Williams :: family photos

Another session that I couldn’t not share was one of OURS! By far this is the most stressful session for me, out of any others. We usually just ask my dad to snap the big group shot, but that in turn means that I am literally running back and forth between setting the camera and being in the picture. Add heels + snake holes and it’s the worst! But I am typically not disappointed in our end results.

These kids.. the best thing to happen to our family. Can’t wait to add baby Owen to this crazy bunch next year.

I know that I don’t need to say it, but I love with words of affirmation so here it is. I don’t know another person who is blessed by their husbands family the way I am. I’ve known them now more years than I haven’t, and while not every day has been perfect (because let’s be honest, no family ever is) they have been perfect for me. They love and support me as much as my own family does. Kristy and Kathy are my sisters, their husbands are like brothers to me, their family is mine. What we have is so rare, and I do not dare forget that. I love you with my whole heart Williams/Zagone/Lazars and I’m blessed to be a part of your families.


Life update

Have you ever been afraid to breathe for fear that life is too good and the slightest gust of wind might mess that up? Or think, what is going to happen to rock the boat because we are just sailing too smooth right now? Recently I had to go in for an ultra sound of the womanly areas and I thought, this is it.. this is where we get our bad news. Thankfully, it ended up being nothing.

Now I serve a big God and this is not how we’re called to live our life, in fear. We have had our fair share of living in trials, to be honest most of our marriage it’s felt like we’ve dealt with trials. We’ve always made it out perfectly fine (thanks to that big God I was talking about) and to be honest, it’s made me more thankful than I would have been if I had not walked through them. I really feel like this time of our lives we are called to bless other people. My heart drifts towards to the couple who has to work hard at their marriage day in and day out, to families who’ve fallen on hard times financially, and it breaks for the woman who can’t get pregnant. This is all because I’ve been there. You’ve all heard that quote before, “I still remember the days I prayed for the things I have now.” It took me a while to find the actual quote but it is constantly in the front of my mind. The trials I went through make me live my life with thankfulness, I really do feel this way. My two perfect examples are sitting right here.

Also, I still don’t believe our new house is real life. It truly is anything I’ve ever wanted in a house. And when we bought this house, we bought it with big enough property that my parents could also build and live in their own little place without having to worry about the burden of a mortgage for the rest of their life. So this is our next big task at hand, figuring out the best way to go about doing that. While the house is built they will be staying with us. (Maybe this is my next trial eh?) My hope is that we can get rolling on the house thing pretty quick and get them in their own little cottage very soon. Because, living with family can be umm interesting.

So that is where are, I feel like this was a bunch of random words written without saying much so if you made it to the end, you get a gold star. Basically I am just so thankful for God’s grace in my life and everything He has blessed me with.

(Photos are by Mandi Spottsville Photography)

The Allen family

This was another session from the end of last year that I wanted to share. If you’ve followed me for any amount of time then you know all about Sam, she is my friend that designs all of our Christmas cards and birthday invitations (plus of course anything else I ask her pretty please with a cherry on top). Those first two are my very favorites, but I of course love the rest and loved seeing Isaiah’s personality through them.

I don’t know about you but I can most definitely tell this girl was a dancer, I mean look at that toe point. Also, my fingers are crossed that our next family shoot might include a newborn (just sayin), or at least a baby belly!) 

Carter :: 2 years

If you’ve been to my house recently then you’ve probably already seen all of these (sorry) I displayed them for his birthday party in January, and have yet to take them down. This boy has had an obsession for balloons since the beginning. So when my friend Sam suggested we do that for his second birthday party, even though I told her I would think about it. After I did, I realized there didn’t need to be much thought because duh he loves them so much.

I am sure you’ve heard parents relating their kids to a sour patch candy. That is him to a t. He can be the biggest stinker (little tantrums or sassy faces) but then he smiles at me and I’m like, what tantrum? To think of life before him seems impossible. He talks so much and repeats any and every single word you ask him to, he knows all of the colors and can occasionally count to ten (only when he feels like it of course.) He is always trying to keep up with Grayson, but is still independent which I love. He tells me he loves me and when he answers me he says, “yes mommy” or “no mommy”. I always want to ask him questions just to hear that.

We just went up the street to a little grass park and I brought along my assistant (big brother.) It only took a dollar and a lollipop but this is what we got and I couldn’t be happier.

Thank you for lighting up our lives Carter Joseph, don’t ever change. (Well except getting mad when we say no, I don’t mind if that changes) But stay sweet, and shine bright son.

