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Jona and Kelsey’s Family Portraits

What a beautiful afternoon we had for these fall family portraits! Luca looked so smart in his plaid shirt and sneakers, a tiny lumberjack! Mama brought him some Christmas ornaments with which to play, and at first he wasn’t interested until Dad started hanging them from his ears. This is my favorite kind of portrait photography, where we just interact with each other and see what kind of magic we get! Luca seemed happiest when being tossed in the air and being held upside down. I actually held him on my hip and let him yell while I grabbed a quick portrait of just Jona and Kelsey together. Ninja photos! The sunlight couldn’t have been more perfect, filtering through the tall oak trees. Pro tip: wear good shoes for tall grass like this as there can often be hidden cactus or ant beds lurking about. I’m always careful to scout it out first and definitely don’t suggest tall grass in warm weather (it might invite other creatures) but this was easy to see through and navigate through. I hope you enjoy these portraits as much as I do. Happy Holidays, and make the most of your family time this month!

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Lauren and Rob’s Family Portrait Session

Lauren is one of my good friends, and a rockstar wedding planner. She is co-owner of Eclipse Event Co. with Kristi DePew. We got together on a sunny November afternoon for a family portrait session for Christmas cards. Be prepared: you may suffer a heart attack from how darn cute Lauren and Rob’s twins are! Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Lacey and Logan are almost three years old and utterly adorable. I don’t know who’s bossing who; as we whooped and hollered and sang at these babies to look towards the camera, I couldn’t help thinking I’M the dancing monkey. =) Family and children portrait photography is definitely different from weddings! But oh, my heart! You get priceless, priceless images to last for generations.

Tips for family portraits: pick two or three colors for outfits. Lauren chose Lacey’s outfit which had the busiest print and went from there. Everything goes together but isn’t matchy-matchy. I could learn a thing or two from her! Another piece of advice, relax and don’t worry if your kids don’t act the way you hope. Listen to your friendly photographer and let her boss you around. You’ll be surprised and thrilled to see how beautifully your family turns out in photographs, despite how hectic you may feel your session went. Third tip: if bringing your sweet doggie, do have a water bowl on hand for hydration, and treats to reward him when he obeys your commands. I can’t say whether you should bring treats for your kids; that is totally up to you! =)

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Lisel and Pilot

Lisel is an awesome, awesome girl. She’s so tall and strong and amazing at our gym; I wanna be like her when I grow up! She has a sweet, sweet doggie named Pilot who is her baby. I mentioned that I take portraits of my sister Jenna with her Frenchie Paige every year, and Lisel wanted to do the same. We beat out a gentle rain front coming in on a Sunday afternoon and grabbed some fun, beautiful images of Lisel with her “fur baby.” Pilot was all over the place, as dogs can be, but golly she is a beautiful animal. I love doing portraits of people with their dogs! It’s fun, and as dogs don’t live quite as long as we do, I think it’s really special to have these memories. Austin is full of dog lovers, and I frequently get asked, “Can we bring our dog?” Of course! Dogs are a huge part of your family, and what better way to commemorate them? I only wish I could bring Kitty along to MY family portrait session. Ha! Pilot, it was a pleasure to meet you! <3

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Rachel and Ricardo’s Fall Engagement Session at San Jose Mission | San Antonio Portrait Photography

I am so stoked for this awesome couple’s spring wedding in 2018. Rachel is a nurse, just like her mama. Ricardo is an engineer. They met (this is the BEST) in her mother’s pottery class! She was dropping in to visit; he was a student. Next semester, they both signed up for pottery again! It must have been her smokin’ baby blues that grabbed his attention. I love it! Rachel picked San Jose Mission in San Antonio because when she first visited, she knew that one day she would do her engagement portraits there. And she didn’t even know Ricardo yet! Coincidentally, San Jose Mission was one of the first places my hubby and I ever hung out, before we were as my father-in-law called us, “an item.” This session really celebrates all things Texas: boots, denim, and the Hispanic heritage that makes Texas truly special. Even their furry “baby” participated. Enjoy this session, and happy holidays!

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Family Mini Session | Austin Portrait Photography

Jenn and Brooks have a brand new baby girl, Taylor. I don’t know why I’ve waited so long to get into family portrait photography. I’ve been photographing weddings for seven years and somehow portraits just fell by the wayside when I moved to Austin. Hopefully that is changing! Family portrait sessions are so relaxed, and quick! I love to give a little direction and then let everyone just interact. Doggies are always welcome, too! Scout did such a good job holding still for mummy and daddy. They even coordinated her leash with their outfits, ha!

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