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Kila Rennaker | Fort Worth Yoga Teacher

She brought her sweet daughter to the shoot. And it was briskly cold that morning so we stood in the kitchen drinking coffee and chatted. There are people whose very presence leaves you feeling brighter, and Kila is one of those people. Her talents are many. She’s mother to 3 beautiful children, a Great Dane, and at least a horse or two. She brought me cowboy boots her daughter had outgrown. “You’ll have to come ride horses soon,” she said later.

She’s also a nutrition health coach extraordinaire and my go-to gal for all essential oils questions. And, uh, yeah – she teaches an amazing yoga class too.

What I love about the creation process is how fun and easy going it can be. And that always makes for the best imagery.

To find out more about Kila, visit her classes in Weatherford and at The Sanctuary Yoga Room.

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a san diego engagement | san diego photographer

I got married in this very spot – Sunset Cliffs in San Diego – on November 1st. It’s absolutely one of my favorite places on this earth. I visit at least a few times a year to take photographs and teach and love on my family and remember why I am here. Is it arrogant to blog your own wedding? Luke Robert Miller photographed it, and it was amazing. Hands down, the best day of my life so far, and I’ve been blessed to experience much magic through the years. Maybe I’ll share the story some day. But, about a month before the wedding, I sent my brother a couple of pinterest photographs of a chuppah and some old doors that I thought might be cool to use in our ceremony. I think I said, “Do you think this would even be possible?” It was a pipe dream, or so I thought. Within a few days, after several trips to Home Depot and antique stores, he and his partner had created them. It was the kindest gift ever. And I couldn’t figure out how to repay them. But, for years, they’ve asked me to take some holiday photos for them. It’s a standing joke in the family, “Can you fly out to take our Christmas card photo?” And so this year, I found a cheap fare, and I did just that. Those waves never cease to take my breath away.
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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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sweet grace | fort worth photographer

Her name is Grace. And the name suits her. And I’ve been blessed to photograph her since she was in the womb. She keeps this family laughing. And just when I think she can’t get any cuter, she picks up a dog as a donkey plays in the background. That’s just a typical day at the ranch for her. I revel at every opportunity I get to put my boots on and trudge out to photograph these three.

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celebrating 70 years of life | Fort Worth photographer

This sweet family asked me to photograph a 70th birthday in the Texas Hill Country at Chinquapin Ranch and by the end of the weekend, I felt as if I had a whole new family. With the wonderful outdoor springs and indoor games, there was much to keep the kids and adults alike busy. Each night boasted beautiful concerts each night from a group of musicians who’ve been playing together for decades. And, they lacked a drummer, which my second shooter and partner in life happens to be.

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