Rocks + Water = Smiles

I had another fabulous session with the Gunn Family.    The girls are just as cute as ever, however, the little one sure has grown since the year before!     Crazy how fast babies grown in their first few years of life.  With this age of children, I try to avoid locations that have playgrounds or swings and such because usually the kids get so distracted and want to play, that they don’t want to snuggle up and hug for family photos.  So although I didn’t have a playground close to this creek, I did have a TON of rocks!    And to these girls, an endless amount of rocks + water,  ranks higher than any playground around.  LOL!   Rock after rock was thrown into the creek with squeals of delight.   Quick thinking of Dad’s part, he used the rocks as incentives for smiling photos.  Standing, hugging, and smiling photos earned them 5 rocks here and then another 5 rocks there.    We also used Lammy, the white stuffed animal, to help with smiles.  Lammy took turns sitting on my camera lens and also on top of my head which brought about many laughs and smiles.  All in all, it was a great morning with lots of memories made and lots of rock throwing.

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Holiday Cheer

As soon as I saw this family pull into the parking lot and step out of their car, I squealed! What a perfect holiday combo of colors and instantly put me in the Christmas spirit. We even had other park patrons commenting on how cute the girls looked in their red and black dresses. It was soooo windy and cold that morning, but you truly couldn’t tell; these girls were such troopers smiling and playing the whole time. You can tell they are going to be the best of friends when they grow up. One of my favorite photos of them looks like they are telling secrets!


I adore the Texas photo with the feet! Mom and I did something similar with just her first daughter so I knew I wanted to capture this same photo again but now with both daughters.

A Ray of Sunshine

…. on a dreary day.  Oh man, could we not catch a break for this session.  Seems like the forecast had chances, BIG chances, of rain every single day when mom and I were trying to fit this little girl’s sitting milestone session into the books.  After a few rescheduled days, we finally went for it despite the damp and humid air.

It really does amaze me every, single, time at how fast my milestone clients grow within the first year.   It was just a few months back that I first meet Miss K during her newborn session just a tiny, sweet baby wrapped in pink.


Oh these last two photos…. yep, I think that’s a wrap! Children have a way of letting me know when they have had enough and are done being photographed. 🙂

Future Engineer

To listen to this young lady talk about her future plans for college, you know that she is going to accomplish anything she sets her mind too. She driven, adventurous, and absolutely stunning. She will be attending “the one and only Texas A&M” in the fall to study engineering.

Her and her mom were so willing to do anything, even when I stopped them half way to our water location to ask if they’d like some photos with an old vintage truck, which was totally unplanned, they both said YES! Opening up that creative freedom to me is wonderful. I not only wanted to capture her sweet smile, but also her determined side and  her fun side. I just love how her nose scrunches up when she laughs.

Miss K, you were amazing to work with during your session! Thank you for the opportunity to photograph you for your senior portraits!