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Boone Family | Rock Round, Texas

Round Rock

The Boone family hands down got one of the most beautiful golden hours I’ve photographed recently!

It was a fairly windy day in Round Rock, but I still wanted to surprise the family with my new teepee set up. When the two little girls, Gracyn and Harlow saw it, they were so excited to check it out! Little Remington was such a handsome man in his outfit. Just look at his little shirt/tie combo! He had just learned how to sit up by himself not long before the day of their session! I was excited for his parents, Kate and Clayton, as they now are able to have these gorgeous photos of him all by himself!

When it came time to take some photos of just Gracyn and her dad, Casey, she just wanted to showcase how she does backflips against him. I thought this was just too adorable and she had a blast the entire time! The grandparents, Laura and Herman were just too sweet. Doing portraits of just the two of them together was so delightful and I adored seeing the love they shared for each other. Kate and Clayton were the sweetest, and I loved getting some shots of them sharing giggles with Remington! However, I think they also got some of the sweetest images of just the two of them together.

Boone Family, you are all so amazing and sweet! Thank you for letting me be a part of capturing these beautiful memories for you all. Kate, thank you so much for organizing this session for your family! You were all so great and hilarious. I appreciate all the help I got from you guys to get the kids looking and laughing. Your noises, dances, clapping and silly faces were definitely some of the best I’ve ever seen! :)
I hope you enjoy these for years to come and I look forward to working with you all again!

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  • Gillian C BowdenDecember 11, 2017 - 11:36 AM

    ok so this session is great, the family group needs to be a big print, just love it. Backdrop amazing. congrats to everyone, fun shots of the kids. Good job Maegan !ReplyCancel

Lozano Family | Round Rock, Texas

It was moments before golden hour, the beautiful light trickling in through the trees… There was a gentle breeze and the beautiful sound of the waterfall nearby as you enter the park. I started to set up the teepee for the Lozano family’s session as I waited for them to arrive. This was a new location that I had scouted out a couple weeks prior to the Lozano’s inquiry. I love the pathways at this park, the light comes through the trees so perfectly at golden hour. If that isn’t enough of a reason to take advantage of this stunning yet secluded spot, there is of course the beautiful waterfall!

“Family, where life begins and love never ends.”

I had been excited to meet and work with this family since I had first spoken with Lisette. They were so excited to work with me and to all be together for a family portrait. Apparently getting them all together in one photo has never happened. When I hear that families haven’t been able to all get together for a group portrait, I always feel immensely honored to be a part of their session.

There were two families coming together with their grandmother, of course their dog, Capitán, was invited too! :) Each family had two beautiful kids, poor Jakob was the only grandson but he still had loads of fun. I loved his love of hats and the fact that he wanted to include a couple different ones in the photos haha.

When the Lozano family arrived, you could immediately sense their excitement and of course their love for each other. As they all helped each other with the final look over before getting in front of the camera, it made me smile. The entire session was full of smiles and laughing. As I took individual shots of each one of them, everyone else would stand behind me and make them laugh.

“When the Lozano family arrived, you could immediately sense their excitement and of course their love for each other.”

Family is so amazing, having photos to look back on and remember times together is so important! Photographing big families is a lot of fun to me and always makes me miss my own family. Getting everyone in my family together for photos is difficult as well. We live all over in different countries! The best thing about photographing families is when they come back to me year after year. I love being a part of all their special events (birthdays, graduations, holidays). I also love that I get to see the kids reach new milestones, and grow up.

To the Lozano family…

Thank you for asking me to be the one to capture memories of your beautiful family. You were all so much fun to work with! I couldn’t be happier to be able to help give you these images of you all together for you to look back on and cherish in the years to come. Lissette, thank you for organizing this and being so amazing. I loved planning this session with you!! It was such a pleasure getting to meet you and your beautiful family!
I look forward to seeing you all again next year!!

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  • LissetteDecember 8, 2017 - 7:05 PM

    Thank you !! It was a great experience and you are so kind and patient!ReplyCancel

  • Gillian C BowdenDecember 11, 2017 - 11:39 AM

    what a fun place to shoot, love the water, congratulations on your family session, great memories to have.ReplyCancel

Kaitlyn and Cory | Austin, Texas

Kaitlyn and Cory, the couple who make you feel as though you’ve been friends for years.

It was a beautiful day out, though a bit too warm for late afternoon in November. The sun was out, sneaking behind the clouds.. There was a light breeze gently blowing through the trees as we walked through the park. We were making our way to the beautiful rocks and creek that ran through at the bottom. As we walked I asked Kaitlyn and Cory a bit more about their pups and their recent move to Austin.

