If you follow me on social media… Facebook or Instagram… you may notice that every Sunday (except lately since I  have been out of the office enjoying summer) I post an image of one of my families.  And with that image I always tag it with the hashtag #sundaysareforfamily.  And that hashtag came about in recent years… for one reason or another I always associate that day of the week with everything FAMILY.  And so whether you go to church, spend the day at home lounging, breakfast at grandma’s house, Sunday dinners, or doing some kind of outing with your FAMILY, just remember that on Sunday it is all about FAMILY.

Family is very important to me.  Since I was a little girl, I craved being around others.  My mom often reminds me that when I was little I wished that our little family of 3 was much bigger.  Since then I have learned that families all look different… and some families are tiny, some families include people that aren’t necessarily related to you, and some families are too big to fit in one room.  But no matter the size or makeup of your family, embrace it.  Designate a time each week when you and your family come together to enjoy each other.  And if you can remember, Sundays are for FAMILY.

 

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I have been doing this for a while now… and in that time I have met many families.  And I have realized that on more than one occasion the new families I meet are because of YOU.  You are the ones that follow me on social media, book me to photograph your family moments, and trust me enough to recommend me to your friends and family.  Every year I meet new people and many choose me because of the words you share with them regarding your experience with JIP.  And I thank you!!! Thank you for continuously supporting this dream of mine… and for sharing your love of JIP.

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Last year, I photographed this beautiful mommy and her three boys right around mother’s day.  It wasn’t the first time I had seen them… since I had photographed them before on more than one occasion.  Shortly after that mommy and me session, she get the worst news any mother would want to hear.  One of her sons was not well, and it would mean that their whole world as they knew would be turned around.  It meant doctors visits, treatments, relocating to a new city, and distance between her and her hubby.  It meant that the life she lived would be different as long as her little guy was fighting for his life.

Hearing this news made me realize one thing.  Life really can change an instant.  It means that we do need to cherish every moment with our little ones because from one day to the next it can all change.  And it means that every day is a gift… and we need to live each day with grateful hearts.

This past May, the “S” family returned to San Antonio and they came back with great news.  Not only did their little boy win the biggest fight of his life, but his beautiful mother is now expecting boy #4.  And y’all my heart is happy!  I have a feeling I will be seeing them again… this time as a family of 6!

 

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As much as I love summer, this heat has me missing SPRING.  It is just my favorite time the year for many reasons.  Mainly because the colors in nature start changing and we are surrounded by all shades of green.  Flowers begin to bloom… and well the weather isn’t too bad.

and so as we endure this crazy heat in Texas I want to remind you that before we know it… Spring will be here and we get to see images like these!

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you don’t even understand what it means to me to see your kids grow up in front of my camera lens.  And little miss “J” has been photographed by yours truly since she was teeny tiny.  Every time I see her, I am amazed with her little personality.  And on this spring morning she surprised me with her energy and sparkle.  her shyness disappeared since the last time I saw her, and she didn’t mind showing me ballet moves or posing for the camera.  She wore that crown with confidence…

Miss “J” …keep on dancing and showing your sparkle because the world needs that right now.

 

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