What a Guy | Houston Portrait Photographer for Babies, Kids, & Families

Oh, what a cute one! Check out that near mohawk (Below-Right). It was so great to see my sweet friend, Kara, and her darling kiddos at the park on Friday. The occasion? Little Brother’s 9 Month Portraits!

Haha, you’ve got to love these expressions….

The next few images are some of my favorites, from a Mom-perspective anyway. Maybe because I’m always the one behind the camera in our household…I really cherish photos of myself interacting with Baby O & I think images of Parent & Child connections are priceless! {Hm, maybe I can get my husband to take photos of just me & O soon!}…

Wow, what a cool little guy. He loved playing with the pine needles, rocks, and dirt!…

…And “racing” with his Big Brother…

Thank you again, Kara & Family! It was such a pleasure seeing you all and I hope you enjoy this “Sneak Peek” from your Session! I’d love to hear if you have a favorite image.

Have a wonderful start to the week!

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KaraFebruary 27, 2012 - 6:27 pm

Oh I love love love them!!! They are all so beautiful. Thank you so much for capturing these images…there are definitely some framers!!

BethFebruary 27, 2012 - 8:02 pm

Jane, these pictures are beautiful. I love the black and white with Kara and Davis. It was great seeing you!

An { Earthy, Vintage, Country } Austin Wedding – The Rehearsal

See these lovely ladies? Well, the one on the right is Mama B…Let’s call her that for now anyway. Mama B was my math teacher in High School…How cool is that? She & her husband became fast friends with my parents and the rest is history. Fast forward many years and Mr. B was literally the first person to come visit us at the hospital when our daughter, Baby O, was born. They are truly dear family friends.

And so I was thrilled to be hired to photograph their baby‘s Wedding Day! Meet Jessica (on the left)…Mama & Mr. B’s “Baby”, and Ryan’s Beautiful Bride…

I was even more thrilled about the photography the more I learned about their exciting wedding day plans! The ceremony was at Star Hill Ranch, just outside Austin, Texas. The theme was something along the lines of Vintage, Earthy, Country. I was in love.

In order to make a weekend out of it, I drove up there the day beforehand with my family to get settled into our condo and to check out the happy couple {and the lighting} at the rehearsal. Here is what I found… …Super sweet, carefully planned details, such as this Goody Bag for Out-of-Town Guests {that is a wedding-dress-shaped beer opener!} and wonderful wedding party members. Pictured above-right, one of the two Flower Girls.

Below, here is a glimpse at all of the goodies inside the Goody Bag. Complete with a CD (of the band who played at their ceremony/reception), a map, and plenty of yummy late-night snacks… Gift Bag for Wedding Guests

I stole a few quick photos of them (lovin’ the Texas flag behind them)… And I got a sneak peek at how beautiful their rings are…I was indeed feeling lucky to be the one to photograph their Big Day…

Ring Bearer Ceramic Dish Wedding

Gorgeous! At this point, the day before the Wedding, we were all hoping for clear skies. The couple had planned for an outdoor ceremony, and yet the weather looked ominous….Stay tuned for more!

Hope you have a fantastic weekend…Get out there and enjoy the Great Outdoors!

XOXO

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Ball-Theme Birthday Invites | Houston Portrait Photographer for Babies, Kids, & Families

I can hardly believe my little nephew is nearly One. Over the past few months he’s really become so active. He crawls quickly and pushes toy balls around happily…He pulls up, he stands unsupported, and he even takes some experimental steps. I suspect he will be quite the athlete!

My older sister thought it would be fun to plan a ball theme party for his First Birthday. She was inspired by this lady’s party and I offered to help make the invitations, based off of the invitation from that party.

However, we had to take the photos promptly in order to get the invites out in time. The setting isn’t totally ideal for it, but I brought Baby O over (to my sister’s house) and set to work, getting the scene ready for the Birthday Boy…

Baby O’s Big Cousin doesn’t particularly like having his photo taken (I think he even said something funny, along the lines of, “It makes me feel uncomfortable”, or something equally profound and relatable). So, no on posing for photos, but he does like helping to set the scene…Here he is, moving the colored toy balls around just so…

Ah, my two little helpers were so sweet. Oh hello, lovely!…

Kind of loving this next one…

Baby T is ready for his close-up!…Baby O has to show him how she loads the toy balls into the bumbo seat first…

Seriously, have you seen such a cute little tyke in a baby boy tie before? I just love it!! And look how perfectly the tie matches the colored balls…Not to mention those bright blue eyes…

I hope to go through the rest of Baby T’s photos soon as well. In the meantime, here is the invite we put together, using these two photos…

I think it will be a really fun party! Next task…Coming up with themed decorations.  I will try to post photos of all of the details after the fact. I do looove theme parties!

Have a good one!

{p.s. Apologies for my delayed posting today. I typically post first thing in the morning Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays. However, I ended up coming down with something that my family had been passing around. I thought I had managed to miss this one, but no such luck! Anyway, we’re all much better now. Big smiles…}

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Debbie BishopFebruary 23, 2012 - 9:35 am

Love it! Not biased or anything!

adminFebruary 23, 2012 - 9:40 am

Um, seriously, Baby T is adorable!! I can’t wait to go through more of his photos. “Big Cousin” is sooo cute too…especially when he is focused on something…I love love his expressions.

[...] Hi there! Alright, please excuse the less than stellar lighting here…I was sort of winging it in an effort to be quick & efficient about it (had to get back to to “Momming”). But, I wanted to be sure to share the details, in the event that any one out there is planning a “Ball Theme” Birthday Party and is eager to see some of the things my Sister did for her Son’s! (In case you didn’t see the earlier post, here is a look at the Invitations we did for this party.) [...]

