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    Thanks for stopping by our website and blog! I specialize in Documentary (giving you what you need) | Artistry (giving you what you want) in birth, newborn, and portrait photography in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. Get to know me a little better by heading to the About page. More importantly, help me get to know YOU better by leaving a comment, filling out the contact form, or interacting with me via Facebook or Twitter.

Yosemite Mentoring with Shawn Reeder

I met Shawn Reeder a long time ago when I was speaking at a photography conference. He embodies that adventurous spirit and lifestyle that is straight out of a magazine…He can sleep in his truck and makes his living photographing landscapes all over the world as well as creating some timelapses that you might walk in and see lighting up the screens of an electronics store. I knew Yosemite was his “home” park so to say. He lived in the area once upon a time and has an intimate familiarity. Lucky me; Shawn offers one-on-one mentoring for photographers and I was THRILLED he was available to meet up so I roped in a friend and decided we were going to Yosemite! Worth every single penny and more.

Of course on the way out Laura and I couldn’t resist stopping with a camera sporting carved bear at the Cedar Lodge on the way up!


We met Shawn at the classic Tunnel View parking area where he immediately took us off trail just a few minutes away from the MASSES (it was a holiday week after all!) Next thing I know we are scaling some boulders and edging near a steep drop and my heart rate picked up a bit. A short hike and a glorious solitary log awaited a STUNNING unobstructed view just minutes from the droves of people.


I started bawling. Like serious tears. It snuck up on me. The overwhelming magnitude of the view, the excitement of the night ahead, but more importantly the pride and relief that I was doing something for MYSELF. So often, I don’t. It’s my kids. My husband. Responsibility. Don’t spend on this. Why take time to do that. All the mothers I know are nodding. It struck me to my core. The way something hits you when you are reaching back at yourself. I am so often not the person I used to be and while that is glorious in its own ways, my wanderlust spirit and adventurous self was shining. Shawn being the amazing guy he is, hugged me a deep meaningful hug. He knew. He commented something deep about the magnitude of this special place and it’s energy. That kind of thing a rock climber says. But he was right. You can see the right side of edge we walked over on the lower right of this image and through the brownish tree in the center right the parking lot of droves of people unaware that are view far beat theirs.

As if all the tears and feel good vibes weren’t enough, the wind shifted and we could see a rainbow in Bridalveil Falls. One that wasn’t visible from the parking area.
After that we headed up to Bridalveil and did a little scrambling on the boulders. This scared the ever living junk out of me. Being a foot away from a steep fall exhilarates me as I have no fear of heights whatsoever, but climbing on slick rocks low to the ground downright makes me nervous. I guess the idea of injury by head cracking ankle shattering scares me more than death! 
After a bit, we headed for the meadow of stunning views of the nose of El Capitan in the changing afternoon light.
Just a simple little trail off the regular hit list of tourist. #thatlightthough
To end the afternoon and set up for the night, we headed up to Glacier Point and stopped at Washburn Point on the way.
We followed Shawn over the rocks at Glacier Point. Right feet away from the edge, 3,214 ft above Half Dome village and the Valley floor. It was a view that Laura wasn’t comfortable going for, so she snapped this photo from her phone of Shawn and I taking it in nearing the edge. I won’t show the one I took of her worried face, but it is funny. Privately funny.
What I was shooting.
Shawn went for it being the kind of experienced sure-footed adventurer that he is.
After him, a stranger scooted down also, but man this guy was in flip flops!! No thanks man.
The weather was perfect. The last light, the clouds. It was just gorgeous.
My first attempt at astrophotography with helpful tips and tricks from Shawn. You can see Vernal Falls to the right which we hiked as a family the day before (more on that!)
The moon and valley floor.
The Milkyway was stunning. This type of night photography takes a lot of patience and long exposures. And fighting with a tripod you might throw down to the valley if you didn’t know it would hurt someone.
We drove out of the valley at 1:30 am or so and I couldn’t sleep until almost 3 am. It was just too much. I’m already pricing tickets to go back.

All images are for sale, just touch base with me if you are interested in buying a print of any size or licensing for commercial use. I am now offering wall murals of any of my photography if you want something large in your home. We will be putting on these half-dome with starry sky images up in Hayden’s big boy room as focal wall.

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San Antonio Family Session

It’s always a blast to go down and see the Almaraz family in San Antonio. Stella girl just turned two and this Summer marks Karsten’s 7th year, so that means for 7 1/2 years I”ve been photographing this sweet family as they have grown! What an honor! We did a little Riverwalk fun where it rained on us. It made it pretty tough to shoot, but we were able to duck under into this beautiful stairway! Isn’t her “oh so San Anotonio” Fiesta wreath just adorable?

We re-grouped after the rain and went to a pretty little park!
Doing what two year old do best…zombie running!
This gorgeous mama  has skin to dream of and is a Rodan and Fields consultant, so touch base with her if you need something!
After we were mostly done, we just let the kids play at the park.
K doing some monkeying around!
I loved how all the kids showed their unique personalities. B man went right to work building a mock camp fire, collecting sticks and focusing in on his task!
Daddy getting vertical… gotta show the boys how it’s done!
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Easter Free Printable Art and Tags

I love design work and actually do quite a lot of it, but rarely does it show up here and that is about to change in a big way! I thought I’d start by sharing a FREE printable word art I just whipped up for Easter. I will use the tags for the rugged little crosses my boys helped make for our Easter place settings. I also made it in an 8×10 you can have printed at your local 1 hour lab and throw in a frame to dress up your place for Easter brunch or dinner! Happy Good Friday everyone!

Download the pdf of both files here!


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2016 Bluebonnet Mini Sessions in Dallas Ft. Worth

I’m excited to offer bluebonnet mini sessions for DFW area clients again this year. It’s one of only 2-3 minis I do each year, and I’m just a true Texan at heart and still love them! I’ve got plans for a really special year focused on Americana inspired colors (which you will find everywhere with the Summer Olympics coming up!) Your session is 15 minutes and will include digital proofing, 3 image files of your choice, and the option to purchase all files and any prints.


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Lifestyle Newborn Wyatt

Sweet one Wyatt came into the world and I was lucky enough to get to document some time hanging with Mommy, Daddy, and Grandma at home for their Lifestyle newborn session at their beautiful home. Aren’t their boxers just so cute and well behaved!

This gorgeous Mommy is just glowing!
love these sweet eyes peeking out!
His parents did such a great job on his graphic navy and orange giraffe nursery.
Grandma was on hand to help out so I couldn’t resist a sweet little portrait of one of her newest! She will be a busy lady with four grandkids coming this year!
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