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Category Archives: baby

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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sleepy James

This guy’s been to Palm Springs and Hilton Head in his short 4 months of life. He only cried for 10 minutes on the plane, one time – ten of the longest minutes of his parents’ life. And his hair cracks me up. He was a bit jet lagged today. Mom misjudged when he’d be most happy and least hungry. I’m glad I stayed around to see him wake. But you’ve gotta admit, asleep he’s adorable.

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king james | fort worth photographer

He’s two months old. I’d originally dubbed him Sweet Baby James after the James Taylor song, but he’s been upgraded to the King. He’s running the show around his house. And his mother has requested we do a mini-session every month. “Is that too much?” The question was rhetorical. Because, no. No. No. No. It’s not too much. Babies change each day. And since a month ago, this guy’s learned to laugh and coo and wow he’s just cuter by the second. And he was baptized in that gown that’s been worn for a couple generations and passed from baby to baby. His mother wore it, too.

“These are the initials of my sister who died,” she showed me with a sigh.

“I don’t think I knew – ” I apologized, “Maybe I did, but I’ve forgotten.” And with that, we discussed life and death and relationships and babies and my upcoming honeymoon and all over the course of 30 minutes while King James took center stage watching our every move. Off I went, a little better than I came. Life is precious. Just like Sweet Baby James. Next month can’t come soon enough.

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boy bird | fort worth child photographer

His momma is the creatrix of My Sweet Roots, a local and organic made-to-order-and-deliver food service in Fort Worth. Her food is healthy and amazing, and she caters, too. Check it out. Recently, I put up a post asking if any of my friends would be willing to keep my hound dog, Cash Diehl, while we were out of town. He had an appointment at the local boarding resort, but he’s a snuggler and just doesn’t like going for long stretches of time. She was the first responder. What a gem. Because Cash Diehl is a handful, lemme tell ya. The day before our wedding she sent me a photo of him standing on her dining room table. I kid you not.

She calls him “Boy Bird.” He melts my heart. Cash Diehl loved Boy Bird. And Boy Bird loved him. Boy Bird’s gonna be a big brother soon. I can’t wait to photograph them next year when there’s four.

There was a moment when Dad thought he wouldn’t get off work. “It might just be a Mommy and Me shoot,” she texted. But, I’m so glad we made it work because you’ve gotta love a dad who knows exactly what to do to make his kid laugh. I love the “work” I do.

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