Author Archives: Chris

I’ve Been Writing In My Head

Throughout the day I write blog posts in my head. It’s weird. I think of great topics, and things to say and antidotes and puns, all while changing a diaper or vacuuming or washing that one dish for the 100th time.

When I sit down to actually write, that blinky line cursor thing mocks me. It laughs at me with every. steady. blink. “Remember when you could remember things? Remember when you wrote interesting blog posts? Remember when you knew what was going on in the world and had somewhat of an opinion?” That’s what it says to me.

Seriously. I have a friend who lives in Baltimore and her Facebook status was something along the lines of, “Can’t go to do [insert important thing she had to do] the freeways are closed down because of rioters.” And I was all, “Rioters? What the heck is going on?” Then I saw that Baltimore was trending, which immediately told me that I was not.

And while, all that is happening in Baltimore and Nepal and the baby princess and all of that is big news, the biggest news to me is that I woke up early, before Issa, and put my hair up and got dressed and threw on a little mascara and when I went in her room to get her she gasped and said, “mommy you look soooo beeeeauuutiful”. And right now, in this stage in my life, that’s all that really matters. For me, that’s better than any headline.

All this to say, I hope to write more personal posts here again. But if you don’t see anything from me, know it’s because I’m living life and fully enjoying the little moments with the people who hold my heart.

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Senior Photos, A Cheerleader, Spring, TX

Savannah is gorgeous. Period. So, shooting her session was so easy. We got to a point though, where we were in a field and she was in her cheerleader uniform and I just kinda said, “umm do what a cheerleader does”. A rare occurrence, I wasn’t sure how to direct her, and at that moment I realized Savannah is our very first cheerleader we’ve ever shot. Which is odd, because we’ve shot swimmers, athletes, artists, dancers, theater kids, figure skaters, skateboarders, and all different kinds of seniors. So thanks Savannah for being our first cheerleader, and thanks for being gorgeous. Here are our favorites from her session.

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A Newborn and Family Session, Spring, TX

I love this family. My daughter tells me at least once a day about their oldest, George and how he’s her best friend. Makes me melt every time. They brought the sweetest most lovely little lady into the world and I was absolutely honored to capture her newness in these images. Here’s some favorites from their session.

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And this happens on most newborn sessions, either to mom or dad or me. It’s part of the deal. Thanks for being a trooper Lauren.

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First Communion Portraits, Tomball TX

I met Bianca and her mom through another really great client. They joined us for our snowy holiday mini sessions back in December. Mini sessions are short, its the main reason I don’t love doing them, so I didn’t get to really get to know Bianca and her mom. But, when they told me they’d like me to shoot her first communion portraits I was thrilled that I’d have a chance to spend more time with them and to capture this beautiful young lady.

I knew in my head I wanted an old timey, white, country church. I did a lot of research and found this beauty a short 20 minutes from our house. It might be one of my new favorite locations (I’m pretty sure I need to shoot a bridal portrait there next).

It was sprinkling at my house when I left to go to the location Friday morning, but God must have heard my pleas for a lull in the rain because by the time I got to the location it had let up. Things were drenched but we working with it, tucking towels here and there and tip-toeing through the soaked ground. Bianca is a beautiful girl and I’m loving her photos. They’re all her and I’m so thrilled her and her mom let me capture this special time in her life, and her faith.

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Spring 2015 Photo Session Clothing Guide

It’s that time of year again folks! Time for another clothing guide. As we’ve said in previous guides, Pantone (the czar of color) puts out a list of the top colors for each season. The color palette this year is looking pretty snazzy and is definitely different from the spring colors of previous years. It’s actually sounding quite edible with color names like tangerine, custard, strawberry ice, toasted almond and marsala. Or maybe it’s just because I’m writing this right before lunch time. Either way, here’s the colors and a little inspiration with clothing from Gap. If you’re needing a little further guidance check out 7 Tips on What to Wear for Holiday Photos, while we wrote it with our holiday sessions in mind, the advice can apply to any kind of photo shoot.

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Want to read more about Pantone’s Fashion Color Report for Spring 2015, click here.

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Hello 2015, Welcome

It’s 2015! How did that happen?! I am so excited for the new year. It always tends to spring up on me after the hustle and bustle of Christmas and our busy season of family photo sessions and holiday cards. I’m thrilled that we’re already booking into May, in fact May sessions are almost completely booked. Which brings me to my next announcement, we are currently booking family, senior, engagement and baby/kid sessions for Spring 2105.

