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Life is a Gift { Austin Children’s Photographer }

I’ve been looking forward to this mini session for months! These 3 kiddos are so special to me. So so special. Let me explain… The one in blue is my first born son, Hunter. Before getting pregnant with Hunter, I went through 2 miscarriages, a painful infertlity diagnosis, laparosopic surgery to correct stage 3 endometriosis, the reality of my infertlity doctor telling me that I only had less than a 5% chance of getting pregnant with an IUI (the only infertlity treatment we could financially afford at the time). Without infertlity treatment, she said I had less than a 1% chance of ever conceiving on my own. That’s a huge mountain to have to climb. HUGE. In times of extreme uncertainty, your faith is tested and tested and tested. I had many many people praying for our infertility battle which truly carried me through the valley I was in. Two of my dearest friends were right there with me, facing their own infertlity struggles, and sharing the same faith that Jesus is the same today as he was over 2000 years ago. With God on our side, nothing would be impossible. And within 3 months, all 3 of us became pregnant with our first born children. All 3 with very different amazing testimonies of God’s provision, grace and love. God is so good!!!

We started our little photo “tradition” when these 3 children were just 3 months old, in Feb 2007. Every year since we get them together for pictures to document much they have grown and to celebrate another year of motherhood. God has continued to bless us with more sweet children and babies on the way! This evening was a photographer’s dream … the light was amazing, the scenery was blooming – pure joy! Update! (Click here to see their photos from 2007-2009!)

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kellie - April 28, 2010 - 11:57 PM

They are adorable!! You did a great job:)

Marcia - April 29, 2010 - 12:30 AM

What a blessing!! Gorgeous captures as always!

Rachel - April 29, 2010 - 12:46 AM

Thanks Elle. My heart is full from reading “our story” about these three special children. We are SO blessed!

Jen - April 29, 2010 - 5:17 AM

I love these. What an amazing location!

Neely - April 29, 2010 - 7:19 AM

Wow, how awesome that you lady’s had each other during that difficult time! God is good! What precious little gifts! These photos are so great! That fence makes for such cute photos!! :)

Jessica - April 29, 2010 - 7:44 AM

Gorgeous! Look what a big boy Hunter is now!! Wow! Too adorable!

Laura Brett - April 29, 2010 - 7:54 AM

Oh they are gorgeous, love love the field. Beautiful job.

Lindsay - April 29, 2010 - 7:59 AM

I came across your blog just a short while ago and have fallen in love with your work! Absolutely beautiful! What an incredible story your have, thank you for sharing – and what a fantastic way to always remember and give thanks!! Gorgeous children!

Mollie Kendall - April 29, 2010 - 9:58 AM

Very sweet kids. Beautiful location :) Great set!!

Krissy Allori - April 29, 2010 - 12:25 PM

What a great story. The location is FABULOUS! All three kids are just adorable too. Congrats to you and your two friends for such miracles!

Cindy - April 29, 2010 - 2:09 PM


Clarice - April 29, 2010 - 2:20 PM

I love these! Great captures!

Laurie - April 29, 2010 - 2:54 PM

Awesome story!! LOVE the images!!!

casandra heeren - April 29, 2010 - 3:40 PM

such an amazing story! beautiful lighting… love them all!

Sophie Crew - April 29, 2010 - 6:36 PM

These are gorgeous! Love the setting – what happy and beautiful kiddos! Great job!

Anne Beatty - April 30, 2010 - 6:15 PM

They are so cute! I love that third one especially!

Lindy - May 4, 2010 - 8:28 AM

Amazing as always!!! ♥ Love these..

Bethany Dawn Burns - May 7, 2010 - 8:39 AM

WOW! That is such an awesome story Elle. I had no idea. I love how you share your faith and your life with your readers. You are an inspiration! Love ya. ♥

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Back on the Farm! { Austin Children’s Photographer }

I just love this colorful “farm” for little boy photo sessions! I’m not sure if I’ll ever tire of this place! Meet little “J” – who will be turning 2 yrs old in May! He had a blast during his photo session, exploring almost every inch of the farm! Love it!! Enjoy your sneak peek, “K” family – your little boy is gorgeous!!

I thought this one was too cute…:)

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Lisa Holloway - April 26, 2010 - 3:54 AM

You truly captured the innocence and wonder of this age so well. This little fellow is absolutely adorable, and his happiness is infectious. Amazing job on these!

Marcia - April 26, 2010 - 5:02 AM

Love this set! What lens are you using? Love the bokeh in the second last one!!

Leanne - April 26, 2010 - 5:26 AM

What a cutie! Love the one where he is looking under a truck. That would make an awesome canvas!

Jen - April 26, 2010 - 5:35 AM

He is so adorable! I love his hair!

kellie - April 26, 2010 - 7:16 AM

Wow. What a cutie!! You really captured lots of personality and variety.
This would make a great storyboard

mandy - April 26, 2010 - 7:16 AM

Oh my goodness! What a doll. I just love every single photo. There is so much personality and heart felt love captured between mom and son. And that last one…priceless. What a cutie pie.