NicoleOctober 26, 2013 - 9:31 pm

Where did you get the ball invitations?

adminOctober 27, 2013 - 11:23 am

Hi Nicole,
I actually made them in Photoshop. It was fairly simple – if you use Photoshop I can give you basic instructions for them. ;-)

NicoleOctober 27, 2013 - 11:29 am

Bummer!! I don’t have photoshop. LOVE the invites!!! Is it a template you could send me?

adminOctober 27, 2013 - 11:37 am

Unfortunately, I don’t have the working file anymore, only the finished/flattened file. When is the birthday party?

NicoleOctober 27, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Early dec send them out early November.

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Giveaway Day | Houston Portrait & Wedding Photographer

Whew, what a weekend! We just returned from Austin where I photographed the wedding of a dear Family Friend at a really cool, vintage spot. My whole family was invited to attend, so we drove up together and shared a condo on Lake Travis. We made it into a long weekend. Sunday we woke up and, woo-hoo! What do you know, it was my Birthday!…It kind of crept up on me! We went to an awesome breakfast spot touting organic coffees and sublime omelets made with eggs from free-range, blissfully happy chickens, and cheese from extremely wise and peaceful milk cows. Something like that…Needless to say, it did not disappoint. We also checked out a Farmer’s Market on our way out of town. Let me say that Austin is high, high on my list of places I’d love to live. The people, the environment, the scenery, the vibe…I just love it. Note to self: Go more often.

All this to explain why I’m posting a short & sweet one today. Sunday afternoon I had Baby O help draw names out of a hat…This was my first Giveaway on the blog and, although we didn’t have a ton of entries, I was excited to try something new & think it was well worth it (i.e. We will probably do it again in the future, perhaps prior to Mother’s Day). In case you didn’t see last week’s posts about it, I advertised that readers could enter for a chance to win a $25 credit towards Stella & Dot, through my sister’s business. I was determined to have the winner truly chosen at random and Baby O was very interested in helping me with this task.

I put all of the names in her Dad’s hat and let her pick one out. I decided the winner would be the first one that she unfolded. So, here it is…

…And the winner is… And, I swear the winner’s name is just a coincidence…I laughed after posting this picture (above)…I count four “Marie”s in this photo…yikes! Well, it’s a good name, what can I say…I really like it.

So, congratulations Marie Green!! Contact Carolyn at your convenience (she will also be sending you an email) to learn about redeeming your $25 credit.

Thank you all for entering. I do hope you’ll enter the next time as well. And thank you all for reading this fun, silly little blog. It’s become a real joy for me, as a place to share my love of photography as well as my interest in all things handmade. I’m so glad to share this with others. Hope you had a fantastic weekend!

XOXO

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MarieFebruary 20, 2012 - 8:25 am

Yay! I am so excited!! Thank you so much. Love your blog!

adminFebruary 20, 2012 - 1:14 pm

Oh how fun! I’m so glad you’ll get to enjoy it! Thank you again for entering. Love your blog too!

Baby M is Turning One | Houston Portrait Photographer for Babies, Kids, & Families

This was such a fun session! In the process of planning it, I felt like M’s Mom became a friend. She shares my love for Anthropologie clothing (yes!!), themed kids’ parties, and is herself a relatively New Mama (to a super cute about-to-be-One-Year-Old). Indeed, we have much in common. We texted back and forth a dozen times, sending phone pics of props and clothing ideas prior to the session. Then, come session date, it was FREEZING out (Okay, well, freezing by our Houstonian standards. Let’s just say it was COLD.).

We rescheduled for a warmer day and I’m glad we did…because it was gorgeous out!…The kind of weather you dream about when you think about a family photo session in the park…

Ooo la la, I love these next two (below). I was so excited to find this perfect sunlight…

Okay, so Baby M is having a “Cowboy” Birthday Party, or at least that was the main idea at the time we planned the session…M’s Great Grandfather passed down these awesome cowboy boots and M’s Mom had this idea for a cute photo of him holding a “Happy Birthday to Me” sign (I think the original idea came from this blog post about a first birthday party.). I got the hay bales at the local feed store (and then carried them around in my car for a week…I’ve grown accustomed to the smell…It’s like the smell of Tea X 1,000) and I made this little bunting banner out of quilting fabric. Fun! But, best of all…Check out this handsome Birthday Boy…Talk about a cutie!…

By the way, M’s Dad did not condone us putting Baby M in only a diaper and boots. Poor little guy…Good thing he was modest and hid behind the chalkboard for the most part! See the blue diaper cover (above)…It’s from Mother Earth Baby, a great online store for cloth diapers and more. Sorry Dad, I just couldn’t resist these last few…Look how happy Baby M is when Mom tickles his belly…

Well, I had a great time working with this sweet, loving family! I hope you have a wonderful weekend and keep your fingers crossed for more lovely weather. XOXO

{p.s. Don’t forget about the Stella & Dot Giveaway ($25 Credit) – Two quick clicks to enter & the winner is announced in Monday’s post.}

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Mariellen RigbyFebruary 17, 2012 - 8:14 am

JANE I LOVE THEM!!!! I think you captured his personality PERFECTLY!!! I cannot wait to see the rest. You were so amazing to work with!! Thank you for being so accommodating and totally feeling out my ideas. I look forward to many more photo sessions and possibly mom/baby outings!!

Debbie BishopFebruary 17, 2012 - 2:25 pm

So cute! Baby T can’t wait for his photoshoot!

[...] (cropping/posing-wise) to the photos I took of each parent with their little man last year, around his first birthday …It makes it easier to see how much he’s grown over the past year (plus, it’s [...]

bobbijoApril 24, 2013 - 9:51 am

what a cute session!