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Maternity sessions are quickly becoming one of my favorite sessions to shoot. I didn’t really appreciate them as much until I was pregnant. I know the emotion and the excitement and the fear first hand and it makes each maternity session all the more exciting. It truly is a celebration of the couple, and their last time as just being two as well as a celebration of the life shortly to come.
A quick look through my work and you’ll notice I’ll do a photo session pretty much anywhere. The more exotic, the more off the wall, the more rural the better. When Bethia told me that her husband Joel had found a great set of abandoned silos and some sweet farm land I was all for it. Fast forward to two days later and I was covered with little tiny red bumps that itched more than any fire ant bite I’ve ever gotten. I had been bitten, by chiggers, and this is what I learned…
1. Chiggers do not bury themselves into your skin, this is a myth.
2. They inject an enzyme into you that makes your skin somewhat deteriorate and then they eat it through a feeding tube. (total violation)
3. Its the juvenile form of the chigger that actually bites you (teenage angst at its finest).
4. They like areas where the skin is thin or where they can hang out…like the back of my knees, which were basically just pure red because all their little dots just ran right together.
5. If two people are standing right next to each other, one person may get tons of bites and the other may not. Which was why neither Bill nor Bethia (thank God) got any bites while Joel and I were covered.
6. After ever rural shoot I am now requiring myself to shower immediately and
burn wash my clothes. Staying in them all day makes it worse, much, much worse.
All the bites, redness, insane itching and general discomfort were totally worth it because the photos from the session turned out fantastic. Joel and Bethia also happen to be friends of mine who I’ve shot countless times so they are old pros at this point. It’s been fun to watch them from our first photo session when I was first starting out, trying to build a portfolio and they were just dating, to an engagement session, to bridal portraits, to their wedding, to a post wedding session, to their anniversary and now their maternity photos. I will say right now it’s going to take everything within me not to jump on a plane the moment that baby girl is born so I can take her newborn photos (even then, I just might). Anyways, without further ado, here’s a few of my favorites from their maternity session.
Seriously, some of my favorite images! Also you should note the photo on the bottom left is a total joke. We had grand plans to do all of the over done, cliche maternity photo prop things all in one image and it just didn’t happen. So instead there’s this, which makes me giggle. Thank you Bethia and Joel for letting me take your maternity photos, I am SO excited for you guys and can not wait to hold that baby girl!!
A few weeks ago Bill and I traveled to Tulsa for a maternity photo session and Bethia and Joel’s baby shower. I had the honor of designing the invites and some of the printables (as well as helping plan it). I love party planning. It’s in my blood. It gets me excited. So when Bethia told me she wanted to do a fun outdoor monster themed baby shower I was excited at the chance to do something different.
The first step was to create an invite. We pulled the tree image from the sweet trees Joel hand painted on baby Addie’s nursery walls. The colors are also pulled from Addie’s nursery. They turned out pretty much perfect and I can’t wait to see more folks use this design.
We also created some circles and party labels for the event. I kind of love them. They’re monsters but they’re also cheery. The circles topped key lime cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and lime zest as well as dark chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting.
One thing I’ve wanted to do for a while was the whole cover-the-table-with-black-paper-and-write-food-labels-with-chalk thing that’s been all over pinterest. The mother-to-be and grandma-to-be and aunt-to-be were all for it so we did it for the Taco Salad Bar and I think it looked fantastic. We also created a few large signs to say HEY this is a taco salad bar.
The outdoor games were all Bethia and her family. The day before the shower Bill helped Bethia’s dad make a giant yard sized Jenga game out of 2x4s. We will be making one of these for our house for sure. It’s pretty great! There was also croquet, which the men played a very competitive game of while saying things like “well done good chap” and “cheerio” and things like that. Bill tried to find stick horses so they could play polo but alas Target was fresh out of stick horses.
Last but certainly not least, Bethia’s sister handled the decorations. I’d forgotten how fun and happy simple streamers can make a party. She certainly is a streamer pro at this point.
And that was the baby shower, in a very quick recap. Thanks to Bethia for getting pregnant so we could all celebrate. And thanks to Bethia for taking lots of instagram photos. Issabella decided to have a major freak out the moment people arrived for the shower so I spent a good deal of time trying to calm her down and didn’t take a single photo of my own. Photographer fail.
But there is designer success because now you can purchase the Monster Baby Shower printables on our etsy shop DilibertoDesign. Better yet we can customize the invite, 2″ Party circles, and all the components to turn the Monster Baby Shower into a Monster Birthday Party or just a Monster Party! Just sent us a message and we’ll get started.
1. The Tulsa Trip - It was a great success. Lots and lots of photo sessions. Lots of good quality time with some friends, leaving me incredibly thankful for the people in my life. To those I missed this trip I’ll be back with Bill in tow in June. By day two Tulsa’s AWESOME tree pollen had me blowing my nose every five seconds and wishing the itchiness in my throat would subside. I’m now about three hours back in Houston and I’m already starting to feel better.
