David + Jess +Catalina | Austin Family Photography

3 01 2011

I love this family!  They are always so sweet.  I met them through a mutual friend a couple of years ago.  When we first met, David was a Captain in Air Force and Jess was commuting back and forth between DFW and Austin for her job as a doctor.  Now, Jess no longer commutes, David is a Project Manager for the VA and they have a beautiful daughter, Catalina.  It’s incredible what can happen in a couple of years.

Cat didn’t really want to wear her shoes but they were too cute not to be photographed.

She didn’t want to wear her dress either but we distracted her with presents.

In the end the dress lost the battle to the tears and it was time for a wardrobe change.

Which led to this photo that I absolutely L.O.V.E!!!  Such sweet comfort.

Special thanks to David, Jess and Cat!  You guys were great!  Can’t wait until May when Kit Cat turns 2! Man how time flies.

Sneak Peek | David + Jess + Catalina

26 12 2010

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… which means, family pics!  I’m pleased to introduce David and Jess.  You may remember meeting their beautiful daughter, Catalina.  She was introduced to you back in May when she was celebrating her 1st birthday.  I just love this family!  They are always so sweet and fun.  Here’s a sneak peek from their shoot.

Week 30: Black and white portrait

3 09 2010

Meet my parents, Charlie and Kimberlie!  You may actually remember them from the Mi Familia shoot back in November.   They are always such good sports and are willing to help me out when I need a favor.  In this case, the favor was for them to pose for my week 30 assignment.  So after dinner we had a quick ten minute shoot.  I love my parents; they are always a lot of fun.  They had such a great time laughing and cutting up.  It’s easy to see their genuine love and respect for one another. 

They will have been married for 28 years(Congrats guys!!) this month so I titled this picture,  A black and white portrait of 28 years of love.  🙂

To my parents:  I am very blessed to have you guys in my life!  Thank you so much for your constant love and support.  I love you guys!!

“Listen, my child, to your father’s instructions and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.  What you learn from them will crown you with grace and clothe you with honor.”  – Proverbs 1:8-9

Top 9 of ’09

4 01 2010

Just a quick look back at my favorite pics from 2009. In no particular order.

My favorite pic of the year, my grandparents:

Fishing in the Arbuckle Mountains:

Andrea workin’ it:

Garrison pondering the meaning of life or whatever 4 year olds thing about…:

The beautiful bride, Mrs. Erin Sissell:

Reflections from my first outting with my camera:

Lazy Sunday flower photo:

The sunset on the bayside of South Padre Island:

My brother, Chas, looking all GQ with my Dad hanging out in the background:

Thank you for joining me on my journey!  This past year has been such a great learning experience.  I can’t wait to see what the future holds.   Each day is a blessing, make it count!

Happy New Year & God bless!


Christmas Presents

29 12 2009

For Christmas I gave my parents and grandparents prints from family photo day.  I added scripture to both prints and framed them.  The red frame I used for my grandparent’s picture was actually a frame they were going to throw out last year but I said I would keep it.   Little did I know I wouldn’t use the frame until this year when I basically regifted it back to them, ha.  They got a kick out of it.  Enjoy! 

My parents’ print:

My grandparents’ print:

Finished product (forgive the blur, my digital camera was acting up):

Meet mi familia

11 12 2009

This year, the day after Thanksgiving was turned into family photo day!   Mainly because I wanted/needed the practice and my family loves me so they were willing. 🙂  It was such a nice relaxing day.   We went out to my grandparents’ farm and looked through old family photos, drove over to Brownwood to eat at Underwood’s (yum!) and ended up back in the big ole town of De Leon.  We posted up at the old train station for most of the shoot which was once the heart of the town.  We played on the tracks and the platform where my Papa said he used to catch the train as kid.  So much history in such a tiny town.  Here are my favorites from the day.  Enjoy!


And last but certainly not least, my favorite picture of the day.

Val + Andrea | Mother + Daughter

9 12 2009

Andrea and I have been friends since our freshmen year of college.  We both went potluck and the good Lord above put us together.  I really do feel blessed to have her in my life; not  only is she smart and beautiful, she’s also caring and awkwardly hilarious.  I love her and her family dearly.  So when she asked if I could help out with her Mom’s surprise party, I jumped at the chance. 

“The Plan:” Mother, daughter photo shoot/ practice for me

The Actual Plan: Keep Val distracted until 5:45p.m. for her surprise birthday party being set up at her own house. 🙂

We had a fun time playing decoy.  Luckily during their outfit selection Val suggested Andrea and I come over for dinner since her husband, Mike, had been making so much food earlier that day (gee I wonder why he was doing that 😉 ).   So we didn’t even have to make anything up!  She invited us to her own party!   Once we got downtown we only had about an hour or two before Andrea and I had to start “acting hungry” so we made good use of our time.  We were able to test a couple of different spots and we even found a hillside straight out of Ireland right here in downtown Fort Worth.  Greatness, definitely using that site again!

Special thanks to these ladies and Happy Birthday to them both!!!   They did a fantastic job and I was very grateful for the opportunity, decoy or not.



Sneak Peek | Mi Familia

8 12 2009

Just a sneak peek from family photo day in DeLeon.  More to come soon along with the full mother/daughter post of Andrea and Val!  Keep a look out!

Sneak Peek | Val & Andrea

24 11 2009

Here’s a sneak peek from the mother/daughter/decoy photo shoot this weekend.  More details and photos to follow so make sure to check back! 

Softball Sweethearts

7 09 2009

Hogan is on two softball teams this season; the Sofa Kings play on Tuesday nights  and the Hot Snakes(which you’ve seen in a previous post) play on Wednesday nights.  This past Tuesday night, I was blessed with the company of Hogan’s Mom, his Uncle and his cousin, Carrie, along with three of her little girls, Skyleigh, Cami and Scout.   I was beyond grateful that they came out to the game; not only were they good company but the girls also provided great photo ops.  Cami and Scout were so excited once they figured out they could see themselves on my screen after I took their picture.  From then on it was, “ok, take my picture,” they’d run over to me, take a look, laugh and run back to pose, “ok, take my picture.” Scout cracked me up; I took her picture, she ran over to look at it and exclaimed, “ewww, my face is dirty.”  Granted she had just finished with a ketchup covered chicken strip and a chill cheese nacho, haha.  Adorable.

As for the game, the guys put up a good fight but lost in the last inning by one run.  It was a great game though, lots of action.

swingtriplescout and camiscouters

pattysmilesScoutsilly faces

the girlsclinta cute messcute shoes

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