Another extremely-late-to-be-blogged session, but a great one none the less. Sweet Morgan was adorable, and although she was a month old, she slept like a newborn! Her parent’s first treasure. We incorporated some of their own outfits for her that they had and loved, which is something I enjoy in lifestyle sessions - the unique touch that comes with using your own items!
katy milestone photographer
Alright. The busy season is officially OVER and I know longer have an excuse to procrastinate!!! I promise promise PROMISE I’m going to try harder to stay on top of blogging this year. It is my one and only goal. I joked about the realest Christmas miracle being that anyone chooses to hire me with my lack of updates anywhere! But like, seriously! I’ve had this session ready to blog for at least 4 months, and that’s kind of embarrassing…does anyone else struggle to find balance among juggling family, friends, life activities, and work? Just me? Anyway, I truly appreciate all of my clients from the bottom of my heart, especially for seeing my website and trusting me on that alone to capture your precious memories. It means everything to me. I love being able to do this for all of you <3
Anyway, this family was yet another amazing family. The dad was so friendly and they were all so hospitable. I loved every moment with them. Their new son was precious of course as well, and a perfect little sleeper to boot! A seriously beautiful family. I hope you’re doing well these days, baby Teddy! Check out his newborn session below:
I will never forget the day when an email arrived in my inbox from a mom seeking to book a styled shoot for her sweet little daughter who was soon to turn two! My eyes lit up, and my heart began racing with excitement, because what's the only thing I love shooting more than than 1-3 year old age range? Well...getting to fully style a shoot for ONE special little girl!!! I deeply cherish any opportunity I have to custom tailor a themed shoot for an individual child because not only will they experience feeling like a princess for one afternoon, but they will receive beautiful keepsake art that said child will look back on and cherish in their older years.
After a wonderful phone consultation with Ellie's mom, she let me know that she loved the floral elements in my portfolio, so when I was thinking of what setups I would do for the shoot, building a floral hoop was, of course, the first thing that came to mind, and so I did it! It is so fun to brainstorm, shop for, and construct my own handmade props - having full total creative control over something like that awakens my soul. Any time you book a custom stylized session with me, you have access to a personally curated wardrobe and my current array of unique props, as well as the creation or acquisition of one-of-a-kind items specific to our decided-upon theme and vision. For stylized sessions, I aim to provide at least two different looks or setups at each session to make the most of our hair and makeup, wardrobe, and time together.
For Ellie's session, we used the floral hoop that I built (luckily with the help of a FANTASTIC friend!! Don't know how I would've done it without her), as well as a children's vintage fainting couch I had recently purchased for the studio sessions I will hopefully be adding come next year! Since such young toddlers are limited on the types of poses they can do, I also brought a gorgeous antique gold-trimmed mirror for a third setup. We did two outfit changes as well. The first was a gorgeous neutral Tutu du Monde dress and cape, and the second was a lavender Tutu du Monde dress available in my own client wardrobe (since mom mentioned her room is a lavender color scheme). Little Ellie was (understandably) a little shy at first, but with the help of her fun-loving mom, we were able to pull some dimpled smiles out of her towards the end! I think it all came together so beautifully, and we all had a wonderful time together.
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!
Oh my goodness you guys, this session and the next one I'm about to blog both have such a special place in my heart!!! You see, I did little Fletcher's newborn photos about a year prior! And I LOVE getting to watch my tiny little clients grow up. I actually drove out to Pearland for this session, because between our newborn session and now, they moved across town! But when she asked me to do their family photos this year/Fletcher's one year photos, there was no way I was going to say no, especially since I had procured the perfect little prop for him.
If you've ever been in my house, then you know pretty much every piece in it has a special meaning behind it or sentimental value in some way. I am the queen of nostalgia and over the years I have carefully curated a museum of beautiful items from different stages of my life, or my parents/grandparents lives, and so I get weak in the heart when parents want to include special items in their sessions, especially if it's a family heirloom. Little Fletcher actually hails from a line of farmers, and just a couple of weeks prior to his session, I had come upon the P E R F E C T little tractor tricycle with wheelbarrow attachment that I knew would make for some stunning little one year photos. I mean, this thing is the real deal - it is metal, and super heavy duty. When Megan saw it, she agreed it was perfect. And then she also pulled out her own box that belonged to her own grandfather from his farming days, with his name still etched on the side, that she wanted to use as well. I hope you enjoy seeing our heartwarming tribute to his heritage below. Happy one year, Fletcher!