We made the leap!
Birdseye Photography now has a Facebook page!
Click here to become our 'friend', and then we can tag you in your kiddos' pictures for your FB page!
Just one more way we get to keep connected!
We made the leap!
Birdseye Photography now has a Facebook page!
Click here to become our 'friend', and then we can tag you in your kiddos' pictures for your FB page!
Just one more way we get to keep connected!
The last little one that came to play this spring is G, who we have watched grow since she was a newborn!
She was a true Texas gal with her horsey dress, denim jacket, cowgirl boots, and hat! Adorable!!!
She likes to take time to stop and smell the flowers...
This next little expression is probably my favorite picture from her session. It's just such a happy, sweet face!
And what cowgirl is complete with out her horse?!
(Who happens to be hungry for a "goldfish" snack break...)
See you in about a month, G, for your fall family pictures!
I'm sorry it's been so quiet around here. Two weeks ago I got sick and thought it was food poisoning. I was still in pain days later, so early that Sunday morning, I woke up, and the first thing I said to my hubby was "I want to go to the hospital". *(side note: It had never occurred to me that you could just walk in to the ER. I don't know why! I guess because I had never done it before. But I always thought the ER was just for ambulances, but I was lying in bed that morning, in pain, and trying to think of what to do. The next day was Labor Day, so I knew my family doctor would be closed until Tuesday, and I knew I was in too much pain to wait until Tues., then it just struck me that people go to the ER when they need help fast! So off we went!)
Within 3 hours of checking in, they were prepping me for surgery to have my appendix removed! It was all so fast, and crazy. To be sure it was an appendicitis, they did a CAT scan, and yep! They said that my appendix was very inflamed. Once I got out of surgery, I learned it was much worse than they thought, and my appendix had already burst! So I had the pleasure of staying in the hospital last week from Sunday to Thursday. I had never stayed the night in a hospital, let alone 4 nights. The nurses were great and helpful, and of course there was no way I could have gone home, seeing as how I needed a small team to help me just sit up and get out of bed. It's crazy to think back on now, because I am doing much better, and I can mostly help myself for anything, but a week ago, I was pretty helpless! My hubby stayed by my side the whole time, and was there to help and do anything I needed. I was on such heavy meds, the week is kind of a blur of a sleepy haze.
Friends came to visit me, and since I came home, several friends have brought us meals. They have been so sweet and kind!
Our patient clients had to wait an extra week for their orders, so I have been busy getting caught up there, but have slacked here on the blog! Going to get caught up now!
Now we get to visit my 2nd spring cutie that joined me for a mini session earlier this year.
7 month old E , and his lovely Momma!
E 's family used to live in the Dallas area. Then they had to move up to Indianapolis for his Momma's work. It just coincided that the weekend I hosted the minis, E & his momma were flying in to Dallas so she could interview at a new job back in Dallas. (She got the job and they now live back here in the Lone Star state!)
Thank goodness, because I need to see this little face again!
Daddy stayed home, up north, during this session, so we were able to capture some quality 'Mommy & me' time!
And then... the shirt came off to reveal the BABY CHUB!!!
Love this expression... like, 'What you lookin' at?! Nothing to see here. Just some topless baby!'
How sweet is this... One of my faves!
This next one is like he is just CRACKING up at a joke his old buddy told him!
It's some serious business standing on your own, holding on to Mommy!
That is, until Mommy becomes the Human Swing - o - Fun!
Welcome back to Dallas, buddy!
I have shared this before. At least a couple times, I'm sure. But I just wanted to share again, for any newcomers! I've never actually been asked this question, but I wonder if readers ever wonder why I post pictures from sessions from the past, and do not just skip them and move on to the current ones.
First off, it's because I love each and every one of my clients' sessions, and I'm excited to share them with you! The reason they are so behind is because I'm of the belief that a session is not complete with just a few pictures. I don't want to share just a sneak peek of 3-4 pictures from one session on the blog. I prefer to share tens and tens of pictures from one session, to give you the complete feel of our time together from start to finish.
I take it personally to capture a family completely. I relish telling the story of each family I meet. It is my joy to share tons of pictures from one session so that you get to see all the cuteness/interaction/and LOVE that was captured. How could I sum that up in 4 (or even 10!) pictures?! Simply can't be done.
However, the obsession of sharing a million pictures per session takes its toll, and really only allows me to share a session after their order has been placed, and completed. And then new orders come in, and time ticks on, and this blog just gets behind because of all of that, and more.
So, here we are, almost fall, and I am sharing sessions from the spring. It's quirky, and may not make sense, but for whatever reason, I just can't let them go without sharing them. No matter how seasonally delayed they may be! It's my job and my joy. It's also like I'm sharing a little piece of me, almost, since I often leave a session feeling as though I have just captured my loved ones.
I suppose that means I view this blog as more of a story telling place, rather than a sneak preview/currently what's going on place.
Though, an exciting piece of current news? Christmas season... almost booked! Just 2 sessions still available for pictures in time for Christmas! :) Come on, fall weather!
I have another bounty of sessions from earlier this year that will be fun to re-live this week!
Remember when I shared about our Spring mini sessions? They were a hit, and some of the most rewarding work I have done!
When the sessions were complete and I had my donation ready for the Cumberland Presbyterian Children's Home, I set up a time to hand deliver it in person to the Home. The staff there was so kind and open to sharing more about what they do everyday. I was given a tour of the whole facility. They have beautiful community rooms for the children and parents to play in. Also, a huge, new library with colorful furniture and tables, and lots of books! The homes for the children are in close proximity to each other, so it truly has a community feel. I am so happy that I was able to work with them, and contribute to the Children's Home. I hope to be able to do it again next spring!
Now, for the sweet little clients who participated in the mini sessions!
First up was M & L . I met them for the first time last fall, when we played in their beautiful home and the Denton square. Having another session in the spring was so different than what we captured last fall. Now the outdoors was so warm, and full of sunshine, and color!
