Tuesday, March 2, 2010

New Blog

I'm finally moving from my dinosaur-era blog to a new and improved one.

Here's the address for the new one: NEW BLOG

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Double the cuteness

How cute are these 2? I loved watching them together and was so impressed by how their parents had a plan for everything. They tackled clothing changes, poses, pacifier duty, everything with ease. Hope you enjoy your peek:)

Friday, February 26, 2010

Miss February

I love eye contact. Probably more than a big smile (although I know that parents love the big smiles). This little one-year-old didn't give many smiles but she was awesome at looking straight at me. I can only imagine what she was thinking about me:) But hey, I have a ton of pictures showing her big soulful eyes...and that makes me happy. Hope you enjoy the peek:)

Hope everyone has a great weekend. I have several shoots I'm super excited about that I'll share next week.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Big, Brown Expressive Eyes

This adorable little girl had the biggest brightest brown eyes ever. She is 4 months old and tried her hardest to move all around. I have some of her attempting to roll right out of the shot, scoot back off the rug, and pull the rug in front of her face. She was too cute!

I hope you enjoy your sneak peek:)

She looks like she's reaching up to give a big hug

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

We cut this one a little close

This beautiful mom-to-be was having this baby boy within 24 hours of these pictures. I couldn't believe it. I have to say I've never done maternity pictures and newborn pictures within the same 2 weeks. She looked amazing!

Their 5-year-old was such a hoot. She had me laughing the entire time!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

I'm the client now

There are a handful of my favorite photographers that if I could I would travel to where they are and hire them for our family photos and it just so happened that one of them posted on her blog that she was coming to Houston and was going to spend one day doing five shoots. And to top it off they were urban shoots...my absolute fave!! It was fate, meant to be, and couldn't be passed up. I asked Chad if he could get off of work that day and he said "Yes, but what about the kids and school?" School schmool! (Ummm, Melissa or any teachers that may read this...shhh.cough..cough.haha). So I snagged a spot and we spent some time with Angie of Simplicity Photography this past Friday. Sure I can take pics of kids...just not my kids. They are sooooo over me and my tricks and it was worth every penny to hire someone to do what I do...for me. When we did family pictures before Christmas my kids were just o.k. for me. Drew tried to be silly, Cassidy always smiled like she was in pain and Mackenzie and Chad are Squinty One and Squinty Two. I didn't really love any of them. But on Friday the kids were so good (well, Drew gave her a little bit of a hard time but she was great with him) and I left there feeling so happy and optimistic. I can't wait to see them! And the weather was totally overcast so I'm hoping that Squinty One and Squinty Two were able to open their eyes:)

I helped her pin down a location and it ended up being in the Warehouse District downtown. I warned her that it's a little rough down there and I hope it didn't scare her too bad! I don't get a lot of requests for "urban" shoots but maybe I can share some of ours and get some takers.

I can totally relate to my clients now. I was stressed about clothing, the weather, and now the wait. This is hard!

And I say this as I'm so far behind that it's not funny. This is the slowest part of the year and I'm behind...not good but I'm resolved to get caught up and get back to blogging better. I'm so behind that I have a new website that I bought months ago that isn't started. Well, I think the home page is done...a new blog that hasn't been finished. And I wanted these to be done in time for the February price increase. I also am doing a separate site for seniors that hasn't been started. I will have some new policies and packages...it just isn't ironed out yet...but it will be!

Here's the Valentine's Day pics I took of the family and I think they will prove my point that Drew is a stinker when it comes to pictures for mom.

Here's my husband's Flintstone's car. It literally has a hole in the floorboard but it's a great color for pictures. He's had it for probably 10 years with the intention of fixing it up. Well, it's become a junk collector in the garage. We like to tease our 16-year-old neighbor that his parents are buying it for him.

Ok. I wanted him to look up at me and he sticks the bottom of his feet up.

Then I get the closed eyes

and the open mouth

I really, really, really wanted a fajita salad that day so Chad went to the store, bought the supplies and made one. This is BIG. He usually sticks to cooking breakfast every once in a while and grilling. It was perfect:)

driving up from the store

Is this a bad mom? I had her take her glasses off for our pictures. She's pretty blind as a bat without them....but to my defense, she wears them crooked and halfway down her nose. We call her our little granny. And we made sure she didn't trip or anything:)

I think there's a little spit flying with those bubbles

Exhibit #1 - crooked glasses

Exhibit #2 - squinty eyes

Sunday, February 14, 2010

A great Valentine's Day

I hope everyone had a great day! I really enjoyed my day. We have been running around so much lately that it was great to have a day to chill with the family. It was actually gorgeous outside -- which is surprising with the way the weather has been lately -- and we were able to walk the dogs in the neighborhood and play outside for hours. I even took the camera out and took pics of the kids playing. I hadn't done that in years...literally. I'll try and share those pics this week. I've sadly gotten to the point where I'm either tired of the camera or worry about the background not being good or the kids not being dressed nice enough or their hair not brushed. It's really sad and I'm going to try and get better at the everyday pictures:)

This family's session was one of many that has had to be rescheduled because of bad weather. I'm so glad we were finally able to meet up. Hope you enjoy your peek:)