Travel Sessions!

Our family of four is known for being a little over the top with road trips. We regularly drive to New Orleans (8 hours from Austin), Colorado (21 hours), and South Carolina (24-ish hours) to visit family, and in the past few years our road trips have taken us to Minnesota, Wisconsin, San Francisco, San Diego, and all the places in between. We're lucky that the kids like the car, don't mind stopping to stretch legs and have a snack, and tolerate being hauled out of the car so we can stop at historical markers (Super Fun Parents of the Year, that's us!). This past spring, we started talking about what summer would look like, and decided to road trip up to visit our friends in Minnesota, and then detour a bit as we headed to Pawleys Island for our usual summer destination. We figured out our travel dates, then I tossed those dates out on Twitter and Instagram to see if anyone might like photos done while we were passing through their areas - and I was able to photograph five families on the road! Some I had met before, some I had not, but by the time I left St. Paul, Milwaukee, Chicago, and Knoxville, I was basically making plans to come back and see these fantastic people just to hang out with them. I truly had the best time! To Alexa, Sarah, Katie, Liz, and Marianne, thank you so much for introducing me to your beautiful families and for making me feel so at home! And thank-you to Amy for having us all over to dinner in IL - we are going to make that family session happen someday soon, I promise. (Adele says "Can we play in Elm's tree hideout again?") Sarah, my girls are campaigning HARD for a trampoline after visiting your house. And Marianne, my children basically want to move into Lulu's playhouse with her, so if you hear weird noises out there, don't be worried...  and thanks for the wonderful dinner, wine, and conversation. 

I'm excited to share just a few previews from these gorgeous families!

Fall Favorites

Fall is always a bit crazy, and this year was no exception. Despite the winter coming early this year (it was 36 degrees this morning! What?!) I had some fantastic sessions with favorite clients again these past couple of months. I don't want to give away anyone's holiday cards, but I think I'm safe with sharing a few other shots. Thanks to everyone, especially the littlest ones, who tolerated the camera so well. ;)

Juliette and Family at Home

Newborn shoots aren't the easiest thing to plan for, given that babies aren't really "schedule" kind of people. It's hard being a baby! You want what you want when you want it! Come on, people!

Therefore, I LOVED what Jesse and Moira decided to do for newborn photos with their sweet Juliette. Step one: invite your whole family over to your home one morning. Step two: make sure one of you has a brother who is an incredible chef. Step Three: Have him cook chicken and waffles. Step Four: Mimosas and coffee. Step five: Make sure that both parents, two grandmothers, one grandfather, one godmother, one aunt-to-be and one uncle are all on hand for plenty of baby holding and snuggling.  Step six: admire this sweet baby who's mellow and calm and happy just being in everyone's arms. Then invite a photographer to catch you all in action, and you've got some happy family photos all together.

Congratulations, Moira and Jesse, and the entire family! Juliette is just beautiful, and so loved.