Finley at 9 Months | Houston Portrait Photographer for Babies, Kids, & Families

This is a little after the fact, but I wanted to post a few of my favorites from this February session with a very sweet little client…

We were going to meet in a park for our session, but the Little Man woke up with a bad case of teething (I can hardly imagine how uncomfortable that must be for babies, by the way!). No worries, we did the session in their home, where Finley would be most comfortable. And I’m so glad we did.

So, here it is, little Baby Finley, at all of Nine Months!…I love his sweet, pensive expression in this one…

Finley’s Grandpa and Great-Grandpa were both Fire Fighters. We got some precious ones of him with Great-Grandpa’s Fire Fighter Helmut. Then a little Lovin’ from Momma…

Finley’s “Furry Sibling” was so sweet during the shoot…always nearby, but never in the way. 

Finley’s Momma handmade these “cupid wings” for him (since he was 9 Months in February). What a clever idea! You know how I looove craftiness! I really love all of his Mom’s ideas, actually. She’s quite the creative one.Want a glimpse of the wings, completed? Just a peek…How cute is that?

We figured he really earned a little playtime in his favorite swing, after all of the posing he was doing for us…

And one last one of Finley & his Momma…

What a sweet, sweet family. So gracious, welcoming, and energetic. It has been a true joy working with them this year, for all of Finley’s “Milestones”. Can’t WAIT for his One Year Portraits!!

Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. Gorgeous weather here…Hope it lasts for a while longer!

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Easter Dinos for the Kiddos | Houston Portrait Photographer

Has this ever happened to you…You find something quite cute and perfectly priced for the Little Ones in your life, but it only comes in one color/style, and you know the kids will enjoy being able to tell theirs apart? Well, I was in Target the other day and I stumbled across these plush little guys…

Quite a good price, in my book! Baby O grabbed one out of my hands and proceeded to lavish it with squeezes and a few slimy “puckers”. Seeing as how we do love dinosaurs in this household, I figured I would get one for her Easter basket…perfect! But, wait…her two boy cousins would like one too! I searched for a different color or variety of dinosaur but, at least at this Target, there were only three lonely green ones. So, I scooped them all up, figuring I could do something cute to personalize them.

Yesterday, while Baby O was watching “Yo Gabba Gabba” (kind of an interesting show…I actually had a dream that I was on it last night, and I had to teach kids how to line dance! I was using a terrible fake country accent in my dream…but, that’s off topic)…I got out my little box of fabric scraps and found this thin (1/8″ thick elastic as well). Perfect for making little bow-ties for the Dinosaurs! I had some 4″ square pieces, so I started with those. I ended up cutting them in half, so they were 2″ x 4″ (See Figure 1 below). I used pinking shears to zig zag the edges (since I wasn’t in the mood to whip out the sewing machine for this one).

Figure 2: I basically pinched the fabric together in the middle and made a few stitches with white thread. Figure 3: I sewed 3 rings of elastic, made to fit the dino’s necks perfectly. A few little stitches was all it took. I made a few more stitches to secure the bow to the elastic and then used the thin strip of fabric (seen in figure 2) to wrap around the center for a completed look. I just attached that with a drop of fabric glue in the back.

All in all, it took about 30 minutes, or one episode of Tony Hawk showing kids how to skate board, while Baby O bounced up and down with excitement.

Meet the cute little Dino Family…

Okay, so the green tie matched a little too well – it almost blends in, but that’s okay! Also, I ended up making O’s dinosaur wear the bow on her head, though Baby O can always change that later…I’m quite sure she will!

What are you up to this week? I would love to hear about any simple crafty projects you’ve done, particularly for the kids or home. You can always leave a link to them in the comments section.

And thank you for all of the sweet emails and comments about the “Birth Photography” post on Monday. They really made me smile! I hope you’re getting ready for a great, relaxing weekend! XOXO

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Renee FosterMarch 23, 2012 - 9:21 am

I have been enjoying all of your posts. This one is precious. What a good idea to personalize the dinos. And, yes, O needs a dino and not a bunny. I also loved the newborn post. Beautiful and heart warming photos, although you are right, the one pix made me nervous.

An {Earthy, Vintage, Country} Austin Wedding – Continued

Perhaps what I love most about photographing a wedding is the role of “telling the story” in photos. I like to imagine that I am creatively documenting the day in a way that future generations will enjoy looking at. Perhaps a grand child will have a particular love for a certain photo because of the way her grandmother looked so blissfully happy and carefree in that moment, just after saying “I Do”. I know I love my Parents’ & Grandparents’ wedding photos for that reason. I always remember the one of my parents cutting their cake, because they look so handsome/beautiful and happy. And I LOVE the one of my grandfather scooping my grandmother up in his arms after their ceremony, because I’ve heard so many wonderful stories about their wedding, and the struggles it took to get there…the dusty black & white photo sort of “says it all” to me. So, yep, I’m sort of mushy and nostalgic, but I think that just might be a “plus” in this business.

