Camping at Trinidad Lake State Park

Back in the olden days, I used to blog twice a week. Feels like a looooong time ago, and I am honestly a little confused about how to begin again. But one thing I know is that sharing and receiving stories through photos has always inspired me. So, this post is for me.

This past weekend Jake and I took our girls on their first real camping trip. We went to Trinidad Lake State Park and it was such a JOY. The girls and their

eagerness to set up camp
exploring the wilderness
giggles + excitement
obsession with s’mores
7 AM musical performances

…it all joined the mountains in feeding our souls.

Fall Mini-Sessions 2021

Ummm better late than never? 😂🙈 I am just realizing that I never got fall mini-sessions from last year up on the blog!!! A new season is around the corner, so here’s a quick look at the fun we had last year. If you want more info on this year’s mini-session event before they sell out, sign up for the waitlist at the bottom of the post!!!

What to Wear for Your Photos

It’s a question I used to get ALL the time: “But, what should we wear?!” I understand that picking outfits that photograph well can be feel like quite a task… but I’m here to tell you that it’s not as complicated as you might think!! Today I’m sharing 3 tips from my Client Experience Guide: how to dress for your family photos!

1. Maintain your personal style
It is important to me that your images look and feel like you. If your style is colorful and spunky, don’t wear black and white. If you are pretty much the poster child for Anthropologie, do us ALL a favor and show up with that style! Also, remember to be aware of anything you would rather NOT accentuate. For example, if you aren’t crazy about your arms, avoid wearing a sleeveless dress. Maintain your personal style so that you can look and feel as comfortable as possible in your photos!

2. Pick a color scheme
Don’t try to MATCH. Instead, pick outfits and accesories that coordinate. Try picking 2-3 colors that blend well together and coordinate that way! Experiment with different shades of colors, or adding different prints or fabrics to the mix. And don’t forget that neutral colors ALWAYS photograph well!

3. Layers + Accessories
This is great way to add pops of color and patterns. If you struggle with assembling outfits for all 3 kids, your spouse AND yourself, then don’t be afraid to of neutrals! Pull out a colorful gaudy necklace or a patterned scarf to add some character.

Lubbock Memorial Arboretum Family Session

It rarely rains in Lubbock, right? I don’t often realize how little rain we get until there is a storm on its way in. Well, I recently had the opportunity to meet this LOVELY family – we had their session scheduled for the ONE DAY when a massive thunderstorm was rolling through town! We spent the morning watching the forecast, and ultimately decided to roll the dice. Really thankful we did! We had such a great time exploring the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum, while the littles chased leaves and squirrels. We dodged the rain by about an hour, and really enjoyed the cool pre-storm temperatures.

One thing I really enjoyed about this session was the opportunity to get creative. Ahead of our meeting, Sarah mentioned that their family really likes green backdrops + trees. GIRL, SAME. So when we picked our location and I saw that the trees weren’t quite as full and green just yet, I took it as a challenge! My goal was to photograph this session in a way that made it LOOK more like Spring than it actually was. And I’m really happy with how it all turned out!!!

Sarah + Alex, I’m so grateful to have spent this time with your crew! Your babes are so sweet, and gave me lots of laughs 🙂 Thanks for having me along!!