{ will }

Oh sweet Will! You could not begin to imagine the road that led to today, but this moment is the realization of many years of prayers, preparation, and patience. Worth the wait, as they say, because he is a little bundle of perfection! Dark silky hair, big pouty lips, eyes that could make your heart melt – they don’t come much cuter than this! You can’t blame me for coming out of “no more newborn sessions” retirement for this guy, right? As soon as I knew he was theirs, I emailed them to see if I could document the beginning of their journey to parenthood. As I listened to Jodie recount the excitement of the past few weeks, Will’s birth, and their special time with his birth mother and father, I marveled at how some things are just meant to be, and how sometimes for reasons we cannot begin to understand, the stars suddenly align and the universe says, “now it’s time”. Now is your time, Will, and I’m so honored to have captured your first official portraits! You are the one they’ve been waiting for, and you’ve made Jodie and Spencer into “Mom and Dad” – what a gift! You are so loved by SO many. Welcome to the world, little one!

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Brendy - Beautiful pics of a beautiful family!

{ the moore family }

I usually title my posts by a first name, but there are so many people (both human and furry) that are represented in these images that I didn’t want to leave anyone out! Lexi and Ken are lovely folks I met by way of the Greer Garson Gala which benefits the Women and Infant Services in the Margot Perot Center at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. A wonderful cause, and also the very place where I’ve been going for my own healthcare for years. I always say my clients find me – I never really advertise or market, but the best ones always seem to just come to me through these funny coincidences or “meant to be” scenarios. I’m so glad they found me, because this was a truly special session that reminded me why I love photography. Lexi and Ken lost their baby girl last year, and it was important to them that Isabella be included in these photos in some way. They also have an adorable (and I do mean adorable, you know I’m an expert in these things!) baby boy named Thomas, not to mention 2 beautiful dogs named Cassie and Moose who also joined us for a few shots. Between the gorgeous pups and the precious baby, we had a few admirers from the people walking through the park:)It was the perfect quiet morning, and believe it or not, actually cooler than I was expecting with a nice breeze. I didn’t realize until I got in the car that we’d been out there for 2 hours, which is probably why I have so many pictures that I had a hard name narrowing it down to just these few for their sneak peek! I hope you enjoy them, and it was such a pleasure meeting you, Lexi and Ken!

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Jean garschagens - Beautiful photos. I will be ordering some if possible

Lexi Moore - Love the photos. I know the grandma’s will be ording some prints too!

Deborah Adams - Thank you for inviting me to view your beautiful family photos!! You and Ken are floating on air, the dogs look fab, and oh my! Tommy is one gorgeous boy!! All 3 of you look so happy – just beaming. I know your precious daughter is looking at her family and smiling too! The photos capture it all! Beautiful!

{ kelly + mike }

So excited that I got to be a part of Kelly and Mike’s big announcement last weekend! The timing worked out perfectly and we were able to get these done Sunday morning before the crowds arrived at the park. I just love the shot of them on the bridge – how great is that big pink balloon? Kelly was a trooper in the Texas heat, she doesn’t even look like she broke a sweat! Congratulations, you guys! And go Team Pink:)

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{ sumner’s first birthday // chicago }

I cannot tell you how much I was looking forward to this trip! Chicago holds a special place and my heart, and if it wasn’t for those pesky winters, I think I’d move there in a heartbeat. Alas, weekend visits will have to do for now. It’s this thin Southern skin, I tell you. Oh well. It felt like the 3 days just flew by, so I’m just going to have to come back soon because I just didn’t get enough time to soak it all in…

Back to the subject at hand – Sumner’s first birthday! I was there not too long after his big sister was born to do her newborn photos, but Sumner somehow made it all the way to his first birthday without a visit from me, so I was pretty excited to meet the little guy. And hopefully he forgives me for spending most of our time together with a camera in his face! ┬áHis birthday party (The Big ONE!) was Saturday and I think it’s safe to say everyone had a blast. They put butcher paper up on the walls and on the floor so the kids could draw, and as you can tell, they got to work making masterpieces. I loved the idea. I may have to steal it for my future children’s birthday parties. Sumner had clearly been training for his cake eating performance, and dug right in as soon as the candle was blown out – kid after my own heart! Incidentally, the cake was AMAZING. I think I ate it in two bites. The next day we went to Lincoln Park Zoo for a quick lunch and mini photo session before I had to head back to O’Hare for my flight. I wish I’d had more time to spend with them, but I love the shots we got and hope you enjoy these! Despite living so far away, I’m truly honored Kim and Wayne have invited me to be part of both Bennett and Sumner’s first birthdays – what a treat to document these milestones for some of my dearest friends!

Happy Birthday, Sumner! You are just as precious as I’d imagined you’d be, and I can’t wait to see you again!

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{ now booking summer mini sessions }

The days are long and the temps are on the rise, but I just love the light of summertime! I’m available in the evenings during the week and most weekends from now until the end of August (note: I will be on vacation Aug 9-12). Evenings are preferred for the gorgeous light (7 – 7:30 pm), but I can do weekend mornings as well.

 

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