A Ball Theme First Birthday Party | Houston Portrait Photographer

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.)

Below: Circular sugar cookies with colored icing; Cute & Sweet Vanilla Cake. I like how my Sister put a few dots on the sides of the cake as well.; Colored Cupcakes…perfect.

Below: My Sister put the plastic toy balls in various containers around the house, such as this one. There were also bags of them in the living room for the kids to play with.; The napkins and plates couldn’t match more. She got them at HEB of all places.; In lieu of a goody-bag, each guest could take a ball from the bucket. I think they liked them so much they started playing with them well before the party ended.

I like how she kept things clean and simple. She had in-laws in town, the boys got sick the week before, etc. Rather than thinking of all of the crazy elaborate things she could do and stressing herself out about it, she really made it simple, classy, and fun. I don’t think I’d ever seen so many energetic, wild and happy kids at a party before. She did a really great job.

Check out the Birthday Boy, with a little encouragement from his adoring Cousin, Baby O…

Oh, I love his sweet expressions…I want to scoop him up and take him home with me! That’s normal, right?;-)

And, time to eat cake!…I love how Baby T just went for it. He grabbed fist-fulls of cake and crumbled it up. He dumped the plate over to see if he was missing anything underneath. I don’t know if he ate much of it, but I think he really enjoyed the experience. My husband and I were chuckling at what a sophisticated little lady Baby O was feigning to be. Look at her with her using a fork…where did this grown toddler come from? (She isn’t so well-mannered at home.)

 A Few Other Fun Ball-Theme Party Ideas:

Martha Stewart’s Bouncy Party Cake & Decor

A Bouncing Baby Boy’s 1st Birthday Party

Circle Garland – Tutorial

Circular Photos – My Sister also had the idea to print photos of him at various stages throughout the past year and use a circle template to cut them out in the shape of circles. They could be displayed in different areas of the party and/or in the form of a Garland (using the idea of the “Circle Garland Tutorial” above, only using larger circles, and probably hanging them on the wall, rather than draping them like a garland.

For Food, she served circular items, when possible. She had on the menu; Bagel Bites, Corn Dog Poppers, Cantaloupe & Honeydew Melons scooped out into tiny balls, round crackers with cheese, etc. Also, a bowl full of brightly colored fruit juice boxes for the kids.

It was a big hit, all around! I hope you enjoy the ideas. In case you haven’t noticed, I do looove me a good kids’ theme party. I would love to see links to any theme parties you’ve thrown. I’m always looking for ideas for Baby O’s next Birthday.

Have a great day & thank you for reading!

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So Happy Together | Houston Portrait Photographer

Katherine and I have known each other since we were six years old! We met on the neighborhood swim team, which led to many a hot summer day spent running around bare foot at either of our parents’ houses. We both moved around with our families before resettling in Houston. At 14, we were finally going to the same school, high school none-the-less. We were inseparable, along with a couple other wonderful friends. And, excepting our busy grown-up lives, we all still are. So, we were thrilled to learn that she was marrying the Man of her dreams and, get this!, moving to Lebanon! Okay, we weren’t thrilled about the moving part. But, then again, we know they will love it and so it’s hard not to be happy for that reason. Plus, I hear Skype is a pretty cool invention. I’ll have to become savvy with it.

I think you can see they both have infectious smiles. You wouldn’t even know it from the photos, but it rained on us part way through our photo session. We kept going through a few of the sprinkles (the two photos above were during that time frame) and then Katherine’s Hubby said, “Saved by Mother Nature!”. I thought that was so cute and funny. I think it’s common not to love posing for the camera…I know I don’t!

Here is a glimpse at the actual ceremony, held earlier the same day, at the Justice of the Peace…The officiant was awesome, by the way! He was so personable and made it so special and joyful for us all.

The 9 of us then went to Brennan’s Restaurant for a truly lovely brunch in celebration of the Newly-Weds. This was my first time to go to Brennan’s (the original one, I’m told, is in New Orleans) and it won’t be the last! It is one of my new favorite restaurants. They even make their own pralines. Who doesn’t love handmade pralines?…I don’t have any formal statistics on the matter, but I’m pretty sure everyone loves ‘em. At least everyone at our party did!

