Maternity Portraits – Emily & CJ

I love getting to photograph maternity portrait sessions because there is just something so beautiful about that anticipation and love growing stronger each day as you wait to meet your child. It’s an honor for me to get to capture that moment in time so that when that child grows up, they can look back on how loved they were, even before they were born. To be able to see how their mama glowed, and how their daddy looked at her.

Getting to freeze those moments for my brother and sister-in-law? Y’all. It doesn’t get much better.

Add in some gorgeous weather, bluebonnets and a perfectly beautiful central-Texas backdrop and I was in heaven!

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A quick stop on the side of the road for some bluebonnet shots? Yes, please.

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Love this one!

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CJ’s not at all excited to become a dad… (please tell me you can sense the sarcasm!?)

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Emily, you’re beautiful!

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Y’all I seriously could have shot on this property allllll day! And that light! Love love love.

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I think this is one of my favorites!

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So my mom kept CJ’s baby shoes, and there was just something about seeing Emily hold those little sneakers in front of her belly that got me sooooo excited to meet my nephew! (Can we also just take a second to let that sink in? My NEPHEW!)

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LOVE LOVE LOVE this one! Joseph’s going to be one good-looking kid!

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Of course we had to get photos with their first baby, Rocko. And when he looked up at his soon-to-be little brother, my heart just kinda melted. Such a sweet boy!

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This book? I can’t even really think about it too much without getting teary-eyed, y’all. And I know I’m not the only one!

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That tree!

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Emily was a soccer player through college, so in addition to CJ’s stuff I had to make sure we got a few shots in for Emily, too! I know she’s going to have so much fun getting to teach her little man how to play soccer, and after seeing her play with Peanut, I know he’s lucky to have a pretty great coach!

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Another shot for Emily – with the onesie that says “Daddy and I agree Mom’s the boss” – you can see how CJ feels about it! And you know we couldn’t be serious the whole time… so we had to snag a few of their “signature” pose haha!

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Such a sweet moment – these two are going to be amazing parents, y’all.

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Another favorite!!

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Seriously, Emily. You’re so pretty! I love how ethereal this shot feels!

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CJ & Emily, thank you so much for being such a blessing in my life, and for giving me the blessing of becoming an aunt. I really appreciate getting to be the one to help lock these moments in time for you to be able to look back on once your son is grown.

I love you both and can’t wait to meet the newest addition to the family.

Easter Weekend – Austin, Tx Style

This Easter weekend was just about perfect. 3 full days off, time with family and friends, great food, lots of sunshine and the knowledge that Christ died and rose to save us from sin and allow us to freely and fully enjoy life. I was so glad to be able to go spend the weekend with my brother and sister-in-law in Austin – we made the most of the weekend with lots of sunshine and lots and lots of food!!

We started out Saturday at the farmer’s market. The weather was gorgeous and the food was delicious. Peanut was loving it too (doesn’t she look like she just did a hair flip? ha!)

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These blackberry almond scones from Cake and SpoonΒ were amazing… like the kind of amazing where you end up going back to get a second one before you leave the farmer’s market πŸ™‚Β Β 2014-04-23_0002

Also amazing? These bacon/apple/brie kolaches. So. Good. (wish I could remember the name of this food truck, but I guess I was just too busy enjoying the kolache… oops!)2014-04-23_0006

The fresh fruits and veggies, and the fresh flowers were so pretty… and so was the food!

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After the farmer’s market we headed over to Zilker Park to enjoy the sunshine. It was just perfect. Dogs running and playing, Peanut babbling, a soft breeze and the sunshine through the trees. I really enjoyed the chance to just slow down for a bit… A good reminder that I need to try to do that more often!

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Easter morning we all went to Moonshine GrillΒ for Easter brunch and oh. my. goodness. Food overload and it was all delicious!!

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Here’s a few more snapshots to round out the weekend… All such good stuff!

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And lastly… this was right before we left to drive home, and I glanced over to see my brother and sister-in-law “group hugging” Peanut.. Such a sweet moment and a perfect way to end the weekend. I am truly so incredibly blessed beyond what I deserve with this family of mine. So so blessed.2014-04-23_0014

I hope your Easter weekend was full of relaxation, family, good food and the comfort of knowing what Jesus’ sacrifice won us.