February Daily Photos

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. 

Oak Cliff Family Session

I met Molly and Helen and their parents on the Davis Street Espresso bus, which to be honest is where we've met most of the families we know in our neighborhood. Its a true community hub. Being a mom of triplets means when I spot other young multiples I feel an instant connection to what life is like for that family. After many overlapping coffee mornings we finally scheduled a session on that very bus and caught some of the magic that makes four year old twins so special. I also LOVE that the girls chose their own dresses for the session and went with their favorite super sheroes. Win-win!

We wrapped up the session at a new mural in the Bishop Arts District, painted by another friend of mine, the super talented Haylee Ryan in collaboration with Courtney Miles

 

Dallas Arts District Family Session

The Arts District that sits just between downtown and uptown Dallas is one of my favorite spots to explore. There's an endless variety of textures and colors to add interest to photos and I love seeing the way little ones interact with their surroundings. The Richters and I had done several sessions in a more natural setting, so for Ada's mid-year session we decided to mix it up a bit and I love how it turned out. 

Millie is 2

Any time a friend or acquaintance announces they're expecting a baby I quietly hope that I'll one day get to make family portraits for them. It just brings me so much joy to capture all of the little details and mannerisms unique to each family. The Joneses were no different, so when Michele reached out and asked me to do 2 year portraits of Millie I of course couldn't wait for our session. We wandered around one of my favorite spots in Dallas—Fair Park. Its such a fantastic location for family photos when the fair is not in town. The grounds are beautiful, the buildings are full of art deco details, and its easy to walk around with little ones since there aren't cars everywhere.

Millie was delightfully 2, following anything that caught her eye, squealing in delight at flowers and butterflies, and teasing her parents by running away from them just at the moment they were about to steal a kiss.

 

 

The Wheatley Family

Paul and Catherine welcomed their second daughter, Beatrice just before Christmas. I loved capturing their little family of four a couple months later. Winnie Kate has taken on her role as big sister brilliantly and had so much to tell me it was all I could do to remember to keep shooting in between her two year old serenades and stories. 

The Johnson Family

Sometimes sessions come together at the last minute when all the stars align, and this is one of those. In the midst of busy wedding season and Easter, I got an email from Tiffany asking if I had time for a quick session while her step-kids were still in town from their home in England. They were going back in just a few days. Oh and ps, there are six kids ranging from 2 months to 12 years old! Amazingly, our schedules worked out and I was able to grab some shots of this incredibly loving and sweet blended family at their juice shop (if you're in Oak Cliff, be sure to stop by, its delicious!). 

The hugs and kisses lavished on the babies warmed my heart, and the camaraderie between step-siblings was beautiful to witness. I haven't gotten to know this family too closely but after spending just 30 minutes together I have a feeling that these parents are certainly doing something right. I loved getting a glimpse of the personalities of all six kids and catching some candid moments in between posed shots (those are always my favorite).

p.s. You might notice one of the girls is visibly sad in several photos. Poor thing had a really bad headache while we were shooting, but with a couple of the kids going back to England, there was no way to reschedule. She was a dear and smiled sweetly as much as she could (especially when she got to hold her new baby sister). I wanted to capture the way her family loved on her in the moments in between because those moments are the ones that really make a family. I would much rather document those tender and real moments than gloss over them and pretend everything is perfect all the time. 

Nico - 3 Months

Nico is another little one who I have the honor of photographing multiple times throughout the year. Babies change so quickly, so I really love getting to see them every few months and recording what life looks like in each phase. Every time I've taken photos of Silka and Trey they manage to make each other belly laugh and I so love getting photos of their smiles. This little family is bursting at the seams with love for each other! 

The Davis Family

Sweet little fall mini-session with this family of three. I love that my job helps me to see true joy in  the world, especially during these weeks when there is heartbreak all around us. Let us be thankful for the love in our lives.

"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings." - William Arthur Ward

Charlie's Newborn Session

It doesn't get much better than seeing a family with its newest member. Equal parts joy and exhaustion, its a time of life that quickly fades from our memories, which makes it that much more special to document with pictures. Its always my privilege to make those memories tangible for the families I work with, and the McLean's were no exception.

Howard-Scott Lifestyle Session

My absolute favorite type of family session to photograph is not the one where the location is perfectly scouted, the wardrobes of every family member meticulously coordinated, and children bribed (though I'm so not above that) to smile for the camera. What I want to shoot more and more of are true lifestyle sessions during which I get to hang out long enough that the kids forget I'm there and I can capture the type of images that I get of my own family. Life's simple, unscripted moments are the ones I long to remember when my children are grown, and I know that's true for other parents, too. I'm so happy I got to spend a few hours with the Howard-Scott family and make these special photographs for them. I've known them since Jane was just a year old and Henry was just a baby bump, and our kids draw pictures for each other and I just love them to pieces. This time of life with a 3.5 year old and just-turned-two year old is unlike any other.


The Brezeale Family

While many of my clients these days have little little ones, I always enjoy working with older kiddos too. The Brezeale brothers were at just the right age to be silly (and faux-serious) without worrying about being cool in front of the camera and were all about a little friendly competition, from staring contests, to arm-wrestling, to racing up hills. I love catching moments with my camera that show the genuine dynamic between siblings. Its such a special relationship, and you just can't capture that with stiff poses. Their whole family dynamic was so sweet to observe. This session was full of laughter and life and all the good stuff that's worth capturing.

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