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!!!
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!!!
How else would I start my 30 days? With my boys, of course!! :)
I can not even express to you how much I have thoroughly enjoyed 2012. Last year, when I was planning and writing out my goals for the year, I would have never guessed that my year would have turned out the way that it did. God had bigger/different plans than I had made for myself. Isn’t that usually the way things go? I had big dreams of becoming a full-time wedding photographer, traveling somewhere I had never been with Philip, buying a house, completing 30 Days 30 Photos, etc. None of those things ever happened. You would think that reflecting on that would be quite a downer… but you would be wrong. You see, this year I learned a very valuable lesson. Sometimes you make big plans and have dreams for what your life will look like… when all of the sudden something crazy happens and those dreams immediately change over night.
On January 30th, I was in North Carolina attending the Branches & Light Workshop with some lovely ladies. I learned SO much and was immediately inspired in so many ways. The very next day, I was sitting at the airport waiting to board my flight back home, writing a very long to do list when the phone rang… We had a baby boy on his way to our tiny little home. That night, our lives completely changed. My goals completely changed. My dreams completely changed. Some might say that I gave up what I dreamed of when Caleb entered our lives, but that is the furthest thing from the truth. What I gained was an extremely sweet handsome son, who taught we what is truly important in life. My personal and business goals all changed for the better.
I go into this year, setting goals and dreaming big, but knowing that only God knows what is best for me and my family. My goals will forever be changing and growing… and for that I am thankful.
All of that to say… here are my “goals” for 2013.
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!!! :)
It’s no secret around here that anniversary sessions are my new favorite… and this one is most definitely no exception. Kendall and Erin are celebrating their one year anniversary by traveling back to their honeymoon destination. Count me as jealous. So, in going with that theme, why not go back to their wedding location for their anniversary photos? Kendall and Erin were married at Three Points Ranch, located just outside of Austin in Round Mountain, Texas. Although I am familiar with this venue, I had never been. Let me tell you, if I had our wedding to do all over again, this would be THE location. Beautiful.
AHHHH!!! I’m an Aunt… again!!
I received a call early Friday morning from my mother telling me that my brother, Brandon, and his wife, Sara, were headed to the hospital to have their sweet baby girl! They live in Dallas, and I had a photo session scheduled for that morning with another family. So, I went ahead and finished up the family session here in Austin, and then headed straight for the hospital in Dallas. It was such an amazing and beautiful thing to be a part of. Sara already proved what an amazing mother she is, and is going to be. Although things didn’t go the way they had planned, Brandon and Sara have always put their sweet girl first, and I am just so proud of them and the way that they have already made such great sacrifices for their little girl! What an incredibly beautiful thing! I could go on and on, but I will let you see for yourself what an incredible day this was…
I think this sweet little girl wins the award for the most fun 3 year old to photograph. We had a chilly early morning session, but that didn’t stop her… she was full of energy and SO much fun! AND we both share the same love for purple… win.
I first photographed the Smith’s a couple of years ago when I had just started my business, so I was extremely excited when they asked me to do their family photos this year. How adorable is their little girl? I have always been slightly annoyed when people try to match up their itty bitty babies… but let’s be real here people, I wouldn’t mind one bit if our little man ended up with this cutie one day. Seriously… so cute.
Indiana is a local Mom/Style blogger here in Austin. Her family is so incredibly adorable and oh so sweet! If you want to see more of this cute family, see them over on Indiana’s blog… Adored Austin.
This family is beyond adorable! We had the most perfect Fall weather for this session, and those boys were so much fun. This is the first of many Fall Family Sessions to come on the blog… so keep checking back over the next few weeks. Also, it’s not too late to book your own!
After much thought, I have decided to make The Switch. What exactly is “The Switch”? Well, let me explain…
Over the past year, I have photographed numerous beautiful weddings and loved every minute of it. However, as most of you know, we began fostering our sweet little boy at the very beginning of this year. There is absolutely nothing I love more than being at home with him and watching him learn something new every single day. We were just given the news that he will officially become part of our family next month! I CAN NOT even put into words how happy this makes me. We are thrilled!
All of this considered, I have decided to pull back on the number of weddings I accept, and focus more on lifestyle and portrait sessions. This is where I began my business, and it really is what I desire to do. Not only am I extremely passionate about family photography, but this will also allow me to spend even more time with my own family! What could be better than doing what you love, and getting to enjoy it all while watching your little one grow? Nothing.
So, head on over to my new pricing page and check out the changes that I have made. Please feel free to spread the word that our family sessions are back in full swing!! :)
I’M GOING TO BE AN AUNT… AGAIN!!! My brother and his wife are about to have their first little one… Miss Evelyn Ruth! I was lucky enough to spend this past weekend with the two of them, and it was so incredibly sweet to see how excited they are to become parents. Evelyn’s nursery is probably the cutest I have ever seen. Sara has always had an eye for decorating around the house, and Brandon is an INCREDIBLE graphic designer. He designed a few special things in Miss Evie’s room, and I will admit I am a little jealous… they are so adorable and perfect.
Hurry up Miss Evie… we can’t wait to meet you!
Oooooh goodness… I am beyond thrilled to share these super sweet photos from Will and Jessica’s one year anniversary session. To be honest, I have not had many requests for one year anniversaries, but I do believe they have just become my new favorite thing. What a sweet idea, right? They even brought their year old wedding cake for the shoot. LOVE. Also, did I mention that Jessica is a fabulous photographer? Well, she is… check her out!
Okay, okay… on to the photos.
There is nothing I love more than the holidays, other than my precious family of-course. There is just something so cozy about this time of year, and guess what… it’s just around the corner! I could not be more thrilled!
One of my absolute favorite things about the holidays, is running out to our mail box and receiving holiday cards daily. It used to just be around Christmas time, but I’m loving this new trend of picking your family’s favorite holiday and sending cards then. I especially love this, because it makes me feel as though the holidays have been extended… Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, etc.
So, what better way to kick-off the holiday season than with a Children’s Holiday Sale? This is our very first year to have a little one in the family, and there is something so sweet and exciting about getting to share this season with a child. I’ll be honest, I CAN NOT wait to send out our holiday cards this year (still not sure which holiday to pick.) We have already booked our family photo session with our photographer of choice; now it’s your turn! Now – November 17th, you can book your child’s Holiday Mini-Session for just $150. Holiday Mini-Sessions are 30-45 minutes long. You will receive a DVD with 20-30 Hi-Res Images from your session.
To book your session just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Also, if you like us on Facebook keep an eye out for a super special deal! ;)
I had so much fun with this sweet, sweet family! They are from Dallas, but were stopping through Austin for a little mini-vacation… I am SO glad that they did! How adorable are they?