2. 27 Gigs of Photos and Video – I did a lot of photo shoots this weekend. I have a looming 27 gigs of photo and video to mull through but I’m saving it for tomorrow because…
3. To Do List – My to do list is about a mile long. I’ve got tons of client e-mails to return and meeting to set up and graphic design work to finish. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be playing catch up for a few days. If you’re waiting on a response from me on something please know I will get back to you shortly.
4. New RAM – I’m thrilled because when I do eventually get to those 27 Gigs life will be sweet because my good friend Joel installed some more RAM in my computer this weekend and it goes lightening fast. I’m in awe. I’ve also given another year or two to the life of my computer. Yay!
5. Babies – I got a good healthy baby fix this weekend. I got to spend some time with a few of my friends’ BEAUTIFUL children. They’re so squishy and wonderful and cute and just fun. Thanks for letting me play with your kiddos. It made my heart very happy.
Once upon a time I lived in a place where it snowed.
Now I live in Houston again, where in the last week of November its a balmy 65 degrees. The only part I miss is this part, the sledding. There is nothing more fun than that.
On Sunday morning after the wedding, bright and early we met our good friends Ian and James for breakfast at one of my favorite places called First Watch. The food was delicious but most importantly the company was fantastic. James brought his girlfriend along and we all laughed till it hurt. I love these two guys.
And clearly they all love each other. I will never pretend to understand these random acts of man love.
And this is James and his girl in his car. And yes his car has a mustache.
From there we headed over to Ian’s new house to check it out and to meet his dog child Curly. He’s a freaking awesome dog and seeing Ian with him was great.
We left Ian’s for one of Bill’s favorite restaurants The Brook. They have amazing food, giant portions and the most awesome Texas Cheese Fries in Oklahoma.
My dear friend Christa met us at The Brook and we took a walk down Brookside to my favorite coffee shop of all time, Shades of Brown. Christa will probably kill me for posting this picture of her but the disclaimer is her hair is crazy from her undead halloween costume from the night before.
Along Brookside are a few other favorite places of mine including in the raw and Purple Glaze (where Bill and I had our first official date).
That first date later led to a relationship and then an engagement and then a wedding which was here at the Tulsa Historical Society. I’ll always hold fond memories of this place.
I suppose we’ve come full circle from a Tulsa wedding to a Tulsa wedding. It was wonderful visiting our old home, there are so many things I love about that place. The thing I love most is the people.
What is on your list of must visit places when you head to your old college town?
I love weddings. I love planing them. I love shooting them. I love going to them.
This past week we went to Tulsa to celebrate our two good friends Joel and Bethia. I love them. For serious.
There were babies babies everywhere. We got our fill, but now that we’re home I’m missing the squishy babies.
I had the honor of creating custom party printables for Bethia and Joel’s wedding, it was so much fun collaborating with the and trying to create elements that really showed who they are. Seeing them in use made me smile.
It was super weird not the be the photographer and to instead be photographed in a wedding (I was a bridesmaid). In an attempt to still get photos of my friend and stay out of the photographer’s way I started to sneak into one of the showers in the getting ready room. To my surprise it turned on. I was SO confused and couldn’t figure out what was going on. Luckily the curtain was between myself and the heavily spraying water, thank you shower curtain, you helped me avoid what could have been a very wet and tragic experience.
Joel pulled me away from Bethia getting ready to ask about the order of the reception. I think he was nervous.
Like I said it was super weird to not be the photographer, so Tabitha (a friend and fellow bridesmaid) twirled around in the beautiful light and fall leaves while Bill tossed leaves into the air and I shot photos. At that moment I knew these people loved me. Tee Hee.
The photographer was a trooper and let me get my fill of a few shots, the light was just SO amazing!!
I’m excited to see the rest of their wedding photos, I love shooting weddings with two photographers because though you may be shooting the same thing the perspective can be immensely different.
Have I mentioned that I love these two?
Congratulations Joel and Bethia we love you both and are insanely excited for you!
(more to come in A Tulsa Wedding Part 2)
This is one of my favorite photos of Bill and I. I’m not sure if we were engaged yet but we were definitely really really happy. It may have been the putt-putt golf or the nice day or the sun in our eyes but every time I see this photo it reminds me of when we dated and how much I love him. He’s the best, for real.
I took an impromptu trip to Tulsa to visit and love on some very dear friends. Here’s the trip via instagram, more to come…
Another photo from Tulsa. This is my dear friend Brenda Horan, a wonderful woman and fantastic photographer. I was fortunate enough to work under her for a while as her assistant and she taught me a great deal. This was in her home in preparation for her annual photos with santa shoot. It was a ton of work but again, I learned a great deal from her and from that day. Love you Brenda.
Clearly I’ve been going through photos from some of my Tulsa days. Before Bill and I got married I was pretty settled on buying my own house. I probably looked at 100 houses, and took about 100 photos of all of them. I’ve since purged some of the less interesting photos, but this is one I kept. I absolutely LOVED this door. The round top reminded me of JR Tolken’s The Hobbit. The outside of the door was red and the whole thing made me smile. Clearly I never bought a house in Tulsa, which was probably all God because I was ready. But He had other plans, like me marrying Bill and moving back to Texas and getting settled back in Houston and all those things. Anyways, tangent from the door, but yeah, I liked it.