Archive for April, 2010

again…so soon! :) | Grapevine Family Photographer

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

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I had the pleasure of working with the H family again!   Our first photo session (a couple weeks ago — check it here!) was to document little R’s first birthday.  It was SUCH an awesome session and I had a blast getting to know the little gal with her mom, sis and Mimi.  When I arrived yesterday, it was like seeing old friends.  The girls were already totally comfortable with me, so we had lots of extra time to play — this time Dad joined us, which was extra fun WITH a cherry on top.

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Aren’t these two the just the sweetest? Both girls were so entertained looking for different flowers and bugs during our shoot. :)

I don’t usually blog many “posed” shots, but this one is just too beautiful to just post in their online gallery!

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Hope you have a fantastic day! More images coming in the next day or two from all the sessions I’ve had lately — AND some of my own kidlets. I’ve been a portrait-taking machine! ;)
~mm

a little experiment | Family Photographer Dallas

Monday, April 26th, 2010

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I think I probably tasted some dirt for this shot. :) WELL worth it.

Every shoot I have, I like to stretch my limits, my comfort zone. I definitely shoot an image or two (or ten quick ones!) to experiment with, whether it be a pose, a new prop, a location, or an angle. For me, it’s incredibly important to stay creative, for myself and my clients. For this image, dad really wanted a picture by this cabin. After we tried a fun family portrait to the side of this fun structure, I decided to try a silhouette shot. The framing kept calling my name. And as my mom would say…the diagonal lines, going every which way, from the structure, shadows and bodies, really appealed to my eye.  My mom LOVES diagonal lines.  :)

So, there you have it. An experimental shot, for me, turned into a fun portrait.   It’s amazing how much you can learn about a family when they stand before you as a silhouette.   When faces are stripped away, you are left to focus on body language, who is touching who and how.  I notice the broad shoulders of the oldest brother about to go into first grade, how littlest one is leaning towards his big sis and giving his mom’s hand a big tug, and how the only daughter stands tall and comfy right next to her daddy.  Above everything, I love how they’re all connected.

Hope you have one terrific day!

~mm

dimples | dallas / fort worth family photographer

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

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I LOVE family sessions because…you just never know! They’re so unpredictable, fun & challenging alllll rolled into one. I love asking kiddos to do silly things and then watch as the magic unfolds. AND accidentally on purpose, the beautiful, candid moments begin to happen. The moments that show LOADS of dimples. This family definitely has their share of adorable dimples. :)

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I met up with the G Family for a bit yesterday and we had a blast running, jumping, & laughing our way through the late afternoon.

SO so many more incredibles to edit, but I’ll leave you with these three faves for now…

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Thanks you guys — I’ve been waiting for this session for a loooooong time. :)
Hope y’all have a wonderful, beautiful Sunday!
~mm

a MEGA fav | colleyville family photography

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

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Not much to say about this image except that it makes me smile and TOTALLY takes me back to the moment of fun — giggling, smiling, some woo-hoo-ing.

I just {heart} photographing families.

Have a lovely weekend. More happy people to showcase on this blog pretty soon here — exciting!!!
~mm

BEAUTeous sibling portraits | dallas / fort worth child photography

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Meet the sweet soccer superstar S (and the rest of her siblings below). :)
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Oh these kiddos make me smile.  :)   Mom was one of the first women I met in Texas and it’s been a pleasure seeing their family several days a week through various kid classes & sports we have our children enrolled in.  Mom and I are on an endless quest to find what’s BEST for our kids (soccer? ballet? piano? dance? gymnastics? which camp? which teacher? the list goes onnnnn….).  It’s tough work, I tell ya!   We also volunteer at the elementary school library together, so over the past year, we’ve bonded over shelving books and escorting adorable kindergartners to the latest, greatest book.  :)   OH, AND their dad coaches the girls’ soccer team…so yeah…we see quite a bit of each other!

