Maternity Portraits – The Koltonskis

Whitney, Chris & Lila – I don’t even know where to begin with y’all!!! I am so thankful to be able to return time after time to this meaning-filled, sun-drenched field with you to document your sweet family!! You three are just too much fun to work with, and the most genuinely kind people.

Y’all I swear half of Nacogdoches could probably hear me squeal when Whitney messaged me to ask to set up a maternity shoot before I moved to Houston. Knowing this family was expecting another miracle baby, and knowing I got to be the one to photograph them just about made my heart burst! And as you can tell by the amount of photos in this post, the session did not disappoint! I have waaaay to many favorites from this one!

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This one just makes me melt! I love seeing big tough guys so in love with their little girls!

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And how sweet is Lila’s little dress??? And those manicured toes? Too much!

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Whitney, I’m pretty sure I’ve said it before, but you were just born to be a mama. Lila & your son are so incredibly blessed to have you!!

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GAH!!! This one is definitely a favorite!!

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I don’t think Lila could get any cuter!

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Be still my heart!

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Whitney, you are gorgeous, friend!!!

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LOVE these next two!!!

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Pregnancy is such an incredible miracle, and knowing what Whitney & Chris went through to fight for their little ones makes this miracle even more amazing. Whitney and I both got teary-eyed at one point thinking about what a blessing this baby is, and I don’t know that I’ll ever forget that moment!

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This right here is pretty much the definition of glowing. Whitney, even in the crazy heat you make pregnancy look GOOD!!

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Another favorite!!! And definitely worth getting close and snuggly even though it was 1,000 degrees outside! Chris, thanks for bearing with me on this one!

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Pure joy.

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We may have had a few tears during the course of the shoot, but the overwhelming feeling was joy and there was sooo much laughter! Love that about these two!!

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Whitney & Chris, I am so excited for y’all, and I can’t ever say thank you enough for letting me be a small part of this story. You have a beautiful family, and I will be praying for you & little man! Can’t wait to meet him!!

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To see previous shoots with this incredible family in this gorgeous field with family ties, just follow these links!

 

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.

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!