Here are a few photos of Ryan and Jessica, just after their ceremony at Star Hill Ranch, in Austin. If you’ve ever been in a wedding, you know how it can get a little hectic trying to squeeze in all the right group photos between the ceremony and the reception. In our case, it was also raining a bit (yep, we’re standing in a light mist for some of these). But, look at this gorgeous couple – so cute, patient, and happy. I like these photos because they show a glimpse of their personalities, so calm and serene even if we were just told we only had a few minutes left for photos…

Am I the World’s slowest Wedding Blog-Poster-Upper? Probably! It’s just hard to go through 300-500 images and pick the best 10 for a blog post. Yikes! Well, I at least wanted to share these for now. I really love this family and was honored to be the Wedding Photographer for Jessica & Ryan’s Wedding.Hope you’re having a wonderful week!
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JessicaMarch 23, 2012 - 1:37 pm

Jane!

They’re beautiful. Thank you so much!

By the way, I thoroughly enjoy your blog…so much fun!

Love,
JB (yes, it’s Boone for the time being.)

SusanMarch 26, 2012 - 7:22 am

The photos are outstanding. Thank you for capturing such special moments. We love the pics (and YOU!)

My baby girl is gorgeous! (Ryan’s pretty handsome too).

Susan

Birth Photography | Houston Portrait Photographer for Babies, Kids, & Families

This post is a bit “personal”, which makes me feel kind of awkward, but I think it’ll be worth it…

Okay, I keep reading about “Birth Photography” and I have to say the idea of it shocked me a bit. Have you heard about this trend? Birth Photographers coordinate with the parents ahead of time and are notified as soon as the Mom is going into labor. The Birth Photographer arrives on the scene & is able to capture the tender behind-the-scenes moments in the delivery room (surely avoiding the unflattering parts)…The baby getting her wellness checks and being held by each parent for the first time…Perhaps the look between two first-time parents as they marvel at the reality of actually holding their little one in their arms for the first time. It’s powerful stuff!

Well, as a first time Mom myself, hiring a photographer for the event was the absolute LAST thing on my mind. I was a bit nervous and anxious and bursting with excitement. I did, however, have the good sense to show my husband the ins and outs of my fancy camera before hand. We even practiced a bit. The photos he took are absolutely priceless to us! Some of them are more personal than others, but I’m sharing these, as some of my very favorites…

And, I might have nightmares tonight after posting this next one (too personal?!), but I’m a severely camera-shy person, and yet this photo, taken by my husband, is one of my all-time favorites. It kind of captures everything. Even the awkwardness of squirmy (and beet-red) little Baby O. 

The next morning, this is from my hospital bed, looking up. Quality of the photo isn’t awesome, but I love how sweet he was with her, right from the start…

Probably not supposed to let O’s Grandparents see this photo…it doesn’t look safe (but I promise it was)!… 

Perhaps I will go through her newborn photos soon and post some here. Last week I spent a lovely morning with two new parents, photographing their brand new baby girl. We had such a great time visiting & trying to get their little cutie to curl up to sleep. She really reminded me of Baby O (alert and interested in everything right from the get-go). Perhaps that’s why I thought to post these photos now. Anyway, I hope you had a fun weekend! Would love to hear your thoughts!…. XOXO

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DebbieMarch 19, 2012 - 7:18 am

So sweet, Jane! Great photos from you and A!

adminMarch 20, 2012 - 2:50 pm

Aw, thank you Debbie! :-)

KatieMarch 22, 2012 - 7:47 am

I am in love with your day 1 pictures. The one of you and baby O is absolutly stunning.

adminMarch 22, 2012 - 9:38 am

Oh, thank you for the comment, Katie…that makes my day!

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My Green Martian | Houston Portrait Photographer for Babies, Kids, & Families

Better early than late, right?…Wishing you a very Happy St. Patty’s Day, filled with fun (and maybe even some green beer, or yummy Irish fare). I’ve had the idea for these photos for several weeks now, but Baby O hasn’t been in a posing mood (mainly because it is much more fun to run around and play when you’re outside, which I fully understand & encourage!). Then today it dawned on me…now or never! So, I grabbed some felt and whipped up the truly funny-looking clovers for her headband and we were off to the park!…

I kind of had to chase her around for some of these, but I love her expressions! She really makes me laugh…

Such the little explorer…Some of my favorite photos of her are ones where she is deep in thought, trying to figure something out…

And then we have her recent phone conversations with an Imaginary Friend. She uses our phones (when she gets her hands on them), cardboard, really anything roughly that size, and she’ll walk around at length, babbling and then pausing and laughing hysterically for a moment, as if her friend just said something hilarious. She always throws her head back when she does this…kind of silly! The next photo is as if she’s a teenager saying, “Mom, quit watching me, I’m just catching up with my friends!”…

My husband says she looks like a little martian in these photos and I have to agree! A cute little martian, texting her martian buddies…

Scooped up and in Daddy’s arms…Lucky Girl!…

Keep your eyes peeled for 4 leaf clovers and have a Great Weekend! XOXO

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