Their talented-twin-coordinating-shopping-Mommy found the perfect bright & colorful spring outfits!
(I love how L 's shoes perfectly match her dress and hair clips!...Can ya tell I love to shop! And kids' clothing is so so cute!)
M is so easy going in front of the camera. He just sat back in that tree himself and flashed this happy smile! Such a little ham!
And one more of this happy, goofball little guy!
It has been so fun this week re-living the time getting to know O and his sweet family!
We are ending the week with his 18 month session. (sniff, sniff!)
This time, the little guy was not only walking, but running! And not to mention, that hair! Just him having hair was a change from his sweet little bald head the last time I saw him, but his hair was BLONDE!
We started this session in their new home, (and then later went to a park).
Hasn't big brother matured so much! Now he looks like a little pre-teen, and not just a boy!
And little man O has not one, but two blankies that needed lovin' on...
Then we loaded up and headed to a little park near their home. All of the tiny buildings provided the cutest background to capture this fun family!
I love that L wanted to include a little dandelion that she found in her picture. I would have done the same at her age!
So, FYI, I often get asked about clothing for family sessions. I know it's hard to find outfits for everyone, and the easy thing would just be to have everyone in a solid color. But LOOK! This family is an ideal example of fall family session clothing. Everyone is in something different, unique, but yet the tones all blend together. Usually the easiest thing to do is to find an outfit for one person in the family, and then use that to pull colors to find clothing for the rest of the family members. In fact, I remember this mom telling me that she found her daughter's dress, and O 's outfit first, and then she looked in the closets for herself, Dad, and big brother and found something for them. And it totally rocks!
*For you moms, use accessories to tie yourself in to the other family members. Like how this Mom's scarf ties in the green to L 's dress.
Yes, the focus of the pictures always will be the people, but great outfits don't hurt. ;)
O, it was my pleasure to capture your sweet babyhood. I can't believe you are a now a big, 2 yr. old boy!
We saw O when he was 7 months old just a couple days ago, now let's see that handsome boy when he turned 1 year!
His Momma, brother, sister, and grandmother joined us for the shoot all about O . (And I distinctly remember from this session that the Arboretum was so full on this spring day, that we had to park in a parking lot a couple blocks up the road, and then we were bussed in to the Arboretum! O 's family arrived right when I did, so we road the shuttle together!)
All of our helpers during his session stayed in the background so that O could have the spot light since he was the birthday boy! *I LOVE that his Momma let him have the session to himself, even though he has older siblings, so that he could get the same set of pictures by himself that they got when his siblings were toddlers.
Sometimes the youngest in the family doesn't get a whole session to themselves like their older siblings had, since they were born as the youngest. It's special to let the 2nd, or 3rd (or 19th in this case), get their own time to shine!
Look at all that personality bottled up in a 1 yr. old's body! He is going to be a little funny guy!
Well I have a fun week of blogs for you!
I was looking through past sessions to see if there is anything that I have not shared with you before, before I catch up with sharing all of my recent sessions. (I don't know why, but in my mind, I want to entirely get caught up from the past, so that I know that is done, before I move on to the present!) And sure enough, there is a Chickadee Planner who has completed his package, (7 months, 1 year, and 18 months), who has never had his own blog post! I briefly shared a sneak here during the crazy fall season that does not allow me to share complete posts. BUT, today, little man O will get his own post, AND, you guys will get to watch him grow over the course of a year, in just one week!
I actually think this is fun. Heck with the whole waiting on time to pass thing for a child to age. How fun to get to see a quick progression in just days!
Here he is, many moons ago, at the widdle age of 7 months!
**The children's magazine that I used to advertise in, DFW Kids Directory, liked the picture above so much, that they used it to advertise for themselves in their magazine! (go to their online site here, and then on the bottom of the page, flip to page 33 to view it!)
These kiddos are so well behaved! They know the drill when it comes to photographers hanging out with them! Their momma values photography (as any mother should!) and so her little ones are blessed to have their beautiful photos displayed all around their home. I think it is fun to incorporate a younger picture of a child in with their current picture, so once again, you get that age progression in one capture!
And big sister is just as girlie as can be! I had so much fun capturing this happy girl in her princess room!
*I've said this before, but a neat thing about having your session in your home, is that your home is forever captured. What more special of a place than your haven? This family has since moved, but their home, where they shared the memories of bringing home baby O, is forever documented!
This was O 's favorite toy at the time, so his Momma wanted to be sure to capture his affection for it. I love that! That is my favorite part of what I do. The fact that their little personalities and likes and dislikes change so much, that you may forget the little things, like their favorite toy. That needs capturing!
Then we wanted some NAKED BABY CHUB pictures!!!!
I *dare* you to not smile at this next picture!!!
With some more playing up in the game room...
... and outside in O 's favorite swing...
... that was a wrap for O 's debut!
Next, we'll see him magically turn 1 year old!
This couple was married the night before I was. I know this because I have gotten to know them over the years since her college BFF is my high school BFF! We like to have open season and share our mutual BFF.
So when scheduling this session, at first we started looking at a weekend, which ended up being both of our anniversary's, so that was fun because we both knew we couldn't shoot then since we would each be out with our hubbies celebrating!
We found a day that worked and she and her hubby came to my home and I photographed them here.
They wanted simple, intimate maternity images, and since my cozy spot I shoot at in my home can only accommodate up to 2 people, it was a perfect place to photograph the maternity session style they had hoped to capture. (Or really, I guess it was actually 3 people captured in this case, including their little boy!)
The monster truck in the image above was such a fun prop! Daddy went to a monster truck show and bought the plush toy for his soon-to-be little boy, so they wanted to incorporate it in to their images. (Their little man has since made his debut, and we included it in the newborn images as well! Since it is so large, it's perfect to mark their boy's size next to, to watch him grow!...We'll see their little one's newborn session in a bit!) **I love Momma's big, open mouth smile in that pic! A real, genuine laugh as Daddy climbed the hill of Momma's womb with the truck! Ha!
Their little boy is going to look just adorable in those tiny shoes one day soon!
