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I’m Still Here!!

I have definitely been out of the loop in the last few months.  I haven’t posted to my blog or Facebook page.  Every time I look at it, I feel so guilty!  But, I have to keep reminding myself that there is a reason why I have not been very active lately…  I had a beautiful baby boy in February.  Yes, he is already eight months old.  However, having two little kids, a full time business, a new consulting business starting up takes a lot of time!  It’s no excuse, but I’m sure you can relate.  I do want to reassure you that I have been shooting adorable pets and newborns since little Milo (he’s not that little anymore!) arrived.  I am finally going to share a recent pet photography session with you of Charlie.  He’s an adorable Pomeranian that loved posing for the camera, and this next image was my absolute favorite from his session.

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Charlie is also about to become a big brother soon with a sibling on the way arriving very soon.  I’m sure he’ll be a great big brother to his new brother.  He’s a sweet boy, and very handsome in case you didn’t notice!

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I love it when I get a pup that has no problem doing a lot of different poses.  I will say that Charlie didn’t really like to jump off of the furniture once we put him up there, which is always a nice little treat for me!  Plus, he responded so well to every noise I made.  I love his expressions!

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Another one of my favorite images. It was so hard to narrow it down.  I hope Charlie comes back to be photographed at his brother’s newborn session soon!

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Hello 2016!

Well hello there!  First… Let me apologize for my blogging absence! The end of 2015 was crazy busy, as I’m sure yours was as well. 2015 was an amazing year for me, and I can’t believe how quickly it flew by. Things were slammed at the studio, family life was jam packed with Wilhelmina starting school, and Abby has a new carpool buddy for daycare. And now, it is 2016, and almost February!

I have some news as well. Baby Hartz #2 should be arriving in the next couple of weeks! I have kept this under wraps for quite sometime. However, this might slightly affect the studio since I will be on maternity leave starting in mid February, so I thought it might be time to share. Another piece of news… Wilhelmina and Abby are going to be big sisters to a baby boy!   Things are about to get crazy, and this photographer is going to have her hands full with babies and fur babies soon!

I have lots of sessions still needing to be shared, but for now, I am going to share a few of my favorite images from 2015. I had the honor of photographing lots of babies and fur babies together this past year, and I can’t wait to photograph more siblings with and without fur in 2016 (including my own!).  I am so excited to continue to celebrate the bold love parents have for their children (those with and without fur) in 2016.  It’s going to be a great year!

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Wilhelmina is One!

I can’t believe Wilhelmina is already one.  I feel like I blinked and a year went by.  She turned one year old last week, and it is absolutely amazing how much she has changed in a year.  I may have been a bit eager with the camera for her first year, but, in my defense, I am a baby photographer and these memories are so intimate and fleeting.  And, before I know it, she’ll be in college.  She didn’t have a say in the matter, but I went ahead and enrolled her in my baby plan… hehe.  My baby plan includes three sessions within a 13 month period, but I may or may not have photographed her pretty much monthly.  It was hard not to when I had such a willing and adorable baby model.  Let’s start from the beginning….

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I photographed W several times as a newborn.  It’s kind of nice to be able to run up to the studio at the ideal photography time.  But, it’s not that nice to try to photograph your own newborn right after having her.  Especially when you’re fresh off a c-section, but I definitely didn’t want to miss this adorable stage.  The next time I usually try to photograph babies is about six months, but I may have snuck in an image at three months too.

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As I mentioned before, I love when I get babies and fur babies together in a session because I believe that just because you have a baby doesn’t mean your fur baby becomes the family pet.  I believe they become a big brother or sister, which is exactly what happened to Abby.  Here are my two babies, one at six months and one at almost six years.

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They really do love each too.  Abby takes great care of W including full face licks and helping clean up her highchair.  Moving on to nine months…

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At nine months everything changed.  W was totally mobile and into everything.  I was so anxious for her to crawl, but man does life change.  Right now, she is so close to walking.  I can’t wait for it to happen, but I know it will be another game changer for sure!  Here is my sweet W for her obligatory one year photo shoot.  We tried to do a “first ice cream” to change things up a bit, but W had a bit of a melt down.  Not sure what happened, but she was not having the ice cream.  However, she did love the cupcake!

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Can you believe the changes within the first year?  I’m so glad I have all of these memories to hold onto as she gets older, and I’m definitely making a first year album for her (okay it’s really for me)!  Don’t let the first year pass you by without documenting some milestones.  Trust me, you won’t regret it.

