Family Photo Session | Hutto, TX

When it's cold and wet outside, I was able to shoot this photo session in this beautiful space in Hutto, TX called One Eleven East.  It's a gorgeous venue with white brick walls, antique wood doors, wood floors, and white penny tile floors.  It's a dream to shoot in!  This family photo session featured a beautiful little girl with her parents.  Although after about 30 minutes, it took me acting a bit goofy to get a smile on her face, but it was definitely worth it.

Enjoy this family photo session taken in Hutto!

Family Photo Session | Georgetown, TX

Photographing families is a joy for me as a photographer!  I love the connections in families, especially between the parents and child!

This session was a little extra special because they had not had family photos taken since their son was a baby.  It was their first true family photographs.  They were a blast to shoot!  Their son had so much energy, and Mom and Dad just rolled with it.  Plus, we had a gorgeous sunset in Georgetown, Texas to work with (which is always a bonus!).  I love backlight and sun flares at Golden Hour!

Enjoy this beautiful family and their first family photo session!

Summer Bucket List Failure

It's been a month since Round Rock ISD let out of school.  My two youngest children have been home for an additional three weeks on top of that month.

Before summer started, I had a bucket list of summer to dos I wanted to accomplish with my kids. It wasn't anything written or detailed, but in the back of my mind, I wanted to do a few things. 

Then summer actually started and real life kicked in.

I had all four home with me, almost, all the time.  I didn't have them signed up for any camps for the first three weeks of summer (which should have been the first indication that I needed to re-think my summer plans).  The fighting, bickering, whining, and screaming started on a daily basis.  My patience was being spread so thin I could practically see through it.  And my air conditioning broke.  In Texas.  In the summer heat.  We had to replace everything for both units or pretend we were living in the 1800s and sweat it out.  On top of that, I started teaching more taekwondo classes over the summer and still had my photography business to keep going.  I totally had time to sit around and eat bon bons all day (insert sarcasm font here).

Not surprisingly, the last shred of patience wore too thin, and I'd had enough of the whining, bickering, fighting, and general presence of my 4 children. The oldest two lost gaming privileges for a week.  The youngest two got shipped off to preschool part time again.  And I realized for as much as I love my children, I cannot spend 24/7 with them for my own sanity.

So I came up with a new bucket list for the summer.  And here it is...

  • Keep the children alive and well until school starts up again

That's it!  And I think it's a pretty good goal.

I love my kids; I truly do.  But I'm not perfect.  And I desperately need time away from them.  I was sitting in the kitchen last Friday, surrounded by my kids at 4:30pm, texting my husband asking when he was coming home, and realized I need time away.  I want adult alone time.  Granted it wasn't happening right then and there, and I can't just disappear for a few days randomly (although that would be really nice!).  I crave quiet, adult time, where I can just relax and not be asked the same question 5 times in a row hoping my answer will change (cause it doesn't).

So my summer bucket list has been incinerated, and I'm completely ok with it.  I'm not the Pinterest Mom which will hand make games for a summer full of fun.  I'm the type that kicks my kids out of the house, tells them to stay on the property and enjoys a blissful hour of quiet while they play outside using their imaginations and random objects as weapons.  I let them come in for water and to use the bathroom, but for the most part, I want them outside.  I supervise from the comfort of inside the house.

My summer bucket list is a failure.  And you know what?  I don't care.  It's fine.  All four of my children will be normal, functioning adults without the thousands of extra things they could be doing over the summer.  Instead, they are making memories of playing outside and just enjoying their childhood.  And that's all that matters.

So if you're like me and you're a summer bucket list failure, raise your head high and high five yourself!  We're all in this together!

Family Reunion

It's been a crazy past month around here!

The holidays have come and gone, ad I haven't written about all I've been up to in awhile!

I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph a Family Reunion in between Christmas and New Years.  Family came from California to New York to meet in Austin, Texas and spend some time together.  This family was so much fun!  And they timed it perfectly because the weather in Austin was in the 70s and 80s.  It was gorgeous!

We timed their family photography session perfectly with the sun down at Townlake and the Auditorium Shores.  The parents were celebrating their 40th Anniversary as well!

I was fortunate enough to photograph this family during their family reunion.  And they were hilarious and fun-loving, laid-back people.  I couldn't have asked for a family photography session to go any better!

Another fun Family Session!

I love photographing families on a normal day.  When I get to photograph a friend's family, it makes it extra special for me.

And this family was another great photography session!  We had fun exploring the creek, finding out how cold the water was, and taking beautiful family photographs throughout the whole experience.  And big brother loved making his baby sister laugh and smile!

And of course, nothing screams 'Holiday Photos' like 70 degree weather in Austin, Texas!  On a serious note, I'm glad I wasn't freezing my butt off as were Mom, Dad and kids!

Check out some serious cuteness and family photos!