Archive for the ‘newborns’ Category

end of summer always brings that last punch of heat, and usually a dry spell for photographers, giving time to catch up on all pieces of work with loose ends. so is today, my review of the past 6 months and gathering of thoughts about the time spent with families and newborns and my own daughters.

|dustin, ashley, luke, noah| a family! looking back over these two baby boys coming into life and into their home i realize the gift of becoming “their” photographer. i realize all the more how wonderful it is to have continuing clients and being able to participating in their growing families. i see the passion in dustin and ashley for each other and their sons that matches my passion to record it for them. i think we were all love at first site…when you meet them, you know it is within their capacity to love fully. and what they like in life makes you want to just sit down and touch it all… all things natural and raw like mountains and cotton and textiles and leather and feather and folktale; things built by their hands and also things built within creation. i feel sure that if an ocean tumbled nearby they would love as much as i, the roar and spray and salty skin and pink beach glow.. when that day comes our shoot will look like watercolor on a canvas. today, in this shoot, we enjoyed brilliant sun. well maybe not so much enjoyed.. it was quite a surprise with an overcast sky forecasted. but you embrace what you get and we got sun. sun everywhere. and the remarkable contrast gave unexpected success to our outdoor half of the shoot. and the indoor became as interesting as it can get with an 18 month old and a newborn!!

so here are my beloved lauderdale’s, celebrating their newest son at day 7 of life outside the womb.

luke at home

February 3, 2014

“baby luke comes home” an altogether lovely ‘lifestyle’ shoot. both mama and daddy comforting their little sweetie ~ O my heart. dustin and ashley oozed tenderness toward each other and their son. luke was wrapped up in their arms, layers of their arms over him, over each other. and to top it off, he was wrapped in the purest organic cotton diapers and blankets ever. ok, so the organic envy was happening while behind the camera ~ drool! i think i touched every piece of it. enough said 😉

the privilege of a lifestyle shoot… documenting through the doorway to the most intimate place of a home. dustin and ashley together on their bed made a cocoon for luke to rest.

heading into an apartment in dallas i would not have guessed how illuminated the space could be!! infact, i was a little anxious about the light, but lucky me on this morning!

ashley cupped her hands around luke’s head almost as though recreating the womb’s soft cradling.

NOT to take away from this exquisite new life ~ but while you are gazing, check out the chair. it’s the real deal. a genuine eames rocker! those sharp and soft lines benefited this image.

in finishing this shoot, we touched on a little lineage factor. ashley lived her childhood out in alaska, so we decided a little ‘paul bunyon’ was necessary! so the snow and pines came out in their living room on a very hot end-of-summer dallas day.

dustin, ashley, luke… thank you for inviting me into your home! i know the apartment is just a momentary stop for you all. i can’t wait to see what will be in the house you restore! make sure the light is just as awesome! my love to the lauderdale family <3

above ~ can a baby’s face get any more kissable? this is my second shoot for jessica and patrick! i always feel lucky when i get to follow a couple from their beginning and on as they grow into a family. welcome to within jess and patrick’s home ~ a lifestyle shoot with their new little one ~ weston pierce. this was done on day three of weston’s life. what comes to mind are the words to harry nilsson’s ~ the puppy song ~ “dreams are nothing more than wishes and a wish is just a dream you wish to come true”. when jessica sat in the rocker with her baby, she cried and said it was what she dreamed of… the first time she would rock and read to her baby boy. it was pure emotion. as i have worked through these images, i remembered how sure jessica was that this moment of documentation was critical ~ therefore ~ i spent three hours in the midst of this adorable family. touching new life is like candy to me ~ so sweet!


~ the garrett family ~

britain’s castle…

April 10, 2012

“Have fun storming the castle!” Miracle Max ~ The Princess Bride

need i say more… i am soul satified!!! alishia wanted a british themed shoot favoring her husband’s heritage and the name of her new son ~ Britain. THIS was so fun ~ enormous smiley!

alishia brought one of david’s school ties worn in his younger days growing up in england… i feel like singing a beatles’ song!

“Ah, I see the tea is ready. Let’s stop and have some…” Emma


“my sister… has discovered me!” ~ britain

introducing kailyn…

November 8, 2011

from a recent maternity session – kailyn, once so curled up that she created the perfectly round belly of cami, is featured here at just 7 days old. this little miss remained awake for our 5 hours together… i believe that she needed to feel very close to people and did not go for independence ~ yet! those days will come and we all began to understand that she really did need to remain close to her mommy, daddy and sister bailey (whom she highly favors!). throughout this session, someone stayed within inches even with the suspension at the end. when all was said and done i felt i had failed this one, and maybe i did for what is my normal. but as i look into kailyn’s face and see what made her content, i would not have had it any other way. this is witness to a very special family.