Tallulah // Newborn Session

Because of my prolonged break from blogging, I have a heap of sessions to share from the past year-and-a-half. Pay no attention to the fact that this girl is now 16 months old, and instead focus on how sweet and tiny she used to be! A benefit of photographing the babes of friends is getting to watch them grow in real time. "Baby Tallulah" as my kids still call her, is becoming much less baby these days, and that newborn hair that looked brown is now full-on blonde.

Everis // Six Months

Last weekend, my husband and I celebrated 12 years of marriage. If someone would have told us twelve years ago that someday we would have four children, I'm not sure we would have believed it. Four would have seemed like a lot. And it is. In fact, I cried for a solid week when I took that positive test last April. Just that morning, we had been laying out our plans for the future and another baby was honestly not in my plan. Pregnancy is uncomfortable, birth is painful, and newborn sleepless nights are downright exhausting. But God's plans? They have been proven better than mine yet again. 

This baby girl has brought so much joy into our home. Adored by her three older siblings, and always ready to smile, she is simply a delight. The capacity of the human heart to grow with the addition of each child is baffling to me. You think with the first, there's no possible way you can love another child the same. Then the second comes along, and he's just as adored as the first. Then again it happens with the third, and now fourth. So yes, four kids would have seemed impossible twelve years ago. But goodness..I'm so glad that my plans didn't work out. 

Everis Anne Barker, you're pretty great.

Strawberry Picking

Once upon a time, I used to add content to my blog. Well, maybe that's an overstatement; I've never been great at updating it regularly. But, it's now been well over a year since I've really posted anything, not for a lack of desire, but simply because life. In the past year, we've bought a house and moved (same neighborhood, but 4th move in two years), and had a fourth baby. Needless to say, I've been a bit busy, so posting here had to take a back-burner. But today, a look back at my previous post has me feeling nostalgic. That little toddler in the previous video posted below is now a talkative, opinionated three-year-old. Back then she was just trying to keep up with her older brother and sister, and now much of the time she acts as though she's running the show.

Yesterday, we went to a little farm to pick strawberries. Taking advantage of the weather while it's still bearable, and getting our hands dirty picking strawberries straight off the vine was just what we needed. Life is flying by at such a hurried pace these days, and my heart longs for slowness. So, I thought perhaps it was a good time to dust off my camera instead of the phone in my pocket, and get back to what I love--capturing these littles and the simple joys of childhood.

**The newest baby girl will get her own post soon. She was too busy napping to pick strawberries. 

A Warm December

On a warm December day, we ventured out so I could film and photograph my little family. I've been wanting to experiment with video for some time because, while I adore a still photograph, I also adore the giggles and gestures that can't be captured in a single moment. It is shaky and imperfect and at times out of focus, but it's my attempt at holding onto memories of these little ones in the best way I know how. 

Caroline // Five Years Old

The gift of friendship is one of life's greatest treasures.  Caroline's family are some of our nearest and dearest friends; our kids have grown up together and we don't intend on letting geographic distance interfere with even the youngest of friendships.  She is sassy and sweet, and we are so glad she gets to visit family in Houston so we can see her whenever she comes into town.

I have photographed Caroline for all five of her birthdays.  Last week, while her family was in town, we met outside the Heights library for this quick session before she headed back to Dallas. And thought it was not nearly a long enough visit, it was at least enough for her to be her in front of the camera.   

Fall Mini-Session Dates

Fall is my absolute favorite season.  Pumpkin and cinnamon flavored everything, crunchy leaves and cooler weather--it's just the best.  But like many families, every year it seems like our calendar gets a bit more full.  For the past several years, I've offered a limited number of Mini-Sessions for those wanting a quick and affordable opportunity for family photos.  The dates and prices for this year's Minis are below, and I'll be honest and say these are pretty much the only Saturdays we don't have other commitments scheduled.  I only have 10 spots available for the Houston date, and 6 for the Dallas date.  So if you want to really be on top of things this year, go ahead and book your family photos now before they are gone!   

But wait, there's more!!  If you live within the Greater Heights area and are interested in something a little more personal, I'm also trying something new this year!  A limited number of at-home Minis will be available to those who want me to capture a quick peek into life in and around their home. This is your chance to break away from the park photos and smile on your own front porch.  These sessions will only be available on evenings throughout October and November within the Greater Heights area.  If that's something that interests you, let me know!

Click here to contact me about booking your session.

Ella // Newborn Session

Somehow it's been over four months since my last blog post, but that doesn't mean there has been a shortage of baby goodness going on around here.  Travels, a hard-drive crash, packing, moving and unpacking (even if only five streets over), and overall life busyness have just been keeping me away from posting for far too long.  So to break the silence, here's a little glimpse at Ella.  Isn't she a beauty?!  

Knox // One Year Old

This is our buddy Knox.  He turned one last week, just a few days before my baby girl.  Because of the cold and wet weather we've been having, we decided to use the same indoor location as Emelia's session {seen here}.  Turns out living in an apartment has it's perks when the resident lounge goes largely unused and has big windows and great old wooden flooring.  

Here's Knox, and his serious outlook on turning one.     

Emelia // One Year Old

Tomorrow my baby will be one.  On Wednesday, just before a cold front came through, making us pull out our winter sweaters once again, we snuck out for a few one year pictures.  There was quite a bit of leaf eating, crawling away and looking at anything but me, but I absolutely love this age.  I love watching as she absorbs the world.  And just to commemorate some of her favorite and not so favorite things, here's a little list:

Likes: Brother and sister, teddy bears, bananas, broccoli, clapping, dancing, smiling and snuggling.

Dislikes: Sippy cups.  

That's right, she likes just about everything in the world except sippy cups.  In fact, she gets downright angry when I hand her one, especially if it has milk in it.  Sometimes she'll sip water, but absolutely refuses milk in a sippy cup.  It's pretty funny.

So here she is.  Baby girl at one year. 

And if you'd like to see sweet girl as a newborn, click here, and at six months here.

Gabriella // Newborn Session

I'm slowly making my way through past sessions and finding time to share them here.  This is beautiful Gabriella, born last September.  She looks so much like her daddy, and big sister looks like mama. 

Lisa, the lovely mama, introduced me to essential oils last year.  If you're interested in learning more about them or need to purchase some, feel free to visit Lisa's DoTerra site here.

Our Days Lately

Our days have looked a lot like this lately.  Simple.  Messy.  Mundane.  

I spend almost all day, every day with my kids.  And if I'm honest, sometimes it's really hard.  I'm asked constantly for snacks, drinks, books to be read, help with a craft.  I sweep our floor at least twice a day and load and unload the dishwasher just as often.  It can become very monotonous, boring even.  In the past, I've made a few feeble attempts at documenting our days, whether by a 365 days or 52 week project or the like but can never seem to keep on track with them.  So I've taken up just keeping my camera out, ready for the mundane moments when my heart tends towards complaint.  In those moments, I snap a picture.  Then, I'm able to look at these photographs a few days later and realize that yes,

Our days have looked a lot like this lately.  Long. Lovely. Worth it.