Wednesday, October 31

clements family

I go to a weekly Moms' book club, where I met Jennifer. Super nice, super pretty. Plus Jennifer works at Target. I love Target, therefore I love her. Logical, right? Anyway, I got the chance to meet Jennifer's family a couple weeks ago when I did a session for her. Her boys are so handsome!
I love the colors here! Fall!
I love this picture. I mostly love it because of the way Eric (Jennifer's husband) is looking at her. I wonder what he is saying...probably asking her where she found this crazy person to take pictures. "Why are we out by our shed when the rest of our yard is so nice?" Sorry...I can't resist a shed with weeds all around!
Handsome boy number one: this little man cracked me up. He invited me to stay for dinner. If I didn't already have my own talkative five-year-old at home I might have taken him home with me. Love that red hair!
Handsome boy number two: This guy introduced me to all his ducks. That's right. Ducks. This family has a neat pond complete with their own water fowl. Fun!
Thank you so much Jennifer and crew! I am so honored whenever anyone asks me to capture time together as a family. I hope you love your pictures!

Oh--Happy Halloween everyone! We are taking our little knight, princess & frog trick-or-treating tonight. Hopefully I get some good pictures!

Tuesday, October 30

delainee

As I was posting about Jami and Landon waiting for their baby girl, little did I know that she was literally on her way as I typed. I was lucky enough to snuggle with this sweet girl when she was all of nine days old. She felt light as a feather. I love a baby wrapped in white. I try other colors, but the white is always my favorite.

As I was editing these sweet baby photos I was listening to Pandora. Do you know that Tim McGraw song My Little Girl? Oh man. The song played and I cried. I was a bit of a mess. My own little girls were all tucked in for their naps and I couldn't stop thinking about how baby girls (and boys) grow up so fast.

Beautiful baby from the outside in...treasure her Jami and Landon!

Thursday, October 25

two

I love two images together. In art terms this is called a diptych. Funny word, I know. Sometimes a picture is made stronger by another image. If you love diptychs you need to check out this book. Amazing and wonderful. One of my favorite pretty books that I love to flip through now and then.

For whatever reason, when I was thinking of the photos I took in the last few days, I wanted these to go together. What do you think?

Tuesday, October 23

my dad & my ada

I love photography so much. I love it for captured moments, that so quickly blaze past you if you don't stop and take a picture of them. My dad and my Ada girl. I think that she might get her pretty blue eyes from her Papaw:
Please pay no attention to my dirty window and just look at my dad's hands holding my baby. I am sort of in love with this picture at the moment.

Wednesday, October 17

forever my baby

Just a picture of my girl. She is really starting to come into her own: eating baby food, army crawling, and being extremely cute in general. I wonder if I will forever think of her as my baby. Probably.

Sorry girl. You shall always be "baby girl" to me.

Sunday, October 14

coconut

It all happened so fast.

Last Thursday Cristina (little Miss Kelsey's mom) called. The main point of the conversation went something like this:

Cristina: "Hey! I'm on my way to pick up a couple puppies. They will make perfect farm dogs, and there are two left. I heard you were looking for a dog!"
Me: Andrew is looking for a dog, not me!

True story. Andrew has been wanting a puppy. The farm needs a dog he says. I am perfectly happy with my cats. They lay on the porch and I look at them. They occasionally catch mice, which I love. Low maintenance all the way. When I thought about a dog I thought about another baby to take care of. A baby that would tear up my landscaping and make messes. My life is a little chaotic and messy with just the kids. No, I did not want a puppy.

Shortly after my conversation with Cristina Andrew bombarded my cell phone with pictures of the puppies. I told him to stop, but he did not. (I blame you, Cristina, for supplying him the slew of puppy pictures!) I called Andrew and told him that under no circumstances did I want any of these adorable puppies. My feet were firmly planted.

Then, I got to thinking: we live on a nice farm with lots of room for a dog to run. We are back a long lane, off the road. Max wanted a puppy. Andrew really wanted a puppy. The least I could do would be to entertain the idea. So, at dinner we had a family meeting about possibly getting a puppy. We all talked, and as soon as my mouth formed the word "okay", the wheels were in motion. Andrew was on the phone, getting more information on the puppies Cristina told us about. There were two left, one could be ours. Free. Tonight. Max, Cora (who is not totally a huge dog fan), and Andrew threw on their coats and were out the door to bring home our dog.

So, that is how we now have a puppy. Coconut is her name. If you are prone to puppy fever or have an aversion to extremely cute things please look away.

I'm serious. Turn your eyes away from the computer now.

I warned you! We are told she is part Lab and part Akita. Whatever she is she is adorable. White, with the lightest tan markings. Me, the biggest "I don't want a dog!" person is in love with this little thing. Um, how could you not be?

Thursday, October 11

found on my phone

I am terrible about transferring pictures from my phone to the computer. Terrible. This afternoon I finally got around to doing it. After deleting about 800 pictures of Cora's forehead (she loves to take pictures with my phone, and they are usually all of her forehead or her finger) I found one I had forgotten about:
Taken in August. The quality is not as good as a picture taken with my "big girl camera", but I really don't think it matters. Pictures like this are such a treasure, don't you think?

Monday, October 8

waiting for baby

My cousin Landon and his beautiful wife Jami are currently waiting and waiting and waiting for their little baby girl to arrive. I remember being pregnant with Max and feeling like he would never get here. Then, with Ada, I was praying for her to stay in as long as possible. Funny how your perspective changes with each baby. (That, and we were remodeling our ENTIRE house and we needed every precious day to get things finished up before her arrival!) We had a beautiful evening for our photo session. Nice and crisp, beautiful sun and sunset. Fall, I love you!

Why are baby shoes so wonderful?
Why are red barns also wonderful? And look at Jami's hair. Natural redhead. I told her that I was praying for her little girl to have red hair like hers!
One of my most favorite pictures ever! You are beautiful Jami!
I bet it was funny to see us all out tromping in the bean field to get these pictures. It was such a beautiful sunset in the open field!
I can't wait to meet this new baby in our family! Hang in there Jami...she'll be here before you know it!

Thursday, October 4

six months

Here she is, in all her six month glory. This is when the teddy bear pictures start to get fun.
Do you ever look at your kids and wish you could freeze them at an age and keep them there for just a little bit longer? I want to freeze this.
Hard to believe I have 6 months of teddy bear pictures already!

Wednesday, October 3

kelsey girl

Baby Kelsey is back on the blog! She is three months old now, and cute as ever.

Ok. Fall is without a doubt my most favorite season. This particular evening was just perfect: sunshine, crisp air, and a little harvest action going on. Note the nice soft dust cloud. A neighbor farmer was running beans a field over and made come nice atmospheric dust. (If you don't speak country, running beans refers to the act of harvesting soybeans. You "run" beans, and "shell" corn. Now you are educated.) Mike, Kelsey's dad is a Beck's dealer, so the bean dust is appropriate.
I reward you Cristina and Mike for your color choice. The purple photographed beautifully.
Oh girl. Cute.
Thanks again Cristina and Mike for choosing me to photograph your precious girl and your family. I love seeing you two with her--she lucked out in the parents department!