Clarice - April 26, 2010 - 7:47 AM

Love the setting here. He is so cute too! Nice captures!

Kristi Mangan - April 26, 2010 - 8:02 AM

Totally awesome light & location… LOVE these shots! Gorgeous work!

anette - April 26, 2010 - 8:04 AM

He’s the cutest thing ever:) I love all his different expressions and all the colors you captures here. The one with him exploring the truck got to be my favorite. Great pictures!!

Pam - April 26, 2010 - 8:56 AM

what a little sweetie! LOVE those eyes! these are fantastic…love that next to last one! great work.

Tiffany Welch - April 26, 2010 - 9:29 AM

Oh yeah, that is a GREAT location! Beutiful work and that last shot is just perfect!

Kristi - April 26, 2010 - 2:44 PM

These pictures are beautiful! I can’t even comment on a favorite because I love them all :) You did such a wonderful job capturing ‘J’…these are fantastic :)

Jane Photo - April 27, 2010 - 12:01 PM

He’s just so cute, and it’s a great location. You did a wonderful job capturing his spirit.

Donna - April 27, 2010 - 2:26 PM

These pics capture “J” at his best. It is obvious he didn’t pose for these pictures. I wish we would have found you sooner.

Bethany Dawn Burns - April 28, 2010 - 8:38 PM

LOVE these Elle! What a handsome little guy and I love that truck!

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Five Little Monkeys { Austin Quintuplets Photographer }

Meet Austin’s oldest set of quintuplets, the “W” family! This is my first time photographing them! Aren’t they adorable? They will be celebrating their 3rd birthday this summer! We met at the pink flamingo farm in West Austin for our photo session. The quints had fun with the plastic pink flamingos, giant plastic easter eggs and the bluebonnets of course! Keeping the attention of 5 preschoolers is quite a challenge! Kudos to their beautiful mommy and grandma for helping make it a fun morning! Enjoy your sneak peeks!!

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Clarice - April 25, 2010 - 12:00 AM

Oh my gosh! How cute are these photos? I don’t know how you managed to get them to all cooperate with you? Love the captures!

Erin Bell - April 25, 2010 - 12:13 AM

Gorgeous! So Fun to watch them grow- you always capture them so beautifully!

Inna - April 25, 2010 - 12:49 AM

Oh wow! These are amazing! How did you get them all to cooperate like that? Beautiful!

gilbert - April 25, 2010 - 1:33 AM

These are so cute and fun! Great job!

Rose - April 25, 2010 - 8:18 AM

What cuties! Beautiful work! I can’t believe how cooperative they were!

Jen P. - April 25, 2010 - 8:23 AM

Oh my goodness what gorgeous children!!!! Love your color and clarity!

Susie L - April 25, 2010 - 8:45 AM

Great captures – that last one has got to be my favorite!

Claire - April 25, 2010 - 12:09 PM

Awesome photos! You did a great job of capturing their personalities!

Stephanie McFrederick - April 25, 2010 - 3:34 PM

Wow. awesome job! Love the last one.. so cute!

Tiffany Bender - April 25, 2010 - 6:12 PM

That last image is just precious!!! beautiful work

Kristen Duke - April 25, 2010 - 7:36 PM

Yay! I love them so! Rachelle told me you offered to photograph them and I was excited to see another photographers spin. This location looks so fun!

Grandma Rappleye - April 25, 2010 - 11:42 PM

It makes me so happy to be the greatgrandmother of those adorable quintuplets. I just wish I lived closer so I could give them some hugs and kisses.

Linda - April 26, 2010 - 7:36 AM

Oh my gosh! FIVE!?!?! Every single one of them is just as cute as a button! Love what you shot, they are so precious! The together shots made me smile and then the individuals are just awesome! Great job!

Dawn - April 26, 2010 - 9:01 AM

What sweet photos! I can’t imagine how challenging this shoot must have been but you make it look effortless! I love the silly faces photo! What a neat opportunity!

Lindy - April 26, 2010 - 11:39 AM


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Grandchildren { Layla Grace Mini Session Fundraiser }

Super cute sneak peeks today of the “C” family who bought a couple back to back spots during my Layla Grace Mini Session day to get some adorable grandparents/grandchildren pictures in the spring wildflowers! I’d say… mission accomplished! I hope you enjoy your sneak peeks! I have so many favorites from your session!:)

Love this one!

Little “N” walking with his parents – isn’t he darling??:)

And one last sneak peek of little “N” with his mommy!

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this n that - April 24, 2010 - 10:25 AM

These are wonderful!!!

Sophie Crew - April 24, 2010 - 4:15 PM

Oh wow, these are amazing! I am sure the grandparents and family will treasure these forever! Every family needs to do a session like this!
You are awesome for doing a fundraiser for sweet Layla Grace.

courtney - April 24, 2010 - 7:10 PM

what a gorgeous family. the colors are amazing – what a gorgeous location – and it’s wonderful that it’s a fundraiser.

