Zach and Claire (and Sadie!): Mini Session

Zach told me that when he got Sadie, he decided that he wanted everyone who met her to comment on how well-behaved she is--and my goodness, has he met his goal!  While photographing Zach and Claire, Sadie explored a tiny bit, but really just had her eye on her people, and kept coming back for more love.  I've seen photogenic dogs, but my goodness, Sadie is a LOOKER!

Bonus: HOW CUTE ARE ZACH AND CLAIRE?  For real.  Completely sweet on each other, this couple was way too much fun to photograph and catch up with (spoiler: I was one of Zach's high school teachers).

Gandillon Family: Mini Sessions

Man, there's really not much better than kids who are safe and confident with their parents.  Like seriously, beat that.  Can't be done.

These four are a beautiful show of real family love, and it filled up my little grinch heart to the tip-top to hang out with them.  The kiddos are the most brave, adventurous little ones you can imagine.  They were 0% afraid of exploring, which made for super fun photos.  Who needs to pose when you can play, yeah?!

BONUS THEY ARE AGGIES AND AGGIES LOVE EACH OTHER SO SHOUT-OUT TO THAT.

Kacie and Kids: Mini Sessions

There's really not enough I can say about this momma.  We went to school together from K-12, and she was always--I mean ALWAYS--kind, easy going, and friendly with everyone.  This includes the perilous junior high years, people.  She has two incredibly beautiful and confident kiddos (teach me your ways, momma--oh to have confident kids at this age!!) who obviously adore her, and it was a treat (rather, blessing) to get to hang out with this sweet family for a few minutes last weekend.  Beautiful, beautiful people (inside, outside, upside, downside, all the sides), y'all.

Kyla: Spring Mini Sessions

Mini sessions were SO FUN this past weekend!!  It was a smaller group than my fall date, but that was good for two reasons: a) humbling! always good. and b) a little more creative brain space.  Apparently that's a limited resource sometimes, haha!

Here's a little peak of Kyla, the 8th grade daughter of one of our friends.  Occasion for the photos?  They just wanted them.  I love that.  This girl is ten kinds of spunk and fun, and I really wish I was as confident as her when I was her age.  I also wish I had her sense of style...currently...

Rose: College Graduate

The Lowder family is about to add a college grad to our collective resume!  Rose is a senior at TWU and is about to graduate with a degree in child development--and she did it in FOUR YEARS, folks!!  Does anyone even do that anymore?  ROSE DOES.

Like any college senior, she's a little apprehensive about the future, but those of us who know her are incredibly confident that her story is just beginning.  I pity the fool who doesn't hire this girl, ya know what I mean?  Qualified, full of heart, and unafraid of a challenge, this girl is ready to fight for kids and to make sure each one with whom she comes into contact is safer, smarter, and more loved than before they met.  Case in point:  her one request for her senior photos was that her nieces and nephew were in the photos as well.  Are you kidding me?!  CUTEST. EVER.

Her tattoo, as pictured below, is a beautiful representation of who Rose is--and her story is hard and important and beautiful, just as beautiful as she is herself.