Breakfast of Champions | Houston Children’s Photographer

Well, nothing too profound to say here – I just LOVE how she has lately started raiding her Dad’s dresser drawers and coming out with the oddest accessories….like these (by the way, Aaron, why do you have sweatbands and wristbands with your gym clothes?)…For some reason her accessories today just make her look that much cooler while she’s scarfing down her breakfast. Of course I hate to project anything on her, but I sure would love for her to play sports…

…Whatever she ends up doing in life, I suspect she’ll continue doing it with incredible energy, enthusiasm and heaps of personal style.

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LynnMarch 12, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Oh gosh, these are wonderful! She is too cute in her daddy’s sports gear!

JennyMarch 14, 2013 - 6:53 am

she’s adorable :) love the little head band~

AliciaMarch 21, 2013 - 7:14 am

I love these! She is so cute with that headband. In a few years when you look back at these, you are going to cry! Too sweet.

adminMarch 21, 2013 - 12:53 pm

Hi Alicia, Thank you for the comment and, oh my goodness, I hadn’t thought about it that way yet. Now I already feel smooshy and sentimental about these! 😉

robinMarch 23, 2013 - 1:25 pm

Too cute, looks like she had fun with it!

TaraMarch 24, 2013 - 2:04 pm

Adorable! I love seeing what my kids put together too :)

SabrinaMarch 24, 2013 - 7:47 pm

These totally remind me of napoleon dynamite! Love them all!

adminMarch 24, 2013 - 7:50 pm

Haha, Sabrina…Does it make you think of this line, “Tina, eat your food!”? That’s got to be one of my favorite movies. Thanks for the comment! 😀

AshleySMarch 24, 2013 - 8:31 pm


Oatmeal Cookies are Healthy, Right? | Houston Kids’ Photographer

Who doesn’t love cookies? O and I made these for a friend who is having a baby girl, but I also think they make a great Valentine-y treat. It’s a basic oatmeal & pecan cookie recipe and we just popped some colorful m&m’s on top. That’s O’s designated job, actually.

 Yummy…chunky oatmeal-nut cookies with just the right amount of chocolate… 

…please excuse the random finger-chop in the photo below. I didn’t want you to see how grubby her little hands were, lest it ruin your appetite!

More Heart-Day fun? Last year we made these simple DIY Photo Valentines. And, if you’re looking for more kid-friendly V-Day ideas, you can always check out The Artful Parent (one of my favorite blogs). Mmmm, now get out there and do something sweet for your Valentines! 😉

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Natural Light Indoors | Houston Newborn & Children’s Photographer

Why hello there. It’s been a while. Life with a newborn and a toddler sure does move quickly. But, I’ve really enjoyed this time, bonding with Baby Bro and working on some creative photography projects of my own. I’ve been taking an online photography workshop called Mastering Natural Light Indoors.

If you’ve ever worked with me before, you know that I love carting around my lights and stands. I was actually hesitant about taking a class in which we’re limited to only window light. But, the neat thing I learned is that this limitation forces one to really focus on the qualities of light and on how to be resourceful in one’s given environment.

Below: O loves dressing her Baby Dolls (she calls them “Baby Dolfs”) in her brother’s clothes. I love how the window light behind her highlights her wispy hair. 

Above: O really focuses on tasks…At least for a minute or two at a time. Here she is completely engaged in putting my clothespins back in their jar. This is one of these moments where I wish I could have backed up more to get more of the scene, but I was tucked in a corner already. I still love this image for the tones, the mood, and the memory of how engaged she can be in a self-assigned task.

Using window light alone often results in images with a “grainy” look, something I don’t normally care for in children’s portraits. But, I’m learning to appreciate it’s purpose. Learning to work in low-light can be useful, particularly if it allows you to capture more candid moments that might otherwise be lost while you run off searching for your flash equipment… …The photo above, for instance, was taken at my camera’s very highest ISO setting. It’s full of grain, but it turned out to be one of my favorites, as this is often how little O looks first thing in the morning, clutching her teddy bear sheepishly. Then she gets a little goofy…

…and because on this particular morning she was in a fantastic mood, I just kept snapping away while she started reading to Mr. Bear and eating breakfast at her little table… 

My personal photography style may be more clean and colorful, but I have enjoyed pushing myself to work in different lighting situations during this workshop. I think we all learn by stepping out of our comfort zone a bit, don’t you?

{By the way, that’s our handsome little Baby Z…at two months. He’s a happy little guy!} I hope you’re having a great week and doing what you can to savor the simple, everyday moments (it certainly isn’t always easy)! 

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Beth Johnson PhotographyMarch 20, 2013 - 8:06 pm

These are all so sweet and I love the gorgeous lighting!

adminMarch 20, 2013 - 8:24 pm

Hi Beth, Thank you! It means a lot! :-)

Kathy RussellApril 1, 2013 - 10:54 am

Jane, You are a gifted photographer. These children’s photos are just lovely. You are great at candid shots. I am glad you took that “natural indoor light” course because your those photos are really special. Keep at it. You are growing as a photographer all the time. Very special.


adminApril 2, 2013 - 9:41 am

Thank you, Mrs. Russell! That is so sweet and encouraging too. I certainly am loving the journey (of photography and of parenthood)…there is something new to learn every day! Thank you for the comment. :-)

Celebrity Cupcakes | West University Portrait Photographer

First let me say, the idea of photographing cupcakes next to the whole fruit or ingredients that are inside them was not my own. But, I love the idea. And so, I’ve played around with it here.

I hope that you are drooling a little bit. If not, I didn’t do the cupcakes justice. Because they are…scrumptious. And so pretty to look at too. My husband likes the strawberry cupcake (below)… …My current favorite is the lemon.Celebrity Cupcakes are “sourced locally and organic whenever possible, including dairy from Texas farms, organic milk, fresh fruit and cage free eggs.” If you live in Houston, you must hop over to the store and order yourself a treat! They are located in Rice Village.

{ You can even make some cupcake flags for your Valentine. }

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Renee FosterJanuary 20, 2013 - 10:38 am

I love the photos. And, yes, they look delicious. I’d go for the chocolate one.

DebbieJanuary 20, 2013 - 2:44 pm

Yum! I want the lemon and the chocolate w chocolate sprinkles!

adminJanuary 28, 2013 - 1:10 pm

Thanks for the comments, Debbie & Renee. Seriously, they are delicious. I actually had a dream about the cupcakes last night. I was eating a vanilla one and someone kept interrupting me so I couldn’t finish it. 😉

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‘Tis the Season to be Jolly | Houston Children’s Photographer

Just a few quick photos from under our Christmas tree… 

These two make me laugh. (I especially liked seeing Baby Brother in my brother’s old Santa outfit.) Happy Holidays to you!

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