Wardrobe Choices 

Have you ever wondered if your outfit choices really make a difference in the end result of your family photo session?

Well, not to put any added pressure, buuuut they totally do! Here are a few tips for you to remember when coordinating your family’s outfit.
1. Don’t be afraid to not be “matchey matchey”. If the colors are all in the same general color family, they will look great. This family is in all different colors but the session took place in the summer (see number 3 for more on that) and even thought it’s a lot going on, it works for them since they are all bright and springy colors! If you want to perfect this look, make sure someone is toned down a bit, like the mom in this family.

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2. Avoid too many patterns on too many people. A good rule of thumb is to throw pattern on only one or two people in the group. Make Dad stand out a bit more by putting him in a plaid or checkered shirt while Mom or kids bring in the splash of color.

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3. Remember your season and surroundings. If you have a gorgeous location picked out (IE spring flowers or fall trees), don’t wear anything too bright to distract from it. Color is still okay but keep it muted! This family’s session took place at the height of fall. While they still have a color theme going on, it’s a nice dark purple, which is muted and seasonally appropriate.

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4. Rules are meant to be broken! These are great guidelines but don’t be afraid to mix it up if you think it looks good! They’re your pictures and you should feel comfortable in what you’re wearing. These kids are breaking rule number 2 but they look amazing!

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Good luck and happy shopping!

Ruby Tru : : Newborn Lifestyle

Funny story.

In high school I played on the worship team at church with this guy named Jonathan. We weren’t super close but we usually got along because he put up with me the most out of his two other brothers. (I was kind of obnoxious in high school) Anyway, he later started going to another church and we didn’t really keep in touch other than just having mutual friends.

That is, until I married his cousin. Now he’s stuck with me! haha, jokes on you Jonathan!

A few years ago he found his soul mate, Abbey. I’m serious. These two are ridiculous how perfect they are for each other. They just had their second baby, a little girl named Ruby Tru. I was so happy to take her newborn pictures recently and, you guys, this family is like perfection.

 

Introducing Ruby Tru

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Sibling Mini Session

Remember that time I gave away a mini session on Facebook? Yeah, many months later Natalie and I were finally able to sync our schedules and she got to redeem that session as a sweet sibling mini session!
These kids were a lot of fun to photograph. I wish I could have fully captured the energy that Natalie’s little three year old had! I have never seen a more energetic little boy. He literally ran the entire 30 minutes of our session.

I look forward to working with this sweet family again!

 

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Micah Shobi : : Newborn Lifestyle

I always giggle a little bit when I talk about “lifestyle” newborn shoots… In reality, the lifestyle of a newborn is milk stains on mom’s clothes, dark circles around mom and dad’s eyes, dirty onesies everywhere, poopy diapers spilling out of the diaper genie, and screaming at the older sibling not to poke the baby’s eye AGAIN.

But we try to block those memories and remember only the sweet snuggles, big sibling’s kisses, and the few times mom found a chance to take a shower.

 

I so enjoyed getting some {fake} lifestyle photos of Mr. Micah last week. His family is so special to mine and we’re ecstatic to have him join our baby family clan.

Introducing Micah Shobi Varghese

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Nacho Libre for Halloween

One of my favorite movies of all time is Nacho Libre. I literally quote it at least once a day, “go! go read some books”. I think I’m hilarious.

My husband does not. Whatever.
So when my friend Sharon told me she was going dress her son up as Nacho for Halloween I said we had to a shoot.

Here are a few of my faves from the shoot.


  
  
  
  

Sophia Rose : : One Year Old!

Sweet Sophia is the daughter of my good friends Elizabeth and George.  I have known them since I was in high school (they were not in high school, as they are much, much, much older than I am – hahah 😉 ), but as time went on, I got married, we ended up having kids the same age, and we are now in a family bible study/fellowship group together. They have always been so kind and generous to us.  I could tell you a ton of stories, but this one stands out most in my memory.

Memorial Day Weekend 2015 in Houston was one for the record books. Friday night it started to rain, something that is very normal for a late May night, but little did most people know this particular storm would wreck havoc across the city. If you don’t know, Houston is “famous” for their bayous, which are basically manmade concrete rivers that run throughout the city to provide drainage and prevent flooding in vulnerable parts of the city. George and Elizabeth live about 4 blocks from a major one: Braes Bayou.
On Friday night of Memorial Day Weekend, a small but heavy cell of rain parked itself over the Braes Bayou. Before anyone could believe it or evacuate, it overflowed.  By 2am, my friend’s house was flooded with 3 ft of bayou water. They were stuck, with her parents and their 9 month old daughter, in the house for hours waiting for the water to recede so someone could come rescue them. Practically everything they owned was destroyed. The icing on the cake is that they had just moved in and renovated the house less than a year before the storm. 80% of their stuff was brand-new (and not the cheap stuff either).
The point of this story is, would you believe after all that, when my husband and I spent just a couple of hours to help them organize and label all the destruction in their house,  THEY BOUGHT US GIFTS TO THANK US.
Seriously.
They lost their house, their clothes, their baby toys, BOTH their cars…. everything!

But they thought WE deserved presents.
right….

Really, they are the best, and Sophia Rose is the most precious baby {not so baby anymore!}  girl. Here are some of my favorite shots of her one year photo session and her first birthday party.

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Garcia Family : : Family Session Giveaway 2

When I was in high school I went to church with Reagan Garcia. I remember knowing who she was but I don’t know if we ever really talked or knew each other. We eventually ended up as friends on Facebook and she would always support me by sharing ads for my music lessons and now for LEPhoto. So, when she won the giveaway I was so excited to get to pay her back for all her support!

Her boys Caleb and Matthew are the cutest.things. She told me that the younger one would fake being shy but that he’s really not. She wasn’t kidding. In the first few minutes he wouldn’t even make eye contact but as soon as I brought out a soccer ball and started chatting about Thomas the Train, we were instant besties. I really enjoyed working with this family. They were all so cooperative, flexible, and patient with me! The boys even came up with some of their own picture ideas. Adorable. I might hire them as my assistants in a couple years. 🙂

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Mohammed Family : : Family Session Giveaway 1

A few weeks ago I did a family session giveaway on Facebook. Amina Ishaq was my first winner!

This family was so sweet and kind. They showed up to a random location they had never heard of with a photographer they had never met, but they had their game faces on! Even though it was 7pm, the older kids were ready to play and have fun. The baby was even a happy camper! I couldn’t ask for more.

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4th of July Minis

It doesn’t get any more patriotic than little kids holding flags. I mean, really.
I was excited to have some friends over for this impromptu mini session. I know I had a lot of fun and I’m pretty sure all the other babies and their mamas did. My kid ate basically half of a huge watermelon during the shoot. No, it wasn’t seedless. Yes, his poop the next day was….interesting to say the least (TMI?)

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Greene Family : : Family Session

Most of my extended family now lives in North Carolina. We try to make an effort to visit once a year. This year I took my camera so I could get some fun shots with some of my cousins and their families. My cousin Kelly has a friend who lives on a farm. (a real, live, working farm. They have a barn and everything). The hills and trees were just the perfect backdrop for them. We got some great pictures of Kelly with her daughter and son, then her boyfriend, Shane, hopped in for a few shots. Hopefully soon, we’ll be taking engagement pictures of these two. *hint hint*
Kensley, Kelly’s daughter, is a natural model. I never once had to tell her how to pose. She did so great! Colton, on the other hand, need quite a few bribes to keep this session going. But in the end, we got a few out of him. 🙂

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