Recently, I met up with K . He is a graduating senior from high school on the brink to his new college world.
Everything is different when you go to college. And in my opinion, it's so much fun! (I wanted to write "better" instead of "fun", but that sounds so wrong!)
Though, I will admit, (a bit embarrassed to say), that when my parents helped me move in to my dorm, and we were at the curb saying goodbye, I actually cried! Okay, and the even wussier part is that I went to school just 30 MINUTES from home! I wasn't crying at the fact that I was moving away from home. I think just the Hallmark Moment of it all. I can still remember moving my older brother in to his college dorm. But to think it was my moment, and I was starting this whole new life was overwhelming.
But then after saying goodbye to my folks, and going upstairs to my room, where my roommate (my best friend from high school! Yep, again, not straying too far from the comfort zone of familiarity!) was waiting for me, all was well and we turned up the stereo and jammed as we unpacked! Aw, good memories!
That is why I love photographing seniors. It's so nostalgic, and most of all, I am so SO excited for them because they are about to have their world rocked, and they do not even know the extent of it yet! But looking from the other side, I do, and I'm so happy for them with all the fun they will have!
This image below was his grandmother's favorite picture!
And this one was his mom's and my own fave...
Three girls, each beautiful. Blessed parents. Blessed photographer for getting to capture such beauties!!!
This family was so fun, sweet, and loving with each other. The girls were lovey, but also could get squeal-y, rowdy, & silly like little girls know how to do best!
M , is 5 yrs. old, tends to get beat up a bit by her own surroundings, and as her mother says, is "full of energy!" It was no surprise to her parents that the morning of our session, their cat scratched her poor face, twice! (M may have had something to do with it...) Though, thanks to the powers of Photoshop, there is no evidence left for you all to see!
That reminds me of myself as a youngin', because I was always playing outside, and always full of scrapes and cuts! It's just the fun way to be a kid!
A is 9 years old. Yes, NINE! Not 23 as her gorgeous self appears! She was a natural in front of the camera, and man, I know her parents are soaking up these "tween" years before they lose their baby to a beautiful young woman!
And then lastly is innocent, shy, 3 yr. old, H . The baby of the family, and loved on to pieces. She has a sweet sparkle in her eye, and it really comes out when she finds something fun that she is loving. (Like when we let her get covered with ice cream later!)
Bubbles as big as their heads!
On our way to the downtown square, H got in a little snuggle time with Mommy and her blankie.
In the 1st pic below, the girls have Daddy Fever. In the 2nd pic, the girls have Bieber Fever!! :)
So how do you end a super fun session in the Texas Summer heat?!
ICE CREAM PARTY!
It absolutely got all over the girls.
And how funny is H here? I was interrupting her ice cream time! Ha!
I first met C when he was almost 1 yr. old. He had just started walking...
Now, at 2 yrs. old, he is running all over the place, and practicing his future fireman skills as well!
Oh, and did I mention, he now has a baby Sister!! :)
Meet, sweet, squishy, little T .
She is donning the lovely knit hat her grandmother made for her.
I couldn't believe she let me get this next shot. I have never had a newborn let me wrap them, pose them, and stay wide awake during it all, and hold their pose, (looking at the camera, no less)! Such a little model!
Big Brother snuck in for some lovin'...
That is me ringing the door bell to this blog!
Phew, it's been a busy summer! We have had months of weddings, and commercial work for an up and coming jewelry company JujuBelle! (You have to check out their site!! Think 'in-home parties + girl time + lovely jewelry'!!!!) And of course we have seen many cute babies this summer, and some big kids, too! Annnddd, the hubby & I just got home a couple days ago from our summer vacay! We saw family in New York, and then friends in Washington DC for 9 whole days. It was just wonderful! But now back to work and time to get caught up!
In preparation for the upcoming Christmas season, (yep, September is already the official start around here for Christmas card designing!), it was high time that Birdseye gained a new face to help with the work flow. I am *beyond* excited to have some more help to try to keep on top of everything as efficiently as possible so that you, sweet clients, get to take home your pictures as quickly as possible! I will introduce you to my new assistant, Kari, just as soon as I snap some pics of her!
Speaking of Christmas season, my weekends in September and October are already booking! I am just about ready to send out my annual email to all of my current clients so they can have first pick of dates for their fall session. If you know you would like to book a fall session, they book up quicker and quicker each year! Last year they were full by September! If you are not on our email list and would like to be, just let us know at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Now, a joyful picture of one of my Chickadee Planners that has graduated from her plan! If you let me know which little chick you think she is, the first one correct will win a free 5x7 at their next session! :)
This family was referred to Birdseye by one of their co-workers. The Momma knew she wanted to book a Chickadee Plan to capture their baby's 1st year, but instead of starting the package with the newborn session, she wanted to capture their family before Baby made her arrival. The goal for this session was to photograph maternity pictures, family pictures, and their toddler's 2 year old pictures. (check, check, & check!)
Either way, A is destined to be a good big sis, after all, she's always had such an awesome big sister as an example!
Daddy was more than smitten with his little A. She is his "princess". And what do you know, soon after these pictures, he was gifted with a 3rd little princess! He has so much love to give to his girls!
Mom wanted some pictures of just her and her baby, since her days as the "baby" of the family were numbered. I think like any mom, adding a new addition to the family is definitely sweet, but a little piece of you is sad to see your 1st baby growing up too fast!
There was a net for the kids to climb on in the playground. A & her Daddy were climbing and playing on it. I think I surprised A by popping up down there. Why, hello there!
12 years old. That can be a tough age for a girl in the growing up process. You are unsure of yourself, awkward, and do not know how truly beautiful you really are. Thankfully she has parents who are more than loving who can pour in to her, and fill up her heart before those teenage years come racing around the corner.
A had a cute little turtle on her shirt. So I asked the profound question "do you see a turtle in my camera?" And this is the facial reply I received... so funny! As if I'm a crazy lady for asking!
