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newborns on film | fort worth family photographer

I’ve photographed this couple for so long that I can’t even figure out how to link to their photos…like that was a couple websites ago. When I walked into their home, I saw framed photos from a few shoots through the years, and I remembered.

Photographs create a visual timeline of this short, fast life.

I find families so fascinating. And, it’s so captivating to see how a couple comes together to help each other in those first months after bringing a new babe home. This little guy was actually a month old and so happy. I know it’s traditional for newborns to sleep during a shoot, but I rather like it when they’re awake. My approach is less of contorting babies into buckets and more of posing them in their natural simplicity. When I laid him down on a rug, he wiggled all over. Behind my cameras, I get to witness so much joy – everyone should be so lucky. I am grateful that people continue to invite me into their homes to document these special, vulnerable moments in their lives.

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newborn twins | fort worth family photography

They asked for one; God gave them two.

I’ve known this couple through the yoga community’s six degrees of separation and enjoyed documenting their Journey.

When I photographed their maternity session, I had just lost – is that the right word? I didn’t misplace him…he was placed elsewhere – our first foster child. So when, I first photographed this couple at their maternity session, he’d just left with his garbage bag of belongings.

This path isn’t for the faint of heart.

I remember looking at her stomach and thinking how wonderful it must be to have a baby. A fresh start, a new beginning. In their case, two.

Not long after that, I received my own newborn baby. If it be God’s will, I pray that all obstacles to adoption with this one be removed.

Having a newborn of my own has softened me in a way I could’ve never prepared myself for. (As a friend reminded me, I was already pretty soft to begin with;)

This softness has infiltrated every aspect of my life, including my work.

I remember the year I got married, I photographed 10 weddings.

I hope this year – the year I adopt a baby boy for whom I’ve prayed – I get to photograph all the babies. This was my first time photographing newborn twins, and I was nervexcited. If you or someone you know in the Fort Worth or greater DFW area is in search of a newborn, maternity, or family film photographer, please pass my info along.

I’m not the photographer who’s going to pose your baby in a wooden bowl with a crown. There are plenty of those I can refer you to, too.

I’m going to capture the raw emotion your family interaction evokes. I’m going to tell your family story with my camera – a story you’ll want to remember because motherhood is a blur…a beautiful one. And, so much can happen in a few months time. This life is full of twists and turns. The good news is: nothing is permanent. The bad news is: nothing is permanent.

This nursery though. Whoa.

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I know that no mother – especially postpartum and sleep deprived – *wants* to be in photos. But, as Anne Lamott says, “Joy is the best makeup.” And, imagine how much these images will mean to these twins some day.

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twins | fort worth maternity photo session

People ask me what’s my favorite thing to shoot. Golden hour love on film is hard to beat.

They asked for one. God gave them two.

I enjoyed collaborating with this couple. She had an organic vision including a wildflower bouquet and gnomes. (A few years ago, she asked for a gnome for her birthday; he threw her a surprise party and asked everyone to bring a gnome…now they have them all over their home). And, I joke that my job would be much easier if the City of Fort Worth would stop mowing all the fields. I was grateful to find the perfect unmowed field and tree, tucked only a few minutes away.

I can’t wait to meet their stardust babies.
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splish splash | fort worth film family photographer

I photograph just twice a week because that’s the rhythm that works for my life and creativity. It means I often say “I’m not the right photographer for you,” which at first felt scary for my people pleasing persona to say and now with practice, feels so empowering to my soul. And, it means the people I do photograph become like friends and chosen family to me. It means when I pop in to take some bath time photos, it feels as if I’m just visiting friends for some good, clean fun.

I am so grateful that this is my life.

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love matters | fort worth family session at Shady Oaks Country Club

last week I woke to the news of the Orlando  shooting – as we all did. and I felt out of sorts and shaken – as we all did. I wanted to cancel this shoot to hide under the blankets of my bed and cry – as many of my sensitive friends said they also did. I’m for showing up for commitments, and I’m for canceling to care for yourself. but, something inside me knew that, in this instance, to cancel was to let fear win. and so I put on my Sunday’s best and drove to the country club where I gave this guy a bottle at brunch. cnn played above my head – the violence at once so near and far. and afterward we went out in the grass where he felt, for perhaps the first time, the unbridled delight of fresh grass between his hands and feet. and for 20 minutes, as I zoomed in on his eyes and eyelashes, hair and hands, all was right in the world again.

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finally, he’s yours…forever | a fort worth adoption finalization

I’ve learned much about the adoption process as I’ve photographed this family over the past 6 months. And, I’d not attended an adoption finalization ceremony. It was short and oh so sweet. Finally, according to the courts, he’s forever their son. And people came from near and far to celebrate the moment. Oh my goodness, you could feel the love!

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a little charmer | Fort Worth photographer

At 5 months, he likes to listen to Katy Perry. He took a long, hard look at my faux hawk as if to say, “Finally – somebody with hair like me.” The humidity wreaks a little havoc on our hair, but the overcast morning was perfection. And afterward, he just wanted to show me how he jumps around.
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