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Johnson Family | Katy, TX Family Photographer

Y'all, this is my first session of the new year!! I started exchanging emails with this sweet family back when little Levi was 6 months old! From there, we scheduled a date not too far off, but wouldn't you know it, Texas weather had other plans in store for us. It's been SUCH a crazy winter! I honestly can't believe how cold it's been. Every time we rescheduled, it seemed to fall on a day where it either became literally FREEZING cold, or it rained, so we didn't manage to get to shoot until FEBRUARY! And even on this day, rain was forecasted! I was confident that it would hold off, though, after seeing the sun come out around lunchtime. But again, just our luck...I walk out the door to get in the car to drive to the shoot, and the sky in the distance is BLACK. I almost died when I saw that...I really couldn't believe it. Luckily, the rain did manage to hold off, and we got some absolutely stunning photos from it all! Personally, I think all the struggle was worth it! ;)

Oh I should also add, this was the same day of the deadly trucker accident that shut I-10 Westbound down all day. AND little Levi was being stingy with the smiles, which Liji said was quite unlike! Sometimes you have those sessions where it just seems like nothing is going right, and the world is against you...but like I said, judging from the below, we rocked it anyway! Happy 8 months, Levi!

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Minerva | Katy Houston TX Stylized Children's Photographer

I feel like everyone knows by now, but our life has been absolutely crazy the last few months, and thus, I have a HUGE backlog of sessions to blog! We started building a new house this past April, and that house was supposed to be completed by the end of September. The move was mostly in preparation for the future, as the current house was going to only keep becoming much too small for our growing needs. However, I NEVER in a million years would've imagined that we absolutely would've NEEDED that house at that exact time. Our old house, shockingly, flooded during #HurricaneHarvey. Like SO many in and around the city, we didn't have flood insurance. Our area of Katy wasn't supposed to flood. We didn't flood in the Tax Day flood of 2016! We were supposed to be good. And then we weren't. And our street's drainage just couldn't keep up with the torrential rainfall. And then the water started coming in. And then it was EVERYWHERE. Unless you experience it, there is just no adequate way to describe the feeling that overcomes you as you watch your house fill with water, and the dread of not knowing when, or even IF, it will stop. I mean, we had a four month old, and an almost 3 year old, and my mind continued to go to the worst of places, envisioning the rain never stopping, our house filling with water, swimming to our roof with my BABY.

Luckily, none of that happened. The water stopped at 3 inches, and as soon as the rain let up, it began receding and was completely gone by morning, but the damage was already done. Almost infuriatingly, we now had the same amount of work to do on our house as the people who had gotten FEET of water in theirs, because once it's in, that's IT. And so we lived without floors and walls for three weeks as they finished up our new house. And, by the grace of God, our builder was actually able to help us close a week EARLIER than previously expected.

We're in our new house now, and mostly settled. But now as busy season hits for photography, it will be a long while before the house gets fully unpacked. But that's ok. At least we finally have floors again. We have WALLS. WE HAVE A FRIDGE AGAIN. Small things I never even realized I was taking for granted daily until we did not have them anymore...

And THAT is why I am sitting here, only just now blogging this session from back in JUNE.

This is Minerva. She turned 3, and we did a beautiful, girly take on the Where The Wild Things Are aesthetic. Minerva's mom is a huge photo taker herself, and so she was no stranger to the camera! She was a true natural at posing. We have a special shoot planned in a few weeks as well for Dia De Los Muertos, which is still a bit hush-hush at the moment, but just know - I ALREADY CAN'T WAIT TO POST THOSE PICTURES (and I haven't even taken them yet)!!!

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Addie and Harry | Katy Houston, TX Child Portrait Photographer

The last time I saw these two, they were only 9 months old. They (largely) sat nice and still for the camera, playing with their toys together in-between smiling sweetly for me and my camera. It was out then, but there was no running or sweating - just the calm of a relaxing summer shoot in the shade. This was, of course, once we managed to get scheduled! I'll never forget how they had managed to get scheduled with an Olive Branch Photography in Indiana, and how kind that photographer was to track me down and get it all sorted out! (thank you again, fellow OBP photog - I owe you!)

Cut to Sunday, exactly one year later from our previous shoot: these two are 18 months old now, and LONG gone were the easy days of babies still pre-walking phase! These two have become such spirited and inquisitive little toddlers, and I am so thrilled I got the chance to see how they've grown and capture these times for their adoring mama. Both Addie and Harry love to run around, exploring EVERY piece of scenery around them, and rarely did they ever stay in the same spot together! I almost feel like it was miraculous that I managed to get even one image of them together, but such is the nature with photographing this age range. Seriously, I think I've found my niche - send me ALL the toddlers!!! Call me crazy, but I LOVE chasing after them, and seeing the awestruck looks on their faces when they discover something new and interesting! We had such a fun time together. I love working with this family and can't wait to see them again soon!

(Also, I apologize if these look soft -  some of them rendered a bit strangely in my collage-making program but I really wanted to get them posted before my own little babies distract me. Rest assured, the full resolutions are nice and crisply sharp!)

Easter {Couture} Styled Shoot | Katy Houston, TX Child and Lifestyle Portrait Photographer

I had the wonderful pleasure of putting together my very own styled shoot for my favorite set of twins in the world. Wait - isn't it too early for Easter pictures still, you might be wondering? Well, since baby Robson #2 is due right at Easter time next month, we decided to go ahead and knock these out early (way early, since my March was pretty much booked solid)! If I must say, I think it turned out beautifully. I've never seen a more adorable and precious set of little Easter bunnies! Sweet Finley wanted nothing to do with having pictures done, but we managed to get a few good ones eventually (special shoutout to Marshmallows and their magical powers)! And if you're seeing these and thinking man, I would love to get my little one in on some photos like these, don't fret! I'm planning on offering this setup for Easter 2018 as well. While I would have LOVED to advertise and offer it this year, there's only so much that I can squeeze in a month out from having a new baby! But next year...next year...be ready for these!

All girls are 2.5-ALMOST 3 years old, wearing two outfits from the client closet that fit up to 4-5 years of age, both of which are from Dollcake. That "Dollop of Vintage" romper might be favorite outfit ever - I'm completely obsessed...

Valentine's Day {Minis} Styled Shoot | Katy Houston, TX Children's Lifestyle Photographer

I recently announced on my business page that we are expecting our second sweet little girl in just one month's time! While we're incredibly excited, the third trimester exhaustion is definitely setting in, and my "nesting" habits are here in full force. I've been working tirelessly to accomplish everything that needs to be done around the house before our second little one arrives, hence my huge procrastination for posting these! But at least they're here now, and as precious as ever (I'm aiming to be more timely with the Easter photos I'll be doing soon, I promise)!

I got my daughter styled up for these with a dress and headband from our client closet. If you're interested in styled sessions for your little ones, keep this adorable outfit in mind! The Easter photos I have coming up will also be showcasing more toddler outfits from the client closet, so look forward to those as well (as all outfits in the client closet are available for use complimentary for styled client sessions)! Olive's sweet best friend came out for some photos as well, looking absolutely adorable in her own outfit! I don't normally post this many photos from a session, but this was just one of those sessions where it's truly impossible to pick favorites...