this location has a special meaning for me… a personal one… an although I won’t share my reasons for loving this place as much as I do, I will tell you that when I am there my heart feels full.  I love it so much that I use it for many sessions… and every time I am there I am inspired by this beautiful light that comes through the trees.

I photographed the “K” family last December after being rained out the week before.  And after those rain clouds moved out of the way, this amazing golden light appeared and we were able to capture moments like these you see here.  beautiful moments for the “K” family….

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In December 2017 I scheduled this beautiful family for my last session of the year.. and we realized after the session that they too were my last session in 2016.  Now this obviously was not planned.. we didn’t plan for them to be the last.  It just sort of happened.  But what a great way to end the year for JIP.. two times in a row.  This little family is just so pleasant to be around.. fun.. and so lovely.  And their little boy is just precious.  So I think that we need to make it a tradition… how about doing it again in 2018!

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It’s 2018 and I am still blogging sessions from 2017…. so bare with me!

I met the “B” family last fall soon after the BE Merry sessions concluded.  They moved to San Antonio not too long ago and love it so far… although three fourths of this little family hasn’t experienced the Texas summer.  But I have a feeling that even in this Texas heat they will be HAPPY… because of course they have EACH OTHER.

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If you have been following my blog you have seen this little one before.  First you may have seen her making gingerbread cookies, and then remember her playing out in a field wearing a beautiful blue tutu.  Later we had a tea party with her favorite bear! Miss “N” and I have definitely had many adventures together, but this latest one is my all time favorite.  Her mommy contacted me one day and asked if I would photograph Miss “N” and her horse.  Now of course, my thoughts immediately focused on some kind of toy horse (like the barbie horse I used to play with as a little girl).  But immediately I realized that we were talking about a REAL horse.  And y’all this horse was magnificently beautiful.  It stood in the pasture among the trees as little Miss “N” played alongside.  What an adventure for this little girl and her horse…

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So this year I    wanted to do something different as a holiday tradition with my little guy and luckily my wonderful, inspirational friend Shalonda from Chubby Cheek Photography shared a brilliant idea that she does with her family.  And so I took her idea and made it our own… this Christmas season we decided to do 25 days of Random Acts of Kindness.  My son and I chose 25 acts that we are determined to complete before Christmas day, and each day we set out to share kindness with others.  At first I started this for the sole purpose of doing something together.. but it has evolved into something even more.  There is something about sharing kindness with others that just brightens your day.  Not only that, but our hearts are happy when we know that we in some way brought happiness to the lives of others.

I  was a bit hesitant to share this with you all… especially because it isn’t about getting recognition for what we are doing.. thats not our purpose at all.  A lot of the acts are anonymous and so we aren’t expecting anything in return.  However, because my little guy and I have gained so much just by doing this, I  thought maybe sharing this would possibly inspire you to do the same (just like Shalonda inspired us).

And so each day we choose one act of kindness from our list.  Some of the things we have chosen to do include buying someone’s dinner, sending ornaments to someone special, making Christmas cards for our Military heroes, placing popcorn bags on Redbox machines, collecting toys for a church, delivering cookies to our fire station, and so much more.  After we complete the task we take a picture of the act of kindness and place it on our Giving board to serve as a reminder of how we were able to spread kindness to people all along the way. This is something I    plan to continue to do each year…. not only because it fills our heart with joy, but also because it teaches my son that doing things with kindness in your heart can bring happiness to those around you and can make life so much more wonderful.

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