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Anyway, back to the portraits.  Aren’t these kiddos STUN-NING!!!   And so super duper sweet.  My daughter always gets giggly when she sees their oldest (pictured up top), which makes MY heart sing.

M Family — thank you for being so FUN & willing to do crazy, zany running (after these portraits, of course) and trusting me to capture your kiddos. You will receive gallery links shortly!

Have a terrific day!
~mm

[truck LOVE] | dallas / fort worth child photographer

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

sbjtruckwMy little guy.  I just love his curiosity, love for Buzz Lightyear, low little voice, love for his sister, and how he can make me smile every second of every day.  :)

Have a loverly day!

~mm

[the love between these three] | Dallas / Fort Worth Family Photographer

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

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Ahhh…another awesomely fun session.  I met up with this family for a quick little mini session shoot and got SO much more.  I just love watching families interact.  The love between these three was just incredible to witness.  There were SO many giggles and chasing and sillies happening — right up my alley!

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Mom is a photographer in the area, so she knew the drill (and what a compliment she chose ME to photograph her family)!  Dad was also 100% there and knew JUST the way to turn, exactly when to smile…it was great!  The little guy wasn’t sure about me at first, but mom and dad scooped him up and showered him with smooches, so I just faded away.  For him, it turned into 25 minutes of playtime and discovery.  Nature is incredible and even more fun to witness in the eyes of a little one.

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C Family…you’ll receive links to your lovely gallery tomorrow.  Can’t WAIT for you to see your portraits.  :)

Have a fabulous day!

~mm

2010 Spring Dance Par-tay! | Southlake Family Photographer

Monday, April 19th, 2010

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Dancin’ feet — Arms swingin’ — Smilin’ ear-to-ear — Birds chirpin’

Butterflies flutterin’ — Hips shakin’ — Wildflowers glowin’

-p e r f e c t i o n-

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Oh did I have fun with this family. Dad brought his kick-buns iPod speakers and boy was it awesome!!! Once we finished some traditional portraits with some Bluebonnets (see gorgeous kid pics below), we went into a field and let loose! A couple tunes courtesy of “heartthrob” Justin Bieber & the lovely  Taylor Swift really transformed this session into a full on PARTY! :)

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What STUNNING kiddos….

Thanks, E Family, for one INCREDIBLE session.  :)

Your link with E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G will be emailed on Wednesday.  Hope this little teaser was enough.

Have a lovely day!

~mm

[he holds the record!] | Colleyville Family Photographer

Friday, April 16th, 2010

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This cutie definitely holds the record for the most hair I’ve ever photographed on a little one. He was such a sweet, sweet little guy and it was such a pleasure photographing his calm disposition and the love his family has for him. Before our session, mom and I communicated quite a bit about what to wear and when she sent me a picture of her cutie 3 month old (and all that HAIR!) I couldn’t help but smile for days!

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Is that a little dimple I see? :)

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N and J — your gallery is alllllmost ready — I can’t wait for you to see our captures! Thank you for trusting me to document your lives and love! I’ll be in touch soon. :)

Have a wonderful day!
~mm

[dad's on board!] | Grapevine Family Photography

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

I met up with this *awesome* family Sunday morning. We had a swell time exploring our surroundings and checking out the many trains at our location. The little guy LOVES trains right now, so of course we decided to check out some “choo-choos” in Grapevine. It was so much fun to document his excitement.

*I just love how mom is looking at dad in this pic, while cutie R is smiling away! Adorable.*

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Right after this portrait was taken, Little R discovered that he loved to scare me! It was such a cute little game…he would run back and forth yelling “boo” and when I would scream, he would laugh hysterically. There’s nothing like the laughter of a child!

Aren’t they SO gorgeous?
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The session was going to be just mom and R, but when dad heard about the session being more “candid” (than posed) and about the trains we’d be checking out, he hopped on board. I am SO glad he did! :)

Almost finished with the gallery…yipppeeee! Thank you, M Family for such an enjoyable morning. :)

Have one terrific day!
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