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January is typically my month of rest and regrouping (though we do have a few head shots, family sessions, and engagement sessions booked this month). Its time to think about what’s coming for the next year, ideas for mini sessions and the like. It feels like the world is at my fingertips. It’s an exciting time, full of planing and brainstorming. This year, I want to hear from you…what do you want to see from us? More info on the blog? More mini sessions? What can we do to improve? So if you don’t mind, leave a comment below or on our Facebook page and let me know. :)

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Thank You for A Wonderful Year of Photography

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A Family Photo Session on A Christmas Tree Farm, Spring, TX

One of my photographer bucket list items has always been to shoot at a Christmas Tree Farm. When Erika contacted me and said that is exactly what they wanted to do I was elated. We went to Old Time Christmas Tree Farm, where they’ve gotten their tree in the past. It’s a beautiful place not far from my home. I was amazed at how much farm was there, I had no idea it was that large. The Christmas trees go on forever.

We went on a weekday so other than one or two other families we had the place pretty much all to ourselves. Erika and her family are beautiful so my job was simple, just capture their natural beauty. Her daughter was the easiest baby I’ve ever photographed and their dog was a champ. Here are my favorite images.

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Christmas Tree Farm and Santa

September through December is really busy here in the photography world, lots of family photo sessions and traveling and seniors who are super on the ball or trying to make yearbook deadlines on top of the typical ebb and flow of newborn, engagement and one year photo sessions. This means I have to be very intentional about family time. There were times in years past where I would just work non stop, but over the years I’ve learned about setting up boundaries between my work life and home life, which is especially hard when you primarily work out of your home. It’s worth it though, it makes for better relationships and it makes me a better photographer overall because my life feels more balanced.

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Since Issa is older this year and actually kind of ‘gets’ Christmas we decided to create things to together (and sometimes with friends too) on our Advent calendar. There are tons of amazing handmade advent calendars on Pinterest like this one from A Beautiful Mess and this one from The Handmade Home and I truly wanted to make our own.

However, on top of learning about balancing family time and work time I have also learned that I am not superwoman. In a perfect world I would make everything handmade, put on makeup every day, and have homemade dinner ready when Bill walks in the door. But this is not a perfect world and clients need Christmas cards and prints in time for Christmas, and sometimes its ok to go through a day in sweatpants, and do a fend for yourself-eat what ever is there dinner.

So for now, I bought a cute count down to Christmas tree shaped one from Target. It has little pockets for each day and you move a santa head day to day. The Santa head part is kinda weird now that I write it, but I promise, it’s cute. And because my crazy days are really the first two weeks of December we skipped those and decided to focus on the 14 days leading up to Christmas and do advent activities on those days. Some days are little things like make paper snowflakes or dance to Christmas music and some days, like Sunday are bigger things.

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Sunday was our second advent activity and we visited a local Christmas Tree farm, saw Santa, a few animals and rode the tractor around the farm to see the trees. It was an inexpensive ($8 for the santa picture and that was it) and fun day. Issa’s friends George and Cruz joined us and it was loads of fun watching them run around together and be toddlers. It’s amazing to think they all met before they could even walk.

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The picture below is one of my favorites (as well as the two above). I’m pretty sure this is what they’ll look like 5, 10, and 15 years down the road. Hopefully Issa will have more hair then.

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Santa was not a hit again this year. We even talked it up and tried to prep her for it, but yet again, more screams, this time with real words, “mommy don’t like it!” But ask this kid to stand next to a snowman cut out and she’s all smiles. Theres a serious Frosty the Snowman obsession in our house these days, I’m not sure what we’re going to do when the season is over.

What are you doing to create special moments with your family over the holidays?

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Snowy Holiday Mini Photo Sessions, Houston, TX

It’s been almost seven years since the last time I shot holiday mini sessions. But after many requests from old clients and new we decided to do holiday mini sessions again, this time with snow, in Houston, because, lets face it, it’s pretty awesome. I am overwhelmed with the outcome of this shoot. It was a lot of work and so different from what we normally do, but it was still fun and I could see the joy on my clients’ faces. Here are a few of my favorites.

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