Category Archives: Children
My son started riding his bike (without training wheels) at three. Three!! He loves riding his bike and hardly goes a day without testing a new trick, adding a new scrape, and providing fresh gray hairs to my head. Can you relate?
One day when my sweet boy stands a foot taller than me I hope he remembers the many hours we spent biking together. How we tried to lay “rubber dubber” on the concrete and race to the finish. (He usually legitimately wins.) They are some of my most cherished moments with him.
I have been working through editing some of the many, MANY photos taken in 2014 that I never had time to edit. To have literally THOUSANDS of images stuck on my hard drive and not edited, let alone printed, gnaws at my Type A self. But the mother in me actually loves it. I stumbled across these images of my son that were taken 9 months ago. As he sits on my lap while I edit them (he loves to do this) we talk about that day. How we saw a moss covered turtle in the water, the big splashes he made with his walking stick, and later when we walked over to the park so that sister could go on the swing. I look at the big boy sitting on my lap and compare him to the images on my screen. The loss of “baby” in his cheeks, how he is taller and leaner….. I could go on and on.
This business of children growing up. Sigh. I am forever stuck in an emotional tug of war between the loss of one childhood stage and the gain of another.
I am SO excited to announce that I am offering 2015 Bluebonnet Mini Sessions! Located in either Grapevine, Flower Mound, or Lewisville, these sessions include 15 digital images. Please contact me asap at email@example.com if you are interested in booking!
Ugh, it’s been cold. We had a nice run of beautiful weather, but February has made it’s presence known around here lately. Cold weather with small children….. hmmmm, yes I’m sure many of you mommas understand. Here are things I do to entertain my children on super cold days – really long extra bubbly baths, make indoor forts, bake treats, and jump on the bed. Yep, jumping on the bed is a favorite around here. Beckett loves to do his best “tricks” for me and he LOVES for me to take his picture doing it. (Yes, I am one of those lucky photographers whose child hasn’t yet been scarred by the camera.) Anyhow, the other day he made sure I got my camera out. He wanted to see how high his “feets” could go :).
These three just couldn’t be any cuter if they tried. I was so happy when this sweet family messaged me about photographing their three children again. We met in Flower Mound at the Creek – a popular spot for photographers for many reasons! The creek just calls for children to play, explore, and fall in. Yep, we did manage to hit on all three of those :). But a little water on brother didn’t stop us from having a perfect session. These sweet kiddos truly have me smiling from ear to ear!
Do you remember last year how Dallas had TWO really good snows? One before Christmas and one after. I absolutely loved it and have thought of those few days all year long. Our family made the best memories during that time. We took our son sledding for the first time and I am pretty positive I have never had more fun watching him. One of my favorite photos of him sledding was posted here on my Facebook page. Anyhow, the Mayo’s are ready. We have brand new sleds, thick coats, and plenty of hot chocolate. Of course the only problem is that it hasn’t actually snowed here in Flower Mound. And judging by the nearly 70 degree day we had yesterday, I’m guessing I better not hold my breath.
At the beginning of the fall season (you know, when they start putting Christmas stuff out in SEPTEMBER) I purchased a couple of bags of fake snow. I thought it would be a fun prop to use with my clients (it was!) and I knew I wanted to use it with my kids somehow. Reese is going to have a “Winter One-derland” birthday party, so I toyed with the idea of Beckett throwing snow on her for the front of her invitation. And then I realized that it probably wouldn’t be the best idea for the baby to eat shaved plastic! So the snow sat in the back of my closet for a couple of months. And day I was perusing Clickin Moms when I saw that mom had taken images of her daughter throwing fake snow. (She did hers with a backdrop and I just used my garage.) It was all of the motivation I needed to do my own snow photos with Beckett. While it didn’t compare to last year’s real snow, we both had a great time and this was a lot of fun.
Seriously. SO. MUCH. FUN. I had a great time taking these pictures and my son had a blast getting “snowed” on. My number one tip for taking pictures of your children with REAL and JOYFUL smiles? Do something they love. Let it be more about them than about the image.
Finally, as I mentioned previously I did do some fake snow images with my clients this year. This one was definitely one of my favorites!
You guys. Baby fever is for real. And I have it. Big time. And yes, I do know that I have a baby. But, gosh, she is already 10 months old. She might as well be hopping on the back of her boyfriend’s Harley on the way to her senior prom. I’m obviously being VERY dramatic, but it’s just hard for me to face that she is nearly a one year old….I would have her as a baby forever. If you had this sweet girl, you would feel the same. She is all smiles, cuddles, and happy claps. She loves peek-a-boo, her brother’s toys, and crackers. Oh but there is a dark side too – she has what we affectionately call the “warrior cry” that bellows out right before pulling hair, scratching faces, or pinching skin. Ha! She’s a tough little thing.
She most definitely gives me baby fever. I am positively crazy for this little one and want a million more of her.
This little ray of sunshine is THREE! I am in love with this giant sun mural in Deep Ellum, and it was the perfect backdrop for Mr. J’s birthday photographs. Isn’t he just the cutest, happiest, and most smile inducing little guy ever? I just can’t help but feel happy when I look at these pictures. Happy Birthday, buddy! I hope your dinosaur party was the best.