To say that Texas is hot during the summer is an understatement if I've ever heard one! Getting married in the summer? Ha! Who would? No one in their right mind would want to sweat underneath the most important dress of their life, right? But when you're a teacher there's no better time to tie the knot than in the sweet, sweet summertime! Myself included....I was a July bride! Changing your name during the middle of a school year is CHAOS!! What do the kids call you? How long will it take them to remember your "new" name? Nope! Get hitched in the summer and you come back a new teacher! Just like the one before didn't exist! No confusion! My sweet bride, Malisah, avoided all the name-changing chaos and married her sweetheart in July. Yes, it was hot, but what a beautiful bride she made in the comfort of the country which she and her family hold so dear! The only thing gleaming from Malisah and Trent was love and excitement as they began their story together!
When I was asked to capture Karsten's senior pictures I prepared as I do for all other photo shoots. I made sure my equipment was packed, batteries charged, memory cards empty, and we had a plan to take his photos as quickly as possible because boys just aren't super thrilled about being models (although he did seem to like it after just a bit of warming up!). Karsten's mother, Claire, and sister joined in on the fun of posing and joking to get the perfect pictures. We began the session near the water complete with his ukulele....
We were even lucky enough to have him play a little for us!
But when Karsten came onto the field wearing his baseball uniform, I didn't see a young man on the brink of adulthood. I, as I KNOW Claire did, saw a little boy with stained white pants and dirt on his face and....it hit me. It hit me like a ton of bricks. They grow up. They stop asking for help - he even put his baseball belt and cleats on all by himself! One day, much sooner than I'd like, my boys will be the same...they will be taller than me, stronger than me, and they will no longer need, or at least ask, for my help. But they will always, always be my little boys.
I was honored to be able to capture these photos of Karsten so that he may remember his younger days, but more so for Claire. As his mother she has watched her little boy grow from the 'little leaguer' to a fine young man in what seemed like the blink of an eye. She beamed with pride as she stood from afar and watched her son shine in front of the camera!
Mother's Day was just yesterday and I am so thankful for the boys that God has given me to raise. I am also over the moon that my passion allows me the opportunity to capture moments in time. Moments that will allow mothers to look back and think, "There's my heart. It sprouted and grew outside of my body, nonetheless, always a part of my soul."
Happy Mother's Day, albeit a day late, to all the women who are raising strong, independent, and loving children! Cheers!
Today is the day!! The day that I will begin blogging about client sessions. What fun is it to be a part of photo sessions, laugh with clients, and capture the essence of someone's personality and not share it with others?? None!
To say that I am kicking off this blogging thing with a beauty would be an understatement! Not to mention, she is set to graduate from THE greatest university in the state of Texas! She is a member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2017! WHOOP!
The celebration begins now! Sleepless nights at West campus library, cramming for midterms and finals, A+ and 4.0 tutoring...all coming to an end! But so are the month-long winter breaks and seemingly endless summers...but we won't mention that...adulting is fun too! ;-)
Amy has a serious side too that lends itself to beautiful portraits. Her ability to switch from fun and spirited to serious and sultry was that of a pro! And so natural! Those EYES!!
Once an Aggie, always an Aggie and part of the 12th Man! A while back, Amy celebrated getting her Aggie Ring, the most coveted possession of most Aggies. Not everyone knows the tradition of the Aggie Ring Dunk - if you haven't witnessed one, you definitely should! I was lucky enough to be a part of Amy's ring dunk experience and she handled it like a true Aggie!! Ah, to be young again!
I am not only lucky enough to have photographed sweet Amy, but I am lucky enough to know her and her wonderful family as well! Anyone who is looking though these photos and knows Denise, Amy's precious mother, can attest to "like mother, like daughter". I am kicking myself for not snapping one photo of the two of them together on this day!
Thank you, Amy, for allowing me to be a part of this momentous event in your life!! Welcome to Aggie network!!! Gig'Em!
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