As I pulled these together it struck me that I don't often feel like I do very much, but seeing a daily account of one month, which is typically the slowest of the year, I realize I need to give myself more credit. Whether its work (I know so many photographers who do a much higher volume than I do), or family (I'm always questioning if I'm spending enough time with the kids), or being engaged in the community and spending time with friends (definitely not as much as I'd like, but I do my best), its hard for me to feel like I'm giving enough of myself to any of those things, let alone all of them. I've been actively trying to enjoy each day, be present to the moment I'm in, and appreciate all the love that surrounds me. I hope that I'm giving that love back out into the world.
Justin has long looked forward to being an embarrassment to his children and his years of hard work are really starting to pay off.
52 Fridays theme: Contrast
The past year has involved a lot more experimentation with light, especially playing with harsher light and using it to highlight the subject in an interesting way.
I participated in the second Oak Cliff Wedding Market (a team of friends and I started the first one in 2015, and Celebrate Dallas carried the torch to make it happen again). This year's event was at Cliff House, a new venue in Oak Cliff in a lovingly restored historic church. Getting to know other people in the wedding industry and working to help each other succeed is such a wonderful part of my job. If you haven't taken a look at my wedding work yet I'd love for you to pop over to my wedding site and take a look.
On assignment to shoot some Dallas specific imagery for a client. I love that the Pegasus is an icon for our city. Its imaginative, hopeful, and strong. Dallas has a lot of stereotypes that aren't the most positive, but we're a city of hardworking, kind, and creative people and I'm proud to call it home.
Our grumpy cat.
The wonder of window markers filled our afternoon and contributed to some pretty great stories. Beware evil pickles!
Bridal portraits aren't super common for my clients, but I love doing them.
Sometimes I play with a prism for fun and interesting experiments with photos. Sometimes the kids steal it and don't give it back.
A jaunt down to Austin for a fabulous wedding meant staying with one of my bests and her little family. These dimpled baby hands are too much!
Fabulous wedding alert! Kyle and Zach are our neighbors and I was thrilled when they asked me to photograph their day. They had an intimate gathering of friends and family for a brunch reception at the South Congress Hotel in Austin. So many more photos from this amazing day coming soon to my wedding blog.
Morning after the wedding, more baby snuggles before heading back home. Its been 14 years since Laura and I first met, and having her and now her family in my life is one of the sweetest blessings.
My little luchador.
We ended up fostering a dog to save her from being euthanized. Just for a week, we said...this was a headshot I took to get someone else to adopt her.
Newborn sessions may feel stressful to you if you're on the client side, but they are always such a time of calm slowness, and as I edit the images I feel peace in the simplicity of it. These little babies will one day grow into loud and messy toddlers and quirky and hilarious little kids, but no matter their personalities, when they are this little they just want to be enveloped in their parents' arms and loved in a way that doesn't require words. Its beautiful and I love capturing that little slice of time.
My friend Amanda and I met after working on a wedding together a couple of years ago. She's incredibly kind, encouraging, and an extremely talented floral designer. She just launched her own floral business called Zephyr Floral (great story behind the name, you should ask her about it.) Again, the friendships made with other people in the wedding industry has been surprisingly sweet. I say surprising because going into shooting weddings I had an idea about "industry people" and thought it would be a bunch of superficial phonies who were just trying to get a step ahead. Of course there are those people here and there in every industry, but what I've mostly encountered are people who are passionate about what they do because they love people. The friends I've made are genuinely happy for others successes and are hard workers who want to give their best to their clients. I'm lucky to know them.
We took the kids to a family friendly improv night at Dallas Comedy House. It was hilarious and such a different thing to do than the normal kid stuff. They had a great time. If you have kids around 5 and up definitely go.
In home family sessions are my new favorite thing. I've worked with this family since the little girl in this photo was a week old and we've done several beautiful outdoor sessions that I also love, but getting to capture moments like this in their own environment is something special. I'm grateful for families who return to me year after year as their family grows. It means the world to me.
Sunshine! And bugs! Almost spring.
Our little magnolia tree is always the first to bloom. Playing around a bit with multiple exposures because they're fun and in portrait sessions I don't always have time to play with them. My kids are so big now they take direction and cooperate so well. When did they grow up??
These two. Snuggle parties every night.
Parenting pro tip: tell your kids that one of them is a zoo keeper and the other two are giraffes who need to eat their spinach.
Beto O'Rourke is running for Senate to replace Ted Cruz. He stopped in Oak Cliff for a town hall at Texas Theatre and I was lucky enough to snag a second row spot in the sold-out crowd of 1300. Ollie came with me and made it about an hour and a half, which I thought was pretty good. Beto is the real deal. Look him up. And vote in November.
Erin was in town for the birth of her sister's baby. She was on big brother babysitting duty the one night she and Jenna and I could hang out, so we ordered take out and talked for four hours in her sister's living room with Erin's nephew showing us all of his books and toys. Friendships that require only being together are the best kind and I love these two women.
Guess what, we kept the dog. She's pretty great. We named her Luna. I'm sure you'll see more of her.
I love this tree.
Tuesday nights the girls are in dance class and Ollie and I have about 45 minutes to run to the market and sometimes do a little homework at the coffee shop.
Apparently its a thing for every school in America to do Dr. Seuss week the last week of February. This was "Wacky Wednesday."