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!
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….
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.
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.
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…
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!
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.
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!
Miss 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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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)!
I really love being a newborn photographer. There is nothing sweeter or more pure than a brand new baby with their soft skin and wonderful newborn scent. They are just starting to adjust to life on the outside when they come in for their newborn portraits. I love being able to soothe, shape, and hold these adorable babies… especially since Wilhelmina no longer fits in the “newborn” baby category at nine months. But, baby Harrison definitely qualifies!
Harrison came in recently for his newborn portraits, and he was such a joy to photograph. He took his time falling asleep (like most babies), but once he was ready he let me do whatever I wanted. With the occasional shushing and rocking, he would go right back to sleep. It’s so easy to forget this beautiful stage of newness from not only your baby, but to you as a parent. It’s amazing how much you don’t know no matter how much you prepare. I am still very new at this parent thing too, and I love being reminded that I’m not alone. The best part of being a parent, other than that beautiful baby, is learning together with them how to navigate the road ahead. Finding out they aren’t breakable and that a dog tongue to the face isn’t the end of the world.
Speaking of dog tongues… those fur babies you have before your baby (without fur) arrives are still your babies, and if I’m lucky, I get to photograph them together. That’s just what happened at Harrison’s newborn session. He brought his furry sister, Coco, with him. Coco was incredibly sweet with Harrison. She sat beside him and would lean over to sneak a few kisses here and there. I love this image of the two of them. She’s not quite sure about him yet… Is he staying?? But, what you don’t see is how protective and loving she is towards him. Harrison’s got a great furry sister looking out for him. Too bad he’s already bigger than she is!