After three years of wedded bliss Amanda and Ivan are excitedly awaiting on the arrival of little Miss Harper Lee.  I just love that name!  Of course girls with any variation of the name Leigh are super cool in my book.  *wink*

Amanda chose to have her maternity portrait session at Heritage Park  where she and Ivan had their engagement photos taken and although toward the end it got rather warm the weather was great for August in Texas!  You can’t beat that!

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Amanda is just glowing and looks absolutely gorgeous with her cute little Harper belly!

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Harper’s soon to be Grandma, Joan, came along with us as well and is glowing every bit as much as her beautiful Amanda!  This little girl is already surrounded by love!

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Just a few more days before this sweet little girl makes her appearance!   Congratulations Amanda and Ivan!!  Can’t wait to meet her!!  Rest up while you can!  he he

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Time for some little toes, fingers and noses!!  After all the beautiful bellies on the blog lately it’s time to mix up the maternity portraits with some adorable newborn photos!!

Stacy and Chris welcomed their miracle baby, Wyatt, not too long after their maternity pictures were done and as you can imagine they are totally smitten!

Can you blame them???  Just look at him!  So absolutely precious and perfect in every way!

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He smiled!!!   Melted my heart!

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That face is just so sweet!

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He’s already playing in Daddy’s hats and is even grinning about it isn’t he????

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Congratulations Stacy and Chris!!  Thanks for letting me play with your little angel!!  I can’t wait for his one year cake smash!!  I have a feeling we’d better all show up in raincoats.

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FINALLY!!  A break through!  Writers get writers block all the time right?  I’m not sure what you call it when a photographer is creatively blocked. Photo blocked maybe??  Photographically impaired?  Creatively challenged??

I have been creatively impaired on a little personal project for MONTHS now!!  In the kids (guest) room of the new house I  have two frames on a wall that have been completely empty.  I know….the chalk wall needs trimmed, crown molding put up….the dresser painted, etc.  Hey…I’m getting there ok??

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Anyway, there are also two frames exactly like the empty ones on the opposite wall which have photos in them that need updating as well.  I have a plan for those though.

The two landscape frames on the other hand have been a challenge.  I thought about balloons, bubbles and even fence painting but just could not come up with the right idea.  I knew I wanted the wee ones in them…the question was how?  After all the cast of characters around here should be on the bedroom walls….especially my little Peanut and Cupcake!  I didn’t want the images to be too “busy” either.

We have been holding little mini kids photo sessions everywhere.  We literally had shoots at the rodeo carnival, outside in the bushes….you name it.  Funny isn’t it?  I can come up with ideas for my clients left and right but when it comes to something for my self.  Zilch.  Nada.  Blank.

The wee ones really enjoyed their fun kids portrait session jumping and playing around on the bed and although I loved how their photos turned out…it just wasn’t right.

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I hate to admit it but my office walls are completely bare too!  *sigh*

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Last weekend as I prepared to venture out on a commercial photography session right before they headed home I was tucking my cameras in their case for the ride and suddenly…inspiration!!  I looked up and saw the light shining through the big dining room window perfectly on a blank area of wall by my entry way and suddenly I saw it!  Literally!

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I had this vision of two plain and simple close up portraits on the wall, one left and one right so I pulled my camera back out…took two or three quick pics of each of the girls and viola!!  PERFECT!!

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Isn’t it funny how sometimes the simplest ideas are the hardest ones to see??  *giggles*  All of these months and it only took a few quick snaps!!

Sparkle and snap y’all!

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Ooey gooey delicious yumminess!!  Yes that’s a word.  I just invented it.  I think!  :P

As a Girl Scout Leader for 16 years I have spent lots of time poking marshmallows, roasting them to perfection and sliding them between 1/2 a Hershey’s Chocolate Bar and two Graham Crackers.  Savoring each bite then licking every last crumb off my sticky fingers!  The perfectly cooked marshmallow for me means catching them on fire and letting them burn until they burn out.  Yum!!

In celebration of National Smore’s Day what’ya say we shake things up a bit and try an new twist on an old fave??

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Thanks to Pinterest you can click the link above try some Peanut Butter Cookie Smore’s!  Let me know how it goes!!  How do you Smore???

Off to start the fire!!

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The bellies have taken over the blog lately and you know what that means???  BABIES!  Lots of precious little toes and cute little noses coming VERY SOON!  I am excited to photograph Baby Wyatt this weekend who made his big debut into the world last week as well as Amanda and Ivan who are anxiously awaiting the arrival of baby Harper!

I am truly blessed to be able to do what I love, build client relationships and be a part…..if even briefly of the joy in my clients lives through their engagements, weddings, bellies, babies and watching their children and families grow!!!!

Meet Lauren, Shawn, little Robin who are excitedly waiting to meet baby Skyler!  We held their maternity portrait session at Lauren’s family property in Montgomery.  It was hot and muggy but otherwise a beautiful day.  They had been at a birthday party all day so Robin was really tired but was such a trooper and so patient with us and the camera.

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Who can get over those eyes and that little doll face?? Adorbs!!

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Such a cute family!!

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Lauren brought the blue flower sash and I just love it!!  Great props make photos so much more personalized and meaningful for my clients.

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Congrats again Lauren and Shawn!!  I can’t wait to meet baby Skyler!!

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