The Harris' Birth Session at the Katy Birth Center | Houston Birth Photographer

My latest birth session with the Katy Birth Center was so quick that if you blinked you would have missed it! I arrived just in time to photograph the delivery of this momma's precious baby boy and all the sweet moments that happened after.

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The Katy Birth Center is a magical place to deliver, filled with comforting smells like herbs and oils and home to mothering midwives whose goal is utmost care without uncessesary intervention. Peace radiates as soon as you enter the house. I love every second I'm there and every second capturing these amazing births.

Loveliest Family Documentary Session | Houston Family Photographer

Family documentary sessions are different from lifestyle or candid photography. At its core, documentary photography does not interrupt, pose or direct but allows events to unfold naturally, capturing whatever happens, whenever it happens.

For the most part, that's what this lovely session is: documenting a normal evening in the life of a family of five while their extended family was in town visiting.

I love the way the sisters relate to one another, the way their older brother protects them, the way the momma was in the kitchen preparing a meal half the time I was there, the way the aunt and grandmother played the keyboard while the youngest sang- her sweet little voice filling the room.

There are so many relationships in this story, I couldn't possibly tell you all of them, but I can show them to you...

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Our Documented Life {August Part Two} - When Harvey sent us to Austin

I'm excited to finally be able to write this blog after documenting Hurricane Harvey's devastating aftermath in Houston. This post is a simple story of our evacuation time in Austin. We found beauty amongst the chaos and while it was hard being away from home, we also found relief.

We stayed in a charming home we found on airbnb, and even though the owner didn't list her home as a free place to stay for evacuees, she later refunded most of our charges. It was glorious. We prayed for that, and God answered.

We were so stir crazy after being cooped up in our home back in Houston for three days. I took the boys and my sister to Barton Springs, knowing the creek would be flowing due to all the rain.

It didn't disappoint, y'all. It never does.

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Confession: I bought two canvases for Charlie and Noah last Christmas. Last Christmas, y'all. We brought them with us when we evacuated (all thanks for Charlie who gradded them and threw them in van with their other toys) and had a little paintin party.

Why didn't I do this with them before? Sometimes it just takes a hurricane to get you to do something. Like shave your legs. I did that too for the first time in... well... two months?

I told you it was confession time.

This may have been my favorite part of the trip: visiting the Austin 360 Bridge.

We captured the sunset over the lake, found perfect spots to grab a few pictures and exhaled deeply, knowing soon enough we'd be going back home where the cleanup efforts would be in full swing.

It was lovely.

We left for home the next day. The trip back was lovely, well, except for the gas shortage and that most of my crew indulged in Taco Bell. Really guys?

We got to witness a convoy of special forces driving toward Houston to aid in the cleanup. I saw vehicles I didn't even know existed. It felt oddly peaceful knowing they were heading toward my city the same time as us.

Thank you, truly, to all who have helped us.

Our Documented Life {August 2017} - My Current Mood and Back to School

Sometimes I feel like I'm suffocating in my life: wife, mama, teacher, daughter, sister, friend, business owner, volunteer photographer, small group leader, maid, cook, laundry mat, homeowner, dreamer of everything and wanna-be doer of all...

There's always something to clean. There's always something to cook. There are always pictures to edit. There's always some place to be; and I easily run myself ragged.

And then there are days when these very same things bring me so much joy and freedom that I forget the hard days, until I'm in the hard season again.

If you're feeling this way too, you're not alone. Comment below or email me, and I'd love to pray with you.

Until then, enjoy these images from our life in August- you know, before Harvey came through and flooded the entire city. (For once I'm not exaggerating.)

I ran a little promotion in August as an invitation for you lovely people to Like my Facebook page. It was really fun; I was surprised! I love surprises!

I offered a free coffee gift card to one of my followers after the contest was over. Speaking of which, I should probably get on that. #geethanksHarvey

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August is known to everyone every where as back to school month. (At least in the US. Do they celebrate back to school in Europe or China or France in August? Why do I not know this? Harry Potter celebrated back to school but was it in August? I think it was September.)

School for us is a bit different since we homeschool, but we still celebrate the season and get pumped-up for our community school day on Mondays!

