Dallas

Bellas: Lauren Maduzia



I wish I could show you the pictures from high school. The ones where Lauren and I used my wind up camera, swapped clothes, and ate mac & cheese for energy to create our own photoshoot. Oh wait ... high school? Maybe not.

Ok, now step a little to the left.
THERE. That was the perfect spot where the air would tickle our hair like a breeze on a summer day. So maybe we weren't at the beach with an ocean breeze, but the rickety fan would have to do for the shots we wanted. I mean, that's part of the adventure anyway :) We figured it out -- the poses, the clothes, and the styling.

Fast forward 10 years later. Hands down, this was one of my favorite sessions I've ever done. This girl has been in my life since high school and I can't even begin to tell you some of the fun Lauren & I have had and secrets we've shared. We had different math classes, but the same teacher and the same seat. So what did we do? We wrote notes to each other and taped it under the seat for the other to find the next day.

When I went home to Dallas earlier this month, we decided to relive this particular memory. Our photo session. Little did we know I would one day pursue this as a career....





Ok, ok. I'm doing this again instead of more photos. Those were some of my faaavorites, but I've been dying to get to Lauren's session to create this down there. I love what I do. I love the people I get to share this with!

(make sure to watch FULL screen on HD!)


PERFECTION!! Haha. According to Lauren, this is the phrase I use when I photograph. Hey, can't be a bad model if you've reached perfection, right? ;) Love you girl!

Babies: Kent Samuel Lewis

Let's keep the Christmas spirit alive, shall we?

So my best friend Kristen had her first baby a few months ago and I kinda freaked out. Lots of people around me were having babies, and yeah -- I was excited for them, but then Kristen had hers. Then I experienced overwhelming excitement. I wasn't expecting to feel so emotional about it, but there I was ... recalling memories on my blog about us drawing on the bus seats in high school of our driver that looked like a turtle.

True to social media, her husband Billy kept us eagerly posted about her delivery on Facebook. We waited anxiously and then ... Kent was born. A beautiful, chubby cheeked, blue-eyed Lewis.

The day Kristen had her baby, I said: "Today my bestfriend, the face I've been SO familiar with in my childhood, is holding a child of her own." And here is the face I eagerly waited to see....






But there was no way I could post all of them at once. Instead, let's watch them. I think that's the best way to start your week after a weekend full of love :)

(Make sure to select the HD button & press the four arrows to watch in full screen!)


They're so special to me! Have a great week everyone :)

A (Scarf) Weekend Wrap Up

I was so sure I'd be sick by today seeing how hectic these last few days were and how much my body temperature fluctuated. Sleeping in my grandma's room the night before the twins' session on Friday was a baaaad idea. I hardly got any sleep, and had a late start on Friday.

Despite being a little groggy that morning, the weather was beautiful. I came prepared with a tank top in hand, anticipating the sweat that would come on this warm day full of babies, heaters, and photo taking. It was silly how hot I got -- like pseudo menopause or something! But sweat is a small price to pay when you get to create memories for your family. Go ahead and roll your eyes at my awesome Hallmark statement cause I absolutely mean it! :)

Not only did I get to photograph the babies of the cousin I'm closest to, but then I got to photograph my best friend's FIRST baby, AND (AND!) I had a fashion session with one of my greatest friends from high school! Remember the candy-cane scarf I used on the twins? I brought it over to Kristen's house in case I'd want to wrap it around baby Kent. When I actually ended up using it, Kristen jokingly said: "You should have Lauren wear it at one point too so everyone you photographed used that scarf."

GENIUS!

So I did just that. At first, the scarf served as a blanket for two...



And then it made its appearance on this bundle of cuteness...



Finally, it was held close by this sexy snow bunny! :)



Okay, so there's no snow -- but it made me think of snow bunny :P

How adorable, precious, SEXY, and amazing was this experience?! Funny how each one had a piece of me :) I love all of these people to death and you'll hear much, much more about them when I post their sessions individually. I seriously can't wait for you to see these!

Hope that made your Monday just a little bit :)