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.

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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In-Home Newborn Lifestyle Session | Houston Candid Family Photographer

We brought him home, our first baby boy, all snuggled up and held tight in my arms. He smelled like something new and alive and mine. Never wanting to take my eyes off him, he stayed close to my chest, his small body somehow fitting perfectly with mine. We were meant for one another. We were meant to be mother and son. We were meant for this time.

Here's the In-Home Newborn Lifestyle Session of sweet Alexa and Caleb, whose in-home maternity session and park sunset maternity session I had the joy of photographing earlier this summer.

I love having the honor of staying with a family and taking their pictures as their family grows. #happyphotographer

That last photo there is the classic startled-baby-throw-my-hands-in-the-air pose. His parents died laughing every time!

I'd love to hear from you if you're interested in an In-Home Newborn Lifestyle Session. They are the most precious shoots.

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.