Summer Siblings – Katy Houston Photographer

Here’s something a little different for my blog.  I don’t photograph many kids.  Mostly I concentrate on teens and adults, and I nearly always leave the whole chase-a-toddler-through-the-park scenario to my colleagues who are more well suited for those antics.   But once the kids are school-aged, I have a hard time resisting them.  Especially when they’re as fun to hang out with as the kids in the N Family.

I don’t know how I got so luck y to have Little Miss L and her mom knock on my door selling Girl Scout Cookies a couple of years ago.  I’m a sucker for Caramel Delights and Peanut Butter Sandwiches.  They had the goods. We  stood on the porch talking for a LONG time and became friends immediately.

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 You might recognize some of these faces  – or at least one because she has popped in and out of  previous sessions with older siblings like she did HERE  and HERE

These kids have amazing parents who are committed to capturing great images  of them individually on their birthdays and around their half birthdays too.  They come from a very large family, so it’s nice to focus attention on just two or three kids at one time. AND –  I’m the lucky duck that gets to create those photographs for them.   We print all the best images, mount them, and deliver them in a custom keepsake image box.

Haden Parker and Lauren 2

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Are these guys not adorable — running through the tall grass together — in slow motion . . .

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You never know who’s going to show up during N Family shoots.   It’s Big Brother C and Bubba Kitty! Haden Parker and Lauren 7

 PHOTOBOMB!  YEAH! Haden Parker and Lauren 8Our session took place on a steamy morning, so ending the session by cooling off in the pool was a great idea! At least, that’s what L thought.

I agree!

Haden Parker and Lauren 9

Haden Parker and Lauren 10

Happy BIRTH Day – Katy Houston Maternity Photographer

What’s on my  mind tonight?

It’s this super sweet family.  Tomorrow they will increase their family size by FIFTY PERCENT!  2014-10-14_0003

That’s right!  Fifty percent!  Sometime tomorrow Baby M and Baby H will join their two big brothers in one of the sweetest young families I’ve met in a very long time.

"OH Daddy, what have we gotten ourselves into?  I don't know, but it's going to be SWEET! "

“OH Daddy, what have we gotten ourselves into? I don’t know, but it’s going to be SWEET! “

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Tomorrow is going to be  a great day for being born!  Friends, please join me in praying for a safe and healthy delivery for two new little Aggie Girls!

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Special Moment – Lost Tooth- Katy Houston Photographer

 

When Little Miss S (and no, S doesn’t stand for SASS) lost her first tooth, her mom rushed her right over to my studio for an impromptu  photo shoot to commemorate the occasion.8F9A9715

Teeth or none, this gal is such a HAM!  Check out all of these goof-ball expression.

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Back when I was a kid, the Tooth Fairy would deliver exactly 41 cents for a tooth.  Yep.. ONE EACH… a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter.

 I never managed to convince my mother that we were getting short changed at our house on Shell Street in Midland Texas.  Even back in THE DAY….  Even in the OLDEN DAYS…  other kids in the old hometown earned at least a dollar for each pearly white.  Some even bragged of $5 bills.

Since this was Miss S’ s first lost tooth, she hadn’t t had time to establish a market value yet, but I’ll bet it was more than 41 cents….

Goodness … with a smile like this,  she will probably be able to fund her college education by the time she gets down to her wisdom teeth.

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 Anything that happens TODAY makes TODAY a SPECIAL DAY – and it’s the little stuff that you’ll remember years from now, especially if you’ve got great photographs to jog your memory.

Don’t forget to commemorate those special occasions!

Do it yourself, or let me help.

You’ll be glad you did.

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Sisters of the Heart – Houston Katy Photographer for Women and Daughters

“How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it.

How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it.

How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ‘em.

How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give ‘em.”  – Shel Silverstein

Kathe and Shelly have been best friends just about forever.  And talk about coincidence, they grew up in my old hometown of Midland, Texas but I never knew either of them until Kathe moved to Houston.  We met in Bible Study and bonded over our Midland roots and Kathe’s wonderfully wise and witty take on life in general.

These two amazing ladies take the time to get together several times a year, despite the eight hours of Texas Highway stretching between their homes — AND they’ve created a tradition of celebrating their daughters’ tenth birthdays BIG TIME.  So, when Shelly’s youngest girls who happen to be twins were turning 10, Kathe decided that a spa day followed by a special portrait session would be a great way to cap off their week in Houston.

 

What a special time in life.  K &  K are definitely  not little girls anymore, but they’re not quite teens  yet either.  The lingering sweet innocence of childhood still fills their souls, but if you look deep into those eyes you’ll see the gentle unfolding of strong and wise young women.

We focused most of our session on the birthday girls, but would have been amiss if we didn’t capture this precious sweet relationship that weaves its way through two generations

–  mothers, daughters, sisters, friends.

Oh what a treasure!  I’m so glad that I got to be a part of their celebration.

 

 

 

 

A Whole Lotta Lovin’ in this Sweet Young Family – Katy West Houston Family Photographer

This baby girl, about as sweet as a strawberry sundae with whipped cream and sprinkles on top, came to visit me the other day.

We had planned for an outdoor session, but the cold wet weather made us change our plans and move into the studio.  I’m so thankful on days like this for the flexibility of backup locations, because Baby, Mama and Daddy were all safe, dry, cozy and comfortable for our time together.

Mommy and Daddy, also known as Kristin and Bobby have a long and romantic history together.  It all started when Bobby fell heels over head in love with his best friend’s little sister back in high school.  That’s about all there is to it.  In actuality, their Love Story would probably make a pretty good movie, except they’ve only just started living it.  We’ll just have to check back in with them over years to read the happy epilogue.  Personally I think it will include a happily ever after with picket fences, puppy dogs, and silly songs– Kool Aid mustaches, and finger paints —  Dancing on Daddy’s feet and of course, lots and lots of Butterfly Kisses.


 

I can’t begin to say how much I enjoyed getting to know this sweet family.   I so look forward to watching and photographing more scenes for their movie.

Popcorn anyone?

Dancing in the Trees – Houston Katy Child/Teen Photographer

A Beautiful Young Dancer, Golden Sunshine, Hills, Water, Trees, and my Camera –  Pure Heaven.

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It’s SOoooo much fun to conduct a photography session for people who are enthusiastic about doing something  just a bit  out of the norm.

My favorite young dancer, who just happens to be my niece, was beyond excited about our scheduled portrait session at the spectacular  Inn of the Lost Pines near Bastrop during a family stay not too long ago.

Dance-Studio shots are nice, but when we can put on bold colorful costumes and get out into God’s creation, something very very special happens.

Call me sappy, but Lee Ann Womack’s song always brings tears to my eyes.

“I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Livin’ might mean takin’ chances, but they’re worth takin’
Lovin’ might be a mistake, but it’s worth makin’
Don’t let some Hellbent heart leave you bitter
When you come close to sellin’ out, reconsider
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance”

“To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking. ” — Agnes de Mille
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