Ok, I admit… I am a few days behind. Philip has been out of town, and although that is no excuse – it is a lot more difficult to get things done. BUT he is back, and today we had a much needed family day! We spent most of the day enjoying downtown and the Children’s Museum. LOVE my boys!
Today I met up with Michelle, Bryan, and their adorable pup. What started as a “30 days” photo turned into almost a full shoot, because let’s be honest… these 3 are PRECIOUS, and I just couldn’t help myself!
Meet my friend Brittany & sweet baby Elliott!
Emily is one of my most favorite people! She is thoughtful, kind, giving, caring, extremely talented, and beautiful (as you can see). And absolutely no one (besides family) loves our little man more than she does… and the feeling is definitely mutual. Caleb ADORES Emily!
Day 15… We are half way there people!!!
Day 14… It’s Caleb again! :)
Not sure how you could be, BUT if you are tired of seeing pictures of my little dude, then you are in luck this week! I have something lined up everyday this week! YAH!!
Happy cloudy Day 14!
Meet my very sweet friend, Maris.
Happy Day 13!
Meet my very sweet friend, Jade. She and her husband, Jason, are getting ready to have their first baby! I could not be more excited for them. Today, I took photos of the very beginning stages of them preparing the nursery.
Shelby has become one of my dearest friends over the last few months; and her sweet girl, Phoebe, is just the cutest thing EVER! Am I right?
Look at those eyes!!!
Meet my first boy, Baxter. This family all started with just the two of us. I still call him my puppy, but he recently turned 5.
LOVE this dog!
I know I said that I wouldn’t post photos of my sweet boy everyday, but can you blame me? This boy is almost always happy… seriously. And today was no exception. Despite the fact that the day came with 5 shots, a finger prick, and Daddy (his most favorite person alive) being gone; this boy was happy as could be. How could you not take pictures of this sweet face every day?
Tonight, I had the pleasure of taking Sydney’s senior portraits! I will make this short and sweet, because let’s be honest… I’m watching The Bachelor. :)
How gorgeous is this girl? She was such a pro!
Loved getting to know you tonight, Sydney! Enjoy your senior year!!!
Day 7 was spent with sweet in-laws and going to church. Today was the first time that I had to be called out of service to get my little man… he was so sad! BUT the good news is, some of our precious friends got Caleb a giftcard to H & M for his birthday! This is the most perfect gift for him (ME)!!! H&M has by far THE cutest boy clothing around. So, Caleb and I went on a little adventure and picked out some super adorable clothes for his birthday. Sorry, I forgot to take pictures of what we actually bought, but trust me – they are so cute!
So, as boring as this is… H&M is my picture for Day 7. (Tomorrow’s post will be much more exciting!)
Today was Caleb’s 1st Birthday Party!! We are so very blessed to have this sweet boy in our family. Today also marks exactly one year since we signed our foster license… Who would have thought that exactly a year later we would be throwing a party for a sweet baby boy?? How ridiculously amazing is that?
I vow to not post photos of my child everyday… however, today is his very first Birthday, and tomorrow is his birthday party… so just be prepared! :)
Tonight, we celebrated with dinner at one of our favorite places in Austin, Chuy’s. Yes, we are such a cliche, but proud of it.
LOVE THIS SWEET 1 YEAR OLD BOY!!!
Yesterday, Caleb took his first step… nothing crazy. Just one step.
Today, Caleb took TWO steps! And not just two accidental steps… he took his time to balance and slowly took two very good steps (almost 3).
So, for day 4 I took a picture of his very first pair of big boy shoes! We bought them over Christmas with some money that his Great Grandma gave to him as a gift. He LOVES them!
PS… his 1st Birthday is TOMORROW!!!
Day 2 consisted of a lot of “me” time! My birthday was on the 7th, so today I put my birthday money to good use… an hour-long massage, haircut and color!
