Wednesday, July 9, 2014

La Jolla Maternity {La Jolla Maternity Photography}{portraits with hats}

My friend Kelli and her family had a very tough year last year.  She and her husband Lee were hoping to add to their family of five by adopting a child from the Ukraine.  Everything was set to go until the Ukraine government closed their doors to international adoptions.  They were heartbroken. Letting go of that longtime dream was one of the most difficult things they've had to do.

Several months later Kelli received more unexpected news.  This time, though it was still shocking and surprising, it was of the joyous kind.

Kelli was pregnant!

Of course, her daughter Tia (being the only girl) was eagerly hoping it would be a girl.  Graciously, she, too, was about to receive news of the joyous sort at their gender reveal (photographed beautifully by my friend Jenni Keiter HERE).


This 4th pregnancy has gone pretty smoothly for Kelli.  Just don't ask her about her due date.  That, too, apparently is a surprise.  Not because she is choosing not to tell anyone.  SHE SIMPLY DOES NOT KNOW.  You can read Kelli's hilarious accounts of this pregnancy and her lack of certainty over the due date HERE.

Surprise or not, one thing is for certain: Kelli makes for one beautiful mommy-to-be.  I just love these photographs we created for Kelli taken in beautiful La Jolla, California while we were together during our creative retreat a couple weeks ago.

Congratulations, Stuart family!  I can't wait to meet your sweet baby girl!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Matryoshka Doll Themed Baby Shower {Houston Event Photography}{DFW Baby shower photography}

Selina put together a delightful Russian matryoshka doll themed baby shower for her best friend Laura. Having worked on the space station here in the US, Laura has traveled to Russia to collaborate with the Russian space program in years past.  Her Russian travels inspired this matryoshka doll themed party.

I can only imagine the numerous hours Selina spent in putting together all these intricate details for Laura's shower.  She truly outdid herself!  Everything was perfectly beautiful!  Absolutely fabulous!

Selina incorporated her grandmother's doilies along with hand crafted paper flowers and pennant banners to tie everything together.  Her meticulous attention to detail was evident in everything from the mother-to-be's dessert of choice to the adorable "timer" party favors.

Great job, Selina!  And, congratulations to the parents to be!

Party Vendors:

Cake Toppers by Peggers on Etsy

Party/Event Planning by Selina Pinto.  Look for her updated website Pinto Bean Creates by the end of the summer.

Venue - The Sardinian Room at the Arcodoro restaurant in Houston, Texas

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Laura: Corporate Headshots {Allen, TX Corporate Headshots}{Dallas, TX Corporate Headshots}

Not having a studio has called for some pretty creative solutions during my 7 year professional photography career.  If you've followed my blog for long, you'll know how much I love portrait sessions in parking garages.

I love the filtered light and neutral colors they provide - all within a subtle urban setting.  Fighting crowds is usually a non-issue.  And, on hot days in Texas, a parking garage can provide much needed shade and shelter from the elements.

Being a modern woman, I knew it would be the perfect location for Laura's head shots.

What we didn't anticipate during our session was the wind tunnel affect we were forced to work around.  A little wind is always welcome, but my self standing reflector didn't stand a chance.  On the positive side, professional grade studio hair fans were completely unnecessary.

Weather aside, I'm really excited about Laura's images!  She and I were able to work together to create some really beautiful corporate head shots despite the less than ideal situations. 

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We traveled up and down the ramps to create several fun shots like what you see below for Laura's website.  She is in the process of revamping her corporate writing services to include business coaching.  She loved how the garage ramp signs perfectly portrayed her business goals of taking her clients from one level of success to the next.

That's exactly what she wants to do for her clients.

So excited to see the new levels Wooten Communications will reach as well!

Does your business need an overhaul?  Do you need a professional writer for your corporate blogs and grants?  Give Laura a call!

Thank you for coming out for a session, Laura!  You are a force to be reckoned with - a beautiful force at that!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Meeting Baby Luna {McKinney, Texas Lifestyle Photographer}{McKinney, Texas Newborn Photographer}

Several weeks ago I had the privilege of meeting Lamar and Melissa's sweet baby girl, Luna.  Big Brother Grayson was on hand for her newborn portraits as well.  I love creating "in-the-moment" lifestyle portraits for my clients.  This beautiful family makes my job all the more enjoyable!

Thank you for hiring me to create these beautiful memories for you, Lamar and Melissa!  I'm so excited for you!

When I first arrived, Luna was having a little snack.  While we waited for baby Luna to finish eating, Big Brother Greyson had his turn in front of the camera.  Such a handsome fella!

Time for a little sibling snuggle!

Daddy gives momma a break, so she can get ready.  Thankfully, Luna takes a bottle like a pro.
Greyson looks on - so happy to be a big brother.  

Sweet baby hands!

And little tiny toes!

Daddy's got this burping thing down!  I adore Lamar's smile here!

Now Lamar has two beautiful ladies in his life!  Simply precious!

Such a beautiful momma!

Such a beautiful baby girl!

Treasure these moments, Melissa.  Before you know it, she'll be 7 years old reading chapter books!

Hungry again!

One last loving look at Daddy before falling fast asleep.




Well done, Lamar!

Sweet Dreams, Luna!

Awake from her cat nap...

Time to Play!


It seems like just yesterday, Melissa was showing me her nursery for the first time.  We had so much fun creating her maternity pictures.

Such a sweet moment to capture Melissa with her daughter in the nursery she so lovingly prepared!

Congratulations, Melissa and Lamar!


Just had to throw this in.  Luna seems to really like Daddy - and his beard!

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