January and February are usually slow months for portrait photography.  Everyone is busy with their New Years resolutions, and recovering from egg-nog season.  So it gives me time to breathe, appreciate nature, and enjoy  photography just “because”.  Some people like the ocean, some like the forest, I love the desert – the magic of the wide open spaces – the sky – the stars – the craggy rocks and prickly underbrush – and in Tucson, I can never get enough of the saguaro cactus.

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What a beautiful family!  Had the opportunity capture three generations …. grandparents, children, and grandchildren.  Not only were they celebrating Thanksgiving, they were celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary!  So special!

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Had the chance to work with a couple of families over the Thanksgiving Holiday.  It’s always fun, and a challenge, to try and get 20+ people engaged in the camera.  For this shot I had to get on a neighbor’s pier and shoot across the water towards their home, which sits out on a peninsula on Lake LBJ.

And of course, we spent several hours getting all of the individual familes, and the grandbabies!  A beautiful afternoon in the Hill Country

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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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When I told my husband (and best photo assistant in the world) that I was buying a vintage chair and sofa to do outdoor portraits I know he thought I was crazy.  But sometimes a plan comes together just right.  Even the rain held off long enough for us to catch the beautiful morning light down near Lake Travis.

The sun decided to come out right around the time we piled the entire family onto the matching sofa (how fun is that couch!) and drenched everything and everyone in a bath of light.

Then it was time for the girls to get into their comfy clothes and take a walk along the lake.  They were fabulous models, and such beautiful young ladies.

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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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