Monday, November 9, 2009

4 little birdz | dallas child photographer

i am always amazed at how children can come from the same gene pool and wind up with such vastly different personalities. you would think that they would be more similar than not. i find that my kids are more like their unrelated friends than they are each other.

these kids are a perfect example. the oldest was such the well-mannered kid. he knew what he liked but was open to suggestion. he kind of "rolled with it" and got in and got the job done...all the while trying to make polite conversation.

then there were the twins. they were alike, of course, in many ways but distinct in their own way. the first girlie i photographed was a bit more hesitant and reserved. the other was...well...not! the second cutie-pie was unhinged and crazy and fun right out of the gate. but then a funny thing happened. when i got the girls together, both were immediately on the same page and laughing and hugging and squeezing and goofing. it was fun to watch them work in concert with the other without even really talking about it.

the baby bird really made me laugh. her older sisters are so tiny and her brother is long and lean. this little bug looks like she doesnt take any grief from anyone and has the muscle to back it up. she held back at first to test the waters but once she felt comfortable, she was telling me where we needed to go to take pictures and where she wanted to stand. i LOVE kids who are spunky.

thanks guys for a fun session!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

fun | dallas child photographer

em is such a help when i want to try something new. after my last please-oh-please-help-me-while-i-learn-some-flash-techniques i thought she would run away if i asked her to help again. she didnt. :)

i have this wonderful friend who has this amazing studio set up in his home. he has allowed me to drag my kids, their friends, tubs of props into his quiet existence AND has even allowed us to blast lady gaga and the likes from his computer while we shoot. love ya, bob. thank you

anywho, emily is one of my favorite people in the whole world to photograph and (for the most part) is one of the easiest. thanks, lovey

thought this was so funny. she and her friend were goofing around while i was moving the lights and i just happened to grab this shot with a light in one hand, camera in the other and in motion :)

emily accompanied me for a sunday shoot downtown. we quickly popped a few photos while we were waiting for our clients to arrive. you would never know that she had been up half the night at a sleep over, with a massive sugar high (halloween was the night before) and she was filthy rotten dirty. :)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

kismet | dallas child photographer

have you ever met someone and felt immediately as though you've known them for ages? you immediately fall into a groove that is comfortable and fun and...familiar? kismet. that is how i felt when these two cuties met me downtown. i couldn't believe how much this little girl looked like my niece. they are the same age, have the same features and the same energy. we seemed to find our pace immediately. i could have taken pictures of her all day long. most of the kids i meet are fun and creative, but i have to say this one has that little "something" about her that is so endearing. we hopped. we skipped. we spoke in foreign accents and we laughed. good deep belly laughs and i had a really fun time.

and her squeezie is he? he has the most angelic face, and the sweetest baby curls...ahhh...i miss this age.

these parents were fantastically groovy and i want to thank them for allowing me to give this baby his first candy ever!! he was all over the sucker...fascinated by it really and it was fun to watch.

so allow me to introduce you to little missy and her irresistable brother. i feel like they are practically family :)

Thursday, October 29, 2009 | dallas child photographer

this little bug was spunky with a capital S! she was a bitty little thing but there wasn't anything small about her personality...and you know i love them that way.

when she climbed out of her car i couldnt resist...i had to touch her hair. she had the best hair. it was fun and springy and so very cute...just like her.

the best part was how she "was" with her daddy. dad was very tall. he was quiet. he was along for the ride. but when this bitty girlie climbed into her daddy's lap or hugged his leg, his face just lit up and i LOVE that.

thanks for coming out in the rain and fog cute family. i had a great time watching and listening to a piano serenade to elmo in the city streets. it doesnt get any better than that!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

spunk | dallas child photographer

this little one had spunk...what a live wire! i wish i had 1/2 her energy. and really, how many of us could run down the street with our tongues hanging out and look this cute?

till next time

Monday, October 19, 2009

too easy | dallas child photographer

sometimes a kid will climb out of the car just before the session starts and i know i have my work cut out for me. this was not one of those kids.