My good friend, Laura Needham, is an amazing hair stylist. She and her friend run their own salon, and it is fabulous!! If you need a good stylist to rely on, let me know and I’ll hook you up. :)
How else would I start my 30 days? With my boys, of course!! :)
Alright, so it has been almost 2 years since I officially started Coati Photography… CRAZY! If you are new around here, you have probably never heard of 30 Days/30 Photos. This was something that I made up (inspired by 7in7) to kick-start my business, and to get people interested in my blog. Well, 2 years later, and I’m about to dive right back in. If you remember last year, my 30 days were some-what interrupted. I became “Mama” to the sweetest little man on the planet! This through me for a little bit of a loop, and I never quite finished my 30 days. :(
This year is going to be different… I am challenging myself to stay focused, and FINISH! I have a few other goals in mind, other than just finishing… but that is another post for another day.
As usual, you are all invited to join in!
Here are the rules:
- Starting on Monday, January 14, 2013 you will begin taking at least one picture every day for 30 days.
- You do NOT have to be a professional photographer to join.
- The picture can be of anything, but must be a new photo taken that very day.
- Photo sessions that are paid for by clients do NOT count. This is a challenge to push you. (Why not bless a family or two with some free photos?)
- You must post your photos somewhere for everyone to see… blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. This is to take you out of your comfort zone and post things even if they aren’t completely perfect like you would like.
- Use the following hashtag: #30days30photos
So who’s in? If you plan on joining the challenge, just leave a comment below on this blog post and leave a link to where you will be posting your photos. Remember to have FUN!!! :)
Fine Art Wedding Photography… By Jose Villa & Jeff Kent
If you are getting into wedding photography, or have been in the game for a while, this book is incredible. It is so straight forward, and so inspiring. Not to mention, the photos are beautiful. This book covers everything in wedding photography… the technical camera stuff, step-by-step of the day, and all of the business/marketing that goes with it.
I read this book poolside over the summer, when I was really trying to figure out where I wanted my business to go. Did I really want to get into wedding photography full-time? Yes, I did. But I was also was scared out of my mind. Weddings can be a scary thing. I mean, they only happen ONCE. What if something terrible happens? Well, this book gave me confidence and ultimately was one of the many factors that helped me make the leap. Read it. :)
Now that we have Little Dude in our family, we are having to find a new “normal”. I think that we are getting close to finding that. Today was day number 2 with our new work schedule. I take the EARLY morning shift with the little guy and then start my work day around 8 or 9AM… depending on how exhausted I am. I work until about noon or one o’clock, and then let Philip start his work day. We are both so blessed to be able to have our own businesses and work from home. Today, I spent the last part of my “work day” organizing my office space. I started a new filing system for my clients, and organized all of my receipts and legal paperwork. This may sound boring, but I LOVE the feeling of being organized and trying my best to make it look pretty. Yes… I try to make filing look pretty. I like the challenge. :)
I am also in love with these inspiring quotes that I found on Pinterest.
Wow. When planning 30 Photos/30 Days, I would have never guessed that something could distract me SO much. I guess little ones have a way of doing that. In case you missed out on my Day 10 post… we have a baby!!! A little 6 week old baby boy to be exact. He is awesome. Although we are his “foster” parents, we love him as if he was our very own. Gosh, there is SO much I could say, but for his sake we are keeping things fairly private for the time being. So for now, you can enjoy a picture of his sweet little toes. :)
WOW. Obviously I am behind on 30/30, but trust me… I have a good excuse. WE HAVE A BABY!!! I wanted to show you the photos that I took literally 5 minutes before I got the call on Tuesday. I was just waiting to board my flight back to Austin, making a long to-do list for when I arrived home. That all quickly changed with one phone call. We have a baby. I finally got home at 5:30 Tuesday night and by 9PM, we had a little baby in our home. The last 2 days have been amazing!
So, please excuse me if I get a little behind on this project. :)
Today was a big day… the day that I have been looking forward to for months. The Branches & Light workshop. YES! So good! I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing it was. I am beyond inspired, and so ready to get back home to get to work. Caroline and Nancy did such a wonderful job. You can expect to hear so much more about this trip in the days/weeks to come. Get ready! :)
How cute are these personalized gifts that they gave us? So sweet!