{ cooper & his sisters }

I’ve been photographing Avery and Harper for a few years now, and up until a little over a week ago, it was a girls’ world! While he’s still outnumbered, baby brother Cooper is bringing some blue to this cute crew! And he sure is loved by his girls – I think he makes the perfect addition to this sweet family! Here’s a quick peek at some of our fun from this morning:

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{ bianca }

What a wonderful morning I had with these smiling faces! When I scouted this location last weekend, I was nervous about the lack of open shade, but loved the setting and knew it would be perfect no matter what. Luckily Mother Nature threw us a bone and gave us an overcast (but not too dark) day and it opened the entire place up for whatever we wanted to do. The delightful Bianca is celebrating her birthday today, so I let her lead the way as we explored this location. This art major was swooning over the sculpture, and we only saw a fraction of it – you can bet I’ll be coming back soon! Bianca won me over almost immediately when I found out she was attending a nearby coding camp – girls who code RULE! I have a feeling she’ll be able to teach me a thing or two… or three. I always forget to close my tags </NeedsARefresher>. The future is bright for you, Bianca! Thank you for spending your birthday with me, and I hope you enjoy this sneak peek! It was an absolute pleasure!

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{ George }

This little guy – so much personality and charm packed into a tiny little redheaded package! I have so enjoyed photographing George and his parents over the last 3 years down in Oak Cliff. There are few more fantastic backdrops than the colorful and bustling sidewalks and alleys of the Bishop Arts neighborhood. Every year we find a new funky door or crazy painted wall – there’s much to love in this ever-changing patchwork of independently owned shops and eateries. On this day the area was full of holiday shoppers and other folks having their own family photos made as Thanksgiving quickly approached that week. But as is the case with Oak Cliff-dwellers, they happily made room for all of us, pausing just out of frame so we could get a shot. We even ran into one of George’s classmates who was having his own family photos taken that morning. They found the “good spot” first, so we went across the street for a few minutes and then traded up when they were done. Only, I didn’t realize they walked over to where we’d just come from and ended up in the background of a few of our photos… which meant that we were probably in theirs… ah, but we’re all family in the OC, right?!:)Hope you enjoy this sneak peek of our morning together!

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{ lauren + harris }

These are some of my most favorite humans (who are happily, also my friends) and it has been my absolute honor to take their photos for EIGHT years! Can you believe that?? For Christmas, Jeff put together a beautiful album featuring the “best of” photos from all our shoots as a surprise for Natalie, and it wasn’t until the moment we were putting it all together that I realized just how much of their lives I’d documented. Thirteen sessions, if I remember correctly. 2 babies, 2 homes, new jobs, many Friday nights at Mi Cocina…we blinked and nearly a decade flew by. And now these little ones are not so little anymore! Lauren and Harris are getting to the age where sitting for photos is probably not number 1 (or 2 or 3) on their list of fun things to do on a Saturday morning. And they may or may not be prone to being silly gooses instead of posing like sweet cherubs as they did when they couldn’t easily toddle away from my camera, but I always manage to catch a few quiet moments in between the giggles! The truth is, though, those belly laughs and silly expressions – that’s exactly who they are. Never boring, full of life and wonder, genuine to the core, and the true joys of their Mom and Dad’s lives! Thank you guys for letting me capture it all throughout the years!

PS – Scroll through to the end to see the coolest photobombers ever:)

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{ avery + kendall }

I look forward to seeing these smiling faces every year! Always a delight, always open to my random location suggestions – and didn’t even flinch when a passer-by mentioned she’d seen a few copperheads! AH! Don’t worry, no slithery photo bombers joined us that day (thank goodness)! But this really was one of my favorite shoots of the season. The light was just perfect. I don’t think I could have ordered up a prettier sunset. Avery and Kendall never fail to light up the frame with their personalities and sweet smiles, and our time together seems to fly by! They’re such natural models, but I think they got that from Mom and Dad! What an honor it has been to document these guys over the years; beautiful family, inside and out!

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