Curious little guy. You know what they say about cats! (though he's still alive and well...)
R is a college student at the University of North Texas. She saw some of my work hanging in a local shop, and mentioned that to her mom, who had been wanting to get the whole family together to update their family photos.
Her parents and her brother live outside of Austin, but they were planning a trip up to see R 's college town (Denton!), so we just scheduled our session for that weekend!
Oh my word, we had such a fun time together! Everyone was so laid back, and they did not want the super-pose-y pictures (yes!). So they just got together and started cracking jokes left and right, and we laughed the whole time!
And, R 's brother, S, brought his longtime-girlfriend, so of course we had to include her in the fun! (He might have been just a little bit funny!)
And Mom & Dad were just like high school sweeties caught smoochin' in the corner. So lovey!
Another cute pair of love birds...
Thank you guys for a wonderful afternoon!
This bride & I have roots. We went to high school together! I think it had been since then that we last talked. When she got engaged and was looking for a wedding/bridal photographer, her best friend is one of my BFF's little sister, so she put us in touch!
In school, she was a couple grades younger than me. So we saw her often in the hallway at school, and in the band hall, and during our many, many marching band practices in the sweltering heat! (Though she was on the much-cooler flag corp during marching season, so she got to wear cute costumes, while I got to wear the Umpa Lumpa pants and big white hat with a feather plume, carrying my clarinet...)
Clearly, you can see she was not meant to wear such non-cuteness!
Not only is she gorgeous, but so stylish! I loved her vintage looking wedding dress and hair piece, but she added the sassy leopard theme as well! (look at the leopard ribbon in her bouquet, and just *wait* until you see her shoes!!!)
And not only on her, but in her wedding, her mother, and all of her bridesmaids had on leopard heels as well! It was such a cute theme that had little touches of it added all throughout. So unique, and so *her*! (Love when weddings have personal touches like that!)
So yeah, you're thinking, 5 inch heels, surely she just put them on for this picture and then wore flip flops the rest of the time that we trekked around town.... NOPE! She was a heel wearing pro! She never took them off. Not once!
She couldn't have been more beautiful. Just a glowing bride, all around.
Look! It even RAINED! And she was so casual about it, that she even let me snap the cutest picture of her with her umbrella! She ordered this one for her album, which I was so happy about because it was such a fun moment! Definitely worth remembering that we got some rainy pictures during her bridals!
I met this fun family back when it was a bit breezier outside! (daydreaming of that today, on this 100* day!) I mentioned to Momma about my love for cute, knit hats on little ones, and she got on Etsy and not only found adorable hats for her girls, but matching hats, (in a not matchy-matchy way. PERFECT!)!!!!
Big Sis loved that we were taking pictures outside. She is their little nature girl and is not afraid to get her hands dirty!
This image below is now a gorgeous canvas hanging in their home...
I love capturing Mommy & Daddy alone. A moment of silence does not happen often for parents of young children! In fact, during this moment, Daddy even said something about what a rare treat it was to have a minute to focus on each other. I was glad to be there to capture that for them.
And the perfect matching set of tootsies to her chubby little fingers!
It's not everyday I cry on the phone with a complete stranger. Well, in fact, it had never happened, until I spoke with W.
She called to ask about my photography, and then somewhere in the conversation, she used those words. Well, of course, I had to hear more!
She talked openly and honestly about her and her husband's 9 year struggle to become pregnant. They tried every single medical fertility procedure known to man. Every one of them. The results? All negative.
So, she got to her breaking point. Instead of praying, asking the Lord to help her become pregnant, she then began praying for peace. Peace to accept their fate, and finally accept her life as not being able to carry her and her husband's child.
She had pool parties last summer, had a beverage whenever she wanted, throwing caution to the wind, and even took a vacation to Belize with her hubby and friends.
Knowing first hand how hard it is to hear the well-meaning advice of other's of "just relax and you'll get pregnant", I've learned that there is no such thing as "just relax". It just has to happen in its own time. If W had decided 8 years ago, "you know what, what am I thinking charting my temperature?! I should just relax!", her little girl would not have gotten here any sooner. I believe that God's plan in life is in complete control. W had to get to her own place to where she could enjoy life, all the while, still longing in her heart for that baby, but to where it was not placed high above all else in her life. That is easier said than done, and certainly, most definitely, the timing of that is different for each and every person.
And these tears her Momma is crying.... those are tears of joy, love, anticipation, and fulfillment.
I am absolutely blessed to get to watch her baby girl come in to their life, and watch her grow throughout her first year! I cannot wait!
Yesterday we took a look back at this lil' gal at 7 mons. Now look at this big, 1-yr-old toddler!
Her Momma made her shirt for her 1st birthday party!
I love the rhinestone "S" on the front for her name!
Can you say "Miss Personality"?!!! She would just randomly start talking and jabbering away to us, and then all of a sudden let out a squeal! I can only imagine when she does really start talking... they are going to have a little socialite!
She is "1".
Such a sweet little February baby.
This waving picture absolutely cracks me up every time I see it!!!
Me, on the other hand... I've seen her plenty and have just been stingy with sharing her pics. Why, you ask? I don't know! Let's first look at her back when she was 7 months old and learning how to sit up on her own! (Then, tomorrow, I'll share her more recent 1st birthday photo session!)
You'll find this first picture on the splash page of my website. (I miiiight just love it a tad bit...)
Her Daddy's heart melts with one glance from his girl. In fact, when her Mommy and Daddy left her at home with a sitter to come view this photo gallery in my office, as soon as the slide show was over, her Daddy said how he now wanted to hurry up so he could get home to her sooner! *sweet sigh*
Look at that sweet, widdle lip!
Her Momma brought no less than the CUTEST things for her to wear! I love variety in outfits, as well as some naked baby chub.
'Tis true, I do not get the chance to photograph older children very often. I'm not sure why! Most of the inquiries I get about my photography are for toddlers or infants. So when I do get the chance to capture families with children who can talk, and walk, it is a fun change of pace! (And very different at the same time!) For babies, I just have to play with them and interact, but for older kiddos, I actually have to be.... gasp.... funny! And entertain! Do you know what that means on a 5-yr-old's terms? Running, and jumping, making silly faces, and tickling.
