Celebrating the Here and Now: Our Life in Photos | Houston Family Photographer

It's been too long since I shared our every day photos. These gems are the single best way to document family, to celebrate it, to remember these years our children are still young and living at home.

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It can be hard to think about a time that our younger children won't still be in our homes. It can seem years away, until its upon you and it's the last year your teenager will probably be home. Then we're hit smack in the face with reality. This is it. Where did the time go?!

"We can do that next year. No big deal. We'll try next month."

There's nothing inherently wrong with these statements, nothing at all; except when we're telling ourselves this time after time, month after month, summer after summer, there's an underlying belief that our family can wait. Our memories, our dreams, our adventures- they can wait until life isn't so busy or there isn't so much on the calender.

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There's so much room for grace here. This isn't a guilt trip, friend. But there's also room for our best yeses! Yes to our families and yes to our dreams and yes to raising little hearts into compassionate, thoughtful adults. Yes to our husbands or wives and yes to our kid's desires, not just our own.

It's so easy to get caught up in the business and the hustle... "I gotta do this. I gotta get this done." We're tempted to think that if we don't do all these things then no one else will either. It's all on us or it won't get done.

But that's a lie. It's not all on us. And there are things we can say no to; no because it's not a good fit for our family or no because we need to spend more time with our spouse.

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These are hard lessons to learn and there's no perfect recipe for success when it comes to knowing when to say yes and when to say no. It's a worthy fight, and picture-taking ever reminds me that while there isn't all the time in the world, there is today, in the here and now. And it's lovely.

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Our Candid Life in Photos - Bath Time Series | Houston Family Photographer

In-home photography is such a beautiful way of capturing the sweet memories of our family. One of the best locations inside our home is the boy's upstairs bathroom. The light here is magical. White tile backsplash acts as a natural reflector and sends all the beautiful light right back toward my subject, allowing for crisp images and gorgeous detail. Throw in some dinosaurs and paint the water blue for fun color pop, and it's show time. Oh, and bubbles. Can't forget about bubbles.

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Houston Family Photographer
Houston Family Photographer
Houston Family Photographer
Houston Family Photographer
Houston Family Photographer
Houston Family Photographer
Houston Family Photographer
Houston Family Photographer

Interested in an in-home session with your family? Learn what to expect in my candid photo sessions and contact me for booking! I'd love to speak with you!

Adorable Candid Family Session in Sugar Land, TX

Candid family sessions are chock-full of memories, documenting your children right where there they are, right in this moment. They capture the little things you love so much about your family:

  • how little brother follows his big brother everywhere he goes, mimicking his words and actions
  • how your baby just started walking, with his chunky little legs toddling around
  • how your oldest son is growing into his own adventurous personality, climbing everything around him and showing no fear
  • the way your husband holds y'all's boys' hands
  • the way little brother looks up at you with his arms stretched out, asking for you to hold him

Family photography stops time, even if just for a moment, allowing you to preserve what matters most to you in this world.

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Hospital Birth in Katy, TX | Houston Birth Photographer

Meet Annie and her husband, Morgan. Annie is a strong, beautiful momma who gave birth to their baby boy at the Houston Methodist West hospital.

Birthing in a hospital comes with its own set of challenges. Although pain medication is readily available, and doctors and nurses are present to address critical needs (which this sweet couple needed), a mother's experience is limited. She has a limited view of what's happening to her body and to her baby during the birth process. Birthing on her back, often with blue hospital sheets covering her already limited view, is still standard practice in most hospitals.

Annie knew she didn't want to miss a thing and eagerly hired JSP to photograph her labor and birth to capture all the moments she would miss and to have their birth experience as a keepsake long after the memories fade.

Our Documented Life {October} - Crazy Weather, Halloween and the Every Day Moments

Living in H-town is like living in a furnace, except for the days when we have a 40-degree temperature jump. Layers, y'all. It's the only way to survive here. One day you're dressing your kids in tank tops and two days later you're in long sleeves and hoodies. #becausehouston

Even so, our extended non-fall days spent at the park or in our backyard always lend themselves to the best pictures. Especially when our friends are with us!

And then there was Halloween! I wish I could say we scored big trick or treating but we got majorly rained out this year. Still, we had a good ol' time wearing our pajamas turned costumes for weeks ahead of time. Totally milked it.

Our normal life is the most fun to capture. These are the every day moments that will eventually be forgotten but when preserved in pictures I can remember the little moments that have led up to the bigger ones. That's where it's at, y'all.