This sweet baby girl is beyond adorable. She reached out for me to hold her!! I melted….is there anything more sincerely sweet than a little one reaching out to you? Her cheeks were like butta (not to be confused with butter)…butta.
I wanted to play & cuddle the entire time of our shoot. Mom brought a smash cake that made Julianna’s eyes light up. At one point I thought she was going in head first….I was giddy with anticipation! She, being the little lady that she is, refrained & took to the scoop technique instead. Thank you for inviting me to share in these memories with your family Annalisa. I had a wonderful time meeting your beautiful family & can’t wait to see how adorable ‘toddler Julianna’ will be!! XOXO
There’s nothing like becoming a mom. It’s absolutely eXhAuStInG trying to raise children to be independent, driven by a good moral compass, confident, caring, sharing, appreciative…and the endless worry….wanting them to learn, succeed, treat others with love….at the end of the day I want them to know how much they are loved & wanted. I hope & pray I never have to know a day without them in my world. Their smiles warm my heart & make me so proud of the title they have given me, ‘mom.’ Thank you God for my sweet blessings!
We went out to play in the beautiful hills of Austin, TX…ended up at St. Edwards Park & came home with some cute photos! I will not post the photos they took of me, but I will always treasure them wanting to learn about my love of photography & LOVE the shots of us together.
I’ve known this family for 6 years….sIXyEaRs. WOW. Time flies….when children are involved.
We met when our kids started Kindergarten. Seeing the photos of Ripley was a bit of a ‘slap in the face-slash-reality check’ for me. I can’t believe how grown up she looks. What happened to little Kinder Ripley?!?! I hope my son still sees the ‘kinder version’ of Ripley…what are the chances of that?!? I LOVE the
photos of her…her eyes say so much! We had so much fun playing downtown….here are my favorites from our time together.
First rule of ‘Fight Club’…..oops!
Establishing an outdoor portrait location is the first thing on my ‘to-do’ list. Typically, the family is thinking ‘What will we wear?!?’ I like to determine the best ‘location’ look for the family based on what interests them. This family knows me & I know them so it’s always easy finding a good fit ‘portrait backdrop wise.’ Monica had a few suggestions too (which I LOVE–I had no idea there’s a South Austin woman who painted her fence with cool Octopi Arms + a spaghetti monster!). The boys loved it!!
My favorite location was the infamous ‘Hi, How are you?’ wall in Austin, TX. I LOVE the fact that Addison assumed the frog position…the imagination of a child is absolutely priceless! I find moments like that when a child feels comfortable to play & pose himself/herself the most rewarding for me!
Brooke is 6yrs old….It overwhelms me with emotion to see how much she has grown since we met (around 4 years ago). She traded in her building blocks for shiny shoes & ‘blue sparkle rainbow unicorns…..’
Being a girl, having a girl gets complicated. I love each & every pose Megan Brooke threw at me. Her playful personality shines through! XOXO
P.S. I threw in a random photo of one of the peacocks. Did you know people come by bus loads to see the peacocks?!? Straight up witnessed it….
The trip was amazing: white water rafting (in Jackson Hole), horseback riding in the mountains of Victor, Idaho, a private tour of Yellowstone, coffee in the morning mountain air & fun games with loved ones. If your family hasn’t played Ellen Degeneres’ new game “Head’s Up” you need to. Immediately. Wait….if your family isn’t overly expressive…or doesn’t laugh out loud & come *this close* to an adult accident…don’t play! We had a blast! I wish I had ‘Rick’s’ dancing moment on video….oh my gosh….it will forever live in my mine, but OHHHHHH how I want to share that moment with you right now.
The memories we made will last a life time! There was even a brief snowball fight….bison hair…elk crossing…good times! We did have the extreme joy/thrill of seeing a grizzly bear—the park ranger was present to ensure I didn’t take a step closer…I was drawn to him (gorgeous, fascinating creature—not the park ranger). I was enthralled with its beauty. Don’t get me wrong….we did have bear spray. Don’t go into a bear’s home base without it. You are a visitor in his/her world. Miguel Gaviria was our guide (through Alltrans/Graylin Yellowstone Park Tours) & I can not say enough about him. His knowledge & enthusiasm kept kids (ages 9-17) on the edge of their seats for 10 hours. The stories he told us were amazing…inside stores about bear attacks, the Yellowstone fires & the geysers. My IQ increased by simply knowing Miguel.
Take a look at our pics & let me know what you think….xoxo, Mindy!