Charlie, the newest addition to Kaitlyn and Cory’s family, was only six months old. They rescued him from The Austin Animal Center! All he wanted to do was say hi to everyone and get some pats from people passing by. Charlie was so excited to get to sniff all the new scents and discover what a bicycle was! Even though Khloe had been the only fur-baby for a while, she was accepting of her new little brother. They make the cutest pair! Khloe was so sweet and full of love. Unlike her exploring brother, she was content to stay clean in Kaitlyn’s arms, haha. Throughout all the distractions (new smells, people, bicycles, other dogs, etc.) both pups were so well behaved.

“Every once and a while a dog… or two, enters your life and changes it forever.”

When I received Kaitlyn’s inquiry explaining that she wanted to do a couple’s session including her two dogs, I was beyond excited! As Kaitlyn and I discussed and planned the session, I knew it was going to be perfect. I quickly got the impression that we had a lot of the same style and ideas. It’s always exciting when you’re planning a session with a new client and feel as though you’re already friends before even meeting one another!

While discussing the session, Kaitlyn mentioned bringing along a good friend to help with the dogs. If you’re considering a session with your fur-babies, this is something I always recommend. Having someone extra at the session to help out, helps me tremendously. By having a friend or family member there to help out, it helps when we want to get some shots without the pups, or maybe of the pups without people. Having a couple extra hands never hurt! This is where the amazing Lainey comes in – she was sincerely the best help I could have asked for.

I am so glad that Kaitlyn and Cory decided on this location. It isn’t ideal for everyone as there is a little bit of walking involved to get to some of the prime spots. However, if you’re up for the short walk, it is more than worth it! The creek at this location is definitely one of my favorite parts as there are so many beautiful areas to use in your photos. When we got to the water, none of us were sure how Charlie would react. Even though it wasn’t deep, of course Kaitlyn and Cory were not sure if he had ever seen water before. He didn’t seem phased by it at all and actually seemed quite interested to attempt jumping in. We had to save that adventure for another day though, haha.

When we were walking back from the creek there is an area with rocks that I love and have always wanted to use.. I pointed them out to Kaitlyn and Cory asking if they’d be up for trying it. There was no hesitation from either of them, Kaitlyn was happy to jump up on the ledge with Cory. As Lainey was standing behind me, she was just as excited as I was for these shots..

As I was capturing these gorgeous moments of Kaitlyn and Cory against the rocks, I was so thankful they trusted me enough to try it. The rocks are now definitely another favorite part of this location for me. I love to be able to give my clients a look that seems as though we were somewhere else entirely. When I look at those shots, I don’t think of Texas at all, I instantly think of somewhere like Arizona..

Kaitlyn and Cory, thank you so much for trusting my vision for your images! I enjoyed working with you both so much, you’re sincerely the ideal clients. Thank you for taking the time to do a few consult emails with me regarding your outfits and posing ideas, it was a lot of fun and I think everything turned out amazing. You guys are so sweet and adorable together, I wish you nothing but the best! I hope to work with you guys again soon.
Lainey, thank you for being so helpful! You were such an awesome help throughout this entire session and I couldn’t have done it without you.

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  • Gillian BowdenDecember 11, 2017 - 11:47 AM

    Beautiful, such a cute couple, love the puppies being a part of it. ReplyCancel

The Lavas Family | Georgetown

This is how you know it’s about to be an awesome family session.. When I approached the Lavas family and suggested to use an abandoned barn as the location for their portraits. A barn I’d recently found, but hadn’t used for a session before.. Best part? Their reaction was beyond excited to go for it…

That’s every photographer’s dream!

It had been a warm day, not truly allowing us to enjoy it being November.. An hour before the start of the session the temperature suddenly dropped in Georgetown from the 70’s to the mid-50’s. The Lavas family and I were thankful for the cool crisp air we got to enjoy. It definitely made their awesome outfits more ‘weather appropriate’. The two boys, Eli and Lucas, dressed in sweaters and their sister, Ryan, wearing awesome red pants with an adorable vest. I love when kid’s outfits follow the style guide (which ensures that no one clashes with each other) but also allows their personality to show.