Valentine’s party

Our friends talked about throwing a little Valentine’s party this year and of course I jumped at the chance to have it at our house because I’m just obsessed with our yard and letting the kids roam around and play out there. We kept it simple and had cookies and valentines bags for them to decorate, heart shaped sandwiches and just plenty of time to fellowship and share fun.

I told myself recently that I am going to try keeping my big camera close by on a daily basis to capture life. Because I am all about taking pictures to remember, but less and less about all of the notifications that come with the phone portion. So here is my first capture of fun in a very long time with my big camera! First Grayson and I made pink cupcakes, because not only was it a Valentine’s celebration but we were also celebrating a very special lady’s birthday.

Oh! And also! I just love little fast motion videos, so I tried to do one and it’s so lame but I’ll share it anyway. But it does make me excited to try again another time.

Ashley made these already decorated cookies for the moms only and they were delicious, and really what I’m wondering is why in the world do mine not look like that when I make them?! And here is just all of the outside shenanigans.

Then there’s this guy. I hope you enjoyed a little peek into our Valentine’s celebration.

Owen newborn

Last week I shared Kathy’s maternity session with you and today I’m excited to show you her baby boy’s newborn session.  What a lucky boy he is to join such a wonderful family, and such a good looking bunch if you ask me. Owen was as quiet as newborns come, which made for such a peaceful session. Take a look at all of my favorites (especially big sis kissing his little head.)

This is a shot I do every time and it just doesn’t get old to me. So little in their daddy’s hands.

One last little collage of baby Owen all by himself. So glad you’re here sweet boy, we’ve been praying and anxious to meet you.

Kathy Lazar :: maternity photos

So something feels off sharing Kathy’s maternity photos considering she had the baby like THREE weeks ago! But when I thought back about the sessions that I didn’t want to miss out on sharing, this was for sure one of those. What I enjoyed about this session was spending a little time with my niece, and what I mean by that is getting her to myself. When we get together the cousins stick together (which I adore) and so I don’t get to see much of her because she’s running around with them! So it was nice to walk and chat with her, a little girl talk is something I don’t get in my house.

We couldn’t have picked a better afternoon for these, I am so happy with them and how they turned out. I can’t even tell you my favorite, because there are just too many to choose.

Oh big sis you are so cute.

Next week’s agenda, get those newborn pictures up.

The Siepker family

I wasn’t even sure if I would remember how to log in when I thought about sharing these photos! Good thing my username and password are automatically saved because if not it might be another story. I just couldn’t let the year go by without sharing the Siepker family’s photos. I’ve been photographing her family for I don’t even know, nine or ten years now. And STILL she doubts me! Okay, she doesn’t really doubt me but she does wonder if we can top the previous years session. But that’s okay because each year I doubt that she will show up on time. We talked about going back to Humphrey Estate where we went last year but they raised the price and were booked up the week we had planned to do these so we just decided to go back to her resort of a backyard again. 

This session was by far the most fun we’ve had. Graham is the friendliest, funny little guy ever. We just played and took pictures, didn’t even feel like work.

These more candid ones are definitely my favorite from the day.

It also happens to be Andrea’s birthday today too! Happy birthday Mrs. Siepker, I hope you get spoiled by this beautiful family of yours!

Grayson :: 5 years

 Holy five years Batman! I mean seriously. It truly is not fair how fast time goes when you have babies. I swear I just held him on my chest for the first time yesterday. I know that technically he’s been five for three months but that’s okay.

Every mom is bias but he has always been such a good kid (trust me I know especially because number two, a little stinker) And he is a good boy too (not perfect of course) but so caring and sweet and a little people pleaser (gets it from his momma). He is still obsessed with sports, the state of Texas and his daddy. He says “tormato” instead of tornado and “cauizzi” instead of jacuzzi but we refuse to correct him.

He makes me so dang proud to be his mommy (like 95% of the time) and as much as I constantly mourn him no longer being a baby, I truly can’t wait to see the type of man he becomes. He’s already brought up marriage, and I’ve already given him two rules for his wife. Ask him what they are. Grayson Scott, you are one of my very best friends.

Nicole :: maternity session

Some sessions I know from the very beginning are going to be good. This is one of them, their outfits (and gorgeous faces) I was excited from the first minute I saw them. You will probably recognize this spot because it’s one of my favorites! It has a variety of spots plus perfect lighting, it never disappoints. Without further adieu, Nicole and her three babies.