Family Shoot in Small Town Main Street

I absolutely love this family. She’s been letting me take their family and milestone pictures for a few years now. It’s so fun to watch the change in family dynamics as the kids have grown. 🙂 Not only are they stellar clients, but they’re also great friends. I’m so thankful to have them be part of mine and my kid’s lives.

Last year we took some great images in a beautiful sunlit park full of trees, so this year we wanted to change things up a bit. Downtown Richmond is hopping with photographers, especially this time of year, but I’ve only shot there a handful of times. I love the neutral colors of the brick walls and concrete contrasting with the sun flowing in through the big, mature trees. Plus, these kids are so photogenic, even when they’re not having this “photoshoot thing”.

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Carlsen : : Newborn Lifestyle

A year ago I met sweet little baby Judah for his newborn session. And now, here we are again, for his little brother Jedediah! I’m so happy that the Carlsens welcomed me back into their home again to capture these same, yet different, moments with Jedediah. He was the calmest little thing, which is good because that balances out his ball-of-energy big bother!

 

Introducing, Jedediah:

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Aldana Family

Sweet Abbey and her family are good friends of ours (it helps that our husbands are related haha) We get along very well and our kids are only a few months apart so it makes for some very exhausting playdates…
This family is so easy to photograph. You can really see the love between Jonathan and Abbey when they look at each other. I had to tell them to calm down when I asked them to kiss! “WHOA! That’s a different kind of photo session, okay?” Their little boy is a big ham, especially when you bring up superheroes! Baby Ruby is the sweetest little thing, she smiled almost the whole session and never once cried! Hallelujah!

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Titcomb Family : : “Fall” Begins!

I met the Titcombs when their older daughter started taking piano lessons from me. She had been coming a few months when we discovered we had already met once at church! I was leading worship at the church Corey’s parents attend and I didn’t even realize they were the same people! Haha, small world. ☺️
I love the location of this photoshoot – the sun is setting perfectly between the trees. Little Sister was not having the posed pictures but after we got her dancing and chasing Big Sister, she warmed up to the idea of giving me a few smiles.

 

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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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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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