The Lavas family were a ton of fun! The youngest, Lucas, took his Grinch Christmas sweater role very seriously and wanted to showcase this in their Christmas sweater group photos. Pretending to be the Grinch was not Lucas’ only role on this day though.. He was definitely the comedian making everyone laugh and smile throughout the entire session.. Including myself of course! When it came time to take some portraits of Mum & Dad, Ryan stepped in as my goofy assistant to get some candid giggles out of them as they cuddled up against this awesome white wall (abandoned building number three at this location!).

The session time flew by as we all hung out by these abandoned buildings, capturing beautiful memories for the family to cherish for many years to come. As the oldest, Eli, pointed out – everyone driving past was definitely paying more attention to us taking these images in front of these building more than they were paying attention to driving.

Lavas family, thank you for hiring me to create these beautiful portraits of you all. Thank you for also trusting my crazy ideas enough to venture out to this new location and give it a shot! You guys are awesome, and I loved working with you all. You were so relaxed and just trusted my vision which always feels great as a photographer. Maybe next year you guys can bring your gorgeous Dane to be a part of the session! :)

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  • Gillian BowdenDecember 11, 2017 - 11:49 AM

    Awe, so so adorable, love this location shoot, amazing. ReplyCancel

Kiara Turns 3! | Austin, Texas

Kiara turns 3 today!

Kiara, my Rara.. Today you made it to three years old. It feels like just yesterday I wasn’t sure if you’d make it to three months….

I walked into the Humane Society to drop off donations, little did I know that I’d be bringing home a little sister for Karma. You were so cute, and stood out to me even surrounded by your siblings. Your little white markings on your chest and feet made me think of Karma’s. I really didn’t want to get another puppy and start all over with training another dog. I took out several adult dogs, the ones most people won’t adopt, but I didn’t click with any of them. I so badly wanted to give them all homes, but there was just no connection. I took you out to get to know you and you wouldn’t leave my feet. You were curious, and sweet. You definitely had a ton of personality, especially for such a young pup. You crawled into my lap and chewed on my shoelaces.. Much like Karma, who when I went to choose a pup, crawled in my lap and chewed on my fingers.

Next thing we were in line together to fill out paperwork.. They told me your story as I filled everything out. They told me how you had been surrendered to the shelter at a young age, too young for you and your siblings to even have been weaned from your mum. A foster family took you all in, and that’s when you’d been exposed to Parvo. They said that you tested negative, but they’d only tested you once. Parvo can take time to show on a test, and I had the worst gut feeling that you had it, but I took you home anyway. You met your new crazy sister, Karma who couldn’t of been happier to have a friend. She pounced around you for ages unable to control her excitement, but you were not scared at all. You licked her back and let her roll you around when she pawed you, not knowing how much bigger she was than you. You were the size of her HEAD.

The next morning, you didn’t wake me up and then you slept all that day. You didn’t even wake up for water. I did my best to keep you hydrated and knew if you slept through the night again it wasn’t good. When I woke up and you were still asleep, I immediately rushed you to the vets. I had to take you by myself, and you were small, but not quite small enough to sit in my lap, but you were small enough to fit in your toy bin! Your new homemade doggie carseat, haha. I strapped it in and you slept the entire way..

When we got there, I got them to put us in a quarantine room to test you, and instantly my fears became a reality. You were parvo positive. Parvo is very contagious to dogs who are not vaccinated against it, and puppies get the vaccines originally in doses, so they aren’t really fully vaccinated against Parvo until they are one year old. This is why I was very careful to not touch anything in the clinic and told them about it before they put me in a regular room. The vets reassured me that I caught it early and your chances were good, you were after all already 20 LBs! Because I did not expose you to this, the Humane Society wanted to help with your treatment. Therefore, I had to bring you to a different clinic, one that they worked alongside with. When we got there, I insisted they give you the best and fastest treatment available. I went home in tears and sat by the phone anxiously waiting to hear any news at all. The clinic that did your treatment didn’t think you’d make it but you did.

You’re a fighter and the funniest pup I’ve ever known. You have enough personality for five dogs.. You make me laugh every single day at all the silly things you do, and I don’t know what Karma and I would do without you around. You make me feel safe, and you always protect me – even from the pizza delivery people – they clearly have ill-intentions… In the car when people walk past and you let me and them know that you see them.. The way you keep your back to me at the park and keep a look out for anyone or anything suspicious. Your love for squirrels and “people watching” out of the window is something that definitely makes you, you. The fact that you sleep at my feet on the bed and watch the door at night, every night. The way you know when I’m upset and come give me a nudge with your nose to get cuddles – and then give me your paw if I stop before you’re ready.. The way you whimper as soon as you hear air-brakes and run around the house to find a window that will show you the truck causing the noise so you can prepare yourself to bark to your heart’s content before they even knock on the door..

