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.

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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.

Isaiah : nine months

I bet she didn’t think it would happen to her. When they placed him in her arms the first time, she never imagined it would be possible. That he would ever even come close to turning a year old. Time is a thief of the cruelest kind. She may not feel this way but nine months is harder for me to deal with than a year, nine months is the first time you realize how much they’ve grown. You see their personality come through (that part is my favorite) and they start to explore and grow independent. You start the grieving process now and by the time their first birthday hits you’ve passed the five stages and are just ready to celebrate! The bubble bath session was Sam’s idea, I cannot express enough how much I love when a client gets creative with their sessions. We had lots of help to make this day go off without a hitch and I would say we were pretty successful! Here are a few of our favorites. 

I was even lucky enough to capture Isaiah’s first time standing up by himself! (pictured lower left corner) All in all I would say it was a successful bubble bath, happy nine months Isaiah William. 

 

Janessa Hanson :: maternity session

Thank you gorgeous poppies for joining us for this session. Us Southern Californians get really excited when we see any color around here, and there is no color shortage in this session. I have known both Janessa and Jason for years and years, so this session is extra special to me. She is due to have another little boy in May and I am just so excited for them (as a bias boy mom). It was hard to narrow my favorites because there were just so many good ones but I somehow managed to do it.

I think Lincoln is such a perfect mix of daddy and mommy, I can’t wait to see what this sweet boy will look like.   To think I photographed your engagement almost nine years ago and now have the privilege to capture another special time in your lives, thank you for choosing me.