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Snowmaggeddon | Richland WA photographer

So we arrived in Richland, WA on December 22nd, 2016. It was after a LONG 5 day drive with a u-haul, 2 kids and 2 dogs in crazy winter winds and weather. But we arrived and had a nice quiet Christmas with family here in our empty house. Then after Christmas day, we got all our household goods and I began the long process of finding “spots” to put things in our downsized home. Then the Snowmaggeddon hit! People kept saying to me, “Its never like this!” or “Enjoy it while you can it will melt soon!” But little did they or I know that this snow would go on for weeks. Just when we’d have enough sun/warmth for it to start melting, we were hit with another wave and schools were closed again! For this momma who was looking forward to having her kids in school for the first time in 2.5 years…not cool!

But we survived right (or are surviving) and after I regained my sanity through some coffee and some cookie baking, I went outside to take some photos of this historic snow. And as the sun comes out today, I am willing to even look at them and post a few. My top 5 favorites from the first snowfall:

 

I tried to capture the quintessential snowflake shot, but it was coming down too hard and clumpy. But I do like the texture of the blanket here in contrast!

Snow cave building was the key for kids survival apparently. All the neighbor kids were doing it and spent hours digging out…kinda like the adults with the driveways I guess!

These HUGE icicles from our roof peeked out at me from my photography studio. Even with piles of stuff in there still not sorted I was able to find the beauty in the space.

These guys had teeth! This one was about 2 inches thick. Its a good thing we have a good furnace for this crazy Richland, WA winter. The cold was almost as crazy as the snow.

Just hanging around the house…just like me!

I’m going to keep posting some more photos that I’ve taken here over the next few days. Follow my page to see what I shot next and leave me a comment and let me know how you survived the LONG hours stuck at home in the wintry weather! -Cheers!

 

Miss E Turned 1 | Baby Photography

I’ve been photographing this sweet girl since before she was born. I’m so thankful for getting to know her this last year and her wonderful parents too. Happy Birthday Miss E, you made me smile!

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If you would like to schedule a cake smash or birthday photo session, please contact me through this page or on my Facebook page. It is so much fun and an honor to be part of these special celebrations.  Let’s start planning and make it special and unique for your child!

Del Rio Cloudy Maternity Session

This was the final day…we had two rainy days and we had postponed twice. So I told this beautiful Momma that we would try for this morning and even if it was cloudy we’d go ahead. Backup plan was inside but I wanted to get these gorgeous flowers and I knew they wouldn’t last much longer with the hotter days coming! So we met, we chatted and then we had the most fun and magical session. Can you believe this is her 5th baby! She is so full of sun and smiles I knew this beautiful golden gown would fit her perfectly!

I love to capture moments between the “posed” smiles and to capture curiosity and personality in those brief shots.

Del Rio TX Maternity Photography Flower Field

What happens when your world is your classroom? Magic and make-believe and science and fun! So why not a settee in a field to make it more comfortable?!!

Maternity Photo Session Del Rio Texas Flowers
All smiles were easy and free and the flowers seemed to dance in the wind. The rain held at bay and we were not too cold, so it worked out better than I had even envisioned.
Children Photography with Maternity Photography Session
Then sweet whispers were said and beautiful hugs given. Will it be a little sister? Will it be a little brother? Only time will tell because it will be a surprise for all! I’ve got more images to share but this is enough for today. I cannot wait to meet little baby!

Sweet Newborn Girl K

Sometimes a baby comes my way that I just have to photograph. This was one of them. I met mom at my son’s Tai Kwon Do practices and got to chatting and such with her. She had the baby before Christmas and I got to meet her a few days later but they were headed out of town for Christmas so a newborn photography session didn’t seem to be in the cards. I got to hold he at least and figured that it was not meant to be. But then when we all arrived back after the holidays, she was still SO tiny and sleepy, that mom and I decided to go ahead with a session and see how she would do.

And I am so glad we did! Normally 4 weeks old is too old for a typical newborn photography session (5 days -14 days I recommend) but she was a dream! Take a peek and see for yourself!

Del Rio newborn photographer

Del Rio newborn photography
Val Verde newborn photographer

One of my new scenic backdrops. I love how she looks like she is floating up out of the flowers like a little petal or flower puff. Even in the winter time I guess I love some beautiful greenery and foliage.

Val Verde newborn photography
Del Rio newborn photographer
Del Rio newborn photography
By this point baby girl was so comfy and cozy she just was so relaxed and you can see it in her face. Tiny little eyes, lips and chin on display while the little rolls of her arms show that she is growing despite her still small frame.
Val Verde newborn photographer
Val Verde newborn photography
This was a bonnet I made because I knew many others I had would dwarf her little head and so a night of knitting and it was ready to go, perfectly sized for a newborn baby. I think she liked it too, so soft and warm.
Del Rio Texas newborn photographer
Del Rio Texas newborn photography
Val Verde newborn photographer
The little smile I caught during the session is so adorable. They are so fleeting and I always feel like a winner if I catch one!
Val Verde newborn photography
Del Rio newborn photographer
What a beautiful princess for her active family. I’m sure big brother and sister are smitten and mom and dad are so proud. Thanks for taking a peek, stop by again soon. And leave me a note if you see anything you like.

New Maternity Gown Love!

Ok I admit, I might have an obsession. I mean I understand a lot of people don’t really consider maternity photography. They plan for the baby, the momma feels big, she only sees the swollen feet and growing waistline. But I love photographing this stage of life. Its short lived, but it changes you forever…even the second, third, eighth time! And for the kids and the husbands, all they see is how gorgeous and loving the momma is. I’ve actually had more husbands talk their wives into these photo sessions than I think the wives talking the husbands into them!

So I try to make it as magical for the moms as possible. And one way I like to do that is with maternity gowns. Pretty gowns that you wouldn’t wear day to day…but heck you are tired of those clothes you wear anyway! Only so many fit and often they are just meant to get you through to the end. So a special dress to accentuate the curves and make a girl feel pretty!

I got one of these dresses in a few weeks ago and I was so anxious to use it and show it off as an option. I ran into this momma at church and asked her to model it for me for my photography portfolio and isn’t she the most beautiful pregnant woman you’ve seen! I am blessed to have this opportunity with her and hope many more will be inspired to try the dress and to record for their families this special time of waiting.

materntiy photography baby photography Del Rio Texas
materntiy photography baby photography Del Rio Texas
materntiy photography baby photography Del Rio Texas
materntiy photography baby photography Del Rio Texas
materntiy photography baby photography Del Rio Texas
materntiy photography baby photography Del Rio Texas
materntiy photography baby photography Del Rio Texas

If you’d like to book a session with me and this dress, click on the contact me button up top of the page! I’d love to hear from you!