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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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It’s always difficult to leave Texas just as the weather cools off, and the rains arrive, and my outdoor plants are no longer gasping from the heat of summer.  But every October we head to Cabo for our appointed timeshare week at the gorgeous Villa de Arco.  Our week ALWAYS begins with a fishing expedition, early in the morning, and the magic of the ocean at sunrise never ceases to leave me breathless…..

Cabo San Lucas, Karen Bruett Photography, Sunrise, Daylight, Fishing

Sunrise, Fishing, Cabo San Lucas, Karen Bruett Photography

Beachfront Sunrise, Villa De Arco, Cabo San Lucas, Karen Bruett Photography

 

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It isn’t every day you get to shoot on the BEAUTIFUL grounds of Nancy Whitworth’s home.  She has been doing family and child portrait photography for 30 years in Austin and has created such beautiful images.  I was fortunate to have the opportunity to photography a dear friend of her family whose daughters LOVE  her minature donkeys, and got permission to do a session at her home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And FINALLY we get her to look (briefly) at the camera.  She was infactuated with the donkey the entire time!

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I’ve been anxious to try a low key session in the studio – mostly I shoot families and children and sometimes the moody light of low key just doesn’t work.  But my niece was looking for some maternity photos, she is absolutely beautiful, and pregnant with twins, and she and her husband were game for whatever.  So we spent an hour in the studio and came up with some great images ….

Then we combined black on black and white on black images….

And because she is pregnant with a twin girl and twin boy, we decided to turn up all the lights, switch out the background and lighting to high key, and have a little fun!

 

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I always like to finish “Hat Days” with my grand-nieces and nephew.  After an hour of doing individual hat photos EVERYONE was a little bit cranky.  But with lots of Aunties there to assist, and promises of ice cream for good behavior, we tried getting the three of them together  for one last shot … classic!

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Such a beautiful girl.  There is something about her that is timeless ….

 

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Inbetween rainshowers we caught a few images at Bull Creek.  I so appreciate it when moms tell me “You’re going to hate what they are wearing, but this is who they ARE right now” … and you know what, she’s absolutely right.  Photography is all about capturing the moment, the memories, and the personalities.  Not some made up image, but the real deal….  Here we are right before the youngest falls headfirst into the water.  Here’s to keeping it real. :)

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Not for everyone, but there is something lovely about soft edges, and a sepia tone that makes me nostalgic.  Take this bluebonnet photo – it’s perfectly fine in color, but there is something about the way the eyes jump out in the processed version that I just love…

 Infant Boy, Outdoor Bluebonnets, Vintage Finish

Here is the same photo, but as shot, in full color.  Nothing wrong with it – and some might like the color version even more.

Child Portrait, Outdoor, Bluebonnets Child Portrait, Color, Bluebonnet Fields

 

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Note to self – remember to do the water shots last.  You never know what will happen.  Shortly after this he fell face first into the water, but came up smiling and ready to go.  Thankfully his very resourceful mommy brought along a change of clothing, although he never seemed to mind being wet!

Infant boy plays in the park, Cedar Park, Texas. Outdoor portrait by Karen Bruett Photography

 

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