Joy {Clear Lake Texas Senior Photographer}

This family holds such a special spot in my heart. I love them so much! I’ve known them for about 6 years now.  It’s hard for me to believe that their beautiful daughter is about to graduate and head off to college!  I guess I can believe it because Morgan is just so ready.  She’s so grown up, so mature, and so ready to leave the nest.  Her parents have done an amazing job and are two of the most kind, loving, God-centered parents that I’ve had the privilege of knowing.  It was a joy to take these photographs for them.

First up, the graduate.  Love her beautiful smile and her amazing curls!

The whole gang joined in for some updated family pictures before Morgan leaves home.  While trying to get this picture, I kept arranging and moving them around.  Finally, while laughing, I said “just arrange yourselves!  I can’t figure out who needs to go where.”  And bam.  Just like that, they did this.  Such a beautiful family, inside and out!

Now I’m sure that these three have their moments like all siblings, but I’ve never seen it!  It was not tough at all to get pictures of them together.  This is just one example.

And finally, one of my favorites from the session.  Pure joy.  I think this captures Morgan and Carri so perfectly.  They have such a special bond.

I love you guys and am blessed to call you friends!  Thank you for just being you.


Houston Kids Triathlon

Last year, we joined in with a group of our friends and signed our kids up for the Houston Kids Triathlon.  We really had no idea what to expect, but it seemed like a fun idea.  The kids really liked it, so I decided to go ahead and sign them up again this year.  I ended up not getting to see them race last year because of a girls trip that had been planned forever, so nothing was going to stop me from being a crazy proud mom out there with my camera all during the race this year. We had the added bonus of Derek’s parents coming into town for the weekend, which was especially great not just because they could see them compete, but also because that’s 4 extra hands!  And Nonny Hands really should count for more.  She took care of Camryn and Sullivan pretty much the entire race.

Sunday started bright and early.  We were all loaded and out the door by 6:15, with only one quick turn around needed to grab the forgotten baby stroller.  There were over 1500 kids racing, so as you can imagine, it took awhile to get everything started.  The kids race in waves based on age, and it’s a stagger start pool swim.  Logan was up first.  His race was a 100 yard swim, a 3 mile bike ride, and a .5 mile run.  As his age group marched past us, he acted all like he couldn’t hear us cheering and hollering for him.  He gets so embarrassed about that kind of attention, but I just can’t help myself.



He came out of the pool looking strong!


love the tongue sticking out.



Up next: transition.  I probably shouldn’t admit that I still tie his shoes for him most mornings.  I’m glad to see that he can do it by himself, even if it does take complete concentration.


He had to get his bike up this big hill.  His bike is heavy!  He slipped on the wet grass, but kept on trucking.  I was so proud.


And finally, the rubber meets the road.  triathlon-web-8

His biking portion took a little longer than I expected, and it turns out it was for a good reason.  His chain fell off in the middle of the race, but luckily they have volunteers out on the course and someone fixed him up right away.


Here he’s glancing around to make sure no one is going to pass him…triathlon-web-10

And here he is going strong to hold his spot.  Love the intensity!


In an extremely unfortunate turn of events, I did not make it to the finish line in time to see him finish.  Like I mentioned there were 1500 kids participating, and 950 of those were in the junior division (which is kids 10 and under).  That equals tons and tons of parents, all running around like crazy.  There was a huge crowd to get through, and Logan’s half mile run only took him 4.5 minutes.  I waited and waited at the finish line and eventually sent Derek over to the corral where they keep the kids to see if he was there.  Sure enough, he had already finished.  The photographer in me was totally bummed to miss the photo op!  But the mama in me was just proud to see his smiling face.  He loved it.  And he did great!  He ended up finishing 19th out of 110 in the 8 year old boy division.

After a bunch more sitting around, it was finally time for Connor’s division.  Connor raced in the senior division which was a 200 yard swim, 6 mile bike ride, and 1 mile run.


