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Have you ever hired a professional photographer? Yes? Then you know that nagging question that looms as you approach your session date: Did I pick the right location?

Location isn’t EVERYTHING but it’s definitely important. It becomes particularly important if you have a feeling the location you picked doesn’t suit you or what you’re really wanting to get out of your photo session.

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This dad had booked a bluebonnet session with me to begin with. These are limited edition sessions and he booked fast so it would be kind of safe to assume he really wanted pictures in the bluebonnets right? But as we exchanged emails, it became obvious that he wasn’t so thrilled about the idea of him and his boys frolicking in a field of flowers. I mean….I get it. Flowers are beautiful and you might love them but it doesn’t meant they’re the right thing for your family photos. So I asked the question: Do you want to do flowers at all? Followed by letting him know that we can shoot anywhere. Not long after, we agreed the the golf course would be much better suited for them! And let me tell you – I think it was the best decision ever.

It was clear from the start that the boys loved being there and that this is a meaningful way of making memories for them…not to mention, the course was beautiful and we had the most amazing sunset that evening! And how cool is it that these boys will always have these photos to look back at?

I sincerely hope I get to do some more family golf course sessions in the future! This was a total blast.

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One thing I really love about lifestyle newborn sessions? There’s no rules. Unlike heavily posed newborn sessions, you don’t have to get them in to a studio almost the minute you leave the hospital so they’ll stay asleep the whole time. If they wake up during their lifestyle session? Yay! We’ll get some images with eyes open! If they need to be fed? Awesome! Let’s capture that, because these little moments are fleeting and I think they’re just as cute as anything.

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This momma had done the whole “normal” newborn shoot before and she knew she wanted to wait a bit before doing this one. So we scheduled her shoot for about 4 weeks after her due date and oh my gosh…I LOVED this session. Every bit as much as I love my typical one-week-past-due-date newborn sessions. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that this family was gorgeous, their home was beautiful, and there was a pretty consistent blue and white theme throughout this whole session. I love me some blue and white so I was in color HEAVEN at this house!

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I just realized I never blogged this session.

This amazing family, this perfect weekend morning, this donuts and dance parties and giggles galore session that I absolutely loved.

How in the world did this never make it on the blog?

Well. Problem fixed. Feast your eyes. This is the stuff that makes my heart the happiest.

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I have to tell you – photographing a family of six is usually not without its challenges. Usually there’s at least one meltdown at some point in the session by at least one of the kids. I come prepared: jokes, silly faces, even the occasional bribe. I’m not scared. You just have to keep rolling and keep the mood light and cheery and eventually everyone’s good again. In a session with a family of six – I EXPECT a good meltdown to happen. But with this one…almost as soon as I walked in the door, I could sense this was going to go very smoothly. There was just a beautiful calm about their home. Their three older kids were all kind and gentle and so in love with their new baby sister. We had the most easy going newborn session for a family of six that you could possibly have! I left so impressed with this family and so excited to see the photos on my big screen!

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If you’re the lucky parent of a two year old, then this party might resonate with you. A goodbye, a farewell, an ADI-FREAKIN-OS to terrible twos.

A Very.

Happy.

GOODBYE.

Don’t get me wrong – we are blessed and we know it, but we also know that we survived this past year with our sanity hanging on by a very thin thread and that we were ready to celebrate all of the hope that THREE YEARS OLD brings! And if you’re one of those poo-poo’ers that likes to say that your kid was no better at three years old and that we had better just brace ourselves because the next year is going to be worse, I have one thing to say to you:

DON’T.

Thanks.

Okay. Now, for the FIESTA! I recently moved my business to a new studio! It’s 30 seconds from my house. How sweet is that? I know. Very sweet. And I was wanting to do an open house so our families and close friends could come by and see it, but then I decided – duh! Just have Hattie’s birthday party there. The fam will come and we can invite some of Hattie’s little friends (whose parents are our friends, naturally) and then whoever else couldn’t come or might not be interested in a 3 year old’s birthday party could just come see it later. Anyhow, it was perfect!! We crammed about 40 people in to my studio and celebrated this stinker turning three:

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Let me just stop here before I post everything else and tell you how freaking awesome it is to be surrounded by such amazing talent in Fort Worth. That dress she’s wearing? From Luna Antigua – artisan made clothing, run by two Fort Worth mamas. Shop their line here: www.lunaantigua.com

You’ll notice soon the RIDICULOUSLY adorable cactus cake and llama cookies. Gals. Leah’s Sweet Treats blows me away. They are so easy to work with and hands-down the most professional bakery I’ve ever dealt with. I get my smash cakes from there every month and they always deliver perfection. And this time? I was just blown away!!! Have a party coming up? Go here: www.leahssweettreats.com

Llamas and pom poms were my thang for this party and the amazingly talented Brooke Wright of www.funkywrightdesigns.com painted the most adorable Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Llama poster/game. I know how busy this mama and business owner is so that she worked this in to her schedule for me meant soooo much. And it’s so cute, I’m going to be framing it in acrylic and hanging it in Hattie’s room!

Okay – see for yourself. These ladies all helped me bring sweet Hattie’s party vision to life and I could not have been happier with any of it!

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