Where do I begin with this amazing family??! They've recently moved from Boston to Austin (I'm sorry, I just love the way that rhymes) and I was so excited to show them one of my favorite spots to explore. I fell in love with their interactions-the sisters like best friends, the littlest such a hoot, all of them in sync while we walked, got our feet wet and just took in the beautiful nature of McKinney Falls State Park. I'll just let the images speak for themselves--I love the ease they have about them. <3 Oh and it's time to start thinking about scheduling for fall, you guys!! I want to get you all on my schedule so the sooner the better! Click here!
I met Sara of Sara K Blanco Photography last year, after falling in love with her work and hiring her for a session to capture my family. Let me tell you, I adore her. We have so much in common that we did not realize and I have since become friends with her beautiful self. She radiates love and happiness and I truly loved getting to meet the people in her life that are the most special to her. I'm so excited to share her session with you guys--to me it embodies what my style is all about. Letting go of perfection, of trying to get that "perfect" image in your mind of everyone smiling at the camera, and just allowing yourselves and your love to shine through. Because to me, the "perfect" images are in the details; they are the ones that capture who you are RIGHT NOW. The way your children hug you, what smile phase they are in (it's a thing), how your partner pulls you in, the beautiful dynamic of your family just being together. Enjoy!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
While in Fort Worth, I also got to visit a gal that I've known and loved since college. And bonus, she has 2 beautiful girls! Again, the weather was grey, but these girls were anything but! So much sunshine inside their home. Literally from the moment that I got there, until I left, we had FUN. I just love Kristen! And her little ladies are stunningly gorgeous, no surprise.
We started with bubbles! Little Miss C has it down pat.
Little Miss K, well, she tried. But she was darned cute!!
Kristen was seriously so prepared for for fun. She busted out the Blue Bell and sprinkles and they had a little Ice Cream Princess Party. Then we headed outside to play in the drizzle, and to the playroom to wind it down. So many fun moments were captured and I just loved watching them all interact.
Thank you, Kristen, for letting me into your amazing home to capture your little ladies. I love y'all!