a blast! The night sky in this part of Texas in mind blowing. The area is considered one of the darkest in the United States because there is minimal light pollution and this makes the stars much, much brighter. The host was hilarious and informative. Kingston was fascinated by the telescopes and the amazing views of the stars and mostly, the moon. We also got 2 views of Venus! Attending a Star Party is a must if visiting. 

The next day we headed to both Big Bend Ranch State Park and Big Bend National Park. In all honesty, you need a whole weekend here. We hiked a little, but we will definitely come back to camp and properly explore. It's incredible. We were all in awe of the landscape and the natural border of the Rio Grande. It's absolutely beautiful and I hope that it remains untouched by any sort of wall or barriers. 

Some other recommendations: Pizza Foundation--delicious!! Ranch Candy--who doesn't love a candy store?! Hotel Paisano-another good place to grab a drink! 

Super long post/story short: a trip to Marfa is well worth the drive. <3
(iPhone images below)

fun loving family! {austin lifestyle photographer}

I loved seeing this family again, this time with a little brother added to the mix! The last time I got to see them, Mama was pregnant with him. Connections are my favorite--and this family has them just so naturally. A lot of the time when I start a session, I tell the family, "Just love on one another!" That's exactly what they did. <3 

austin lifestyle photographer angela doran
austin lifestyle photographer angela doran

the last baby bump {austin lifestyle maternity photographer}

Because this mama will soon be having this sweet boy, I figured I'd start with her session from this past fall. (waaaaaay behind on posting, obviously) You may remember this gorgeous mama from this session or this one. Well, she killed it again with this last baby bump. 

austin lifestyle photographer angela doran

We met up on a misty morning and made some magic. Julie, who is one of the most gorgeous mamas I know, is always down for a little adventure. We waded in the creek, and then went for a little time indoors. Little man stole the show a couple of times, but he's so dang cute he's allowed. I cannot wait to meet this baby boy! 

My Favorite 16 of 2016, personal work {austin lifestyle photographer}

So long, 2016! I say this each year, but I cannot believe another year has come and gone! A year in which I took MANY photographs. A friend asked over the weekend, how many I thought I'd taken and it made me pause. Because my initial answer is A LOT. But when I really think about it, that number is in the tens of thousands. 40k? 50k? I don't know. Between personal and client work, it's just many many images. (about 3 terabytes' worth made the cut, if that gives you any idea) And like many artists, I went through times of doubt, boredom, and artistic ruts; as well as times I thought that I was on to something, and feeling like I was kicking ass. I started freelensing in January 2016. This helped me through some of those times, as well as mini courses from various photography forums. Knowing when to reach for or put down my camera, restricting myself to just  my iPhone for periods of time, and keeping my eyes open for interesting situations are all avenues I take trying to keep my perspective fresh. 

I've seen a few "favorite16 of 2016" posts floating around and I thought it would be fun to try and narrow down my own favorite images from my personal files. And I'm laughing as I type this because I know how hard this was for me. I'm sure that when I look back at this post even a month from now versus my entire 2016 album, it's guaranteed that I will have some different favorites. But here goes! 

 This is my favorite image of 2016, I think. I just love the light, and that sweet contemplative face.&nbsp;

This is my favorite image of 2016, I think. I just love the light, and that sweet contemplative face. 

 The sheer luck of the Beanie Boo bouncing up, paired with the sun flare makes this a favorite as well.&nbsp;

The sheer luck of the Beanie Boo bouncing up, paired with the sun flare makes this a favorite as well. 

 This drainage tube is a favorite of ours and I've taken several images of Kingston here--you can see them on instagram  here.

This drainage tube is a favorite of ours and I've taken several images of Kingston here--you can see them on instagram here.

 Trying something new, at night, using a spotlight. I love the outcome!&nbsp;

Trying something new, at night, using a spotlight. I love the outcome! 

 Because I will always love silhouettes.&nbsp;

Because I will always love silhouettes. 

 I love the imperfectness of this image. Lack of focus, water bokeh and the classic childhood water hose fun.&nbsp;

I love the imperfectness of this image. Lack of focus, water bokeh and the classic childhood water hose fun. 

 I love the t shirt, the sand-speckled face, the temporary tattoo and the fact that we were at one of our favorite exploring places.&nbsp;

I love the t shirt, the sand-speckled face, the temporary tattoo and the fact that we were at one of our favorite exploring places. 

 Pure Summer fun. (a full sun portrait)

Pure Summer fun. (a full sun portrait)

 This feels like an old portrait to me.&nbsp;

This feels like an old portrait to me. 

 A portrait taken through a plastic grocery bag.

A portrait taken through a plastic grocery bag.

 Because rainy days can be favorites too. Except it wasn't raining-I was spraying him with the water hose and he got smart!

Because rainy days can be favorites too. Except it wasn't raining-I was spraying him with the water hose and he got smart!

 Freelensed Shadow + Light

Freelensed Shadow + Light

 Again with the Shadows + Light

Again with the Shadows + Light

 The eyes have it.&nbsp;

The eyes have it. 

 A nother spur of the moment adventure.

Another spur of the moment adventure.

 Celebrating New Year's Eve at the beach.&nbsp;

Celebrating New Year's Eve at the beach. 

I'm looking forward to seeing what 2017 will bring with creativity and artistry! Thanks for checking these out and following along with me! 

sweet simplicity {austin lifestyle newborn photographer}

When Samantha reached out to me about a lifestyle newborn session, and let me know that it was a GIFT from her husband's employer, I smiled a big smile. How thoughtful is that?! And as always, I was both flattered and honored that she chose me! 

When I arrived at their home, everything was so easy. They all piled on the bed and loved on each other; I hung with the kids while Mom fed and soothed the baby. It was a very laid-back vibe. Their home is filled with love and patience and I just loved my every second with them.