I had a wonderful weekend away visiting dear friends in Georgia. Lots of talking, lots of resting, and lots of great food!

A second bonus to seeing my friends’ pretty faces, is seeing their children. Because of our distance, I miss knowing them on a daily basis; I miss seeing them grow.

There is something special about seeing my dear old friend’s little ones. There’s something in their eyes and in their smiles that is so familiar- so their mom- and there is also their unique spark. Those special qualities that make them their own adorable little selves.

 

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January – especially January in cold cold weather – is the perfect time to pause, reflect, and rest.  Part of that process is going through my highlights (and lowlights) from the year past, and start to looking forward to the next.  I posted some of my favorite images of 2014 last week (see here) and am satisfied and pleased with my first full year living in Houston.  I met so many fabulous people!

I’ve followed I Heart Faces from almost their beginning- 6 years ago- and it’s been a tremendous source of knowledge and encouragement.  Great for all photographers.  This week their theme “Best Face.”

For this one, I dove into my personal images.    My fashionista in the moment.

 

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It was a real pleasure to meet this perfect newborn this weekend. Her sweet lips, clear eyes, and button nose will make you swoon! She’s quiet and incredibly alert, looking and enjoying the action around her (especially her big sister’s infectious smile, doting touches, and awesome dance moves).

She is such a delight to her family, fitting in perfectly, as if she’s always been there. The peace and love and joy in the home was so evident. It was an honor to be there.

I’m so happy for you all- she’s incredible, and your family is too.

 

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It was a 2014 full of love and joy and celebration. Tons of family beauty, emotion and energy, and fun. I had a great time working with so many families in my first full year in Houston. Thank you all for a great year- it was a joy.

Looking forward to celebrating more milestones and family love in the next year.

Happy New Year!

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Sometimes just the seemingly simple act of being together is worthy of celebration. With 5 beautiful, growing, and busy children,  this awesome family took a break from the hectic holidays and set some special time apart to relax as a family.  What a treat.

We had a warm Texas winter day on the beach, playing in the wide open space and enjoying the sand under our feet.  They were such a joy to photograph- so natural and confident in themselves.  They have such genuine love for each other and laughed and played with ease.

But, I don’t think I need to describe them much more.  Their joy and love are so evident in their smiles.  Thank you to all-  it was fun!

 

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This beautiful family session was a long time coming! I had the pleasure of watching this mom grow with excitement as she was expecting her baby girl. I remember seeing her printed picture from the hospital on the classroom door, and my daughters and I marveled at the photo of the newborn baby. We marveled at the miracle of birth and life. And now, in 8 months, she has gone from a newborn swaddled in her mama’s arms to an alert baby girl who is smiling, sitting, and playing.

She is just perfect! I loved getting these images- recording her parents infinite love and joy for her- as they played, hugged, and kissed.

It’s always and honor to photograph a family, but this was even better. It was really a pleasure.

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This sister is the sweetest, most dainty, and angelic little baby. It was such a pleasure to meet her in her home and watch the family dote on her. She is a treasure!

It also a special time to reconnect with the entire family since moving to Houston. We used to be neighbors in DC! I’m thrilled with these beautiful images- a new family of five, full of love and energy, beauty and grace.

 

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A sneak peek at this sweet family’s photo session. We got so many gorgeous ones, these are just a taste. I loved meeting this beautiful baby when she was a newborn, and now 5 months later. Precious, gorgeous, and so much peace and calm.

I’m sure I’ll be sharing more of their session soon.

I always say it, and I’m happy that it is always true, it was a pleasure.
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What a dream to meet up with this beautiful family last weekend on a warm and sunny afternoon.  Their baby is precious, their pup is curious and sweet, and their vibe is chill.  It’s easy to get such natural, beautiful images of a family when their love is so real and evident.  (I loved learning that they were high school sweethearts!)

I’m absolutely in love with this images!  Thank you to all for a wonderful session together.  It was a real pleasure.

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With 3 children under five, life can be crazy, but it’s the most joyful, beautiful crazy there is!  It is abundantly full, leaving you in tears of happiness and fulfillment and tears of exhaustion.  It’s a time to remember and love and cherish.  I know it is hard to get everyone dressed and ready to go, so I think getting everyone’s picture taken is nothing short of heroic.

I loved hanging with this sweet family.  They played together, laughed together, hugged and squeezed together.  It was sweet to see them love each other-  sister and brothers- and parents and children.   In this family, there is lots of love to go around!

Thank you all for a fun afternoon with you!

 

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