Bluebonnets 2016

I don’t know why, but I love being a Texan. I’m so not a typical one. I live in the suburbs of a big city, I don’t have an accent, I don’t ride horses or raise any sort of farm animal (unless my dog counts).

But I have serious State Pride.

One of the landmarks of a Texas spring is the arrival of the bluebonnets. It’s basically a right of passage for every Texan kid to be stuck in the middle of a dirty patch of flowers and forced to smile by mom, dad, or for me it was my grandpa. So, welcome to Texas, kids!!

Bluebonnets are the Texas state flower. Legend says they’re illegal to pick, but there’s been some rumors that it’s not true. Either way, they last like 3 weeks all year, so save them for the rest of us okay?! (I’m talking to you, people I saw with a bouquet in your hands…) They’re pretty much just a wildflower, and they bloom typically on the sides of highways. You can find amazing fields of them farther into the Hill Country, but there’s some good patches in Houston too.

Last year, the bluebonnets were my first “real” photoshoot and it’s what inspired me to officially launch Little Egg Photography. So, this year the bluebonnet minis felt like a real milestone to me. Thanks to everyone who signed up and participated! Here’s a few of my favorites!

If you missed it this time, mark your calendars for March 2017- it’ll be here before you know it.

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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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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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Oliver Aaron : : 6 Months Old

Oliver’s Daddy (Aaron) and my husband have been friends since High School. When Brian and I got married, Aaron was yet to be attached, and we would spend a lot of time with him. He’s one of those people who is just a really.great.friend. Like, if you listed all the qualities of a great friend, Aaron has them all. A couple of summers ago we were planning a trip to San Marcos-ish and at the last minute, Aaron called and said “uh, I’m bringing this girl I just met”. What!? a GIRL!? Obviously, my crazy girl meter started buzzing. “who is this girl trying to get with OUR friend?!” But, when we met Kristen we immediately realized she was awesome and perfect for Aaron. By the next summer, they were married and had a baby on the way: Mr. Oliver Aaron. He’s freakin adorable, this kid. With a mom somewhere around 6 foot and a dad around 6’6″, he’s got a long way to grow but he’s working on it FAST!

Happy 6 Months, sweet Oli!

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