Yearly Bucket List – Self Portrait

I’m getting down to the wire on the first installment of the Yearly Bucket List, but I’m still crossing things off the list! (Better late than never, right?!?)

I have to thank Max for getting me motivated to get going on this particular item: take a self portrait. He surprised me the other morning with an early birthday present of a remote trigger so that I could get this one done before my birthday on Tuesday. So sweet!

I meant to bust it out on Saturday when our family was in town for Peanut’s birthday, but in the midst of hanging out with everyone I totally forgot. So instead of trying it out then, I broke it out yesterday evening real quick. It took a little while to get the hang of it (and I definitely have a long way to go when it comes to the art of self-portraits), but it was fun to try it out and get a few bump photos! So here we are at 28 weeks…


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It seemed like some rain was about to make its way into town (unfortunately it never quite made it), so I didn’t do too much in the way of trying different angles/shots/poses for the first go around. Even though I just kept it short and simple, I do have to say it felt pretty awkward (and slightly self-centered) to be taking self portraits in our backyard, but I think it’s another great way to keep pushing myself and my photography. It’ll help me to remind myself what it’s like on the other side of the camera so I can help guide my clients, as well as reminding me to stay creative.

We’ll see if I get good enough to attempt taking photos of the 3 (or 4) of us as a family!

Maternity Portraits – The Brights

So I had a great week last week taking some much-needed time off, but I’m so excited to get back to the blog today… especially with this sweet family!

I recently got together in Kingwood with my dear friend Jessica and the two best men in her life to get some maternity portraits before Wyatt’s little sister makes her debut at the end of the month. These three were such good sports driving across Houston for an early morning session!

These three are so fun together, and I can’t wait to see them as a family of four soon when I head down to take newborn portraits of Quinn.  They chose to do a Little Ones Package, and I couldn’t be happier to know I’ll get to keep photographing them in the coming year!
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Little Wyatt may look familiar – I got to take his cake smash photos a while back, and I swear this boy just keeps getting cuter! And seriously, sharing flowers with mama? Melt. My. Heart.

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Nacogdoches photographer maternity portraits of family with toddler boy in lush green field in Kingwood, TX

Such a gorgeous couple!!!

Nacogdoches photographer maternity portraits of family with toddler boy in lush green field in Kingwood, TX

This one just cracked me up… living life with a toddler of my own, I know how busy/unpredictable it can be… and Wyatt was alllll about exploring this field, but would randomly pop back into mama & daddy’s photo time. And I love it. This is what life is like with little ones, so why not have photos that show it?!

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Jess, I am so grateful to have shared so many laughs with you!
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Seriously… is he not the cutest?!?!

Nacogdoches photographer maternity portraits of family with toddler boy in lush green field in Kingwood, TX

Sooo this has my vote for best belly kisses ever.

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This is the definition of the pregnancy glow… Jess, you’re stunning. Really.

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We did manage to quickly get a few good shots of these two while Wyatt explored nearby…

Nacogdoches photographer maternity portraits of family with toddler boy in lush green field in Kingwood, TX

Love these!

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Jess, Jason & Wyatt – thanks again for spending your morning with me and for being such champs about getting up and moving so early on a Saturday morning! I loved getting to document the last of your time as a family of three, and I can’t wait to continue to document the beginning of your life as a family of four.

 

Maternity Portraits – The Coles

I am sooooo excited to share these photos with y’all!!! Lauren and Zach are one of my Little Ones package clients, so you’ll be seeing a lot of them over the next year… I’ll be heading back to Austin next month to photograph sweet Caleb once he has made his entrance into the world, and I seriously can’t wait.

Lauren and I played volleyball together in college, and I swear she has the most genuine heart of anyone I’ve ever met! On top of that, she’s gorgeous – one of those women who just make pregnancy look easy! Zach is also a Red Raider, so you know I loved getting to hang out with them in the heart of Longhorn country.

We got together bright and early for their shoot, and even though it was a little cold, it was soooo worth it! Here’s a few a lot of my favorites from the first of their 4 shoots.

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See! I told you she makes pregnancy look aaaaamazing!

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So sweet… and Lauren, you’re gorgeous.

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LOVE this one!

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These are contenders for being my favorites too!!

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It’s such an honor for me to get to capture some of the feelings that come with expecting a child – especially your first child. And this shot?? It pretty much sums up the joy you feel as a mama-to-be…

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Another favorite!

Nacogdoches photographer portraits of expecting couple in outdoor setting

A quick wardrobe change and a move to the front side of the house, and we got some more great shots! LOVE these trees.

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Yes… I know I have too many favorites… but this would be one too!

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Soooo pretty, Lauren!

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And I’ll end on this one… One that just oozes love and contentment. That feeling of knowing your best friend is by your side and ready to step into the world of parenthood with you.

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Lauren & Zach, THANK YOU for choosing me to be the one to document your first year as a family of three. I’m incredibly honored, and even more excited to get to see you all soon – and meet your little man!!