My little monkey hyena mix, I’m glad you made it.. I’m glad you still won’t leave my feet (but thank goodness you don’t chew shoes anymore!) I’m so thankful that you’re part of my family. 💕

Here’s to many more years together!

 

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  • Gillian C BowdenDecember 2, 2017 - 12:29 PM

    Just beautiful Maegan, i remember when you found out she had parvo and you didnt know what you would do if you lost her. She is a fighter and your protector, so loyal to you! all she wants is to be loved, and allowed to chase the delivery men lol. ReplyCancel

  • AllisonDecember 2, 2017 - 8:25 PM

    Aw, Maeg! This was absolutely heart warming. I shed a few tears as well. I can only imagine the feelings you were experiencing. I’m so glad Kiara made it and that she’s here to be with you each day! There’s just something about our doggie-children that makes life worth living!ReplyCancel

  • Gillian BowdenDecember 11, 2017 - 11:51 AM

    I want everyone to know that i am related to Kiara ! she is so cute, can’t wait to see her again. Keep having to go back and look at these shots again.ReplyCancel

Patra & Tyler | Georgetown, Texas

It was a gorgeous morning in Georgetown – a beautiful 65 degrees. There was a gentle breeze blowing, rustling through the leaves; as we walked to each different spot, the leaves that had fallen crunched under our feet. It was the perfect day for Patra & Tyler’s couple session. They were so excited, holding hands and giggling the entire time..

One of my favorite parts during this session was when Tyler put on some country music and started to dance with Patra under the trees.. It was unexpected, and completely adorable. I love photographing couples!! To see the bond and love they shared between one another is something so beautiful. It wasn’t just any country song either..

“You may think that I’m talking foolish
You’ve heard that I’m wild and I’m free
You may wonder how I can promise you now
This love that I feel for you always will be
But you’re not just time that I’m killin’
I’m no longer one of those guys
As sure as I live, this love that I give
Is gonna be yours until the day that I die
Oh, baby, I’m gonna love you forever
Forever and ever, amen
As long as old men sit and talk about the weather
As long as old women sit and talk about old men
If you wonder how long I’ll be faithful
I’ll be happy to tell you again
I’m gonna love you forever and ever
Forever and ever, amen
They say time take its toll on a body
Makes a young girl’s brown hair turn gray
Well, honey, I don’t care, I ain’t in love with your hair
And if it all fell out, well, I’d love you anyway
They say time can play tricks on a mem’ry
Make people forget things they knew
Well, it’s easy to see it’s happenin’ to me
I’ve already forgotten every woman but you
Oh, darlin’, I’m gonna love you forever
Forever and ever, amen”

It truly melted my heart watching them slow dance under the trees… What a beautiful way to end a session!

These are the moments in sessions that constantly remind me why I started photography in the first place.. To freeze special memories in time between people for them and others to cherish and enjoy for years to come. I love being a part of my client’s lives – being there to capture the memories they want to hold on to, and to be a part of their milestones. Being a part of Patra & Tyler’s relationship through these photos was not only so much fun, but also so beautiful. I truly feel honored that they asked me to be the one to capture these moments for them. They’re approaching their anniversary and I couldn’t be more happier for them both!

I know that some clients are unsure of morning sessions because of the light. However, I think morning sessions are so beautiful – the light is gorgeous and soft. You don’t get a sunset at the end, but you will get amazing even light. I think this post is a great representation of a lovely morning session for you all to see. :) If you’re a morning person and able to get everyone up & ready, it’s definitely worth it!

One of the most exciting parts about this session for me was that we shot at two locations, both new places I hadn’t used for clients yet! The first one was somewhere that Patra recommended. I love when clients have ideas for a location, especially if they let me know beforehand so that I am able to go scout it out before the session date. This ended up being such a great suggestion. There were two gorgeous waterfalls and a beautiful bridge! At the second location, somewhere I had found on one of my location scouting days, there were trees for days! The park also had a beautiful path with fallen leaves everywhere. There was a cute fence as well, and a bridge that we didn’t quite make it to, but will eventually get featured during one of my sessions I’m sure.

I hope you all enjoy Patra & Tyler’s Couple Session!

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  • Gillian C BowdenNovember 30, 2017 - 9:31 AM

    Congratulations Patra & Tyler, great session, love your memories !ReplyCancel