If you know Connor, you know he is intense in everything he does.  This triathlon was no exception.  He was in the zone coming out of the swim!



Ready for the bike race.  We actually rented him a road bike for the day.  His bike is broken, and plus he had two soccer games to play later that afternoon so we thought it would be worth it to get him on a nice bike and save his legs.  I definitely think it was worth it!  And he did, too.  Of course, now he thinks he needs to always ride a $3000 bike.  Dream on, kiddo.


And he’s off!



The senior race wasn’t quite as huge (only 575 racers),  plus he was at the very beginning of the heats, plus tons of the crowd had already cleared out, plus his running portion was a mile long which we figured gave us 8 minutes or so.  We made it to the finish line with plenty of time spare.


We were cheering him on so hard!  Finish strong!  Push it!  Give it all you got!


And so he did, passing up these guys in the home stretch.




I love when we glanced back to make sure he had really passed them by.  triathlon-web-23

He was amazing. triathlon-web-24

Connor was fast.  Like we wondered if maybe he would place in the top three fast.  We debated staying around for the awards, but in the end, as soon as we could get in the transition area to get bikes, we headed home. Nonny and Pops were ready to get on the road, plus Connor had his soccer games to get ready for.

Well, as it turns out, we probably should have stayed.  He won second place in his age group out of 124 kids!  He was only 5 seconds away from getting first place.  When we saw the splits, we noticed his transition times were really slow.  Most of the top finishers transition in 1.5-2 minutes.  His took over 3.5 minutes.  We asked him about it, and it turns out that he forgot where his bike was parked in the transition area and didn’t realize it until he had put on another kid’s shirt.  Only Connor!  We had a good laugh about it.  He also forgot to take his helmet off after the bike and had to turn around to put it back.  Looks like we’ll need to work on transitions a bit if he does another race (which he is already asking about, of course.)

Even more amazing than the 2nd place finish is the fact that he cranked out a 6:18 mile.  That was actually the 8th fastest mile time out of all 545 senior competitors–which is kids up 15 years old!  That kid is a runner.

All in all, it was a great event.  I’m so proud of both my boys!  I can’t wait until next year.


No, this is my favorite {Clear Lake Texas Senior Photographer}

I know that in my last post, I wrote all about how much I love taking pictures of two year olds.  And that is still true.  But on the other end of the spectrum, I also love taking pictures of 18 year olds.  I loved this senior session, like I have each and every senior session I’ve done.  It’s such a great stage of life–the perfect mix of grown up, but still a kid.  I also love hanging out with this age group, because, you know, I’m really just a couple years older and it always feels like hanging out with a really fun, trendy, happy friend.  I’m in total and complete denial that I graduated high school 15 years ago!  How has that even happened?!

But I digress.  Courtney is amazing.  She’s got a smile that lights up the room, and I love her laid back and relaxed take on life. But she’s also got a fire in her.  She is passionate about Jesus, passionate about serving others, and has some pretty amazing talents that include things like playing volleyball and writing poetry.  Not too many people can say that!  In short, she’s amazing and I could go on and on.  Instead, I’ll just share her pictures and you can see for yourself how her beauty shines from the inside out.


It’s hard not to play favorites {Houston Children’s Photographer}

It’s so hard not to play favorites, and I really do love all my clients for a million different reasons.  But, there is just something about a two year old that cuts straight to my core.  I love two year olds.  There.  I said it.  Maybe I’m crazy, but that’s the truth.  So spending the morning with this little guy who will turn two in a few weeks hardly feels like work at all.

I’m so happy that I’ve gotten to watch A grow from a snuggly little newborn into a full fledged toddler.  And I love getting the chance to catch up with his mom and dad, too.  All in all, this family is just simply one of my favorites.

But back to Mr. A.  Because, let’s face it…at a photoshoot with a two year old, the two year old totally runs the show.  One of his favorite things to do is dance.  Cutest thing ever!   And he can totally get down, as evidenced by these pictures.

Such a little character, so full of personality, just how I like them.