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I was so excited when I found out that Miss A’s mommy had ordered a pettiskirt for her first birthday party! Our photo session was scheduled for the day before the big birthday bash, so she got to wear it for her pictures! Every picture I took could be on a postcard. Miss A is such a beautiful little baby toddler! Enjoy your sneak peek!


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Jessica Moore - November 24, 2008 - 9:29 AM

So cute!!! She was all about sticking her tongue out that day, huh? Can’t wait to see the rest!! :)

Mandy - November 25, 2008 - 10:26 PM

Wow!!! These are awesome!!!!

Natasha - December 7, 2008 - 4:10 PM

What a gorgeous little girl, and such a pretty outfit. I live in Australia – can I ask where you can buy such a beautiful pettiskirt and top like this???? Thank you.

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5 days old

Meet Miss “S”, born on November 14th – just 2 hours shy of her Daddy’s birthday (Nov 15th)! She’s also my new niece. I love her so much already!

Another sneak peek…

And with her proud big brother…

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Ovidio Rodriguez - November 20, 2008 - 4:45 PM

Congratulations EllaBella, your pictures are great!
The quality is superb and you have great creativity. Myself, being in the video production business for more than 20 years producing a lot of material for the small screen; I give you a 10+ on your work. I know that you will be blessed with many jobs. Your website is awesome. I would be more than happy to recommend your work.
Thank you and God Bless you.
Mr. Rodriguez
San Antonio, Texas
November 20-2008

Jessica - November 20, 2008 - 7:03 PM

My nephew was born on the 15th! :) Not taking his pictures until Saturday though. She’s adorable…can’t wait to see more!

Maricela - November 20, 2008 - 10:01 PM

WOW! Once again, you’ve outdone yourself! I LOVE these pics…and I’m not just saying that as the proud Mommy of both these gorgeous little ones! :) The other recent maternity pics (Urban Maternity) are AWESOME!!
Thank you so much for all of your hard work and time in taking these pictures. It’s a real blessing and we have wonderful memories (both photographed and not! And we now know what Sofie really thinks about cheese cloth! LOL)
Love ya’! – Mari

Debbie Mendenhall - November 21, 2008 - 11:55 AM

Wow Michelle! You have done an absolutely FABULOUS Job!! So happy for you that you have a hobby that can also be an income maker!! Make’s me wish you were around when mine were small!
Love you,
Aunt Debbie

PS.. Hayden looks so much like Nathan..SO CUTE!!!

Brandie - November 21, 2008 - 12:23 PM

I absolutley love the one in the pink hat!!! PRECIOUS!! Makes me wish I had some taken of the girls when they were that little!

Lisa - November 21, 2008 - 12:41 PM

Those are so freakin cute. Awesome job!!!! Its so funny you posted these because I just did my very first newborn yesterday but she was only 4 days old! We did pics in the exact same hat just a darker pink. So funny because they are so similar. I cant wait to edit mine!!!

audrey - December 4, 2008 - 6:47 PM

she is so cute!!! congrats to mari and aaron on your beautiful bundle of joy! and to the photographer, great job!

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Urban Maternity/Family

I’m just now sharing a sneak peek of my friend Mandy’s urban maternity/family session from two weeks ago! Since I made them (and you all) wait for the sneak peeks – I’ve decided to show more photos from their session! I had so much fun with their cute family that morning (thanks for lunch)! Miss “C” is exactly a month younger than Hunter and she’s already got a huge vocabulary! She’s so sweet too. I have even more adorable photos of her and her pink lollipop! Can’t wait to take pictures of your new baby boy next month! Enjoy your sneak peek!

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Jessica - November 20, 2008 - 10:06 AM

I was wondering where more sneak peeks were!! ;)

Did you buy MCP actions for the collages? These are really cute!!

Cheryl Bates (Mimi) - November 20, 2008 - 11:46 AM

These are WONDERFUL pictures! I love every one of them. (Of course I am not prejudice of the subject matter at all!) Thank you for sharing these very creative photos! You really have a great talent.

Rachel - November 20, 2008 - 5:12 PM

Those are SO great! What a photographic family – all three of them! :) Great job, Elle!

Katie - November 21, 2008 - 9:19 AM

Elle I swear you get better everytime I check out your site. Yhese are amazing!!!!!You are so on for that photo swap ~ as long as we can both use that spectacular new camera of yours. Are you just loving it or what? You are doing great work with it!

Lisa - November 21, 2008 - 12:43 PM

Ok that 5D is AMAZING! The quality of these are amazing and it is a noticeable difference from the ones with the Nikon. Those were good but these are so crystal clear. I am saving but I dont know if I will ever get there…

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Vote for Hayden!

I entered Hayden into a blog Christmas photo contest. [Edited to add: He didn’t get enough votes to win but I still think he’s cute! This is the photo I entered of him:

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Jessica - November 12, 2008 - 12:13 PM


Anonymous - November 12, 2008 - 12:14 PM

The voting actually ends next Wednesday the 19th. And while Hayden is definately the cutest, he’s behind in the votes. So go vote for him!

Mandy - November 12, 2008 - 1:08 PM

You’re now in second place!!! What an awesome picture!!!!

Jessica - November 12, 2008 - 1:49 PM

BTW – I just voted for Hayden!! :)

Hollie - November 12, 2008 - 3:23 PM

I just voted and he has taken the lead. Great photo!