he was so easy. he seemed to have a calm within himself and everytime i looked his way all i saw was the perfect image. i almost didnt know what to do for a second! i didnt have to chase him down the road. i didnt even really need to engage him in conversation much to get him to look my way, he just seemed to know what to do. i could have done a dozen more wardrobe changes and several location changes and shot all day he was that easy. and friendly. and goofy. and incredibly cute.

i mean really...check out that face! and his eyes? good grief!

i think his mother better hold on tight to this one.......

what a trooper | dallas child photographer

this kid was such a trooper.

the minute his mother pulled up in the car, i was off and running - as usual -dragging out clothes and chattering away. but he seemed to have a bit of a different speed...sloooow mooootion! he was polite and accommodating but moving like he was in a fog. this, of course, made me want to "reach him" all the more. mom apologized more than once saying this wasn't the norm for this kid and i took one huge breath and didnt stop talking the entire time. poor kid...

by the end of our session, mom pleaded, "do you think you got one good one?" i would say so! especially since the kid had PNEUMONIA during our shoot!!

i get a call from his mom a week after our session wondering, again, if there was any way we were able to get a half-decent picture. she told me that although he never complained that he wasnt feeling well, later that day they found out that the poor kid had pneumonia. good grief! apparently he has been quite ill...but i am happy to say that he is on the mend. :)

thank you for putting up with me. your pictures are so cool and i cant wait for you to see the rest. the fact that your session went so well and your images are amazing makes me all excited to do a shoot with you when you are actually in top form!!

isnt he handsome?

Sunday, October 4, 2009

out of my box | dallas child photographer

i am trying something new. i am a natural light photographer which means that i dont use a flash when i take pictures but lately...i am interested in flash. hey, what can i say? i am always a work in progress.

so, a friend of mine - who happens to have all kinds of camera toys - graciously opened up his home to me and 2 pre-teen crazy kids {a.k.a my daughter and her good friend} for some much needed learnin'

i was definitely outside of my comfort zone, but i loved it! i feel like i learned so much. actually, i need to wrap this up quickly because we are headed back for another afternoon in the studio but i wanted to quickly post a few images of these kids.

me & flash...who da thunk?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

big girl | dallas child photographer

em has been gracious enough to model for me for a local boutique and their really fun clothes. i have to say that while this age is enough to really do me is also a lot of fun. to me, she is this moody pre-teen with a catchy mantra of "that's not fair!" or my personal fav of "YOU are not fair." then, i look at these photos and gasp. no little kid here. where did she go?

and, i become all emotional and start wondering how much time i have left until she decides i am no longer worth her time :(

thanks lovey. as always, you are a joy to photograph and even more fun to hang with. you are beautiful!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

our angel...| dallas child photographer

is back and getting so big and this time she brought her daddy with her! last time she visited me her daddy was far away and his safety was always a concern. she was such a bitty little thing then. now look at her...and her cute daddy who has made it home safe and sound. arent they cute?

i was so happy to see get a few squeezes in...and was even more excited to learn that this session was a suprise for mom, who was at home alone for a few days for some much needed rest. mom was gonna' have another baby! so this session was a suprise to be opened months later when the baby arrived.

there were some complications with the pregnancy and some complications with delivery and the baby came very early...8 weeks early. she was in some serious trouble for awhile and although she isnt out of the woods, she is improving.

i was so touched to hear that baby olivia has some of these pictures lining her isolette. mom wanted this baby to know that she belonged. she mattered. there was a world beyond tubes and doctors and tests waiting for her when she was ready. she was loved. it brought tears to my eyes when i heard.

i love this family. when dad was fighting for our country in iraq i spent who knows how long hoping he would come home soon, safely. and now, i think of them often and send out all the positive energy i can for this new little baby who i am certain is every bit as squeezie as her sister.

thank you for continuing to allow me to be a part of your sweet family. and when you are able, you get that baby to me so that we can do a session of your entire family, now that it is complete. :)