Baby J Round 2 I Texas Bluebonnet Mini Photographer

Once again, I got this cutie in a bluebonnet field. And when I went to edit the photos, I totally realized just how fast a year goes. This sweet guy has grown into a little, bitty man! The first shot was the exact same first shot as last year and it was just nutzo.

This cutie is one of my nephews. Both of them have looks to kill and will undoubtedly be heartbreakers. I mean, if this little smirk doesn’t say “hey ladies..”, ya know with finger guns and a wink..

And if I am honest with myself, and my readers and frankly my brother (this kiddos dad), I am always so honored and amazed that I get to record these moments. You see, it wasn’t long ago that our family was ruled by lies, insecurity and fear (and so much heartbreak). Lots of what if questions..

And then God showed up in my life. He taught me that He doesn’t love me because of who I am, the family I come from, the brokenness that plagued me, or what I have done in my life. He showed me that He loves me because of what Jesus did for me (and you!). He lavished grace on me and I have been begging for it to be extended to everyone I love since. Oh how I desire fiercely for my family to know the freedom that has come when I just let it all go.

Sitting in church the other day we heard a sermon on nationalism. Weird, right? I immediately identified with so many of the themes of it though. I am a Texan. I am an Aggie. My husband is in the military.. All cultures that carry a lot of pride.

But then it hit me, literally like a ton of bricks. Family.. So many families are prideful. And so many suffer for it. How many times do we hear people talk about “the family name”? Not only in my own family have I experienced this but I have been made to feel like I wasn’t good enough before because my families name didn’t carry the same weight in the community than another kids.. Pretty sad right? In this season of my life God has really been opening my eyes to all the ways that pride tears people down.

We were talking about Acts 7, when Stephen tells the Sanhedrin all the times that their nation has turned their backs on God. They told the Father that they knew better and always placed their security in their own might or their own name.. And time and time again, they suffered. But God always came back to them. God always loved them because of Jesus.. not because of their history.

When I try to explain my security in our Father, I learned that some people might interpret it as me trying to tear down their security. I am sorry for that. It was a radical change in my life when God showed me that my history doesn’t mean a thing before Him. And I fought for years and years because I was so scared. Their were questions of trust and really just wondering what my alternative was. Something totally foreign to me, yet I was being beckoned to trust in His goodness. I can understand now that its a scary thing to strip away the things that we thought were true and trust in the new things. All the things that we are proud of (family, schools, states, jobs) have the chance to mean nothing.. Your identity goes away as you knew it and you start to be someone new. And God and His love and goodness and grace means everything..

It’s worth every single everything..

Stephen was killed after he told the Sanhedrin their own nation’s history. They were too proud to listen.

I am thankful so much to God for restoring my relationship with my brother. I am thankful that I get to walk with him and Jenn and Josh. I trust in God to continue this relationship. I hope I have shown them love. I hope they know that there is nothing too bad that could separate the love they have in Christ and, frankly, me. I hope they know that I support them and want them to feel the same as I do with Jesus.

I think I have alluded to this many times.. but its time I write it. We have the same history- you (Bud) and I. There is freedom beyond our history.

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Witte Engagement I Central TX Engagement Photographer

These two love bugs were the most fun engagement session.

In all honesty, I was nervous. I haven’t shot an engagement photo in years. But, I just love them so much! I love capturing love. And these two have a ton of it.

They are so caring and joyful. They laugh constantly. They can’t wait to be married. It is written all over them.

I literally did zero directing because they just fell into the sweetest poses with the softest touches. It speaks so well to how they love one another.

Enjoy these two cuties!

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Bluebonnet Minis I Ft. Hood Texas Photographer

Its that time of the year again! And I am so excited. I love driving down the highway and naming all the beautiful wildflowers we have here.

These are so special to Texas and I hope you take advantage of this sweet tradition. Many spots have already been taken so please, please email me soon to guarantee a spot!

2016 bluebonnets

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Pai Homecoming I Ft. Hood Texas Military Homecoming Photographer

Meet my sweet friends. I actually just met John a few days ago but I have known Angela for a little while. We met when Lucas and I joined a small group at our church. We get to meet once a week and enjoy some food, awesome community and learn more about Jesus.

Angela is one of the most joyful people I know.. Like no joke… If you asked me, she took the deployment like a champ. She loves Jesus and His people so well, and she loves John so well.

Every prayer time, it was always John..

We are so grateful he is home and we get to enjoy him being with us! She told us that she was really hoping John and Lucas could become best friends.. Apparently they are both nerds!

 

Enjoy!

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Tolleson Homecoming I Ft. Hood Texas Homecoming Photographer

Grab some tissues…

 

I had the distinct pleasure of documenting this dear story. Y’all, these are seriously the best. Soldiers coming home.. Reuniting loved ones. There is nothing like it and I will cherish this opportunity for as long as I get to.

Ross commissioned with Lucas.. Being an Aggie in the Army makes the world small. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I felt such a kindred friendship with Mallory. We didn’t know each other in school and actually only met for the first time last year at Aggie Muster here at Ft. Hood. But y’all, other than the fact Mallory is the sweetest in the world and so easy to be friends with, we just have too many things in common. We just get it.. We get what its like to love our school and we get what its like to love these guys who chose to join the Army. There is nothing else like it.

It was almost scary how quickly I was taken back to the very place I began. So many reviews on Simpson drill field where I photographed the corps. So many events that seemed super formal. And then here we were.. on a review field (well, something similar) ready to celebrate the best thing.. Ross being home.

I never shot a review in the early morning hours..but surely midnight yell counts for something right?

Enjoy, and welcome home, Ross!

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Baby Isaacks I Central Texas Lifestyle Photographer

Remember back in October when I shot a super simple and totally powerful maternity session with my dear cousin? Well, meet the sweet baby she was nurturing.

Baby B is the smallest, sweetest little girl I have ever been around. Here newborn session was shot just the same as the maternity session, with great care and ease.

GJ is the best big sister and totes on little baby B in the best ways. She is so helpful and would love nothing more than to love on her baby sister all day long. I can’t wait to see these two grow up. GJ is going to teach her so many things.

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Guerrero Family I Ft Hood, TX Family Photographer

Meet the Guerrero Family. They were one of my sweet mini session this past fall. We sooo enjoyed them. Their little man has some BIG personality. I think anytime he was let loose, someone ended up chasing after him.

I wish I had more time with them. I always do after my mini’s. I would have chased this kiddo all over the place. 🙂

Enjoy their warm, sunny photos!

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