Why have a blog if you never update it!  Every time I go in here I forget how how to post on WordPress.   Sorry about that!  But these kids photos are super cute.

 

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Every Christmas Season Hope Animal Clinic does a photography benefit shoot for Hill Country Cats and the SPCA – and this year I had the pleasure of helping them with the photography.  So much fun!

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Springtime may have the wildflowers, but there is something about winter – the light, the dried grasses, and the sky – that always makes for beautiful photography.  That and having the most adorable couple to work with!

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This morning was cold, and damp. I was reconsidering my morning walk when I noticed the trees at the corner of our yard were filled with spider webs. There were streamers, ribbons, pinwheels, and half moons wrapped around the bushes, and entangled in the brush. I followed the spider’s handiwork as it danced across the treetops, and spun down to the river. I walk this path every morning and wondered, “how could I miss these webs?” And then I realized that sometimes it takes a misty morning to see things clearly.

 

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School Picture Time!  I have SO much appreciation for those teachers.  I was exhausted after 4 hours…. but what fun.  !!!

 

School Picture Time - Austin TX

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Fun shoot today, couldn’t resist posting this one.  I’ve been TERRIBLE at uploading images lately, but this made me smile.  Great day with a beautiful family – will add more later. 

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Usually just before back-to-school, we pick a weekend, stock up on some fun hats, and bring in a dozen or so children for 3o minute “hat day” sessions.

Always fun, and always unpredictable, here are some images fresh out of the camera!

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Time for his 6-month old portrait – here’s Ry!   Normally I use a neutral color background, but this little guy is all boy so we went with the blue.  Just love his spikey hair!

 

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