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  • Kathryn - Adorable in every one! Happy 1st Birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - She is so precious. I love those big beautiful eyes she has.. gorgeous! Of course all the images are just perfect. Happy Birthday W!ReplyCancel

  • Virginia Mae - Beautiful! Just like her mama!ReplyCancel

Olivia’s Newborn Session

Sweet Olivia came in recently for her newborn photography session.  She has one of the most adorable faces I’ve ever seen and quite a head of hair!  There isn’t much sweeter than a brand new baby.  I know I’ve said this before, but it’s amazing how tiny newborn babies can be.  It amazes me every time a newborn comes to the studio.  Maybe it’s because my own baby is so big now!
newborn photographer, newborn photography, baby photography, baby photographerMiss Olivia was born 8 lbs 2 0z and 20.5″ and perfect.  She made my job easy doing pretty much everything I asked of her, and she definitely rocked that pink hat and wrap!  The image above and below are two of my favorites from her shoot.

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Have you ever seen such a sweet, innocent face?  I think Olivia looks just like her mom, but she definitely has a bit of dad in there as well.  Olivia was born in Houston, but has already made the move to San Antonio.  I hope I get to see her again before she gets too big!  But, that’s hard to do because these adorable babies get big so fast.

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Lacie & Kiefer

I love Shelties.  They are the perfect size dog.  Not too big and not too small.  Just like Cavaliers.  Of course, I am traditionally a big dog person, but I am always happy to make an exception for such sweet pups as Lacie and Kiefer.  These two came in with their mom, Karen, to have their portrait made as a gift for their sisters (without fur).  It was a big surprise, which is why I am just now blogging their session.  I didn’t want to spoil the surprise!

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Both Lacie and Kiefer loved being in front of the camera.  Kiefer was a bit more attached to his mom, and he wanted her right by his side while he posed.  Both of these loving pups have a bit of a frisky side to them.  Kiefer was up and down on the furniture, and I’m surprised he didn’t wear himself out faster!  Lacie knew what she was here to do and held her pose to showcase just how gorgeous of a pup she is.  I love the head tilts too!

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As I mentioned earlier, Miss Lacie knew what she came to my studio to do, which was to model.  She definitely did not disappoint.  This one above is one of my favorites of Lacie.  She was very serious about her modeling career but not too serious to let out her playful side.  Kiefer on the other hand, was very playful the entire session.  But he did manage to strike this very serious pose.  I love his expression along with his adorable ears!

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These two were so much fun to photograph, and I love seeing how much pups love their parents and how much parents love their fur babies.  Just because they have fur doesn’t mean they aren’t your baby!

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  • Karen Patterson - Thank you! I love your work and I’m so glad that I brought Lacie and Kiefer to you. I think their two-legged big sisters will be thrilled with their portraits – I know I am!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Patterson - Update: Both of our daughters love the portraits … we got to see their faces when they first saw the images. Lots of “Awww…” moments. Wonderful treasures! Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - I’m so glad to hear that Karen! That made my day!!ReplyCancel

  • Erika West - I must say that Mrs. Patterson has had wonderful things to say about these images when I met her and Lacie today and she was so right!!!! You have done some fantastic work with these two lovely babies!!!!ReplyCancel

The Baby Plan featuring Miss Penny

There is nothing more special than bringing a new family member home, both human and furry.  I love babies and puppies, and what is better than baby breath and puppy breath?  Off hand, I can’t think of anything sweeter than the smell of a brand new baby or the smell of a puppy.  I wonder why I decided to become a baby photographer??  I love those private moments that only the parents get to experience.  As I parent, I know how special these moments are and how important they are to capture and remember, especially in the first year.

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Babies, both with and without fur, grow so fast in the first year.  You blink and they’re grown!  If you don’t take a minute to stop and look, the next thing you know they are either in school or doggie daycare.  That’s one reason I offer a baby plan for both babies with and without fur.  With babies, the best times are newborn (babies 5-10 days old and pups 8-12 weeks old), six months old (babies that can sit up), and a year old.  For the babies without fur, these milestones are somewhat obvious.  For the babies with fur, the reason I like to keep the milestones the same is because at six months the pups are usually in that awkward teenage stage where legs are too long and paws are too big.  By one year, they are pretty much full grown.  Just because they have fur doesn’t mean you can’t have a baby plan to track their growth during their first year.  After that first year, pups don’t change much either, so it is so important to capture their playful nature as they are growing into their big doggie bodies.