Alright, look out…the food here was amazing! I’m getting hungry just posting the photos…And, oh yes, that is my giant chocolate cake (below). Why am I always attracted to the least healthy thing on the dessert menu? Well, I just love chocolate. Again, who doesn’t?

Above: Our last name is Foster and so my husband thought he should show Baby O up close how Banana Fosters are made. Wow, they are delicious. I’d never had them before. See those three smiley girls above? That’s me (in purple), Katherine, and our other longtime best bud! Fun times.

Congratulations again, to my dear friend and her wonderful husband!

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KaraMarch 13, 2012 - 8:21 pm

Oh how exciting!!! Katherine looks gorgeous and you really captured their happiness in those pictures. Sooo happy for them!!

adminMarch 13, 2012 - 8:24 pm

Oh, thank you for the comment! Yes, they were both so giddy-happy…it was really neat to see. :-)

Catching Up | Houston Portrait Photographer for Babies, Kids, & Families

Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! The weather was indeed gorgeous here in Houston. We went to a Farmer’s Market, had a picnic in our backyard, and spent much time in the park (Baby O is becoming quite insistent on it these days. If you even crack the front door open she practically “runs” {i.e. wide-stance “tottles” as quickly as possible} in the direction of the nearby playground. What a handful she’s becoming! But in the best of ways of course…at least most of the time!)…

I’m so, so glad we spent so much “Family Time” together this weekend! But, alas, I need to play a little catch up this week. I’ve had so many wonderful shoots lately and, as much as I LOVE posting about them here, the priority of course is to keep everything on a great schedule for the clients. So, I’m going to be focusing on that this week, as well as some back-end website maintenance work. I even have my parents lined up to graciously help out with Baby O (so happy she gets to spend time with them!). I hope you won’t miss my posts this week…Okay, actually, I hope that you enjoy them enough that you’ll be on the edge of your seat, looking forward to their return!..hehe.

(Above: Baby O, hard at “work”, with her Fisher Price Farm House.)

I will try to post later this week, but know that I am catching up on work and home life this week and that next week I will be back to my normal schedule! I typically post early morning on Mondays, Wednsdays, & Fridays. As always, you can “Subscribe by Email” so you don’t miss a beat.

Next week I’ll have some St. Patty’s Day fun! Here’s to a great, & productive, week to us all!

Thank you oh-so-much for reading!

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Wildflower Season – Now Booking Sessions | Houston Portrait Photographer

I hear we have reason to believe our wildflower season here in the Houston-Area will be somewhat good this year! (Check out the showing two years ago, when I took this portrait…)

Fingers crossed for something similar! Let’s book some Child and Family Outdoor Portrait Sessions to take advantage of this great time of year (before it gets super hot, and while there are some pretty wildflowers to bask in)!  I’m now scheduling the following prime-wildflower weekend dates;

Friday, March 23

Sunday, March 25

Friday, March 30

Saturday, March 31st

Sunday, April 1st

Friday, April 6th

Morning and Evening Time Slots are available. Some weekday sessions are available as well (just ask me about the dates you have in mind). Please check out my pricing here. Call or email with any questions and I’ll promptly send you the Product Guide, the Family Style Guide, and my own little list of questions for you…So we can personalize your session!

As a fun bonus (and because I love these little albums), book one of the above dates by March 14th and receive a set of three 3″x3″ mini-accordion albums with some of the best images from your session (a $160 value)…Perfect as gifts for the Grandparents, something for the Easter basket perhaps, or for you to carry with you to work…Whip out adorable photos of your kids at a moment’s notice!…

I hope you’re looking forward to a great weekend. The weather (here in Houston) is supposed to be GORGEOUS!! Since it’s the last weekend before my husband’s new job on Monday, we’re trying to decide where to go tomorrow; a nearby State Park, Arboretum, or Beach…They’re all a bit of a drive, but only one involves lounging around in our bathing suits…Hm…

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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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