Thursday, December 16, 2010

Rob & Meaghan

'Tis Christmas Card season! One fun photo was an early morning, pre-work shoot at Tietze Park. I love early morning light, it's so great. R&M met me with their very excited dog who was the perfect model as long as Jay was holding her frisbee... Tietze happened to be the perfect place to meet because it also happens to be where Rob proposed to Meaghan. Of course we had to take some photos of them on "the bench" where it went down.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Emily's Bridal Portraits - Gorgeous!

Four weeks ago I drove to Boerne for Emily's bridals three weeks before her wedding. I spent Sunday afternoon out at the Prassel, driving around with a beautiful bride and her entourage. I can't describe how easy this bridal shoot was. A mixture of God's beautiful creation and a confident, stunning bride made picture taking quite easy. I love the Hill Country in the fall, the way the sun hits the green grass with its rust colored tips. A winter transition about to happen. Even though it doesn't compare to the fall experienced in other states, it has its own beauty and fills me with awe. So, to witness fall mixed with a very lovely Emily was thrilling! I love how these photos turned out and I hope you do too, Emily! Next blog entry...the wedding!

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Every bride must have an entourage!

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Bustling Beecherls

Hi cousins, I love you! This is the largest group of cousins in one family that we have on the Beecherl side. I know, I know, there are a lot of them. It's usually total chaos (see photo 3), but we got some good ones out of this shoot. I can't show you the best two since they will be featured in the Crystal Charity Ball Children's Book and on a "We've Moved" card. But, I can share some photos I thought were pretty cute!

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They're all looking and smiling at the camera, it's amazing!

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I think Anna is giving PBoy some smile coaching in this photo. Irregardless (that's for you, Robert), this is my most favorite kind of photo to take, one where the kids don't even know I'm watching.

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Behind the scenes of this shoot. Aren't these kids so "Leave it to Beaver" perfect in this photo!

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Cute little Cate, she's a major daddy's girl.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Randall and James and Elizabeth, Oh My!

This is my third year to photograph these cute kids, is that right Sally? And boy have they grown up. James behaved like an angel which was new...not to be doggin' on James, but he was the hardest one to control. One year makes a big difference!

Randall and I had no problem, as usual. He only requires an occasional, "give me a smile," because he is so serious! His nickname around the house is 'the professor,' which I understood after listening to his vast knowledge of black holes in between photo takes. I would definitely lose against him in any kind of knowledge quiz (Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader, for instance).

And Elizabeth, Oh Elizabeth! How cute is she in her glasses? First of all, she has the biggest eyes ever and now wears the cutest little bifocals I have ever seen. She babbled the whole time and it sounded like Japanese, it's hilarious. I think we have some really smart kids on our hands here!

Thanks for another great year of cute little kids!

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We be here


Did you think I had disappeared? Me too. Since buying this house, I have had no life other than discussing tile, paint colors and toilets. I've been working...just not posting. I'll have a cute post of Randall, James and Elizabeth later today!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Impromptu swimming

Had a few people over last Sunday to swim in our new pool! Took this really cute photo of Emma, who I have previously photographed and featured, here and here!

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Grandparents

Among the admirable things my grandparents have done in their lifetime, providing an amazing gathering place for our large family is one of the most meaningful to me. The ranch has always been a place where we can come and go, build relationships with each other, get into trouble, learn about life and be TEXANS! I love spending as much time as I can with my dear old grandparents and have learned a lot from them because of it! Just last week, Grandpa drove me by his childhood home which happens to be a few blocks from where I live now. Crazy! I never knew that! They are so dear to me and I hope to instill the same values in my family as they have in ours.

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Love his hat!

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Taking Back My Homestead

So, a few weeks ago we had a little wasp problem. Let me start by saying I don't have a problem with wasps as long as they stay far away from me. I don't enjoy being attacked and know they feel the same way. However, when wasps decide to build a nest over my doorway and hang out on the sliding door all day, they can prepare for war. I think because it has been so hot they were camping out on the glass to cool down. I understand their sorrow, but they could have picked a window, not the door I walk through.

While they were out doing whatever it is they do during the day, I knocked down the nest they had started, thinking they would move on. The next day, when the next had reappeared I decided maybe they hadn't gotten the hint. So I removed it again. The third day, it was back. Strike three! I bought some wasp spray and as I was shooting at their next and watching them die, I realized I was yelling to myself in the backyard, "taking back my homestead, taking back my homestead!!" Crazy, but necessary. Suckers.

p.s. Don't judge the incredibly dirty doors...


The duo that would not leave!


Mama wasp cooling herself

Thursday, September 02, 2010

The G Family

I got a call from a family in College Station who wanted to schedule a shoot for their family while they were in Dallas. This family happened to have purchased one of the portrait packages I donated to the silent auction for Dinner Under the Cedars, benefiting Historic Mesquite, Inc. We settled on a hot July day at White Rock Lake. It turns out, dad was one of my brother's ID professors at A&M. We had a great time comparing stories about my brother and his crazy friends (Tank, this includes you). Thanks to you guys for supporting Historic Mesquite and for getting all dressed up knowing how hot it would be. I also appreciate your patience during the whole 'forgotten camera in the car incident' (that's a whole different story that raised my blood pressure).

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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Isabella Rose

Isabella has arrived and she's early! She was due to make her entrance into the world yesterday, but decided she wanted to surprise her parents and arrived July 22. There are so many people who have been waiting for this baby and were thrilled to learn of her early, but healthy birth! She was TINY, I mean a tiny 4 lbs. 11 oz., 18 inches tiny. And she has a TON of hair. In the hospital she was referred to as either, "the tiny baby" or "the baby with all the hair."

I couldn't wait to get my hands on her and take her newborn photos. I didn't get a chance to photograph her until she was already 8 days old and 5 pounds. But that was okay, she was still tiny!!! Can you see a theme here, tiny? Anyway, she did great during her first photo shoot and loved my strobes, as most babies do. I think they keep them nice and toasty like a hamburger under a warming lamp at McDonalds. This works in my favor since I tend to strip off their clothes and throw their blankets aside. Not something a tiny baby (or their nervous mother) normally enjoys.

We got some cute photos and I'm going to start designing Isabella's baby announcements pretty soon. I guess I should post some of the past baby announcements I have created. I love that part of my 'job'!

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The Best Puppy There Ever Was

His name is Simba. He belongs to my cousin. He stayed with us for 24 hours. The best 24 hours ever with a puppy. He only peed inside once, right when he arrived. I think he was marking his new territory. No poop inside, thank goodness. He has a lot of dog toys. His favorites are the squeaky squirrel, the rope and the mini tennis ball. He left his squeaky squirrel. Whoops. Don't worry, I returned it. While he was here I set up my lights and did a mini shoot. It's a surprise for Mary. And because he's cute. Really cute. I miss him. He doesn't like background paper. I think it freaks him out. We tricked him into standing on it. And used a bathmat. And a chair. It was worth it. See below.

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Simba's checking out his portrait shoot set up - notice, he's sniffing one of his favorite toys, the squeaky squirrel!

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He escaped from the shoot

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I love his mini tennis ball!

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Look at that face, awwwww

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He's had it and this time, I let him go :)