Stephanie McFrederick - April 24, 2010 - 7:21 PM

Gorgeous work! Love the emotion you captured. Amazing job.

Leanne - April 24, 2010 - 7:49 PM

What cherished little boys. You have done an awesome job of capturing the love in this extended family. I bet they are thrilled.

Rose - April 24, 2010 - 9:44 PM

These are such beautiful images! You really captured the beautiful bong between grandparents and grand-kids. Love these!

Jane Photo - April 24, 2010 - 10:11 PM

These are stunning! I just caught my breath thinking about how precious these will be to those grandchildren many years from now.

Inna - April 25, 2010 - 12:58 AM

Gorgeous location!!!!!! You have really captured the connection between them. Great job, these are really lovely.

Claire - April 25, 2010 - 12:14 PM

Beatiful! I love the location you chose! You’ve captured some great connections. I’m sure this family will treasure these.

Dawn - April 26, 2010 - 9:00 AM

GORGEOUS! I love the grandparent pictures, no doubt they will treasure them forever!

Lindy - April 26, 2010 - 11:40 AM

Love love the indian blankets field!!!

Lindy - April 26, 2010 - 11:41 AM

Grandparent shots are sooo precious!

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Two Cute { Layla Grace Mini Sessions }

I was so excited when I got an email from the “K” family asking to be a part of my Layla Grace Mini Session Fundraiser! It’s been too long since I last photographed her gorgeous girls and I was so excited to see them again! The first time I met them, they were 3 months old and this summer they will be turning 2! I brought along a little basket for my mini sessions and they had the best time collecting flowers and being incredibly cute! I hope you enjoy your sneak peek!!:)

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Kathleen - April 22, 2010 - 10:13 PM

Gorgeous color and great expression you caught!

Leanne - April 23, 2010 - 5:53 AM

These 2 are so adorable, I bet you have captured their personalities perfectly. Their Family must be stoked.

Amy - April 23, 2010 - 5:57 AM

Love the color on these. Those girls look so happy together.. Just lovely.

jennifer adams - April 23, 2010 - 7:47 AM

omgoodness these are too beautiful and cute, I just love all the colors and the location is awesome!

kellie - April 23, 2010 - 12:15 PM

You’ve really captured thee adorable girls so well. Amazing location!!

mollie - April 23, 2010 - 2:48 PM

oh these are so fun!

Tori Piercy - April 23, 2010 - 2:59 PM

Love these! those little girls are so cute and I love the colors!

Krissy Allori - April 23, 2010 - 3:16 PM

So so so cute! Love the one of the two of them looking at the camera and smiling.

Brandie - April 23, 2010 - 4:02 PM

We LOVE these Elle! We can’t wait to see the rest!!!

Pam Douglas - April 24, 2010 - 6:46 AM

oh my, these are just beautiful. I love the color and the location…and the expressions are just too cute!

robyn - April 24, 2010 - 11:48 PM

They are beautiful and I love this field! What beautiful images.

mandy - April 26, 2010 - 7:28 AM

Oh my word this session is truly magical! I love the moments you captured between them. What treasured photographs I am sure these will be for a lifetime.

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Peekaboo Sunshine { Layla Grace Mini Session Fundraiser }

Sunday morning was attempt #2 at holding my Layla Grace Mini Session Fundraiser! Last week we got rained out! I was afraid the weather was going to be much of the same, since we have been having so much rain lately… but we woke up Sunday morning to glorious sunshine! I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day for the Layla Grace mini sessions! You might remember this adorable little girl on my blog last year! She’s such a lil cutie!! I could seriously photograph her all day! Her mama is super talented too and makes me the most ADORABLE newborn hats!! I love her!!:)Enjoy your sneak peeks, “G” family!! (More sneak peeks of my Layla Grace mini sessions tomorrow – featuring the “K” family twins!)

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shalonda - April 22, 2010 - 6:49 AM

beautiful job hun!!!!! i was honored to be a part of this as well and have to thank you for having such a sweet and giving heart!

this n that - April 22, 2010 - 7:12 AM

These are beautiful! Lucky you to have so much green grass and flowers already! She is such a cutie.

Stephanie - April 22, 2010 - 7:36 AM

What a cutie! Great images!

Clarice - April 22, 2010 - 8:00 AM

These are gorgeous! Love the playfulness you captured!

Bri - April 22, 2010 - 8:46 AM

What a sweet little girl. I just love the peekaboo action you caught. What a beautiful location too.

Terra - April 22, 2010 - 8:55 AM

love all the color in these and all the wonderful expressions you captured,adorable!

Linda - April 22, 2010 - 9:24 AM

How cute she is! I just love your location! WOW!

Lisa Little - April 22, 2010 - 10:35 AM

She is a doll and the location is amazing! Love all of these!!

Julie Wagoner - April 22, 2010 - 6:35 PM

Beautiful! I just LOVE the field of wildflowers!! A perfect spot for these sessions!

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