Yep, we had fun!
These little twins get to live in a beautiful, historic home. We got to capture not only the outside, but much of the inside as well. I completely LOVE older homes, especially when they are chock full of charm.
Now, looking at their Mommy & Daddy, you may be wondering how these 2 little ones ended up as blondies.... The answer? Though they may not be their biological Mommy & Poppy, (M called his dad "Poppy" at first sight), they are their forever Mommy & Poppy. They were adopted.
I think adoption is such a gift, for both the children and the parents. To actually meet your child for the first time, and instantly fall in love and know that while they were never in your womb, they were always there in your heart. As cliche as it sounds, it makes me love these children, knowing how this family was meant to be together, and it was all orchestrated from Above.
Such a personality with this little guy! :)
M & L were born in Estonia, and lived there in an orphanage until they were 3 & 1/2. Until their Mommy & Poppy brought them home.
L is sweet and shy when you first meet her. Then after a bit, she opens up and takes off chasing her brother, horsing around!
M, on the other hand, he is outgoing from the start! Talkative, funny, playful, and has an easy-going smile that can't help but flash across his face every 10 seconds! Such a charmer, and an easy little guy to photograph!
They are both so so loving. I have seen them a handful of times since this session took place, and each time, they want to play with me and show me their toys, and hold my hand, and get my attention. It is hard to say good bye when I leave because I want to stay longer and play!
They had the sweetest kid-sized table in their dining room, with a dainty tea set from their grandmother. The makings for a lovely tea party!
Today is my BFF's wedding anniversary! As I've said before on here, we've been friends since 1994, which I think is just incredible. Not many people get to say they have been best friends with someone for 16 years! Yes, just like any relationship, we've had our spats and even bigger spats, but clearly our friendship was deeper than that, of which I am proud to say.
Last summer I captured her beautiful family to commemorate her little guy's new walking skills! (Yes, last summer. She's had these pics since then, but has been waiting patiently for them to make it on to the blog!) Her little Andrew is the cutest little boy I know (proud honorary auntie that I am!) And he is also the most blessed little guy I know to have the two parents he does. His world is their world and he is surrounded with so. much. love.
Happy Anniversary, Kim & Pablo. To a wonderful couple and wonderful parents.
I am always blown away by how much Kim looks like her mom. This picture below looks like the handful of pictures I've seen of her mom in the 70's, and captures that twinkle she had in her eye. Spitting image.
The sacred item that helped nudge Andrew in to walking....going after the TV remote control! So it was fitting to bring it along for his session! :)
Look at that perfect, tiny bubble on his tongue!
I get to see this family everyday. In the form of the 30x45 inch canvas that hangs in my office! The first picture in this post from their last session is the large and in charge image that I love and proudly display.
The widdle baby in that post from last spring with the peach-fuzz hair is now a big, walking, one-yr-old toddler! We met up last fall to capture his new big boy status.
Look at him! Showing off his big boy walking skills! Like he's been doing it his whole life...
Big brother, M, caught a ride!
He's an experienced captain...
The parents of this little man are my home group leaders at my church. We met them last September when Corbin was just a little mango in his Momma's tummy. Since then, my hubby and I have gotten to spend every Monday evening with them as they generously open their home to our group to discuss what we learned on Sunday, lift each other up, grow friendships, and accountability. (And bake the most delicious cookies!)
It has been amazing to watch this sweet, caring, Godly couple turn in to a family of 3.
Craftiest friends ever!
This painted train and airplane, Corbin's Daddy made them last summer when they found out they were pregnant. They incorporated them in to their maternity pictures, so it was only fitting that we complete the circle by including them with Mr. Corbin himself!
Perfect, feathery eyelashes!
Daddy is known to wear Fedora hats often. He has accumulated a little collection of his favorite man accessory. So of course we had to see how much Corbin would fit in to one of his hats!
And then a hat made just for the Little Guy himself... (funny enough, we did not try to fit Daddy in to Corbin's hat, though I'm sure that would have been a fun picture!)
Love these newborn skin rolls... so much room for baby chub to make its way!
I love meeting friends of friends. This family shared their pictures with some good friends of theirs who live in Colorado, Ernie & Branden. A couple times in the past year, Ernie has emailed me and asked questions about my photography since she is a photographer as well, outside of Denver. When they started planning their annual trip to Texas to visit their friends, she emailed to see if I could capture her family while they were in town. It worked out perfectly that we both had a morning free, so I finally got to meet my email friend, and her beautiful family!
It's always a little intimidating photographing another photographer and their family. It can feel like my skills are being critiqued! But the results of our session are some of my very favorites of my work, ever. I had so many favorites that I wanted to blog, as you will see once you finally get to the end of this post... miles and miles from now!
Normally, the Dad in the family is typically just "there" for the session because he has to be. It's a bit of a grind for guys to get their pictures taken, I'm not sure why! But this Dad? He just played and played and played with his boys, resulting in natural, fun, AWESOME captures! (if I say so myself...) I'm sure he was just being his typical great-dad self who probably always plays with his boys at home! I'm so glad he did the same during our session! (the kids respond to that, too, and can feel more at ease with Dad being fun and playful!)
Isn't she beautiful? One of the main priorities of the session was to get Momma in the pictures! Being the photographer in her family, of course she is usually behind the camera, not out front! Her boys need some pictures of her with them so they can look back at these early days with their lovely Mom.
Dodge the leaves!
S is one lovey little guy! Sweet kisses for everyone.
Outfit change! I love when families bring a change of clothes. It just adds variety and gives a new spin to the session. And I've said this a million times here, but I'll say it again, hats + small children = CUTENESS!
Last Friday, May 7th, Stuart and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary. Since in the years past, I have decided with my way-too-long-and-boring blog posts that you all are so very interested in what we do for our anniversaries, why stop now?!