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This is Miss Penny.  She is a gorgeous German Short Haired Pointer, and she is a fur baby in my baby plan.  These images were taken when she was just 8 weeks old, which was only a couple of weeks ago and she is already bigger!  It’s going to be amazing to see how different she is when she comes back at six months.  I’ll make sure to post her six month photos so you can see the difference.  I guarantee you it is going to be a big change!

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  • Holly Montgomery - I love the depth in these photos!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - Kim,
    Penny looks PERFECT! Thank you so much for taking such good care of her and as a result getting these amazing pictures. You have a one of a kind talent and gift with babies both with and without fur!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - Thank you Courtney. You have a sweet pup there, and she’s quite photogenic like her big sister, Chloee!ReplyCancel

  • Becky McCasland - i am Penny breeder. Thank you for taking beautiful pictures.ReplyCancel

A Texas Tradition

It’s that time of year in Texas when all the wildflowers are out.  You can see beautiful landscapes of blue, red, and yellow popping up for a few weeks every April.  If you’re a Texas native, you probably know that having your photo taken in the bluebonnets is a Texas tradition.  I know I have images of myself in the bluebonnets when I was little.

I was recently in the Texas hill country visiting an antiques fair in Round Top (I love antiquing!), and I was able to sneak in a photo shoot for my two babies.  Abby and Wilhelmina were very obliging despite the fact we had not one, but two separate sessions due to weather.  As a baby photographer for babies with and without fur, it is nice to have built in baby models whenever I need them!

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The image below is one of my favorites from our mini session with Wilhelmina.  I love her little profile, and the fact that the wind is blowing her adorable curls.  Just when I thought our shoot was over, my dad sat down next to her and wanted his portrait made with her too.  Then my sister, Ted, and I all got our portrait made with Miss W in the bluebonnets.  The Texas tradition lives on!

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  • Jenny - Oh goodness… Wilhelmina is so pretty (loving the curls!) and getting so big! Adore the two of them together!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - Thank you Jenny! She is quite adorable in my opinion. Abby is such a wonderful big sister too. Hope you’re doing well!!ReplyCancel

  • Edith Levy - OMG Kim, what great images. I absolutely love the first one and Wilhelmina is so beautiful and getting so big. Of course Abby is beautiful too!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - Thanks Edith! I can’t believe how fast she is growing!!ReplyCancel

  • Megan Oden - I love them! Such pretty shots and pretty models!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - Thanks Megan!! Pretty soon we will have photos of Miss April in the bluebonnetsReplyCancel

A Little Something About Me – The Perfect Evening

It’s been a while since I did a post in my “A Little Something About Me” series, so I thought I should get to it and share a little something else about me.  If you read my “About” page on my site, you probably saw this:

“My idea of the perfect evening is a big family dinner with great wine and (slightly) drunken conversation.”

Yes, this is one of my favorite things to do, and it doesn’t have to be anything fancy either.  Most of my favorite dinners usually include a home cooked meal at my parent’s house.  As I said, nothing fancy, but sometimes it’s best we stay at home because we can get rowdy!

Things usually start out pretty tame, but after a cocktail and some wine, the volume level increases (mainly from my brother)!  And what usually happens at this point?  Well, if we are actually out at a restaurant/event/in public, someone inevitably throws a napkin in someone’s face.  After the first napkin flies, chaos ensues with at least 9 other napkins sailing across the table.  The best is when you think they have all been thrown and someone looks away for just a minute, only to catch one right in nose!

We also aren’t shy about doing this in public, especially at a seated dinner of some sort, and a few innocent bystanders have been hit.  Most recently, someone threw a napkin at my brother and hit his girlfriend’s cocktail that splashed all over his shirt.  So, what did he do?  He proceeded to take off his shirt and put on my sister’s fitted, polka dot jacket instead.  Thankfully, we were in a private room.  Yes, I do have photos, but I’m thinking I should save them for a time when they’re really needed.

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These images of myself, my sister, and my brother sum it up pretty well, even though I did select relatively “tame” images.  I’m so thankful that I actually like everyone in my family and that everyone gets along with one another.  My brother, sister, and I are at my parent’s house all the time.  We all live so close together, which makes it so easy.  Apparently my dad asked my mom if we (the kids) were ever not at their house!

Now you know a little something else about me.  My idea of the perfect evening is filled with family, food, and maybe a cocktail (or two)!


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