Hollie - November 12, 2008 - 11:26 PM

I went back and looked again and the photo you submitted looks so much better compared to everyone elses. It just stands out by a mile. You really did do a fantastic job. The colors are great. I hope he wins, GL.

Crystal - November 13, 2008 - 8:09 AM

SO cute!!! :) Great job as always! :)

Jessica - November 14, 2008 - 9:04 AM

I like the second one. It’s brighter, warmer. Great picture.

Brandie - November 14, 2008 - 9:54 AM

I think the second one looks brighter and warmer! Adorable photo! I voted! :o )

MamaByMiracle - November 15, 2008 - 10:11 AM

The second one looks much better! I voted ;)

Lynn - November 18, 2008 - 9:05 PM

This is terrific! Way to go!

Amanda Prince - November 19, 2008 - 8:53 AM

I really like your second version here! Beautiful tones. I voted too, Hope he wins, what an adorable pic! :)

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Little Cowboy

First off, today is Hunter’s 2nd birthday!! (Nov 6th) My sweet boy has made me his “mama” for 2 years. He’s growing so much verbally – can pretty much repeat anything we ask him to and is starting to string 2 word sentences together! This is big news for Hunter since he’s been speech delayed up until now. Go Hunter! This year we laid low and didn’t throw him a birthday party. Mostly because my weekends are now full of sessions and editing and well, one more thing to add to the mix would be too much for me. Next year I’ll make it up to him with a big ol’ birthday bash. He did get a bike and 30 cupcakes (Sams!) and a big elmo face balloon (the thing was ten bucks!). Not too shabby. He’s also getting presents from family and friends as we see them.:-)

This past weekend, I had the privilege of doing a swap photo session for another Austin photographer. That was fun! They live in the Hill Country and own a 20 acre ranch. Their little 22 month old cowboy was super cute and energetic! Here’s a sneak peek!

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Ilan - November 7, 2008 - 6:39 AM

Amazing photos! Very nicely done. Love it :)
Thanks for sharing! :)

Jessica Wright - November 7, 2008 - 6:43 AM

These are great, love the flare!

crystal - November 7, 2008 - 8:20 AM

Nice!!! Happy Birthday to Hunter! :)

Jessica - November 7, 2008 - 2:16 PM

Great job on these! Do you have any birthday pics of the birthday boy?!

Concerned parent - November 12, 2008 - 9:35 AM

Happy Birthday Hunter!!! Shame that you are too busy to have a party for him, he only turns 2 once and they grow up fast! Hopefully things will slow down so that Hayden can have a first birthday party.

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New Camera!

I’m sooooo excited! I got a new camera!!!!!! A Canon 5D!!!!!!! (Yep, I made the switch from Nikon to Canon!) I have been WANTING this camera for at least a year and now that it’s sitting here on the table next to me, I have to pinch myself every so often because it’s seriously a dream come true for me! I played around with it today and wow, the full frame sensor is incredible! I can see, I can see! I’m trying to memorize where all the buttons are, menu options, and don’t even ask me how to use my new Canon 430EX speedlight flash – OMG that thing confuses me! (My old Nikon SB400 had an on/off button – that’s it!) My new 430EX flash has all sorts of buttons and when you put it in M mode, you get mucho over exposure! Maybe I’ll finally embrace natural light photography after all. I also got a spiffy new lens for my new camera – a 50mm 1.4 USM lens! With all this new technology at my fingertips – I have got a lot to relearn in a short amount of time (my next session is tomorrow, Sunday at 4pm!!)

This image is soft because I had my new 50mm lens almost all the way open but will you LOOK at Hayden’s eyes…

I big puffy heart my new camera! Puffy puffy hearts everywhere.

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Hollie - November 2, 2008 - 5:18 AM

Welcome to the “Canon Family”! I love my 50mm 1.8, still saving for the 1.4, but maybe by then I will be able to afford the 1.2. Love the photo, have fun with the new camera :)

Katie - November 2, 2008 - 8:15 AM

CONGRATS!!!!! So jealous here. Been eyeing that camera, too. Have fun with it; I’m sure your pics will be amazing!

I have the 430EX and still find it confusing (and I use it alot). :)

andrea - November 2, 2008 - 8:43 PM

yeehaw for the 5D! i’ve borrowed my dad’s before & it is INCREDIBLE! btw, i referred you to some friends this weekend…seriously, you are unbelievably talented!!! looking forward to seeing your work on the canon!

Lynn - November 2, 2008 - 8:46 PM

Congrats! I am so jealous! Your pictures were perfect before…I just can’t wait to see what else you can do! The ability to capture the brightness in the eyes is what you do best!

Katie and Noah - November 3, 2008 - 1:20 AM

Congrats on the new camera! I love my Canon, you won’t regret it :D
Katie xx

Jessica - November 3, 2008 - 10:41 AM

Welcome to the family! :) Can’t wait to see more pictures from your new camera…I will be going full-frame next year (once I am actually charging good money!). The 430EX really isn’t too hard to figure out…I just turn it on & bounce away!

Robin - November 3, 2008 - 9:56 PM

Holy wow. Enjoy that Canon! This shot is sweetness and perfection all rolled together.

crystal - November 5, 2008 - 8:03 AM

His eyes are GORGEOUS! :O) Yay for the new camera! :O)

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