We like to go out of town and get away for our anniversaries, so this year, we had been thinking of maybe staying in a little cottage in Oklahoma or somewhere not too far, but still just get away for the weekend. Well, go back in time with me to March. The mom of these three cuties contacted me because she wanted to book their annual session for this spring. She said that they definitely want to include her brother's children in the pictures as well so they can have one of all of the grandkids for her parents. At first we decided we would have their session at a local park, since her niece and nephew also live in the Dallas area. Then a few weeks later, after booking, she mentioned that her parents have a ranch in East Texas, and 'what if we had the session there / would you be willing to meet us out there (2 hour drive!)?' Well my reply was 'of course!' I love a little road trip and I also love being able to personalize the session and include things (homes!) that have meaning to your family.
So first we scheduled the session for Easter weekend since that is their normal time to drive out and stay with her parents out there. I was just going to drive out that Good Friday morning, and then leave that afternoon when we were finished. Then it turned out that they all could not make it on Easter, "but how about May 7th?"
Well since that is our anniversary weekend, before agreeing to the session on that date, I took a look at her parents' ranch website. I was under the impression that it was just an old house, maybe a barn, some animals, and some land, but pretty simple. Well take a look at their website! It is a gorgeous bed & breakfast retreat!!! SIGN ME UP, PLEASE!
So how perfect was that that not only did that weekend work for all of them to stay out there, but we were going to a gorgeous B & B, it was our anniversary weekend, and my hubby could go with me! It was divine, and I believe Divinely Organized!
Even pictures do not do justice to the beauty of the B & B home and land! We pulled up to this:
The main house has several suites. Each room is entirely different in its layout and decor. In addition to the main house, they have 3 cottages that are stand-alone little houses. A little getaway even within the beautiful bed & breakfast retreat! We were lucky enough to be booked to stay in The Drake.
The inside was so so nice. We knew we were staying in the woods, so we expected it to have a hunting or fishing theme to the room, or have bunk beds, or just what you envision when staying in a cabin in the woods. But we were oh-so-wrong! It was elegant, classy, and had top-of-the-line linens and towels, and dishes, and fixtures in every area. Not to mention the jetted tub indoors, and the hot tub outdoors! Definitely a retreat where we were spoiled and pampered.
They also provide the guests who stay in the cottage a golf cart so you can explore their 400 acres of land, and 16 lakes on their property at your own pace.
One of our favorite things to do was to sit in one of their several hanging swings, and just swing back and forth, enjoying the breezy wind and beautiful scenery.
Gotta love a hand-held self-portrait!
And guarded it carefully...
We sure did enjoy our stay and were just blown away with all of the amenities and how gorgeous everything was. Oh! And the breakfasts! Homecooked goodness! On Saturday morning we enjoyed a delicious quiche, and fresh fruit. Then on Sunday, we devoured blueberry french toast! I had never had such a yummy breakfast!
On Saturday, we did photograph the whole family. Grandparents, kids, and grandkids, all together. We spent the morning and afternoon snapping everything from the whole family together, the smaller families without the cousins, just the grandkids with Grandpa ("Chief") riding on a golf cart, to the kids jumping on the bed in their pajamas! It was a great day photographing this family in their own surroundings, very natural, and definitely fun! I can't wait to look through all of their pictures!
The grandparents have done a wonderful wonderful job of creating this get-away for families and couples to have a place to go to get back to God and nature. (Yes, the owners built this whole oasis from the ground up! They felt called to leave the city in the Dallas area where they had raised their children, had already planted roots and had an established ministry that was growing, to look for land in East Texas to build this retreat center. They left everything they knew to provide a place for people to reconnect and rejuvenate themselves by spending quiet time with our Creator.)
Um, can I come back this weekend?!
I have been lovin' this gorgeous spring weather we have had lately! Several nights now, my husband and I have sat on our back porch and either eaten dinner out there, or just relaxed with the radio and rested. Such a beautiful time of year.
It was weird sitting back there in my breezy sun dress, remembering how we had a record snowfall this year just a couple months ago! (hello, snow on the 1st day of spring!) That reminded me that there are still a few sessions from this past winter that I need to share!
One of them is 2-yr-old, C. His mother contacted me right before he turned two, because she wanted to capture her little busy body close to his birthday to remember him just as he was right at this age. She said he is "all boy" and loves cars and trucks, and digging, and dirt, and everything that sums up a toddler boy! We decided the perfect place for his session was our local park. She brought lots of toys and we played in and out of the playground. A 2-yr-old's heaven!
C 's daddy is in the military overseas. Momma was happy to be able to share these pics with her hubby so he can hold on to some recent pictures of his little boy back home. They are counting down the days until Daddy returns home this year!
I loved C 's silly faces!
Yesterday, my hubby and I had the wonderful pleasure of capturing the wedding day of this beautiful couple.
I first met the bride, Jessica, two years ago when I photographed her entire family. She is the sister of the Daddy in this family. I have not seen her since I photographed her with her family two years ago, until she contacted me this past January to see if Birdseye Photography captures weddings (yes!), since she was getting married this April!
When we met with her and her fiance, Chris, I think we hit it off immediately. She and I have similar taste and style, (hello, anything cute/vintage/birds/earth tones!), and Chris and my hubby talked sports, which is always fun for him!
I have always felt that what I do is truly an honor. Families and couples ask us to capture their life during huge milestones. We are there after you get engaged, when you walk down the aisle, to capture your belly in maternity's bloom, and when you bring home your new baby. What other profession could be there for all of that?! It is an honor and a privilege to get to not only be present during those times, but to also document those times for you to look back on as sweet memories.
(Okay, I have to tell you how awesome this is! I LOVE incorporating chairs outdoors. It's just cool, so there. Well, when I asked Jessica if she had a fun chair, turns out she really really did! Love this chair!!! Not only is it a gorgeous shade of orange - her wedding color! - but it had BIRDS on it!!! And, the chair is from her office at work, so she, knowing how cool it would look in her pics(!), went to the trouble of loading it up at work in Dallas, brought it up to our session in Denton, had Chris carry it around for us during the session, and then had to bring it back to work when we were done. I think she'd agree, totally worth the awesomeness of it outdoors in purple flowers at sunset!)