That picture right up there, melts my heart. My little Pre-k-er and First Grader. Yes, we keep track of grades in homeschool too. ;-)

August Part Two is solely dedicated to our evacuation time in Austin due to Hurricane Harvey. Seriously, I'm starting to really dislike the name Harvey now. Sorry to all you Harveys out there.

I wrote a post documenting Harvey's aftermath in Houston. It's stunning what happened here, devasting, but oh these beautiful people serving one another is gorgeous.

Hurricane Harvey Relief in Houston, TX

Hurricane Harvey ripped through Texas last week, leaving a path of destruction and heartache that will go down in history for our great state. I've had the privilege of partnering with my church and capturing images of our community rallying together in the most amazing ways.

I'm proud to be a Texan. I'm proud to be a Houstonian.


These first two images were shot inside one of the hardest hit neighborhoods in Houston. Over a foot of water made its way into these homes.

This particular house was the home of an elderly couple whose son-in-law waded through chest high water to rescue his in-laws. A helicopter rescue was arranged for their neighbors while a gentleman with a kayak rescued the couple from their drowning home.

Four days it took to clean out their home. Dozens of people, strangers even, worked together ripping down drywall and removing destroyed belongings to the curb for trash pickup that can't come too soon.

This was the same with every single home we drove past- piles and piles of now-trash lined the streets. But there was no lack of help, as folks were hauling items out of homes constantly, eager to help the people of their city.

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The elderly couple's son-in-law takes a break, smoking a cigarette near the trash heap. He was exhausted but thankful for all the relief efforts that were there helping his in-laws.

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One of the guys in our work crew, removing wet drywall and insulation from a gentlemen's townhome in Houston. This area also saw record-breaking flood waters, leaving the entire townhome complex saturated.

You can see in the image below by looking at the insulation just how high the water traveled into these homes.

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Relief efforts aren't just for adults. Julie Foy and two of her kids drove for hours while our work crews cleaned homes, delivering hot meals to all the residents.

Sometimes it's hard to find ways to serve when our kids are little, especially when the environment is unsafe, like in this situation. But that didn't stop her from loading her sweet littles in her car and serving these beautiful people in need.

One sweet lady in the townhome complex scattered her beloved books along the walkway of her home to dry. This image broke my heart. As a fellow book lover, I sympathized with her need to salvage as many of her things as possible.

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More of our work crew removing soaking wet insulation and drywall from a townhome. The owner was such a sweet soul and oozed gratitude and kindness. She also made some amazing coffee for the crew while they worked.

You could find her on the back porch disinfecting some of her belongings that the work crew removed from the home. Her smile, y'all, her hugs- they were remarkable.

My little helpers. They usually aren't with me when I'm shooting but sometimes that's the only way I can do what I do.

We delivered these bags of nonperishable food for the people able to stay in their homes. Many of them, though, are sleeping in hotels or temporarily living with family.

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With water still flooding the streets, this Katy neighborhood is just now starting its cleanup efforts. Many streets are still impassible, with water well into the front yards and lapping at the front doors.

Another area in Richmond, within walking distance of the Brazos River, saw well over four feet of flood water, some of it still stands in the streets and houses closest to the river.

That Dead-End sign couldn't be more real.

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Look at the water line on that house. Incredible.

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Our church was contacted by the owner of this house, asking for help to clean out her beloved home.

I could tell from the moment I stepped foot into the house that this was once a home-sweet-home. Potted flowers lined the window seal and the breakfast nook was adorable.

Now it stands in ruin. Sewage and the smell of cow pasture mixed together in the air creating a noxious odor. Mud permeated everything: the floors, carpets, walls, cabinets; it's all soaked.

Our work crew made makeshift protection outfits using black trash bags and went to work, their hearts breaking for the owner and all she'd lost.

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Jennifer Sue Photography - Houston Family Photographer
Jennifer Sue Photography - Houston Family Photographer

No one knows how long the cleanup effort will take here in Houston. No one knows quite yet excatly how many homes were damaged due to Harvey.

What we do know, though, is that the people of Houston are strong, courageous and kind. I never knew just how amazing my community was until now.

If you're reading this and want to find real, tangible ways to help, please visit our relief page at Crossbridge.cc/harvey to team up with some of the best people I know. We'd love to have you.