Emory: Three Years Old

This little friend of ours is a light, y'all.  She's also a beauty queen, but that is truly secondary to her sweetness, honesty, and cutecutecute sense of humor.  Her dad and Jeff worked together at a previous school, and our families been neighbors for a few years (bonus, her momma and I are stay-at-home momma friends, too!)--and in the fall, she and Charlotte will be in the same preschool class!  I am grateful for exactly who she is as an individual, as well as who she is as one of Charlotte's best buds.  I'm also extremely grateful for her rolling red curls, but that's a different story...

Side note, this shoot was styled by her momma.  Marandah would probably argue against that, because she's as sweet and humble as they come, but she hand-picked the outfit, colors of the flowers, and set up of the beautiful porch (which is a small but fantastic part of the entire house they gutted and renovated fixer-upper style a year or two ago).  I keep telling her that she and her husband are the Chip and Joanna of our little town, and when the rest of the community figures that out too, they're gonna be BUSY and famous!!

Gage Family

Apparently, when the weather is good, this is what these boys actually do most evenings they are home.  Seriously.  Their mom did say she convinced them to put on solid colored shirts instead of athletic wear, but other than that, we're 100% authentic.

Did y'all know this qualifies as "lifestyle portraits"?  We don't have to be in your home (though we certainly can!) to accurately record the sweetness of everyday life.  Nor do you have to have a pond (or four incredibly good looking boys ;))--let's chat about what is genuinely beautiful about your day-to-day life and record you and your people in your natural happiness.

Sarah: Senior

Sarah is a DEAR.  I'm not the person in the world who knows her the best, but I'm glad to be amongst those who know her well enough to know this:  she's silly.  Like yelling like a monkey silly.  She thinks deeply and critically.  She's not afraid to cry, and definitely not afraid to laugh while she's crying.  Smart? Yes.  Driven? Yes.  Self-aware? Quite.  

This session was a trade-off, actually.  I wrote a story for (and actually with--he helped!) my youngest brother a couple years ago, and as the story was very important to both of us, wanted to print him a copy as a "real book" for Christmas.  I asked Sarah--a former student--if she'd illustrate the story for me as a trade off for her senior photos.  I don't think either of us realized how much work she'd need to put into the illustrations, but the end result was incredible, and Anthony LOVES his book.  I was thrilled to get to do these photos as a favor back for Sarah--and everything--truly everything--about this session was just a ton of fun.


I went to a small high school, and there were definitely a couple points in that whole experience when I JUST WANTED TO GET OUT OF HERE.  Friends from small towns, I'm sure you hear me.  We feel trapped, confined, judged, pegged, and we just want OUT.

Then we get out.  And geeze can the world be a beautiful place.

And then some of us come back.  I did.  Kinda surprised myself, really, but hey, jobs are more available where you have connections, and hometowns tend to be full of connections.  Good news, I love living so near to my hometown and family.  It's good bull, Ags.

Here's ONE beautiful element of this little life of mine:  I get to reconnect with friends from high school.  Krystal and I didn't run in the same circles, but like most students in our school, we knew who each other were.  It's been fun to keep up with Krystal via social media, but certainly didn't compare to catching up in person.  This woman is a hard worker and dreams big--I can't wait to hear what's new with her the next time we get to catch up.

Krystal Howe Texas