We had fun with this next shot... Since we had the chair, we wanted an old-timey/serious pose, (my creative hubby's idea!) And then it was fun to play with it and really make it old-timey with the texture/coloring in post-production!
This picture below is the shot where after viewing it, we all (Jessica, her mom, and myself) unanimously agreed that not only does Chris have "smiley eyes", but his sweet heart just shines out of his expressions!
Their ceremony yesterday was so full of love and emotion. It was all so personal. They wrote their own vows, had her brother perform the ceremony, and had their mothers be the ones who presented the rings, after they each said a little something from their hearts. The room was full of joyful tears, including my own. (My first time to cry during a ceremony where I was "working"!)
7 months is a long time to wait to get to play with this little beauty, but phew! The time finally came that we got to meet up this week, and the results.... well, take a peek for yourself!
Her little hands are so sweet and dainty...
My little friend, A, who we have gotten to watch grow from a newborn in to a toddler, has an announcement to share with you...
Baby Sister is here!!!
Baby H 's uber talented, seamstress, grandmother made the blanket below as part of her nursery bedding! I love the turquoise and hot pink combo! Baby H seems to like it too...
At first, big sister, A, was a bit leery of this new, real-life baby doll in her house. But then she realized that baby sis needed some tickling!
Here is another session from last fall that I cannot forget to share!
This family won a session with Birdseye Photography by bidding on it at the Angel's Kiss Gala fundraiser held by the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation of Texas.
We are so happy to be a part of that wonderful organization!
The winning family included Mommy, Daddy, and 5-yr-old-full-of-energy, C !
LOOOVE the hat!!! Adorable!
His Daddy had so much fun with C ! Always horsing around... (like a joke-ster Daddy, he was trying to embarrass C by showing those kissy lips his Momma left on his cheek!!) :)
Couldn't leave without playing with the HUGE pumpkins there!
Remember these engagement pictures?
Well I need to share her bridal portraits! It is so fun to have my BFF join the 'married' club! I love being married. I love sharing my life with the man that makes my heart sing. As a friend, you want that same joy in a friend's life. Not only for her to get to experience that herself with her husband, but it is wonderful to have each other to be able to talk about not only the joys of marriage, but of course you also need her to understand where you're coming from when you spew about the struggles of LIVING WITH A BOY! All the good and the rough that comes with being married is sweeter when you have a girlfriend to share that with.
Long before she even met her husband, she always knew she wanted her wedding dress to have the lace-up back, so we had to capture that!
So, my little plan of blogging every day of March did not work out so well! I'm sorry about that! The blogging will resume now! And Look! I come bearing pictures of a precious newborn for you to make up for my absence...
This next image was their favorite of their new little guy, and this is now a beautiful canvas print hanging in their home.
Since this sweetie is a Chickadee Planner, we will get to watch him grow! We'll see him soon for his 7 month session! Can't wait!
Hooray for spring minis! We have never offered spring mini sessions before, so we are going to start off this new venture with a BANG!
100% of the session fees for the spring mini sessions will be donated to Cumberland Presbyterian Children's Home!
How did this come about?
Well, a couple weeks ago, I was thinking about how I am not only looking forward to getting out and playing in this spring weather with kiddos, but I was trying to think of a way that I could use what I love to do to benefit our community that we love so much. Since children are my passion, I wanted to donate to a cause that supports little ones and families.CPCH cares for children who have been taken out of their homes for reasons such as abuse and neglect. The Children's Home not only provides a safe place for them to live, but the kids also receive counseling, medical and dental care, spiritual development, recreation with other children in activities that encourages participation and interaction with others, and the basic needs of clothing and nutritious meals.
In addition to caring for individual children, CPCH also has a strong single parent family program. They have a strength-focused philosophy of care which works with single mothers and single fathers to help them develop the tools they need to find solutions to the challenges in their lives.
It is a wonderful organization that I am excited to be able to benefit!
The mini sessions will be in the morning, starting at 9am, and will be booked in 40 minute increments. We can only take 4 sessions per morning, since that is all the pretty lighting that Mr. Sun will allow us! The sessions are taking place on Denton's TWU campus, in their beautiful garden area.
Mini sessions are perfect for children of at least 4 months of age or older. It is a great "in-between" session to capture them aside from their big birthday session once a year, and also aside from their regular fall session that is geared toward your Christmas card. Spring minis are short and sweet and are just long enough to let their little personalities come out to capture this season before their annual regular photo session to come later on this year.
And one last bit of info. that is BIG NEWS: any past Birdseye Photography clients who book a mini session will also receive an additional print credit of $50 which can be used toward any a la carte sized prints!!!
Your prints that are included in the package will be ready before Mother's Day. A wonderful gift to give her pictures of her own sweeties, but also knowing that you are helping the lives of other children in need.
*to reserve your session, e-mail: email@example.com
Meet A & C.
They have known each other their whole lives, but didn't even know it.
They were both raised in India, but met here as adults in the US through mutual friends.
He lives in Connecticut, and she lives here in Texas.
Through their many, many long distance phone calls to each other, they discovered that each of them has a cousin on their respective mother's side of the family, and those cousins are cousins to each other through their father's side of the family. So in other words, through marriage, they share cousins' cousins!
After telling their parents about this, their parents realized that they were friends with the others' parents already who all still live in India!
And, what's even crazier... A & C were at many of the same social functions as children in India, (unbeknownst to them!)
There is even a picture their family found with the two of them together as children!
Early in their relationship, A had plans to fly home to visit her family in India. Her flight was routed through New York. Since New York was relatively close to where C was living (it was a 3 hour drive, but that's closer than Texas!), C drove to meet her at the airport so they could finally meet for the 1st time since they began talking! They only had a couple hours together before she left for home, but now they also have an awesome 1st date story!
