Crazy, Lazy Days | Houston Portrait Photographer for Babies, Kids, & Families

Alright, so it’s a little bit of a “cop out”. We’ve been anything but lazy lately, truth be told. But, I felt compelled to just post some miscellaneous photos from the past few weeks. I’ve photographed two weddings, several wonderful portrait sessions (oh my goodness, I love them!), my husband is about to start a new job, Baby O is going through all kinds of developmental changes (and I am starting to look into options for school or a nanny a few hours a week…oh boy!), and, well, actually, I suppose that’s about it. But still, somehow it has seemed busier than usual around here this month. I’ve been trying to make more of an effort each day to step back and just really be in the moment. Having a funny little one like O really helps in this way. She’s pretty comical (except when she’s having one of her new temper tantrums…those I’m not very fond of).

And so, I’m posting a tiny collage, brought to you by “Instagram”. Seriously, I really enjoy this app on my iPhone. It’s neat that the phone camera can help capture a lot of small daily moments that I might have missed otherwise. It obviously doesn’t come close to duplicating a professional camera, but you know what I mean, I’m sure…

L-R & T-B: Playing together during a Wedding Day Brunch for our dear friends; My Grocery-Shopping Companion loooves my sunglasses – They cheer her right up when she’s having a melt down.; Sleepy Girl – Amazing how easily she falls asleep in the car…If only I didn’t have to wake her to get out.; Baby’s first balloon! They were handing them out at Randalls and she was lovin’ it.; Me with my camera, taken on my friend’s iPhone…Is it me or do my hands look huge?; Rainy weather…Good thing we came prepared! It’s been raining a lot here lately!

Want to bear with me for a little more randomness today? Well, I wanted to share this recipe because I absolutely LOOVED it!! It was so easy to follow and it is seriously the most delicious bread I’ve ever made (okay, so I haven’t made very many yet, at least not from scratch). But this is a new family favorite. Try it if you will. It takes a little “learning” the first go around, but then you get familiar with the recipe and can repeat it every few weeks (at least that’s my goal). It actually makes a perfect “sandwich bread”.

I sliced mine in thin slices, a la store-bought sandwich bread, and froze half of it in a freezer bag once it was cool. The other half went quickly…think honey on warm bread or butter and cinnamon sugar on toast. YUM! Perhaps you will enjoy, and/or check out some of the other tempting recipes on the site.

And now a few questions…Do you have a favorite “smarty” phone app? Or a favorite bread recipe for that matter? I would love to hear!

Thanks for bearing with me. I love this little blog and am planning some fun posts in the coming weeks. I hope you’re having a wonderful week (and definitely taking time to relax and enjoy the little things when possible).

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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!