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Pumpkin Patch

I’m proofing photos from THREE sessions in the last 8 days so bare with me if you’re still waiting on your sneak peeks – they are coming! But for now, I am taking a short break to show you highlights of our weekend trip to the pumpkin patch…

I was super excited when I saw my friend Andrea, her DH and her adorable twins at the same pumpkin patch! They live in College Station, but were here in Austin for a cancer walk-a-thon fundraiser! We lined up the babies and got some fun pictures!:-)

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Mel - October 19, 2008 - 11:29 PM

Adorable Elle! Good luck with the promising new business!! :)

Jessica - October 20, 2008 - 6:54 AM

How fun!! :)

Hollie - October 21, 2008 - 3:36 AM

Those are so cute. I don’t think I realized Hayden had so much hair, he always has a cute little hat on his head. Great shots!!

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Miss “C”

Going through recent sessions tonight! Here’s a portrait of beautiful 22 month old Miss “C”. Her mom and I are good friends and I invited them over for an impromptu mini session last week! This was my favorite one from that day…

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Suzanne B - October 18, 2008 - 1:42 PM

Great, popping color! Very nice photo.

S - October 20, 2008 - 12:47 PM

De-lurking to comment on this photo. . . I just love it! What a cute little girl!

I stumbled across your prior blog through a link on someone else’s blog (just whose escapes me now) and got interested because of your lovely photos of your boys AND the fact that your older son is exactly 2 days older than my only nephew.

Anyhoo, I enjoy your work. I even sent a link to this blog to a friend of mine with a 7-month-old son who lives in Austin! ;-)

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Costume Portait Party Invite!

We’re having Our 1st Annual Costume Portrait Party!

We want to capture your little one’s cuteness-factor with a costume quick-take special. They’ll get to trick-or-treat with us a few days early with some goody bags AFTER their pictures have been taken! With quick-takes, space is limited and slots are filled on a first contact/first served basis. All photos will be taken on our white or black backdrops.

There will be a prize for the best dressed little one that will be decided by my blog readers! I will post all the final costume photos and online poll on the blog on October 31st and you need to recruit all your friends and family to VOTE for your photo! If you win, you will win the hi-res images from your session! *Contest participation is optional – you don’t have to participate if you don’t want to*

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Jessica - October 15, 2008 - 8:08 AM

What a great idea! Have fun with this!! :)

Vanessa - October 15, 2008 - 12:22 PM

What a fun idea! Makes me wish I hadn’t already had halloween photos taken! I’ll pass the info on to my group of friends!

Athena Jebaoui - October 15, 2008 - 1:06 PM

4:00PM would be great! Where do ou live??

Hansbaby - October 16, 2008 - 7:09 PM

Wow Elle,
You have a terrific site. You are awesome with photography. I will make sure that I pass your information on to the two friends I have in Texas. I have followed your story of the boys since you started the blog. I have a tww website. I still have not had any luck on the ttc end but I still love the fact that you have that site for ladies. I will definately keep this site bookmarked and enjoy the photos you show. Seeing these photos makes me really wish we lived in Texas rather than Michigan. I hope that your business continues to go well for you.


Margret Sakon - February 4, 2010 - 10:25 AM

Hello guys do you remember the TTC guy who was filmed sleeping? Well yesterday another TTC bus driver, who’s bus was 15 minutes late took his regular 7 minuet ‘donut break’. He left the passengers sitting in the bus. He even threatened the passenger that confronted him! (Digg it to make it viral) - - February 7, 2010 - 12:45 PM

umm… I am no

Jetta Dickman - February 9, 2010 - 2:50 AM

Thank you for the info provided. The best content I’ve seen on babies

Sarah Little - July 15, 2010 - 9:51 PM

Cheers, I view all your writings, keep them coming.

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First Maternity Session!

It’s 12:45am so this post will be short. I’ll come back to write more tomorrow!



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Mari - October 14, 2008 - 12:06 AM

Thank you Elle! You did a great job! You know I totally didn’t want to do the belly pics, but I’m really glad we did…and we had a lot of fun taking them too! Can’t wait to see more and to take the newborn pics too!
Love ya’!

lennuk - October 16, 2008 - 2:18 PM

I absolutely love this bellybaby+big brohter photo!

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3 Heartbreakers

My photo session with the Fender family was a lot of fun! The boys are so handsome and full of life. They actually have 3 chickens in their suburban backyard! The boys wore themselves out trying to catch the chickens. (Those hens are fast!) During the session, I learned all about “Clone Troopers” (Star Wars) and their clever mom had the boys convinced that a Clone Trooper was inside my camera lens! Thanks to her, I got some great eye contact for a little bit while the boys were on the play gym! Enjoy your sneak peek!

Looking for the “Clone Trooper” in my lens





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Jessica - October 13, 2008 - 8:27 AM

These are ADORABLE!! Great job, Elle!! :)

Julie - October 13, 2008 - 12:39 PM

Wow! You have a gift! Beautiful!

Carolyn - October 13, 2008 - 3:47 PM

darling boys! and I finally made it to your new blog! I love all the photos.

Jessica - October 14, 2008 - 9:13 AM

These photos are fantastic, you are truly talented! I love your little Clone Trooper trick! That’s priceless! I’m going to have to try some tricks like that with my boys.

[...] the best idea I have heard in a long time and it was on photographer Elle Mendenhall’s blog, Elle Bella Photography. It really hit close to home and I am totally going to try it out soon.  The mother of the boys [...]

Hollie - October 14, 2008 - 3:47 PM

I like these photos. The one of the boys with the chicken (or hen) is really neat. Oh, and I love all the feet. Who doesn’t like little feet!

erin {tvp} - October 20, 2008 - 7:02 AM

Gorgeous pics, love the storm trooper idea!

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Hunter’s 2 Year Storyboard

I wanted to finish up Hunter’s 2 yr old portraits before I start proofing and posting sneak peaks of the 2 recent photo sessions I did this past weekend. Check back tomorrow for family of 3 cuuuute little boys!!:-)

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Jo Ann - October 12, 2008 - 4:51 PM

I found you, Elle! Geez – I go a week without checking the blog and you disappear! LOL! The new pics are fantastic. I love them all. I’d bring my kiddos to you in a heartbeat, but it is a bit of a drive from Georgia. :-)

Jessica - October 13, 2008 - 8:28 AM

Yaheee for Hunter & eye contact!! These turned out really cute! :)

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