Monday, November 09, 2009


Elizabeth is the little sister to two older brothers, one of which messes with her constantly (James). You would think with that kind of introduction Elizabeth would always be on the defense, watching her back. It isn't so. She is the sweetest, most patient, happy little one-year-old! Her blue eyes and long, dark lashes make it that much easier to get amazing photos of her. I can't wait to watch this little girl grow up, she is more beautiful than I can describe in mere words in my blog. Her sweet spirit, blue eyes and her big toothy smile will one day be making to boys go crazy! Good luck keeping them away, mom and dad!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The Ernst Family

Stephanie and I have been talking about doing a family portrait for months. Well, it finally went down last Sunday afternoon. As you can see from the photos, Jon and Stephanie have a very hairy daughter, Georgia. The trick to get Georgia to look, I was told, is to ask her, "you want a treat?" I'm pretty sure she will never be my friend because I asked her the magic question about 10 times and never delivered. Oh well, at least she looks good in the family photos!

We did all of these photos in front of Jon and Stephanie's house because their house is super cute and their landscaping looks amazing. They were a piece of cake to photograph because they're such a cute couple! I think Stephanie and I talked after the shoot for longer than it actually took me to photograph them...Jon had taken off on his bike at that point. I promised I wouldn't post photos of him in his spandex, but I'm really, really, really tempted. Woooo woooooooo!

Monday, November 02, 2009


As many of you faithful blog readers know, I went to Wisconsin a couple of weekends ago to visit Julie and Steve. They have two new additions to the family since the last time I visited, Sparky and Calvin. Which is which you ask? Calvin is the sweet little boy with the bright blue eyes and Sparky is the mischievous, attention deprived, year old yellow lab. I had the privilege of having a bed buddy the first night, it was Sparky, not Calvin. I can tell you one thing, no, two. Sparky is a huge bed hog and he smacks all night long. He reminded me of Clipper, our sweet old golden retriever who would smack all night long. I had forgotten about that until my night with Sparky. Needless to say, he only got to spend one night with me. I love you Sparky!

Julie and I met on my first medical mission in Peru in 2005 and we have kept up ever since. I have been waiting for years for her to have a baby and finally she has! She was crazy enough to think she might be able to make it to the wedding with a three month old, but quickly changed her mind once Calvin came along. Alas, I had to travel to beautiful Wisconsin to meet Calvin, now 9 months and Sparky. The bonus to this fun visit were the amazing fall colors! I looked like a tourist taking photos of all the yellow leaves; that's what I get for living in Texas where fall does not exist. Thanks Julie and Steve for a fun weekend, good cheese and lots of laughs!

I just realized I didn't mention Sidney, I guess it's because he was old news. I would like to apologize to Sid for constantly calling him a her while I was there. To me all cats are girls...I don't know why!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Peyton Nicole

A bunch of us have been waiting anxiously to meet Chris and Emily's little mini-me. She finally arrived nice and late and perfectly cooked. She was totally alert for most of the 3 hours I was there which surprised her parents. I hope she passed out for hours after that, did she? She did pretty well, except she didn't appreciate being stripped down for her naked photos. She got us back by projectile pooping toward Chris (see last photo). Don't worry, it didn't get on his nice white shirt or the carpet. It was just a warning. Thanks Chris and Emily for letting me photograph your sweet baby girl. I hope you like the photos!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

William & Colleen

William and Colleen met Jay and me at the ranch for their 'official' engagement photo session last weekend. Of course it was a beautiful Saturday morning as we drove toward the ranch and about 10 minutes before we got there the heavens let loose. It rained for the rest of the time we were there, but we managed to squeeze in these photos Sunday morning between rain storms.

I can't believe I just photographed my little brother with his fiance, it's weird to think how much we've shared as siblings. Sometimes I forget which funny little things happened to him and which happened to me. I love this little brother more than I can tell you.

Jillian Kate

Here is the much awaited Jillian Kate in her first week of life. She was precious on day one and is holding strong to her preciousness. She was so sleepy when I photographed her on day six and was pretty happy to do anything I asked of her. Debra was a little disappointed she didn't open her eyes more, but can you blame her? She's tired. Thanks Deb for saying yes to the photo shoot and for sharing your sweet new life with me and your friends. We all love her and will be by her side as well as yours as she grows and grows!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

ACCA Training Institute 2009

The ACCA (American Contract Compliance Association) Training Institute was a great success! I met so many diverse, interesting people in all kinds of businesses throughout the country. The conference focused an all possible questions or problems pertaining to M/WBE - minority and/or women owned businesses. It was perfect for me to be there popping in and out of the breakout sessions. I learned so much and need to get the ball rolling in becoming my very own certified women owned business! Thanks to everyone who made the long days interesting and educational!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Get 'Em, Frogs!

After the great TCU game last weekend, I had to post some school spirit. I've decided that this is the cheerleading squad for the football games this year, Go Frogs Go!

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Will and Colleen: Engaged on High

Over Labor Day my family, minus my sisters, went to Colorado to enjoy the cool weather. Jay and I decided to go last minute which is always fun. This was my third time to be there this summer, kind of ridiculous, I know. But, if it had worked out for you you would have done it too. In addition to the family, William and Colleen had invited Lane and Amber, friends from A&M. My cousin Johnny and two of his friends were also there. It was a good group!

Anyway, the plan was to fish, hike, four wheel, play Mexican Train (a really fun domino game) and conquer Pagosa Peak Sunday. There were eight of us that had hiked it before and three, Jay, Lane and Amber, who had never done this hike/climb before. We set off at 8:45 am up the trail. I neglected to tell Jay what an uphill climb it was for fear he wouldn't want to go. It really is a pretty challenging hike if you don't know what to expect. William and Colleen reached the top in 1.5 hours along with Johnny and Adam. The rest of us made it right at two hours. We took the obligatory photos at the top and each told our stories of getting there. The clouds had started to roll in and we were all basically standing in a cloud at that point.

Dad started rambling about taking Christmas card photos which I thought was random because we all looked pretty 'earthy'. He took a photo of Jay and me and then got Colleen and William together. I had that sneaking sisterly intuition that something big was about to go down and I asked Colleen for her camera so I could get photos of them with hers too. William seemed pretty nervous and wouldn't cooperate in taking a good photo of the two of them. He even proceeded to put Colleen in a head lock...which sounds weird, but is totally something he would do, especially being as nervous a he was. I knew at that point.

Then, to everyone's surprise, William dropped to one knee, pulled out a ring box and asked Colleen to marry him! She of course started crying and said yes. It was a beautiful proposal on top of the mountain at 12,640 ft. with the mountains and valleys of Colorado all around them. The only people in on the secret were mom and dad who had made the climb to watch their son ask Colleen to be his future wife. That being said, everyone was surprised and very excited! I loved being there for such a sweet moment in their lives and can't wait to stand by their side at their wedding. Way to go little brother, the ring is stunning, your future wife is stunning and I couldn't be happier for you!

Another thing that's awesome is I will now be able to call all the cute Dougherty girls my sisters! Yay!