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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I’ve not posted forever!  It’s been a busy springtime, and we are fortunate to have one of the most beautiful wildflower seasons in the country!  This morning I had the pleasure of doing a maternity session with a beautiful mom and her two year old daughter walking through the flower fields in Central Texas.

Mother and Daughter – Maternity Photo – Texas Wildflowers

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Especially for the wee ones.  Today was a great session with the happiest baby in the world.  I have many more images to share, but am still in the process of smiling my way through them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One of the things I encourage EVERY family to do is make sure to get generational images – family images – mothers, grandmothers, fathers, grandfathers, cousins, nices, nephews.  It’s amazing how quickly time flies, and it seems that as I get older the photographs that bring the most joy to my heart are those that include my siblings and my parents/grandparents.  There just aren’t enough of them.

I’ve been crazy busy this fall doing lots of family and sibling images, and I need to get better about posting them, but here are a few favortes from a session in October.   These were done at the grandmother’s request – and she specifically wanted to capture some candid images, and relaxed poses – so we went for a walk and hoped to catch some moments that were natural and relaxed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Couldn’t help myself – I had to take my tripod and camera to Mexico because I knew the photo opportunities would be endless.  And the models were teriffic!  :)  Such a photogenic bunch (well at least the kids!).  I think it would be amazing to shoot destination vacations for families!

 Family Portrait: Brandon, Corinne, KB, Mike, McKinley, Brian

KB & Mike

Brian and McKinley

 Brandon and Corinne

 And after a 7:45am photo shoot on the beach – we went back to the room, had coffee and breakfast, and ventured out to our next adventure in Cabo.  Check out all 30 photos on my Spicewood Studios Facebook Page!

 

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I have this thing for sepia, and family photos, and braces, and brother-sister relationships, and those handful of images you’ll look back at 20 years from now and treasure!   This is one of those.

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Saturday afternoon in the studio – four families, seven children, a dozen hats, juice boxes, stuffed animals, assorted toys,  and plenty of laughter!    As much as I love outdoor portraits, there is nothing like the simplicity of a black and white studio image and the beautiful expressions of children.  Thanks to Rachel K Rose for being part of this amazing day!

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This past weekend during a family portrait session, I asked my client if she wanted me to capture an image of her with her daughter (they bear an AMAZING resemblance to each other).   It took her absolutely no time to say “I have plenty of those – but would love to have a photo of her with her father.”   What a great reminder!    I know when I dig into my shoebox of old family photos, it’s rare for me to find any with just me and my father.  What a treasure it will be for this lovely young lady to have had these photographs taken with her dad!

 

 

 

 

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So we had a conversation before our portrait session about wardrobe and Mom decided it would be best to let HER decide what she wanted to wear to have her picture taken.  GREAT call!   No surprise, she chose her princess dress but insisted on wearing just ONE shoe (not pictured).   Honestly, what girl (little or big) doesn’t, in their heart of hearts, want to be a princess!

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