lifestyle

The Madrids // Family Session

My pile of good blogging intentions has been patiently sitting in the corner of my room since September, waiting to be dusted off. It's over there along with my organize the linen closet to-do list, and purge the kids' dressers sticky note. You know, all the things I could get done if time, energy, and willpower all somehow self-aligned? I don't foresee it all happening today, but I am finally sharing this family session from the fall, so that's a start! 

My hands-down favorite place to photograph families is at home. I think it's easy to see why. Kids are usually most comfortable there, surrounded by familiarity and their favorite things. Parents are more relaxed because all they have to do is open the door when I knock, rather than load up and hope the kids stay happy and clean in the car. Don't get me wrong, I love pockets of woods and quaint neighborhood ice cream shops, too...they just don't come with quite the same kind of comfort and memories of home. For the Madrid family, these photographs will be a reminder of how Ben wouldn't walk down the stairs without holding dad's hand; mama will look at them and remember what it was like to rock her baby on that front porch chair. That's my hope. 

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.

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?!  

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.

Buddies

These five have been buddies since birth.  One of the hardest parts of our move back to Houston was leaving such dear friends in Dallas.  Explaining to our kids (even three months later) that we can't just go over to their houses on a whim is sad, but when we do have a chance to see them it's like they haven't missed a beat.  And while we know new friendships are already being built here, there will always be something extra sweet about these.  

Maybe, just maybe, someday some of these snapshots will be part of a rehearsal dinner slideshow.  That would be a fun story to tell. 

Brock // Newborn Session

Photographing newborns is one of my favorite things to do, and I don't think it should be a complicated matter.  The early days of bringing a baby home can become a whirlwind of diaper changes, feedings and shushing to sleep.  They are long and tiring and overwhelming and beautiful,  and they pass oh so quickly.  That's why simple and timeless images are always my goal during these at-home sessions.  Bare baby on a white blanket is quite simply the best.

Welcome, baby Brock.  You are one loved little man.


Smithson Lee // Newborn Session

This is Smithson Lee, quite possibly the most laid-back newborn I've ever photographed.  This post is an example of why I love lifestyle newborn sessions so much.  I love capturing the small things that happen in those first few days at home.  Mama is usually tired and soaking in the hands, feet and face of the one who's been in her tummy for months, and dad is usually still in awe of seeing his baby being held by the woman he loves.  It's a beautiful thing.  So here is little Smithson in his light-filled home, with his mama and daddy rejoicing over the sweet gift that he is.

It's a joy and privilege to be invited into someone's home for such a significant occasion; one that I never grow tired of partaking in.  My own baby girl is due in just three short weeks, so I'll be taking a bit of time off to adjust to life with 3 littles, but if you are interested in having your own lifestyle newborn session, I will be booking sessions again starting in late May.  

Everett // Newborn Session

Another baby boy for some of our very best friends, this is Everett.  Doesn't he looks just like his daddy and brothers {see last image at the bottom}?  We love this sweet family so much and are so grateful to have good friends to raise our family with.  Welcome to the world, brave Everett!!

Titus // Newborn Session

Last week was a busy week for me, photographing 3 newbies.  Even though it's been a few months since my last blog post, I hope to share each of last week's baby boys with you.  First off, meet sweet little Titus.  He is the first of 8 close friends of mine that are having baby boys in the next few months, making our baby girl (due in 6 weeks) the solo girl of the bunch.  I always feel honored when friends ask me to photograph their little ones.  I was able to witness (and photograph) big brother Luke's birth, but didn't make it to the hospital quite quick enough for Titus.  But, since I just so happened to be visiting Houston when he was born, thankfully I was able to do a quick session for them before heading home.  What a joy.

Feel free to take a peek at brother Luke's newborn session here.  

Bless you, sweet friends and your handsome baby boy.  Love you guys.

Maven // Newborn Session // Part 1

There is just too much of this beautiful girl to share, so instead of one giant post, I've decided to break it down into two parts.  Today, the lifestyle portion:  

I just love her little sun-filled room and can't wait to see what adventures she will go on in the years to come.  More of Maven coming tomorrow...