That was visit #1. After a long courtship through phone calls, and 6 more in-person visits, C proposed to A on their 7th (SEVENTH) time to meet together in person since dating.
The two of them came over to view their gallery today, since C flew in to town the other day, and this visit is their 10th time to be together in person. Ever! (well, since dating. Playing children that are strangers does not count toward your courtship!)
They have such an amazing story and we cannot wait to capture their wedding day this May!
This family found us through their cousins. Their 2 little cousins have been our clients for the past year. Those little guys joined in and made an appearance at the end of this session for a surprise picture of all the cousins together for their grandparents! We'll see that in just a bit, but first, this family of 4 growing, strapping, all-almost-teenage boys!
It's no secret that guys tend to be a little more camera shy than girls. But for each of their individual pictures, the boys did great! Here they are in descending order of age...they are all about 2 years apart... starting with the oldest at age 15.
I'm sure their grandparents loved having all of their grandbabies (big boys!) photographed together!
She has had a count-down ticker on her computer for their wedding day since the day they were engaged... over 2 years ago! She said she can remember a time when it said 600+ days to go. Next week, it will finally be in the double digits, as they only have about 3 months left!
We are photographing their wedding in June, and I absolutely cannot wait to see it all unfold. I LOVE her style and she is a design major (graduating this May!), so I just know that their wedding is going to be all about the details, which is what makes a wedding gorgeous... well, that, and you know... the BRIDE!
Aren't they a beautiful couple? They are each so kind, and together, they will make one sweet family!
We had to stop in our favorite ice cream shop, Beth Marie's, on Denton's downtown square...
Yep, he loves her. I think this picture is lifelong proof of that! (Notice the mischievous glee on her face!)
We finished up their engagement session in their very own front yard! They had this awesome orangey-red chair in their garage which they brought out, and it made the perfect cozy spot in front of their cute, blue house as the sun set for the day.
This young man is the oldest son of a good friend of mine. We got together for some head shots to jump-start his modeling career. Modeling is a new venture spurred by his love for acting. He's been an actor in local productions for years now. After recently taking on an agent, there is no telling where this young man will end up one day. His talent (and "tween" cutie-ness!) is promising!
Last fall, I met up with two sweet brothers who love trains. While discussing the location options with their Momma for their photo session, I remembered that downtown Grapevine has awesome trains that are open to the public. We had a fantastic photo session there and the huge trains did not disappoint!
Can you tell he's a Spiderman fan?!
Big brother is the cuddly lover. Little brother would much rather be hunting for bugs!
Though Little Brother has the dance moves!!!
She is walking! And of course "she" is none other than my most photographed little one, A ! We have captured her at 5 different stages in her first 18 months. You mommas know how much they change in those first two years, and it still blows me away, that I first met A when she looked like this.
But now, she is this oh-so-happy, running toddler!
And the beauty of having the same photographer for your child's every photo session, is that your little one gets to know your photographer, and she knows why I'm there: to play! (while holding a long, black box - my camera!)
Just something about those rolly, polly thighs is so stinkin' cute!
The other awesome thing about using the same photographer throughout childhood, is that you learn what not only makes your kids happy during photo sessions, but also what captures adorably: bubbles and a tutu!!!
And, my favorite part of this session, capturing A 's momma share the joy of the new baby growing inside!!! You know what that means?! We now not only get to continue watching A grow, but now also her new baby SISTER. :)
See you soon, little gal. I think baby sister is due any day now!
So since I have been such a bad blogger for... probably the last year! I have set a fun little goal for myself for the month of March. I am going to blog something every (week)day! I still have tons of back sessions to share with you guys, but also lots of new sessions kicking off this new spring season! AND.... I have an awesome fundraiser that I'm going to be sharing the details about very soon. It will coincide with Mother's Day, so scratch off finding a Mother's Day gift from your to-do list! (Yes, it's early to be thinking about Mother's Day, but that's all the better. The planning is done!)
Here is a sneak peek from the new splash page, but hop on over to the main site to see it in all its cuteness!
There is a story as to how I met the momma of this precious little man, B. His Momma's best friend is N 's Momma. Back in 2008 when she was pregnant with N, her friend (B 's Momma) bought her our Chickadee Plan as a baby shower gift so she could capture N 's first year. Well now, she is a momma herself to little B, and I am honored that she turned to us for her own 1st born's newborn pictures!
I came across this session that was never blogged! This was the last session in baby W 's Chickadee Plan. (Since it's been so long, let me remind you what little W looked like when he was 7 months old. Yeah, forever ago - on the old blog!)
He had just turned one yr old before our time together at the Canals...
Just starting to take those first precious steps!!!
Look at Mom's face...
I think that pride could have beamed across the world! Such joy!
A funny little story:
There is a neighborhood in Denton that is the most concentrated of my clients. That neighborhood alone has 6 families who are my clients, (3 of which live on the SAME street!), which I think is so funny, because I am in there often delivering orders! So one day last fall, I was in that neighborhood taking something to a client, when I started to drive down the street to leave. I looked over and saw G 's mommy (their session below) who lives down the street from who I was visiting, and stopped to say 'Hi'. When she saw me, she got so excited and ran in to her house! While she went in, I got a minute to chat with her neighbor who was also clueless why she ran in so fast. (we thought it was funny how excited she got!) So it turns out that G had just had her first birthday party that very morning, and they were cleaning up after the party. Her mommy ran in to their house so she could bring me one of their party favors they gave out to the guests.
And BEHOLD... it was this..................
I've seen pictures on cakes before, but never a cookie! Since she bought the CD from their last session, she used her favorite picture to make the cutest party favors! I LOVE that idea! What a great and creative way to use her pictures!
It was all edible, AND made from the yummiest bakery in town! I thought long and hard about whether I should save it because of it's VAST cuteness, or should I indulge in what I knew would be delicious.
Realizing that I do own a camera or two, I took pictures to save the memory, and...
..... it was delicious!!!