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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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Hayden Monster

Well, it looks like the winner of the Portrait Party contest is Baby Flower & Bee by a landslide! Thanks to everyone who voted for our contestants!! I hope everyone scored lots of candy tonight! It’s 12:30am and I’m about to go to bed but wanted to post one more storyboard of Hayden and his blue monster costume before I pack it away forever…

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Lisa - November 2, 2008 - 6:22 PM

I am so jelious…about the 5D! One day:) I do have the sam 50mm 1.4 though I rarely use it and also the 430ex and use that ALL the time. So if you have any questions on it I would be the one to ask!!!

Ricardo Drumond - November 4, 2008 - 8:02 PM

Very nice photo, great blog.I put a link in my blog. Love your photos, i have some of my daughter in my blog.


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Costume Party Pics!

Today is the sneak peek day for our first Costume Portrait party! We had some major cuties come to our house to get photographed – I’m sure you’ll agree! With 2 sets of twins and a 1-1/2 year old (plus my two boys) – our house was hopping! Kudos to Daddy who helped greet our guests and watched the boys while Mommy was busy photographing these sweeties…

It’s time to vote!
Please vote for your favorite today! Contest ends tonight (10/31/2008 at midnight)! Be sure to invite your friends & family to vote too! Updated prize: The winner will win 5 hi-res images from their paid session! Good luck!

Enjoy your sneak peeks! Your galleries will be ready by early next week!

2.5 months old – (Miss Z & Miss B) – “Baby Flower & Bee”

18 Month old – (Miss L) – “Adorable Pumpkin”

7 month old Twins – (Miss G & Miss L)- “Thing 1 & Thing 2 from Dr. Suess”

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Jessica - October 31, 2008 - 12:46 PM

Love the flower & bee one…priceless!! :)

Pumpkin - October 31, 2008 - 2:07 PM

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Bobbi - October 31, 2008 - 8:31 PM

I love the pumpkin kiddo!!! Soooo adorable!! :)

Joanne - November 1, 2008 - 7:25 AM

Love the adorable pumpkin shot.

HITTER ROBERT - December 2, 2008 - 5:35 PM

my favorite photos :“Baby Flower & Bee”.very nice baby photo :D congratulation ! :) very good work ;) to envy Anne Geddes :D ):-h…

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Baby Blocks

My SIL is expecting her first girl next month and I finally got her photo session album done today! Just sharing one more from it…

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Baby name meaning and origin for Abella - November 23, 2008 - 9:17 PM

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Wendy - March 20, 2009 - 5:34 PM

I love this shot! Where were the blocks found in that bright of color? I’ve not seen any like these in that color. Did she just handpaint some natural blocks maybe?

admin - March 20, 2009 - 10:49 PM

They are alphabet blocks from Walmart! :-)

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Too Cute

Just a quick pic to show you how much cuteness was at the Ella Bella Portrait party yesterday! I’ll be posting all the portrait party sneak peeks this week so stay tuned!

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Katie - October 27, 2008 - 3:33 PM

Aw … that’s too cute. We should stuff out big boys into something together and see what happens! J/K.

Glad the portrait party went well. I’m dying to see all the shots you got. I’m sure there were some major cuties there. :)

Dawn - October 28, 2008 - 9:01 AM

Wow!I had been on vacation and did not realized that you “moved” your personal blog over. Your photos are great!-But, MY GOODNESS your two cuties have grown so much just a few weeks!

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