Flying, Art, and Life Together

It has been so hard to sit on this session for months, waiting for the magazine article to come out! I went down to Houston to spend a day with the Taylors and it was SO MUCH FUN. Go to Christianity Today to see how Taylor family is working toward a more perfect union of the church and the arts. This session can be perfectly summed up with this quote, "If you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely." Thank you, David and Phaedra. Shine on, you crazy diamonds!

 

Harker Heights Family Photographer

I had such a blast going up to Harker Heights to capture this family at sunrise! After doing some shots in a rural setting, we went to big brother's favorite park to capture Dad pushing him in his favorite swing! 

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just to be, and enjoy one's immediate family; it's like vacation.

just to be, and enjoy one's immediate family;
it's like vacation.

That's what this family session made me feel like. Like I was just watching a vacation unfold before me. We met up on the campus of Baylor University and walked around together. We read some stories, ate some muffins, swung on the tree swings, visited the fountain, twirled, and kissed the baby a thousand times each. I loved this session because Mom and Dad didn't seem weighed down by the presence of their children. They weren't worried about the baby looking away, or big sister refusing to wear (for more than one minute) the cardigan mom picked out; They enjoyed. They watched. They listened. They smiled. They let go of expectations. This is my hope for every session; the masks come off and parents welcome their kids to take off their masks, too. I can see mom and dad make eye contact with knowing glances because their kids are being kids, again (kids have a habit of doing that, don't they). 

brothers on the downs

We went out to some hilly downs in Waco for this family photography session and had a blast. This family is so dear, so smart, and so much fun. We ended up walking over towards the lake and throwing sticks and rocks, my favorite. We even found a piece of driftwood that looks exactly like a giant squid, which just happened to be big brother's favorite animal. He kept repeating, "A giant quid!! .....    A giant quid!!!" The image below, with all the hands around little brother and those big brown eyes, slays me and lights my heart on fire. I capture my favorite image Every Single Time right when the littlest one in the family gets tired and snuggly. It's precisely when Little One is over the camera, over this session, over the direction or even the playtime, then the walls come down, the parents or siblings lean in to comfort and BAM! I am able to capture the sweetest interaction. And a family interacting is just one of my favorite things to photograph. Hence, the heart on fire. Enjoy these images. Be inspired to DELIGHT IN your family.



A Trip to the Scottish Highlands with our friends

We only had four days in the Highlands of Scotland this summer, so we had to make the most of of our time! We visited Rosemarkie Beach and hiked a quaint little path in Kiltarlity that leads to a brook. We also explored a few Inverness parks, visited Loch Ness, and spent some days at the Barnard's house singing hymns, cooking, and jumping on their trampoline. We miss you, Barnards, and we promise to come back soon!

For today, all I have is the beach and the hike: 

Bottle It Up For The Middle Of The Night

Yesterday, I got to hang out with this wonderful family (who just happen to be good friends ;). We walked around the neighborhood together, had radio flyer scooter races, told jokes, read books, made baby-proof train tracks, and had lollipops! 

Just after the merry-go-round scene
in some of the prettiest, slanti-est light,
and in the midst of brothers having a muddy pants crisis,
and baby sister having a soil-the-outfit spit-up crisis,
Big Sister looks up at me as we walk holding hands and says,

"I wish you could just capture that kind of light, the golden kind, and put it in a bottle to save for the middle of the night."

me too, baby. Me too!

And on a side note, the image with the nose picking and desperate baby just might be my personal favorite from the session.

Thanks, Tricia, for sharing your beautiful family with me. So much love,

Holly

jorts, suspenders, and side braids

This was a wicked early, wicked fun sunrise shoot with my friends the Streckers at the Lake Waco Wetlands. We played board games, ate donuts, caught bugs, shot things with a slingshot, handpicked wild flowers, made bouquets, and observed ants!