I look forward to the annual MOMMY AND ME sessions… I just love getting sweet mamas and their babies in front o of my camera lens. And so this year I went looking for the perfect location… one that would be a wonderful setting for mamas to play and laugh and giggle with their littles.  And I found one! I feel like I drove for hundreds of miles before I found this little hidden spot.  The minute I saw it I knew that it was perfect… and so for two weeks I worked on getting permission to use it and y’all two days before the shoot I got confirmation that the location was available for me to use!!! I think I screamed with excitement and smiled all the way home.

And so the first round of mommy and me sessions took place on a beautiful (but windy) Saturday evening and it couldn’t have been more perfect.

 

 

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“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.”

And y’all this young lady has a passion for dance.  She has been dancing since she was a tiny little thing.. and today she graduates from high school.  To be that age again.. when your whole life is right in front of you and you are full of dreams and hopes and most of all TIME.  And so as I sat here to write about what I would like to say to her as she embarks on this next part of her journey… I decided that I wouldn’t just tell her… we all need to hear this too. So here goes…

JUST KEEP DANCING… and of course I don’t mean literally.  I mean… find your passion and never stop.  Doesn’t matter if you are 18 or in your 20’s or 40’s… it is never too late.  Whether you have always had a passion for animals and you would love to open your  very own pet daycare  or maybe your passion is to cook for others and you want to run your very own food truck or open a restaurant.  Whatever your passion is.. find it and allow it to be part of your life.  Keep dancing … even if things seem difficult or unattainable…. surround yourself with the people that encourage you and live the life you have always wanted to live.  Because y’all when you live every day doing what you are passionate about… you live your very best life.

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i met this incredible family back when they were a family of three… i photographed their first when she was about to turn one… and years later I am still photographing them.   I am going to be completely honest here… when I announced that this year’s mommy and me sessions were booking I was hoping and praying and hoping some more that this mommy would book one.  Not only because I love seeing these beauties but also because they are MOVING AWAY! When I heard the news a while back, my heart hurt… they have stuck by me for years and knowing that this may not ever happen again is hurting just a bit.  Now don’t get me wrong… I am so excited for their new adventure but I will truly miss them.  Hoping that in the future they will make the drive to San Antonio and I will get to see them again.  But for now…goodbye “M” family.  Loved documenting these beautiful memories for you…

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She is a friend… we met before she was even a wife and mother… just out of college she was a teacher at the school where I taught and we became instant friends.  And today as I photographed her with her two beautiful little girls I stood in amazement at what can happen in so little time.  In just a few years she has built an incredible life with her college sweetheart and has become an amazing mother to these two girls who just adore her.  They are her world and she is incredibly blessed to have them… but they are just as blessed to have her as their mother.

So my sweet friend… I am so proud of you for who you are… an incredible mother to your precious girls….  No one is perfect, but in my book you are pretty close!

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Not too long ago I had the opportunity to photograph this beauty at a photographer’s shootout.  I normally don’t schedule too many teen/senior shoots throughout the year.  Only because I enjoy family and children sessions more… I mean can you blame me.  We get to play the whole time! But teen shoots are very different… I’m sure you can imagine.  And so I have stayed a way quite a bit. But after this session I think I have changed my mind.  It was not only a growing opportunity for me, but it was also a chance to experience something completely different.  And how I loved it! And so, I am ready to photograph more teens this year.  If you know of any, send them my way.

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